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.



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.

Thank You,

Dave Engelson

MSBOA President



Our NEW online platform is now up and running. Through this portal, we will be able to digitize everything associated with Board 27:

* Attendance and signing into meetings
* Paying dues
* Registering for the brunch and golf tournament
* Donating to Officials v Cancer
* Voting for nominated board members

1.) Registering on RefSec and Paying Dues:

* Click this link and you will be directed to the RefSec registration. Once clicked, there are a few steps to follow:
* Enter your email,
* Click on "Send Me My Pin" (This will be a six digit code),
* Continue as a guest,
* Pay active dues through PayPal,
* In the very near future, you will not be able to pay dues via check.
***Note, if you owe dues from previous years, the platform will not acknowledge that. The executive board has this information on record and will reach out to you directly after you register.***

A recommendation...bookmark If you ever forget or lose your pin, you can click on members in the top right corner and that will give you a link to your own account in RefSec.

2.) To digitize signing into meetings:

* Download the RefSec app in the App Store on your mobile device,
* Enter your cell phone number,
* On mornings of board meetings, you will be able to sign into the meeting on your phone. You will not be able to pay dues on the app. You must pay dues on the website linked above. 
As a reminder, meeting dates are below for the 2022 - 2023 season:

Interpretation Meetings: 

Sunday November 13th     Woburn High School: 10 a.m.
Sunday November 20th: Archbishop Williams HS (Braintree) 10 a.m.

Regular Meetings:

Sunday December 4th:    Woburn High School: 10 a.m.
Sunday January 8th:        Archbishop Williams HS (Braintree) 10 a.m.
Sunday February 5th:      Woburn High School: 10 a.m.
Sunday April 2nd:             Annual Brunch: Florian Hall, (Dorchester) 10 a.m.

Please note that food or beverages other than water will not be allowed inside Woburn HS or Archbishop Williams.

There are bound to be a few hiccups along the way with RefSec. If you have any questions or issues logging into the app or browser page, contact us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


MIAA Newsletter



Winter 2023

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New Candidate Information:

New Candidate classes are no longer being offered in person.

Please go to to access information on the classes and to enroll.

You will find all information necessary to access the course and upon registration, you will receive by mail an IAABO handbook, which includes the NFHS rules book, case book, and IAABO official’s manual.

You will have 5 months to complete the course and successfully pass the 50 question IAABO candidate exam. A full, detailed description of the course, its structure, and test requirements is available on the first page of the IAABO University site you will access via the provided link.  Details on whom to contact if you have technical questions are also provided on that page.  If you have any questions about course content or rules, please contact Rich Antonelli, Interpreter, IAABO Board No. 27, Boston, Massachusetts @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can go through the material at your own pace when you have time.  You will be fully supported with a mentor that will answer questions you may have as you go through the course.

The course is comprised of 8 lessons and a student guide and the course is straightforward and easy to follow.  You review a lesson and take the quiz in the student guide after each lesson.  Once you are comfortable with that lesson you move on the next lesson until you complete the course.  

The course costs $50.  Once you have paid, you may access the course immediately with the Username and Password that you establish during registration.  Remember you will have unlimited support from your specified mentor throughout the course. 

In addition, there will be additional dues to be paid once you pass and are admitted to Board 27.

Passing the written certification exam is the first of two steps needed to become a registered member of IAABO, Inc.  Upon passing the written exam, you will be contacted to complete your training and prepare you for a floor examination.  Upon passing the floor exam, you will be granted membership into IAABO, Inc.  and Board 27.



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James Grady

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Chris Devlin

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