2021 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 4
Week 2: Tuesday, October 12
Week 3: Monday, October 18
Week 4: Tuesday, October 26
Week 5: Monday, November 1
Week 6: Tuesday, November 9

2021 Football Clinics


IACO 50th Annual Football Clinic

LEVEL 1
** SOLD OUT **
Saturday, August 7th, 2021
8:00 AM – noon. Doors open 7:30 AM
IN-PERSON at Naperville North High School
LEVEL 2
Monday, August 9th, 2021
6:00 – 10:00 PM
ONLINE using Zoom Technology

2021 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 13th 2021 – August 17th (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

Remote Beginning Umpire Clinic 2021

The Inter-Athletic Council of Officials (IACO), Metro-Chicago is hosting Beginning Umpire Clinic, designed for new Umpires with little or no experience  via a remote learning.

Simply put, you can get clinic credit in the comfort of your home in front of your computer.

Umpires who have not attended an IHSA clinic or who have never umpired a high school game will find this clinic extremely helpful. Our goal is to help you acquire the knowledge necessary to improve your skills as an umpire, get you connected with a Local Officials Association (LOA) and ultimately assigned to high school games. We encourage experienced officials from other sports who are just starting as a softball or baseball umpires 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 directed by Illinois High School Association Certified Clinicians. The IHSA registered official who attends at least 3 of the 4 sessions may receive Level 1 Baseball or Softball Clinic Credit. 

ClinicTypeDateCost
Clinic 1Zoom MeetingsTuesdays: March 2, 4, 9, 11
7:00 – 9:00 PM
$15.00*
Clinic 2Zoom MeetingsTuesdays: March 7 and 14
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM 
$15.00*
** Students Free (High School or College) **

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.

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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

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