1st DBO Retreat
1st Annual DBO Executive Board Retreat in Lancaster, PA

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NCAA Rules 2012
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History of Deaf Basketball Officials

For about thirty (+30) years, a small group of deaf and hard of hearing basketball referees have provided their basketball officiating service at the former American Athletic Association of the Deaf (AAAD) which is now called United States Basketball Association (USADB)'s National, Regional and Invitational Tournaments and scholastic/collegiate competitions as individuals. It took a few years for deaf and hard of hearing referees as a group to establish a formal organization called Deaf Basketball Officials, Inc. (DBO), which provides professional growth, support and social opportunities among peers.

The Deaf Basketball Officials, Inc. (DBO) was officially founded in Orlando, Florida on April 11 or 18, 2007. The first DBO Executive Board was elected with formally-developed By-Laws.

The purpose of DBO is to provide the Deaf Community and Basketball Community at the recreational, scholastic, collegiate and international levels more awareness about our basketball officiating services, skills and knowledge. There are about twenty (+20) current certified deaf and hard of hearing basketball referees with various levels of officiating experience in the United States. The levels of basketball experiences range from Youth, Catholic Youth Organizations (CYO), Middle Schools, High Schools (Junior Varsity and Varsity), Junior Colleges, National Collegiate Athletic Association Divisions (NCAA) I, II & III, United States of America Deaf Basketball (USADB) Tournaments, Clerc Classic Tournaments, International Basketball Tournaments and Deaflympic Games.

The mission of DBO is to promote the opportunity for deaf and hard of hearing officials to maintain the skills of floor mechanics, knowledge of basketball rules/signals and professional growth in basketball officiating. Deaf and hard of hearing referees also benefit from the support, social and professional opportunities having full communication access in American Sign Language at deaf basketball events. It also provides positive exposure of deaf and hard of hearing basketball referees as role models for deaf and hearing youth, players, coaches, referees and fans.

The goals of DBO are to maintain healthy relationships with the community through basketball organizations and networks and actively participate in the basketball tournaments hosted by the Deaf Schools such as Clerc Classic, Western States Schools for the Deaf Basketball Classic (WSBC), Mason Dixon, USADB and International basketball events.

The future vision of DBO is to recruit, train and expand a pool of the potential deaf and hard of hearing youth and adults, as well as to develop their interest and skills in this challenging and professional career of basketball officiating.

For more DIBF information: Contact DIBF/USA Information Director, Chris Miller: deafref@hotmail.com.


Dear DIBF referees

With great pleasure we finally now can inform about and invite you to the following 2nd DIBF International Referee clinic:

Gallaudet University, Washington, USA
14 - 18 July 2010
Gallaudet University dormitory
12 USD per person/night in double occupancy + 10 USD in administration fee to be paid once. Meals are not included but three meals at the dormitory will cost 31 USD. There will be more and other opportunities for meals.
There will be a possibility to arrive earlier than 14 July or stay a longer period for the same accommodation price for those who so wish.

The clinic will be conducted by two experienced FIBA international referees appointed by Lubomir Kotleba. Names to be announced later. Only experienced deaf referees with license for hearing basketball of not lower than third/fourth division will be allowed to participate. Please, inform other deaf referees in your country about this opportunity.

The clinic will be divided into two "classes": First Class for those attending first time and Advanced Class for those who already stay in possession of DIBF International Referee License.

More information about exact program and schedule will be distributed later during the Spring of 2010.

Please announce your preliminary interest by 15 January 2010 at the latest. Entry deadline: 1 May 2010

PDF Information Pack & Registration Form is available in PDF.