Mar 3 Softball Division Meeting

Posted on January 29, 2021 / Posted under Announcement, Softball

Level 2 Softball Clinic is Free with the AOA Membership Fee of $20

The Athletic Officials Association Softball Division would like, again, to offer its current members and new first-year members the possibility of receiving Level 2 clinic credit for attending a minimum of three of five scheduled meetings. We received IHSA approval for this format in 2021.

AOA Softball meets for five consecutive weeks on a Wednesday evening, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. In the past we have met at Fenton High School, however, due to COVID-19, we plan to conduct our training sessions online virtually​.

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Zoom Webinar will be made available at 6:45pm to allow buffer time and accommodate sign-ins. Each training session will include video and a presentation utilizing IHSA Certified Clinicians, as well as guest speakers such as IHSA Administrator Tracie Henry. 

You make the call – video30 minDan Krueger
Base umpire mechanics20 min
Coaches round table
Perry Peterson, Head Coach Barrington
Molly Freeman, Head Coach Hersey HS
25 min
Question and Answer15 min
March 3, 2021

Nov 5 Basketball Division Meeting

Posted on November 6, 2020 / Posted under Announcement, Basketball

The next pre-season meeting of the Athletic Officials Association basketball division will be held on Zoom on Thursday, November 5.  Check-in runs from 6:35 to 6:55 p.m. and the presentations start promptly at 7:00 p.m.   Members in good standing will receive their Zoom Access Code each week via email.
Thursday, November 5
700 – Welcome
705 – Presentation 1: IHSA Part 1 Rules Exam Review
725 – Presentation 2: Focus on the Rules – Rule 8: Free Throw
745 – Presentation 3: Tim Loughnane, Game Management
810 – Meet The Assigner: Rich Parsons, Northeastern Athletic Conference
820 – Plays of the Week
825 – Announcements
830 – New Officials Workshop 101

Mini-Session Synopsis

Mini-Session # 1: “Part 1 Rules Exam Review”
A review of the Part 1 Rules Examination is presented.

Mini Session # 2: “Focus on the Rules – Rule 8 – “Free Throw”
The basics of the free throw rule are presented.  Topics covered include Free Throw Administration, Mechanics and Violations.

Mini-Session # 3: “Game Management”
Although Rules Knowledge and Mechanics are essential for success in officiating, there are many times where a mastery of game management skills can make or break your performance.  Tim Loughnane will review game management techniques, what to look for and how to assess them. 

Casebook Play of the Week # 1:  B1, in a marked lane space, enters the lane prematurely. The administering official properly signals the violation and A1 attempts the free throw. However, A1’s attempt does not enter the basket or touch the ring. Is there a violation on this play? 

Casebook Play of the Week # 2:  A1 is fouled but erroneously is not awarded two free throws even though the automatic bonus is in effect. Team A is given a throw-in, and A1 inbounds the ball to A2 who is tied up by B1 resulting in a held-ball situation. The error is discovered following the held-ball call. The possession arrow is pointing to B’s basket. How can we correct this situation? 

Discounted NASO for AOA Members

Posted on June 12, 2020 / Posted under Announcement

The AOA Executive Board is pleased to offer all members the opportunity to join NASO for the discounted one-year membership fee of $87.  The regular cost for individuals is $116 for a one-year membership.

  • AOA Membership does not require members to join NASO. 
  • Existing NASO-AOA members who take advantage of the discount will receive a pro-rated refund from NASO for unused months from their current individual membership once their application is processed.
  • This offer is only for a limited time so please complete your application by JUNE 26, 2020.

Baseball Division 2020

Posted on December 18, 2019 / Posted under Announcement, Baseball

Meeting Dates : Feb 5, Feb 12, Feb 19, Feb 26, Mar 4, Mar 11, Mar 18 – make up if necessary

All classes start at 6:45 and are held in room 184 @ Naperville North High School

Thursday, October 31

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

Thursday, October 31

  • 6:45 – 7:25 p.m. – Check-In
  • 7:30 – 8:05 p.m. – Breakout Sessions: Split Meeting Schedule
    • Breakout Session #1: “Effective Communication During Conflict” (Mark Siekierski) – Room A278
    • Breakout Session #2: “The Basics of Legal Defenders” (Joe Spagnolo) – Room A290
  • 8:05 – 8:10 p.m. – Break
  • 8:10 – 8:50 p.m. – Keynote Address: “IHSA Part 1 Test Review” (Harry Bohn) — Room A290
  • 8:50 – 9:00 p.m. – Meet Your Assignors – Mark Siekierski & Harry Bohn
  • 9:00 – 9:10 p.m. – Plays of the Week Review
  • 9:15 – 9:20 p.m. – Announcements
  • 9:30 – 10:30 p.m. – Social Event at The Silverado Grill, 447 Spring Road – Elmhurst, IL

Breakout Session Synopsis

Breakout Session # 1: “Effective Communication During Conflict”
Conflict on the court can take place with players, coaches, spectators and even partners. IHSA Clinician Mark Siekierski reviews his presentation on key communication techniques to use when conflicts arise on the court.

Breakout Session # 2: “The Basics of Legal Defenders”
Successful officiating starts with identifying that defenders have established legal guarding position and that they maintain that legality throughout

Does the off-ball contact warrant issuing a foul and stopping the action going to the basket?

Softball Division 2020

Posted on October 28, 2019 / Posted under Announcement, Softball

Meetings held at Fenton High School Rooms 302 & 304, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. To be a member in good standing you must attend 3 of 5 meetings. Dues remain at $35 payed at the first meeting attended, Clinic is free to members

Softball Meeting January 29, 2020
Umpire Pre-Season Training Program / Concussions
20 Test Questions

Softball Meeting February 5, 2020
Conflict Resolution
Pre-Game Meeting with Partners and Coaches
20 Test Questions

Softball Meeting February 12, 2020
Working with an Assigner – (assigners will attend, bring your open dates)
Coaches Panel – (3 coaches to attend)
20 Test Questions

Softball Meeting February 19, 2020
Batting Out of Order and Substitutions
Strike Zone Philosophy
20 Test Questions

Softball Meeting February 26, 2020
Rules Changes and POE
Working the Bases
20 Test Questions

Softball Clinic February 29, 2020
9 AM -1:30 PM
Location: Fenton High School, Bensenville, Il Room 302
Clinic Level: 1 & 2
Affiliated Organization: AOA
Contact: Tony Swat
Email: Nozs [at] aol [dot] com
Cost: Free for Members/ $35 for Non-Members
Clinician Dan Krueger
Chuck Leach with Official Call – Vendor

Sunday May 17, 2020, AOA Softball Banquet
Shoeless Joes, Addison IL

Thursday, October 24

Posted on October 24, 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: “Decision Making & Self-Talk” with Don Williams – Room A278
    • Breakout Session #2: “Owning Your Primary with Conflict Resolution” with Tim Loughnane – Room A290
  • 8:00 – 8:05 p.m. – Break
  • 8:05 – 8:35 p.m. – Keynote Address: “The Five P’s of Basketball Officiating” (Vern Turner) — Room A290
  • 8:35 – 8:45 p.m. – Meet Your Assignor – Vern Turner, Chicago Prep League
  • 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: “Decision Making & Self-Talk”
Even with sufficient preparation, basketball officiating comes down to getting the play correct on the court. Three-time state final official Don Williams reviews the “in’s and out’s” of decision making on the court and utilizes your internal thinking mechanisms to help you determine what you do and when you are supposed to do it.

Breakout Session # 2: “Owning Your Primary with Conflict Resolution
Officiating your Primary Coverage Area is a universal statement at all levels of basketball. The importance of taking ownership of your area is paramount in determining success on the court. AOA Secretary/Treasurer Tim Loughnane talks about the importance of being the best official in your area and what sometimes happens when officials reach into areas that don’t belong to them.

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.

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.

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