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Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend! Make sure you take your NFHS test by September 17.

George Fleckenstein, president 
High School Sports Participation Increases for 28th Straight Year 

NY Ranked #3

By NFHS on August 07, 2017
  Led by the largest one-year increase in girls participation in 16 years, the overall number of participants in high school sports increased for the 28th consecutive year in 2016-17, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

Based on figures from the 51 NFHS member state high school associations, which includes the District of Columbia, the number of participants in high school sports reached an all-time high of 7,963,535. The increase of 94,635 participants from 2015-16 is the largest one-year jump in overall participation since the 2008-09 school year.

Thanks to increases in all of the top 10 participatory sports, the number of girls participants reached an all-time high of 3,400,297. The increase of 75,971 from the previous year is the largest one-year jump since the 2000-01 sports participation report.

Football remains the No. 1 participatory sport for boys at the high school level by a large margin. Track and field is second with 600,136 participants, followed by basketball (550,305), baseball (491,790) and soccer (450,234).

Amazingly, this year’s survey indicated that more than 60 different sports were offered by high schools nationwide, from judo and kayaking, to fencing and rugby, to snowboarding and rodeo. Some of the more popular non-traditional high school sports were badminton (17,184), archery (9,767), crew (5,179) and fencing (4,100).  
The top 10 states by participants remained the same; however, Florida moved ahead of Michigan to seventh position this year. Texas and California topped the list again with 834,558 and 800,364 participants, respectively, followed by New York (367,849), Illinois (341,387), Ohio (340,146), Pennsylvania (319,153), Florida (310,567), Michigan (295,647), New Jersey (283,655) and Minnesota (239,289).
LISOA Meeting Dates 

  October 17 – Rules interpretation  (required meeting)

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

November 28  - Informational

January 23 – Annual Meeting/discuss championship meets

March - Recognition Dinner Banquet
Things Every Diving Judge Should Know...
  • . In dual meets, the divers from the visiting team have the choice of the odd or even diving positions.

  • If there is only one or two visiting divers, the contestant(s) has the choice of any visitor’s position in the diving order. If there is only one or two home divers, the contestant(s) has the choice of any home team position in the diving order

  • All properly executed dives shall be performed at a safe distance from the board and pool walls.
Section XI
Weekend Emergency Contact Information
August 15, 2017

From Tom Combs
Section XI Executive Directo r
We request that you inform your membership of the following procedure when emergencies are encountered regarding weekend assignments:

If they are unable to fulfill a Saturday or Sunday assignment due to an emergency, they are to call Assistant Director Pete Blieberg, cell # 516-313-0444 or home 631-277-2811 (please call cell first)
If they are unable to reach Pete Blieberg, they can contact me via my cell 631-433-3666
If neither Pete nor I am available and you can easily make a replacement, please do so and notify us AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
We assume this will only happen on rare occasions.

However, if games are rescheduled (from Saturday to either Sunday or Monday), all reassigning must be authorized by Pete or me . We both have cell phones and answering machines, so there should not be a problem.

If, however, a school forgot or erred in requesting officials from our office, DO NOT ASSIGN OFFICIALS . Under such circumstances, officials who work without authorization will not be compensated .
  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.
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. 
Swimming and Diving Points of Emphasis 
By NFHS on May 10, 2017

1. Suit Coverage -  Per Rule 3-3 students shall wear uniforms, including suit coverage, of decent appearance. If individuals or teams are in violation of this rule, officials are encouraged to contact the head coach of the offending team, rather than the student, requesting that all team members be appropriately equipped with uniforms that meet specified standards.  
2. Accommodations for Disabled Athletes -  Guidelines to assist state associations in working with schools for the inclusion of students with disabilities have been prepared by the NFHS Task Force on the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities. These recommendations begin with a request from the student to the school for an accommodation. The member school should then contact the state association for an accommodation, at which point the state association reviews and provides written determination regarding accommodation to the school.
Coaches should work with their school and the state association as early as possible in the sport season. Accommodations for students with special needs may be addressed through the rules and policies set forth by a variety of organizations, including Special Olympics, Disabled Sports USA, US Paralympics and USA Swimming. Contact information is provided in the beginning of the NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules Book, and additional information is included in the NFHS Swimming Officials Guidelines Manual. An accommodation may be permitted provided it does not fundamentally alter the sport, heighten risk or place opponents at a disadvantage.

3. Warm-Up Protocol -  Meet directors and coaches are encouraged to review the “Suggested Meet Warm-Up Procedures” located at the front of the NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules Book, prior to hosting a meet. Supervision, safety suggestions, proper management of pace/sprint lanes, 
lane selection and other pertinent issues are highlighted to aid in organizing warm- ups to allow them to occur in a safe, healthy and sportsmanlike manner. 

4. Valid Times With A Single Manual Watch -  The referee is the head official and is responsible for making decisions on matters not specifically covered by the rules, and can order that a race be re-swum when there is obvious unfairness, such as a lane line malfunction or a power outage. In the case of a timing malfunction, the referee is expected to utilize other information or data such as his/her order of finish, times on other lanes, etc., to verify the single data point (watch/button) is accurate. Referees have the authority to reject times that are clearly inaccurate and to determine placing without assigning a specific time to a swimmer. A swimmer shall not be required to re-swim a completed race because of timing system failure.  

5. Responsibility of the Swimmer in Distance Events -  When counter malfunctions occur (i.e., the lap counting device is inadvertently dropped into the water or an incorrect count is shown), it is the responsibility of the swimmer to know his/her lap count and continue the race. Accidental error by the counter shall not result in disqualification of the swimmer.

6. Position Statement on Official’s Role -  The rules for NFHS swimming and diving exist to ensure fair competition in a positive, safe and healthy environment. Athlete performances in swimming and diving inevitably involve both physical and emotional components. When enthusiastic responses accompany/follow an athlete's performance in competition, officials should be careful to avoid intervention unless absolutely necessary. If a celebratory response violates Rules 3-6-1&2 (which is listed below) and is considered unsporting or unacceptable, it should be sanctioned accordingly. Responses that are vulgar, profane or demeaning should be treated under the rules prohibiting such conduct; otherwise, officials should refrain from intervention.
NFHA Swimming Rules
  ART. 1 . . . No team personnel/competitor shall display unsporting conduct. This includes any act the referee deems unsporting, including but not limited to, the following:
   a. making insulting or derogatory remarks, gestures or acts including taunting;
   b. trying to influence or showing disgust with officials’ decisions;
   c. interfering with meet officials in the performance of their duties;
d. deck changing, before during, or after a meet;
e. use of electronic devices to transmit information to the competitor(s) during the race or dive;
f. use of alcohol or any form of tobacco product (e-cigarettes or similar items) beginning with arrival at the competition site until departure following the completion of the contest.
g. performing any on-site shaving before, during and after the meet;
   NOTE: The NFHS disapproves of any form of taunting which is intended to embarrass, ridicule or demean others under any circumstances.
PENALTY: Team personnel /competitor shall be disqualified from further participation in the meet, including all events in which the competitor previous qualified, for unsporting conduct. For excessive unsporting conduct, team personnel (as defined in 1-4-2) may be ejected from the competition area.

  ART. 2 . . . No team personnel/competitor shall display unacceptable conduct. This includes any act the referee deems unacceptable, including but not limited to, the following:
a. willful failure to follow the directions of the meet official;
b. using profanity whether or not directed at someone or any action which could bring discredit to the individual or his/her school;
c. failing to swim in his/her assigned lane throughout the race or interfering with a swimmer in another lane;
d. contacting the bottom of the pool for the purpose of gaining an advantage;
e. not leaving the pool promptly when requested to do so by the referee;

PENALTY: Team personnel/competitor shall be disqualified from that event or the next event in which he/she is entered, whichever is appropriate.
New York State Public High School Athletic Association Drone Policy  May 2017

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association prohibits the use or possession of unmanned aircraft or aerial systems (UAS), also known as drones, for any purpose by any person or entity at all scrimmages, regular season and post season events.  

This prohibition applies to the area above and upon all spectator areas, fields of play, courts, arenas, stadiums, mats, gymnasiums, pools, practice facilities, parking areas and or other property being utilized for the purpose of the interscholastic activity.  

If there is a report of UAS activity at an athletic event school, Section and/or State Association officials will, in consultation with the sports officials, suspend the play until such time as the UAS is removed from the area as defined above or the school, Section/ State and sports officials determine it is safe to proceed. 

For purposes of this policy, a UAS is any unmanned airborne device or aircraft. The NYSPHSAA, Section and/or Member School reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone operating or attempting to operate a UAS or to request the immediate removal of any person using or attempting to use a UAS in violation of this policy.  
10 Car Features That No Longer Exist In New Vehicles
Your AAA Northeast February 2017

Who knows what car features today's teenagers will find nostalgic when they reminisce about their very first cars. Perhaps they'll miss when vehicles weren't so smart and didn't drive themselves. Or maybe they'll miss when driving actually meant wheels on the road.
Nobody knows how drastically automobiles will change in the future. But we do know how much they've changed, since their invention and even in the past 30 years. Here are 10 car features that no longer exist in new vehicles.

Audible Turn Signals
Does it seem like more and more people are driving for miles with their turn signals on, apparently planning on making a left turn that never materializes? There's a reason for that. Many modern cars are phasing out audible turn signals. While those noisy little clicks might seem annoying after a while, that's exactly what made them useful as they reminded you to switch off your turn signals.

On most higher-end cars, stamped metal keys are becoming a thing of the past. Instead, start/stop ignitions and electronic key fobs have become the new norm. Vehicle doors automatically unlock when the registered key fob is nearby, and once inside, you simply push the button to start. That's a big change from the turn-key ignitions most of us are used to. Car manufacturers like Mazda and Ford have even created apps to remotely start and unlock your car using a smartphone app !

Simple Controls
Texting and driving is extremely dangerous , and a complicated control system could be just as distracting. In a 2015 AAA study, results showed that   mental distractions could last up to 27 seconds  after using voice commands on select in-car systems. With many new cars using touch-screen controls, things could get even trickier. AAA suggests putting climate controls, radio stations, GPS and other settings in place prior to driving.

Spacious Trunks
We've come a long way from the 3 tons of solid Detroit steel we used to call cars. Now models are sleeker and more aerodynamic than ever. But that also means less room. Many of today's car owners don't know the meaning of a spacious trunk. And unless you're buying a minivan, you can expect to pack some of those weekly groceries in your back seat.
Spare Tires
Maybe some cars don't have full-size spare tires anymore because trunks are getting so small. Or maybe it's because car manufacturers are trying to reduce vehicle weight. No matter what the cause, buying a new car with a full-size spare is a rare occurrence these days. In fact,  spare tires have been replaced by tire inflator kits on 29 million vehicles  in the last 10 model years. But if you’re lucky enough to get one, today's tiny doughnut tires are only designed to be used for short distances and under 50 mph. If you get a flat tire, buying a new tire or getting a patch becomes pretty urgent.

Equipped with electric lighters and ashtrays inside the dashboard, old cars were a smoker's heaven. Those in-car ashtrays were even great for non-smokers as the ultimate coin compartment. However, most car manufacturers have shied away from ashtrays and opted to install more tech-focused features, like phone charger ports.

Radio Antennas
If you remember when cars had ashtrays, then you probably remember when cars used to sport whip antennas. Were they unsightly? Kind of, but most people used those long radio antennas as a chance to give their cars a little spunk. Back in the day, you could spot countless raccoon tails, smiley face balls and other neat trinkets on top of those wiry menaces. Now most cars have much shorter fixed antennas.

Vent Windows
Vent or wing windows are another one of those car features staple to older cars. The small triangular windows were found on both the driver and passenger sides and could be rotated inward to get some fresh air. On days that weren't too hot, you could skip opening the main window and still get some ventilation going without messing up your hair. So, what happened to all the vent windows? Two words: air conditioning.

Hand-Cranked Windows
Today's teenagers probably don't know what a hand-cranked window is. But yes, at one point in time, people had to manually roll their windows up and down. This car feature is almost impossible to find nowadays and that's probably because most people don't miss them. In fact, new car owners can rejoice in the power of the window lock. No children will play with the back windows on our watch!

Bench Seats
Before seat belts were included in cars, bench seats allowed three people to fit comfortably in the front of most vehicles. You could even fit a fourth passenger if they were small enough. Today's kids will never know the feeling of squeezing up front with mom, dad and their siblings, but modern cars are definitely much safer!
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.