Long Island Swimming Officials Association  
Serving Long Island Swimmers and Divers since 1957
 December 2019
Around this time of year everyone talks about a new direction, growth, change, opportunity, a new start, renewal, starting with a clean slate. We consider the year’s past challenges, celebrate the year’s past accomplishments.

But T.S. Eliot said, "Every moment is a fresh beginning."

New Year's is an annual reminder that we can make adjustments and improvements in our methods and attitudes - but we can do that anytime that we feel the need.

We're midway through our season - let's reflect on our first four weeks and gear up for the rest of the season and finish the way that we'd be most proud.

HAPPY 2020!

Thank you,
George Fleckenstein
30 Basics of Officiating
Referee  Magazine - Art of Officiating
If you’ve officiated for any length of time, you’ve probably heard most of these basics of our avocation before, but they bear repeating and are great points to pass on to youth or new officials.

  1. Arrive at the game site early. Never rush to a game. Allow ample time to get there well in advance of game time.
  2. Park your car in a well-lit area near the building in which you dress. Try to leave sufficient space to avoid being boxed in.
  3. Hold a thorough pregame conference. Do it even if you’ve worked with your partners before.
  4. Attend to administrative duties early. Allow enough time to fix problems.
  5. Dress in proper, clean uniform. Look sharp and you’re off on the right foot.
  6. Inspect the playing area. Correct potential hazards before the game.
  7. Conduct a brief meeting with team captains or coaches. Tell the captains that they are the leaders of the team and may be called on to fulfill that role. Keep it brief.
  8. Observe players during pregame practice. Opponents occasionally try to intimidate each other before a game. Nip that in the bud.
  9. Examine your equipment. Blow your whistle, etc., to make sure it is in working order.
  10. Relax. If you appear tense and nervous, the players will recognize it.
During the Game
  1. Hustle, but don’t overhustle. Overhustle can be counterproductive.
  2. Talk to your crewmates. Let each other know who’s got what, etc.
  3. Talk to the players as appropriate. Develop a good rapport by being cordial, but not overly friendly. Use your voice to make players aware that you are in the area.
  4. Talk to the coaches. Keep conversations brief and to the point.
  5. Keep the game moving. If you need to confer with a partner, do so, but be brief.
  6. Make clear signals. All movements should be crisp and sharp without personal adaptations.
  7. Never give medical aid or advice to a player. That job belongs to properly trained medical personnel.
  8. Stop the game if hazardous weather approaches. Rule of thumb: If you err, err on the side of safety.
  9. Keep track of major penalties, ejections. It might be helpful if a lawsuit is filed and you are named as a defendant or a witness.
  10. Know where the game manager is located. In emergencies, he will need to be found quickly.

  1. Leave together and without delay. There’s safety in numbers.
  2. Don’t talk with reporters. Refer all questions to your assignor.
  3. Remove your whistle. When walking through crowds, it could be hooked accidentally or grabbed intentionally.
  4. Limit comment to fans. If a fan politely asks a reasonable question, answer it briefly, but be cautious.
  5. Relax. Take a deep breath and gather your thoughts.
  6. Review the game. Talk about any strange plays or other situations.
  7. Solicit constructive criticism. Good partners will tell you what you need to work on. If asked, provide them with the same honest assessment.
  8. If appropriate, thank the game manager. If he took care of you, tell him you appreciate it.
  9. Leave the locker room the same way you found it. Don’t force someone else to clean up your mess.
  10. Walk to your automobiles together. If problems appear imminent, return to the building. Find the game manager or law enforcement authorities.

Nov 25 - Dec 1 100 (Front)
Dec 2 - Dec 8 100 (Front)
Dec 9 – Dec 15 200 (Back)
Dec 16 – Dec 22 400 (Inward)
Dec 23 – Dec 29 5000 (Twist)
Dec 30 – Jan 5 5000 (Twist)
Jan 6 – Jan 12 300 (Reverse)
Jan 13 – Jan 19 100 (Front)
Jan 20 – Jan 26 200 (Back)
Jan 27 – Feb 2 400 (Inward)
Feb 3 – Feb 9 5000 (Twist)
Feb 10 – Feb 16 300 (Reverse)

MARCH 6 & 7


Please sign-up on the list that we circulate at our meetings to officiate one or both days of the meet.

We need your help to make this final local championship the best one ever and prove to NYS that these championships should come back to Section VIII in three years!

Starting in 2021, the state swimming championships will be held in Ithaca. We will then have to take a road trip and book an Air BNB to be part of the action.

BUT this year we can participate again from the comfort of Long Island.
LISOA Meeting Dates

Thursday,  January 9  - General Meeting - Nassau BOCES

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...

..not to be concerned who is winning. It is the judge’s responsibility to judge each dive as it is performed, without consideration of the final standings. A judge should not try to calculate the running score or current standing of the contestants. There should be no observation of the scoreboard when it displays the standings or current score totals. Place should be irrelevant to the judge.

..Ignore the spectators and deck population (coaches, athletes). Judges should never 
let the spectators or deck population influence their judging. This can be very difficult to avoid, especially if a hometown “star” is in the meet. However, a judge’s task is to give all the divers a fair meet,
not to please the spectators. A judge has to resist letting distractions, such as the applause of the crowd, influence the score he or she gives to a dive. Remember, the judge is the expert, not the audience.  
LISOA Annual Super Bowl Pool
A chance to win $500.00
Choose a box on our chart for $20.00 and you could win $500.00.
THANK YOU CHRIS HUGO for once again running this pool for us!

will be determined at the Captains/Coaches Meeting

Their options:

  1. No warm downs
  2. one lap
  3. two laps
  4. entire dead time between events
2019-2020 FEES

Section VIII
Middle School - $83.00
Varsity - $104.00

Section XI
Varsity - $114.50
"at least three pennants of two or more alternating colors shall hang from the line over each lane".
Even if the pool is a rental.
Rule 2-7-5 Penalty - For not providing backstroke flags which meet the rule specifications, the host team shall be disqualified from events which require
backstroke flags, the events are not swum and the points shall be awarded to the visiting team in proportion to the number of submitted athletes.

Modified/Junior High Sports Program

Swimming Game Rules:

1. The NFHS Rules of Swimming and Diving shall be followed except as indicated below.

2. A swimmer is permitted one false start before disqualification. The use of the no re-call false start rule shall not be utilized.

3. Swimmers may compete in a maximum of three (3) events. (1 relay and 2 individuals, or 2 relays and 1 individual).

4. The events and their order shall be:
• 200 yd./m. medley relay
• 200 yd./m. freestyle
• 100 yd./m. Individual medley
• 50 yd./m. freestyle
• Diving competition shall consist of (1) voluntary dive (not to exceed 1.8) which shall be done first: week 1-forward group; week 2-back group; week 3-inward group (begin rotation over), and three (3) optional dives: two (2) of the three (3) must be from different groups.
• 50 yd./m. butterfly (optional– 100 yd. butterfly)
• 100 yd./m. freestyle
• 50 yd./m. backstroke (optional– 100 yd. backstroke)
• 50 yd./m. breaststroke (optional – 100 yd. breaststroke)
• 200 yd./m. freestyle relay

Week of Nov. 18 100 Forward
Week of Nov. 25 200 Back
Week of Dec. 2 400 Inward
Week of Dec. 9 100 Forward
Week of Dec. 16 200 Back
Week of Dec 30 400 Inward
Week of Jan. 6 100 Forward
Week of Jan 13 200 Back
Whatever Moves You

Movement is a beautiful thing. As exercise, movement takes many forms, from relaxing to rigorous. As you foray into a discipline - gym, running, swimming, cross train, yoga, etc. - following a few simple steps can help garner the greatest results and minimize the risk of injury.

Moving on—aging—is another form of motion, an evolution of the body and the mind. Prepare for the changes you will encounter. Consider both movement and moving on, and practical ways of getting the most out of the activities and the life stages we are entering.
Costco Connection

All swimming 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.
George Fleckenstein
Vice President:
Ray Willie
Chris Zimmet
Barbara Wendt
Doug Virkus
Larry Wachter
Rules Interpreter:
Bob Kersch
Past President:
Frank Dowd

Charlie Schlegal
George Columbo
Jim McAllister
Dick Atwater
Jack Reilly
Frank Krayer
NYSCSO Distinguished Service Award Members

Bob Kersch (1990)
Stan Adler (1993)
Pete Moeschen (2004)
Mush Masters (2008)
Doug Virkus (2011)
Jim McAllister (2019)