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Old Sat Sep 08, 2018, 03:36pm
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Maryland is a mostly-IAABO state (11 out of the 14 associations registered with the MPSSAA to work high school games are IAABO boards), but dual-board membership is common, because IAABO International allows dual-board membership, and the MPSSAA does not prohibit officials from belonging to more than one association per sport. There are even officials in MD who belong to both IAABO and non-IAABO organizations for high school basketball (Maryland Basketball Officials Association, one of the 3 non-IAABO groups in the state, split off from Board 134 (the group that originally covered all of Southern MD, now only Prince George's County) because of political drama in Board 134; some MBOA officials are also members of Boards 134, 12 (Washington, DC private schools, Montgomery and Howard County public schools), or 23 (Anne Arundel and Baltimore County public schools), and others are members of associations registered with the Virginia High School League.

Virginia does not recognize IAABO as a governing body, but some VHSL groups nevertheless are IAABO members (Cardinal Basketball Officials Association is Board 255, Peninsula Basketball Officials Association is Board 125, Hampton Roads Basketball Officials Association is Board 94, Central Virginia Basketball Officials Association in the Richmond area is Board 90, Board 157, which is the Bayside Board on the Eastern Shore, and has games in both MD and VA), and Battlefield Basketball Officials Association is not formally a member of IAABO, but its members still take IAABO tests.). The VHSL also allows members of registered association to be dual members of other associations registered with the VHSL, if the officials declare a primary board among the multiple VHSL-registered associations. This means that IAABO and non-IAABO officials might work together in Virginia high school basketball games.

The District of Columbia is also a hodgepodge of associations working public, private, and charter/independent school games. It is also common for DC officials to belong to multiple groups, so dual membership is a thing in all states in the Washington, DC metro area.

That said, DC-area officials are truly independent contractors, and will change associations if they change jobs (one left Board 12 because he moved to Frederick County), are not treated well in their current associations, or if they wish to seek out opportunities for advancement (some officials have left Board 12 because they could not advance there). Many DC-area officials also work college games, so balancing their schedules is nothing new for them (there are several junior college and Division III conferences in and around the area, so some officials are not only dual-board members at the high school level, but also multiple-conference officials at the college level).
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