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NOA Northern Officials’ Association
Spring  2010 Edition   6/4/10
Jerry Blum --Editor
(847) 438-2231       

Welcome to the Spring edition of the Whistling Zebra for the 2009-2010 school year. Please feel free to send me suggestions on how to make this publication work for you.  
If  there is anything you want to have printed send it to me.

NOA Officers (2010-2012)


Fund Donations- Donations for The Norm Geske Fund, and The Bob Brown Fund can be made any time by writing a check to N O A and sending it to Randy Steen at 2157 N. Dogwood Ln., Palatine Il 6007

Membership Chairman Report


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From President--- Darrell Schrag

Congratulations to the new football officers:

President:  Darrell Schrag
At Large Rep. :  Mike Roseman
Assignment Chairman :  Bob Brown


Clinic News  **********************************

5th Annual Northern Illinois Football Officiating Mechanics Camp
Classroom and On Field Instruction with some of the Top Local High School Football Officials and Top Area Teams!
The Northern Illinois Football Officiating Mechanics Camp is designed to provide classroom, on field training and instruction to football officials of all levels. This Level II Certified IHSA Officiating Camp is an excellent opportunity for officials to receive one on one instruction while officiating live playing action.
Each official, beginner or veteran, will be provided with:
IHSA recommend football mechanics
?Observation / Critique by IHSA Certified Clinicians and Playoff Officials
?Emphasis on mechanics and judgment while officiating live playing action
?Classroom instruction on IHSA mechanics, Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2010; Location: Fairfield INN & Suites, 645 W. North Ave (SE side of I-
355 and North Ave) Lombard IL 60148; Time 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Camp Format: The camp offers classroom instruction as well as on field game like conditions with other officials. Each attendee will officiate live action football consisting of either 7 on 7 Passing League (Non Contact) or Full Contact Scrimmages with local high school teams (depending on availability). In order to receive IHSA clinic credit, you must attend the classroom session on June 16th. Food and soft drinks will be provided at this session. If you are unable to make the June 16th classroom session but are still interested in attending the camp, please contact Tim Kiefer (630) 464-4134, to work out alternate arrangements if possible.

Cost: The cost of the camp is $95.00 which includes all instruction and materials.
Deadline: Registration due by Wednesday, June 9, 2010
For general information contact: Tim Kiefer (630) 464-4134,
Registration Form (please print or type)
Name: _________________________________ Home Phone: (_____) ________________
Address: _________________________________ Alternate Phone: (_____) ________________
City, State, Zip: _________________________________ Years Experience: _____
E-mail (please provide as this is how you will be contacted for game assignments)______________________________________________________
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Please make $95.00 check payable to: AOA NIFOMC and send to:
NIFOMC Registration
2697 Bainbridge Blvd
West Chicago, IL 60185
I hereby release the AOA, all participating schools, and any member of the NIFOMC staff from any and all liability for any injuries or
illness incurred while attending any NIFOMC cam function. Furthermore, I have no knowledge of any physical impairment that would affect my safe participation in the camp program. I also acknowledge that I understand that the game of football can be a strenuous physical activity and I certify that I assume any and all risk related to the performance of my duties during the administration of the game of football.


Participants Signature______________________________________________






Certified Football Clinics
Marengo High School
110 Franks Road Marengo, IL 60152
Level 1 – 4 Hour – Emphasis on 3/4-Person Mechanics Tuesday, July 27, 2010 Cost $30
Level 2 – 4 Hour - Emphasis on 5-Person Mechanics Tuesday, July 27, 2010 Cost $30
Doors Open at 4:30 PM Clinics Start at 5:00 PM
Don Cook
41 Years as a Football Official; Four-Time State Finals Official
Two BIG 10 Officials
Jeff Carr – 8th Season in the BIG TEN
26 Years as a Football Official; Five Bowl Games; One National Championship
Don Swanson- 10th Season in the BIG TEN
31 Years as a Football Official; Three Bowl Games
These Clinics will meet the IHSA Clinic Requirement for Each Level.
Elgin Area Officials Association MEMBERS RECEIVE A $10 DISCOUNT
Become a Member TODAY!! Membership is only $50!!
Register Early and SAVE $5
Payment must be received by July 24th for Savings
Send your Name, IHSA #, Phone #, and your check(s) payable to EAOA to:
John Vito
211 N. State Street
Marengo, IL 60152

From Bob Brown—Football Scrimmages--2010

We will need football crews for scrimmages week end of August 20 and 21,  Also will need some
guys to work Saturday morning games the first two weeks of the season. 

Thanks Bob Brown


President – Troy Whalen  or

Basketball members - thanks for your attendance and contributions at this years basketball meetings.  We averaged just over 70 members a meeting.  As we begin the on-court portion of our season, here are some important reminders and updates:

Clinic News

Rocky Nelson will be conducting the following clinic: 

I will be conducting 3 IHSA certified clinics this summer as follows:

June 7,8,15,22,29 at College of Lake County 3 person/6hour/level 2
June 19th at Zion Benton H.S.  2 person/4 hour/level 1
July 9 and 10 at Crystal Lake South  3 person/6 hour/level 2

Contact Rocky Nelson at 847-546-9353 for details 10am to Noon M-Th
                                                                                        10am to all day F
                                                                                         all day Sat-Sun

Jeff Schwarz & Randy Steen Clinic

   Randy Steen and I are conducting two referee camps this summer.  As the attached flier indicates, there will be a Level 1 camp (Two Person Mechanics) on Sunday, June 13 from 5-9 pm, and a Level 2 camp (Three Person Mechanics) with the classroom portion on Thursday, June 10 from 6-10 pm. with the on-court training TBA.  You will be able to choose the night you work and most campers will fulfill their on-court requirements in one night.
     Our Level 2 camp will provide each referee with a DVD of them working a game.  We think this will be of great value to the official.  Area assignors will also be invited to attend the camp with the exact names and dates those assignors will be present to be announced.
     The clinics will be staffed by outstanding officials who are also career educators who have proven to be excellent communicators and teachers.
     We hope that AOS members and guests will be interested in the camps and hope they can attend.  We look forward to seeing you this summer.

Jeff Schwarz
Central Suburban League Basketball Assignment Chairman
Amateur Softball Association Umpire In Chief
Baseline Youth Sports


Marengo High School
110 Franks Road   Marengo, IL 60152
Level 1 – 4 Hour – Emphasis on 2-Person Mechanics – Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Cost  Non-Member $30, EAOA Member $20
Level 2 – 6 Hour - Emphasis on 3-Person Mechanics – Wed. & Sat. June 9 & 12, 2010
Cost  Non-Member $60, EAOA Member $50
Doors Open at 5:00 PM  Clinics Start at 5:30 PM
Tom Brophy
31 Years as a Basketball Official; Two-Time Girls State Championships;
Multiple Boys Sectional Finals
Rich Parsons
18 Years as a Basketball Official; Boys Sectional Finals;
These Clinics will meet the IHSA Clinic Requirement for Each Level.
Level 2 Participation is Limited!
All Level 2 Participants must work 3 games off of the listing of games to receive Level 2 Clinic Credit.
Register Early and Save an Additional $5
Early Registration Must be Received by June 5, 2010 for Discount.
Send your Name, IHSA #, Phone #, email, and check payable to EAOA to:
Elgin Area Officials Association
211 N. State Street
Marengo, IL 60152

Not a Member, Membership in EAOA is only $50.
Join Today and save $10 on the clinic fee.

Crystal Lake Shootout

Dates July 9, 10 11
Three person officials needed.  A clinic is available, but officials do not
Need  to  attend the clinic in order to officiate.  32 teams  from  all over Illinois
Please call   or  Email  Bob Brown 847-433-3318 or Rocky Nelson Camp Director for further details
North Suburban Basketball Clinic


IHSA Basketball Officials,

The IHSA Certified Clinic at Stevenson High School will be held on Sunday, June 13.  The clinic will be a Level 1 (2 person, 4 hour minimium) and Level 2 (3 person, 6 hour minimium).  Registration is at 8:30 AM.  Please pay in advance.

The classroom portion of the clinic will be on June 13, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The games will be on Wednesdays (Varsity boys) and Thursdays (Varsity girls) beginning June 16th thru mid July.  The clinicians will be Fred Allman, Randy Steen, Mark Leffler, myself and several other IHSA Clinicians and State Final Officials.  Assignment chairman will be invited to observe officials attending the clinic.  Last year several officials got the opportunity to work the Mid Suburban League, Central Suburban, North Suburban, Fox Valley and the Dundee Crown Tourament, after being observed at the clinic.

This clinic satisfies the IHSA requirement and give you credit toward the power rating you need for state tournament assignments.

Here is the power rating explaination from the IHSA web site:

Clinic attendance (highest clinic in last three years): Level 2 -- 5 pts., Level 1 -- 2 pts.
Clinic attendance (most recent clinic): this year -- 5 pts., last year -- 3 pts., two years ago -- 1 pt.

Don't miss out on the 10 points that are available to you toward your power rating for attending a Level 2 Clinic.

Please email me your request to attend the clinic and send your $50 check to:
Jim Bernardi
PO Box 670
Lake Forest, IL  60045

I will email you a confirmation.

Best regards,
Jim Bernardi


From Mike Babicz NOA Assignment Chairman

NOA will be supplying officials for Quentin Road Christian School/Dayspring Bible College in Lake Zurich continuing a practice the NOA has had since 1980.

Bob Brown College of Lake County Summer Shootout is Friday, June 11, at CLC in Grayslake. Teams participating- Zion, North Chicago, Warren, Vernon Hills. A pre-event ceremony is planned for approximately 5:45. ALL officials and anyone who has ever had the pleasure of working with or for Bob Brown over the years is asked to assemble at 5:30 pm to be part of the ceremony. Please help pass the word to fellow officials, coaches and even players if you run into any. The NOA needs help to staff scoring tables, etc. Very few officiating slots are left…thanks very much to all who have volunteered to help, but we can still use more.

News and Notes

Remember to renew your license for the IHSA. You must do so online by
June 30, 2010. Go to the website and do it now.

Personal Info-
Congratulations to John Widmayer on being selected as a recipient of the IHSA Distinguiushed Service Award which recognizes exemplary service provided by individuals associated with IHSA programs and services. John will be honored at the Banquet, in Bloomington, on June14, 2010.

Congratulations to Ken Pink who has become an author. Ken has an article in the latest issue of The NFHS magazine.

Members receiving post season assignments

Ron Mohler-NCAA Division III Regional Baseball and World Series
Bob Selz- Division I Softball UCLA Regional, IHSA Softball Reg. Evanston, Sec. Huntley
Rich Petersen- Softball State Finals
Joey Hager- Softball Huntley Reg. and Glenbard South Sec.
Shane Cannon- Baseball 4A New Trier Reg.
Tom Toman- Baseball 4A Willowbrook Reg.
Jay Rhode- Baseball 3A Richmond Reg.
John Davis- Baseball 4A Mundelein Reg.
Jerry Blum- Baseball 4A Notre Dame Reg.
Don Swanson- Baseball 4A  Rockford Supersectional
Ron Sapochak- Baseball 4A Stevenson Reg.
Jim Kauss- LaCrosse Girls Reg.
Bill McIntee- Boys Volleyball Warren Reg.
Mike Babicz- Basketball Special Olympics State Finals

Board Meetings
The next Board Meeting will be September 13, 2010. If you have anything you want to be discussed please send me an e-mail.