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.
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:
Sal Vata – Mentor Program
AOA Basketball Division will be hosting our annual membership meetings again this year at York High School. Meeting dates are Thursdays: October 5, 12, 19, 26, & November 9 – Meeting originally scheduled for November 2 has been moved to Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30 PM.
All meetings will start promptly at 7:30 PM.
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.
The AOA Board of Directors is trying to determine how many among its membership have served in any branch of the US Armed Forces. On November 11, 2015, the IHSA began recognizing Military Veteran Officials and the AOA is trying to discover how many among our membership also hold this great distinction. Take this 3 question survey to help us find out who hold the title US Veteran.
9/28/15 – As a new official I walked into the locker room for a game and found out I was working with a two-time state finals ref. After a good pregame, I was confident that he would be able to get us out of any trouble that happened during the game. There were two important plays that were in between us that I let go, because I thought that he should make “the big calls.” It turns out I had much better looks at both plays and should have gotten them. I was hurting the crew because I did not cover my area or help out when my partner needed me. If you find yourself as the more experienced partner, let your partners know that you need them to cover their area and call their game. They should be comfortable and confident to make the big calls.
9/21/15 – Player A1 brings the ball into his frontcourt and into a defensive trap in the corner of the sideline and division line. A1 picks up the ball and sends a bounce pass to his teammate standing with both feet in their frontcourt. A1’s pass bounces once in the back court before A2 catches it. Legal or violation?
2015-09-14 – Have a player injured during play in a game? Be aware that you need to put the players’ safety at the highest priority. You may stop the clock and suspend play when the ball is dead, when the injured player’s team is in control, or when the opponents complete a play. By definition a play is completed if the team loses control, which includes attempting a shot. Also, if the opponents stop trying to score or advance the ball, stop the play. If it is necessary to protect an injured player, you may immediately stop the clock. (Rule 5.8.2 Note)
York High School
355 W. St. Charles Rd, Elmhurst 60126
Enter Building through the “Academic Entrance” near the Flag Pole.
Room is on the second Floor A290.
Meeting dates 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/4 (wed), 11/12.
Week 1 (Thursday 10/8/2015 @ 7:30-9:00 PM):
POTW – Craig Davelis
Tech Tip – Craig Davelis
AOA Introductions, meeting dates, Dues, Apparel information. Craig Davelis and Tim Loughnane
Points of Emphasis – Sal Vasta
Mentor Program – Greg Hartzheim
Closing – Craig Davelis
Week 2 (Thursday 10/15/2015 @ 7:30-9:00 PM):
Team Control vs. Player Control. Status of the ball
Mentor Program follow-up.
Week 3 (Thursday 10/22/2015 @ 7:30-9:00 PM):
Rule 4…Why definitions are so important.
Week 4 (Thursday 10/29/2015 @ 7:30-9:00 PM):
Fighting…How to handle it.
Week 5 (Wednesday 11/4/2015 @ 7:30-9:00 PM):
Tips for New officials with Signal Mechanics
Advanced Data trends in officiating. When to Blow your whistle. Advanced signal mechanics.
Week 6 (Thursday 11/12/2015 @ 7:30-9:00 PM):
Live ball vs. Dead Ball, What you need to be aware of and why.
by Craig Anderson on July 16, 2015
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