Our Story

Authors Billy Martin,
Tim Malloy and
Al Battista

No matter what the vocation or endeavor, it is the people who go beyond what is expected of them who ultimately achieve the loftiest goals. The standards for
excellence sit on a much higher plane than the
benchmarks for competency, and everyone makes a
choice, either consciously or by default, the path they
will travel.  Visit www.ref60.com for over five years of compiled educational resources, articles, audio interviews, and video specifically for basketball officials.  All proceeds of book sales go directly toward continuing education of referees in 90 countries worldwide.

About the authors ...

Billy Martin has over 35 years basketball officiating experience for IAABO Camden NJ Board 34 and most recently with Cum / Cape Board 196 in Southern, NJ. 
He previously served as Board 34’s Supervisor of Officials for the 300- member organization and was responsible for official’s ratings and education. In the business world, Billy has more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience, and currently works with Salesforce.com, the industry leader in Customer Relationship Management and Marketing tools. Billy holds a Master’s Degree in Education (MEd) from The College of New Jersey specializing in Sports Medicine and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix in Technology Management. Additionally, Billy is a collegiate fast-pitch softball umpire for the East Coast Softball Umpires Association, along with being a scholastic umpire with West Chapter 5 and the USSSA of Southern NJ. He is the co-author of the widely respected rules education book titled, Blue Book 60- Fast Pitch Edition which can be found at www.bluebook60.com. Billy has three daughters – Jennifer, Jessica, and Alissa while enjoying the sand between his toes living in Wildwood, NJ.

Tim Malloy, between the ebb and flow of a chronic illness that has required 32 surgeries, Tim has pushed forward and carved a path of distinction in both the world of basketball and business.   As a 40+ year veteran referee of IAABO Board 34, Tim has worked numerous New Jersey state playoff games and climbed the ladder to the college ranks. Tim officiated as a member of CBOA where he earned Division II and III playoff assignments.  

Off the court, Tim was a front office executive for the NBA World Champion Philadelphia 76ers in 1983 and served as the team's Assistant Group Sales Director and Public Relations Director for seven seasons. Tim later worked as a Sales and Promotions representative for Converse Inc., where he was a two-time Salesman-of-the Year award winner.

He also holds a U.S. Patent for a golf training device that received a 4-star rating in Golf Magazine and is the co-author of the sports reference books, Blue Book 60 for fast pitch softball and basketball.    Tim is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University (PA) and resides in Somerdale, NJ with his wife Pattie, son Matt and daughter Mary Frances.

Al Battista is first and foremost an educator, and his passion for basketball officiating and his desire to share his in-depth knowledge on the subject has been utilized at all levels of the game.  

Al is a 36+ year respected member of IAABO and a dual member of Board 215 (West Virginia) and Board 12 (Washington D.C.), and currently serves with distinction in the high school and college ranks as the Interpreter for the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC), the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC), the Maryland Junior College Conference, and is on the IAABO Rules Examination Committee. 

In the professional game, Al has been a staff observer for the NBA and WNBA since 2004 and 2007, respectively.   Al also is the creator and editor of the highly-respected officiating newsletter, MATCH UP and was on staff with the MEAC for 26 years while earning three “Sweet 16” round assignments in the NCAA Division III tournament. Al currently is a member of CBOA and the Big South Staff.