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Northern Officials Association
SUMMER 2013 Edition
Jerry Blum --Editor
(847) 438-2231

Welcome to the SUMMER edition of the Whistling Zebra for the 2013-2014 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.




Dues for the 2013-14 season are now past due. Please go to the NOA website (noaofficials.org) and pay your dues thru Pay-Pal.




This is an election year

If you have not served on the NOA Board

yet, now may be the time.

All Board positions are up for election.

Give some thought about giving back to the

Northern Officials Association






From President--- Darrell Schrag dschrag@us.ibm.com

NOA Football Division
2013 Football Meeting Schedule
updated: Wed, September 4, 2013 11:53 AM
(Lake Street, Grayslake, IL)

Start time for all meetings is 7:00 pm



August 14

Subject: IHSA RULES MEETING  (You will NOT receive IHSA rules meeting credit for attending this meeting)
Presenter: Jim Glueckert 

August 17

IACAO FOOTBALL CLINIC - Downers Grove SOUTH High School--7:00 am

August 21

Subject: PART I TEST REVIEW, New Rules Video Review (NOA Members ONLY)
Presenter: Darrell Schrag

August 28

Presenter: Jim Koczersut

September 4

Subject: POINTS OF EMPHASIS-PLAYER SAFETY, a video Clip Review
Presenter: Gregg Buchner

September 11

Subject: TBA
Presenter:  Mike Babicz

September 18

Presenter: Mike Zuckerman



October 16

NOA/AOS Joint All-Sports Meeting    Speaker: Jerry Grunska





President – Darnell Jones djay1960@gmail.com


NOA Basketball Division
2013-2014 Basketball Meeting Schedule
ALL MEETINGS (unless noted )WILL BE AT


(400 N. Lake Street, Grayslake, IL)

Start time for all meetings is 7:00 pm (except as noted)

Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 3:49 PM

October 2

Topic: TBA
Speaker: TBA

October 9

Topic: TBA

October 16

NOA / AOS All-Sports Joint Meeting    Hackney's, Lake Zurich    Speaker: Jerry Grunska

October 23

Topic: TBA

October 30

Topic: TBA
Speaker: Harry Bohn



November 6

Topic: TBA

November 9

IACO Basketball Clinic, Hoffman Estates High School, 8:00AM

November 13

Topic:EXAM REVIEW (Must be PAID member to attend)



December 6

Officials Gathering, Location: TBA


January 10

Officials Gathering, Location: TBA


February 7

Officials Gathering, Location: TBA


Special Olympics Basketball


As basketball season approaches it is time to start thinking about giving back to the sport and the players.

Below is a note from Sue Foege giving the dates for Special Olympics Basketball. If you have never refereed Special Olympics you are missing out on a very special experience. Clear your calendars now and make plans to join us for this great cause. More information will be coming out soon.


I hope all is going well for you as we are headed into football and basketball season!  And before we know it, Special Olympics basketball will be here.  I wanted to get you dates for our tournaments that we have coming up. 


December 8 – Holiday tournament – Hersey High School

January 19 – High School Tournament – Hersey High School

January 26 – Senior Male Team – Deerfield High School

January 26 – Senior Male Team – TBD – hopefully Jacobs High School, but NOT at Vernon Hills


I will send you out a sheet as I typically do and hopefully you can forward it on.  I want to make sure I have the other location set before I do that.  Let me know if you have any questions – we are looking forward to a great tournament – and hoping the weather cooperates with us again! 

Let me know if you have any questions – and if you could also confirm that you receive this, that would be great! 






From Mike Babicz, Membership Chairman


Welcome to all of our new football and basketball members.  If you have any questions regarding what the NOA can do to assist you in your officiating, please do not hesitate to contact me.

A friendly reminder.....DUES ARE PAST DUE!  The deadline established by the board was August 31.  If you have not taken care of this, please do so ASAP.  The only method of payment is via paypal and there is a link for it on the noa web site at noaofficials.org.

Also, if you have not updated your information for our secretary, please complete the membership application whether you are a new member or have been around since football and basketball were invented.  This will help us to make sure we have information for emails, etc.

A special thanks to all who helped out at the annual Bob Brown Shootout this past June.  Tentative plans are to have the event either the first or second Friday (and possibly Saturday if enough teams participate) in 2014.  This is a great opportunity to keep the memory and spirit alive of a person who had a lot to do with many of our officiating careers as well as many of the athletes who played in games which he officiated.  Please keep those weekends open if at all possible and as soon as a firm date is set by the College of Lake County I will pass it on.

Special Olympics is something close to several of our hearts of officials who are members of the NOA.  We are asked every year to donate our time to help those have a special day through district tournaments and the state finals in Bloomington-Normal.  Watch for emails explained how you can help out.  Once you have done it, you'll understand why we keep going back.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact either myself or Jerry Blum, among many others in the NOA.

Mark on your calendar Wednesday, April 30, 2014 for the annual NOA Banquet at Maravela's Banquet Hall in Fox Lake.  More information will be in future newsletters and emails.  Remember, this is part of your dues.

Have a great season or postseason, whichever is coming up for your sport.

Again....if you have questions, don't hesitate to ask.


NOA Logo Gear


The NOA has a new Logo. The cost to have it embroidered on your shirt, shorts,

windbreaker, bag, or any other article you would like is $12.50. Mike Geske can

order items for you and then embroider the logo on it for you. The logo can be put

on in any color in. If you have any questions you can contact Mike at Brogins Inc.

(847) 623-5992.





Keith Ryan Dinner


This years event will be held on Oct. 17th at Midlane Country Club

In Wadsworth, Ill. The social will begin at 5:30 with dinner at 6:30 pm. You can contact Mike Babicz or Jim Bernardi for tickets thru the NOA for $45 or you can pay $50 at the door.

This years NOA inductee will be Jerry Grunska who was one of the original members of the NOA.




NOA Golf Outing


The 1st golf outing was a success. There were 22 golfers who participated. It was held at Cary Country Club. There was a three way tie for first place between Troy Whalen, Mike Snodgrass and Jerry Blums groups . Thanks to all those who helped secure prizes for the outing.



Personal Info-

Please send me any promotions or other information you would like to share with the NOA members.







Tim Hillebrand to R

Dan Schuster to C

John Elhert to C

Jeff Schell to C

Jim Piekarski to R

Duane Fountain to R



Board Meetings

The next Board Meeting was Janurary 13, 2014. If you have anything you

want to be discussed, at future meetings, please send me an e-mail.