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.



Mark DeAtley


FHSAA 2018 Basketball Official of the Year


Mark is the 5th winner from ECBOA to win this distinguished award and first since 2008. Congratulations Mark.


If you are interested in becoming an official, please check out our Join the ECBOA page.  We are making plans now for the 2018/2019 season.

Summer Training and Evals

Check out our new page with all the information you need for Summer Training Opportunities


We are bringing back our summer evaluations program for the 2018 Summer.  Right now we have designated ABC camp as one of our locations.

Rule Change

For the 2018-2019 Basketball season the FHSAA as adopted NFHS rule to lengthen the coaches’ box to 28 feet, NFHS rule 1-13-2.



President's Communications

June 2018


Dear Official:


Here is an update on ECBOA happenings and events:



• The ECBOA roundtable event on May 23rd was well attended

and we had meaningful dialogue around several topics including:


i) the need for higher game fees,

ii) timely payment from the schools,

iii) officials getting to the games on time,

iv) responsibilities of crew chiefs,

v) communication regarding an official’s path to progress

    and the need for honest feedback,

vi) rule books for new officials, and

vii) our expectations of schools (clean/secure locker room,

water, security, access, etc.).  The Board will be discussing these and other items further, and we will also communicate our expectations with the schools.


Thank you to all who attended.


• The ABC Camp at Lynn University in Boca Raton on June 14-17th is quickly approaching.  This is a true teaching camp dedicated to high school officiating.  ECBOA participants will be given an official evaluation at the end of camp.  Please contact Mark DeAtley, John Fouchet or Joe Erwin for more information.


• Michael Francois, Vince Holmes, Joe Erwin, and Mark DeAtley will be attending the FHSAA Leadership Conference in Tampa on June 8-9th.  We will report back on items effecting basketball.  Stay tuned.


• Recruiting and retention remains a key initiative for ECBOA and I’m happy to report that Alec Ceravolo has agreed to take the lead on this.  If you would like to help out please call Alec directly.


Thanks and enjoy the summer.


Joe Erwin, President




2018 End of Year Banquet