History of the Eastern Board of Officials


    The Eastern Board of Officials (EBO) was founded in 1905 by the late Edwin Bancroft Henderson, to combat stereotyping, train a new generation of athletic officials, guarantee higher wages, improve working conditions, and secure assignments for colleges, high schools, and youth athletic leagues. Through the years, EBO has officiated a wide variety of sports, to include football, basketball, baseball, softball, boxing, handball, swimming, track and field, tennis, volleyball, and other sports. EBO continued to make history, as it became the oldest predominately African American sports officiating organization in the United States after most other black officiating organizations dissolved in the 1960s. EBO continues to provide sports officiating services, to the Districts Public Schools, Department of Recreation, and area colleges. The EBO has groomed, trained, and developed officials for football, basketball, baseball, and other sports. EBO’s current members remain committed to excellence in officiating, integrity, professionalism, and training as part of its continued legacy that began a century ago and is proud of its distinction as the oldest African American officiating association in the country.


    Do you have what it takes?


    EBO Football Officials DCDo you have what it takes to be a sports official? Do you have genuine love of the game and a desire to know the rules, not just some of them but all of them? Do you possess the integrity needed to call it right down the middle?


    Stop being a couch potato referee and come out on the field and throw your dirty laundry. Come join one of the oldest sporting officiating associations in the country. Follow the likes of Johnny Grier, Larry Upson, Jim Duke, Boris Cheeks, Greg Steed, Dyrol Prioleau, Greg Yette, Mike Carter and Raymond Daniel just to name a few that have come through the Eastern Board of Officials to advance their careers to the Professional level.


    Contact Mark Blair (blairs33@msn.com) to see how you too can join the ranks of the officiating elite here in EBO.


    Meetings Training Sessions

    2022-23 Season

    Currently all meetings and training sessions are held "virtually" in response to ongoing  COVID-19 safety concerns. We are however, evaluating in-person training sessions to the extent possible. EBO Business meetings are held the first Monday of each month - except holidays. Business Meetings begin promptly at 7:00 PM. 

    If and when "in person" meetings and training sessions resume, the meetings will be held at the new DPW location - 1725 15th Street, NE Washington, D.C.

    (use gate at West Virginia Ave and Fenwick Street NE near the gas pumps for government vehicles, we will be in the building all the way to the left on the second floor) 

     Business Meetings

    August 1, 2022

    September 12, 2022

    October 3, 2022

    November 7, 2022

    December 5, 2022


    January 2, 2023

    February 6, 2023

    March 6, 2023

    April 3, 2023


     Training Sessions 

    EBO training sessions are held every Monday (7:00 PM) except for Business Meetings and Holidays.