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Upcoming Meetings


Sunday, October 1, 2023, Oronoko Public Safety Building, 4411 Snow Road, Berrien Springs, 6:30 PM.


Saturday, October 14, 2023, Lincoln Township Library, 11:00 AM.

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 workkng to have the button lables updated ASAP. Thank you.

Go to our Dues page now

We Need You! (to become an athletic official)

Article by Ken Schmaltz, FBOA Recruitment Director

Not a week goes by where I do not run across a well-written article/piece regarding the shortage of interscholastic athletic officials across our country --  this is not just a problem in Michigan! Currently, there are areas across our state being forced to cancel/postpone games due to not having officials available to work athletic events. To do our part, Bridgman High School has been the ONLY school in Southwest Michigan (Berrien, Cass or Van Buren counties) currently incorporating the MHSAA Legacy Student Officials Program. Over the past two years running this program, there has yet to be a game we have worked in which we are not directly complimented and encouraged by opposing fans and/or coaches. Further, I have taken our kids to other local schools/venues where my colleague athletic directors in the area are continually asking for my Legacy kids to come work their events.

As the Recruitment Director of the local Fruit Belt Officials Association, I would highly welcome you to entertain the notion in registering to become a MHSAA athletic official. Please feel free to either contact me directly or simply just text MHSAAref to 77948 to get yourself registered and to receive a gift certificate. Help is wanted and needed!

Recognition for Legacy Officials
MHSAA recently honored Bridgman High School legacy officials and the program coordinator at a Bridgman High School basketball game. Pictured from left are: Brent Rice, Assistant Director at the MHSAA, Haley Goff (Volleyball - 2 years), Jackson Schmaltz (Girls/Boys Basketball - 2 years), Henry Branch (Girls/Boys Basketball - 2 years), Ken Schmaltz, Program Coordinator and Bridgman Athletic Director, and Max Warriner, representative from the FBOA.

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

President Dave Waaso
Vice President Marc Kenyon
Secretary Daniel Barz
Treasurer David Buck
Recruitment Director Ken Schmaltz
Trustee Chris Falak
Trustee Roger Meier
Trustee Stephen Petlick
Trustee Max Warriner

Current Trainers and Coordinators

Sport Name Role Email Address
Baseball Dale Yoder Trainer and New Prospect Coordinator
  Steve Petlick Trainer
Basketball Ian Bossert Trainer
Football Max Warriner Trainer and New Prospect Coordinator
Softball Bret Damaske Trainer and New Prospect Coordinator
Softball Howard Jackson Trainer
Volleyball Dan Barz Trainer and New Prospect Coordinator
Wrestling Brian Kuemin Trainer and New Prospect Coordinator