CIAC Officials Association Contacts
- Joe Tonelli, Director
- Jadwiga Herrmann-Brown, Administrative Assistant
Want To Be An Official?:
|Pat Javorski||Girls Lacrosse|
|David Leete||Boys Lacrosse|
|Lillian Perone||Field Hockey|
|Lev Torgerson, Sr.||Ice Hockey|
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 jtonellicasciacorg (jtonellicasciacorg) .
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.
May 10th, 2013
The CIAC will host the CIAC Officials Association Statewide meeting on Thursday, June 13 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The complete meeting information indicates more»
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 more»
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 Dmore»
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 thmore»
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 andmore»
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 availmore»
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, NFHSmore»
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 studyingmore»
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,more»
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.more»
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:
- Summary of June, 2013 Statewide Meeting
- Minutes of the May 9, 2013 Advisory Board Meeting
- Minutes of the February 7, 2013 Advisory Board Meeting
- Minutes of the October 25, 2012 Advisory Board Meeting
- Summary of June, 2012 Statewide Meeting
- Minutes of the May 10, 2012 Advisory Board Meeting
- Minutes of the February 16, 2012 Advisory Board Meeting
- Minutes of the October 20, 2011 Advisory Board Meeting
- Summary of June, 2011 Statewide Meeting
- Minutes of the May 11, 2011 Advisory Board Meeting
- Minutes of the February 3, 2011 Advisory Board Meeting
- Minutes of the October 14, 2010 Advisory Board Meeting
- Summary of June, 2010 Statewide Meeting
- Minutes of the May 12, 2010 Advisory Board Meeting
- Minutes of the October 8, 2009 Advisory Board Meeting
- Summary of the September 14, 2009 Background Check Subcommittee Meeting
- Minutes of the June 18, 2009 Statewide Meeting
- Minutes of the May 13, 2009 Advisory Board Meeting
- Summary of the February 4, 2009 Background Check Subcommittee Meeting
- Minutes of the January 29, 2009 Advisory Board Meeting
- Minutes of the Background Check Subcommittee
- Minutes of the October 2, 2008 Advisory Board Meeting
- Minutes of the May 14, 2008 Advisory Board Meeting
- Minutes of the January 8, 2008 Advisory Board Meeting
- Minutes of the October 11, 2007 Advisory Board Meeting
- Summary of June, 2007 Statewide Officials Meetings
- Minutes of the May 15, 2007 Advisory Board Meeting
- Insurance Committee Summary Report
- Minutes of the February 28, 2007 Recruiting Committee Meeting
- Minutes of the January 9, 2007 Advisory Board Meeting
- Minutes of the October 12, 2006 Advisory Board Meeting
- Minutes of the May 16, 2006 Advisory Board Meeting
- Minutes of the March 1, 2006 Advisory Board Meeting
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 â€“ PDFs or 3-D Manuals
- Video and Animation of NFHS Rules and Mechanics
- Officials Forum â€“ Secured Discussion Area for Officials Regarding Rules, Mechanics and Other Officiating Topics.
- Feature Articles on Officiating (archived past issues of Officialsâ€™ 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 officialâ€™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
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.
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.
Soccer Red and Yellow Cards
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 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).