Thursday, October 17

Posted on October 14, 2019 / Posted under General

Location: York High School in Elmhurst

  • 6:45 – 7:25 p.m. – Check-In
  • 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Breakout Session: Split Meeting Schedule
    • Breakout Session #1: “Blarges:  Conflict on the Court” (Bernie Carroll & Bob Vaughn) – Room A278
    • Breakout Session #2: “Officiating at a Higher Level” (Bob Horvath) – Room A290
  • 8:00 – 8:05 p.m. – Break
  • 8:05 – 8:35 p.m. – Keynote Address
    • “Twenty Plays of Video” (Joe Spagnolo) – Room A290                      
  • 8:35 – 8:45 p.m. – Meet Your Assignor
    • Bob Horvath, Southwest Prairie and Southwest Suburban
  • 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: “Blarges:  Conflict on the Court”
There’s nothing more embarrassing and confusing when two officials blow their whistles and indicate two different things on the court.  When this happens during a block/charge play, we’ve now become part of the dreaded “blarge” play.  Sectional officials Bob Vaughn and Bernie Carroll will examine how this happens along with ways to prevent it in this video and fact based presentation.

Breakout Session # 2:  “Advancing to the Next Level”
Whether it is advancing through the state series or moving on to the collegiate ranks, many officials would like to move to the next level in their officiating careers.  Three-time state final official and college official Bob Horvath will share his experiences and offer some tips on some steps you can take to reach your ultimate goal.

Thursday, October 3

Posted on October 1, 2019 / Posted under Basketball, General

Location: York High School in Elmhurst

  • 6:45 – 7:25 p.m. – Check-In
  • 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Breakout Sessions: Split Meeting Schedule
  • Breakout Session #1:  “Communication At Its Best: Working With Others” (Eddie Burns) – Room A290
  • Breakout Session #2: “Getting Back To Basics” (Joe Spagnolo) – Room A278
  • 8:00 – 8:05 p.m. – Break
  • 8:05 – 8:35 p.m. – Keynote Address – Fred Allman, IHSA Rules Interpreter – Room A278
  • 8:35 – 8:45 p.m. – Meet Your Assignor – Fred Allman: Mid-Suburban League & DuKane 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: “Communication At Its Best:  Working With Others”
This presentation is ideal for beginning and intermediate officials.  Eddie Burns will discuss being an effective communicator with partners, players, coaches and game administrators.  Learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of working with the other participants of the game.

Breakout Session # 2: “Getting Back to Basics”
Veteran officials are expected to be perfect with all of the things they already know and master all of the new changes each year.  The problem is that bad habits start to increase when things we’ve been used to are not part of an annual review.  Joe Spagnolo will review the “set pieces” of basketball to make sure that all of us get back on the same page.  This presentation is geared for varsity experienced officials and is an excellent way to start your pre-season.

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 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

2017 Basketball Division

Posted on September 6, 2017 / Posted under General

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.

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.

Press Release


Posted on October 8, 2015 / Posted under General

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.

Tip of the Week – Legal Play or Backcourt Violation?

Posted on October 7, 2015 / Posted under General

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?

Tip of the Week – Injury During Play

Posted on October 2, 2015 / Posted under General

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)

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