2020 Basketball Clinic

The 49th Annual IACO Basketball Clinic will be held on Saturday, November 7 using Zoom Technology.  The event will offer IHSA Level 1 Clinic Credit and participants will be able choose the presentations they wish to attend in six min-sessions.  The clinic will start online at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at noon.  Online pre-registration will run through November 5.  The cost of the clinic is $15 and this year’s program will allow participants to select the breakout mini-sessions they wish to hear, based on experience level, topic and speaker.

Clinic Schedule  (speakers/topic subject to change)
7:30 – Officials Attending Clinic can log-in
7:55 – Welcome & Online Ground Rules
8:00 – Keynote Speaker: Fred Allman, IHSA Rules Interpreter
8:40 – “You Make the Call” Video Presentation, Joe Spagnolo
9:10 – Breakout Session 1
            Room 1: “Professionalism in Officiating”, Sal Vasta
            Room 2: “Officiating Safety Protocols”, Vern Turner
9:35 – Breakout Session 2
            Room 1: “Making Officiating Work For You”, Nick Cladis
            Room 2: “Flagrant Fouls vs. Intentional Fouls”, Darrin Sortor
10:00 – Ten-Minute Break
10:10 – Breakout Session 3
            Room 1: “Basics of Legal Defenders”, Joe Spagnolo
            Room 2: “Unwritten Rules of Basketball”, Mark Siekierski
10:35 – Breakout Session 4
            Room 1: “Pre-Game with Partners”, Paul Schoessling
            Room 2: “Getting Back to Basics”, Joe Spagnolo
11:00 – Ten-Minute Break
11:10 – Breakout Session 5
            Room 1: “Advancement to Receiving Varsity Assignments”, Steve Alexander
            Room 2: “Summer 2020 Video Review”, Fred Allman
11:35 – Breakout Session 6
            Room 1: “Being a Good Partner”, Don Williams
            Room 2: “Real Talk in Officiating”,  Andrew Williams

2020 IACO New Officials Basketball Class

The New Officials Basketball Class prepares the participant to officiate high school basketball Games.  This six-week FREE course includes classroom instruction on the rules of high school basketball and appropriate IHSA officiating mechanics.  Officiating philosophy for the high school game is also discussed.  The course incorporates over 100 video clips and numerous review sessions of NFHS rules.  This class is ideal for basketball officials with zero to four years of basketball officiating experience.  Officials new to the IHSA will be able to obtain an officiating license at a reduced rate.  Completion of the class will allow the participant to earn IHSA Level 1 Clinic Credit.  Participants must attend a minimum of four sessions to be eligible for IHSA clinic credit.

All CLASSES WILL BE OFFERED ONLINE USING ZOOM TECHNOLOGY

Classes will run from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on these dates:
Week 1:  Monday, October 5
Week 2:  Monday, October 12
Week 3:  Tuesday, October 20
Week 4:  Tuesday, October 27
Week 5:  Monday, November 2
Week 6:  Tuesday, November 10

LATE SUMMER Beginning Umpire Clinic

The Inter-Athletic Council of Officials (IACO), Metro-Chicago is hosting Beginning Umpire Clinic, which is designed for new Umpires with little or no experience  up to 5 years experience.  Umpires who have not attended an IHSA clinic or who have never umpired a high school game will find this clinic helpful. Our goal is to help you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to improve your skills as an umpire. We encourage experienced officials from other sports who are just starting as a softball or baseball umpire to join us. We will also assist in registering new umpires. Umpires from youth and park district leagues are welcome to attend. The clinic will be in Northfield with instruction directed by Illinois High School Association Certified Clinicians. The IHSA registered official who attends at least 3 of the 4 sessions will get IHSA Level 1 Baseball or Softball Clinic Credit.

LocationZoom meetings
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Mondays: Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5
Fee: $15.00*
*Students (High School or College) will be admitted for free with a Student ID Card.

2020 Football Training Class

The 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.

DateTuesdays, July 7th 2020 – August 11th (6 weeks)
*** New material is presented at each session
Time7:00-9:00pm
LocationsClasses will be held online via ZOOM.
You computer, tablet, etc needs certain capabilities and a camera and microphone to properly participate.
FeeFREE! *plus officials applying thru the class for their first IHSA license pay only $35 (normally $70). You must apply thru the class at the first session and not be licensed with the IHSA in any other sport to receive the discount.
ClinicParticipants must attend 4 of the 6 sessions to meet
IHSA requirements to earn a Certified Clinic Credit

Questions? Contact Training Curriculum Chairperson, Laurie Jordan at training [at] iaco-official [dot] org

2020 Football Clinic

Join your fellow football officials at this annual clinic from anywhere!

IACO 49th Annual Football Clinic
Saturday, August 8th, 2020
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM via Zoom

Featured Speakers include:
Jeff Stern, Referee Magazine
Sam Knox, IHSA

Track 1 and Track 2 options that have been so popular in the past are available again this year!

Special on-line price this year is $15.00

2020 Beginning Umpire Clinics

The Inter-Athletic Council of Officials (IACO), Metro-Chicago is again hosting Beginning Umpire Clinics, which are designed for new Umpires with little or no experience. Umpires who have not attended an IHSA clinic or who have never umpired a high school game will find this clinic helpful. Our goal is to help you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to improve your skills as an umpire. We encourage experienced officials from other sports who are just starting as a softball or baseball umpire to join us. We will also assist in registering new umpires. Umpires from youth and park district leagues are welcome to attend. Again this year we have several clinic sites to make it more convenient for you to attend. The clinics will be in Northfield, Bremen High School, Kishwaukee College, Midlothian, Bolingbrook, Rockford and Libertyville, with instruction directed by Illinois High School Association Certified Clinicians.The IHSA registered official who attends at least 3 of the 4 sessions will get IHSA Level 1 Baseball or Softball Clinic Credit.

Objectives

  • Train new officials to become competent High School Level Baseball/Softball umpires
  • Learn basic rules
  • Learn basic mechanics
  • Connect with a local officials association for assignments, advanced training and mentoring
  • The entire clinic cost is $25 for IHSA officials, payable in advance or at the door. Students, high school or college, will be admitted free with a student ID card.

2019 Basketball Clinic

The 48th Annual IACO Basketball Clinic will be held at Wheaton North High School on Saturday, November 9.  The clinic will offer IHSA Level 1 Clinic Credit and is classroom-only based.  The clinic will start at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at noon.  Equipment vendors will be onsite starting at 7:00 a.m.  Online pre-registration will run through November 7.  The cost is $25 on-line and $30 at the door.  This year’s clinic will allow participants to choose the speaker they wish to hear, based on experience level, topic and speaker.  This year’s speakers incorporate officials with 35 basketball state final appearances, 10 IBCA Hall of Famers, 8 IHSA certified basketball clinicians and 6 current assignors.

Online clinic registrations are now closed. Please plan to register at the door

Speakers and Topics Subject to Change
Keynote Address: Fred Allman, IHSA Basketball Rules Interpreter

Breakout Session # 1:
Vernal Turner, Evaluating Game Video
Kevin White, Traveling 101
John Dacey & Mark Siekierski – The Basics of Professionalism & Conflict Resolution

Breakout Session # 2:
Paul Schoessling, Video Review: 20 Plays Just For You
Andrew Williams, Necessary Items for Everyday Officiating
Paul Frerking, Working With Assignors

Breakout Session #3:

Joe Spagnolo, Three-Person Mechanics Video Review
Tom Huster & Nick Cladis, Two-Person Mechanics Video Review

2019 Basketball Training Class

The New Officials Basketball Class prepares the participant to officiate high school basketball games. This seven-week free course includes classroom instruction on the rules of high school basketball and appropriate IHSA officiating mechanics. Officiating philosophy for the high school game is also discussed. The course incorporates over 100 video clips and numerous review sessions of NFHS rules. This class is ideal for basketball officials with zero to four years of basketball officiating experience. Officials new to the IHSA will be able to obtain an officiating license at a reduced rate. Completion of the class will allow the participant to earn IHSA Level 1 Clinic Credit. Students must attend a minimum of five sessions to be eligible for clinic credit.

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Location 1: Montini Catholic High School, 19 W 070 – 16th Street, Lombard, IL
Tuesdays
, 7:00 – 9:00 pm; 
October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22, October 29, November 5, November 12

Location 2: Lockport East High School, 1333 E 7th St, Lockport, IL 
Wednesdays
, 7:00 – 9:00 pm; 
October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6, November 13

Fee: This class FREE to everyone! Plus, new officials can get a $35 discount on their initial IHSA license.

2019 Advanced Football Class

This 201 level class is geared for the experienced official. Each session will examine in depth, a specific rule, mechanic or situation. This is a discussion forum with input from all those attending. Prerequisite to participate is minimum of 5 years as an IHSA licensed official with at least 2 years working with a varsity or sophomore crew.

Class meets at Bremen High School in Midlothian
Class is free of charge.
Four sessions : Mondays July 29, Aug 5, 12, & 19
7:00 – 9:00 PM

Enter campus at south end of building (appx 153rd St)
Proceed to rear of building, Entrance #3 (southeast corner of bldg)
After entry, 1st hall on right to Room 120

2019 Football Clinic

The Inter-Athletic Council of Officials (IACO) will be holding its 48th annual IHSA certified high school football officials clinic at Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St., IL 60563 on Saturday, August 10, 2018. Doors open at 7:00 AM, sessions begin at 8:00 AM. Online, pre-registration fee is $35.00 if received before 8/3/2019, registration fee received on or after 8/3/2019 or paid at the door is $45.

This year’s keynote speaker will be, George McCaskey, Chairman of the Chicago Bears.  Also speaking will be, Sam Knox, Assistant Executive Director of the IHSA.

Beginning at 7:00 AM vendors will have officiating equipment for sale, often at special clinic discount prices. Try on apparel before you buy and stock-up before the season begins.

Game Assignments: Local assignment chairs have been invited to be present.  Take this opportunity to introduce yourself to the people who do the hiring.  And remember to bring your calendar with the dates you are available to officiate.

A luncheon is included. Plus, there is a chance to win gift certificates from the vendors.

Online clinic registrations are now closed. Please plan to register at the door

2019 Football Training Class

The 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.

DateTuesdays, July 9th 2019 – August 13th (6 weeks)
**except where noted at Hass Park and Lisle Park
Time7:00-9:00pm
LocationsBremen Community High School, Midlothian map 
Elmwood Park High School – Elmwood Park map
Kishwaukee College – Malta map
Libertyville High School – Libertyville map
Plainfield Central High School  – Plainfield map
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church – Palatine map
Hass Park – Chicago map
**Tuesdays 7/9; 7/16; 7/23; 7/30; Mon 8/5; 8/12
Lisle Park District – Lisle map
**Mondays, Jul 9 – Aug 13
Fee FREE! *plus officials applying thru the class for their first IHSA license pay only $35 (normally $70). You must apply thru the class at the first session and not be licensed with the IHSA in any other sport to receive the discount.
ClinicParticipants must attend 4 out of 6 sessions in order to be eligible for clinic credit.

Questions? Contact Training Curriculum Chairperson, Laurie Jordan at training [at] iaco-official [dot] org

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