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AOS Spring Banquet Postponed

We regret to inform you the AOS Spring Banquet is being postponed due to precautions to prevent the coronavirus.

No decision has been made on rescheduling of the Banquet. We will make that decision once the crisis has ended.

Congratulations to all of our AOS Basketball Officials for a great season and to those who received post season assignments.

Stay safe,
The AOS Board of Directors

AOS Member Jim Perkins Named IHSA 2019-20 Football Official of the Year

Jim Perkins IHSA Official of the Year

Jim Perkins

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.


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