Thursday, October 17

Posted on October 14, 2019 / Posted under General

Location: York High School in Elmhurst

  • 6:45 – 7:25 p.m. – Check-In
  • 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Breakout Session: Split Meeting Schedule
    • Breakout Session #1: “Blarges:  Conflict on the Court” (Bernie Carroll & Bob Vaughn) – Room A278
    • Breakout Session #2: “Officiating at a Higher Level” (Bob Horvath) – Room A290
  • 8:00 – 8:05 p.m. – Break
  • 8:05 – 8:35 p.m. – Keynote Address
    • “Twenty Plays of Video” (Joe Spagnolo) – Room A290                      
  • 8:35 – 8:45 p.m. – Meet Your Assignor
    • Bob Horvath, Southwest Prairie and Southwest Suburban
  • 8:45 – 8:50 p.m. – Play of the Week Review
  • 8:50 – 9:00 p.m. – Announcements
  • 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. – Social Event at The Silverado Grill, 447 Spring Road – Elmhurst, IL

Breakout Session Synopsis

Breakout Session # 1: “Blarges:  Conflict on the Court”
There’s nothing more embarrassing and confusing when two officials blow their whistles and indicate two different things on the court.  When this happens during a block/charge play, we’ve now become part of the dreaded “blarge” play.  Sectional officials Bob Vaughn and Bernie Carroll will examine how this happens along with ways to prevent it in this video and fact based presentation.

Breakout Session # 2:  “Advancing to the Next Level”
Whether it is advancing through the state series or moving on to the collegiate ranks, many officials would like to move to the next level in their officiating careers.  Three-time state final official and college official Bob Horvath will share his experiences and offer some tips on some steps you can take to reach your ultimate goal.

Thursday, October 10

Posted on October 9, 2019 / Posted under Announcement, Basketball

Location: York High School in Elmhurst

  • 6:45 – 7:25 p.m. – Check-In
  • 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Breakout Sessions: Split Meeting Schedule
    • Breakout Session #1: “Effective Communication with Coaches” (Bob Copas) – Room A278
    • Breakout Session #2: “Being the Best Team on the Court” (Mark Cladis, Nick Cladis, Joe Spagnolo) – Room A290
  • 8:00 – 8:05 p.m. – Break
  • 8:05 – 8:35 p.m. – Keynote Address – “Fouls & Penalties” (Paul Schoessling) – Room A290
  • 8:35 – 8:45 p.m. – Meet Your Assignor – Sal Vasta: GCAC & DuKane Conferences
  • 8:45 – 8:50 p.m. – Play of the Week Review
  • 8:50 – 9:00 p.m. – Announcements
  • 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. – Social Event at The Silverado Grill, 447 Spring Road, Elmhurst, IL

Breakout Session Synopsis

Breakout Session # 1: “Effective Communication with Coaches”
Some of the more difficult things about being a basketball official is communicating with coaches. Veteran basketball official Bob Copas will simplify the process by reviewing what to expect and how to deal with coaches during a contest.

Breakout Session # 2: “Being the Best Team on the Court”
Goal setting is essential for success on the court and striving to be the best team on the court everyday pays dividends. The high school officiating crew of Mark Cladis, Nick Cladis and Joe Spagnolo will share their past experiences and their processes, which your crew can use to be the best team on the court every night.

Thursday, October 3

Posted on October 1, 2019 / Posted under Basketball, General

Location: York High School in Elmhurst

  • 6:45 – 7:25 p.m. – Check-In
  • 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Breakout Sessions: Split Meeting Schedule
  • Breakout Session #1:  “Communication At Its Best: Working With Others” (Eddie Burns) – Room A290
  • Breakout Session #2: “Getting Back To Basics” (Joe Spagnolo) – Room A278
  • 8:00 – 8:05 p.m. – Break
  • 8:05 – 8:35 p.m. – Keynote Address – Fred Allman, IHSA Rules Interpreter – Room A278
  • 8:35 – 8:45 p.m. – Meet Your Assignor – Fred Allman: Mid-Suburban League & DuKane Conference
  • 8:45 – 8:50 p.m. – Play of the Week Review
  • 8:50 – 9:00 p.m. – Announcements
  • 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. – Social Event at The Silverado Grill, 447 Spring Road – Elmhurst, IL

Breakout Session Synopsis

Breakout Session # 1: “Communication At Its Best:  Working With Others”
This presentation is ideal for beginning and intermediate officials.  Eddie Burns will discuss being an effective communicator with partners, players, coaches and game administrators.  Learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of working with the other participants of the game.

Breakout Session # 2: “Getting Back to Basics”
Veteran officials are expected to be perfect with all of the things they already know and master all of the new changes each year.  The problem is that bad habits start to increase when things we’ve been used to are not part of an annual review.  Joe Spagnolo will review the “set pieces” of basketball to make sure that all of us get back on the same page.  This presentation is geared for varsity experienced officials and is an excellent way to start your pre-season.

Basketball Division Meetings

Posted on September 5, 2019 / Posted under Announcement, Basketball

AOA Basketball Meetings start on October 3, 2019 at York High School

Check-in begins at 6:45 p.m. and will run until 7:25 p.m. prior to each meeting.  The first presentations begin at 7:30 p.m. sharp.  Each meeting will conclude with a guest assignor and a social at a nearby establishment.

Meeting Dates:
Thursday, October 3
Thursday, October 10
Thursday, October 17
Thursday, October 24
Thursday, October 31

Topics and presenters will be posted before each week’s meeting.  Participants that attend a minimum of four meetings will be eligible for IHSA Level 1 Clinic Credit.

Football Division Meetings

Posted on July 25, 2019 / Posted under Announcement, Football

2019 AOA Football Division meetings will kick-off July 25th 7:00pm at Fenton High School Auditorium.

Speaker Schedule for 2019 Season

July 25       Video Review                Jeff Conrad (state final official)
August 1   Officiating Mechanics    Robert Ybarra (state final official)
August 8    Tools of the Trade         Chuck Graber (state final official)
August 15  Working the Wings        Sal Vasta (state final official)
August 22  Penalty Enforcement     Ted Lepucki (state final official)
August 29*  Using HUDL Effectively Tim Loughnane (state final official)
> at Salt Creek Golf Club in Wood Dale

Once the Part 1 Test is released by the IHSA we will review it at our meetings.

AOA meetings qualify for a Level 2 clinic if you attend at least four of the six scheduled meetings AND pay the clinic fee. The clinic fee is included in the annual football membership registration, for new AOA football members the clinic fee is $40 for multi-sport AOA members and  $50 for AOA football only members.

Willie Smith

Posted on June 27, 2019 / Posted under Announcement, Softball

A celebration was held June 18th 2019 for the retirement of Willie Smith

37 Years as a IHSA umpire, 2 term AOA President and 5 time State Final Umpire.

He will be missed.

Pictured left to right: John Cournane, Joe Madison, Joe Fritsch, Willie Smith, Chris Schaefer, Sal Vasta

Softball Postseason Assignments

Posted on May 30, 2019 / Posted under Announcement, Softball

19 AOA Members received 2019 State Playoff assignments
Regionals 18
Sectionals 10
Super Sectionals 3
State Final 2

Don Christ
2A Regional Chicago (Holy Trinity) G 1, 2, 3 & 4
4A Regional Evanston (Twp.) G 1, 2, 3 & 4

John Courname
3A Regional LaGrange Park (Nazareth Academy) G 1, 2 & 3
3A Sectional Hampshire G 2 & 3

Harold Frey – 1A Regional Amboy G 1

Bob Hawkins – 4A Regional Geneva G 2, 3 & 4

Dan Knapp – 3A Regional Glen Ellyn (Glenbard South) G 1, 2 & 3

Dan Krueger
3A Regional Burlington (Central) G 1, 2 & 3
4A Sectional Palatine (H.S.) G 1, 2 & 3

Joe Maestro
4A Regional Palatine (H.S.) G 1, 2, 3 & 4
3A Sectional Wauconda G 1, 2 & 3

Joe Marks – 4A Regional Hinsdale (Central) G 1, 2, 3 & 4

John McGuinnis
4A Regional Lincolnshire (Stevenson) G 1, 2 & 3
3A Sectional Wauconda G 1, 2 & 3

Bruce Morrick -2A Sectional Braidwood (Reed-Custer) G 1, 2 & 3

Barry Rees
4A Regional Hinsdale (Central) G 1, 2, 3 & 4
3A Sectional Lisle (Benet Academy) G 1, 2 & 3

Craig Reges – 4A Regional Lombard (Glenbard East) G 1, 2, 3 & 4

Rich Rosenthal – 4A Regional Geneva G 2, 3 & 4

Javier Saez
2A Regional Chicago (Holy Trinity) G 1
3A Regional Chicago (Brooks) G1
2A Sectional Lisle (Sr.) G 1

Jim Schindler
2A Regional Lisle (Sr.) G 1, 2, 3 & 4
1A Sectional Shabbona (Indian Creek) G 1, 2 & 3

Scott Stemple
4A Regional Naperville (North) G 1, 2, 3 & 4
4A Sectional Glen Ellyn (Glenbard West) G 1, 2 & 3
3A Super Sectional Bloomington (Illinois Wesleyan U.)

Tony Swat
4A Regional Des Plaines (Maine West) G1
1A Regional Chicago (C. Hope Academy) G 1, 2, 3 & 4
2A Sectional Lisle (Sr.) G 1, 2 & 3
2A Super Sectional Site Joliet (J. Jr. College)
State Final Official 1A/2A

Sal Vasta
4A Regional Lombard (Glenbard East) G 1, 2, 3 & 4
4A Sectional Chicago (Marist) G 1, 2 & 3
4A Super Sectional Site Franklin Park-Northlake (Leyden)
State Final Official 3A/4A

Mark Voyda – 1A Regional Chicago (C. Hope Academy) G 1, 2, 3 & 4

Basketball Postseason Assignments

Posted on May 30, 2019 / Posted under Announcement, Basketball

Fred Anderson
Chgo Christian 2A Regional
King 3A Regional
Proviso West 4A Sectional

Darius Ardelean
Niles North 4A Regional
Glenbrook North 4A Regional

Tom Cahill
Rolling Meadows 4A Regional

Tom Calabrese
Maine South 4A Regional

Tracey Carothers
Dunbar 3A Regional
South Shore 3A Regional

Bernie Carroll
Bolingbrook 4A Regional
Niles North 3A Sectional

Dwayne Chandler
Young 4A Regional
Payton 3A Regional

Mark Cladis
Andrew 4A Regional
Grayslake Central 3A Sectional

Maryssa Cladis
Brooks 3A Regional

Nick Cladis
Oswego 4A Regional
East Aurora 4A Sectional

Earl Clement
Christ the King 2A Regional
STEM 3A Regional
Thornwood 3A Sectional

Earl Clement
Clemente 3A Regional
Little Village 3A Regional

Kent Collins
Glenbard West 4A Regional

Bob Copas
Argo 4A Regional

Ronnie Creggett
York 4A Regional

Craig Davelis
Niles North 4A Regional
De La Salle 3A Sectional
Palatine 4A Supersectional

Craig Davelis
Conant 4A Regional
Waukegan 4A Sectional

Dan Fisher
Stagg 4A Regional

Jim French
Christian Liberty 1A Regional
Barrington 4A Regional

Joe Fritsch
NSCD 2A Regional
Resurrection 3A Regional
Loyola Academy 4A Regional

Leon Geralds
Lycee Francais 1A Regional
Cristo Rey 3A Regional

Steve Halberg
Lisle 2A Regional
Young 4A Regional

Greg Hartzheim
Argo 4A Regional
Niles North 4A Sectional

Byron Hoekstra
St. Joseph 3A Regional

Bob Issel
Rolling Meadows 4A Regional
Grayslake Central 3A Sectional
Northwestern 4A Supersectional

Michael Jackson
Plainfield North 4A Regional

Bob Jenkins
Benet Academy 4A Regional
Thornwood 4A Sectional

Darnell Jones
Cary-Grove 4A Regional
Evanston 4A Sectional
Lake Forest 4A Regional

Darnell Jones
North Lawndale 3A Sectional

Art Kasak
Christ the King 2A Regional
Argo 4A Regional

Dylan Kramer
Ida Crown 1A Regional
Northridge Prep 2A Regional

Chuck Landeros
Rolling Meadows 3A Regional

Tim Loughnane
Ida Crown 1A Regional
St. Viator 3A Regional

Stacy Majchrowski
Walther 2A Regional
Lisle 2A Sectional
Plainfield North 4A Regional

Joe Madison
Julian 2A Regional
King 3A Regional
Latin 2A Regional

John Marino
York 4A Regional

Jason McKinney
Rolling Meadows 3A Regional
Wheeling 4A Regional

John Mesarzos
Downers North 4A Regional

Craig Ochoa
Lisle 2A Regional
Nazareth 3A Regional

Kevin O’Keefe
Wheaton Academy 3A Regional

Rich Parsons
Grayslake Central 3A Sectional
Northwestern 4A Supersectional

Ron Ritter
Downers North 4A Regional
Thornwood 4A Sectional
Concordia 3A Supersectional
3A/4A State Finals

Val Russell
Walther 2A Regional

Jeff Rutledge
Morton 4A Regional
Bartlett 4A Sectional
Joliet Central 3A Supersectional
3A/4A State Finals

Joe Spagnolo
Glenbard West 4A Regional
Marengo 3A Sectional

Don Taylor
Walther 2A Regional
Hersey 4A Regional
Ida Crown 1A Regional

Steve Terpening
Herscher 2A Regional
Lockport 4A Regional

Dave Trewatha
Lycee Francais 1A Regional
Evanston 4A Regional

Len Turnbull
St. Joseph 3A Regional

Sal Vasta
Northridge Prep 2A Regional
Collins 1A Sectional

Bob Vaughn
South Elgin 4A Regional
Waukegan 4A Sectional

Don Williams
Conant 4A Regional
Bartlett 4A Sectional
Joliet Central 3A Supersectional
3A/4A State Finals

Randy Wilson
York 4A Regional
Fenwick 3A Sectional
Palatine 4A Supersectional
3A/4A State Finals

Gary Zahara
Bartlett 4A Regional
Timothy Christian 2A Regional
Collins 1A Sectional

2019 Basketball Banquet

Posted on February 12, 2019 / Posted under Social

Tuesday March 19, 2019

Alta Villa,
430 N. Addison Rd.
Addison, IL 60101

Chicken Parmigiana or Ribeye Steak
Cost: $25 per person

HOF Inductions: Joe Fritsch & Sal Vasta

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