OABO President’s Message – August 2017


From the desk of Jaime McCaig, OABO President…




I hope everyone is having a great summer.  We just completed the OABO Development Summer Camps and now it is time to start thinking about September and the start of the Officiating season.  What better way than to attend the 2017 OABO Seminar and get up to date on all the new FIBA Rules.  We have a fantastic line up of Guest Speakers who will provide an excellent day of Educational material from High School Officiating to College and University Officiating.  Seminar prices increase as of September 2 so please ensure you register beforehand in order to get the lower rate.  If you have any questions regarding the registration packages please feel free to contact me at any time.


Here is our complete lineup of Guest Speakers and Topics for our Educational Sessions on Saturday, September 30 at the 4 star Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel.

Our Keynote Speaker will be Debbie Williamson.  She is a former NCAA Basketball Coach and Official, former NCAA Secretary Rules Editor and National Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officiating.  She is currently serving as Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officials for the American Athletic, Big East, Atlantic10 & Metro Atlantic Athletic Conferences.  Her topics will be “Professionalism on and off the court & How to become an Elite Official at the College & University Level”.  I had the opportunity to hear Debbie speak at a recent IAABO Fall Seminar and she is absolutely dynamic.

We will be receiving a “training/education presentation around sexual harassment in sport and awareness training with respect to how gender impacts the experiences of officials”.  We will be  joined by Doctor Lori Livingston and Doctor Susan Forbes.

Dr. Livingston is the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UOIT, is a noted administrator and scholar.  She previously served as the Dean of Health and Behavioral Sciences at Lakehead University.  She is a former National team player, coach and international administrator in the sport of Women’s Field Lacrosse.

Dr. Forbes, owner of Stillwater Consulting, is a sport researcher, consultant and a part time University instructor.  She has held academic posts at a variety of Canadian Universities including Brock University and St. Mary’s University.  She has participated as an elite official in basketball, softball & lacrosse.

Since 2005 both Dr. Livingston & Dr. Forbes have conducted research on the topic of sports officiating, including why officials discontinue their participation.  More recently, their focus of their research has shifted to understanding why officials enter into, develop, and remain active in their roles.  They are constantly collaborating with provincial and national sport organizations in effort to establish a validated framework for long-term officiating development programs.

IAABO Executive Director Tom Lopes who officiated in numerous conferences and appeared in 20 consecutive NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball tournaments including 3 NCAA Final Four tournaments will speak on “ How to be a good Partner”.

Associate Executive Director Donnie Eppley who currently officiates in 11 Conferences and has appeared in the last 7 NCAA Men’s Division 1 tournament will speak on “Characteristics of a Good High School Official & Knowing when it is time to retire”.

OUA & TABO Official Georgia Risnita who has played, coached and currently officiates at the University Level will speak on “Working with Coaches”.

Our Provincial Interpreter and FIBA Rules Guru Mike McPhee will of course in his concise fashion bring us the latest on FIBA Rule Changes and FIBA Interpretations.


Please go to our OABO website www.oabo.ca and click on the top right hand corner titled AGM WEEKEND and then click the first link to register for the Seminar.  Make sure you fill out all mandatory fields before pressing the submit button.  Once you register you will receive an email from me confirming that your registration has been received.


I am very excited to announce a fantastic night of entertainment in conjunction with our annual Awards Ceremony.  Following dinner, we will have the opportunity to enjoy a Comedy Improv performance from two outstanding Canadian Comedians Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath.

Colin Mochrie is alumnus of Toronto’s famous Second City Comedy Troupe and is widely considered to be one of the leading improvisers in the world.  In 2013 Colin was named Canadian Comedy Person of the Year at the Canadian Comedy Awards.  He has appeared for the past 5 years on the CW network with the show called “Whose Line is it Any Way”.  He has received a Writers Guild of Canada award, three Canadian Comedy awards, a Gemini award and an ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence.

Deb McGrath is also an alumnus of Second City Comedy Troupe and has worked extensively in television, film and theatre.  She has a rewarding career in voice doing everything from commercials to animation including being the voice of Winners.  Deb has won two Canadian Comedy Awards and won Best Actress award at the 2016 Canadian Film Awards.  She has also starred in many Comedy shows with her husband actor Colin Mochrie.


Please note that August is the last month you can register at reduced registration prices.

FULL WEEKEND PACKAGE $175 (Includes T-Shirt, Friday & Saturday Hospitality Room, Saturday Educational Sessions, Saturday Buffet Lunch, Wall Of Fame Dinner (Plated Meal) & Comedy Improv Show – Price will increase to $250 as of  September 2nd.

SATURDAY SESSIONS $100 (Includes Educational Sessions and Buffet Lunch) – Price will increase to $125 as of  September 2nd.

WALL OF FAME DINNER – $75 (Includes Plated meal & Comedy Improv Show. Full Menu is on OABO website. – Price will increase to $100 as of September 2nd.

HOSPITALITY ROOM – FRIDAY NIGHT ONLY $50. – Price will increase to $100 as of September 2nd

HOSPITALITY ROOM – SATURDAY NIGHT ONLY $30 – Price will increase to $50 as of September 2nd

GOLF Friday, September 30 – $120 which includes Green Fees, Cart and Lunch.  Tee off 8:30am at the Woodbridge Country Club – Price will increase to $150 as of September 2nd

Please make all cheques payable to OABO and please note new mailing address for Don Thorne at: 1206-141 Fallowfield Drive, Kitchener, Ontario N2C 0B1


If you wish to book a hotel room there is a link from the OABO Registration Page to do so.  The Conference Rate is $130 per night plus $5.00 for parking.  You can also contact the hotel at 416-674-9400 to make a room reservation.  I have attached a Fact Sheet on the Marriott to provide you with some more information.


The OABO Executive would greatly appreciate the purchase of Ads for the Seminar Booklet to offset costs.  Thank-you to those Boards who have already purchased ads The cost are as follows: Full Page $125, Half Page $75, Quarter Page $50.  The ads can be directly emailed to me since I am looking after production of the Seminar Booklet and cheques can be mailed directly to Don Thorne.  The deadline for me to receive your Ad is August 31st.

The OABO Executive sincerely appreciates the generous financial support from the following GTA Boards.

Toronto-$1000                  York Region-$500             Durham-$500                     Peel-$500


The OABO Executive in conjunction with Basketball Ontario will be hosting a two day clinic to include current Provincial Evaluators, members who are interested in becoming a Provincial Evaluator and for Local Boards that currently don’t have a Provincial Evaluator on their Board.  The Clinic will take place Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 at the Courtyard Marriott hotel located at 410 and Derry Road (290 Derry Road West in Mississauga).  The schedule has not yet been finalized but it looks like the Saturday session will run from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  For those Local Boards with longer distances to travel accommodation will be provided both nights.  More details to follow.  Lunch will be provided both days.  OABO and Basketball Ontario will host a social on Saturday evening.  I want to thank Basketball Ontario for providing the amount of $14,000 to assist in the necessary funding required to run this important two day clinic and Bruce Covert for arranging all of the hotel details.  Tim Laurain Provincial Supervisor is taking the lead in arranging the curriculum for the clinic.  I know he has been in touch with current and prospective Provincial Evaluators and will be providing more updates in the near future.


On behalf of the OABO Executive I am pleased to announce that Mike Currie has been rehired as the Facilitator for the third consecutive year.  The OCAA is extremely happy with our current agreement and with the work of Mike who has done an outstanding job in this position with the Regional Assigning format and I know he looks forward to working with Local Boards for the upcoming 2017-2018 season.



All Local Board Annual Reports were due today.  If you have not sent your report in to Don Thorne please email them to him a.s.a.p.  As well, the final deadline to place your order for the IAABO-FIBA Manual is Monday, August 7.  You can find the order form on the OABO website under the tab Secretary Resources.


I wanted to advise all Local Boards that two Non-certified Officiating groups have popped up in Toronto, Hamilton and Peel respectively.  The Presidents of those respective Boards are aware of the situation.  There is a group called North Pole Hoops which is actually a media group and another called GTA Officiating.  They are well organized and they are attempting to take business away from the large GTA Boards by charging a lesser game fee and will probably look to expand to other areas.  They are approaching Officials who are members of those respective Boards and asking them to officiate.  There have been members caught officiating with these Rogue organizations and are now facing serious sanctions from their Local Boards.  Please advise the OABO executive of the sanctions that have been imposed and be assured that you have our full support.  It is important as Local Board Executives you take action now in advising your Leagues and Facilities they are using of this possibility and the fact they do not have Insurance Coverage bringing to light serious Liability issues.


If you have never attended an OABO Seminar it would be well worth your while.  It is an excellent opportunity to not only continue with the educational advancement of your development as an Official but also to socialize with your fellow officials in our always fun Hospitality Room.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Yours Truly

Jaime McCaig

President, OABO