The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has added a requirement that all umpires and coaches take an online course titled Hate Speech and Harassment in order to be in good standing.
Officials and coaches can access the training in the Schools & Official’s Center after logging in. If you have not completed the training, you’ll notice a red box under the Compliance Items header. Clicking the video title till load the training, which you must watch until the end. It takes approximately 20 minutes. At the end, be sure to click the Redeem Credit button. There is no test.
Though the IHSA has not set a deadline to complete this training, the IHSA Officials Department shared, “We need you to watch this video ASAP”. A deadline is expected to be set soon.
Should there be an instance of hate speech or harassment during a contest, umpires and/or administrators are required to submit a Hate Speech and Harassment Special Report, available in the Officials Center.
Thank you everyone for an extremely successful year! Athletic Directors worked tirelessly to schedule, and reschedule games. Coaches worked with their student-athletes to prepare them for a condensed season and battled the unparalleled challenge of a high school season that overlapped with the travel softball season. Schools adjusted to COVID-related cancelations, extremely busy schedules, and sometimes only having one umpire to work a game.
Umpires gave of themselves tirelessly, often working more often than they normally would so girls could play, and handled cancelations and changes with grace and understanding. They dealt with daily emails asking for officials to work games, and stepped up where there was a need.
Between the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 seasons, CISassigning assigned 338 dates, totaling over 550 games. There were 90 junior high dates and 248 high school dates.
I continue to strive to provide above-average service to schools, advocate for umpires and facilitate umpire training and mentoring, all while building mutual respect between all parties involved in these games.
My sincere thank you to all ADs, coaches, and umpires for the work you put in this past academic year to allow students to play a sport they love.
The Expectations and Operations document lays out how CISassigning works and clarifies expectations for umpires, schools, and organizations that use CISassigning’s services. The first half of the document is for umpires. The second half is for organizations that I assign for. Everything is included in a single document for transparency. Use the Table of Contents to help navigate the document.
You must have a CISassigning account to access this document. If you have questions after reviewing the document, please reach out to me.
I emailed a number of officials a couple of days ago notifying them that they are not able to umpires IESA/IHSA games because their registration is incomplete.
Umpires, please remember that CISA cannot assign you to work IESA or IHSA contests if you are not on the IHSA approved umpire list. The most commonly overlooked element that prevents umpires from being approved is the concussion test.
The approved umpires list is updated multiple times a day, so if you did forget to complete that test, and take and pass it, the list will reflect the change fairly quickly. If you have received that email from me, please complete your registration and ensure your tests are complete.
Schools can rest assured that any umpires who are not IHSA-licensed will not be assigned to games.
A number of umpires, and athletic directors, have asked what each organization pays for games. The feedback you’ve given over the years is that you’d prefer more transparency, and now that’s available.
In response to requests for rates, a new Pay Rates page is available under the Umpires area of the website. You must be signed in to the site to see this page. Non-CISA umpires or schools can not see the information on the page. This is a work in progress, but most area junior high rates have been added.
Over the next new months high school and travel ball rates will be added to the page.
As always, your feedback is appreciated. Please feel free to contact me with thoughts on how to improve this site or CISassigning services.