Passing of John Hobscheid

IACO would like to share the news of the untimely passing of multi-sport and state final official John Hobscheid yesterday. John passed away from complications after back surgery. Even though he was not a member of every association…chances are that everyone has members that worked with John on a ball diamond, a football field or a basketball court at some point over the years. John was a great man who will be sorely missed.

more details to follow

2024 Beginning Umpire Clinic

The Inter-Athletic Council of Officials (IACO), Metro-Chicago is hosting Beginning Umpire Clinic, designed for new Umpires with little or no experience via remote learning (ZOOM). Umpires of any experience level needing Level 1 Credit may register as well. The cost is $10, while students, both high school and college, are FREE.

Questions? Email Don Collings at GLOA-Don [at] comcast [dot] net or call / text to 847.875.0514

Basketball Level 1, In-Person Clinic

Date: Saturday November 4, 2023 

Site: Elmwood Park High School

Time: Doors open at 7:00 AM Clinic from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cost: $25, at Door: $35


  • Cafeteria:
    • Jeff Rutledge – New Rules 8:00 – 9:00 AM
    • Tim Loughnane – So you Think this is a Travel 9:15 – 9:45 AM
    • Mike Stebbins & Bob Vaughn – Moving up the Ranks 10:00 – 10:30 AM
  • Room 1:
    • Paul Schoessling – Pre-Game 10:15 – 10:45 AM
    • Mark Siekierski – It’s about Relationships 11:00 – 11:30 AM
  • Room 2:
    • Joe Spagnolo – Conflict Resolution 10:15 – 10:45 AM
    • Les O’Connor – Mechanics 11:00 – 11:30 AM
  • Room 3:
    • Nitin Rao – Rule 4 10:15 – 10:45 AM
    • Don Williams – Positioning Advice and Crew Teamwork 11:00 – 11:30 AM
  • Cafeteria:
    • Hand out Clinic Stickers – 11:45 AM

New Officials Basketball Class

  •     Class is FREE ~ Discounted IHSA License Fee 
  •     Taught by Licensed & Certified Basketball Officials 
  •     Income Opportunity 
  •     Open to ages 17–60+, Men & Women 
  •     No Prerequisites… Work When You’re Available

The New Officials Basketball Class prepares participants to officiate high school basketball games. This six-week FREE course includes online instruction on the rules of high school basketball and 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.  Embedded in the course is a Level 1 IHSA clinic.

The class sessions are online from 7:00 – 9:00 PM on the following dates: 

  •                 Week 1: Monday, October 2 ** 
  •                 Week 2: Tuesday, October 10 
  •                 Week 3: Monday, October 16 ** 
  •                 Week 4: Tuesday, October 24 
  •                 Week 5: Monday, October 30 
  •                 Week 6: Tuesday, November 7 

** Participants are required to attend the Week 1 (October 2) and Week 3 (October 16) sessions to earn IHSA clinic credit **


Coaches Clinic for Beginners

IACO in partnership with the Great Lakes Officials Association is offering a Rule Clinic for Coaches to help New coaches get insight into common rules that umpires administer and coaches’ question. We think smarter coaches and umpires makes for smarter ball players, which improves the game. 

This will be presented by Dave Schopf (GLOA Vice President) and Don Collings (GLOA Softball Commissioner). Coaches have requested we cover, Pre Game Responsibilities, Dropped 3rd Strike, Infield Fly Rule, Obstruction, Interference, Look Back Rule (Softball), Balks (Baseball), Fair-Foul ball, Base awards, Pitching rule, followed by a free for all discussion. 

Fall 2023 dates are Saturday September 23 from 9am and Wednesday, September 27, from 7 to 9 PM. 

Spring dates are Saturday January 27 from 9 to 11am, and Wednesday, January 31 from 7 to 9 pm. The sessions will be on ZOOM and will require advance registration and a charge of $10.

Questions?? Email/Text Don Collings at (847) 875-0514 or email GLOA-Don [at] Comcast [dot] net

Meeting 1 — September 23, 9 to 11 AM

Meeting 2 — September 27, 7 to 9 PM

Meeting 3 — January 27,  9 to 11 AM

Meeting 4 — January 31,  7 to 9 PM

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