The Canadian Basketball Officials Commission (CBOC) has shared a number of different awards and scholarships that are currently open for MABO members to apply for or submit nominations.  The deadline for all applications is September 30, 2021.  The details include...

Ted Earley Memorial Award

Ted Earley was one of CABO’s founding members. Ted was a native of London, Ontario and in 1974, along with Al Rae of Ottawa, attended a meeting of the Canadian Amateur Basketball Association at the invitation of Executive Director John Restivo. A follow-up meeting with representatives of each Province led to the formation of CABO. Ted Earley was appointed CABO’s first Chairman and with the creation of a constitution became CABO’s first President, a position he held until his death in 1978. Ted was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.

Award Criteria

A maximum of one nominee may receive the Ted Earley Memorial Award in any given year. The nominee must meet the following criteria, which have been established for this, CBOC’s highest award:

  • Recognized as a superior floor official;
  • Has a significant number of years of service as a floor official with national and international exposure, including significant FIBA involvement as a licensed floor official or administrator;
  • Has performed varied forms of service to the basketball community, both provincially and nationally;
  • Has served in administrative and leadership roles both provincially and nationally; and
  • Has contributed in interpretive or educational capacities

John A. (Wink) Willox Award

Known to one and all as Wink, Wink’s contributions to Canadian basketball in general and in particular British Columbia basketball were enormous. A long-time member of the executive committee of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO), Wink was one of the founding members of CABO in 1974 and represented British Columbia until his death in August 1982. Wink was the first recipient, (posthumously) of CABO’s Ted Earley Memorial Award in 1984 and was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994. Award Criteria

In each year, a maximum of one candidate from each Province may receive the John A. (Wink) Willox Award. The candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Good floor official as determined by local standards;
  • Significant length of service to the basketball community;
  • Various forms of service to basketball officiating organizations;
  • Contributions to basketball officiating in an administrative role.

CBOC Executive Award of Merit

Originally awarded to Harry Hus in 1987 the name of the award (and the criteria) were changed at the 2010 AGM to the CABO Executive Award of Merit. With the merger of CABO into CBOC the name of the award is now changed to the CBOC Executive Award of Merit and continued.

Award Criteria

In any given year, the CBOC Executive Award of Merit may be presented by the CBOC Executive Council to an individual who has made a significant contribution to CBOC.

  • The award is not necessarily awarded annually;
  • There could be more than one recipient in any given year; and
  • The award recipient does not have to be an official but must have contributed to officiating.

Ritchie/Nicurity Bursary

Bill Ritchie of Fredericton, New Brunswick, was CABO’s third President and served from 1979-85. He brought years of experience to the position as founder and long-time secretary treasurer of the New Brunswick Official’s Association. Bill received the Ted Earley Memorial Award in 1986 and was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996. Brian Nicurity of Regina, Saskatchewan assumed the presidency of CABO in 1985. By this time, the role of President could not be held for more than two successive terms, thus limiting his tenure to 1985-89. Brian received the Ted Earley Memorial Award in 1990 and was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996.

The purpose of the Ritchie/Nicurity Bursary program is to provide financial assistance to promising younger officials to assist in furthering their post-secondary education. 

Award Criteria

The recipients shall be selected from the pool of nominees based on merit, considering their officiating achievements to date, officiating potential, and academic standing. Recipients will be required to show the support of the Provincial Officials organization, including communication of support that provides information on the official’s achievements, contributions, and potential as an official.

Recipients are required to be enrolled full-time in a recognized university, college, technical, vocational or trade school in pursuit of higher education, either academic or job specific. Full-time meaning they are primarily a student in pursuit of knowledge or improvement. 

A maximum of six bursaries of $750 each shall be awarded in each year. Recipients may receive a bursary in more than one year, to a maximum of 4 years and all within in a 5-year period. A list of historic Recipients is maintained by CBOC / CB and the list of Recipients for the current and previous 3 years will be made publicly available through the CBOC website.

CBOC Camp/Clinic Attendance Bursary


Funding is available to officials who attend a Basketball Officials Development Camp or a Referee Training Clinic in a given year, where the primary purpose of the camp or clinic is learning and development, training, as opposed to a “hiring camp” such as those run by a professional league. An official may apply to recover up to 50% of their cost to attend the Basketball Officials Development Camp or a Referee Training Clinic. Costs included in the calculation are the enrollment fee, travel to the camp/clinic if in another City at least 100km from home and accommodation while at the camp/clinic. The minimum available to a successful applicant would be $100 and the maximum available to any one official would be $500. The maximum available to all officials from the same Province would be $500.

Preference will be given to camps using FIBA rules for play and instructing in FIBA philosophy, floor positioning and mechanics. Recipients may receive a payment in more than one year, to a maximum of 3 years in a given 5-year period. The focus shall be on officials identified as being in the High-Performance Pathway or in their first 3 seasons as an official with potential recognized at the local level. 

The deadline for all applications is September 30, 2021.


Welcome to the 2021-2022 season, and most importantly, WELCOME BACK! It’s been an incredibly long eighteen months since we’ve had basketball and now, as things start to look promising for a return, we hope that you are as excited as we are to finally get back on the court.

We know that there will be many questions and concerns, some reluctance and even apprehension about returning and that’s absolutely OK.   While we certainly don’t have all of the answers now, what we can promise you is that you’ll have the support of the MABO Executive to ensure you feel comfortable, safe, and ready when the time comes to return to officiating.

Registration this year begins now and is open all month long with an early-bird registration fee of $120. While traditionally fees have increased October 1st, to also understand that some of you may have a hesitancy to register too far in advance, that’s why MABO is pleased to maintain the early bird registration fee during the month of October as well. It’s the least we can do to show that we care.  Starting November 1, 2021, fees will increase to $130.

This fall, there will be a number of MABO Clinics planned throughout the province including dates in Brandon, Portage, Steinbach and two in Winnipeg. Led by the MABO Director of Clinics, Larry Hayes, the Clinic Planning Committee has worked tirelessly to come up with a clinic structure that is both informative and engaging, plus includes some fundamentals and reminders that may have been forgotten during the extended time away. A big thank you to everyone that participated in our survey monkey and provided feedback on what they would like to see in this year’s clinics; your insight was incredibly valuable.

Recently, the Province of Manitoba has implemented requirements surrounding vaccination status as they pertain to indoor sporting and recreation facilities; meaning in order to enter, an ADULT (age 18+) must be able to provide proof of your full vaccination status. This too will be the case in many, if not all private venues and schools as school divisions implement their own policies and requirements for entry.  Details on this can be found on the Basketball Manitoba website.

While uncertainty has been the name of the game for the past year and a half, we’re encouraged and optimistic that we can return to the game that we love. If you have any questions or concerns ahead of time, please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone on the MABO Executive. We’re looking forward to seeing you very soon!

MABO Executive


Basketball Manitoba Note: Please note that participation will require all players, coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and spectators who are AGE 18+ to be able to prove their Covid-19 double vaccination status to gain entry to an indoor basketball facility in Manitoba until further notice.  Details can be found here...


Basketball Manitoba in partnership with the Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials is pleased to offer the 'Junior Officials Development Program' (JODP) clinics for people new to refereeing that are 15 years of age or older.  The program is designed to improve the overall level of officiating in the Junior High / Middle School & Minor basketball leagues.

As part of a new "Return to Basketball" initiative by Basketball Manitoba and the Manitoba Association of Basketball Official (MABO), a new special $21.00 clinic registration fee has been established for 2021, down from the normal $95.00 clinic fee (a savings of $74.00).  

Basketball Manitoba Note: Please note that participation will require all players, coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and spectators who are AGE 18+ to be able to prove their Covid-19 double vaccination status to gain entry to an indoor basketball facility in Manitoba until further notice.  Details can be found here...


In light of the news announced on Friday, August 27, 2021, formally released on September 2 and taking effect on Friday, September 3 by the Province of Manitoba tied to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, several changes, most notably tied to adult vaccinations and mask-wearing, have been made tied to indoor sports in Manitoba.  Those include...

    • NEW: ADULTS IN BASKETBALL:   Effective September 3, 2021, all adults (age 18+) participating in or attending an indoor basketball facility in Manitoba will need to be able to provide proof upon request of their fully Covid-19 vaccination status to gain entrance along with government-issued identification. This includes adult players, coaches, officials, staff, volunteers and spectators. Adult coaches and officials involved with age 17 and under basketball teams are included in this requirement, however, participants age 17 and under do not need to provide such proof of being fully vaccinated at this time to gain entry to indoor sporting facilities.    
    • NEW: MASKS: Indoor sports facilities in Manitoba will be requiring the use of non-medical masks however the participant has the option to remove the mask while active on the court.  Facilities also reserve the right to request that masks remain on at all times and that user groups should communicate with the facility manager to know what is required and are asked to follow that requirement.  
    • NO CHANGE: PARTICIPANT NUMBERS: Allowance with no maximum participant number restrictions for indoor and outdoor basketball to gather for games, tournaments, practices, training and camps. Under the Canada Basketball Return Plan, this would equate to Phase 5 of their plans.  (See Order 12 below)
    • NO CHANGE: SPECTATORS: The number of spectators at an indoor or outdoor basketball facility remains the same as announced on August 3 must not exceed 50% of the facility's usual spectator capacity, with all spectators socially distancing from others while at the facility.  Facilities also reserve the right to admit or not admit spectators at the moment.   (See Order 12 below)
    • NO CHANGE: SOCIAL DISTANCING: Social distancing (2m) is to be maintained at all times between players, coaches and officials when not active on the court and are expected to follow all other restrictions imposed by a facility when using change rooms/washrooms.  
    • PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS: The wording of Public Health Orders 13, 14 and 27 are included below.  

Read more at Basketball Manitoba...

With this new information now formally out, MABO will be releasing its 2021-22 Membership and Clinic information in the next week and will post those details on its website and send an email notification to all past Senior and Junior members.  

It is with great sadness that MABO shares the news of the passing of one of our basketball referees Trevor Harder

Trevor started out officiating as a family affair alongside his father and brother, they refereed in the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association (WMBA). Later, Trevor joined the Winnipeg Basketball Officials Association (WBOA) officiating games for Winnipeg School Division #1.

His thirst for knowledge and improvement drove him to excel to higher levels by participation at the Manitoba High School Provincials, Senior Men’s League, Canada Basketball National Championships and the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference.

Trevor brought such professionalism to his officiating and always gave his best effort no matter what level he was assigned. His mechanics were masterful and always maintained a calm and cool composure even during games with heightened emotions.

He was so proud of his 6-year-old daughter (Lily) who at times would be at games observing daddy, and to see Trevor’s gleaming smile at games end when he picked her up was so infectious and heartfelt.

Not only was Trevor a great official but also a well-respected human being.

You will be missed, Trevor.

Dan Kinaschuk & MABO Executive


On Saturday, June 26th, at MABO's Annual General Meeting that was hosted virtually, the following people were elected to the Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials Board of Directors for two-year terms each (unless noted).

  • President:  Wyatt Anders
  • Vice President:  Matthew Rosgen
  • Provincial Supervisor: Mike Maryk
  • Director of Clinics:  Larry Hayes (1 yr term)
  • Provincial Interpreter:  Darren Patkau 
  • Director of Evaluations: Ron Guinto (1 yr term)
 (pictured left to right, top to bottom)

Congratulations to all!

MABO would like to thank the outgoing members of the Board for their dedicated service to the organization.  Departing the Board is Stacy Hawash (President), Jim Boyd (Vice President), Martha Bradbury (Provincial Interpreter) and Glenn Matsumoto (Director of Clinics).  Thank you for your dedication and service to the Association and the growth of basketball officiating in Manitoba during your tenure.


Two special presentations were made at the AGM with Lifetime Memberships into the association being presented to Wes Crymble and Dave Morphy (pictured above).  Both nominations were supported by the Executive Committee of the Board.

Wes Crymble.  Wes has been a lifelong member of this organization.  He has been a role model with a calm and forceful demeanour on the court.  He provided a great deal of mentorship to younger officials through many clinics, evaluations and as a partner on the floor.  He has refereed at all levels of basketball in Canada, including CIAU championships and has been a wonderful contributor to MABO. After he retired from on-floor officiating, he continued his very active involvement as a board member and assignor.  He served on the MABO board for many years since the 1970s. 

Dave Morphy.  Dave has been an official since the early 1970s and has officiated games at every level in Canada including national CIAU championships.  In 1981, he moved to Manitoba from Calgary and became very involved in MABO and has been an official, an administrator and an assignor.  He served as the President of MABO and has been an assignor in the South-Central conference for a number of years.  Dave has in a calm manner and has been a wonderful mentor for many people within the organization.  He deservedly is presented with this special recognition for his lifetime contribution to MABO and basketball officiating in Manitoba.  

Both nominations received unanimous support from the membership at the AGM



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