Frequently Asked Questions of the
East Coast Basketball Officials
1. What schools does the ECBOA officiate?
The ECBOA covers all girls and boys High School level games, both public
and private, in Palm Beach County, Florida.
2. When do meetings begin?
The first General Business Meeting and training session will be Wednesday
September 12th .The first training meeting for Officials new to ECBOA and transfers
will be September 5th.
3. Where are meetings held?
Meetings will be generally held at the Palm Beach County School District
Headquarters, on Forest Hill Blvd, in the cafeteria. Meetings are held every week in
September and October for newbies and generally every other week for returning officials until the season begins.
Check the website calendar for exact dates and locations. Meetings are held as needed after the season starts.
4. How do I register to become a member of the ECBOA?
Registration can be done online at www.ecboa.org , until November 1. You
must have an e-mail address so that you can use our scheduling system to
5. Is there a fee to becoming a member of the ECBOA?
Yes – fees are set each year and will be 60.00.00 for 2018-2019 payable by
credit or debit card only online.
6. Does the ECBOA have a website I can review?
Yes – you can view our website at www.ecboa.org. (If you are reading this, you have already found it)
7. How are my games scheduled?
The ECBOA has a “Booking Commissioner”, Mark DeAtley, who works
with the ECBOA, the Assignment Committee, and the County Athletic office
to assign officials to games. Mark’s email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Are there any other organizations that I must join?
Yes – you must register with the Florida High School Activities Association
(FHSAA) at www.fhsaa.org annually on their website.
9. How do I register with the state (FHSAA)?
You must register over the internet.
10. Is there is deadline for registering with the state?
Yes – please go to www.fhsaa.org and refer to the “Contest Officials” section
for further registration information.
11. As a new official what can I expect during the season?
You can expect to work a variety of boys and girls freshman and possible JV
level games. You will learn to see the game from an entirely different
perspective. You will work with some very talented high school and college
officials that enjoy this avocation. Hopefully you will find it rewarding as
well as challenging and have an opportunity to meet some great officials who
all share the same respect for the game.
12. Are there tests I’ll need to pass to officiate?
The FHSAA administers a 50 questions online exam that officials must take each
13. What equipment will I need to get to officiate?
Officials will need a standard uniform, (pleated blank pants, grey striped
FHSAA approved officials shirt, black sox, and black Officials shoes. A
couple of Fox 40 “Classic” whistles and lanyards, as well as a black official’s warm up
jacket. (Shirts are available from Purchase Officials or several other FHSAA Approved vendors)
14. Where can I purchase this equipment?
There are many places on line that sell this equipment. Locally Purchase Officials in
Ft. Lauderdale is just one of several. Many companies have an “Officials
Starter Package” which has everything you will need in one package at a
discount. We will have a vendor come to one of our meetings in October.
15. What is the pay plan for officials?
Depending on the level of the game, pay per game varies. JV and freshman
games pay 57.00, Varsity 2-Man pays 67.00 and Varsity 3-Man pays 62.00.
Officials are paid a $12.00 travel fee included in this amount (per day, not
game). You will be asked to sign a payment request sheet at each school
before the game, and you must have a W-9 on file with the School Board in
order for the schools to process payment.
16. How often are we paid?
Generally within 2-3 weeks, the home school for the game sends you a check.
17. Do I need to keep track of my game payments?
Yes –Neither the ECBOA nor the Palm Beach School system keeps track of
when you worked and if you were paid. You are an independent contractor
and it’s your responsibility to maintain this.
18. What kind of training is available to me?
Training for Officials will involve classroom, as well as on floor training
prior to the season starting. Transfers and all members of the association
spend time at each meeting reviewing a variety of topics that are pertinent to
all levels of officiating.
19. Gas is expensive do you keep me working close to home?
Depending on your home location the Booking Commissioner takes this into
account as he works with the County to assign games.
20. Is there a background check that must be passed?
Yes, All officials must be fingerprinted by the Palm Beach School District
Police Department, and must pass a level 2 criminal background check in
conjunction with the Jessica Lunsford Act. More information on this can be
found at www.ecboa.org. If you are a COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
EMPLOYEE you are good to go
21. I work in the School System in Palm Beach County, how does that affect me?
You can’t officiate ANY games at a school you work at, a member of your
family works at, or if you are within 4 years of graduating from a school.
You must make the Booking Commissioner aware of any conflicts you may
have prior to the season starting