The NHSOA has purchased HUDL for all member officials to review game film and self‐evaluate. This software is one of the growing numbers of information, training, and educational tools provided by the NHSOA to help our officials with their avocation.
NHSOA Officials Participate in National Wheelchair Championships
The National Wheelchair Basketball Championships were held last week in Louisville, KY. Three NHSOA officials were among the 39 officials invited to participate in an event with nearly 90 teams and 1,000 highly inspirational athletes. The officials are Tony Frescas (Bennington), Cory Piercy (Fremont), and Gary Piercy (Omaha). The three Nebraska officials each worked 10-12 games over three days, and were among the 21 officials selected (by a vote of the NWBOA board) to work the finals in the 7 divisions contested there. However, the most impactful assignment was having a chance to volunteer time to work with disabled military veterans who were attending a clinic to learn the game. Here is a link to the National Wheelchair Basketball Association: www.nwba.org
Bill Lewis Scholarship
The Bill Lewis Scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance for the education of dependents of current and past officials registered with the NSAA. The recipients and their parents will be presented the scholarship award at the NSAA state boys basketball tournament.
An Application can be downloaded by clicking below.
On behalf of the Nebraska High School Officials Association (NHSOA) and myself, we would like to share our excitement on the future of high school officiating in Nebraska. The NHSOA has served football and basketball officials for the past two years but this spring expanded our platform to include volleyball, swimming and diving, soccer, track and field, softball, baseball, and wrestling.
Accountability of officiating in all sports contests has been heightened by the introduction of social speak, sportsmanship initiatives, public and media criticism. As such, we believe officials must maintain a high level of competency, and we must be accountable to rule application, mechanics, calls, performance and our behavior. Our purpose as the Board of your official’s association is to organize Nebraska athletic officials into a cohesive, statewide association that encourages excellence in all sports, emphasizes sportsmanship, fair play and integrity at all levels. We are committed to statewide educational outreaches/clinics, increased evaluations, as well as, providing services and support for the benefit of membership. It is important for you to know that although the NHSOA is endorsed as the officials’ organization in partnership with the NSAA, this Association will be directed and administrated by officials.
This Association will serve as the voice for Nebraska officials. Statewide high school official’s organizations aren’t new and we feel that Nebraska officials deserve an association that acts in their best interest. You will be receiving correspondence from your sport specific chair in the near future. I want to give you a snap shot of the benefits you will receive as a member of the NHSOA.
* Belong to an association governed by officials from across the state, with equal representation of each sport, working together to attain one common goal
*Attend NSAA sanctioned clinics/camps free of charge
*Be recognized with years of service milestones
*Have the opportunity to utilize HUDL for self-evaluation, growth, training, and educational purposes
*Be a part of a statewide mentoring program
*Participate in a quarterly newsletter
NHSOA Board Members:
NHSOA Director - Kelly Classen, Spencer
Baseball – Gary Eickmeier, Dodge
Basketball – Scott Johnson, McCook, Secretary
Football – Shane Smith, Lincoln
Soccer – Doug Epps, La Vista
Softball – Renee Williams, Lincoln
Swimming and Diving – Rob Wennstedt, Omaha
Track and Field – Vernon Breakfield, Omaha
Volleyball – Sue Mailhot, Bellevue
Wrestling – Todd Parr
We began with 300 plus officials for football and basketball and I need to thank you all for your commitment and support to the bigger picture of professionalism and education with officiating. As your Director, I look forward to taking that original concept and building an association that makes a “statewide” difference. Take care and please feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding this correspondence.
Director - NHSOA