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CIAC Officials Association Contacts

  • Joe Tonelli, Director
    jtonelliatcasciacdotorg  (jtonelliatcasciacdotorg)  
  • Jadwiga Herrmann-Brown, Administrative Assistant
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Mission Statement:
The CIAC Officials’ Association exists to work in concert with school administrators, athletic directors, coaches and the CIAC to advance the best interest of high school athletics, serve the betterment of all member officials and their respective organizations, promote ethical standards, sportsmanship, professionalism, and high quality officiating.
CIAC Officials Association Board
Name (Title)School/Organization
Gloria Bellucci (Officials Advisory Board) Volleyball
Chris BurnsSwimming & Diving
Ray FaustichBaseball
Pat JavorskiGirls Lacrosse
Jay KelleherFootball
Hank KoritkoskiSoftball
David LeeteBoys Lacrosse
Hank LuzziBasketball
Joe MillerSoccer
Kelly Murphy (Officials Advisory Board)Wrestling
Lillian Perone (Officials Advisory Board)Field Hockey
Dan ScavoneN/A
Joe TonelliCIAC
Lev Torgerson, Sr.Ice Hockey
Melissa ZigmontGymnastics
Affiliated Officials Boards

If you would like a link to your boards’ website to appear below, please e-mail the name of your board and the URL to jtonelliatcasciacdotorg  (jtonelliatcasciacdotorg)  .

Central CT Association of Approved Football Officials
Central CT Chapter of the CT Approved Baseball Umpires
Central CT IAABO Board #6 Basketball Officials
Central CT Soccer Officials Association (CCSOA)
Coastal Valley Soccer Officials Association (CVSOA)
Colonial Football Officials Association
CT Board of Approved Baseball Umpires-Hartford Chapter
CT Board of Certified Basketball Officials
CT Board of Volleyball Officials-Boys
CT Board of Volleyball Officials-Northern Board
CT Chapter of the National Ice Hockey Officials Association
CT Federation of Volleyball Officials
CT Field Hockey Association Officials Board
CT Independent ASA/Federation Umpires
CT Interscholastic Wrestling Officials Association
CT Lacrosse Officials Association-Northern
CT Lacrosse Officials Association
CT State Board of Approved Baseball Umpires – Middletown Chapter
CT Swimming Officials Association-Eastern
CT Swimming Officials Association-Fairfield
CT Swimming Officials Association-Hartford
CT Swimming Officials Association-New Haven
CT Womens Lacrosse Officials Association
Eastern Board of Approved Basketball Officials (Board 8)
Eastern CT Association of Approved Football Officials (ECFO)
Eastern CT Board of Approved ASA Softball Umpires
Eastern CT Board of Approved Baseball Umpires (ECBU)
Eastern CT Soccer Officials Association (ECSOA)
Fairfield County Board of Approved Basketball Officials (Board 9)
Fairfield County Chapter of Approved Baseball Umpires (FCCABU)
Fairfield County Football Officials Association (FCFOA)
Federation Softball Umpires of Greater New Haven
Greater Fairfield Softball Umpires Association (GFSUA)
Greater New Haven Baseball Umpires Association (GNHBUA)
Greater New Haven Soccer Officials Association (GNHSOA)
Litchfield Board of Approved Basketball Officials (Board 7)
Manchester Fast Pitch Umpires
Middlesex ASA Umpires Association
National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges – CT
New Haven Board of Approved Basketball Officials (Board 10)
New Haven Football Officials Association
New Milford Softball Umpires Association
Northcentral Board of ASA Approved Softball Umpires
Northeast CT Board of Approved Basketball Officials (Board 35)
Northeastern Board of ASA Approved Softball Umpires
Northwest Corner Board of ASA Approved Softball Umpires
Plainville Board of ASA Umpires
Southern CT Board of Volleyball Officials
Southern CT Soccer Officials Association
Torrington Board of Approved Baseball Umpires
Waterbury-Naugatuck Umpires Association
Western CT Football Officials Association (WCFOA)
Western CT Lacrosse Officials Association (WCLOA)
Western CT Soccer Officials Association (WCSOA)
Western CT Swimming Officials Association
Western CT Umpires Association (WCUA)
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Membership Benefits
Membership in the CIAC Officials Association provides officials with many benefits, including:

A. Membership cards which entitle officials to free admission to regular season contests in all sports, and CIAC tournament games in the sport(s) in which he/she is enrolled.

B. Mailing of National Federation Rule Interpretation “Bulletins” and other pertinent information.

C. Official representation on all CIAC Sports Committees, the Advisory Board, and the CIAC Board of Control.

D. Support in the performance of your duties as an official by CIAC, the governing body for high school athletics that enforces the CIAC regulations pertaining to coaches and athletes and has the authority to sanction member schools.

E. Promote participation in a state – wide officials’ organization designed to enhance communication, facilitate the sharing of ideas for mutual benefit, and fostering a united front with “one voice” to gain maximum benefit from the fact that “there is strength in numbers.”

F. Provide the opportunity for officials to be part of the “CIAC Team” and work in concert with administrators, coaches, athletic directors and the CIAC to better serve high school athletics in Connecticut.

Some other ways in which the CIAC Officials’ Association can benefit officials and their respective organizations…

  • Utilize our advanced technology to communicate with you on a regular basis;
  • Continue to customize the CIAC technology network to ensure its compatibility to the assigning program utilized by your particular board;
  • Support your efforts to get coaches to attend rules clinics, and be the vehicle through which you can disseminate important messages to coaches, athletic directors, and the schools you serve;
  • Support your efforts to encourage and emphasize sportsmanship issues relative to players, coaches, and spectators. We plan to include officials on a newly formed sportsmanship committee, designed to formulate an action plan to address this growing concern;
  • Support your efforts to enact legislation to further protect sports officials, and emphasize, to schools, the importance of having a plan to ensure the safety of game officials;
  • Support your efforts relative to the recruitment and retention of game officials. We are working on a plan to include a notice on the CIAC website, entitled, “Do you want to become a sports’ official?” Included will be a list of who should be contacted in each particular sport and other pertinent information;
  • Publish a list of state rule interpreters in all sports;
  • Identify, for the National Federation Rules Committee, Connecticut officials in each sport to complete surveys on the rules;
  • Investigate the feasibility of a reduced rate for group liability and Board of Directors insurance;
  • Recommend Connecticut officials for NFHS rules committees and recognition awards;
  • Provide a CIAC Director of Officials, a staff secretary, and a technology support person to ensure that the CIAC OFFICIALS’ ASSOCIATION is well organized, productive, and responsive to the needs of all officials and their respective organizations; and
  • Perform other functions recommended by you, your fellow officials, or the CIAC Officials’ Association Advisory Board, for the betterment of officials and high school sports.

Goals of the CIAC Officials’ Association

  • To be an “official friendly” organization, responsive to the needs of officials and their respective organizations.
  • To provide a conduit for an improved communication network between officials, the schools you serve, and the CIAC.
  • To identify issues common to all officials’ groups and develop and implement an action plan to address the concerns.
  • To establish an organizational structure that provides officials with the opportunity to have direct input in the governance of CIAC by having representation, with voting privileges, on all sports committees and representation on the CIAC Board of Control.
  • To have a representative in all sports on an advisory board whose main purpose will be to provide expert council to CIAC for the betterment of officials and to serve the best interests of high school athletics.
  • To have all officials become members of the CIAC Officials’ Association.
  • To provide an opportunity for officials to work collaboratively with school administrators, athletic directors, coaches, and the CIAC staff to better serve athletics in Connecticut.
  • To develop a CIAC Officials website that is linked from the CIAC home page.
2019 Spring Rules Interpretation Meeting Schedule

2019 Spring Rules Interpretation Meeting Schedule

February 22nd, 2019

Below is the schedule for the 2019 spring rules interpretations meetings provided to CIAC by officials’ organizations and leagues. CIAC rules and regulations require head coaches or their designee to represent your school at these important meetings. Other coaches are encouraged to attend. If your coach cannot make the meeting in your area, I am certain he/she would be welcome at one of the other meetings. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your[...]

2018-19 Winter Sport Rules Interpretations Meeting Schedule

2018-19 Winter Sport Rules Interpretations Meeting Schedule

October 30th, 2018

Below is the schedule for the 2018-19 winter rules interpretations meetings provided to CIAC by officials’ organizations and leagues. CIAC rules and regulations require head coaches or their designee to represent your school at these important meetings. Other coaches are encouraged to attend. If your coach cannot make the meeting in your area, I am certain he/she would be welcome at one of the other meetings. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your local board or[...]

Get Involved In High School Sports As A Certified Official

Get Involved In High School Sports As A Certified Official

October 17th, 2018

The shortage of licensed high school sports officials is afflicting the world of high school sports nationwide, and Connecticut is not immune. That's the driving force behind the officials recruitment effort from the NFHS and it's one that can appeal for high school athletes, coaches and fans. We hope schools will present some of the information and tools provided by the NFHS and point them to http://highschoolofficials.com/ to get more information. There are a lot of resources available[...]

2018 Fall Schedules Posted

2018 Fall Schedules Posted

June 9th, 2018

Schedules for 2018 fall sports have been posted on the CIACsports.com site. To view a schedule for any school or specific team, or a statewide master varsity schedule for a sport, visit the main schedule and results page of the site.[...]

2018 Spring Rules Interpretation Meeting Schedule

2018 Spring Rules Interpretation Meeting Schedule

February 14th, 2018

Below is the schedule for the 2018 spring rules interpretations meetings provided to CIAC by officials’ organizations and leagues. CIAC rules and regulations require head coaches or their designee to represent your school at these important meetings. Other coaches are encouraged to attend. If your coach cannot make the meeting in your area, I am certain he/she would be welcome at one of the other meetings. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your[...]

Winter Sport Rules Interpretations Meeting Schedule

Winter Sport Rules Interpretations Meeting Schedule

November 1st, 2017

Below is the schedule for the 2017-18 winter rules interpretations meetings provided to CIAC by officials’ organizations and leagues. CIAC rules and regulations require head coaches or their designee to represent your school at these important meetings. Other coaches are encouraged to attend. If your coach cannot make the meeting in your area, I am certain he/she would be welcome at one of the other meetings. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your local board or[...]

Meeting Scheduled For USATF-CT Officials

Meeting Scheduled For USATF-CT Officials

October 13th, 2017

A meeting for meeting of all USATF-CT officials will take place on Sunday, November 26th at Wesleyan University field house.  Certified officials will meet from 2-3 PM.  Officials attending will receive the new USATF officials pin for this Olympiad.  The timing of the meeting falls the week before the USATF annual meeting in Ohio  hope to take your comments, concerns, and suggestions to the meeting.  The clinic will also be the kick off for the indoor season. Following the certified[...]

Schedule Set For 2017 Fall Rules Interpretation Meetings

Schedule Set For 2017 Fall Rules Interpretation Meetings

August 3rd, 2017

CIAC rules and regulations require head coaches or their designee to represent their school annually at a rules interpretation meeting for their sport. Other coaches are encouraged to attend. Below is the schedule for the fall 2017 rules interpretations meetings provided to CIAC by officials’ organizations and leagues. If your coach cannot make the meeting in your area, I am certain he/she would be welcome at one of the other meetings. If you have any[...]

2017 CIAC Statewide Officials Meeting Scheduled For June

2017 CIAC Statewide Officials Meeting Scheduled For June

May 30th, 2017

The CIAC will host the CIAC Officials Association Statewide meeting on Thursday, June 15 with refreshments beginning at 5 p.m. and the meeting to follow at 5:30 p.m. at the CIAC Office in Cheshire. Click here to view all the meeting information or view it below. Refreshments will be provided and all boards are expected to be represented with a limit of two members per board. Critical information from the CIAC Officials Association will be shared.[...]

Schedule Set For 2016 Fall Rules Interpretation Meetings

Schedule Set For 2016 Fall Rules Interpretation Meetings

August 12th, 2016

The CIAC is announcing the schedule for the fall rules interpretations meetings provided to CIAC by officials’ organizations and league. CIAC rules and regulations require head coaches or their designee to represent your school at these important meetings. Other coaches are encouraged to attend, but it is not a requirement. If your coach cannot make the meeting in your area, I am certain he/she would be welcome at one of the other meetings. If you[...]

Schedule Set For Fall 2015 Rules Interpretation Meetings

Schedule Set For Fall 2015 Rules Interpretation Meetings

August 3rd, 2015

CIAC rules and regulations require head coaches or their designee to represent their school annually at a rules interpretation meeting for their sport. Other coaches are encouraged to attend. Below is the schedule for the fall 2015 rules interpretations meetings provided to CIAC by officials’ organizations and leagues. If your coach cannot make the meeting in your area, I am certain he/she would be welcome at one of the other meetings. If you have any[...]

2015 Spring Rule Interpretation Meeting Schedule

2015 Spring Rule Interpretation Meeting Schedule

February 17th, 2015

The CIAC is announcing the schedule for the spring rules interpretations meetings provided to CIAC by officials’ organizations and league. CIAC rules and regulations require head coaches or their designee to represent your school at these important meetings. Other coaches are encouraged to attend, but it is not a requirement. If your coach cannot make the meeting in your area, he/she would be welcome at one of the other meetings. If you have any questions or[...]

CAS-CIAC Announces Creation of Hall of Honor

CAS-CIAC Announces Creation of Hall of Honor

November 10th, 2014

The Connecticut Association of Schools has launched a new Hall of Honor to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the organization. CAS is creating the program in an effort to recognize individuals for outstanding contributions in all of the categories of service that the organization represents. Those categories include educational leadership, athletic leadership, friend of education, contribution to education, contribution to athletics, service to education and service to athletics. The nomination forms are available for[...]

Schedule Set For 2014 Winter Coaches Rules Interpretation Meetings

Schedule Set For 2014 Winter Coaches Rules Interpretation Meetings

October 23rd, 2014

CIAC rules and regulations require head coaches or their designee to represent their school annually at a rules interpretation meeting for their sport. Other coaches are encouraged to attend. Below is the schedule for the winter rules interpretations meetings provided to CIAC by officials’ organizations and leagues. If your coach cannot make the meeting in your area, I am certain he/she would be welcome at one of the other meetings. If you have any questions[...]

CIAC Statewide Officials Association Meeting In June

CIAC Statewide Officials Association Meeting In June

May 21st, 2014

The CIAC will host the CIAC Officials Association Statewide meeting on Thursday, June 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the CIAC Office in Cheshire. Click here to view all the meeting information. Refreshments will be provided and all boards are expected to be represented with a limit of two members per board. Critical information from the CIAC Officials Association will be shared. Boards should send the information for their two attendees to jbrown@casciac.org including the names, sport[...]

2014 Spring Rules Interpretation Meeting Schedule

2014 Spring Rules Interpretation Meeting Schedule

February 28th, 2014

The CIAC is announcing the schedule for the spring rules interpretations meetings provided to CIAC by officials’ organizations. CIAC rules and regulations require head coaches or their designee to represent your school at these important meetings. Other coaches are encouraged to attend, but it is not a requirement. If your coach cannot make the meeting in your area, I am certain he/she would be welcome at one of the other meetings. If you have any questions[...]

CIAC Concussion Management Policy

CIAC Concussion Management Policy

February 7th, 2014

The issue of concussions and brain injury has been a focus of the CIAC for many years, and with new information coming to the fore, the critical importance of this issue has come into sharper focus. Through its policies and requirements the CIAC has made great effort to protect the well-being of student-athletes. It has worked to empower athletic directors, coaches, and parents by providing the latest information from medical groups and the National Federation[...]

Officials Enjoy Memorable Night In Basketball Final

Officials Enjoy Memorable Night In Basketball Final

March 26th, 2013

The circumstances are described as both storybook and a fairy tale for the team taking part in the state championship game. It had been a long road for the participants, and for two members of the team it was the culmination of long and storied careers.  But this story is not about the hard-working students on the Trinity Catholic and Woodstock Academy boys basketball teams playing in the CIAC Class L Boys Basketball final. It[...]

CIAC Basketball Tournament Will Open With Dedication Ceremony

CIAC Basketball Tournament Will Open With Dedication Ceremony

March 12th, 2013

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC will kick-off a weekend of basketball championships with the 2013 Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships Dedication in the Nehantic/Pequot/Paugussett room at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center. The Convention Center location has changed from the previously announced Cabaret Theater. The dedication ceremony on Friday will begin the weekend of basketball at 4 p.m. by honoring six individuals who have made significant contributions to high school basketball in Connecticut. CIAC Associate Executive[...]

Linked Up - 3/8/2013

Linked Up - 3/8/2013

March 9th, 2013

Snow, snow, snow, snow, and more snow. All of the Tournament action scheduled for Friday has been postponed (CIAC Tournament Central particularly the "schedules and postponements" tab will keep you up-to-date) so that leaves plenty of time to check out a variety of items in this week's Linked Up. From the Westerly Sun: A great profile of Stonington gymnast Megan McNeil who came up big at the State Open her senior year. From the New York Times: Fans feel better[...]

Hockey Finals Schedule Changed

Hockey Finals Schedule Changed

March 3rd, 2013

Due to a conflict with the ECAC tournament, the schedule for the 2013 CIAC Hockey Finals at Ingalls Rink is being changed. Yale's win over Cornell on Saturday night clinched a first round bye and a host spot for the Bulldogs in an ECAC quarterfinal series March 15-17. The new schedule for the CIAC finals will be as follows: Division III on Saturday, March 16 at 1:30, Division II on Monday, March 18 at 7:00 and[...]

NFHS Offering Online Course For Interscholastic Officials

NFHS Offering Online Course For Interscholastic Officials

October 10th, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — An online course for high school contest officials is available through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) at www.nfhsofficials.com. “Interscholastic Officiating” is available for free to individual members of the NFHS Officials Association, as well as officials in state associations that are 100-percent or Tier 2 NFHS Officials Association states. Non-member individual officials may take the course for a fee of $20, and a discounted bulk rate of $10 is[...]

Soccer Rule Interpretation From The NFHS

Soccer Rule Interpretation From The NFHS

September 7th, 2012

The CIAC and Connecticut Soccer Officials' Association (CSOA) have recently communicated with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) about the field diagram in the NFHS 2012- 2013 Soccer Rules book. We asked the NFHS to clarify whether or not the dotted line in the diagram indicating "a minimum boundary for spectators, fencing or any objects" is a rule of play or simply a guideline/recommendation. We received an official interpretation from Mark Koski, NFHS[...]

Physical and Mental Health for Officials

Physical and Mental Health for Officials

September 6th, 2012

By: Jenni Malsam, Iowa HS Athletic Assn. and Iowa Girls HS Athletic Union (30 yrs); Former HS Soccer-Basketball-Volleyball Official. There are many kinds of knowledge, skills and attitudes that a certified NFHS Soccer Referee must master to help assure personal excellence in his or her chosen avocation of high school soccer refereeing. When we think of what is needed to be a successful Soccer Referee, it is usual to first think of such things as studying[...]

Updated Field Hockey Overtime Procedure for 2012 Season

Updated Field Hockey Overtime Procedure for 2012 Season

September 3rd, 2012

The following is the regular season field hockey overtime procedure for the 2012 season. The rule has been updated to include the new NFHS ruling regarding cards/disqualified players: TIE BREAKING PROCEDURE FOR REGULAR SEASON GAMES SUDDEN VICTORY 7 V 7; 10 MINUTE OVERTIME PERIOD OVERTIME PLAY: All game rules, including substitutions, shall apply except as specified below. The overtime is considered over when a goal is scored or the time has expired. At the end of regulation play,[...]

Fall Rules Interpretation Meeting Schedule Posted

Fall Rules Interpretation Meeting Schedule Posted

August 21st, 2012

A complete schedule of Fall sport rules interpretation meetings has been posted on the site. Schools are reminded that their head coach or a designated representative is required to attend the meeting for their sport. More information and the complete schedule of meetings can be found here.[...]

Disqualification Report Form:

New Members Submission Template:

NFHS Online Sport Exams Request Form:

Background Check Consent Form:

Background Check Policy – Final:

Concussion Protocol for Officials:

Social Media Guidelines for Officials:

Communications Protocol Between Schools and Boards:

Hall of Honor Nomination Form:

Meeting Minutes:

NFHS Website Tools for CIAC Officials:

In addition to the CIAC Officials Association, many of the boards in Connecticut also have their members join the NFHS Officials Association. Membership in the NFHS Officials Association provides a host of benefits, including:

  • Exclusive Online Educational Content and access to NFHS centralized officiating educational content (NFHS Central Hub) exclusively for high school officials
    • Searchable NFHS Rules/Case Database
    • Other NFHS Publications – PDFs or 3-D Manuals
    • Video and Animation of NFHS Rules and Mechanics
    • Officials Forum – Secured Discussion Area for Officials Regarding Rules, Mechanics and Other Officiating Topics.
    • Feature Articles on Officiating (archived past issues of Officials’ Quarterly and integrated feature and sport-specific articles on the NFHS Central Hub)
    • General NFHS Rules and Mechanics Educational Content
  • Awards Program
    First-class national awards and recognition program acknowledging officials at the state, sectional and national levels. Nominations are submitted to the NFHS by the official’s state high school association.
  • Insurance Coverage, including:
    • Coverage for all levels of officiating (youth, recreational, adult and collegiate) in sports recognized by the state high school association
    • Excess General Liability
    • Excess Accident Medical and Dental
    • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
National Federation Rules/Sports Information

Reporting Disqualifications
The CIAC uses an online reporting system for game ejections. This simplifies the process for boards to fulfill their requirement to notify the CIAC whenever there is an ejection. Boards are no longer be responsible for notifying the athletic director of the offending school, as the system will automatically notify that school’s A.D. and principal. This also assures that CIAC can identify and deal with repeat offenders and programs. Initiatives of this nature help officials and are well worth the minimal effort it takes to accomplish the task.

Download DQ Report Form

The official responsible for the ejection/disqualification should complete the form and e-mail it as an attachment to the person whom the board designates to submit their reports to CIAC. The board representative should review the report, make any necessary changes, and then forward to the specially-provided e-mail address so it will become part of the official record.

Board representatives should not give the reporting e-mail address directly to their officials. We do not want the game officials sending reports directly to CIAC – it is important that the board representative review the content before it becomes part of the official record.

An excellent article that provides tips for completing a detailed ejection report appeared in Referee Magazine and can be viewed by clicking here. In short, the very best advice when completing a report is to just state the facts! Do not editorialize!

Soccer Red and Yellow Cards
Soccer officials are required to report all red and yellow cards in games which they officiate. A username and password are required to report, if you don’t know your board’s username and password your assigner can provide it to you).

Report a Card