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Whistling Zebra

Fall 2004 Edition
Randy L. Steen, Editor

Important Information - Change In Date
The date of the NOA/AOS joint meeting at Hackney’s has been changed. The new date is Wednesday, October 8th. This meeting is for all sports and includes a free dinner (typically deli sandwiches, fries and beverages). The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Hackney’s is located on Route 12 in Lake Zurich. Please call Hackney’s at 847-438-2103 for specific directions to their restaurant. The speaker this year is Beth Sauser, Assistant Executive Director of the IHSA. One of Beth’s responsibilities is assigning the officials to the girls state basketball tournament. In order to make Beth’s visit beneficial to our members, please email Rocky Nelson ( by October 1st a list of questions that you would like her to answer during the meeting.

New Meeting Location
The meeting place for ALL 3 SPORT DIVISIONS is at the Libertyville Sports Complex located at 1950 N. Highway 45; Libertyville, IL 60048. The complex is on the Northeast corner of Route 45 and Peterson Road. For specific directions to the complex look at the map posted on their website ( or by calling the complex 847-367-1502.

New Members
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest NOA members:
- Joey Hager (basketball) - Ralph Kubek (football)
- Dan Lacher (football/basketball) - Paul Meirthew (football)
- David Moisa (football) - Jim Steiner (basketball)
- Howard Wegner (football) - Kevin Wegner (football)

NOA Website
It is great to hear that more people are using the NOA website on a regular basis to gain information about the organization. With only four newsletters throughout the year, the website is a great way to communicate with our members in a timely manner. Please visit the website regularly for board meeting minutes, current events, up-to-date announcements, listing of members by sport, top 15 list application, newsletters, assignment chairman information and much more. Fred Swanson does an excellent job of maintaining the NOA website for us.

Congratulations to the following members on their recent promotions:
- Bob Panuncialman: Certified in Softball
If you get promoted (registered to recognized or recognized to certified) please contact the editor so that your name can be mentioned in the next newsletter. Every official should be properly recognized for their achievements. Please check out the official’s handbook or the IHSA website for more details on the promotion process.
Open Dates and Availability Sheets
It is very important that you organize yourself and make sure you keep your availability sheet updated in a timely manner. Assignment chairmen get frustrated when they see that an official shows “open”, calls the official and then finds out that the official is “closed”. Yes, there are circumstances where this might happen once in a while. Part of the problem, however, is that some officials are simply not updating their availability sheet. A good rule of thumb is to update your availability sheet during the off-season once every couple of weeks. However, during the season or during the period where most assignments are given out, it would be wise to update your availability sheet at least once a week. Of course, the best scenario is to update your availability sheet as soon as you close a date. A quick phone call or email to an assignment chairman only takes a few seconds. Mailing an updated availability sheet is also an appropriate method, but be careful of the delay in sending and receiving using this method. Also, be aware that assignment chairmen have different methods that they prefer to be contacted.

Football DivisionFootball President - Mark Thompson
Norm Geske Day is Friday, October 3. Don’t forget to make a donation!!
There are a few printing errors and corrections in the rules book, case book and simplified & illustrated. These corrections can be found in the Fall 2003 edition of the Officials’ Quarterly.

Important Dates:
September 24 (Wed.) - Presenter: Jay Lyons
October 3 (Fri.) - Norm Geske Day
October 8 (Wed.) - NOA/AOS Joint Meeting at Hackney’s in Lake Zurich - 7:30

Basketball DivisionBasketball President - Rocky Nelson

The first meeting is Wednesday, October 1st.
All regular meetings will be at the Libertyville Sports Complex located on the Northeast corner of Route 45 and Peterson Road. Meetings will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The NOA basketball socials are listed below. We will meet at Journey’s End (corner of Routes 45 & 83) in Mundelein. Please join the group whether you are working a game that night or not. Normally, the group gets started around 9:30 p.m. Everyone is invited and feel free to bring other officials from other associations. We hope to see you this year for good food, drinks and conversation.
Important Dates:
October 1 (Wed.) - Presenter: To Be Determined
October 8 (Wed.) - NOA/AOS Joint Meeting at Hackney’s in Lake Zurich - 7:30
October 15 (Wed.) - Presenters: Mike Geske & Tom Brophy - Floor Mechanics
October 22 (Wed.) - IHSA Rules Meeting: Waukegan High School - 7:00 pm
October 23 (Thurs.) - IHSA Rules Meeting: Stevenson High School - 7:00 pm
October 27 (Mon.) - IHSA Rules Meeting: Rolling Meadows High School - 7:00
October 29 (Wed.) - Presenter: Rocky Nelson - Manual Changes/Points of Emphasis/Rules
November 3 (Mon.) - IHSA Rules Meeting: Woodstock High School - 7:00 pm
November 5 (Wed.) - Presenter: Rocky Nelson - Part 1 Test and Elections
November 8 (Sat.) - IACAO Clinic/Rules Meeting - Hoffman Estates High School - 8:00 am
November 12 (Wed.) - Presenter: Harry Bohn - How to be a Good Partner
November 15 (Sat.) - Part 1 Test and Promotion Application Due
December 8 (Mon.) - Part 2 Test (check page 17 in officials’ handbook for the locations)
December 12 (Fri.) - NOA Nite-Out: Journey’s End in Mundelein
January 9 (Fri.) - NOA Nite-Out: Journey’s End in Mundelein
February 13 (Fri.) - NOA Nite-Out: Journey’s End in Mundelein

Rules Study:
The following are the new basketball NFHS rule changes for the 2003-2004 season:
1-12-c Changed the description of a legal basketball to “a deeply-pebbled cover with horizontally shaped panels bonded tightly to the rubber carcass.”
2-12-5 Established a warning signal at 20 seconds before the expiration of the 30-second interval permitted for replacing a disqualified or injured player.
4-6-4 & 9-11-4 (New) Further defined basket interference to include when a player pulls down a movable ring so that it contacts the ball before the ring returns to its original position.
5-5 A state association by adoption may institute a running clock when a specified point differential is reached at a specified time in the game.
8-1-3 Reduced the number of players permitted on marked lane spaces during free throws (not including the free-thrower) to four defensive and two offensive players, with the lane spaces closest to the free-throw line (and the shooter) remaining vacant.
10-5-3 (New) Directly penalizes the head coach when a player participates after being disqualified (from an indirect to a direct technical).
Signal Chart Established a signal for a kicked ball.
1-13 Rule 1-13 was reorganized into separate articles and added an article describing the “bench area” to better define where teams may gather during time-outs.
3-3-1e New article added permitting a captain to request a defensive match-up if three or more substitutes from the same team enter during an opportunity to substitute.
3-5-1 Further clarified the guidelines for knee and ankle braces.
4-23 Clarified that in order for a player to establish legal guarding position, both feet must be touching the “playing court.”
5-11-3 Clarified that a 30-second time-out may be charge to a team for requesting review of a correctable error, if that is the only type of time-out that remains, when no correction is made.
7-5-9 Included simultaneous fouls and added a note that the spot for the throw-in is determined by the foul of the team not entitled to the alternating-possession throw-in.
9-9 Section was reorganized for clarity.