The ECBOA is dedicated to providing 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.
Here is an update of ECBOA happenings and events:
With the high school season wrapping up in February, I want to personally thank all of you for another great season of hoops in Palm Beach County. While we certainly had many challenges throughout the season, we were able to provide officials for every game that we were responsible for assigning. Many of you worked doubles (and a few triples) throughout the season, which did not go unnoticed. Thank you to Mark and Yetta for handling the assignments, turn backs, game changes, time changes, etc. It's not an easy task. Also, thank you to the Board for all the meetings you attended during the season and off-season; and thanks to everyone who served on an ECBOA committee. To celebrate another season, we will be having our awards banquet on March 15th, which I hope everyone will attend. Details are outlined below, along with some additional news and updates.
State Tournament: The following officials have been selected by the FHSAA to work the State Tournament in Lakeland this week and next:
Erik Benz– 2A Championship – Referee
Randy Davis– 3A Semi-final - Referee
Michael Francois– 3A Championship – U1
Jaylen Thompson– 6A Semi-final – U1
Jarvis Gulley– 7A Semi-final – U1
Lee Lipsick– 1A Semi-final – U2
Joe Erwin– 3A Semi-final – Referee
Mike Smith– 5A Semi-final – U1
Dustin Mercurio– 5A Championship – U1
Jet Bates– 6A Semi-final – Referee
Cedric Bennett– 6A Championship – U1
Arnaldo Rivera– 7A Semi-final – U1
Aaron Chambliss– 7A Championship – U1
Congratulations to these officials on their selection, and thank you for representing ECBOA in Lakeland.
ECBOA Banquet: The banquet will be on Friday March 15th at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport located at 150 Australian Ave. in West Palm Beach. This is a free event and each official is permitted to bring one guest. There will be appetizers, a buffet dinner, drinks, music, and an award ceremony. The event runs from 6:00-9:00 PM. We have held this event for over 25 years, and hope everyone can make it.
Special Olympics: Yetta still needs volunteers to work the Special Olympics games on Saturday March 9th at W.T. Dwyer High School. Games are between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. There are both full and half court games. ECBOA officials have a long history of supporting this event, and these special athletes, their coaches, their parents, and their friends are appreciative of us working these games. If you can assist, please contact Yetta directly at 561-963-3872 (o) or 561-762-3798 (cell).
Survey: The Board of Directors is preparing a survey to send out to the membership to hear from you on various topics relating to our association. Please take the time to complete this. Your feedback is important and will help the Board work on various initiatives during the off-season.
Missing Game Fees: If you are still missing a game fee from the high school season, please complete an ECBOA Past Due Payment Form which can be found on our website and then click Submit. Erik Benz will follow-up on these.
Thanks, enjoy March Madness, and good luck with your brackets.
Joe Erwin -President