Becoming an Official

Thank you for inquiring about the 2022 – 2023 Nassau Board of Women’s Basketball Officials Association (NBWBOA) candidate class. In order ensure everyone is aware of what to expect from the class, there are some things need to be clarified, and have you acknowledge before you begin.

NBWBOA does not employ any officials. We are a member of the NYSGBO Assn., and our purpose is to provide highly qualified, rated officials for women’s basketball. We provide the names of certified officials to various basketball organizations, who in turn may or may not utilize you.

Classroom/floor sessions are tentatively scheduled for October 18, 20, 25, 27; November 1, 3, 7, 10 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. Classes will be held at the Nassau BOCES George Farber Administrative Center, 71 Clinton Rd, Garden City, NY 11530. The written test is November 14, from 7:00 – 9:00. You will be provided all the study material required for the classroom part of the class.

You are allowed to miss one classroom session – no questions asked. If you miss more than one class without being excused by the instructor, you will be dropped from the class. Unfortunately, this will be strictly enforced, because not doing so, has in the past, led to problems when members don’t pass.
You must bring sneakers (gym foot wear) to all classes – including the first class.

There is no guarantee that you will pass. The rules of basketball are more complex than most people realize, and just because you have previously coached, played, or officiated, you may not understand the rules as well as you think you do. This class uses a closed book, written test, provided by the NY State Assn., and you must achieve a grade of 86% or higher to pass. If you do not pass this written test, you do not pass the class, and are not eligible to take the practical test. There are no appeals.

You must be able to complete a ½ mile run in under 5 minutes. The run will be scheduled for one of the classroom nights prior to class. You must also pass a practical floor test in December, where your performance on the court will be evaluated by certified Varsity level officials. If you do not pass the practical test, you do not pass the class. There are no appeals, and complaining and/or providing excuses gets you nowhere. To prepare for the practical test, there will be floor work as part of most, if not all, classes. In addition, each candidate will have the option to participate in numerous scrimmages in order to gain the proficiency required to pass the practical floor test. It is your responsibility to make yourself available to attend these scrimmages – it is not our responsibility to work around your schedule. I have found that those individuals who do a minimum number of scrimmages do not pass the practical test.

After you pass the class, you must submit yourself for fingerprinting as part of a background check.

Cost for the class is $250.00. It is payable in full with your application. Checks payable to “NBWBOA” should be mailed to:

2128 Dogwood Ln
Westbury, NY 11590

Once you are accepted into the class and your check has been cashed, there is no refund . After you pass the class, you will be required to pay the 2022 – 2023 NBWBOA annual dues ($120.00) by January 1, 2023. Later in the basketball season (February – March 2023), you will be required to pay the 2023 – 2024 NBWBOA annual dues (currently projected to be $125.00).

If you’re interested in attending this year’s class please submit your online application.

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