Long Island Swimming Officials Association  
Serving Long Island Swimmers and Divers since 1957
 January 2020
My favorite movie of all time is one of the most iconic and inspirational underdog stories of all time. Sylvester Stallone practically invented the boxing underdog story with his Oscar-nominated screenplay for Rocky. It was produced on a low-budget and became the highest grossing film in 1976.

In my opinion, the film has all the elements of an outstanding movie - wonderful screenplay, superb acing, memorable musical score (I have the fabulous CD), iconic scenes (the run up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum) (yes, of course I have gone there and did that too) and Academy Award-winning direction. And, Yo Adrian, it's a touching love story too.

It's not a fight movie, but a movie about a fighter. Boxin g is not universally relatable, but going after your goals against all odds definitely is.

We have the honor of witnessing (judging) young men that are Rocky-esq. They are training hard and competing to achieve their goals - sometimes against their odds. During the forthcoming post season, almost every dive or race could be a "Rocky" moment for someone - they were beaten down, they fight back, they persevere and win.

The only thing better than that would be having the Rocky theme song playing in the background.

Thank you,
George Fleckenstein
MARCH 6 & 7

New York State Public High School Boy's Swimming & Diving Coordinator

Peter Hugo
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Listed below are the dates, times, and locations for the championship diving. If you are a newer official, we invite you to attend one or two of the diving championships and watch hundreds of dives. Wear street clothes and bring paper and a pen or pencil.
LISOA Meeting Dates

March 10, 2020  - Annual Recognition Dinner Meeting, Dominico's Restaurant. 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

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...

” ...Beware aware of your prejudices – judge what you see. Every diving judge is affected by his/her preconceived opinions. For example, it is very easy for a judge to over‐score the favorites, the “stars” who have been very successful in previous contests. The judge expects to see a good dive from the “star” diver, and therefore may rate the dive higher than it deserves. Similarly, a bad dive by a favorite diver may not get as low a score as a bad dive by an unknown diver. There are also other variants, such as the “halo effect.” A diver who performs badly with his or her first few dives in a contest may give the judges the impression that the diver is not very good. The judges expect to see additional bad dives, and it may be more difficult for that diver to receive fair scores even if he or she performs better during the rest of the meet. The opposite also occurs. An unknown diver starts a meet brilliantly. The audience and the judges give the diver their support. It seems that the diver is about to achieve a breakthrough. In this situation, it often happens that the judges expect the diver to continue to dive as well, and the diver may get high scores even if he or she performs badly on a subsequent dive. The same thing can happen on single dives. The judges know in advance that a diver can perform a particular dive especially well or, alternatively, they may have seen a diver having difficulty with a certain dive during the practice session. In these situations, the judging of the dive may . It is important for a judge to evaluate the dive the judge sees from the judge’s chair during the competition, and not what was seen prior to the competition. These prejudices or anticipated results often affect judges unconsciously. It is important for judges to be aware of the existence of prejudices and to ask themselves constantly: “Am I judging the dive or the diver?” “Am I judging what I see or what I see or what I expect to see?   
THANK YOU CHRIS HUGO for once again successfully running our LISOA Annual Super Bowl Pool!
2019-2020 FEES

Section VIII
Middle School - $83.00
Varsity - $104.00
Divisional Championship - $145.00
County Championship - $145.00

Section XI
Modified - $89.00
Varsity - $114.50
League Championship - fee plus $19.00;
plus $30.00 if it's over 3 hours
Section Championship - fee plus $37.00
The Nassau BOCES decision to not accept some email services (AOL) is an agency-wide ban because of data breaches by those email services. Emails from those sources have infiltrated their internal system and infected every computer in the BOCES organization.

The Nassau BOCES system now does not allow any of the agency computers to send or accept emails from AOL, as they could infect their system again.
Division Diving
Monday, January 27
3:30 p.m. - warm up
Nassau County Aquatic Center
5:00 p.m. - start

Division Swim
Tuesday, January 28
Wednesday, January 29
Thursday, January 30
3:30 p.m. - warm up
Nassau County Aquatic Center
5:00 p.m. - start

Team/State Diving
Wednesday, February 5
3:30 p.m. - warm up
Nassau County Aquatic Center
5:00 p.m. - start

Team Swim Trials
Friday, February 7
5:00 p.m. - warm up
Nassau County Aquatic Center
6:30 p.m. - start

Team Swim Finals
Saturday, February 8
10:30 a.m. - warm up
Nassau County Aquatic Center
12:00 p.m. - start

League 1 Team Championships
Wednesday, January 29
4:15 p.m. - start

League 2 Team Championships
Thursday, January 30
Hauppauge High School
4:15 p.m. - start

Team/State Diving Championships
Thursday, February 6
Hauppauge High School
4:30 p.m. - start

Team/State Swimming Championships
Saturday, February 8
Suffolk County Community College
10 a.m - start
Long Island Swimming Officials Association
Annual Recognition Dinner Banquet

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Domenico's of Levitown
3270-A Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown

Hor Devours
Raffle Auctions

No charge for LISOA members
$55.00 for your spouse or guest

Please contact Jane Reilly with your attendance plans.

Please bring items for the raffle to a post season meet that you will be attending.

For the annual dinner banquet, we produce a full color program to commemorate the event. To offset the cost of the dinner, we sell sponsorships that are included in the program booklet. Last year we had 11 sponsors and that money paid for the program and the awards. Below is the sponsorship form. If you know of a business or organization that might be interested in supporting our organization, please ask them if they would like to purchase an ad using the form below.
Our advertisers from last year's dinner banquet - please tell them you saw their ad in the LISOA dinner program!
St. Charles Sports Medicine
Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group
Long Island Premiere Swim Camp
Eagle Abstract
Charles Shemet Dentistry
Fish Window Cleaning
Swim Long Island (swim lessons)
Barbara Cronin-Stagnari, USAT Coach
Contour Mortgage
Nelson Gonzalez Car and Trucks Sales
Chuck Porrazzo, Metropolitan Swimming Officials Association
Rules Interpreter Report from the January Association Meeting

Bob Kersch went over some problems occurring during meets this season.

1. It is mandatory to have a Coaches/Captains meeting . Make sure you ask coaches if their attire is legal, if they are not sure you cannot proceed. Read the NYS sportsmanship card or ask the announcer to read it.
2. Section 8’s extra heats depend on the coaches, no you as an official.
3. Both coaches must agree if there is to be a warm down lap.
4. Make sure coaches have a waiver for religious medals/rope bracelets. If not let swimmer swim and tell the coach he must obtain one the next day.
5. If the diving announcer announces the wrong dive/incorrect wording correct them as to the right way to announce the dive.
6.False start – do not stand them up. The starter writes the lane number down and waits until the referee asks if they saw anything.
7. Referee is responsible for the score.
8. Line ups in the computer are fine. Also, coaches can give the table their line up on paper too. If coaches want to change a swimmer during the meet, they must have the change given to the referee on a piece of paper before the event begins.
9. Dive sheet MUST have 3 columns for scores. Do not accept the wrong dive sheets. You can find extra sheets on our website that you can print out.
10. Team suit need not be all the same. Swimmers may NOT wear club suits at anytime!
11. The diving board at Connetquot may now be used.
12. If coaches come to you during the meet, just give them the score. Do not tell them they can win at any point. Not your responsibility.

Bread Bowl
  • 1 large sourdough boule or other round country loaf (about 10" in diameter)
  • 5 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt
Spinach-Artichoke Dip
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 2 15-oz. cans artichoke hearts, drained, quartered
  • 10 oz. baby spinach or frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1½ tsp. (or more) kosher salt
  • 16 oz. cream cheese, cut into 1"-thick slices
  • 3½ oz. finely grated Parmesan (about 1 cup), plus more
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more
  • Chips (for serving; optional)

Bread Bowl
Preheat oven to 350°. Using a serrated knife, cut about 1" off top of boule.
Using your hands, scoop out bread from the inside of the loaf, leaving about a 1" -thick wall all around. Tear bread and top slice into 1½" pieces. Place torn bread and bread bowl on a rimmed baking sheet, discarding any small crumbs. Toss torn bread with 3 Tbsp. oil and season with salt. Coat inside of bread bowl with remaining 2 Tbsp. oil.
Bake until edges of bread bowl are golden and crisp and torn pieces are browned, 25–30 minutes. Let cool.

Spinach-Artichoke Dip
Melt butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring often, until very fragrant but not browned, about 1 minute. Add artichokes and cook, tossing, until well coated in butter, 1–2 minutes longer. Add spinach and salt and continue to cook, stirring and folding often, until spinach has wilted and most of the liquid is cooked off, 7–8 minutes. (It’s okay if the bottom of the pot isn’t completely dry. It just shouldn’t be swimming in liquid.) Add cream cheese and cook, stirring constantly, until melted. Add 3½ oz. Parmesan and 1 tsp. pepper and stir until melted and creamy. Taste and season with salt if needed.
Transfer dip to bread bowl. (If it doesn’t all fit, serve remaining dip on the side or refill bread bowl as it gets eaten.) Top with Parmesan and a crank of pepper. Serve with toasted bread pieces or chips of your liking—don’t snooze on Stacy’s pita chips if you can find them.

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

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