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 Baseball Membership

Posted on January 6, 2018 / Posted under Announcement, Baseball

Online baseball membership registration and dues payment

Week 1 February 7th

Jason Santo OBS/INT vs. “A baseball play”
John Cyr Base Awards

Week 2 February 14th

Rescheduled to March 21

Week 3 February 21st

Dave Uyl Handling Situations and Dealing with Coaches
Craig Davelis NFHS Warn/Restrict/Eject

Week 4 February 28th

Bill Vincent Verbal Judo
John Cyr NFHS Part 1 Exam

Week 5 March 7th

John Cyr Batter Do’s/Don’ts
Bill Mushrush NASO Survey of Officials

Week 6 March 14th

John Muller Plays That Trip You Up
Bob Copas Pitching Do’s/Don’ts

Week 7 March 21st

Gary Stratton 2018 Rules Changes/POE
Steve Harms Video Plays

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.


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.

Download IACO Learn To Officiate High School Football Flyer

Full information and registration form

Football Division Meetings

Posted on May 9, 2017 / Posted under Announcement, Football

New Meeting Format

6:50 – 7:10          Minutes with Mentors/Announcements

7:10 – 7:30          Take 5 (5 video clips for review and discussion with Craig Reges)

7:30 – 7:45          Rules Review with Ted Lepucki

7:45 – 8:30          Guest Speaker

Date Time Topic Presenter
July 27, 2017 7:00–9:00pm Introductions, Mechanics Overview - Gary Grohovena
Aug 03, 2017 7:00–9:00pm Kicking Game - Tim Kiefer
Aug 10, 2017 7:00–9:00pm Conflict Resolution and Professionalism - Dennis Doyle
Aug 17, 2017 7:00–9:00pm Penalty Enforcement - Octavio Herrera
Aug 24, 2017 7:00–9:00pm New Rules review - Chris Terpstra
Aug 31, 2017 7:00–9:00pm Force/Red Zone - Mark Cunningham

Pioneer Sports Group Turns 100

Posted on February 3, 2017 / Posted under Announcement, General

Chicago, Illinois (February 1, 2017) – The Athletic Officials Association (AOA), the oldest referee training organization in Illinois, and thought to be the oldest in the United States, celebrates its 100 year anniversary in 2017.

In the 1920’s the AOA Advisory Board included Alonzo Stagg, Knute Rockne, and other Midwestern college coaches and administrators that helped lead the AOA in training referees for basketball and football.  Today the AOA has 465 members with training programs in baseball and softball as well as basketball and football. The AOA referees are all registered with the Illinois High School Association, with many members working multiple sports just as their predecessors did.

All members are trained in rules, mechanics, professionalism and philosophy with extensive use of video as part of the training process. “Any organization that thrives for 100 years or more has to periodically reinvent itself to remain relevant” said Ted Lepucki, Chairman of the Board of Directors that oversees all the sports divisions.  “For the last two years, AOA has provided its football members on-line video of the games that they work.  Now the training is much more timely and relevant. It’s very personal and humbling, but the end result is continuous improvement.  Our goal is to have the best officials on the games.”

Many AOA alumni worked collegiate and professional contests in games with Red Grange and Bronco Nagurski, including the 1932 Bears-Packers game. Today AOA continues to have member officials appointed to state finals in all of the 4 sports divisions.  These officials build on a deep tradition of excellence and pride.  Here are a few examples:

Walter Eckersall University of Chicago All American Quarterback and worked as Referee for the First Tournament of Roses Game, was the First AOA Football Division President in 1917.  He was a reporter for the Chicago Tribune and instrumental in forming the Chicago Tribune Athletic Association that recognized sports officials.

Hugh Ray AOA Football Division Rules Interpreter, Division President (1929-‘35), Vice Chairman of the Board (1930-’32) and only Football Official Inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.  Recommended by George Halas and worked as Technical Rules Advisor for the NFL from 1933 to 1952.  Developed rules by example that became the official’s casebook. Mr. Ray was an AOA Football and Basketball official.

Irv Kupcinet AOA Basketball and Football official, who had a brief career as an NFL player.  In 1940, Mr. Kupcinet was the Head Linesman for the historic Bears – Washington NFL championship game where the Bears scored 73 points, the largest winning margin in NFL history.  He was a Chicago radio and TV personality and worked for the Chicago Sun Times.

Tommy Kouzmanoff  AOA Basketball and Football Official worked IHSA state Basketball finals in 1953, ’54 ’55 who served as the longest running Football Division President for 15 years.  He was a newspaper reporter who worked for the Chicago American and he covered 31 IHSA state final basketball tournaments.

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