TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL
BASKETBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION
The Texas High School Basketball Officials Association (THSBOA)
consists of 28 local basketball officiating chapters located throughout the State of Texas with a membership of about 4900 officials. Each chapter has a representative that sits on the Board of Directors of the THSBOA.
WHAT IS THE THSBOA?
The Texas High School Basketball Officials Association is a UIL recognized association representing 28 local basketball officiating chapters and 4900 individual members across Texas.
WHAT DOES THE THSBOA DO FOR BASKETBALL OFFICIALS IN TEXAS?
IS THE THSBOA A PART OF THE UIL?
No. The THSBOA originated as the UIL Sports Officials basketball division. However, a state law, passed in 2012, now prohibits the UIL from overseeing any sports official’s organization in Texas. The THSBOA became an independent, non-profit, organization in 2013. THSBOA members must register with the UIL and meet criteria developed in partnership with the UIL as a condition of registration.
DO I HAVE TO BE A THSBOA MEMBER TO OFFICIATE IN TEXAS?
To be eligible to officiate basketball for UIL member schools, an individual must register with an association, with the UIL, and with a local chapter. However, private schools do not require an individual to be registered or be a member of an association.
AM I REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO A CRIMINAL HISTORY REPORT BEFORE I JOIN THSBOA?
As part of the registration process, all applicants are required, by state law, to submit information and agree to a criminal background check. This is paid for by the THSBOA, and is a part of our conditions for membership. There are certain felonies that will automatically prevent the THSBOA from accepting you as a member, but our association has latitude to review each case individually. Broadly speaking, misdemeanors do not automatically prohibit you from membership.
HOW IS THE THSBOA ORGANIZED?
Each of our 28 local chapters chooses a representative to the THSBOA Board of Directors. The board is divided into committees for study and research with every board member on a single committee. The committees are Policy and Rules; Chapters; Education: Appropriations and Oversight; and Recruitment and Ethics.
The committee chairmen are chosen by the committees and the five chairs make up the Executive Committee. The entire board then chooses a board chairman, and a vice-chair from the executive committee.