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Dedicated officials a key to Rockford being able to host the Chicagoland Summer Showcase Events


((SCOTT)) A SECOND CHICAGOLAND SUMEMR SHOWCASE HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT WILL PLAY-OUT THIS WEEKEND IN ROCKFORD. THIS ONE WILL BE BIGGER THAN LAST WEEKEND’S EVENT WAS. THERE WILL BE 66 VARSITY BOYS TEAMS FROM NINE STATES COMPETING. AND THAT’S ONLY IN THE VARSITY COMPETITION. ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES OF HOSTING A TOURNAMENT LIKE THIS IS FINDING ENOUGH OFFICALS TO WORK ALL OF THE GAMES. (Scott) That job belongs to Rockford District 205 athletics director Mat Parker. (Mat Parker) (19:54:08) “It’s a challenge in that we want high-level officials and we also, if you notice have three officials per court, not two officals so we’re running these games just like a normal, regular IHSA or National Federation of High School Sports tournament.” (Whistle blows) (Scott) Last Saturday at Rock Valley College some of the officials told me they were working eight games that day. How do they survive that grind? (Harry Voulgaris, Official from Schaumburg) (19:53:17) “Just a lot of water. It’s fun. This is what we do for a living. Guys love to play. We love to ref. Coaches love to coach.” (Scott) These men refuel during brief breaks between games or during short halftimes breaks. (Voulgaris) (19:53:46) “Little snacks here and there. Just don’t overdue it so you can stay light on the court. Be up and down the court and make the right calls.” (Scott) This Saturday there are 95 games that are scheduled to be played in the two varsity divisions alone. Parker says he does have some help recruiting officials, but the bulk of it falls on him and his staff. (Parker) (19:54:43) “The state will help us get the word out that we’re having these events so Kurt Gibson sent out multiple emails to all the state associations throughout the state of Illinois. Once the events were put on line on some of the national exposure websites we’ve actually had officials contact us from as far away as Oregon to come officiate these events.” ((SCOTT)) THE CHICAGOLAND SUMMER SHOWCASE TWO EVENT BEGINS FRIDAY EVENING WITH VARSITY ACTION AT ROCK VALLEY COLLEGE AND AT GUILFORD HIGH SCOOL. SOPHOMORE AND FRESHMAN GAMES WILL BE PLAYED AT AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL. THE EVENT RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON. FRED VANVLEET’S HOMECOMING AND CELEBRATION OF HIS NBA CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE THIS

David Frank

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