Jan 25 Basketball Social

Posted on November 18, 2018 / Posted under Basketball

Shoeless Joe’s on Lake Street in Addison

Friday, Jan. 25 from 9 to 11 pm

Menu will be pizza, salad, and soda for $12 per person, plus tax and tip.

Nov 8 Basketball Division Meeting

Posted on November 7, 2018 / Posted under Basketball, General

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

Thursday, November 8

6:45 – 7:25 p.m. – Check-In
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Breakout Session: Split Meeting Schedule
Breakout Session # 1: “Two Person Court Coverage” (Joe Spagnolo) – Room A278
Breakout Session # 2: “Rule 6: Live & Dead Ball” (Bryce Cann) – Room A290
8:00 – 8:05 p.m. – Break
8:05 – 8:35 p.m. – Keynote Speaker: Harry Bohn, State Final Coordinator of Officials – Room A290
8:35 – 8:45 p.m. – Meet Your Assignor: Harry Bohn, South Suburban, Southwest Suburban, West 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: “Two Person Court Coverage”
Knowing what to look for when officiating the lead and trail positions are key examples in having success on the court. IHSA Clinician Joe Spagnolo will break down both the lead and trail and will provide best practices for each position. Concepts of proper positioning along with tips for officiating both positions will be covered.

Breakout Session # 2: “Rule 6: Live and Dead Ball”
Long-time AOA member Bryce Cann details the Live/Dead ball rule and covers jump balls, alternate possession and provides case plays to make you an expert at situations that occur more frequently on the court than any other action. The reasons of why the rule is important to properly administer penalties and the dreaded correctable error rule will also be discussed.

Keynote Speaker Address
State Finals Coordinator of Officials and Chief IHSA Basketball Clinician, Harry Bohn, brings his words of wisdom and reviews the proper way on how to work on the court. Harry will also speak on selected topics covered in the online rules video as well as bring his state final video clips from the last few years. Don’t miss this informative presentation.

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.

A Tutorial on How to Use HUDL

Posted on October 26, 2017 / Posted under Basketball, General

Make sure you advise Art Kasak or Joe Fritisch of the following information:

  • The day you are working
  • The level you are working
  • The Home Team (and location if not at home)
  • The Away Team

If you want to send your schedule on a week by week basis, that is fine but try to get it to them before your game happens so they can request the film for you. Teams have responded within minutes of a request.

Don’t be shy about sending me your entire schedule.  Do request sophomore or freshman games.  We can get those.

Only members of the AOA get film through this system.

Basketball Meetings – Schedule of Topics

Posted on October 12, 2017 / Posted under Basketball, General

Thursday October 5:
Jeff Rutledge will go over new Rules and Mechanics for the up coming basketball season
Greg Hartziem – Will discuss the Mentor Program

Thursday October 12:
Mark Cladis – Will discuss Taxes and Liability
Craig Davelis – Mentor Program

Thursday October 19:
Joe Spagnolo – Video 50 plays in 30 minutes
Bob Copas – Mentor Discussion

Thursday October 26:
Joe Spagnolo – Observing Illegal Activity
Art Kasak – Mentor Program

WEDNESDAY November 1:
Part 1 Rules test
Level 2 official Jeff Rutledge – Video Review
Level 1 officials Tim Loughnane – Working with Assignors
John Marino – Mentor Program

Thursday November 9:
Harry Bohn
Sal Vata – Mentor Program

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