2017 Football Training Class

Jul11 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.

Football Class Registration

2017 Umpire Clinic Resources

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Week 1 and 2 Slides

Phase 1 Umpire Document

Fair Foul

Flex Cheat Sheet

Great Ground Crews

Obstruction Interference

SB DP Flex

Week 3 Slides

Softball Pitching

Week 4 Baseball Pitching

2017 IACO Umpire Clinics

The Inter-Athletic Council of Officials (IACO), Metro-Chicago is again hosting Beginning Umpires Clinics. This is a Beginning Umpires Clinic designed for new Umpires with little or no experience or for umpires registered for several years and have not attended a clinic or in some cases have never umpired a high school game. Our goal is to help you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary 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 as well. This year we again have 6 clinic sites to make it more convenient for you to attend. The clinics will be in Northfield, Chicago Heights, Roselle, Bolingbrook, Rockford and Mundelein, with instruction from Illinois High School Association Certified Clinicians. The clinics will be 4 sessions in length and the IHSA registered official who attends at least 3 of the 4 sessions will get IHSA Level 1 Baseball or Softball Clinic Credit.

Class Objectives :

  • Train new officials to become competent High School level Baseball/Softball officials
  • Learn basic rules
  • Learn basic mechanics
  • Connect with local officials association for assignments advanced training, and mentoring

Questions? Contact IACO Umpire Chairman, Don Collings at 847-731-1984 or gloa [at] comcast [dot] net

2016 Basketball Clinic

OCT22 Saturday, October 22nd, the Inter-Athletic Council of Officials (IACO), will be hosting our annual basketball clinic at Hoffman Estates High School, which is located at 1100 W. Higgins Road, in Hoffman Estates, IL. Doors will open at 7:00 AM and the clinic starts at 8:30 AM. Pre-registration online is $30 or $40 at the door.

Attending the IACO Basketball Clinic should be a high priority for all Chicagoland IHSA basketball officials. Most of the instructors are IHSA Certified Clinicians or officials who have worked the IHSA State Finals. The IHSA has implemented some mechanics changes that will be presented at the clinic. All current rule and mechanic changes will be covered throughout the day.

The clinic will run on a 3 track system which is actually three clinics in one. Track 1 for new officials, Track 2 for 2-person mechanics, and Track 3 for 3-person mechanics. You can switch tracks throughout the day. The clinic will begin with Opening Remarks in the Cafeteria at 8:30 AM followed by a 65-minute presentation by IACO Clinic Chairman and IHSA Basketball Rules Interpreter Fred Allman. Fred will go through the rule changes, editorial changes and clarifications, points of emphasis and other information from the IHSA. There may also be some time for questions. Fred’s presentation WILL NOT satisfy the Rules Meeting requirement. YOU MUST VIEW THE ONLINE RULES MEETING TO RECEIVE CREDIT.

Continental breakfast and hot buffet luncheon are included in the registration fee. Honig’s Whistle Stop, Gerry Davis and Official’s Call will be present to sell officiating equipment from 7:00 AM to 1:30 PM. Try it on before you buy and get the latest in official’s gear only at IACO.

Online registration is now closed. Plan to arrive early and pay at the door. 

2016 Basketball Training Class

The New Officials Basketball Class prepares the participant to officiate high school basketball games. The 7 week course includes classroom instruction on the rules of the high school basketball game and appropriate officiating mechanics. Appropriate officiating philosophy for high school is also discussed. The class provides sufficient training to obtain a basketball officiating license from the State of Illinois.

Date : Mondays, September 19th, 2016 – November 7th (7 weeks)
Time : 7:00-9:00pm
Locations : Montini Catholic High School – Lombard
Fenton High School – Bensenville


Go to registration form and module downloads


Download All Class materials – Zip of PDF files

10/09 – Homework Review Questions

IACO Football Clinic this Saturday

Saturday August 13th, 2016

Schedule is set, chicken has been ordered, and vendors are on their way.

Downers Grove SOUTH High School

Doors open at 7:30 AM, with the first presentation in the Auditorium at 8 AM.

2016 IACO Clinic Schedule

Football Training Class – Week 4 Videos

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Football Training Class – Week 3 Videos

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Football Training Class – Week 2 Videos

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2016 Football Clinic

Saturday August 13th, 2016

** Downers Grove SOUTH High School **

Multi-Level Concept: The IACO Football Officials Clinic is divided into experience levels. New officials should attend the Level 1 Clinic. Experienced officials should attend the Level 2 Clinic.

As a thank you for attending the clinic, each attendee will receive a special coin to commemorate 45 years of IACO Football Clinics.

Experienced Speakers: Most speakers are Certified IHSA football officials with playoff experience. Many are also Certified IHSA Football Clinicians.

Game Assignments: Local football assignment chairs have been invited to be present. Take the 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.

On-Field Experience: The best way to learn is by “doing it.” In addition to classroom sessions, Level 1 Clinic officials will spend time “on the field” learning proper mechanics under the guidance of experienced officials.

Equipment Vendors: Beginning at 7:00 AM, Honig’s Whistle Stop, Gerry Davis Sports and The Official Call will have officiating equipment for sale… often at special clinic discount prices. Stock-up before the season begins.

Buffet Luncheon: Always a favorite at the IACO clinics! Plus it’s your chance to win gift certificates from the vendors!

Session with IHSA Rules Interpreter: A solid way to end the day. Any rules interpretation questions that have come up during the day may be asked of an IHSA Rules Interpreter at this time.

Advanced Football Training Class

Jul25 This 201 level, four session 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 and is free.

Beginning on Tuesday July 19th @ 7pm the 201 Class will meet at the Roselle Park District Scout Lodge Facility located at 304 E Pine Avenue, Roselle IL.  Location is just south of Maple Avenue off of Irving Park Road and south and west off Ardmore. Open Location in Map