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IACO 2021 Football Training Class
Illinois needs more football officials! If you ever thought about getting into officiating football, the Inter-Athletic Council of Officials is once again offering training for new football officials. The Football Officials Training Class prepares the participant by covering game rules, play situations, penalty enforcement, game timing, and mechanics (positioning) through presentations and game film review. After completion of the class and earning an IHSA (Illinois State High School Association) sports officiating license, you will be given the opportunity to be assigned to officiate high school football games for the upcoming season. Officials with 1-2 years experience also find this class very advantageous and are welcome to attend. For more information, click the link below:
Passing of a former AOS member John Anderson
Message from AOS Football VP Jim Perkins:
I am sad to inform you of the passing of a former AOS member John Anderson. John died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday.
The wake is Friday from 2:00 – 7:00 at Johnson-Nosek Funeral home on 3847 Prairie Ave in Brookfield. We are required to wear masks inside the funeral home.
John started officiating in 1974 and worked over 1,000 games at all levels. John was selected to work six different state championship games, including the 2018 8A state championship. After working the 1992 4A state championship, he filled in during the second half of the 5A state championship after an official from that game was injured. Those circumstances made John the only football official in the state of Illinois to work a total of 6 ½ state championships.
John was an excellent, knowledgeable official who loved the avocation. He was among the first officials to work the BJ position when the IHSA went to five officials and helped to define that position. He was a valued crew mate of mine for the last 21 years and will be greatly missed by all of us.
In lieu of flowers, There are two donation organizations in memory of John:
James C. Perkins
Football VP, AOS
AOS Member Jim Perkins Named IHSA 2019-20 Football Official of the Year
The Athletic Officials Service (AOS) Board of Directors is proud to announce the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has named AOS Member Jim Perkins as the 2019-20 Football Official of the Year. Perkins joins Jim Glueckert (Football 2015-16) and Bill DePue (Boys Basketball 2016-17) as the third AOS Member to be selected for this prestigious award.
To be considered for this honor, an official must first be nominated by an Officials Association recognized by the IHSA. Perkins was unanimously selected to be nominated by the AOS Board last year. IHSA staff members then vote on the winners based on factors such as character, skill as an official, and levels worked in the IHSA State Series.
Perkins is a three-time downstate Football Official having worked the State Finals in 2005 (Class 4A), 2007 (Class 7A) and 2018 (Class 8A). He has been officiating Football since 1992 (28 years), been a member of AOS since 1992 where he served as VP of Football and he has not only trained us all at our AOS meetings on numerous occasions, but has also presented at the IHSA Officials Clinic. Perkins also received the Ed Curtin Award in 2018.
“I am surprised and honored to be the recipient of this award”, Perkins said. “There are many football officials in the state of Illinois who are highly accomplished and contribute significant time and energy to improve the avocation of officiating. To be selected as the Official of the Year is humbling and is an award I will cherish the rest of my life. I am proud to represent AOS in receiving this award.”
AOS Board Member Jim Glueckert said, “Jim is a quality individual and has been an asset to AOS serving as our Football Vice-President and being willing to present as a speaker to the Association when asked. He takes the position of crew chief and official seriously. He studies the rules and works well with the area assignment chairman. Congratulations Jim on an honor well deserved.”
Perkins and the other recipients in the 21 other IHSA sports will be recognized at a banquet during the 2020 IHSA Officials Conference, which will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the Normal Community West High School.
“Thank you to all IHSA officials who dedicate their time and talent to high school athletics in Illinois,” said IHSA Assistant Executive Director and Officials Department administrator Sam Knox. “We understand that these individuals do not officiate for awards or recognition, but it remains a very special tradition for the IHSA to be able to honor its Officials of the Year. Congratulations to these deserving individuals!”
Special Football Meeting Speaker
Legendary Officiating Authority Bill LeMonnier, ESPN Rules Analyst, Big 10 Referee/Crew Chief talks with AOS Members at our regular football meeting.