The Austin Basketball Officials Association is dedicated to providing quality officials for High School Basketball in the Austin, TX and surrounding areas. We also provide officials, during the season and post season, upon request from the University Interscholastic League for all schools in the state. Over 300 members are part of our organization.

THE CHALLENGE of officiating can provide some great personal rewards. As an official you must make instantaneous decisions, resolve conflicts and deal with stress and pressure. You are in a position to be a positive role model around children and young adults.

Most officials start at the youth and recreational program level. As you improve your skills and gain confidence you'll begin to ascend the ladder and work middle school and high school level games. From there, you may choose to seek advancement into the small college and major college programs where officials are "scouted" by assigners, league commissioners or coaches. The final step for a fortunate and successful few is the pro leagues. Only after many years of hard work and selfless dedication might an official reach that pinnacle. Sports officials must be able to bring control to chaos; understand fairness; promote safety and encourage good sportsmanship. A sports official must have the positive characteristics of a police officer, lawyer, judge, accountant, reporter, athlete and diplomat.

A good sports official is also someone who can be put in a position of authority and handle the responsibility without being overbearing. As a sports official, you're in charge, but it's the players who the fans have come to watch, not you.

('The Challenge' courtesy of NASO.)