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Important REMINDERS!

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  1. CREW CHIEFS! – Review the MHSAA website ASAP to make sure members of your crew are part of an approved association. This was just updated last night. We have over 75 people who were registered with us last year for football, but are not currently registered with us. We want to make sure no is missed! Email us at metrodetroitathleticofficials@gmail.com if you believe they should be a member of the MDAO and they’re aren’t listed as a MIGS.
  2. The 2019-20 football exam for post-season consideration is due by the end of the day Thursday September 12. It is available for viewing as a pdf at: https://www.mhsaa.com/portals/0/documents/officials/fb%20exam.pdf but it must be completed online at your MyMHSAA > Official Services > Exams. Don’t wait till the last minute. This date for the exam is non-negotiable with the MHSAA!
  3. If you have not yet completed the 2019-20 football RULES meeting, it is also due by the end of the day Thursday September 12. Don’t wait till the last minute. This date for the meeting is also non-negotiable with the MHSAA!
  4. If you are a crew chief looking to get connected with new officials or are a new official looking to get connected with a crew, please contact the MDAO Recruiting and Mentoring Coordinator Shane Bies at 248-766-4083 or shanebies@hotmail.com
  5. If you are a member of the MDAO and don’t have access to Hudl, email Bob Foss at bob@detroit2auto.com
  6. Ask coaches and the AD to share game video via one-way exchange to Mifootball Training
Our next football meeting is scheduled for:
TUESDAY October 8 at 6:30pm
Birmingham Groves High School
(We’ll be in the little theater. Enter on the west side of the school.)
If you have conflicts attending at least two meetings in the sport(s) you officiate, please email us at: metrodetroitathleticofficials@gmail.com
Thanks for all your hard work and we look forward to working with everyone this upcoming year.
Metro Detroit Athletic Officials

Important Due Dates!

  1. Crew schedules are due by September 1st. Crews with more than 5 should inform those who will not be on the 5-person post-season crew to send an individual form. Coordinate with your crew chief. The crew schedule form can is available at: https://www.mhsaa.com/portals/0/Documents/Officials/fboffcrew.pdf
  2. CREW CHIEFS! – Review the MHSAA website ASAP to make sure members of your crew are part of an approved association. Email us at metrodetroitathleticofficials@gmail.com if you believe they should be a member of the MDAO and they’re aren’t listed as a MIGS.
  3. An individual Varsity football schedule is due by September 1st. It is okay to send in an individual schedule even if your name is on a crew schedule. The fillable form can be accessed at: https://www.mhsaa.com/Officials/schedulesfortournamentconsideration
  4. The 2019-20 football exam for post-season consideration is due by the end of the day Thursday September 12. It is available for viewing as a pdf at: https://www.mhsaa.com/portals/0/documents/officials/fb%20exam.pdf but it must be completed online at your MyMHSAA > Official Services > Exams. We will be going over this exam at our meeting on September 10th.
  5. If you have not yet completed the 2019-20 football RULES meeting, it is also due by the end of the day Thursday September 12.
  6. If you are a crew chief looking to get connected with new officials or are a new official looking to get connected with a crew, please contact the MDAO Recruiting and Mentoring Coordinator Shane Bies at 248-766-4083 or shanebies@hotmail.com
  7. If you are a member of the MDAO and don’t have access to Hudl, email Bob Foss at bob@detroit2auto.com
  8. Ask coaches and the AD to share game video via one-way exchange to Mifootball Training
Our next football meeting is scheduled for:
TUESDAY September 10 at 6:30pm
Birmingham Groves High School
(We’ll be in the little theater. Enter on the west side of the school.)
If you have conflicts attending at least two meetings in the sport(s) you officiate, please email us at: metrodetroitathleticofficials@gmail.com
Thanks for all your hard work and we look forward to working with everyone this upcoming year.

Rosalyn Talerico, wife of Frank Talerico

Below is information on the death of the Rosalyn Talerico, the beloved wife of Frank Talerico. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Rosalyn Talerico, born March 1, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan, passed away on August 22, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 70.
Rosalyn was the former owner of the Clairpointe Restaurant in the Village of Grosse Pointe.
Loving wife of Frank, dear mother of Frank (Sharon) and Kim Talerico and dear grandmother of Frankie and Vincent. Dear sister of Grace (the late Tom) Gardella. Dear sister-in-law of Cheryl (Leonard) Dunford, Steve (Pauline) Talerico, Mark (the late Kay) Talerico, Beverly (Chuck Reiter) Talerico, Connie (Rick) Mackey and Rich (Michelle)Talerico. Rosalyn was also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and other family members.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.wasikfuneralhome.com
Visitation
Monday, August 26, 2019
2:00pm – 8:00pm (Rosary at 7:00pm)
Instate & Funeral Mass
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
9:30am – 10:00am
Thank you
Metro Detroit Athletic Officials

Sad News Sanders Brothers

Below is information on the deaths of the brothers of Abasi Sanders. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Abasi Sanders’s brothers Jerome “Buck” & Arthur “Sonny” Sanders, passed away recently. There will be two separate viewings and one shared funeral. Details are below.
Public Viewings
Jerome “Buck” Sanders
Friday, August 23, 2019
10:00am – 9:00pm
Cole Funeral Home, Northwest Chapel
Arthur “Sonny” Sanders
Friday, August 23, 2019
3:00pm – 8:00pm
Barksdale Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel
Combined Going Home Service
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Family Hour: 10:00am
Service: 11:00am
Thank you

Sad News

Below is some information for two recent deaths. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Kamaria Douglas oldest brother Marcel Douglas, passed away from a tragic motorcycle accident on Sunday, August 4, 2019 in Las Vegas Nevada.
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, August 17,2019 at Christ Community Church (227 N. Capitol, Lansing, MI 48933) at 11:00 a.m.
View Obituary for Marcel Douglas:
Donations can be made via this link to the GoFundMe account set up for him:
Antone Day passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019
Public viewing will be Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Ellis Funeral Home from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Funeral Service will be Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Ellis Funeral Home at 11:00am
More information is available at: www.ellisfuneralhomeinc.com

Annual Football Kickoff Training Reminder

Our free annual Metro Detroit Athletic Officials Football Training is Saturday 8/3/2019!
Saturday August 3rd at 9:00am
(Arrive early to register with us and visit the vendors before the rules presentation)
Birmingham Groves High School
Big Auditorium closest to Evergreen Rd.
Rules presentation for coaches and officials by Nate Hampton
Nate will begin promptly at 9:00am!
Big Ten and MAC official Gaylon Williams will provide a keynote address
Classroom break out sessions by position
Come early to register with us and purchase officiating gear available from:
Light refreshments will be provided.
Look forward to seeing you there!
More information including association registration forms at:
Metro Detroit Athletic Officials

Annual Football Kickoff Clinic

Please join us for the annual Metro Detroit Athletic Officials Football Clinic
Saturday August 3rd at 9:00am
Birmingham Groves High School
Big Auditorium closest to Evergreen Rd.
Keynote address by NFL Referee Shawn Smith
Rules presentation for coaches and officials by Nate Hampton
Come early to register with us and purchase officiating gear available from:
Look forward to seeing you there!

Association Registration Reminder

Don’t forget to register with us as an association member! One of the requirements to be tournament eligible is be a member in good standing with a local approved association. Paper registration forms have been mailed out. If you did not receive one, you can print a copy for mailing by clicking the following link:
As a reminder, we’ve been advised by MHSAA to clear out our members in good standing for each sport every year. To be considered a member in good standing with the MDAO for a sport, remember to 1) pay your dues, 2) submit an updated registration form (even if your information has not changed) and 3) attend at least two meetings in each sport you officiate.
Upcoming meeting dates and times can be found on our website at:
If you have conflicts attending at least two meetings in the sport(s) you officiate, please email us at: metrodetroitathleticofficials@gmail.com
This year dues have been increased, for the first time ever, to help us continue to be one of the most active and strongest associations in Michigan. This decision is taken very seriously and we’ll continue to work hard without compensation for the benefit of all our members. We aim to keep members educated and informed through regular email and website updates. We are the only association that has assignors linked to it. Liability insurance, Arbiter fees and meeting expenses have also continued to increase over the years.
Thanks for all your hard work you do and we look forward to working with everyone this upcoming year.
Metro Detroit Athletic Officials

Upcoming Basketball Camp Opportunity

This camp will provide an excellent opportunity for officials wanting to advance to the next level.
Campers will be critiqued by some of the best high school and college officials in the state of Michigan.
Both those with and without officiating experience are welcome to attend the camp.
During the camp, campers will receive a detailed analysis of their on-court officiating.
Friday June 7th to Saturday June 8th
Canton High School
Please contact Wallace Whitfield with questions: (248)981-7887 whitfield4204@comcast.net
Please submit camp applications by June 1

Officials for Kids 13th Annual Golf Outing

For over 13 years, the Officials for Kids outing has been one of the most affordable and most pleasurable golf outings for golfers, officials, coaches and friends of high school athletics. We are looking forward to another fantastic event to benefit Beaumont Children’s Hospital. Last year over $4,500 was raised!
Sunday June 23rd
8:00am Check In
9:00am Shotgun Start
Warren Valley Golf Course
$90 dollars per person includes:
18 holes of golf
Sit down buffet
Door prizes for everyone
If you need further information please contact:
Joe McCormick (734)558-7256 joemac615@comcast.net
Bob Williams (313)919-3609 robert.williams@uofdjesuit.org
To download registration form, click here: