May IHOA meeting & Annual Election

This is a friendly reminder that the Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members and Officers will be held on

Monday, May 10th, 2021 @ 7pm (Central time) via a Zoom webinar:

Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yxNIP0RnSWuUhQNUKswkyQ

**After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

Below are the candidates, in alphabetical order, and their bio’s:

Mark Bialko:

Hi, my name is Mark Bialko. I am currently serving on the IHOA board as a director. I am seeking to be re-elected to the board for a second term. I first started officiating when I was twelve years old. I officiated for seven years at that time. I returned to officiating five years ago because my son Michael was playing and encouraged me to get back into officiating because he saw my love of officiating and the game. At that time, Michael was planning to become an official. Michael is now a third-year official. I wish I would have stayed involved as an official during those years away but at the time I went away to college in Florida and when I returned, I was hired as an aircraft mechanic with United Airlines working the midnight shift. Now as a father, official, and working in cooperate aircraft maintenance now, I have the time and passion to donate my time as a board member. I see the value in seminars, mentoring, and the development of current and new officials. I want to give back to the officiating community that welcomed me back with open arms and I have embraced it. I love helping our members gain the knowledge and experience so they all can be the best possible official they can be.  I can do this by being re-elected to a second term.

Brian Fisher:

My name is Brian Fisher. I began my officiating career when I was 12 to improve my skating skills, expand my knowledge of the game I love, and to earn a little pocket money. The more I was able to ref, the more I began to appreciate the complexities of the job, which I feel made me a better player in my younger years. With that being said, I have now been an official for 20 plus years and still love it just as much. I am currently a level 4 official and attended the Advanced Officials Symposium in Minneapolis, MN that took place in 2019. This gave me the opportunity to network with officials from all over the United States and share our experiences with one another. I feel the best way to gain insight is from firsthand stories and experiences. I would say that the Symposium most certainly was a melting pot of knowledge and I enjoyed learning and being a part of it.  In recent years, I have also volunteered to be a seminar assistant and supervisor with IHOA. I like helping new referees and those who have been on the ice for as long as I have, continue to learn so that we can provide a fun, positive, and safe environment for the athletes to compete. One of my proudest referee moments was when I was invited to the Red Division High School State Championship game at the United Center in 2015.  Being a hockey player through my college years, skating on the ice at the United Center was an incredible experience.  Along with the Red Division High School State Championship, I have been selected to work at three National Championship tournaments as well. When I am not on the ice, I live with my wife and two children in Oswego.  When the weather and wife allow, you will find me riding my bike or playing in my summer softball league. Thank you for the nomination.

Steven Rickard:

Greetings, my name is Steven Rickard and I have been a USA Hockey Official for 12 years. I participated in the Advanced Development Program for three years. During my involvement with the Development Program, I started to volunteer my time helping out with seminars as an assistant instructor in the classroom and on the ice. I have also mentored first-time officials officiating their first games and evaluated hundreds of officials during my officiating career. I believe giving back to the officiating community is essential to maintaining a strong core of officials. I have been an  IHOA Board Member for three years. I have been the Chairman of the PED committee and, most recently, the President of IHOA.

Carl Sassolino:

My name is Carl Sassolino and I am running for re-election for the IHOA Board of Directors. I have been an official for the last 21 years and on the Board of Directors for the last 12 years. During that time I have been involved on the following committees: Evaluation, Mentoring, Seminar Coordinator, and the Performance Education and Development to name a few. While working on these committees, it has been important to me to reach out and listen to the membership on how we could best help in each of these areas. I am very proud to say that we have made some vast improvements with the ideas of our membership on how we could best help all levels of officials. In the last 2 years, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we had to adjust our seminars to being virtual while still working under the USA guidelines sent to us every year. Regarding IHOA’s Mentoring Program, we have worked hard and became one of the model programs in all of USA Hockey across the country, largely due to the over 90 Mentors who have helped along the way. We were able to help train and mentor over 250 new officials on close to 300 games in the last 3 years. Even though we as a board have made the improvements mentioned above, I don’t believe we are fully where we need to be and, if re-elected, will continue to work making our programs the best in the country and set the standards for all of USA Hockey.

Craig Welker:

I have been an IHOA official for over 25 years, and during this time I have been involved with many IHOA programs and events.  I started the IHOA Advanced Development program back in 2000 and have continued to stay involved with it over the last couple of decades.  As an official, I have worked in many various leagues, including the USHL, CHL, ECHL, WCHA, and the BIG10.  If elected to serve another term, I will continue to work with the development program to help officials get the same opportunities I had during my career.  I will also continue to volunteer in coordinating and assisting with the seminars.  Thanks for the opportunity to serve as a board member for the past many years and I ask for your vote in the upcoming election.

Former Illinois Official Kendall Hanley Named Ben Allison Award Winner

Former Illinois Official Kendall Hanley Named

Ben Allison Award Winner

By Ross Forman – Kendall Hanley – who officiated one of her 13 seasons as an on-ice official in Illinois and served as a member of the IHOA Board of Directors – was named the 2021 Ben Allison Award-winner, presented annually to an official in the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program.

The award is voted on by 150 members of the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program and given to the official who best represents the characteristics that made Ben a special person and official, including always giving 100 percent on the ice and representing USA Hockey in the finest manner.

Allison was a level three USA Hockey certified official who was tragically killed in January 2015 at the age of 20. A native of Royal Oak, Mich., and a student at Illinois State University, he had been officiating for eight years and was a part of the Officiating Development Program for three years at various levels, including the NAHL. Allison attended and played for Crystal Lake South High School.

Hanley started officiating years ago while living in Dallas. She also has officiated in Denver, and during the 2016-17 in the Chicagoland area while living and working downtown.

“Living in Chicago was an awesome experience,” she said. Her local schedule included youth and high school games, and she traveled for USA Hockey-assigned games.

This season she worked in the USHL, NA3HL and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The season “had its ups and downs due to COVID,” she said. “This season more so than ever I’ve been very fortunate to be able to skate.”

Hanley praised her fellow Illinois officials for the experiences and memories, including a high school playoff game at Johnny’s Icehouse that featured the National Anthem sung by Jim Cornelison, who sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “O Canada” at Chicago Blackhawks games.

“That environment was awesome, with a packed house. It was a unique experience,” Hanley said.

“Being embraced and so welcome in Illinois hockey was an amazing experience in my career, something I’ll always remember.”

Hanley praised several Illinois officials for helping improve her game, including Erin Blair, Dave Zednik, Carl Sassolino and others. “There were a number of people in Illinois who were awesome to work with, just as passionate about officiating as I am,” she said.

Hanley said winning the Ben Allison Award is “a tremendous honor.”

“I know we would have been friends, on and off the ice, just based on his character, his character, what he represented,” she said of Allison. “I know how much he meant to so many people from the Chicago area. He made a tremendous impact on so many, especially people from Chicago.

“That’s why the award, and winning the award, is so empowering.”

She said the award “is one of the highlights” of her officiating career.

Eric Cowsill, Illinois Referee-in-Chief added, “In her tenure with IHOA, Kendall always displayed an uplifting attitude and willingness to help, whether it was teaching (at) seminars or helping new officials. It was obvious Kendall is invested in making grassroots officiating better and (she) continues to do so in current endeavors.”

((Pictures courtesy of USAH))

Board of Directors nomination Notice

 Attention all Illinois Hockey Officials Association Members:

     Due to the current health crisis, the 2021 IHOA annual meeting is tentatively scheduled for May 10th, 2021. This date is subject to change as in accordance with State and Federal mandates along with the IHOA By-Laws. The location will be announced as soon as possible.

  • Nominations will be accepted starting immediately and will conclude on April 30th, 2021 at 5:00 pm local time (Central time).

  • Any individual who wishes to submit their name as a candidate for the position as a Board of Director Member of IHOA must submit their name, in writing, to the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee, Anthony Fiorito at Fioritoapm@gmail.com in accordance with the IHOA By-Laws.

    • A short biography stating the individual’s background, hockey experience, etc. should be included.

     In the meantime, keep watching the IHOA website for further developments, and take this time to get your equipment washed!

     IHOA Board of Directors

Passing of Mark Gore

 It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news that Mark Gore, a long-time Illinois official, passed away on January 29, 2021.

 

Mark was an official, mentor, supervisor, and volunteer in the hockey community. His passion for our game and the friendships that Mark developed over the years will be everlasting. His dedication to our game was so in-depth that IHOA created the Mark Gore Service award. Mark’s son, Nick, was also an Official.

Mark and Eric

Nicole, Pete, and Mark (2005-06) Pleasant Prairie Sportsplex- All Girls’ Weekend

To read a great article reflecting on Mark’s life on and off the ice, click here: https://ahaienews.com/2021/02/01/remembering-mark-gore-a-mentor-on-and-off-the-ice/

2020-21 AHAI | IHOA Advanced Development Program

AHAI | IHOA

Advanced Development Program

The AHAI | IHOA Advanced Development Program plans on restarting in the near future via virtual Zoom meetings. The dates for the program are still being determined; however, anyone interested in the Advanced Development Program should contact Brad Baumruck at adp@ihoa.com.

2020-21 IHOA & USA Hockey Seminar Information and Schedule

This is an update, with the understanding that some of the information is still tentative and subject to change based on unknowns and uncertainties. The IHOA Board, our AHAI Supervisor of Officials, and Seminar Committee are working hard to execute all of the below actions in an organized and understandable manner. IHOA leaders are making decisions they feel are in the best interest of our members in this unsettled time.

 

*You must first be registered with USA Hockey as an official before

you may register with IHOA.*

FIRST: USA Hockey on-line

Membership Registration: usahockeyregistration.com

and

Register for a seminar:  https://www.usahockey.com/officialseminars

 

SECOND: IHOA on-line

Register for the same seminar as USAH’s registration: IHOA SEMINARS

Yes, you will have to register for a seminar TWICE, only charged on IHOA’s site.

 

 

 

CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION:

This portion of seminars will be conducted virtually. Length of virtual classroom for Levels 2, 3 and 4 will be approximately 3 hours, conducting in one session. Length of virtual classroom for Level 1 will be approximately 6 hours, broken into two parts. Virtual classroom instruction will be held on two consecutive weekday evenings prior to ice times.

REGISTRATION FOR VIRTUAL CLASSROOM:

IHOA members (and potential members) will register for the virtual classroom portion of seminars via the USA Hockey website. Virtual classroom sessions that are conducted by IHOA are scheduled to be posted sometime before August 1. There will be zero fee to register for virtual classrooms via USA Hockey.

LOCAL SEMINAR REGISTRATION:

For the 2020-21 season, the IHOA Board has reduced the IHOA membership fee to $25. This fee is implemented to defray the expenses of conducting the online virtual classrooms, ice sessions, and other related expenses. When you register with IHOA you must select the same seminar as you did in the USA Hockey site.

 

SKATING INSTRUCTION:

Per IHOA and the USA Hockey Local Supervisor, a mandatory on-ice clinic will be conducted prior to on-ice. Clinic will cover basic mechanics, positioning and local topics. There will be NO on-ice clinics for levels 2, 3 & 4.

REGISTRATION FOR SKATING INSTRUCTION:

A separate registration process will be held for on-ice instruction. This will allow us to limit attendance and ensure that we are following state, county, local and rink safety guidelines. You will need to register with IHOA and select the seminar as you did in the USA Hockey site.

 

ONLINE TRAINING:

USA Hockey online training modules will continue in the same manner as years past.

OPEN BOOK EXAMS:

USA Hockey open book exams will continue in the same manner as years past.

CLOSED BOOK EXAMS:

All exams that were formerly closed-book (Levels 2, 3, 4) will be conducted online for the coming season via a website managed by USA Hockey. After your attendance in a virtual seminar you will have seven days to start the test. The test will be limited to three hours and you will not be able to log out. Please use your time efficiently as you will have only one attempt.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT: In the coming days and weeks, returning members should look for email(s) from IHOA.

WHAT YOU CAN BE DOING NOW: In anticipation of the registration opening for seminars, here are some things you can be doing now:

1. Register as a member of USA Hockey. Required every season for officials of all levels.

2. Complete your USA Hockey SafeSport training. Required for all officials born in 2003 (or earlier) by June 1 of the current year.

3. NEW: Complete USA Hockey’s new background screening. Required for officials who are 18 years-old (or older) by June 1 of the current year. This replaces the AHAI background screening from years past.

4. Start your USA Hockey online education modules. Required for all levels.

5. Take your USA Hockey officiating open book exam. Required for all levels.

To view details and links for all of the above steps, go to https://www.usahockey.com/officialsmembership.

*You must first be registered with USA Hockey as an official before

you may register with IHOA.*

FIRST: USA Hockey on-line

Membership Registration: usahockeyregistration.com

and

Register for a seminar:  https://www.usahockey.com/officialseminars

 

SECOND: IHOA on-line

Register for the same seminar as USAH’s registration: IHOA SEMINARS

Yes, you will have to register for a seminar TWICE, only charged on IHOA’s site.

 

 

 

SEMINAR SCHEDULE

If you are unsure of the requirements, please go to www.ihoa.com for the details.

***Registration is now OPEN***

LEVEL 1 SEMINARS

· August 19TH, 20TH VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· August 22nd Joliet (Inwood) 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM

· August 26th, 27th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· August 29th Geneva (Fox Valley) 11:00 am to 1:30 PM

· September 2nd, 3rd VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· September 5th Hoffman Estates (Triphahn) 11:00 am to 1:30 PM

· September 16th, 17th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· September 20th Skokie 10:15 am to 1:00 PM

· September 23rd, 24th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· September 27th Orland Park 10:15 am to 1:00 PM

 

LEVEL 2 SEMINARS

· August 25th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· September 10th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· September 19th VIRTUAL ONLY 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

· October 7th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· October 21st VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

 

LEVEL 3 SEMINARS

· August 20th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· September 8th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· September 19th VIRTUAL ONLY 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

· September 29th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· October 14th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· October 28th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

 

LEVEL 4 SEMINARS

· September 9th VIRTUAL ONLY 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

· September 26th VIRTUAL ONLY 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

**JUST ADDED: October 29th VIRTUAL ONLY  6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

 

 

*You must first be registered with USA Hockey as an official before

you may register with IHOA.*

FIRST: USA Hockey on-line

Membership Registration: usahockeyregistration.com

and

Register for a seminar:  https://www.usahockey.com/officialseminars

 

SECOND: IHOA on-line

Register for the same seminar as USAH’s registration: IHOA SEMINARS

Yes, you will have to register for a seminar TWICE, only charged on IHOA’s site.

2020 Annual Election Results

On July 13, 2020, IHOA held the Annual Meeting and Election via Zoom. The following members were elected to the board:

Brad Baumruck, Erika Greenen, Joe Guzzardi, Geoff Schlender, and Nick West.

In the closed session the following officer positions were voted upon:

Eric Cowsill- IL Referee-in-Chief
Steven Rickard- IHOA President
Carl Sassolino- IHOA Vice President
Geoff Schlender- IHOA Treasurer
Samantha Cebulski- IHOA Secretary

USA Hockey Service Awards: Illinois’ Sjoukje Brown & Bob Mathson

Illinois’ Sjoukje Brown & Bob Mathson Receive USA Hockey Service Awards

5 YEARS SERVICE: Sjoukje Brown
Central District Referee-In-Chief

The continued growth and development of USA Hockey would not be possible without the contributions of a network of dedicated volunteer field personnel. These individuals share in USA Hockey’s success and accomplishments year after year. Their selfless work and commitment continue to make a difference in the sport of hockey and in the lives of the people who play the game. USA Hockey annually recognizes the outstanding contributions of national- and district-level volunteers who have served at least 5 years with the organization as a district registrar, associate registrar, coach-in-chief, referee-in-chief, risk manager, section representative or member of the board of directors.