frequently asked questions

Q. What is the SABOA?

A. San Antonio Basketball Officials Association officiates High School and Middle School basketball games across the San Antonio, Hill Country and South Texas area.

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 $80 per year. Officials in the SABOA must register with the THSBOA ($50 annually) and our local SABOA dues are $30 annually. Uniform costs typically include a starter package for approximately $165 that includes a shirt, shoes, pants and whistle. There are many online sites for official supplies. The SABOA will also have vendors at our first few meetings each season where you can purchase officials' gear.

Q. How do I get paid?

A. In most cases the school district pays you directly. Usually it takes a school about 30 days from the time you worked the game until you get your game fee deposited or check in the mail. Most school districts do pay by direct deposit.

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. 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. 

Q. Where are the SABOA meetings held?

A. Training is held at Alamo Heights High School gym located at 6900 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209. Chapter meetings will be held at Alamo Heights High School Cafeteria.

Q. How do I get assigned games?

A. SABOA uses a scheduling website called The Chapter has an assignment team led by Interim Assignment Director, Henry Mondragon. Games are assigned based on your level of experience, ranking 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. 

Q. Where are games for SABOA?

A. SABOA covers games over all of the San Antonio, Hill Country and South Texas areas. Our assignment team tries hard to keep our officials close to their homes and/or work.

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, v-neck collarless black & white striped officials shirt, whistle (FOX40) and black lanyard. The SABOA provides vendors at some meetings.


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