Welcome to The SouthwestERN Athletic Officials association

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The Latest from SAOA

Join Us for Our End of Season Appreciation Event!

The SAOA will be hosting a social event to thank everyone for their help and support during the recent IHSA COVID basketball season.  Despite some tall hurdles and crazy days/nights, we crossed the abyss and made it to the other side!! Everyone is welcome! This...

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From Sam Knox at the IHSA: The NASO (National Association of Sports Officials) intended to hold its annual Officials Summit in Alabama this summer. As with many things these days, those plans changed. Now, the NASO will offer the first-ever virtual Officials Summit....

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Commonly Missed Basketball Plays

We recently updated (thank you Marc Parker) our review of some of the most commonly missed plays in basketball. Click here to review and get ready for this upcoming season!

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About SAOA

The MISSION of the SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION is the enhancement of the knowledge and skills of its members in the sports designated by the active membership to assure a higher level of excellence and participation in officiating; those sports designated by the membership are football, basketball, and any other sport(s) determined by the membership. In order to fulfill the purposes outlined, coordinate and provide activities both within and outside the ASSOCIATION that encourage extensive communication and participation in a variety of professional experiences.

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Calendar & Events

Don’t miss a deadline! Stay in the know with our calendar of events highlighting meeting dates, clinics, licensing periods, officials conferences and more. 

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Joining an officials association has many great benefits. From mentoring to development and networking to access to assignors and athletic directors.

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The Southwestern Athletic Officials Association (SAOA) has been in existence for over 40 years. The exact date the association formed is not known, but our files have records of rosters and minutes from the early 1960s. Our membership consists of men and women in the southwestern Illinois area that are licensed IHSA football and basketball officials. These members officiate amateur games and contests primarily at the high school and junior high school levels.

The SAOA is proud of the fact that over the years, many of it members have officiated at the IHSA State Finals in both football and basketball. In fact, some of our members have officiated IHSA State Finals in multiple sports. In addition, a large percentage of our members have advanced to officiate at the collegiate level in both sports as well.