Gretchen Wolf Swartz Sportsmanship Award

GWS-Web_Site Gretchen Wolf Swartz was a member of our chapter and refereed girl’s high school basketball from 1981 until 1995. Following her untimely death in 1997, the Chapter, in coordination with fellow York County Interscholastic Athletic Association officials, set up a sportsmanship award and scholarship to honor her memory. Gretchen embodied the spirit of, and outwardly displayed, good sportsmanship on and off the court. It is in memory of her high dedication and purpose that the award and scholarship were conceived.

Local, State and National Links


The York-Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association handles all high school assignments for the member schools


The Central Pennsylvania Basketball Officials Association handles most high school and some college assignments in Central PA


The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association is the governing body for all Pennsylvania Athletics


The National Federation of State High School Associations is the overall governing body of athletics at the national level



The International Association of Approved Basketball Officials is the governing body for states that may not have their own governing body. They are also the governing body for many internatational contests.

Current News and Latest Updates

Fall Classes for new officials:

Once again the York Chapter PIAA Basketball Officials will host classes for those interested in becoming a Registered PIAA Basketball Official. Classes are August 29, September 5, 12 & 19 at West York HS, Room 108, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. The test will an online test using the PIAA website. Contact Tom Ryan for more information.

Fall Clinic:

The York Chapter PIAA Basketball Officials will host a free clinic for Registered PIAA Basketball Officials at Messiah College (PA) on October 14, 2017. Contact Chris Boyer if interested in attending or helping with the clinic.

Update your information in ARBITER

The YAIAA uses ARBITER for YAIAA league assignments. It's never too early to to insure your contact information and availability is up-to-date. Chuck Abbott (YAIAA Director) hopes to start looking at the basketball schedule in mid-September.