Long Island Swimming Officials Association  
Serving Long Island Swimmers for over 60 years!  
October 2018
Let's see how this goes ...

Professionalism, which is how you conduct yourself, is paramount in our organization. Professionalism encompasses a number of important characteristics:

Appearance - A clean shirt that's tucked in.
Demeanor - A friendly, calm, respectful attitude.
Reliability - Showing up on-time, ready to work.
Competence - Knowing the rules and our on-deck procedures.
Ethics - Being honest and impartial: Don't "hang" with one team.
Maintaining Your Poise - Control the competition and venue without being either overbearing or silly.

 Professionalism is being accountable for your actions at all times. If you make a mistake, own up to it and try to fix it if possible. Take responsibility and work to resolve issues.

Lets look sharp, act right and enforce the rules fairly!

Thank you,
 George Fleckenstein,
NFHS Network, New York State Public High School Athletic Association Reach Agreement to Stream State Championships

The NFHS Network has signed an agreement with the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) for streaming of NYSPHSAA State Championship events on its all-digital network. New York is the 43rd NFHS-member state association to join the NFHS Network.

The agreement is for 10 years beginning with the 2018-19 school year. The Network will provide live streaming through its online subscription platform at  www.NFHSNetwork.com .

“Partnering with the NFHS Network will allow the NYSPHSAA to promote and highlight the NYSPHSAA Championships to another level,” said NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas. “In the past, some of our schools were not able to access content; now anyone in the world will have the opportunity to watch NYSPHSAA Regionals and Championship events. This is certainly an exciting change for the student-athletes of New York State.”

The NFHS Network will also cover regular-season and postseason events around the state through five-year agreements with Sections 2, III, V, VI, VII, IX and X of the NYSPHSAA. The NFHS Network will be recognized as the exclusive streaming home to NYSPHSAA Championship events.
The NFHS Network, now in its fifth year of covering high school sports events through its digital network at www.NFHSNetwork.com , is a joint venture between the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), its member state high school associations and PlayOn! Sports. The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. PlayOn! Sports is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and is the nation’s largest high school sports media company.
Scratches/Declared False Starts/Failing to Compete

Scratches, declared false starts, and the penalty for failing to compete are applied differently to championship and non-championship meets. Competitors, once officially entered, shall compete in all races. 

In non-championship meets:
A competitor who fails to compete in an event in which he/she has officially entered, shall be disqualified from that event only. (3-2-2 PENALTY 2)
Please Welcome
our New Members

Jeff Chu
Alicia Lampasso-Dillon
Linda Jelovich
Christian Seifert
Cathy Smith
Gregory Woods
Next Association Meeting

Thursday, November 8
LIE Welcome Center
7:00 p.m.

Bring your answers to Bob Kersch's
Situations and Rulings.

The Relay Carnivals will be discussed.

More information and forms that might be useful to you will be distributed.
2018 LISOA Diving Clinic
Wednesday November 14, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Nassau County BOCES
71 Clinton Rd., Garden City, NY
This will be a conference room setting with dives projected onto a screen. Our diving instructor, Cyna Buckley, will guide us through multiple dives going over the different elements of each dive.

You do not need to wear your officiating whites and there will not be a test at the end. Pizza and drinks will be provided.
See Chris Hugo for your chance to win $$$ in our Super Bowl pool.
LISOA Meeting Dates  

Thursday,  November 8  - Pre-Season Meeting - LIE Welcome Center Conference Room - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 14 - Diving Clinic , Nassau BOCES - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday,  November 27  – Relay Carnival , Sect. VIII  NCAC - clinic - 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday,  December 4  - Relay Carnival , Sect. XI  NCAC - clinic - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday,  January 10  - Nominating/Business Meeting

Tuesday,  January 29  - General Elections Meeting

Friday/Saturday,  March 1,2  - NY State Boys Swimming and Diving Championships - NCAC

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.

Things Every Diving Judge Should Know...
  • Diving is an aesthetic sport so how a dive looks is important. In diving, scoring for all dives is to be based on technical merit, form, accuracy, height, distance and aesthetic value during all phases (start, approach, takeoff, flight, entry) of the dive. While judges may differ in how much relative weight each gives to the phases and the aspects, it is crucial that each judge must be consistent in that weighting throughout the dive meet.

  • Avoid coaching athletes, but a reminder as to the legal starting position prior to the start of the dive is acceptable. At lower levels of competition, specifically junior high, the explanation of legal starting position may be given in much more detail than at higher levels of competition.

  • Refrain from cheering or verbally supporting participants or a team while serving in an official’s role.

  • Maintain control of the meet, but remember that all participants want to do their best while having a fun and enjoyable experience.

Section VIII
SportspakOnline Unsportsmanlike/Disqualification

Athletic directors, coaches and officials are now required to submit all unsportsmanlike/disqualification forms
online via SportspakOnline as follows:

1. Navigate to your respective menu across the top of the SportspakOnline

2. Click the UNSPORTSMANLIKE FORM link. You will be prompted to log in.

3. Use the blue calendar on the right side of your screen to choose the date of the
contest where the incident took place; click on the date, then the game number.
The form will open.
Game information will automatically populate in various parts of the online form, including the game number, date, sport, level and competing schools/teams. Fields for SCHOOL are drop-down menus limited to the choices as pre-programmed within the game.

4. Enter the NAME(s) of the individual(s) involved in the incident and choose their SCHOOL affiliation from the drop down. Click the YES or NO radio button to
indicate whether the individual was DISQUALIFIED.

5. Enter narrative information in the BRIEF
DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT and ACTION TAKEN text boxes. These are required fields.

6. Enter the NAME(s) of any SUPERVISORS and choose their SCHOOL affiliation from the drop down.
Names and contact information of officials assigned to the game will automatically display toward the bottom of the form.

7. Click the SUBMIT button to save your report.

The Section VIII Office will be notified automatically as reports are submitted; they will be reviewed and sent to all related parties.
New LISOA Quality Committee

Board member Larry Wachter has agreed to head up the new and important LISOA Quality Committee. Joining him are Doug Virkus, Kerry Fallarino and Geoff Tripp. The Quality Committee's responsibilities include:

Determine the ratings-from-coaches criteria– with input from the Sections and the coaches associations.

Monitor ratings to provide corrective action.

Institute a mentoring program for new officials to help them out in their formative years. 

Promote post meet discussions after every dual meet.

Establish and maintain an evaluators and observers program.
Historical Committee

Peter Moeschen can use some help with gathering and displaying our historical memorabilia. Our display is in place and we are slowly adding good stuff. We're looking for pictures and interesting items from our past .
Geoff Tripp is now maintaining our Facebook page
Thank you Geoff for taking charge of our Face Book page. If you are on the site, like and follow us!
From Section XI contract...

Original assignments shall be received by officials no later than one week prior to the first scheduled contest in that sport. The Section XI office will make every effort to provide officials’ assignments 14 days prior to the first contest.

An official, having accepted the assignments on the master schedule sheets, shall not switch assignments with other officials, and these accepted assignments are to be treated as binding agreements.

Officials assigned to any contest that are incomplete or postponed shall continue with the contest on the new date unless they have a previous assignment on the new date. If it is a varsity game, and the officials have a lower level assignment in the same sport on the new date, they are to continue with the varsity game.


Officials shall be provided with secure dressing facilities and showers where possible, which are inaccessible to all others. Such facility shall be available from 30 minutes before the contest until 30 minutes after the completion of a contest. If any school fails to provide such a facility, the official will notify Section XI in writing of this condition. On the first notice, a letter will be sent to the athletic director of the school district in violation. On a second or subsequent notice, that school district will be fined $25 payable to Section XI for each additional offense during that season.
From Section VIII contract...
Article 1
Section A

5. Original assignments shall be received by the officials no later than three weeks prior to the first scheduled league contest for that sport. Officials shall confirm the acceptance of their original assignments within ten days of receipt. Modified assignments will be received two weeks before the first scheduled league contest and must confirm their assignments within five (5) days.

6. Additional or subsequent assignments may be made by the Office of the ED via e-mail, Sports Pak or telephone.
7. Officials shall confirm their original assignments by mail, fax, e-mail or Sports Pak to the home school athletic director. In the case of subsequent assignments, the official must phone to confirm the assignments with the Office of the ED and home school athletic director unless there is sufficient time to respond by email, Sports Pak, mail or fax.

12. The home school shall provide for the physical safety of officials with emphasis on the following:
a. Adequate and secure parking facilities.
b. A private dressing room and (where possible) shower facilities, separate from the coaches, supervisory personnel and students with provision for a secure place for clothing and valuables. These facilities shall be available at halftime and at the conclusion of the contest.
c. According to Section VIII Policy, provide reasonable and proper crowd control. Upon request, officials shall be escorted by supervisory personnel to a secure area at halftime and at the conclusion of the contest. Upon request, officials shall also be escorted off school grounds.
d. Officials shall notify the ED and OCC President, in writing, of any school that does not comply with the above. The ED shall respond to all parties, in writing, within one week of receipt.
Judging Diving
Patience, patience, patience .

There are several reasons a diving judge needs a lot of patience. First, most of the problems that occur during a diving contest are not described in the rules. No written rule describes, for instance, the difference between scores of 7, 7.5 and 8 for a “good” dive. The small differences are completely dependent on the judge’s own opinion. The written rules leave the decision and discretion almost completely to the judge.

There are very few rules which describe exactly what the judge should do. “Deduct ½ - 2 points,” for instance, leaves much space for individual opinions. Thus, much of the judging system is based on the perception and experience of the judge.

Second, the judge must train his or her eyes. It is not sufficient to have an abundance of experience and good judgment if you cannot see what is happening in the air. The fine details cannot be grasped without regular observation, especially considering the very complex and rapid movements that occur in diving.

Finally, patience becomes particularly important in situations where a judge finds himself or herself faced with an unhappy, disappointed athlete, parent or coach vocally dissatisfied with the results. Under these circumstances, a judge must control any temper he or she may have, remain tactful, and be able to take criticism calmly, even though it may not be justified.  
All officials must remember their primary purposes when on deck. Officials shall conduct the meet in a professional manner, assure compliance with the NFHS rules and assure that no competitor has an unfair advantage. Officials shall remain mindful of the inherent risk of injury that competition poses to student athletes. Where appropriate, they shall inform event management of conditions or situations that appear unreasonably hazardous.

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.