Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the LBOC?
A. Lubbock Basketball Officials Chapter officiates High School and Middle School basketball games across West Texas
Q. Do I have to be certified or qualified?
A. Texas does not have any formal certification process. The Texas High School Basketball Officials Association (THSBOA) & University Interscholastic League (UIL) empowers local chapters to train and qualify officials to officiate basketball at the high school and middle school level.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. There are local dues and state dues which are $100 per year. Officials in LBOC must register with the THSBOA ($60) and our local dues are $40 (1st year). Uniform costs typically include a starter package for approximately $175 that includes a shirt, shoes, pants and whistle. There are many online sites for official supplies: honigs.com; officialsupplies.com; refshop.com. There will also be vendors at one of our meetings each season where you can look at equipment and try things on. You will make your money back after a couple nights of officiating.
Q. How do I get paid?
A. In most cases the school district pays you directly. Usually it takes a school about 30 - 45 days from the time you worked the game until you get your check in the mail. More schools are starting to use ArbiterPay, therefore, you are paid more quickly.
Q. What about training?
A. Our chapter provides excellent training. We have veteran officials that will work with new members well before the season starts, "New Officials Training". We also have a mentor program that allows new members to ask questions of veteran officials throughout the season.
Q. How much do I get paid?
A. See the UIL Fee Schedule for compensation amounts per game. Click here.
Q. Where are the LBOC meetings held?
A. Meetings are held at McKenzie-Merket on the Texas Tech Campus.
Q. How do I get assigned games?
A. LBOC uses a scheduling website called ArbiterSports.com. The Chapter has an assignment team led by Kelly Copeland and James German. Games are assigned based on your level of experience and ability to work a certain level of game.
Q. How many games can I work?
A. The amount of games worked depends on you and your schedule, anywhere for 10 to 100.
Q. Where are games for LBOC?
A. LBOC covers games all over West Texas. Our assignment team tries hard to work with you and your schedule by keeping officials close to their homes and/or work. But there may be some traveling involved.
Q. What do I need in the way of a uniform and where can I get it?
A. Basketball official uniform consists of black shoes, black pants, black socks, whistle (fox40) with black lanyard, and v-neck collarless black and white stripe. The LBOC provides vendors at some meetings. ALL shirts will be BLACK and WHITE NO PANEL. Shirts CANNOT have patches, they must be sublimated with a flag and THSBOA logo. If you are wearing a jacket for pregame, the crew must MATCH.
Q. Where do I pay my local dues? How much?
A. You can pay local dues ONLINE NOW (we are ONLY taking dues ONLINE). If you pay your due BEFORE July 1st they are $65. Starting July 1st they are $90 ($25 late fee). We take credit or debit pay online. Please note LOCAL dues and STATE dues are 2 different dues. BOTH must be paid.
Q. Where do I pay my State dues? How much?
A. You MUST pay your state dues ONLINE with THSBOA/ArbiterSport click here. If you pay before July 15th they are $60. Starting July 1st they are $90. Please note STATE dues and LOCAL dues are 2 different dues. BOTH must be paid.
Q. How do I login to Arbiter?
A. Click any ArbiterSport logo or click here.
Q. How do I login to ArbiterPay?
A. Make sure you are registered with ArbiterPay and you remember your log-in (e-mail) and password. Click any ArbiterPay logo or click here.
Q. Where do I take my tests? What do I have to make?
A. To take tests click here. Before you can officiate any games you must pass a mechanics and rules test with a 70 or better. If you want to officiate varsity level games you must pass with an 80 or better. If you want to officiate playoffs you must pass rules 1 and 3-person mechanics test with a 90 or better. If you want to officiate regional or state you must pass rules 1, 2-person and 3-person mechanics with a 90 or better.
Q. What do I have to do to officiate play-offs?
A. If you want to officiate playoffs you must pass rules 1 and 3-person mechanics test with a 90 or better. Attend 50% of the chapter meetings as well as a rules clinic (mandatory for all LBOC members). Attend a scrimmage. Be in good standing with LBOC. Officiated 30 points worth of games.
Q. What do I have to do to officiate regional or state games?
A. If you want to officiate regional or state games you must pass rules 1, 2-person, 3-person mechanics tests with a 90 or better. Attend 50% of the chapter meetings as well as a rules clinic (mandatory for all LBOC members). Attend a scrimmage. Officiated 30 points worth of games. Turn in a commitment to represent form. Be in good standing with LBOC from previous season until current season.
Q. How do I block a date in Arbiter?
Q. What do the icons on my Arbiter profile mean?
A. If you hover over the icon it will tell you what the icon is for.
Icon can be found by going to your profile in Abriter.
If you have paid STATE dues you will see a PAID stamp.
If you have paid LOCAL dues you will see a green dollar sign.
If you have attended the rules clinic you will see a ball and a hoop.
If you have met the test requirements you will see a pencil.
If you have a "V" you have met all varsity requirements.
(Other icons will go away and be replaced with a "V".)
If you are play-off eligible you will see a black & white ref.