Whistling Zebra




Welcome to the Fall edition of the Whistling Zebra for the 2015-2016 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 (2014-2016)

      General Chairman:Mike Babicz
      Secretary:Jerry Blum

      Treasurer:Randy Steen

      Membership Chairman: Tom Vogan

      FB President:Dave Butts

      BB President: Steve Bellmore



Please send any pictures you have of yourself officiating to Darnell Jones so he can post them on facebook. His e-mail is djay1960@gmail.com


       New year updates

-       Update your personal info on the IHSA website

-       Dates for snapshots of your info and ratings

-Fall- 9/7/5,†††† Winter- 12/7/15,††† Spring- 4/7/15

††† -†† Update schools that you are affiliated with, work for, have Children attending, graduated from, etc.


1. Elections this year.  Football nominations due no later than second to last meeting with elections at last meeting. 



2. General elections this spring.  Watch for emails regarding nominations and voting process. 


3. Marty Hickman speaking at combined NOA/AOS meeting on Wednesday, October 7 at Dave and Busters in Vernon Hills.  Social at 6:00 with dinner at 7:00. Program to follow. 


4. NOA Banquet on Wednesday, April 27 at Maravela's in Fox Lake.  Details will be coming. 


5. The next board meeting is Monday, September 14 if you have any items you would like to be considered please let a board member know.




From President--- Dave Butts (mccbutts@yahoo.com )

At large ---Dan Schuster††† ( dschuster.fb@gmail.com )


NOA Football Division
2015 Football Meeting Schedule
Mon, August 17, 2015 4:10 PM
(Lake Street, Grayslake, IL)

Start time for all meetings is 7:00 pm
NEW OFFICIALS Meet from 6:30 - 7:00pm



August 15


August 19

Subject: Pylons, Goal Line and End Zone Enforcement
Darrell Schrag


August 26

Subject: Preparing for the Football Season
George Lewerenz


September 2

Subject: 2015 rule changes, 2014 rule review - review targeting, defenseless players amd review the kick-off formation and procedure changes from last season.
Bill Laude


September 9

Subject: Part I rules and test review




September 16

Subject: Sideline Management and working with coaches.
Don Swanson




September 23

Subject: Using video to improve your officiating skills, the Hudl
Doug King


October 7

NOA/AOS Joint All-Sports Meeting, Dave & Busters, Hawthorne Center, Vernon Hills, 7:00PM    Speaker: MARTY HICKMAN

New officials are encouraged to attend the sessions for new  officials from 6:30pm - 7:00pm EVERY WEDNESDA


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Basketball ††


At large ---


-basketball meetings will begin Sept. 30th to Nov. 11th . We will skip Oct. 7th

for the NOA-AOS combined social.





Health and fitness


Work on your physical conditioning and general health. This is also a good time to get to your doctor for your yearly physical. Get your body in shape now for the fall high school sports seasons. Donít risk injury or worse by not taking care of your body.


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 likeis $12.50. Mike Geske can

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

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

(847) 623-5992.


IHSA Member Insurance


As an official and a member of the IHSA you are covered by Insurance while you are working. To view your coverage follow the steps below:


-go to the IHSA officials website

-on the left side, under Personnal Data, go down till you seeOfficials Insurance

-click on that link and the page containing your benefits will show up.


This insurance covers you while you are involved in officiating activities.For further info contact one of the numbers on the data page.


Personal Info-

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


Mike Albrecht has been promoted to ďRĒ in football.




Two IHSA Officials Selected To Work Special Olympics World Summer Games In Los Angeles

July 27, 2015

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http://www.ihsa.org/Portals/0/Photos/IHSA%20State/Officials%20Business/2015-16/SOofficials.jpghttp://www.ihsa.org/Portals/0/Photos/IHSA%20State/Officials%20Business/2015-16/SO.jpgThe Illinois High School Association is proud to have two licensed IHSA Officials who have been selected to work the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California from July 25-August 2.

Jerry Blum (right) and Bob Reczek (left) have both been selected to work the basketball tournament as a part of the 2015 Games. They are a part of 70 referees from around the world who will officiate the tournament, which has teams from 65 countries competing.

"We are proud to have Bob and Jerry representing the IHSA and IHSA Officials at the Special Olympics World Summer Games," said IHSA Assistant Executive Director Craig Anderson. "It is an incredible personal accomplishment, but also reflective of high school officials as a whole. The men and women who officiate high school contests in Illinois give back to their communities in a variety of ways. We hear about countless acts of kindness, charity and volunteerism from our officials each year, and know that there are many many more like it that go unreported."

Blum, a native of Lake Zurich, has been selected to work the IHSA Girls Basketball State Finals on three occasions (2011, 2012, 2014), while Mokena resident Reczek is also a three-time (2005, 2006, 2009) IHSA State Final official in the sport.

Reczek was also named the IHSA Girls Basketball Official of the Year for the 2008-09 school year.

Posted in: SPOTLIGHT - What's Happening In IHSA Sports & Activities, OFFICIALS BUSINESS - The Men & Women Who Govern our Games, ADD A. TUDE FILES - Stories of Sportsmanship & Integrity




It was an honor to be selected to work the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. For thoseof you who have worked any Special Olympics events
you know the feeling you get when
you watch the athletes perform. Bob Reczek and I were in awe of these amazing athletes. With the help of the IHSA
we are hoping to raise the interest of more officials to work at
the various Special Olympics events. I will be posting basketball events as they are

scheduled. If you havenít worked these events please consider giving something back tothe game and help out a great cause.
Thanks for all the kind words of encouragement.


We were fortunate enough to get picture with some of basketballs best players. They werevery gracious to allow us to get pictures with them.
Tim Schriver is the Director of Special
Olympics International. He stepped into that position when his mother Eunice Schriver recently passed away.








Jerry Blum†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Bob Reczek†††††††† Doc Rivers††††† Eldridge Henry





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††††††††† Bob††††††††††††††††††††† Eldridge††††††††††††††††Tim Schriver††††††††† Jerry




†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Bob Reczek††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tommy Lasorda†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Jerry Blum


IHSA Officials Reflect on Special Olympics World Games

August 25, 2015

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A pair of Illinois High School Association officials were selected to work the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, Calif., July 25-Aug. 2. Mokena native Bob Reczek (pictured left) and Lake Zurich resident Jerry Blum (pictured right) had each been selected to work the IHSA Girls Basketball State Finals three times apiece before adding this honor to their resumes. Both were picked to officiate basketball in Los Angeles and were actually considered ďinternational officials,Ē along with any other officials from outside California. Jerry was working his second Special Olympics World Games, after being a part of the 1999 games in North Carolina. Bob was accompanied by his wife, Karen, to his first World Games, as she volunteered by working in one the cafeterias that fed the athletes during the event. Bob and Jerry talked to IHSA State about the experience:

Q: How long have you two known each other?
JERRY: We knew of each other because of the officiating connections in both Special Olympics and IHSA, but we didnít meet until an IHSA Basketball Super-Sectional and then got to know each other well through the Special Olympics State Tournament in Bloomington-Normal.
BOB: I remember that Super-Sectional, it was a double-header in Elgin in 2009. I worked the first game, a Class 2A Super, and Jerry followed in the second game, which was a Class 1A Super-Sectional. I remember being somewhat intimidated by Jerry initially. He had a very commanding presence on the court, but we bonded as officials and developed a friendship that will last a lifetime.

Q: What was the process for being selected to officiate the Special Olympics World Games?
BOB: There was a written online application that I applied for in September of last year. I found out a few months later that I had been selected, but also learned that Jerry hadnít heard anything back yet. I have officiated Special Olympics for 10 years, but Jerry is going on nearly 25 years. Now there was no way I was ever going to turn down this opportunity, but I did call the committee and told them there was someone more deserving who they should consider. Luckily, he found out shortly thereafter that he was selected and we would both get to represent Illinois.

Q: What made you decide to get involved with Special Olympics?
BOB: I have a 16-year-old special needs son, Matt, who has been diagnosed with autism. We moved to the Lincoln-Way school district 10 years ago and he currently attends Lincoln-Way East. We enrolled him in the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association where, one day, he was playing basketball and his coach recommended I should get involved. I inquired about the process and two weeks later I was working one of Mattís games. Itís been a labor of love ever since.
JERRY: I donít recall where I was, but another official mentioned that Special Olympics was holding a district meet at Barrington High School and needed help. I went there not having a clue what to expect or what to do, but I adjusted quickly. The kids were slapping hands with us and the coaches were great to work with. Some parents were coming up and thanking us or giving us hugs. It strikes you how difficult life is for some families. It was a chance to give back and I was hooked the first year.

Q: You received a special honor in Los Angeles when you both were selected to officiate a Celebrity Basketball Game that included several former NBA players like Dikembe Mutombo (pictured with Bob and Jerry). How did that come about?

JERRY: They had a meeting on the afternoon of the game and asked who wanted to do it. Bob and Iís arms both shot up.
BOB: I think a lot of officials were hesitant knowing that it was a big stage and the game would be on ESPN. For Jerry and I it was a natural thing. The IHSA prepared us to work in big games. We both wanted to be out there and have fun with it. I told (former NBA players and Celebrity Game coaches) Sam Perkins and A.C. Green during a break that it was a shame that the refs were outrunning the players. They got a kick out of that.

Q: What was the officiating like?
JERRY: We had a good mix of officials, some from Ireland, Italy, Belgium and Poland, but we didnít know we were using FIBA rules and mechanics until we arrived there. We crammed the best we could, but itís tough to learn all the rules in three days. The lead officials were great; they told us to do the best we could with the hand signals and make sure we verbalized the calls to the bench crew. Itís kind of neat the way you can blend different teams, countries, languages, officials, table workers and interpreters together and it all works out. We didnít speak the same language, but we all spoke basketball.
BOB: It was a lot of fun, but it was serious business. One of the head officials was four-time NCAA Womenís Final Four official Carla Fujimoto. She gave us confidence that we belonged. My first game was a 9 a.m. contest between South Africa and Kazakhstan. I walked out and had a ďI canít believe I am really here moment,Ē then we tipped the ball and it was like officiating any other game.

Q: Can you single out a special moment from what must have been a memorable week?

BOB: There was one game in particular that was a ďtraditionalĒ game which featured individuals who we commonly identify with the Special Olympics program. I make that distinction because today there are also ďunifiedĒ games that feature Special Olympics athletes and people without disabilities playing together on a team as part of a mainstreaming initiative. Now in this traditional game, Team USA played Team France and it was incredible. Smiles, high- fives, handshakes, great crowd energy. Everyone walked out of that game with a smile and a memory. As I was leaving the court, a parent in the crowd yelled at me, ďRef! Ref!Ē I looked at him and he pointed to his heart and then back at me. It put the whole situation in perspective, why I was there.
JERRY: Mine was actually in a game that I wasnít officiating. Before one of the games they brought out some young special needs kids, probably 4 or 5 years old. They were going to score an honorary first basket before the game and there was one little kid who was the last to do it. The crowd was cheering really hard for him. It was a precious, unbelievable scene.

Q: What would you tell fellow officials about officiating Special Olympics?
JERRY: If you have never done it, go do it once and you will never stop. You will get more than you will ever give. The World Games werenít about me and Bob, it was about giving back.
BOB: We need more officials to get involved. I understand that there is an intimidation factor at first when you are dealing with special needs children in a different environment. You arenít sure how to deal with the kids or how to call the game, but you will quickly understand the game and the officiating levels. Your time is a gift to them and they are so appreciative. It has made me a better person and a better official. If we get one more person to volunteer, that is a victory. Jerry and I laud the IHSA for its ongoing commitment in this area and are extremely proud to be part of an organization that is at the forefront of inclusion for all individuals.

Posted in: SPOTLIGHT - What's Happening In IHSA Sports & Activities, OFFICIALS BUSINESS - The Men & Women Who Govern our Games, ADD A. TUDE FILES - Stories of Sportsmanship & Integrity, STATEments - In Their Own Words

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Board Meetings

                  The next Board Meeting will be Sept. 14, 2015. If you have anything you want to be discussed at future meeting,
                  please send me an e-mail.