New Applicants

The SUBOA New Applicants Program (SNAP) is designed specifically to train men and women as basketball officials. SNAP is comprised of three distinct parts, beginning in September and running through June of the following year. The class runs for 35 weeks.


  • Must be eighteen years of age
  • Medical Approval

SNAP is a nine month coed program that includes:

  • Comprehensive review, analysis and demonstration of all High School Federation Rules.
  • Preparation for the IAABO written and floor exams
  • Demonstration of proper two official floor mechanics
  • Opportunity to officiate Youth League basketball games
  • Evaluation by certified and experienced basketball officials
  • Extensive video taping and review officiating
  • Outstanding students may be recommended for SUBOA membership
  • Graduates receive Summer League assignments

Part One
The first part focuses on the rules, language and definitions of basketball, using High School Federation Basketball Rules, in preparation for the IAABO written Rules Examination given the last Monday of November. Part One is classroom lecture with oral and visual presentations, weekly quizzes, and a final examination formatted in the same style as the IAABO Exam.

Part Two
The second part of the course covers Federation/IAABO Table and Floor mechanics and all SNAP participants are required to be in full uniform for the classes. Sessions are scheduled before the classroom session and are designed to integrate floor skills with classroom knowledge. This is a highly interactive component held which allows SNAP participants to work on the court.
SUBOA also provides SNAP applicants pre-instruction in preparation for this class beginning two to three weeks after the start of rules instruction (Part One). Attendance is voluntary for pre-instruction and mandatory for Part Two Floor instruction.

Part Three
In the third session, or practical component, students will officiate basketball games. This session begins in January/February and all participants are videotaped and evaluated immediately after floor work.

SNAP is held once a year. If you are interested in our Fall 2019-20 class contact Bill Modeste for more information.

Classes are held at:

Dunlevy Milbank Center
14-32 W. 118th Street
New York, NY



30 responses to “New Applicants

  1. Andre Gooding

    would like to enter fall 2009 class

    Andre Gooding
    1442 Olmstead ave
    Bronx, NY 10462

    Thank you

  2. Kendall Word

    I’m interested in joining the snap class this month. Please send me the information or form required to apply or can I stop by Milbank and pick the form?

    • Jerry Lu


      I am very interest to join the snap program. How can I sign up? And is it too late to join the fall classes?


      • The test is given once a year, in November. The NYSUBOA SNAP class begins in September. As soon as I get a date, I will post it on my site.

  3. cherry grant

    Is it to late for me to go to the classes?

    • czvasser

      The IAABO test is the 1st week in November. It is too late to take classes with us. You can take the test as a walk-in. Contact William Modeste about purchasing a handbook.

  4. Joe

    Do you know where I can register to take the exam ? I live in Queens NY. However, I would like to officiate in as much places as possible. Also when do you classes begin ?

  5. Wesley Perkins

    I would like to set up training classes at my center for preparation for the upcoming exams in Sept. . Call Coach Wes at 347 961-5032.

  6. Kareem Howell

    When is the registration for 2014

  7. Gary

    Just passed floor exam last week. Kareem or anyone else that’s serious about taking the class, register, you won’t be disappointed. The 2 instructors are committed to helping new Officials and in my opinion did a Great Job. All you have to do is pick up the books given and apply what they teach.

    Best Wishes

  8. Kevin Hall

    Is there a Pre-Registration for 2014?

  9. Hi, I would like to join.Can you please send me an information?Here’s m y email address (

  10. Jose

    Where do I go to register..I live in the Bronx..

  11. Holly Zuber-Banks

    Sadly, my husband passed on to the hands of his Lord Sunday. He was at hime and at peace. Here’s the services information.

    Anthony “Tony” Banks service:

    11am Friday, August 14 will be viewing/visiting followed by funeral service at noon.
    Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
    2607 South Ave
    Wappingers Falls NY 12590

    Inasmuch, Tony was an avid tennis player a fund was established and in lieu of flowers, a donation can be sent to Nicole Moorer at 11 Dakota Court, Suffern, NY 10901 for the Tony Banks Tennis Bench that we would like to be placed at Ramapo HS.

  12. Hello. My name is Akeem Lawrence. I’ve been reffing basketball on and off for about 5, years both men’s and women’s. I started with youth (under age 14), and currently ref NYC basketball league games (approx. ages 21-40).

    Would like to know how I can become abet of the next course, and also, meet and greet some of your members ASAP.

    Can you someone please contact me ASAP?

    Akeem Lawrence

  13. Jerry lu

    Hi I am very interested in the up coming class. I know the program starts around September. I just want to see if there is a way I can get more information. Can I have a contact email?

  14. flaubert St . Hilaire

    I am interested in the 2016-2017 SNAP program.

  15. Hello, I am a registered basketball (and soccer) official from Seattle and am moving to NYC. I am in my fourth year of basketball refereeing and am trained in both two person and three person. How can I start referring in NYC? Many thanks for your reply.

    • Get a letter from your current affiliations stating you are in good standing/certified. You can use that as a letter of introduction to most of the groups in NY. If you get here before 11/3 you can take the IAABO test here and be certified to do PSAL (Public School Athletic Assoc.) HS ball here. PSAL is very extensive in NY. Let me know when you get here. I can help you with some contacts. czvasser@yahoo,com

  16. Gene Paige jr

    Please could I be sent more information.

    • Certification is the first week in November annually. Review and beginner classes usually start in September. Follow this blog and you will get a notice when the NYSUBOA class is accepting applicants.

  17. David Warmack

    I am very interested in your program. Would you please contact me at 404-246-1518 or

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