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

Jeff Chu and I had the honer of officiating the National Open Water Swimming Championships in Miami in May. We visited the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale and I've included some of our photos. We are fortunate to have six of our members permanently honored there (and one more next year - Walter Olsewski - read below). LISOA recognized for our leadership locally, state-wide, nationally and internationally!


 Thank you,
George Fleckenstein
Swimming and Diving Comments on the Rules 2019-20
June 2019

3-3-1, 3-3-2, 3-3-2 PENALTIES, 3-3-3, 3-3-4 PENALTIES
Rule 3-3 was reorganized to specify penalty protocol for uniform violations . 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 the coverage requirement has occurred.  In the case of suit construction and cap violations, for practicality and concerns over delay of meet, the officials may communicate with either the competitor or coach.

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. The rule no longer requires the touchpad to be contacted by the swimmer when electronic timing is used. This change reiterates that a competitor should not be disqualified when the touchpad is not activated or when the swimmer does not physically touch the pad. The competitor has legally completed the race if he/she touches the touchpad or the finish end. The rule also allows for situations in which pools may not have access to touch pads that stretch the entire width of the lane or in which touchpads may slip off during the course of a race. In those cases, the competitor legally finishes the race by contacting the finish end.
The end wall is defined as the contiguous wall perpendicular to the race course.  

The rule was updated to comply with current industry standards. The change aligns with current diving board manufacturers installation directions.

The degree of difficulty for back and reverse double somersaults was lowered to match back and reverse 1½ somersaults. Meet management is advised to edit diving software programs relative to these changes so that the correct degree of difficulty is applied when computer software is utilized to conduct a meet.

Descriptions of diving positions were adjusted to maintain consistency with national trends. The language has been updated to clarify requirements of the straight, pike, tuck, and free positions.

9-7-4 NOTE (NEW)
The addition of the NOTE is consistent with the diving referee’s capability of consulting with a designated member of the judging panel concerning a possible failed dive. Now the diving referee may confer with said member regarding an unsatisfactory dive . Use of another perspective is appropriate because the penalty for an unsatisfactory dive is severe. Often, judges are not able to be positioned so that all have an ideal view of the diver’s performance.

 Walter Olsewski Honored by NISCA

Walter Olsewski will be awarded the Collegiate Scholastic Award by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association next March.. The Award will be presented at the Men's Division I National Swimming Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Walter will be recognized for his many years as the NISCA National Treasurer and Membership Chairman! He was nominated by Peter Hugo, past president.
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 - 6:00 p.m. - 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.

Things Every Diving Judge Should Know...

Know the description of each of the judging categories (Excellent, Very Good, Good, Satisfactory, Deficient, Unsatisfactory and Failed), and score each dive based on the scores within each category.

If in doubt, give the benefit to the diver.

Show the score for a dive when it has been called for and once called, not delay showing the score.

Expect properly-executed dives be performed in front of the board and at an appropriate distance from the board and walls.
Nassau BOCES:

When you walk in to officiate your meet, the first person you need to find is the home team school supervisor . If you have crowd issues and/or would like to be escorted to your car when you leave - that is your protector/escort/enforcer.
No more free heats in Section VIII Swim Meets... Seven Judges for Championship Diving...is there something else big coming down the pike for Section VIII swimming next Season???
The International Swimming Hall of Fame
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Peter Hugo National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association ( NISCA) Outstanding Service Award Recognition at the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He was national president from 2001-03.
New York State Certified Swimming Officials Association
Distinguished Service Award

Our own LISOA Members Honored
(on the above plaque in the International Swimming Hall of Fame)

1990 - Bob Kersch
1993 - Stan Adler
2004 - Pete Moeschen
2008 - Mush Masters
2011 - Doug Virkus
Through Lands End Business Outfitters, we can purchase polo shirts or anything in their business catalog with this logo embroidered onto it.
Shirts with this logo are NOT for the official shirt that we wear while we officiate but for our personal use. The logo is a left breast design.

and choose any shirt, any color, no minimum purchase. You will need to create an online account with Lands' End Business Outfitters to place an order and then associate logo #1517851 to your personal account. 

To associate the logo to your online account, at the top of the home page, it will say "Hi (Your Name)." Hover over this and choose My Logos from the menu. On the next page, click on Associate a Logo to my Account.

Enter the logo number 1517851 and Customer Number 6973431. This logo will appear online and you are now ready to select your items. As you shop, make sure you apply the logo to each item before you add it to your shopping bag by clicking on the Apply Logo button after you have selected the color, size and quantity of each item.

Orders can also be placed over the phone by calling Lands' End Business Outfitters at 1-800-338-2000 and a Sales Consultant will assist you with your order.

Lands' End Business Outfitters often has sales and specials, you can check them out on their website. 
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 - 5:30 pm
January 29 - Nassau County AC - Division Swimming - 5:30 pm
January 30 - Nassau County AC - Division Swimming - 5:30 pm
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
Eye Contact Is Vital
Punctuate Your Game with Visual Contact
Referee magazine  - June 2019

Guidelines for personal and professional etiquette stress the importance of good eye contact.

It’s no different in officiating. When communicating with partners, players, coaches or administrators, good eye contact is an effective officiating tool, one that can prevent a small issue from becoming a big problem.

Providing a helping hand.
When you’re working with partners, it’s necessary that each of you know where the others will be. It’s important to utilize the proper mechanics, of course. But making eye contact with a crewmate, perhaps along with a hand gesture, can serve as a reminder that “I have the runner,” or “You have the throw-in.”

That kind of non-verbal communication is especially necessary when you’re working in special circumstances, such as a playoff game when your crew might expand in numbers and is utilizing different mechanics.

Don’t let there be a failure to communicate.
If you’re reporting an infraction to table personnel, do your best to catch the eye of the official scorer.

If you and the scorer have made eye contact, there’s less likelihood the wrong player will accidentally be charged with a foul or penalty. Some scorers may even help you out by mirroring your signal of the number of the player who committed the infraction.

Making eye contact might be particularly necessary at lower levels, where scorers and timers may have little or no experience. But it’s no less important elsewhere.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
If you’re holding a conference with your partner or partners, make eye contact with each one of them individually.

If there are just two of you, fewer issues may arise. But if the crew numbers three or more, it’s important to visually interact with your rookie back judge the same way you do with the umpire you’ve worked with every week for the past eight years.

Nothing builds a young official’s confidence more than being treated as an equal by veterans.

St. Louis resident Reggie Smith has been working high school and small-college football for nearly four decades. “If (a new official) has a better look, we’re going to listen to him,” Smith says. “He might have a better angle … I trust the guys. If they say that’s the way it is, I believe them.”

Communicate, don’t dictate.
If a coach or player wants to ask you about a play or a rule interpretation, be sure to look him or her in the eye. Avoiding eye contact creates the impression that you’re unsure of yourself or your decision.

Don’t glare at the coach as if he or she is an undesirable intruder or look past him or her as if he or she doesn’t exist. Adopt the same expression and demeanor you would if the two of you were conversing in a business meeting.

If it’s necessary to call a technical foul, issue a card or eject someone, your facial expression shouldn’t change. Don’t give a look that implies you’re enjoying yourself.

Officials don’t work in a vacuum. They continually interact with those around them.

Eye contact may seem like a minor point. But done properly it conveys a message of competence and professionalism that will enhance your game management skills.
Grilled Sausage-Basil Pizzas
From Taste of Home

These easy little pizzas are a wonderful change of pace from the classic cookout menu. Let everybody go crazy with the toppings. —Lisa , Palm Beach, Florida

  • Total Time
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
4 servings

  • 4 Italian sausage links (4 ounces each)
  • 4 flatbreads or whole pita breads
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato basil pasta sauce
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil

  • Grill sausages, covered, over medium heat until a thermometer reads 160°, 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally. Cut into 1/4-in. slices.
  • Brush both sides of flatbreads with oil. Grill flatbreads, covered, over medium heat until bottoms are lightly browned, 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from grill. Layer grilled sides with sauce, sausage, cheeses and basil. Return to grill; cook, covered, until cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes longer.

Nutrition Facts
1 pizza: 808 calories, 56g fat (19g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 1996mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 34g protein.
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.

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.