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For many of us, it has been six months since we last used our high school swimming rule book. With the arrival of the 17-18 edition, I encourage you to read it like a novel to refresh your memory and highlight the points that you want to easily refer to.  Knowing the rules is one of the most important aspects of our jobs.

George Fleckenstein, president  

  Swimming and Diving Rules Changes  2017-18

Among the changes to high school swimming and diving rules for 2017-18 are ones that address risk minimization and requirements for use of the championship meet format.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and Diving Rules Committee recommended seven rules changes at its March 19-21 meeting in Indianapolis, and all changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

NFHS  May 30, 2017 

The following rule changes will be further explained to us by Bob Kersch at the October 17 rules interpretation meeting.

1-3-12: (Definitions) 

State associations may determine meets that shall be considered as culminating meets, which utilize the championship meet format.  The championship meet format prescribes specific rules associated with team and individual entries, dual confirmation, declared false starts, and applicable penalties for violation of these rules.  Non-championship meets may also be conducted under championship meet format and are subject to all rules for a championship meet. 

3-3-2a: (Uniforms) 

Consistent language has been established for all NFHS sports that describe what information is permitted on the uniform.  A competitor’s name, school name, school nickname and/or the school logo can be placed on the uniform, which consists of the suit and the cap.   

2-7-6, 3-4: (Lap Counters)

Lap counters are now permitted to count the competitor’s laps by changing the number to the next higher or lower number, as the competitor makes each turn at the starting end. 

3-6, 4-1-8: (Conduct) 

Rule 3 was reorganized to provide consistency and clarity for penalties associated with various competitor and/or meet personnel conduct.  In addition, the rule pertaining to language regarding the prohibition of an official’s tobacco use at the competition site was moved from Rule 3-6 to Rule 4-1-8.

4-6-4: (Relay Takeoff Judges) 

Dual confirmation for relay takeoffs is now required for all championship meets. Dual confirmation can be accomplished either (a) by two side judges observing the entire field or (b) by a combination of side and lane judges.  The referee and the starter may serve as the relay takeoff judges as well.

8-3-5c, 4-6-1: (Relay Events) 

On relays, the second, third and fourth swimmers are prohibited from taking off from the top of the starting block wedge.  Competitors must have at least one foot in contact with the starting platform in front of the starting block wedge during takeoff.  The responsibility to observe this aspect of this takeoff falls under the relay takeoff judge’s jurisdiction, and does not require dual confirmation.

9-5-2: (Form of the Dives) 

The word “additional” was removed from the description of the forward approach and the hurdle, clarifying the intent for hops, leaps and/or jumps to count toward the three-step requirement.

Major Editorial Changes

3-3-2 NOTE: 

The phrase “if otherwise legal” was added to the note to clarify that suits containing a FINA marking are permitted to be used in competition, if the suit meets all other NFHS uniform criteria.


Language was added to clarify that a dive is failed if, in the diving referee’s opinion, the diver commits two balks on the same dive.

Minor Editorial Changes

2-5-1, 3-2-2 PENALTY 3, 3-2-3 PENALTY 2, 3-3-2 NOTE, 3-3-3a, 3-3-4a,b,c, 5-1-1 NOTES, 8-3-5a, 9-7-5m

LISOA Meeting Dates 

 l.   October 17 – Rules interpretation    (required meeting)

2.  Diving Clinic – Oct. 24 or Nov. 1             (may attend both but will only get      credit for one)

3.  November 28th - Informational

4.  January 23 – Annual Meeting/    discuss championship meets

5.  March -  Recognition Dinner Banquet

Things Every Diving Judge Should Know...
  • Every diving judge should know and be able to identify a Starting Position, Forward Approach and Hurdle. Every diving judge should also know that there is no such thing as a “hurdle” on a backward takeoff dive.
  • Every diving judge should know that a Hurdle must take-off from ONE foot and land on BOTH feet simultaneously with the toes at or very near the end of the diving board.

  • Every diving judge should know that any action a diver does beneath the surface of the water is not taken into account when scoring the dive.

    From  springboarddivingblog.com
Federation Swimming and Diving Test
Everyone by now should have received your 2017-2018 Rule Book.  If you have not, please contact the association in which you are primary.  Bob Kersch has mailed out to all primary LISOA members the current rule book.

Please take the Federation Exam for Swimming and Diving between August 6 and August 17.
Bob has clearly provided the five step instructions to complete the test in the letter that accompanied the new rule book.

FINA  or   Fédération internationale de natation       (English:  International Swimming Federation )
is the international federation recognized by the  International Olympic Committee  (IOC)  for administering international competition in  water sports . It is one of several international federations which administer a given sport/discipline for the IOC and/or international community. It is based in  Lausanne, Switzerland .

Today, FINA oversees competition and controls the development of the following aquatic events:

Swimming: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, medley relays, mixed relays
Diving: springboard (1m, 3m), platform (10m), synchronised diving (3m and 10m),   mixed and team events
High Diving: men (27m) and women (20m)
Water polo: men and women
Synchronised swimming: solo, duet, mixed duet, team and free combination 
Open water swimming: 5km, 10km, 25km, team event

There are 208 national federation of FINA members which are grouped by continent and there are 5 continental associations of which they can choose to be a member:

Surviving the Summer Hot Weather
  The best way to avoid a heat-related illness is to limit exposure outdoors during hot days. Air conditioning is the best way to cool off, according to the Center for Disease Control. Also:
  • Drink more liquid than you think you need and avoid alcohol
  • Wear loose, lightweight clothing and a hat
  • Replace salt lost from sweating by drinking fruit juice or sports drinks
  • Avoid spending time outdoors during the hottest part of the day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wear sunscreen; sunburn affects the body's ability to cool itself
  • Pace yourself when you run or otherwise exert your body
  Through Lands End Business Outfitters, we can purchase polo shirts or anything in their business catalog with this logo embroidered onto it.

Shirts with this logo are NOT for the official shirt that we wear while we officiate but for our personal use.  The logo is a left breast design.

 Go to:  https://business.landsend.com/store/LISOA

and choose any shirt, any color, no minimum purchase. You will need to create an online account with Lands' End Business Outfitters to place an order and then associate logo #1517851 to your personal account. 

To associate the logo to your online account, at the top of the home page, it will say "Hi (Your Name)." Hover over this and choose My Logos from the menu. On the next page, click on Associate a Logo to my Account.

Enter the logo number 1517851 and Customer Number 6973431. This logo will appear online and you are now ready to select your items. As you shop, make sure you apply the logo to each item before you add it to your shopping bag by clicking on the Apply Logo button after you have selected the color, size and quantity of each item.

Orders can also be placed over the phone by calling Lands' End Business Outfitters at 1-800-338-2000 and a Sales Consultant will assist you with your order.

Lands' End Business Outfitters often has sales and specials, you can check them out on their website. 

Frozen treat 
cheat sheet

From:  Savory  fast, fresh, and easy
Ice cream  This childhood favorite has a base of cream and egg and comes in so many flavors.

Gelato  Silky and scoopable, gelato is an Italian version of ice cream. With more milk than cream, it’s slow-churned for a rich, dense texture.
Frozen yogurt  Lower in fat than ice cream, this tangy treat is made with skim milk and contains active cultures.

Sorbet  Made with fruit picked at its peak, nothing refreshes you on a hot day like light, dairy-free sorbet. 

Non-dairy ice cream  Almond or coconut milk replaces ttraditional cream to make a dessert everyone can enjoy.

Congratulations Carly Nupp on your July 7 marriage!
Nutrition Tips From Robyn
Healthy Backyard Gatherings
 Holidays and cookouts don't need to be cheat-days or binge-days. You can still enjoy good food and great company, just without the extra guilt or pounds! Making healthy choices for your own sake is always a good idea, even if there's a special event like a birthday,
graduation, holiday party, or vacation. Healthy eating is not some fling with a fad diet, it's a commitment to your health. Use the strategies below to stay on track and resist temptation.

1)      Bring something healthy to share; this way you know there is at least one delicious and healthy option for you.

2)      Make a grain or bean salad. Side dishes don’t have to be the typical high-fat macaroni or potato salad. Whole grains and beans offer a healthier choice with more protein and fiber.

3)      Avoid the high fat foods like chips, mayo based dips, cheese, and cured meats. Instead, snack on raw veggies with hummus, whole grain crackers, or baked chips.

4)      Eat something light beforehand so that you aren’t overly hungry when you arrive; resulting in better judgement when deciding what foods to eat.

5)      Opt for lean cuts of protein. Veggie burgers, grilled chicken breast or lean turkey burgers are your best bets. Avoid foods like sausages, hot dogs, beef burgers, ribs and steak

6)      Choose whole wheat buns when you can. Whole wheat bread has more fiber which results in better blood sugar control.

7)      Opt for sugar-free beverages like seltzer water, unsweetened iced tea or fruit infused water.

8)      Use healthy toppings and condiments like avocado instead of cheese. Use ketchup or mustard instead of mayo.

9)      Fruit for dessert. It’s easy to pack on an additional 400-800 calories with dessert alone! Start with fruit and if you still want a treat, keep the portion to a 1 to 2 bite taste. 

10)    Parties tend to have lots of left overs. Be kind and leave the unhealthy foods behind. 

While eating healthy is the main objective for better health, it is also important to be active.Make sure to move around and engage in some activities. Not only will it help to burn some calories, it will also distract you from picking at foods. Healthier BBQ’s can start with you! Your actions may even inspire your friends/family to make healthy choices too. You can go home proud feeling full but not overly stuffed. No matter the occasion, don't lose sight of the bigger picture: your HEALTH matters more than cheesecake.

Robyn Kenul, RD is a Retail Dietitian with the Gallagher Family Markets at the ShopRite of Selden.  
If you'd like more nutrition information you can make an appointment to meet with her there
or contact her at  Robyn.kenul@wakefern.com .  
Robyn is a former NCAA volleyball athlete and still an avid athlete.
The purpose and goals of the LISOA and its members shall be to:  

Officiate all meets in a competent and professional manner.
Have its members actively work to improve interscholastic swimming and diving officiating.
Provide a consistent interpretation and administration of interscholastic swimming and diving rules.
Service and collaborate with the swimming and diving community for the improvement of swimming and diving.