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In light of recent events our first softball/baseball meeting on March 16 is cancelled.

We will keep you up to date on future meeting opportunities.

Please ensure you are a Member In Good Standing (MIGS) by being part of an approved association. If you have not had an opportunity to turn in your dues, you may do so by completing a paper form http://metrodetroitathleticofficials.com/?page_id=40 and mailing it with your dues to:

11204 Hickory Grove Ct.South Lyon MI 48178

Thank you
Metro Detroit Athletic Officials


Opening Pitch Softball/Baseball Meeting

Monday March 16

Softball @ 6:30pm

Baseball @ 7:30pm

Birmingham Groves High School

20500 W 13 Mile Rd Beverly Hills MI 48025

We will be in the cafeteria on the west side of the school off of 13 Mile

If you have conflicts attending at least two meetings in the sport(s) you officiate, please email us at: metrodetroitathleticofficials@gmail.com

Look forward to seeing you there!

More information including association registration forms at:

Metro Detroit Athletic Officialswww.metrodetroitathleticofficials.com

Local Umpire Camp Opportunity

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This opportunity is for baseball from the TCEOA. Softball will be held on March 14th at Armada high school. Info coming soon.

TCEOA Baseball Clinic
Date: March 7, 2020
Location: Bethany Christian School (Behind First Baptist of Troy). 
Big Beaver and John R.
Check In: 8:30am
Fee: $60: Clinic Shirt, Lunch, and Association dues included. 
Pre pay: TCEOA 34385 Tom Dr New Baltimore, MI 48047

9:00: Introduction (15 minutes) Trainers and background
9:15: Pre Game (with partner and with teams)

9:30: Session 1 Break Out Position Trainer Plate Paul McBride “A” Rod Lackey “B” Kevin Cleveland

10:30: Session 2 Break Out (umpires rotate to next station) Position Trainer Plate Paul McBride “A” Rod Lackey “B” Kevin Cleveland

11:30: Session 3 Break Out (umpires rotate to next station) Position Trainer Plate  Paul McBride “A” Rod Lackey “B” Kevin Cleveland

12:00: Lunch and Rules Review

12:30 to 1:30: Individual Evaluation Review (Paul McBride)*Each umpire will have an evaluation sheet that will be brought to each session. The trainers will comment on the sheets and Paul McBride will review with the individual umpires.

Football Officials Opportunity

A great winter football training opportunity is available from the Saginaw Valley League. The SVL HS Football Workshop will be conducted on February 8th. A number of local associations will be assisting with this training, and this is a time when officials can polish up on their skills, get recognized or learn a new sport. Check out the webpage to see what this MHSAA Recognized Camp/Clinic may offer you.

SVL HS Football Workshop
February 8


Brent Rice
Assistant Director, MHSAA
“Make the Right Call…Officiate School Sports!”

2020 Southeast Michigan Umpire Camp

Southeast Michigan Umpire Camp
15th Year!
February 14th-16th, 2020

Instructed by veteran MHSAA umpires alongside current and former NCAA and professional umpires!
Exposure to Assignors for all conferences in SE Michigan as well as the United Shores Professional Baseball League! (USPBL)

The 15th Annual SEMUC will begin on Friday, February 14th with check-in and a meet and greet session followed by “The Inside Pitch” featuring MHSAA Asst. Director Brent Rice as well as MLB Call-Up Umpire #59 Nic Lentz! All events on Friday will be held at the Livonia Marriott from 6-9 PM. (“The Inside Pitch” is optional for an additional $25; food and beverages provided)

Check in on Saturday will open at 8:00 AM followed by coffee and donuts. Instruction will commence at 9:00 AM SHARP and run through Sunday afternoon—approx. 4 PM.
The camp includes instruction on 2-man mechanics, cage work with live pitching, video feedback of cage work, classroom session for rule changes and interpretations as well as game management skills and much much MORE!

SEMUC will be held at Livonia Stevenson High School.
33500 Six Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48152

Late Registration (Jan. 1 – Feb. 9): $125 High School Student / $220 Adult.

Lodging is available at the Livonia Marriott for $94-$104/night with the SEMUC Room Block.

For more information, and to sign up now, visit www.semuc.com or contact:

Matt Cowan: mwhcowan@gmail.com
Scott Walendowski: (586) 634-9012

Metro Detroit Athletic Officials

Sad News – Joe Macksoud

Joseph Macksoud passed away on January 9, 2020 at the age of 67.


Joe began his career in law enforcement on September 24, 1973 as a proud member of the Detroit Police Department. Throughout the next 26 years, he worked various details until his retirement as a Lieutenant on July 7, 1999. In 2001, Joe decided that retirement wasn’t for him, and started his own investigative and security firm called J-Mack Agency.

Joe enjoyed many activities in his lifetime. He began jogging in 1974 and ran four marathons in the 1970s to the early 1980s. That wasn’t enough for Joe. In the mid 1980s, he began to lift weights to stay in shape, but started to steer himself towards bodybuilding. In the late 1980s to the early 1990s, he competed in numerous bodybuilding competitions.

Although he kept himself extremely busy, nothing gave Joe more pleasure than coaching and refereeing. He was an MHSAA official for over 40 years. As an outstanding basketball and football referee who had the chance to officiate many state finals, he was inducted into the Detroit Catholic League Coaches Hall of Fame as an official in 2004.

Joe’s coaching career began in 1970 and ended in the fall of 1993. In that span, he coached the St. Clare of Montefalco girls’ basketball team (1978-810), Dominican High School girls’ track team (1981-83) and countless basketball teams through the Detroit Police Athletic League. But by far, his proudest coaching accomplishments came while coaching football and basketball at Detroit St. Matthew from 1991-1993. In recent years, he has come out of retirement to serve as a “Special Assistant/Superfan” for the Grosse Pointe South High School boys’ lacrosse team and has motivated and inspired an entirely new generation of young men to give 100% at all times like he did.

Although he was extremely active and completely devoted to anything he was involved in, his true passion revolved around spending time with his large and extremely loving family. Nothing made him happier than being surrounded by the ones he loved while laughing, joking, and enjoying a good meal.

Beloved husband of Deborah. Proud father of Justin. Dear brother of Agnes White (Hershel), Gloria Ladd, Sadi Edge, Aiai Perl (Uwe), Cathy Bruci, and Raymund Macksoud (Roseanne). Brother in-law of Rebecca Brown. Survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Thursday January 16 from 2:00-9:00 pm
A.H. Peters Funeral Home
20705 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

Scripture Service 7 pm. Instate Friday January 17 from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Mass at SS. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church, 438 St. Antoine, Detroit 48226

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pope Francis Center, 438 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 48226.

To send flowers to the family of Joseph Michael Macksoud, please visit Tribute Store at:

Online Training Resources

WEEKLY BULLETIN RELEASE:New MHSAA Officials’ Bulletins #4 and #5 have been posted on the MHSAA Officials’ Sport Specific Content Basketball page. View them here: https://www.mhsaa.com/Officials/Sport-Specific-Content/Basketball

5 PLAY FRIDAY:  Enhance your playcalling proficiency on the topic of DISPLACEMENT by going here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAJiti2CDG0 – 21 min.  
Understand nuances of HARD FOULS by going here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN0z2CoD4DE&t=1s – 15 min. (Click on the “Skip Ads” icon to get to the video quicker)

MHSAA OFFICIALS’ MANUAL — APPROVED MECHANICS AND PROTOCOLS — DRAFT VERSION: A preliminary draft PDF version of the new MHSAA Basketball Officials’ Manual has been posted on the MHSAA Officials’ Sport Specific Content Basketball page. Access that document by clicking here: https://www.mhsaa.com/portals/0/Documents/Officials/basketball/bbmanual.pdf

Review this online PDF version and begin to become familiar with the approved mechanics adopted and stated by the MHSAA. As with anything new, it will take a little while for all officials in the state to catch up with and catch on to all the expressed, approved mechanics and protocols. This preliminary online release aims to be an effective first step in that process and go a long way to achieve the loyal and lofty goals of “Play-Calling Proficiency, Uniformity, and Consistency” statewide.

*** As with any homegrown project this large, typos and errors in the draft version become apparent. (Note, for instance: some of the diagrams for positioning after foul reporting on pages 77-84 and 146-152 are not perfectly accurate yet — they’re in process of being redone as we speak.) By releasing this document as a draft version, the MHSAA is using the upcoming week to identify and correct typos and inputting errors.  

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Officials’ Bulletins

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Weekly Officials’ Bulletins have been regularly posted on the MHSAA website on a special page dedicated solely to registered basketball referees. These training resources offer rules awareness, approved mechanics insights, and game management techniques for personal study, small group discussion, and crew pregame use. The plan is for these viewable and downloadable bulletins, in PDF format, to be a weekly feature, and to notify you when a new bulletin gets posted.  

To access the 2019,20 Officials’ Bulletins that have been posted thus far:

  Option A – On the www.mhsaa.com website, go to Officials, then Sport-Specific Content, then Basketball. The first three Bulletins for this season are listed in order there. Or . . .

  Option B – Click on this link now to see the weekly Officials’ Bulletins that have been posted so far: https://www.mhsaa.com/Officials/Sport-Specific-Content/Basketball     

Reminder: Varsity schedules for MHSAA post-season tournament assignment consideration are due by December 1. The links to those forms are also posted on the basketball officiating webpage noted above.

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Basketball Season Reminders and Meeting Follow Up Items

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Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our basketball tip off meeting.
Below is some follow up information:

1) Be a member in good standing with an approved association.

2) Turn in your schedule for tournament consideration form by December 1.

  • Schedule forms can be found on the MHSAA website here: Boys & Girls
  • You must complete a separate schedule for both boys and girls basketball

3) Attend in person or view the online rules meeting by December 12.

  • Access to the online rules meeting is granted by logging onto your MyMHSAA account
  • You can also review your completion status here as well

4) Complete the online basketball rules exam by December 12.

  • To be eligible for Quarterfinals and above you must pass with a score of 80% or better.
  • A pdf of the test for review can be found by clicking here, but to be valid you must log into the MHSAA officials website and complete it.
  • The test must be completed through your MyMHSAA account page. The pdf version is only so you can review the questions first. The answers are usually rearranged between the two versions.
  • We strongly encourage all officials of everyone level to complete the exam as it’s an excellent learning tool.

5) If you have a Facebook account, please consider following/liking:

  • Our Metro Detroit Athletic Officials page for reminders and updates
  • The MHSAA Basketball Group that is the official basketball training page for the MHSAA. It’s very active with videos, rules review and peer discussions.

6) The MHSAA regularly publishes sports specific bulletins during the season.

  • These bulletins and other links above can be accessed by going to www.mhsaa.com clicking the following links: Officials>Sports-Specific Content>Basketball

Don’t forget the upcoming scrimmages/trainings and our next meeting!
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Program: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Northville High School 45700 Six Mile Rd, Northville, MI 48168 

Registration: Contact Wallace Whitfield whitfield4204@comcast.net or (248)981-7887

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Program: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Detroit Country Day 22305 W 13 Mile Rd, Beverly Hills, MI 48025 

Registration: Contact Bob Czech robertczech@comcast.net

Monday December 16th at 6:30pm

Birmingham Groves High School

20500 W 13 Mile Rd Beverly Hills MI 48025
We will be in the little theater on the west side of the school off of 13 Mile!

If you have conflicts attending at least two meetings in the sport(s) you officiate, please email us at: metrodetroitathleticofficials@gmail.com

Look forward to seeing you there!

More information including association registration forms at:

Metro Detroit Athletic Officials