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GABL is dedicated to the training and development of our officials just as we are to our players. GABL has been able to offer consistency over the years by only having 6 assigners over the last 47 years of the league, with Corey Starnes currently serving in this capacity.

Over 95% of our staff are registered as high school officials in either Kansas or Missouri, and continue to work at various levels during the high school season.  We are still proud to boast that the varsity level of officials is strong, while they help train our other officials.

Nearly 50% of our staff officiates at the high school Varsity/JV level. Over 30 of them have worked postseason for KSHSAA, plus at least 5 of them have worked state tournaments. Of the top level officials, they worked 45% of GABL games played throughout the year.

GABL continues to strive for consistency and fairness in games. This is accomplished by extensive training for new officials both on the court and in the classroom. We are constantly evaluating our officials. Evaluators watch games throughout the year; and a coaches grading card is required to be completed by the head coach. This grading card shows patterns for the weaker officials that are then addressed.

Obviously, we are proud of our officials and the job they do, but we do have issues that arise during the season. Our staff, headed by Corey Starnes, addresses each of these issues as they arise.

For information on refereeing, email Corey Starnes at [email protected]

To apply to become a referee,  click on the following link --> Ref Application 


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