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About the NCBOA

The Northern California Basketball Officials Association (NCBOA) is an association consisting of independent contractors who officiate youth and adult basketball games and tournaments in the Northern California cities of San Francisco, Daly City, South San Francisco, Pacifica, Pescadero, Half Moon Bay, and Hillsborough. Current membership consists of approximately 150 men and women ranging in age from 18 to 60+. We service youth leagues, private and public junior high and high schools, San Francisco and Daly City Park and Rec. leagues, adult recreation leagues, and various select tournaments. As mentioned, we are an association and, therefore, governed by bylaws and an executive committee (check our contacts page for the current members list). The NCBOA is also accredited with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and services the San Francisco, Central Coast, and North Coast Section member leagues.

We have been in existence since 1947 when a number of veteran officials who had been refereeing high school, college, and recreational leagues in San Francisco came together to begin the association. Some of the "founding fathers" were Erv Delman, Frank McIntyre, Ernie Filliberti, Dick Murray, Bill "Tiny" Bussenius, Ray Dal Poggetto, Lou Batmale, Jim Witt, and the first president of the NCBOA, Lloyd Leith. Since its inception, the NCBOA has produced many outstanding men and women who have officiated numerous high school section and state finals and many others who have gone on to officiate at the junior and major college levels. Five former members have gone on to work the NCAA Final Four (Filliberti, Bussenius, Richie Ballesteros, Ed Curzio, and Jack Ditty). And the famous "Game of the Century" between Elvin Hayes' University of Houston and Lew Alcindor's UCLA squads had Filliberti as one of the two "men in zebra stripes." We even have one former member, Art Norack, who is the only gentleman currently enshrined in the San Francisco Prep Sports Hall of Fame as a basketball official. Needless to say, the NCBOA is considered to be one of the top basketball officiating associations in California.
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