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.
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
Save the Date
Calling all AOA Members, Alumni, & Friends
The AOA is celebrating 100 years of Officiating Excellence and will be recognizing this memorable event with all of our divisions, Hall of Fame members, former members, and guests. Come join us for this milestone event on Saturday, May 20th , 2017 and save the date on your calendar.
In addition we need your help to contact any of our alumni members so please reach out to former AOA officials and have them send us a note so we can include them on our email list for this event. Please send any contact information to Ted Lepucki at lepuckited [at] aol [dot] com
You won’t want to miss this gala event as we have a great agenda planned along with our banquet at the Diplomat West, 681 West North Avenue, Elmhurst, Illinois 60126.
We will be contacting you with more details in the near future and look forward to seeing you at the Centennial Celebration!!
– AOA Centennial Planning Committee
July – September 2016
Fenton High School
Members/Participants must attend 4 out of 6 meetings to qualify for clinic credit
July 28, 2016 7:00 – 9:00 pm
5A State Final Crew, Chris Head, Larhone Miles, Mike Outten, Ivan Palamore, Andre Golston
August 4, 2016 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Sam Knox, IHSA Head of Football
Doug King (HUDL)
August 11, 2016 7:00 – 9:00 pm – Room 218/220
August 18, 2016 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Conflict Resolution and Professionalism
2A State Final Crew: Michael Zuckerman, Tom Cappelen, Tom Lowe, Darrell Schrag, Kevin Lindell
August 24, 2016 7:00 – 9:00 pm – WEDNESDAY
New rules and applications
September 1, 2016 7:00 – 9:00 pm
You Make the Call – video clip review
Get the official AOA apparel for the upcoming season. (no longer accepting orders)
This week, Thursday, July 30 IHSA Assistant Executive Director, Craig Anderson will our guest at the Football Division meeting. Meet starts at 7PM at Fenton High School.
IACO is hosting an 8 week training class for either brand new to football officiating or those who have 1-2 years experience and want to accelerate their learning curve. Course includes classroom presentations and game film analysis on rules, penalty enforcement, and game timing plus on-field instruction on proper mechanics/positioning.
- No Prerequisites, only an enjoyment of the sport
- Earn your IHSA Officials License
- FREE tuition and discounted IHSA License fee
- Taught by Licensed and Certified Football Officials
Classes meet Tuesdays starting June 23 at five different locations around the Chicagoland area.
IACO also offers a Advanced Football Training Class geared for officials with at least 3 years of varsity experience. Advanced Football Class info and registration
The AOA Football Divison will meet at Fenton High School in Bensenville from 7-9 PM, beginning Thursday, July 23, 2015. Meetings 6 consecutive Thursday’s.
- July 23, 2015
- Mechanics and Knowledge by Position – 6A State Final Crew, Don Shouse, Jim Schwarz, Matt Maley, Bart Newman, Jim Wojckiewicz.
- July 30, 2015
- Conversation with Craig – Craig Anderson
- August 6, 2015 – ** NO MEETING **
- building closed
- August 13, 2015
- The Toughest Call – Gary Grohovena
- August 20, 2015
- New Rules and What They Really Mean – Bill Laude
- August 27, 2015
- You Make the Call – Ted Lepucki
- September 3, 2015
- Football board nominations
- Tom Hilton speaker (tentative)
* September 23 – Mid-Season Social at Aurelio’s Pizza – Speaker Mickey Pruitt
* November 3 – Football Banquet at Diplomat West – Speaker Tim Kiefer
The AOA Football Division held its annual Year-end Banquet on Tuesday November 4th at the Diplomat West. Thirty-five members attended the banquet. Outgoing Division President Craig Reges recapped the past year of activities including recognizing those individuals that earned post-season assignments from the IHSA.
The Football Division announced the following Officers and Board Members for 2015.
President – Laurie Jordan
Vice President – Craig Reges
Secretary/Treasurer – Steve Halberg
Associate Board Members
Additionally, the Board announced Anthony Lane, second year official, as the 2014 Moscardini Award Winner; inducted Rich Klein into the AOA Football Hall of Fame; Tom Buchner and Octavio Herrera accepted on behalf of Rich who is now living in Florida, and congratulated Les Van Zandt after he announced his retirement from Varsity Football after 13-seasons.
AOA Football continues to meet at Fenton High School, Room 65, at 7PM. We have an exciting line up of speakers and attendance would qualify you for a Level Two Clinic.
July 31st – IHSA Head Clinician Bill Laude will be discussing new rules, mechanics, and a host of other interesting topics. Make sure you attend this important talk that will help prepare you for the upcoming season.
August 7th – State Football Final official Mark Cunningham will be discussing Holding, how to spot it, and how and when to call it. If you have a question about holding, you’ll likely get the answer here.
August 14th – Three time State Final official Paul Black will lead a discussion on all phases of the kicking game from kickoffs to scrimmage. You’ll learn what you need to know about the plays that are frequently the most challenging we face.
August 21st – Two time State Final official Robert Ybarra will discuss professionalism. Robert will quickly win his way to your favorite speakers list with his engaging style.
August 27th – Two time State Final official Ted Lepucki will lead our highly interactive and engaging “You Make the Call” video review. Ted has led many sessions of AOA Football so regular attendees will know to expect the best. His video review will spark a lot of interesting talk and opinion sharing and you will not want to miss it.