In Loving Memory of John Frye

We are deeply saddened to share the news of John Frye’s passing yesterday morning after a courageous battle with illness. John was a much-loved member of our community and a highly respected referee.

Please join us in offering prayers and heartfelt condolences to John’s family during this difficult time.

A celebration of John’s life will be held on Saturday, June 8th at WW Holt Funeral Home located at 175 W 159th St. in Harvey, IL. A viewing will be held from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, followed by a service at 12:00 pm.

Football Officiating 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 1-3 years experience also find this class very advantageous and are welcome to attend.

DATETuesdays, July 9th 2024 – August 20th (7 weeks)
*** New material is presented at each session
LOCATIONClasses will be held online via ZOOM.
You computer, tablet, etc needs certain capabilities and a camera and microphone to properly participate.
FEEClass is FREE!
* Plus, Age 17 and older participants applying thru the class for their first IHSA license pay only $40 (normally $80). You must apply thru the class at the first session.
** Age 15 & 16 must apply directly thru the IHSA website for a limited provisional license. Check and click on the OFFICIALS tab for details
CLINICParticipants who attend at least 5 of the 7 class sessions will meet IHSA requirements to earn a Level 1 Clinic Credit

NOTE: While this CLASS can earn you CLINIC credit, other “CLINICS” listed on this website are separate educational opportunities which charge fees.
Questions? Contact Training Curriculum Chairperson, Laurie Jordan at training [at] iaco-official [dot] org

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

Join Our Mailing List

Our mailing list is only used to send information about clinics and training classes run by IACO. Your information will never be shared with a 3rd party. You can unsubscribe at any time.
* = required field