Promoting Commitment to Education, Professionalism, and Quality in Sports Officiating


  • Posted 2022-06-24 by Justin Bowling

    BNOA Banquet RSVP

    If you plan on attending the 2022 BNOA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on Fri. Aug. 5, please click on the this news item so you will be redirected to the Banquet RSVP from. RSVPs need to be received by Weds. July 20 so that we can get an accurate head count to the caterer. Also, if you are bringing a guest(s), there is an additional $30 fee per person to cover the cost of your guest's dinner and drinks. The banquet is free for member officials.

  • Posted 2022-06-10 by Justin Bowling

    Allan Russell Nominee Bios

    Voting will soon open for association awards, sport vice presidents, and adding a sport to the BNOA. Remember, the annual BNOA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet is Friday, August 5 at the ISU Alumni Center. Social hour at the banquet will begin at 5:30 with dinner and program to follow. Below are the bios for the nominees for the Allan Russell Award and an explanation of how the BNOA adds a recognized sport per the BNOA constitution.

    Russell Award Nominees:

    **Bryan Bloodworth: **
    Bryan spent 30 years as a sports reporter and sports editor at The Pantagraph in Bloomington. He has been an IHSA baseball official for 12 years. Bryan began by working through youth ball and moved onto junior high and high school baseball where he has been assigned various IHSA regionals and three IESA state tournaments. Bryan is a very reliable umpire and is willing to work whenever necessary so that the kids can play.

    **Rick Bircklebaw: **
    Rick has been an IHSA licensed softball and basketball official for 17 years. Rick has worked both sports at various levels including post-season assignments. Rick was selected to work the 2021 Class 1A/2A IHSA Softball State Finals. He will be recognized at this year’s IHSA Officials Conference as the 2022 IHSA Softball Umpire of the Year. Rick receives high praise from schools and partners for his abilities as an athletic official.

    **Kenny Hanshew: **
    Kenny has been an IHSA football official for over 30 years. Kenny was a member of the crew that worked the 2018 Class 2A Football State Championship game. He continues to officiate football. He was also previously and currently is the head girls basketball coach at Blue Ridge High School in Farmer City. Kenny has previously served as the president of the BNOA as well as a sport VP.

    **Adding Volleyball to the BNOA: **
    There is a Yes/No question that you will be voting on as to whether or not the BNOA should add volleyball as a sport recognized by the association. In accordance with the BNOA constitution, in order for a sport to be recognized by the association, the sport must have ten active members of the association licensed in the sport in order to be recognized and have a sport VP. The sport must maintain a minimum of ten officials licensed in the sport in order to maintain recognition. In order to be recognized, a simple majority of voting members must approve before the sport is recognized. If the sport addition is approved, then the current BNOA executive board will appoint a sport VP. The sport VP will hold that position for two years or until the next sport VP election cycle, whichever comes first.

    If you have any questions, please contact BNOA president Justin Bowling

  • Posted 2022-06-10 by Kevin Maffett

    BNOA Dues On Line Payment Instructions

    BNOA Members - Here are some instructions on paying your dues through the website.

    • Log in to your account with signon and password at (menu tab, sign-in option)
    • You will be be at the Directory. Get out of the Directory by clicking on the home screen
    • At home screen, in middle of screen, click on your name in the 'Signed On As' prompt to enter your account
    • One in your account, follow prompts to pay dues with a credit or debit card.

    Contact me with an questions.

    Kevin Maffett

  • Posted 2022-05-31 by Kevin Maffett

    2022-23 Dues

    BNOA Members - with the new BNOA web-site, there are two option for paying the BNOA dues.

    Option 1 - Access your membership record on the BNOA site and pay on-line using a credit or debit card. If using this feature, there is the option to add $1 to your $35 membership fee to cover the adminstrative cost. This is not required. Your membership record is updated with the membership renewal immediately if you choose this option.

    Option 2 - Same as before. Membership dues can be remitted by check to the BNOA - PO Box 402, Bloomington, IL 61702. WIth this option your membership record will be updated manually upon receipt of your check.

    As a reminder, two changes were made to BNOA dues in the revisions to the BNOA constitution during 2021:

    1. Late fees were eliminated. Your access to BNOA web-site is contingent on payment of dues by the due date.
    2. The Dues due date was moved up to July 1 to align with IHSA license renewal timing. For the current renewal cycle, 8/1/22 remains as the due date and we will work with our web site folks to update for the next cycle.

    Please contact me with any questions.

    Kevin Maffett
    BNOA Treasurer

  • Posted 2022-01-21 by Justin Bowling

    2022 BNOA Hall of Fame and Award Banquet

    Mark your calendars!!! The annual Bloomington-Normal Officials Association Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet will be Friday, August 5, 2022 at the ISU Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St. Normal. Social hour will start at 5;30 with dinner and program to follow. More information will follow. If you have any questions, please email Justin Bowling at


  • Past and current inductees into the BNOA Hall of Fame.

  • Presented in the memory of Rory Hodgson to the less experienced official who best exemplifies the ideals of sports officiating, and who has worked to gain experience and knowledge necessary to advance in his/her officiating career.

  • Presented in the memory of Allan Russell to the BNOA official who did the most in promoting the ideals of sports officiating, and the development of young officials.

  • "Friends of the BNOA" - Award to individuals outside of officiating to be honored with the recognition they deserve for helping advance officiating, retain sports officials, and promote sports in general.

  • The Kevin Mallehan Scholarship Was Started In 2013 By The BNOA Executive Board In Honor Of Lifelong BNOA Member & IHSA Umpire Kevin Mallehan. This Scholarship Will Be Awarded Each Year , With The Recipient Being Recognized At The Annual Hall Of Fame Banquet. The Recipient Of The Scholarship Shall Be An Official In Good Standing With The BNOA Or An Organization Recognized By The BNOA Executive Board . The Application Period Shall Run From August 1st Thru March 1st Each Calendar Year. All Applications And Monetary Awards Will Be Reviewed By The Present BNOA Board Of Directors.