Long Island Swimming Officials Association  
Serving Long Island Swimmers for 60 years!  
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Thank you to Cyna Buckley for a terrific job leading our diving clinic and breaking down the dives that we viewed, explaining the good and the bad, why it happened, and how they should be scored. She's doing another one in January.

John Wooden said that "Success is the peace of mind which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable".

Our season is just days away and I wish each of you a successful officiating season.

Thank you,
 George Fleckenstein, president  
Officials: What’s In Your Game Bag?
By Dave Sheets NFHS

Television commercials ask us "What’s in Your Wallet," or "What’s in Your Safe?" However, when you are minutes away from an officiating assignment, none of that matters. Your number one concern is about the uniform and equipment you packed. Most officials have a story about having that sinking feeling of looking into the game bag and knowing what they see, or don’t see, isn’t good!
In nearly every varsity sport, officials pack a bag that includes their uniform and the tools and equipment necessary to the activity of the contest. While some officials still have the luxury of showing up dressed and ready to work for an interscholastic contest, it is rarer with outside job and family commitments.
It is one of those questions that really doesn’t have a correct answer, but certainly is one each official should think about and understand their own answer.
Do you pack your own bag?
Does your spouse pack your bag?
Do you pack the bag the night before the contest?
Do you pack it after work on the way to the contest?
Do you pack spare clothes and equipment?
Do you have one bag for varsity and another bag for a different level?
Do you color code your packed bags?
Do you have your “lucky” gear that you pack for certain games?
Does packing your bag include checking your supply of toiletries, towels, candy, gum or other personal items not related to the game uniform?
I am a bit of a control freak, so I am the only person that ever packs my bag. It is your bag, you are ultimately responsible to check it even if someone else packs it.
The best advice is to develop a routine in packing and stick with it. If the black suitcase is your varsity bag and you always pack it before you go to bed, make it happen every time. If you prefer to swing home after work, grab your clothes from the dryer and jam them in the bag as you race to the school, that’s fine, just don’t act surprised when something isn’t correct. A great idea is to create a packing checklist sheet or card that can be laminated and kept in the bag at all times. Simply look at the list just before zipping the bag closed every time you pack.
Many officials always keep a “go” bag in their car during the season. It has enough equipment to let them be called from the stands during a game they intended to watch or from their work at the very last minute.
Veteran officials almost always have multiple uniforms so they can keep a bag packed at all times, pack spare clothes and equipment to help partners or have different outfits based on the weather conditions. Attempting to work any sport with one shirt, one pair of pants, and one pair of shoes is usually a recipe for disaster.
In our busy world, it is easy to be distracted for just a moment and later be in a crisis mode. Develop a plan, follow your plan and eliminate any worry or concern about your packed bag. It will help you focus on the work of the game and the enjoyment of officiating high school sports.
LISOA Meeting Dates  

January 2 - Diving Clinic, Nassau BOCES,
7:00 p.m.

January 24 – Annual Meeting/Discuss championship meets

March 19   - Recognition Dinner Banquet Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park
Things Every Diving Judge Should Know...

The balk should be called when a diver assumes the starting position and he makes an obvious attempt to start the approach or press, and stops the continuous execution of the dive prior to the water entry

When using the forward approach, a dive is failed if, in the diving referee’s opinion, the diver performs an additional bounce(s) on the end of the board after the culminating hurdle.

The forward approach shall begin with not less than three steps and finish with a hurdle, defined as a jump off one foot to a landing on both feet at the end of the board. The diver should not be permitted to do an additional bounce prior to the take-off.
We Have Added Another Diving Clinic

If you missed the first one or you want to continue to sharpen your diving skills, Cyna Buckly our Dive Judging Educator will be conducting a clinic on Tuesday, January 2 at 7:00 p.m. in conference room 1C at Nassau BOCES,
71 Clinton Rd in Garden City.
Cyna is one of the seven Diving Judges at the NY State Girls Swimming and Diving Championships and is excellent at examining the dives and explaining what to look for.
 Check out our LISOA web site each week during the season for videos and information about the dives of the week.
the Call
SITUATION: During the 500-yard freestyle, the lap counter inadvertently dropped the lap counting device into the pool. He takes no further action while the race progresses and makes no attempt to provide a verbal count to the competitor. The lane judge disqualifies the swimmer in that lane from the event and disqualifies the lap counter from her next event. 

RULING Incorrect procedure .  
COMMENT: No violation occurs when the lap counting device is inadvertently dropped, provided that the lap counter does not enter the pool to retrieve it until after the race is completed and only after securing permission from the referee. (3-4)

SITUATION: During the 500-yard freestyle, the lap counter shows something other than the fluorescent orange card for the last turn of the race. The turn judge disqualifies the swimmer in that lane from the event and disqualifies the lap counter from her next event.

 RULING:   Incorrect procedure.  
COMMENT: While the fluorescent orange card typically is shown prior to the swimmer’s last turn, it is not a requirement. (3-4)
The final leg of the individual medley and the medley relay requires the swimmer to be at or past vertical toward the breast before any stroke, kick or propulsive motion .
NFHS 8-2-4c
High school athletes should not be changing into or out of swimsuits except in designated changing areas . Deck changing has been defined as changing into or out of a swimsuit when wearing just one suit in an area other than a permanent or temporary locker room, bathroom, changing room or other space designated for changing purposes. Incidents of deck changing will result in the assessment of an unsporting behavior penalty.
NFHS 1-5-2, 3-6-1d

The backstroke ledge is not allowed in high school competition.
NYSPHSAA Jewelry Rule
No jewelry, which includes visible body piercing objects, shall be worn in a sport. Any piece of jewelry that is visible at the start of or during a contest is in violation of the NYSPHSAA Jewelry Rule. Religious medals must be taped to the body and under the uniform. Medical medals must be taped to the body so they are visible. Soft, pliable barrettes are permissible, body gems are not.

If you observe an athlete violating this rule, you warn them that they will be disqualified if they are observed competing again wearing jewlery.

No official shall use alcohol or any form of tobacco product beginning with arrival at the competition site until departure following the completion of the contest.

The 2018 NYSPHSAA Boys Swimming and Diving Championships head back to the Nassau County Aquatic Center
Friday, March 2  
10:30 am Swimming Prelims
 1:00 pm Diving - 11 dives 
Saturday, March 3
10:30 am Swimming Finals
Should You Leave Your Windshield Wipers Up In The Snow?
AAA Car Care Corner

Your favorite meteorologist is calling for a “wintry mix.” The storm will develop while you’re at work, leading to a miserable evening commute. As you pull into the office parking lot, you notice that a healthy handful of your co-workers have popped up their windshield wipers.
That’s when your dilemma begins.

Do you follow suit? If you leave your wipers up, at least you know that you won’t find them stuck to the windshield. But some argue that you'll still have to chip away the ice from the wipers.
AAA's resident automotive expert, Car Doctor John Paul, doesn't do it on his own car.

"Putting the wipers up and away from the windshield makes it easier to clean the windshield if it snows,” he said. “It also eliminates the chance that the wipers will freeze to the windshield.” But putting the wipers up means you’re putting stress on the spring that holds the wiper arms against the windshield, he cautions.

On the other hand, Robert Sinclair Jr., manager of media relations at AAA Northeast, believes that leaving the windshield wipers up is a safe option. "I don't see any harm in it, though you still have to clean the snow off the glass," he said. Sinclair offers some alternate methods for preventing wipers from freezing to the windshield.

It should clear up if you leave your defroster on for about 40 minutes he said. Or, you can put a blanket over the windshield and weigh it down prior to a storm. The next morning, pull off the blanket and the windshield is clear
Section XI Weekend Emergency Contact Information

From Tom Combs, Section XI Executive Director

If your members 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 .

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.