Throughout our officiating careers,
we encounter many fine adminis-
trators, schools, students, coaches,
and athletes. This fall a MCSOA
football crew encountered this
again and became a part of a
wonderful event in a local
On Friday September 26th, Kiel
High School held a fundraiser for a
freshman student-athlete who
would be a member of the team,
until cancer reared its ugly head
earlier this spring.
Nick Schad was diagnosed with
T-Cell Lymphoma in May while in
8th grade at Kiel Middle School.
Throughout the summer, his fellow
students and the Kiel Area School
District have rallied around him
and his family. The students orga-
nized many different fundraisers
including wristband sales, brat
fries, bake sales, etc.
For the Kiel vs. Two Rivers foot-
ball game, the students organized
another Bake Sale to help provide
much need financial help for the
Schad family. Assigned to the
game was Steve Sanders football
crew, with Rick Roedell, Rick
Schwarz, Curt Vanderstelt, Mike
Cummings, and Dave Nickels.
In discussion with Pat Geigel, Kiel
athletic director, the crew discussed
how they would be able to help in
the event. The crew came together
and contributed a donation on
behalf of the officials for the game.
In presenting the donation to the
Kiel High students involved, Rick
Schwarz stated, “It was pretty
emotional. All the young lady
could say was ‘thank you’ because
it meant so much.”
As officials, we are always part of
the game, but in this case, the
officials became part of the event.
Great representation of the associa-
Football Officials Give Back
The website is being constructed as
of this newsletter. Pages are being
created, officials information is
being entered and updated, and
calendars are being created for all
of us to begin entering our dates
and times we are booked.
The calendar directions that were
previously sent out have been
CANCELLED!! Please do not
We are currently working on creat-
ing a calendar that will be useful to
our membership. Once this is
finished and running, an email will
be sent out.
Please keep you eye out for these
If you have any questions, contact
Steve Walsh or Mike Cummings!
Looking for a
• Check the web-
site…..you pay for it, so
why not use it??
• Are they certified for the
• Is the individual ready
for the specific level?
• Don’t always take the
first response you get!!
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M A N I T O W O C C O U N T Y S P O R T S O F F I C I A L S A S S O C I A T I O N
Volume 3, Issue 2
Scholarship Brat Fry
Same Schools, New
Time to Give Back 2
NASO Membership 3
Association Outing 3
We Need Officials!! 3
Warm Up 4
Inside this issue:
Rick Schwarz presenting their donation to
the student representatives.
MCSOA crew with student representatives
before the NICK STRONG event at the Kiel
High School football game on September
assignments for our association.”
The game ended up lopsided, 80-24, but it
was a great experience for the crew and
they hope to have shown the great officials
and crews that come from our association.
receive this assignment.
In discussion with the crew, Steve Oswald
summed it up great. “Having the oppor-
tunity to officiate the jamboree game was a
highlight of the season. We all work hard
during the season to get to the 2nd season
and officiate. It was a great way to end the
season with our crew.”
Steve Walsh added, “We hope we repre-
sented the association well. This hopefully
will be the first of many more Jamboree
This season we continued with our
DONATION day of officiating for
the NEWGBL and NEWBBL league
games. By working 2 games, the
officials donated their game fee to
our Scholarship Fund.
This year we spaced it out over 2
dates, November 1st and Novem-
ber 15th. Throughout the two
dates, approximately 35 officials
volunteered their services to our
Association. Through this, we
were able to donate the needed
money to our scholarship fund for
the 2015 awards.
The Executive Committee would
like to thank Gary Heim for coor-
dinating this opportunity for our
Great Job Gary!!
Thank You Members!!!
2014/15 season and beyond. Officials need to
contact me for an updated 3-person contract at
the rate of $55 per official. Once a contract is
emailed through the rSchool system, the host
school will also be notified as well.”
Dennis Semph, EWC and CLC, follows with,
“This year the CLC and EWC will allow crews to
bring a third and split the fees if they desire. The
crew needs to advise the host AD one week in
advance if they intend to bring a third. Next year
(2015-2016) in the Big East Conference, two
This season is seeing an expansion of 3-person
basketball officiating. Many of the local confer-
ences have adopted a policy on how to handle
In the Olympian Conference, we know the games
have been assigned by Steve Matuszewski and
approved by Scoop Druschke.
In the FRCC and Bay Conferences, Commission-
er Garry Sievert has the following directive, “The
FRCC and Bay Conferences are accepting 3-
person crews for all conference games in the
officials have been hired through January 26th,
2016. After that date, three official crews will be
used for all games. Any crew that wishes to use
three person prior to January 26th may do so
with proper notification of the host Athletic Di-
rector and split the fees. Two person fees will be
$70 each, while three person fees will be $55
In the end, communication is the key. Make sure
you have it approved by the athletic directors and
the conference commissioners.
8-Man Football Jamboree
3-Person Basketball Officiating
This year the MCSOA had the great fortune
of having a crew selected to work the 8-
Man Football Jamboree.
The crew of Art Neilitz, Steve Oswald, Ted
Melanson, Ed Wallander, and Steve Walsh
worked on November 1st at Schofield DC
The crew was assigned the 4pm game pit-
ting the #2 seeds, Elkhart Lake vs. Luck.
The crew was energized and excited to
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a social outlet to relax in.
More information will come in
the future, but if this is some-
thing you would like to partici-
pate in planning, contact Steve
Walsh for more details.
This item was pushed back….please be
aware of this!!! Thank You!!
Our association is one of many throughout
the state and the nation that has a value of
officiating different levels of athletics.
There are many ways these associations can
work, but most are there to educate and
distribute games to officials. Ours is no
One way to receive education is through
your own personal educational advances
through camps, meetings, seminars, etc.,
but also through the National Association of
Sports Officials or NASO. This is a great
organization to belong to. You receive
many advantages of being a member.
Our association is looking into joining NA-
SO on the association level to gain more
opportunities for educational materials to
provide during our meetings.
There are benefits to joining for both the
association and all of our members ad indi-
viduals. First, we need to know how many
members are currently a member of NASO
or how many members are thinking about
Please keep an eye out for an email survey
regarding this. This survey will be coming
to your email in mid-November.
Please respond by December 1st.
Thanks for your help in this matter. We are
looking to make this a better association
with more opportunities!!!
you knew the whole basketball rule book,
but really didn’t so you wanted to get out of
working basketball, so you switched to
We all do sports for different reasons, but it
probably comes back to being involved for
the kids and working with these athletes.
Currently, we are in NEED of more officials
What was the reason you started officiat-
ing? Love of sports, added income,
flexible scheduling? Which do you think?
For most officials it is all of the above, but
the #1 reason would be for love of the
game. We started working the sports we
enjoy the most. You may have started
umpiring baseball, but soon realized that
football could be fun too! Or, you thought
for a number of sports. Football and
volleyball are very low. Baseball and
softball are there as well. Track...now that
is one that is almost non-existent!!!
Look at yourself and if you are a one sport
official, could you begin working another
sport? Contact crews and go along to see
what it is like.
There is a need, you could help.
Remember it’s for the kids.
WE NEED OFFICIALS!!!!!
In years past we have discussed
how to get members more en-
gaged along with having more
social opportunities. Our Execu-
tive Committee is looking at dif-
ferent possibilities to have a fun
day/night with members of our
association so we can get to
know each other better and have
National Association of Sports Officials (NASO)—Updated
Manitowoc County Sports Officials Association
One of the things listed is a 30 Day
Squat Challenge. A challenge like this
is great for the umpires, but also helps
build up muscle strength and endur-
ance for basketball officials to keep
“fresh legs” especially at the end of
game. Starts off pretty easy, but by
the end of the 30 days, you are re-
quired to do 250 squats!!! The legs
Take the time to check it out! Great
site, great information!
Staying physically fit is something that
will not only keep us working games,
but also keeping up to play during the
games. Workouts can be easy or
moderate, to even hard depending on
your fitness level and how much you
are willing to challenge yourself. You
can find great information in many
places, but a great one is Officially Fit.
They are located online at
This is a paid site ($9.99/year) but
there is a lot of great information on
the EDUCATION tab.
If you are on Facebook, they are also
located on there, just search Officially
Fit to like their page.
Physical Fitness Tip
C/O Keith Bonde
1320 S. 10th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
1st Vice President—Dave Nickels
2nd Vice President—Eric VantHul
Past President—Steve Sanders
Games Coordinator—Tom Frieder
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