Thanks to Chris Devlin and the members of the Executive Board in attendance at the Special Olympics yesterday at The Rivers School. What a rewarding event, thanks to all the officials who volunteered to officiate.
STATEMENT FROM DAVE ENGELSON,
MASSACHUSETTS STATE BASKETBALL BOARD PRESIDENT
On behalf of the 2250 IAABO members in Massachusetts, we are angered, frustrated and saddened – but, unfortunately, not shocked – by the in-game attack on one of our officials on 12/28/22.
The shortage of officials, both in our state and nationwide, has been well documented. And while there may be a myriad of reasons for the crisis, the abhorrent treatment of officials by fans, coaches and players is at the top of the list. And while the majority of stakeholders in high school sports do not fall into that category, the sad reality is that incidents like this continue to occur.
We call on the local authorities, Boston Public Schools and the MIAA to take swift action that includes appropriate punishment for anyone sharing in the responsibility for this dangerous attack. It is not up to us to determine what those sanctions look like, but we are positive that they must be commensurate with the sheer and unprovoked violence of the act.
Our officials go onto the court every day with the intention of doing everything in their power to give both teams an equal opportunity to win. There will be incorrect calls, just as there will mistakes by players and coaches. And we understand that the nature of our avocation is that we have to be prepared to be questioned – to a reasonable degree.
Unfortunately, the displeasure and outright anger directed at officials has risen to a completely unacceptable level, which can result in an attack like the one in Cohasset. That is wrong and must be addressed.
Dave EngelsonMSBOA President
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Sunday November 13th Woburn High School: 10 a.m.
Sunday December 4th: Woburn High School: 10 a.m.
Please note that food or beverages other than water will not be allowed inside Woburn HS or Archbishop Williams.