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Whistling Zebra

Summer 2004 Edition
Randy L. Steen, Editor

New Meeting Location
The NOA Board of Directors voted to change the meeting place for ALL 3 SPORT DIVISIONS to Mundelein High School. The high school is located at 1350 W. Hawley Street in Mundelein, just north of the intersection of Hawley Street and Midlothian Road. If you need more specific directions, please call the high school at (847) 949-2200. The meetings will be held in the CAFETERIA. A special thank you goes out to Bob Brown for helping the NOA secure this location.

Election of New Officers
At the spring banquet in April, the election of officers were held for the 2004-2006 term. Congratulations to the following members:
- General Chairman: Peter King
- Secretary: Randy Steen
- Treasurer: Tom Kinkelaar
- Membership Chairman: Mike Roseman
- Football Assignment Chairman: Bob Brown
- Basketball Assignment Chairman: Mike Babicz
- Baseball Assignment Chairman: Vince Cannon

NOA Annual Awards

Congratulations to the 2004 recipients of the following NOA awards:
- Football Official of the Year: Don Swanson
- Basketball Official of the Year: Jerry Eiserman
- Baseball Official of the Year: Dave Kirtz
- George Young Award: Ian MacAulay
- Mike Rose Award: Jim Meyers, Retired AD from Johnsburg H.S.
- Lifetime Member Award: Chuck Esposito, Colin Greig, Andy Harlfinger, Gene Hasley, Bob Panuncialman, Everett Werth

Bob Brown Scholarship
John Mason of Prairie Ridge High School was awarded the 2004 Bob Brown Scholarship. John is the first recipient of this award and received $1,000 to be applied to his expenses at Washington University in St. Louis.

Norm Geske Memorial Scholarship

Jordan Victor was awarded the 2004 Norm Geske Memorial Scholarship and received $1,000 to be applied to his college expenses. Jordan attended Buffalo Grove High School and was selected to the MSL All-Conference Football Team.

Keith Ryan Scholarship

Congratulations to Tom Kinkelaar (NOA Football Member and Treasurer) who was nominated by the NOA to be inducted into the Lake County High School Sports Hall of Frame as an official.
The Keith Ryan Scholarship Fund and Sports Award Banquet will be held on Thursday, October 14th at Midlane Country Club in Waukegan/Wadsworth. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., the featured speaker (John Hammond) and awards ceremony to follow. John Hammond is the vice-president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons, who is originally from Zion. Tickets are $40 per person or a group can purchase a table of eight for $35 per person. Please contact Mike Babicz at 847-855-0019 for tickets.

New Members

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest NOA members:
- Michael Barry (baseball & basketball) - Brad Eshoo (basketball)
- Thomas Conrad (basketball) - Greg Gunhus (basketball)
- Greg Crecchio (basketball) - Jan Sheinson (basketball)

Congratulations to Tom Wallen for being promoted from recognized to certified in basketball.

2005 NOA Spring Banquet

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The 2005 NOA Banquet has been set for Saturday,
April 30th, 2005. The banquet is moving back to Parkside by the Lake in Ingleside. The banquet is FREE for all members. More details about the banquet will be given during the sport meetings and in future editions of “The Whistling Zebra”.

Service Awards From the IHSA

Congratulations to the following NOA members for their service awards:
- 15 Years: Gerard Blum (basketball), Ross Forman (baseball), Mark Leffler (basketball), Randy Moore (baseball), Darrell Schrag (football)
- 25 Years: Michael Geske (basketball), Peter Merkel (football & basketball),
Ron Sapochak (football & basketball), David Senf (baseball)
- 30 Years: Michael Briggs (football), John Rottman (baseball),
Tom Toman (football & basketball)

Football Division
Football President - Mike Babicz
Football Representative - Tom Vogan

General Comments:
• All meetings will be in the cafeteria at Mundelein High School at 7:30 p.m.
• Jeffery Stern of NASO and Referee Magazine will be the speaker on Aug. 25th.
• If anyone has any suggestions on speakers or topics for the September 8th meeting,
please contact Mike Babicz (847-855-0019) or Tom Vogan (847-726-9223).
• The exact date and locations for the part 2 test were also not available at time of publishing. However, a date of August 23, 2004 was tentatively set previously.

Important Dates:
• August 11 (Wed.) - First Meeting - Part 1 Test
• August 14 (Sat.) - IACAO Clinic/Rules Meeting - Naperville North - 8:00 a.m.
• August 16 (Mon.) - Elgin Rules Meeting - 7 p.m.
• August 17 (Tue.) - Mundelein Rules Meeting - 7 p.m.
• August 18 (Wed.) - Palatine Rules Meeting - 7 p.m.
• August 19 (Thur.) - Woodstock Rules Meeting - 7 p.m.
• August 25 (Wed.) - Presenter: Jeffery Stern - Dealing with Coaches
• September 1 (Wed.) - Presenter: Mark Thompson - Play Reviews
• September 8 (Wed.) - Presenter: To Be Announced
• September 15 (Wed.) - Last Regular Meeting - Part 2 Review
• October 1 (Fri.) - Norm Geske Day
• October 6 (Wed.) - NOA/AOS Joint Meeting at Hackney’s in Lake Zurich - 7:00pm

Rules Study:
The following are the new NFHS rule changes for the 2004 season:

• Legal towels must be made of moisture-absorbing material. Also, any sticky or slippery substance is not permitted on the towel. (1-5-3i, k)
• During an authorized time-out, that is held adjacent to the sideline, any number of team members and coaches may participate. (2-6-2a)
• Clarification has been made that a post-scrimmage kick situation begins with the snap and that a successful field goal is not included in any post-scrimmage kick enforcement. (2-16-2g)
• The following language was removed from the rule: “…on the line of scrimmage and…” (2-17-4b)
• Clarification has been made to the existing authority of state associations for approval of any procedures utilized to continue or terminate contests interrupted by events beyond the control of the contest administrators. (3-1-4)
• Language has been re-inserted to clarify that should a foul occur on the last timed down of a period, that any re-playing action will take place before goals are exchanged. (3-3-3)
• A head coach may now request a time-out. (3-5-2a)
• During a free kick, if the kicking team muffs the ball into a receiver, the action shall be ignored. During a scrimmage kick, a ball legally batted or muffed by the kicking team into a receiver shall be ignored. (6-1-5, 6-2-4)
• Clarification has been made concerning a foul that is committed by the defending team on a touchdown that involves a change of possession. In this case, the foul must occur after change of possession. (8-2-2 )
• The momentum exception now applies to any covered defensive play situation. (8-5-2a )
• Clarification has been made that if the receiving team&