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.


  • 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
, 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 
, 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

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