FBOA Meeting Information
You can link directly to our Meeting Dates
page to see the updated schedule for all general and sport specific
meetings. Below are descriptions of these meeting types.
The FBOA holds three general meetings a year (fall, winter and spring).
These are for all members, regardless of sport. Roberts Rules of Order are
followed at all general meetings, which are run by the group's current
president. The president is responsible for the agenda, but members are free
to bring up any "New Business" items as the meeting progresses. Some of the
things that take place at general meetings:
- Acceptance of new members.
- Recognition of state tournament officials.
- Committees formed to research or conduct association business.
- Votes taken on association action items.
- "New Business" items presented
- "Old Business" items updated and/or resolved.
Sport Specific Meetings and Clinics
Five or more "sport specific" meetings are held each year in the six
sports our officials work. Each sport has a designated "trainer" who is
responsible for these meetings. Trainers do not necessarily conduct each
meeting personally. However, he/she is responsible for ensuring that someone
does run the meeting, and that each meeting has a specific lesson plan and
goal. Typically these sport specific meetings occur "in-season," but
trainers are free set the schedule to best suit the officials who work their
sport. In addition to these meetings, which are held in a classroom
environment, each sport typically has one or more scrimmages and mechanics
clinics. These events help new officials get acclimated to the sport and
allow veteran officials to get ready for the season.
Fruit Belt Officials Association By-Laws require active members to attend
at least two of the three General Meetings as well as 80% of any sport
specific meetings held for the sports they officiate. Members may be excused
from meetings for legitimate reason by contacting the FBOA secretary, or in
the case of sport specific meetings, the sport trainer prior to the meeting
date. Members not fulfilling this obligation will not be listed on the
"Member in Good Standing" list updated periodically to the Michigan High
School Athletic Association.