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IAABO Board 130
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Welcome to Board 130


I'm sad to inform you,that our brother official, Fred Gardner, Sr has passed away.His funeral service will be held at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Visiting hours will be held prior to the service on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Full obituary is listed below.
Fred was a member of our board for over 70 years., having joined IAABO in 1948. He is an Honorary BD 130 Life Member, won our prestigiousJohn Mulkern Award and served on numerous executive board positions/committees. He also worked with and mentored many officials throughout the years on our Board.. Please keep Fred and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Obituary of Frederic C. Gardner Sr.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Fred Gardner, Sr. 97, of Peabody, MA, on Sunday, September 6, 2020. Fred lived a very full life enjoying the time with his children, grand-children and great grand-children. He leaves his son, Fred Jr and his wife Joanne of Byfield; His daughter Margaret and her husband John of Mulberry, FL, daughters Kathleen Cobble and Claire Tomas of Peabody and daughter Leann and her husband Chet of Leicester, MA.He leaves many grand-children and great grand-children. He was pre-deceased by his wife of 47 years, Marie and his daughters Ellen Mitchell and Anne Gardner, a niece Elizabeth Addonizio and a granddaughter, Amanda Tompkins.
Fred served in the US Merchant Marines during WW II and then worked for Walker Bakers Chocolates for many years. Fred then worked for the Peabody Electric Light Dept until he retired in 1986. For well over sixty years, Fred was active in high school and college sports. He was a member of the Association of New England Football Officials, the Eastern Mass Baseball Umpires Association, Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials, North Shore Baseball Umpires Association and International Association of Approved Basketball Officials. During this time, he officiated 1000’s of games and served as a member of numerous boards for these associations. Through his involvement with Sports, Fred was able to impact so many lives and was always happy to meet a young person who remembered him from their athletic experiences. Fred’s enjoyment of life will be missed by many, but will continue to influence others to enjoy what life brings their way.
His funeral service will be held at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Visiting hours will be held prior to the service on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. All attendees are required to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Burial will be private for family only. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 N Main St., # 104, Natick, MA 01760 (

September 2020 IAABO 130 Class

 Who wants to be an Official?

We anticipate starting classes on September 30, 2020 for the upcoming season.






If you live in Essex County and are at least 18 years old, you are eligible.

We anticipate starting on September 30th, on Wednesday evenings, and conclude with the
IAABO exam on November 2nd. Due to COVID-19 challenges,  our Wed classes will be virtual
sessions (via Zoom) with our Interpreter Bill "Boots" Boutilier. 

This will be supplemented with an online self paced program via IAABO University.

The cost of the program is
 $175. We encourage you to register for the class by clicking this link 


The exam will be on Monday, Nov. 2nd

 Click the button above to register for the class

If you don't live in Essex County, click the following link to find a Board in your area.

About Us

Board 130 was granted its charter from the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials on Nov. 15, 1951. 

Board 130 consists of more than 400 members who officiate basketball games from the grammar school level to the college level. 

We have active Membership and Development committees who work to ensure that our newer members be given every opportunity to improve their skills and advance their officiating careers.

We hope you find this website informative and helpful.

For more information about Board 130, contact us at

Board 130 Member Information

2020-21 Dues:  Active Member: $105,   Associate Member: $55 (non-working official, at any level of play)

All Active Officials (working at any level) must meet the following criteria to be eligible to officiate:
1. Attend 1 Interpretation Meeting (we hold 3 per year, one in each month of Oct, Nov, Dec)
2. Pay their dues on or before the Dec 8th meeting (please note: email reminders are automated from the website until you have paid)
3. Attend a Refresher Exam meeting (dates listed below) or complete and submit the Refresher Exam (Click link for an electronic copy)
to Dan Bryant via email: or at the Fall Meetings
4. Attend 3 business meetings per year (the Interpretation meeting and the Refresher Exam meeting each count as a Business meeting)

Meeting Dates:
Interpretation Meeting, Sunday, Oct 25th, 10AM via Zoom (virtual)

Interpretation Meeting, Wednesday, Nov 18th, 7PM, via Zoom (virtual)
Interpretation Meeting, Sunday, Dec 13th, 10AM  TBD
Business Meeting, Sunday, Jan 10th, 10AM  TBD
Business Meeting, Sunday, Feb149th, 10AM,  TBD
Banquet, Mar 23rd, 6PM, Danversport Yacht Club

Refresher Exam Dates (click links for directions):
Beverly, TBD
Lynn, TBD

Methuen, TBD

List of Dropped Officials:       2019-20 Dropped Officials List
List of Associate Members (non-working officials at any level of play): 
List of Associate Members for 2019-20

Contact Above the Shoulders (clarification):

For the 2012-13 season the NFHS Rules Committee issued a Point of Emphasis (POE) on contact above the shoulders.  The POE defined illegal contact from a moving elbow where such contact was above the shoulders as being either an intentional foul or a flagrant one.  This guidance regarding these play situations was provided in connection with the continuing emphasis on reducing concussions and decreasing excessive contact situations.  It also helped to bring the results of such plays in high school games more in line with what is defined at the NCAA and pro levels. For more information and examples (click this link)

2019 Mass State IAABO Interpretation Meetings

3 Person Mechanics Presentation (Click this link)


Ejection Forms from MIAA Website: Player Ejection Form       Coach Ejection Form


Concussion Training Link:  Training Link

10th Annual Larry McIntire Board 130 Classic

Monday, Feb. 17, 2020
1 p.– GIRLS consolation -
Revere 40 vs. Peabody 58
2:30 p BOYS – consolation -
Bishop Fenwick 49 vs Masconemet 55
4:15 p.– GIRLS – championship -
Beverly 35 vs Bishop Fenwick 55
6 p – BOYS – championship -
Gloucester 64 vs Beverly 77

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020
1 p - Bishop Fenwick 39 vs. Peabody 29 (G)
2:30 p – Bishop Fenwick 66 vs. Gloucester 74 (B)
4:15 p – Revere 48 vs. Beverly 70 (G)
6 p – Masconomet 63 vs. Beverly 75  (B)


Rest in Peace

Jim Young past away on Monday, June 8th

MERRIMAC, MASS. — James Boyd Young, 49, husband of Karen J. (Roy) Young, passed away June 8, 2020, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with his loving family by his side.

Born in Belfast, he was the son of Boyd Young and Penelope (Bartlett) Young. He was raised in Searsmont and was a graduate of Belfast High School, class of 1988. He attended St. Joseph College in Standish and graduated with a bachelor’s degree. After college, he refereed many high school and college basketball games. James loved all sports and coached youth baseball, soccer and basketball, including umpiring baseball. He received the IAABO #130 Courage Award and it was later named the Jim Young Courage Award in his honor.

A determined and courageous man, James enjoyed working on his home and yard and had the perfectly manicured lawn. A devoted husband, father and son, he will always be a cherished member of his family and community. James will be sorely missed by all who knew him, and by his cat, Mona, and Coco, the dog.

In addition to his wife of 24 years, Karen, and his mother, he is survived by his children, Griffin B. Young and Hilary E. Young, both of Merrimac; his sister, Lynn (Young) Kelley, and her husband, Frank, of Saco; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours Friday, June 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St., Haverhill, Mass. A graveside service will be held Saturday morning in Locust Grove Cemetery, 2 Locust Grove Road, Merrimac, at 11 a.m. Donations can be made in his memory to The Heather Abbott Foundation, 181 Bellevue Ave., #407, Newport, RI 02840

Memories and condolences may be left at Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook or

Follow-up story from the Eagle Tribune

Young to be missed as umpire, great guy

To be honest, I was a little hesitant back in 2012 when Merrimac’s Jim Young asked if I had any openings for umpiring summer baseball games.

At that time, I was an assigner for the Intertown Babe Ruth League, which had more than 35 teams divided into three divisions. It was my job to assign the very best umpires I knew to call the games, and I wondered if Young would be up to the task.

Prior to 2010, Young certainly would have been. He had already been umpiring, as well as officiating in basketball, for more than 15 years in both Maine and Massachusetts. I knew from working with him a couple of times that he was one of the best we had in the Merrimack Valley Umpire Association (MVUA), but I wasn’t the only person impressed with his ability.

“Jim is the type of guy you want to work with,” said veteran official Steve Martinelli of Lawrence.  “He’s professional, but low-key and doesn’t go looking for problems.”

But that was before Young suffered a horrific accident in 2010 when he was severely burned by live wires while working for Georgetown Electric. He went into a coma, underwent 11 surgeries and had such extensive burns that severe tissue damage required the amputation of both arms.

It was a tough recovery, but here was Young two years later asking if he could umpire games — without arms. I wondered how that would be possible, but I decided to give him a try by first working with me in a game. I would be behind the plate and he would be on the bases, making all calls verbally without the usual hand and arm motions.

Well, I shouldn’t have worried. He was as professional as ever and players and coaches had no doubt when he made a call. After that, I assigned him to numerous games and heard nothing but compliments.

On several occasions, I wanted to do a story on Young’s return to umpiring, but he always discouraged it. Unfortunately, he can’t discourage me now because he passed away this week at the too-young age of 49.

It’s a huge loss for several reasons, least of all may be his considerable talent as an official. Unlike many in the field, he knew that the game was not about him, that he’s doing his best work when no one notices him and that coaches and players should be treated with respect.

Just as impressive, Young was an avid youth coach and a good one. I umpired several games in which he coached and I could tell that he was firm, but he also believed in fun and always tried to stress the positive with his players — which is the way it should be.

Finally, Young was an avid sports fan and just a good guy who was easy to like. For years, his in-laws lived across the street from me. He never hesitated to pay them a visit, with a smile, and help tend to their yard work. That’s just the way he was.

In short, the officiating community needs more people like Jim Young, and so does the community at large.



Elected Officials 2018-2019

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 President:   David Margossian
 Vice President:   Bill Phillips
 Secretary/Treasurer:  Dan Bryant
 Rules Interpreter:  Bill "Boots" Boutilier
 Executive Board Chairman:     Fred Forsgard

 Area Representatives:

Area 1: Paul Halloran
Area 2: Steve Marc-Aurele
Area 3: Rick McKenna
Area 4: Andrew Chaban
Area 5: Mark Friedman
Area 6:  Tim Byrne
At-Large:                                  Pete Dion & Tom Burkinshaw