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

March 2018


Dear Official:


Here is an update on ECBOA happenings and events:


• The good news keeps coming from the State Finals in Lakeland.

In addition to being awarded 2 State games on the Girls side,

we were also awarded 2 State games on the Boys side.

Our #2 Girls crew (Schwartz, Smith and King) had an exciting

semi-final game which went into OT; and our #1 crew

(Arnette, Barkin and Alin) did a great job on their championship

game.  Both crews received positive feedback from the State

and represented ECBOA extremely well.   Our #2 Boys crew

(Fouchet, Kaufman and Gulley) have a 8A semi-final game on

Friday, and our #1 Boys crew (DeAtley, DeCosta, and Francois)

have a 4A Finals game on Thursday.  Good luck to both crews!


• Reminder of our annual ECBOA Party and Banquet on Friday March 16th from 6:00-9:00 pm at the Lake Worth Golf Club.  Each official is encouraged to bring a guest.  We will have appetizers, dinner, dessert, drinks, and our annual awards ceremony for Rookie of the Year, Most Improved, and Iron Man.  We’ve received confirmation that DJ Vince Holmes will be coming in from South Beach for the evening.


• In addition to honoring Bob Burns at our banquet, we will also be honoring Bob Lively.  Both have announced their retirement after many years of officiating.  Both have been long time members of ECBOA and have played an important role in our association over the years.


• Treasurer Erik Benz has been working hard to collect money and get us paid for the various District and Regional games.  Thanks for your patience on this front.


• We will be seeking to fill the open Board seat in April-May.  If you have an interest in serving on the Board please contact me.  The position will be filled by a vote of the new Board of Directors.


•  Even though we are going into the off-season, remember that we still need to recruit new officials to our Association, and this will continue to be an important initiative next season.  Encourage interested officials to check out our website…….ECBOA.org


Thanks and see you March 16th.


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