Nov 1 Basketball Division Meeting

Posted on October 30, 2018 / Posted under Announcement, Basketball

AOA BASKETBALL DIVISION MEETING SCHEDULE
Location: York High School in Elmhurst

Thursday, November 1

6:45 – 7:25 p.m. – Check-In
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Breakout Session: Split Meeting Schedule
Breakout Session # 1: “Everything You Want to Know about Uniforms” (Joe Spagnolo) – Room A278
Breakout Session # 2: “Communication with Coaches” (Andrew Williams) – Room A290
8:00 – 8:05 p.m. – Break
8:05 – 8:35 p.m. – IHSA Part 1 Test Review (Jeff Rutledge) – Room A290
8:35 – 8:45 p.m. – Meet Your Assignor: Jeff Schwarz, Central Suburban and Metro Prep 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 # 1: “Everything You Want to Know about Uniforms”
It is a necessary evil is to enforce the uniform and apparel rules. State Clinician Joe Spagnolo simplifies the rules on what participants can and cannot wear and discusses the importance of those rules and their philosophies. The presentation provides numerous examples of what is legal and what is not.

Breakout Session # 2: “Communication with Coaches”
Perhaps the most difficult part of officiating is the potential encounter with coach-referee communication. IHSA State Final official Andrew Williams will discuss successful methods in managing the conflict and will provide tips on proven techniques which you can use the next time you go out on the court.

Oct 25 Basketball Division Meeting

Posted on October 23, 2018 / Posted under Announcement, Basketball

AOA BASKETBALL DIVISION MEETING SCHEDULE
Location: York High School in Elmhurst

Thursday, October 25

6:45 – 7:25 p.m. – Check-In
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Breakout Session: Split Meeting Schedule
Breakout Session # 1: How Can I Improve After the Camp Season – Tim Loughnane – Room A278
Breakout Session # 2: Unusual Plays & Obscure Rules – Joe Spagnolo – Room A290
8:00 – 8:05 p.m. – Break
8:05 – 8:35 p.m. – Keynote Address, Kurt Gibson, IHSA Basketball Administrator – Room A290
8:35 – 8:45 p.m. – Meet Your Assignors: Mark Siekierski, Upstate Eight Conference and Steve Bellmore, Fox Valley & Northern Lake County 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 # 1: “How Can I Improve After the Camp Season”
Going to summer camps and clinics have been a staple for officials wanting to improve their craft and having an opportunity to be seen by assignors. When the summer ends, your pre-season preparation shouldn’t be put on hold. AOA Secretary/Treasurer Tim Loughnane will detail additional opportunities which officials can partake after the summer to fill the gap between July through November.

Breakout Session # 2: “Unusual Plays & Obscure Rules”
The NFHS Case Book is filled with numerous plays that examine your knowledge of the rules. IHSA Clinician Joe Spagnolo will review some of his “everyday favorites” that will test your understanding of plays that occasionally occur and may surprise you if you aren’t properly prepared. Knowing the rules, in addition to the application of the rules, is a foundation for success on the court.

Oct 18 Basketball Division Meeting

Posted on October 16, 2018 / Posted under Announcement, Basketball

AOA BASKETBALL DIVISION MEETING SCHEDULE
Location: York High School in Elmhurst

Thursday, October 18

6:45 – 7:25 p.m. – Check-In
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Breakout Session: Split Meeting Schedule
Breakout Session # 1: “Overcoming Obstacles” (Fred Anderson & Darius Ardelean) – Room A278
Breakout Session # 2: “Three Person Court Coverage” (Joe Spagnolo) – Room A290
8:00 – 8:05 p.m. – Break
8:05 – 8:35 p.m. – Keynote Address: Video Play Review, Joe Spagnolo – Room A290
8:35 – 8:45 p.m. – Meet Your Assignor: Vernal 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 # 1: “Overcoming Obstacles in Your Officiating Career”
Advancing in your officiating career sometimes is not a smooth process, as detours and obstacles will eventually take place. Fred Anderson and Darius Ardelean, both members of the AOA Basketball Board, will share their experiences as they advanced from working lower level games to officiating in the IHSA state series and will prepare newer officials on what might happen and how to get ready for the unexpected challenges and rewards which lie ahead.

Breakout Session # 2: “Three Person Court Coverage”
Consistency is the key to officiating and sending the same message to all officials is a major objective. State Clinician Joe Spagnolo will review the ideal techniques of court coverage for three person mechanics. This review will echo the message sent to all clinicians at last spring’s IHSA Clinicians Meeting in Bloomington and will provide the ideal techniques for officiating each one of the positions in three person mechanics.

Keynote Address: “Twenty Plays of Video”
There is no better tool to learn basketball officiating than reviewing video. Joe Spagnolo will bring his favorite plays from the past season and will review rule assessments, officiating philosophy and critical teaching points. This has been traditionally one of the most requested pre-season presentations each year.

Oct 11 Basketball Division Meeting

Posted on October 9, 2018 / Posted under Announcement, Basketball

AOA BASKETBALL DIVISION MEETING SCHEDULE
Location: York High School in Elmhurst

Thursday, October 11

6:45 – 7:25 p.m. – Check-In
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Breakout Session: Split Meeting Schedule
Breakout Session # 1: “Maintaining Order On and Off the Court” (Joe Spagnolo) – Room A278
Breakout Session # 2: “Rule 10: Fouls and Penalties” (Don Williams) – Room A290
8:00 – 8:05 p.m. – Break
8:05 – 8:35 p.m. – Keynote Address, Fred Allman, IHSA Rules Interpreter – Room A290
8:35 – 8:45 p.m. – Meet Your Assignor: Fred Allman, DuKane and Mid-Suburban 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: “Maintaining Order On and Off the Court”
Managing people can be one of the most difficult parts of officiating for a new official; as players, coaches and spectators all provide challenging situations.  IHSA Clinician Joe Spagnolo provides his take on nearly 40 years of experiences on the basketball court and reviews ideal practices for dealing with each specific group.  This presentation is geared for newer officials that have not developed a successful strategy in game management skills.

Breakout Session # 2: “Rule 10: Fouls and Penalties”
The last rule in the rule book is probably the most important and warrants a detailed review before each season.  22-year AOA member and two-time IHSA state final official, Don Williams will cover the assessment of penalties but will also examine contact situations: the automatics; what is and what is not a foul; incidental contact; disruption of rhythm, speed, balance and quickness; freedom of movement; and many more of the “gray” parts of contact.  This is an excellent review to get all officials on the same page to start their season.

Oct 4 Basketball Division Meeting

Posted on October 2, 2018 / Posted under Announcement, Basketball

AOA BASKETBALL DIVISION MEETING SCHEDULE
Location: York High School in Elmhurst

Thursday, October 4

6:45 – 7:25 p.m. – Check-In
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Breakout Session: Split Meeting Schedule
Breakout Session # 1: “Moving Through the Ranks” (Paul Frerking & Bob Vaughn) – Room A278
Breakout Session # 2: “The Nation’s Best Pre-Game” (Joe Spagnolo) – Room A290
8:00 – 8:05 p.m. – Break
8:05 – 8:35 p.m. – Keynote Address, Lamar Simpson, NCAA Official – Room A290
8:35 – 8:45 p.m. – Meet Your Assignor: Lamar Simpson, West Suburban 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: “Moving Through the Ranks: Advancing to the Next Level”
This presentation is ideal for beginning and intermediate officials who would like to know what it takes to advance to the next level.  Assignor, College Observer and former Division I official Paul Frerking and IHSA Sectional and collegiate official Bob Vaughn will share their experiences and provide the “Do’s” of what to do to make it to the next level.

Breakout Session # 2: “The Nation’s Best Pre-Game”
Did you ever wonder what is talked about before the game at the Division I level in the officials’ pre-game?  You might be surprised that it is the same concepts we use on a nightly basis at the high school level.  Big East Conference Observer Joe Spagnolo will share his experiences in the pre-game meetings with the top officials in our game today.  This presentation is geared for varsity experienced officials and is an excellent way to start your pre-season.

Basketball Division Meetings

Posted on September 25, 2018 / Posted under Announcement, Basketball

AOA Basketball Meetings start on October 4, 2018 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 4
  • Thursday, October 11
  • Thursday, October 18
  • Thursday, October 25
  • Thursday, November 1
  • Thursday, November 8

Topics and presenters will be posted before each week’s meeting.

Football Division Meetings

Posted on June 12, 2018 / Posted under Announcement, Football

Meetings Begin July 26, 2018 7:00PM at Fenton High School in Bensenville

Jul 26        Introductions Sideline Management – Craig Reges & Paul Tanzillo
Aug 2        Pass Interference – Tim Loughnane
Aug 9        Pre-Game Warm Up and Stretches – Ursula Dams, Asst. Dir. Of Gottlieb Center of Fitness
Aug 16      Difficult situations/professionalism – Octavio Herrera/Jim Schwarz/Marv Dampeer/Dave Butts/Tim Kiefer
Aug 23      Personal fouls/USC – Octavio Herrera & Jeff Conrad
Aug 30*   Crew relations with coach and school – Ralph Kubek

Aug 30th meeting at Salt Creek Golf Club at 1051 North Prospect Avenue Wood Dale right next door to Top Golf on Prospect Avenue. Appetizers served at 7:15

Attending 4 of the 6 meetings will make you eligible to vote and hold office; you must also pay clinic fees to receive Level 2 Clinic Credit.

Baseball Postseason Assignments

Posted on June 12, 2018 / Posted under Announcement, Baseball

Name Play in Regional Sectional Super College
Steve Marchese 2A Play-In (UIC) 3A Regional – St. Pats
Bob Copas 3A Regional – Chicago St. Pat’s CCAC & NACC
Ryan Mulcahy 2A Regional Elmhurst (IC) 4A Sectional Lockport
4A Regional St. Charles East
Craig Davelis 4A regional at Willowbrook 4A sectional at Loyola 4A super sectional at Crestwood
Craig Zimmerman 3A&4A
Jeff Schanks 4A Regional Naperville Central 3A Sectional Ottawa 4A Super Sectional Champagne
Vince Mastandrea 4A – Hoffman Estates Regional 4A – Hinsdale So. Sectional 3A – North Central College Super Sectional
Bob Pauls Aurora Christian 1A Regional Harvest Christian 1A Sectional
Bill Mushrush 4A Regional Yorkville 4A Sectional Hinsdale South
Greg Johnson 4A Regional – St. Charles East
Lino Novieli 4A – Hinsdale So. Sectional 3A – North Central College Super Sectional
Chuck Graber 3A Lisle Play-in
Pat Schenck 3A Wheaton Acad
Gary Stratton 3A Glenbard South
Steve Harms 4A Naperville Central Midwest
Brian Kingsley 4A South Elgin

2018 Softball Clinic

Posted on December 10, 2017 / Posted under Announcement, Softball

Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Fenton High School.

The clinic will begin at 8am and run until 2pm. Some of the items covered include new rules, points of emphasis, and questions about the IHSA Part 1 test. A pizza lunch will also be served. At 2pm, officials may go to the small gym, where newer umpires can “get behind the plate” as high school pitchers and catchers will participate.

Sunday, March 18 at the Rosemont Dome Field #1.

AOA has the field from 5 to 7pm, when high school teams will scrimmage while newer umpires can “work” an inning or two. Veteran umpires will also be on hand to help serve as mentors. Umpires should plan on having full umpire equipment for both clinics if they are going behind the plate.

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IACO Learn to Officiate Football

Posted on June 20, 2017 / Posted under Announcement, Football

The IACO Football Officials Training Class prepares the participant by covering game rules, play situations, penalty enforcement, game timing, and mechanics (positioning) through presentations and game film review. After completion of the class and earning an IHSA (Illinois State High School Association) sports officiating license, you will be given the opportunity to be assigned to officiate high school football games for the upcoming season. Officials with 1-2 years experience also find this class very advantageous and are welcome to attend.

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