East Coast Basketball Officials Association

The Basketball Official's Association for Palm Beach County

The ECBOA is dedicated to provide quality officiating for high school basketball games in Palm Beach County and throughout the State of Florida in such a way that enforces the rules in a fair and impartial manner while upholding the integrity of the game.

News and Updates

For all of our Palm Beach County Officials working in Broward County:


The State has approved all Broward County Schools to wear a Stoneman Douglas memorial patch for the duration of the 2017-2018 Season as well for the 2018-2019 Season.


We remember and support the families and victims of the Parkland tragedy.


ECBOA has been recruiting new officials.  Thanks to all who volunteered at our recruiting table during holiday tournaments.


Congratulations to our New Board Members


Vice President

Mike Smith



Erik Benz


Member at Large

(3 seats)

Alec Ceravolo, Vince Holmes, Cedric Bennett

Year End Party

March 16th at Lake Worth Golf Club

President's Communications

February 2018


Dear Officials


• The election for Vice President, Treasurer, and three (3)

At-Large Board Members is scheduled for February 1-8.

We have excellent candidates running for these positions so

PLEASE take the time to vote.  Jonathan Pierre is our

election supervisor, so contact him with any questions or issues.

The new Board will take effect on Monday March 12th.


• The Girls District Tournament games are February 5th – 10th;

while the Boys District Tournament games are February

12th – 17th.   The District winner and runner-up both advance

to the Regional playoffs.  Site locations can be found on the

FHSAA website.  If you are officiating please arrive on-time

(preferably 45 minutes prior to tip), and continue the

professionalism that we have exhibited throughout the season.


• The dates for the Girls Regional games are February 15, 20, and 23rd; while the Boys Regional games are February 22, 27, and March 2nd and 3rd.  You can follow the brackets on the FHSAA website as well.  If you receive a Regional assignment remember that you are representing ECBOA.  Also, we have heard from the State that they will be sending evaluators to many of these games.  This is our opportunity to show the quality and professionalism of ECBOA officials.


• The dates for the Girls State tournament is February 27th – March 3rd; and the Boys State tournament is March 6th – 10th.   Both are held in Lakeland.  Hotels are limited so book now if you plan to attend.


• As we officiate our games it is important to enforce the rules governing uniforms.  Please be diligent in this, and contact Mark DeAtley, Jimmy Marzullo, or myself if you have questions regarding uniforms.


• Our annual ECBOA Party and Banquet will be Friday March 16th from 6:00 -9:00 pm.  We will be returning to the Lake Worth Golf Club, and each official is allowed one guest.  We will have appetizers, dinner, dessert, drinks, and our annual awards ceremony for Rookie of the Year, Most Improved, and Iron Man.  New this year will be music by DJ Vince Holmes.  This party is a great way to end the season, share some stories, and have fun with your fellow officials.  We will also be honoring Bob Burns and Dave Condon who are retiring from officiating after this season.


It’s been a great season filled with a few challenges and much success.  Let’s finish strong, and remember to have fun!


Joe Erwin, President




Rule Changes for the 2017/2018 Season


Changes for the upcoming season are now in.  They include:


  • Warnings for coaches


  • 2 Hand Reporting


  • Uniform Restrictions


For a complete description of changes, Click Here