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Upcoming Meetings

Baseball

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, Zoom Meeting -- see Dale Yoder for Details, 6:30 PM.

Softball

Saturday, March 9, 2024, TBD, 10:00 AM.

Baseball

Saturday, March 16, 2024, Coloma High School, 9:00 AM.

General

Monday, March 25, 2024, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School, 6:30 PM.


Final General Meeting Date Change -- Now March 25

Our General Membership meeting that was originally scheduled for Monday, March 11th is changed to Monday, March 25th. The meeting will still be held at Our Lady of the Lake H.S. starting at 6:30 pm.

This spring we will have election of officers and trustees as well as nominations for coach of the year. We will hear updates from each of our trainers. Additionally, we will hear about our student scholarship winners.

Please make an effort to attend the spring meeting. Good luck to all those still officiating winter tournament games and spring sports will be starting before you know it!


Now Available -- Pay Dues for 2023-24

Navigate to our Dues page to safely pay your FBOA dues for 2023-24. You can pay securely using PayPal or any major debit/credit card. PayPal has changed to way buttons can be updated moving forward -- do not be concerned if the button label does not match the appropriate school year. Any payments made will be applied appropriately and you will receive a confirmation of payment. If you choose, you can also contribute toward our student scholarship fund at the same time you pay your dues. We are working to have the button labels updated ASAP. Thank you.

Go to our Dues page now


Navigating Our Site

Our website is designed to be as feature-rich and user-friendly as possible. Much of the content is being pulled from our online database. If you have any issues as you navigate, or have any suggestions for ways the site can be more beneficial to you, please pass them on to our webmaster using this link. Below are some of the site's features:

  • Pictures in the upper right-hand corner of each page are all of FBOA members in action. These pictures randomly change each time you visit a new page or refresh the page you're on. Have a picture you'd like included? Send it to us and we'll get it up!
  • Upcoming meetings list along the right-hand side of the page is now dynamic, and will show any meetings coming up in the next 30 days. Since this is pulled directly from the database, it will always be accurate.
  • Can't find what you're looking for? Check out the Site Map link to see a complete listing of all pages in the site.
  • Our Photo Gallery page now has thumbnails that can be clicked to show you a larger version of each photo. Again, we are relying on our members to keep those action shots coming!
  • Member directory pages now have picture icons for sports worked instead of the old "true" and "false" method used before. This should be a much cleaner way to quickly see which official works each sport. (A special thanks to Kelly White, web designer for the Kalamazoo Officials Association, for this idea and how to implement it!)
  • You can now pay your dues or donate to our new scholarship fund directly from our website using PayPal. Check out this new feature on the Pay Dues page and the Student Scholarship page.
  • We also provide content about the following:
    • Becoming a member.
    • Meeting information and requirements.
    • How to get assignments.

Note: Please make sure to use the Info Update form to keep our member database accurate. All member information seen on the site comes from this database. If you don't get us the changes, they won't be accurate on the site. Remember that this is completely separate from changing your information in the ArbiterSports system.


About the FBOA

The Fruit Belt Officials Association is an organization serving high school athletic officials in southwest Michigan. Our members referee and umpire the following sports: football, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, baseball and softball. The mission of our group is as follows:

  • To provide training.
  • To provide a forum for regular rules and mechanics study.
  • To promote the positive image of officials in our community.
  • To promote members' growth by engaging speakers of interest.
  • To further our avocation by recruiting, training and integrating new officials.

Our web site is designed to enhance this mission by providing quick access to updated information about the FBOA, its members, area schools and officiating links of interest, as well as to provide a live forum through the bulletin board system. It is intended for FBOA members, school personnel and anyone in the community interested in area sports and the way they are officiated. Enjoy your visit!

Current Officers

OfficeNameEmail
President Dave Waaso waasod@gmail.com
Vice President Marc Kenyon kenyonmarc@yahoo.com
Secretary Daniel Barz dbarz.oafc@sbcglobal.net
Treasurer David Buck dave@djbuck.com
Trustee Chris Falak cfalak1@gmail.com
Trustee Roger Meier roger.lcms.meier@gmail.com
Trustee Stephen Petlick steve.petlick@icloud.com
Trustee Max Warriner warrinerm@michigan.gov

Current Trainers and Coordinators

Sport Name Role Email Address
Baseball Dale Yoder Trainer and New Prospect Coordinator daleyoder@gmail.com
  Steve Petlick Trainer steve.petlick@icloud.com
Basketball Ian Bossert Trainer ian.bossert@gmail.com
Football Max Warriner Trainer and New Prospect Coordinator warrinerm10@gmail.com
Softball Bret Damaske Trainer and New Prospect Coordinator bdamaske12@gmail.com
Softball Howard Jackson Trainer jhoward723@aol.com
Volleyball Dan Barz Trainer and New Prospect Coordinator dbarz.oafc@sbcglobal.net
Wrestling Brian Kuemin Trainer and New Prospect Coordinator  brian@griffinpest.com