Upcoming Events

2022 AOA Basketball Division

2022 AOA Basketball Division

October 6, 2022 – In-Person at York HS

  • Check in 6:30 PM
  • 7:00 1st meeting of Board of Directors
  • 7:05 – 7:15 Business for AOA for the year
  • 7:20 – TBD Fred Allman – New Rules & POE
  • Denny Bracco “Running your pregame with purpose/Getting back to Basics”

October 13, 2022 on Zoom

  • Zoom Run by Randy Wilson
  • Short meeting 7 – 8 (Cause of Bears Game)
  • Jeff Rutledge – “Little things of officiating”

October 20, 2022 Zoom

  • Dave Romano – 20 minutes Communication with Coaches
  • Tim Loughnane – 20 minutes Block/Charge & Dead Ball
  • Don Williams – 20 minutes Video session “What do you see”

October 27, 2022 Zoom

  • Sal Vasta – 20 minutes – Mechanics
  • Les O’Connor 20 minutes – Throw-ins
  • Randy Wilson – 20 minutes – Basket-interference / Goaltending

November 3, 2022 Zoom

  • Eddie Burns Host
  • Eddie Burns – 20 minutes Best Teammate (on and off the court)
  • Jeff Rutledge – 30 minutes “Calling your primary”
  • Bob Copas – 20 minutes – Fighting

November 10, 2022 In-Person TBD

  • In-Person at a Pizza place
  • Pizza Party & Rule Test – Sal Finding place – Eddie will host meeting
  • All Clinicians will take 10 Questions each: Tim, Les, Don, Sal Randy, Jeff
2022 AOA Football Division

2022 AOA Football Division

The preliminary agenda is:

July 21: New Rules

July 28: Mechanics Review

Aug. 4: In person at Fenton with a speaker

Aug. 11: “Back to Basics” and Football Fundamentals with Test Review

Aug. 18: Professionalism and Conflict Resolution with Test Review

Aug. 25: Assigners Panel with Test Review

Basketball Banquet 2021-2022

The Athletic Officials Association Basketball Division Hall of Fame Induction and Member Recognition Banquet will take place on Tuesday, March 15 at Allegre Banquets of Villa Park, 237 Saint Charles Road in Villa Park.   Doors will open at 6:00 PM.

Members will also be recognized for recent IHSA Promotion and AOA Service Awards, along with many other special recognitions.  

The cost of the banquet is $25. 

Softball Clinic Dates 2022

AOA Softball Division

Wednesdays:  1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16. 2/23
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: ONLINE CLINIC
Clinic: Level 2

Contact: John Cournane
Phone: (773) 556-5047
Email:  j [dot] bc [at] hotmail [dot] com

Cost:  Free to Members which includes a Season Ending Banquet / $35 for Non-Members
MUST attend 3 out of 5 meetings to receive IHSA Clinic Credit. 

Baseball Umpire Clinic 2022

Announcing AOA Baseball Umpire 2022 Clinic Dates (100% on-line)

AOA’s Baseball Umpire Division will begin spring meetings on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, and will meet on six consecutive Wednesdays starting at 6:45 PM.

As noted below all six meetings will be held on-line using Zoom Webinar and Zoom meetings.

Register now and lock in your spot so you do not miss any important updates and emails.

Member Dues:

  • First year dues are waived if you have never been registered with the IHSA as an umpire.
  • If you have never been a member of the AOA then we offer a reduced fee of $15.00 (excludes lapsed AOA baseball members).
  • Renewing Membership dues are $25.00 (Reduced to reflect on-line platform)

All members that meet the membership requirement and attend at least 3 of the six meetings will receive Level 1 Clinic Credit form the IHSA as well as a free gift.

To reserve your spot, Click here to register

As we finalize our presenters and the schedule we will have a full list of Topics and Presenters on the AOA website.

For additional information send an email to aoabaseball [at] gmail [dot] com

Week 1

  • Pre-Game Concepts Joe Spagnolo, AOA Executive Board President
  • TMac’s Teachable Moments, Tim McCaffrey – Close Call Sports
  • Baseball PreGame with Partners and Coaches – Bill Mushrush

Week 2

  • World Series Experience – Dan Bellino, MLB Umpire
  • FPSR – Brad Snyder
  • Appeals – Greg Johnson

Week 3

  • Confidence in Conflict for Sports Officials – Peter Jaskulski
  • Interference – (Batter, Runner, RLI) – Pat Weber

Week 4

  • Obstruction – Steve Harms
  • Pitching Regulations and Balks – Bob Copas

Week 5

  • Game-Ending Situations – Steve Harms
  • 2-Person Mechanics – Greg Johnson
  • Breakout Rooms 
  •     1-Person Mechanics – Greg Johnson
  •     3-Person Mechanics – John Cyr

Week 6

  • COVID Protocols and Top 5 NFHS Part 1 Missed Questions – Sam Knox, IHSA Executive for Baseball
  • Rules Changes and POE – Al Albert – Clinician
  • DH Rules/Substitutions – John Cyr
  • NFHS Part 1 Exam – Greg Johnson/John Cyr

November 11 Basketball Division Meeting

The final pre-season meeting of the AOA Basketball Division will be held on Zoom on Thursday, November 11 at 7:00 pm.
Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82233257549?pwd=NDY3WEt6YW1hTXF3MmVhckJjcGFuUT09
Meeting ID: 822 3325 7549

Passcode: 931984
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WEEK SIX – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11 – ZOOM
Meeting Theme: Being the Best You Can Be
7:05 – Randy Wilson, Bench Decorum and Dealing with Coaches in a Post-Pandemic Society
7:35 – Tim Loughnane, How To Be A Good Partner
8:10 – Fifteen Minutes With… The AOA Basketball Division Board
8:25 – Announcements
8:30 – Officials Workshop 101

October 28 Basketball Division Meeting

The next meeting of the AOA Basketball Division will be held on Zoom on Thursday, October 28 at 7:00 pm.  
If you have not already done so, please complete your membership registration at: https://www.athletic-officials.com/basketball/basketball-membership/ 

Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82233257549?pwd=NDY3WEt6YW1hTXF3MmVhckJjcGFuUT09

Meeting ID: 822 3325 7549

Passcode: 931984
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,82233257549#,,,,*931984# US (Chicago)

Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 822 3325 7549
Passcode: 931984


2021 AOA MEETING SCHEDULE

WEEK FOUR – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28 – ZOOM
Meeting Theme:  Getting to the Next Level
7:05 – Steve Honacki, Advancing As An Official in Your Officiating Career
7:35 – Lamar Simpson, Knowing What It Takes to Get To The Next Level
8:05 – Fifteen Minutes With…Steve & Lamar
8:20 – Announcements
8:30 – Officials Workshop

October 21 Basketball Division Meeting

AOA Basketball Division Members and Friends of AOA Basketball:

The next meeting of the AOA Basketball Division will be held on Zoom on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 pm.  If you have not already done so, please complete your membership registration at: https://www.athletic-officials.com/basketball/basketball-membership/   

Meeting Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82233257549?pwd=NDY3WEt6YW1hTXF3MmVhckJjcGFuUT09
Meeting ID: 822 3325 7549
Passcode: 931984
Dial by your location: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

WEEK THREE – THURSDAY. OCTOBER 21 – ZOOM 

Meeting Theme: Learning from Our Miscues
7:00 – Welcome
7:05 – Don Williams, How Did You Learn That?
7:30 – Rich Parsons, What I’ve Learned from My Failures
8:05 – Fifteen Minutes With…Rich & Don
8:20 – Announcements
8:30 – New Officials Workshop 101 – What Do You Want Out of Officiating? 

October 14 Basketball Division Meeting

The next AOA Basketball Division Meeting will be held in-person at York High School, 355 West Saint Charles Road in Elmhurst at 7:00 pm.  A complimentary gift will be presented to those AOA members who have completed their registration on-line.  If you have not already done so, you can register on-line today at:  https://www.athletic-officials.com/basketball/basketball-membership/

Our meeting will be held in Room A294 at York High School, 355 West Saint Charles Road in Elmhurst.  You can park in the lots just north of Saint Charles Road and enter through the Academic building, which is left to the American flag as you face north, going towards the school.   Room A294 is on the second floor of the Academic building.

We are also planning to have a post-meeting social event at the Silverado Restaurant immediately following the meeting.

WEEK TWO – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14 – YORK HIGH SCHOOL
Meeting Theme: Video, Video, Video
6:45 – Registration 7:05 – Joe Spagnolo, Video Review: Proper Mechanic Concepts
7:30 – Joe Spagnolo, Video Review: And There’s No One Here To See It
8:00 – Announcements
8:15 – Social Event at The Silverado Grill, 447 Spring Road, Elmhurst, IL

October 7 Basketball Division Meeting

The first meeting of the AOA Basketball Division will be held on Zoom on Thursday, October 7 at 7:00 pm.  If you have not already done so, please complete your membership registration at: https://www.athletic-officials.com/basketball/basketball-membership/ 

Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82233257549?pwd=NDY3WEt6YW1hTXF3MmVhckJjcGFuUT09

2020 AOA MEETING SCHEDULE

WEEK ONE – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7 – ZOOM
Meeting Theme: Getting Ready
7:05 – Joe Spagnolo, Pre-Game A-to-Z
7:25 – Fred Allman, New Rules and Points of Emphasis
8:00 – Fifteen Minutes With…Fred Allman
8:15 – Plays of the Week
8:25 – Announcements
8:30 – New Officials Workshop 101

Mini-Session Synopsis

Mini-Session # 1: “Pre-Game A-to-Z”
It’s an alphabet soup version of quick bullet points that IHSA Clinician Joe Spagnolo will cover just about every concept that we need to cover in our pre-game.  Short, sweet, and effective.  I can’t believe someone hasn’t thought of this earlier.  A must for all officials to start their game off on the right track. 


Mini-Session # 2:  
“New Rules and Points of Emphasis”
IHSA Rule Interpreter Fred Allman will provide his annual overview of pre-season updates and expectations for the upcoming season.