Long Island Swimming Officials Association  
Serving Long Island Swimmers for over 60 years!  
May 2019
Let's see how this goes ...

Below there is a link to the recent Newsday article regarding abusive fans. Fortunately, our fan base and coaches are mostly genial. As the article states and national surveys indicate, most officials leave officiating because of adult behavior.

Let's make sure that we keep on top of coach's conduct and always make the home team responsible for controlling any unruly fans.

As some of you know, we did have an isolated situation this spring with a coach - it was diffused on site and handled at the school level.

Please continue to let me know of any incidents that you encounter during the season.

 Thank you,
George Fleckenstein
president 
Swimming and Diving Rules Changes - 2019-20
NFHS, April 23, 2019

3-3-1, 3-3-2, 3-3-2 PENALTIES, 3-3-3, 3-3-4 PENALTIES: Rule 3-3 was reorganized to identify penalty protocol for specific uniform violations.  
Rationale:  All current language addressing suit coverage was moved to Rule 3-3-2.  The penalty associated with this rule was written to provide clear indication that the coach of the competitor should be notified when a violation of this nature has occurred.
 
8-1-7, 8-2-1g, 8-2-2h, 8-2-3g, 8-2-4e, 8-3-5: A legal finish now requires the competitor to contact either the touchpad or the finish end according to the finish rules pertaining to the stroke being swum.  
Rationale:   A competitor has legally completed the race once he/she touches the touchpad or the finish end.  

9-1-3:  The rule was updated to comply with current industry standards. 
Rationale :  Aligns with current diving board manufacturers installation directions.   
 
9-4-Table: The degree of difficulty for back and reverse double somersaults was lowered to be consistent with back and reverse 1½ somersaults degrees of difficulty.
Rationale:    Provides consistency of degree of difficulties assessed to back and reverse dives versus back and reverse somersaults.   
 
9-5-6: Clarified descriptions of diving positions.
Rationale:  Diving descriptions were adjusted to maintain consistency with national trends.        

9-7-4 NOTE (NEW) : The diving referee may confer with a member of the diving panel regarding a possible unsatisfactory dive.
Rationale:  Consistent with the diving referee’s capability of consulting with a designated member of the judging panel concerning a possible fail dive.

2019-20 SWIMMING AND DIVING EDITORIAL CHANGES

1-3-2, 1-5-3, 2-3-1, 2-4-2, 2-7-8, 3-3-2 NOTE, 3-3-3a, 3-3-3b, 3-3-3c, 4-1-2, 4-8-3, 4-9-2, 6-3-1, 9-4-1 Table, 9-4 Table
 
2019-20 SWIMMING AND DIVING POINTS OF EMPHASIS
  1. Suit Coverage
  2. Accommodation of Students with a Disability
  3. Shallow Water Blackout
  4. Sub-varsity Competition
  5. Pre-Meet Conferences
LISOA Meeting Dates 

Tuesday,  September 10  – Rules Interpretation Meeting - Long Island Expressway Welcome Center  7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Monday,  October 21  - Diving Clinic - Hauppauge Library

Tuesday,  November 12  - Pre-Season Meeting

Tuesday,  December 3  - Relay Carnival, Sect. VIII  NCAC - clinic

Wednesday,  December 18  - Business Meeting

Thursday,  January 9  - General Meeting

March 2019  - Annual Recognition Dinner Meeting

Active members are required to attend  a minimum of three (3) meetings and/or clinics . As prescribed in Article I of the By-Laws,   attendance at a rules interpretation meeting is required.

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Things Every Diving Judge Should Know...

... t he purpose of diving judges at a meet is to ensure fair competition for all participants in accordance with the rules

... officials must understand the rules and enforce all rules without regard for the outcome of the competition

... study the NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules Book, including the situations and rulings, and attend rules meetings regularly as required by the officials’ association to stay informed regarding current rules
Newsday Article - May 27, 2019
Verbal abuse blamed for decline in HS refs, umpires

Ed Wallace, a longtime football and boys lacrosse official, dreads leaving the field after games and sometimes requests an escort to his car. Soccer and softball umpire Tom Cully said parents routinely call him names he is too embarrassed to repeat.

Read more
www.newsday.com
2020 Swimming and Diving Championship Dates


Section XI

January 28 - Sachem East - League 1 - 4:15 pm
January 29 - Hauppauge - League 2 - 4:15 pm
February 6 - Hauppauge - Sectional Diving - 4:30 pm
February 8 - Suffolk County CC - Sectional Swimming - 10:00 am

Section VIII

January 27 - Nassau County AC - Divisional Diving - 5:00 pm
January 28 - Nassau County AC - Division Swimming -10:30 am
January 29 - Nassau County AC - Division Swimming -10:30 am
January 30 - Nassau County AC - Division Swimming -10:30 am
February 4 - Nassau County AC - Sectional Diving - 5:00 pm
February 7 - Nassau County AC - Section VIII Swim Trials - 6:30 pm
February 8 - Nassau County AC - Section VIII Swim Finals -12:00 pm

New York State

March 7,8 - Nassau County Aquatic Center - 10:30 am
NYSPHSAA Boys Swimming & Diving Championships
From Our Contracts - New Section VIII
l.      Swimming

a.    It will be the responsibility of the starter or clerk to record attendance and fees for the officials at major meets on the form provided by Section VIII. This form will then be sent to the Section for verification. All pay sheets (extra compensation form) must be submitted within 3 business days of competition.

b.   Triangular meet - A one and one-half (1½) fee will be paid if only two officials are assigned. Double Dual meet – A one and one-half (1½) fee will be paid if only two officials are assigned. All pay sheets must be submitted within 3 business days of competition.

c.    For the Divisional and County meets officials will be paid a flat rate of $145.00 (2019-2020), $147.00 (2020-2021) and $149.00 (2021-2022). All pay sheets must be submitted within 3 business days of competition.

d.   Compensation for Invitational Swimming and Diving and Championship Diving

i.       Invitational Events – Compensation will be: A rate of $104.00 (2019-2020), $106.00 (2020--2021) and $108.00 (2021-2022) for a maximum of three (3) hours. If the meet goes beyond three (3) hours the compensation will be $30.00 per hour over the life of the contract. The hourly rate will end at the nearest half hour when the meet is completed, or the official’s duties have ended. All pay sheets must be submitted within 3 business days of competition.
ii.      Divisional and Championship Diving Events – Only Qualified officials will be assigned. Compensation will be: A rate of $145.00 (2019-2020), $147.00 (2020-2021) and $149.00 (2021-2022) for a maximum of three (3) hours. If the meet goes beyond three (3) hours the compensation will be $30.00 per hour over the life of the contract. The hourly rate will end at the nearest half hour when the meet is completed, or the official’s duties have ended. All pay sheets must be submitted within 3 business days of competition.
iii. Division Meets - Compensation will be: When the three (3) Division meets are held simultaneously on the same day, the rate of $145.00 (2019-2020), $147.00 (2020-2021) and $149.00 (2021-2022) will be doubled to compensate the official. All pay sheets must be submitted within 3 business days of competition.
iii.  If the diving championship is scheduled 1½ hours apart from the swimming championship two fees will be paid. All pay sheets must be submitted within 3 business days of competition.

e.   Swimming and Diving State Qualifier – An additional $15.00 will be paid to the referee and starter .

f.     Extra heats during the regular season will be compensated when reported on the form and submitted within 3 business days as follows:

i.  Extra heats shall be compensated at $3.50 per heat at the Varsity level and at the JV and Modified levels. All pay sheets must be submitted within 3 business days of competition.
ii.      A total of six (6) divers will be included in the base rate for Varsity and JV and Modified levels. Extra divers, beyond the six (6) included in the base rate shall be compensated a flat rate of $8.00 at the Varsity level and a flat rate of $6.50 at the JV and Modified levels to a maximum of nine (9) divers. All pay sheets must be submitted within 3 business days of competition.
iii.    Dual Meet: In an 11-dive meet, the official will be compensated an additional $15.
iv.    Double Dual Meet: In an 11-dive meet, the official will be compensated an additional $30.

pay sheets are the extra compensation forms
 
Safety and Warmups When a Team Arrives Late
Referee  Magazine - May 2019

As a sports official, you’ve been there. You’ve fought the traffic to show up to a field on a cold, rainy day, in plenty of time to do your game.

One team is there, ready to go. You do your own  warmup  and go through your pregame mechanics with your crew but as game time approaches there is still only one team present.
Right before the scheduled start time, a caravan of cars or perhaps a school bus comes racing into the parking lot.

The coach of the late-arriving team finds you, apologizes for being late, tells you the reason why they couldn’t get there on time and asks, “Do you mind if we start a little late so our team can warm up? Because, after all, it’s cold and rainy out.”

What is your role here? Do you have the power to delay the start of the game? Do you have  any legal liability  if you tell the coach, “No, we are starting on time today.” What if you are willing to delay the start but the “on time” team insists on starting on time?
What’s a referee to do?

Use the following decision formula.

Follow the league rules

First, know, understand and follow the rules of the competition or league in which you are officiating. Those rules may call for an on-time start, no excuses. They may provide for a grace period, after which the game will not be played at all.

This is especially true in a “showcase” or “tournament” situation where there may be games scheduled back-to-back all day long.

Allowing your game to start late may have many repercussions later in the day, including added costs to the game organizer for field rental.
If there are no established rules for the competition, but there is either a school administrator or a tournament official present, let him or her make the call, because this is his or her job.

While you are the “judge and jury” on all of the facets of the game once it starts, you should let an administrator sort out the bona fides of the excuses given and weigh the pros and cons of starting late. Then, you just do what the administrator asks you to do and include that information in your match report.

With no rules and no administrator, have the opposing coaches discuss the issue and come to an agreement if they can. You won’t go wrong abiding by whatever agreement they reach.

If the coaches cannot agree, err on the side of safety and allow a reasonable time for a warmup, again noting the issue in your match report.

As a referee, you have broad discretion on matters of player safety. While legal claims against referees are rarely successful, you lessen the risk of a claim even being made by making a decision that, in your judgment, is based on player safety.

For the coaches who don’t like your decision to start late, simply inform them that you will write up all the facts in your report.

Assuming that you have followed this formula, the overwhelming likelihood is that the league/tournament will back you up, players will be safer, and the risk of a legal claim for injury being made against you for making that particular decision goes down to just about zero.
The Surprising Age When Your Self-Esteem Is Highest
According to a new study, your self-esteem peaks during a particular decade of your life.
REAL SIMPLE MAGAZINE

Everything gets better with age. And that includes your self-esteem.

According to a recent paper published in the journal  Psychological Bulletin , we still have a lot to look forward to in our golden years because our self-esteem—which the authors define as a person’s subjective evaluation of his or her worth as a person—appears to peak in our 60s.

“Midlife is, for many adults, a time of highly stable life circumstances in domains such as relationships and work. Moreover, during middle adulthood, most individuals further invest in the social roles they hold, which might promote their self-esteem,” Ulrich Orth, the study’s co-author and a professor of psychology at the University of Bern in Switzerland, told  TIME . “For example, people take on managerial roles at work, maintain a satisfying relationship with their spouse or partner, and help their children to become responsible and independent adults.”

To come to this conclusion, the researchers analyzed nearly 200 research articles about self-esteem published over the last few decades. This gave them access to psychological data about how our self-esteem evolves over time from almost 165,000 people.

According to the review, your  self-esteem begins to rise as a child , between the ages of 4 to 11 years old. From there, it doesn’t rise or decline for some time. Even throughout those awkward years (also known as puberty), self-esteem remains steady.
As Orth and the team found, self-esteem then rises again from the ages of 15 to 30 and holds steady before peaking between ages 60 and 70.

The only time a human’s self-esteem appears to decline is around age 70. That decline, Orth explained, becomes more pronounced at age 90.

“Old age frequently involves loss of social roles as a result of retirement, the empty nest, and, possibly, widowhood, all of which are factors that may threaten self-esteem,” Orth noted to TIME. “In addition, aging often leads to negative changes in other possible sources of self-esteem, such as socioeconomic status, cognitive abilities and health.”

But, that shouldn’t stop anyone from feeling great about themselves well into their elder years. All you have to do is keep a positive mindset.

“Many people,” Orth noted, “are able to maintain a relatively high level of self-esteem even during old age.”
The primary role of the official is to ensure fair competition which is conducted in a positive, safe and healthy environment and that actions of the competitors, coaches and other team personnel are in compliance with the rules.

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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.