Long Island Swimming Officials Association  
Serving Long Island Swimmers for 60 years!  
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As we wind down the regular season and begin the championships, I'd like to thank each of you for a very good, relatively uneventful, successful, two month season. If there are championship meets (swimming or diving) for which you were not selected, I encourage you to attend as a spectator and share in the excitement.
Thank you,
 George Fleckenstein, president  
2018 Championships

31 - League 1, Section XI, Sachem East,
4:30 p.m.

1- League 2, Section XI, Hauppauge,
4:30 p.m.
1 - Divisional Diving, Section VIII, NCAC
5:00 p.m.
3 - Divisional Swimming, Section VIII,
NCAC 10:30 a.m.
7 - County Diving, Section VIII, NCAC
5:00 p.m.
9 -County Swimming, prelims, Section VIII,
NCAC 6:30 p.m.
10 -County Swimming, finals, Section VIII,
NCAC 12:00 p.m.
16 -County Diving, Section XI,Hauppauge
High School 5:00 p.m.
17 - County Swimming, Section XI,Suffolk
County Community College 10:00 a.m .
Two More Diving Clinics
(observe 200-300 dives at each of the county diving championships)

Wednesday, Feb. 7 - NCAC from 5:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 16 - Hauppauge HS from 5:00 p.m.

If you plan to attend either one of these, you must let me know so that I can put you on the gate list: gflecken@optonline.net
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc. is a non-profit, voluntary, educational service organization composed of public, parochial, and private schools dedicated to providing equitable and safe competition for the students of its member schools. Membership is open to secondary schools providing interschool athletic activities for boys and girls in grades 7-12.
The Association serves as a central organization through which its member high schools in the state may cooperate to:
  • Encourage as many pupils as possible to participate in athletic games
  • Promote sportsmanlike conduct in all athletic contests
  • Maintain essential minimum standards of eligibility
  • Provide means to settle disputed athletic contests amicably and authoritatively
  • Conduct appropriate athletic meets and tournaments
  • Cooperate with the State Education Department in fostering educationally sound athletic programs
  • Adapt rules governing sports contests to the particular conditions governing high school competition
  • Continually seek data to support rule changes leading to greater safety for high school athletes

On January 22, racing for Conestoga High School, junior  Brendan Burns  set fire to a national public high school record.
Swimming the 100 short course meter butterfly, Burns shot out to the win with a time of 52.41. That knocks over three seconds off of the old record, which stood at 55.62. That mark was set over a decade ago in 2003 by Kyle Bubolz from Waukesha North High School in Wisconsin.
His national record is not only the public school mark, but the overall mark, seeing as he went much faster than the private/independent school record of 55.40 done by Peddie School’s Patrick Park.
In addition to his big 100 fly, Burns swam a 53.66 to win the 100 back by over twelve seconds, and he swam on two of Conestoga’s relays.
LISOA Meeting Dates

March 19   Recognition Dinner Banquet Heritage Club at Bethpage, Bethpage State Park 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Things Every Diving Judge Should Know...

Be sure to consider all five elements of a dive when scoring. Judge the entire dive independently, and select a score promptly upon completion of the dive.
Be consistent and fair to all the divers. Score all divers on the same basis.
Trust your instincts; judge only what is seen and using the entire range of numbers 10-0 when appropriate. Do not allow outside factors such as other officials, spectators, coaches or team members to enter into the judging process. Individual judges do not have to agree with the rest of the panel; the score in the middle isn’t always the correct one.

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.
Section XI Winter claim forms

1.  FILL IN YOUR ADDRESS  at the top of the form. Our auditor requires that the address be indicated, and it is very time consuming for our staff to write them in (it slows down your check being processed)
2.  EXTRA COMPENSATION SLIPS  should be stapled to your claim form. Please do not cut them apart. If you are submitting more than one claim form, be sure to attach the appropriate slips to each claim form.
3.  DO NOT SEND IN YOUR CLAIM FORM UNTIL AFTER YOUR SEASON IS COMPLETELY DONE . our auditor does not allow us to "write in" any post season or additional contests on your behalf.
4.  DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION  for all modified (early and late winter) and High School claim forms prior to being subject to Administrative fee is April 15th.
5.  PLEASE DO NOT CALL US  to check on the status of your claim form. we receive approximately 600 claim forms each season, and they are paid in the order in which they are submitted and processed. In addition, each check must be cleared by our auditor prior to release. We make every effort to pay officials as quickly as possible, and calling us to inquire about your check only slows down the process.

   ~   If you were assigned to any playoff contests, do NOT send in your claim form until all playoff assignments are completed.
   ~  For multi-sport officials, we would appreciate your sending multiple claim forms in at the same time so that only one check is cut.
2.  COMPLETE all information requested  IN PEN , including:
   ~ Address (we can not issue a check without it on the claim form, they will be returned and this will delay payment)
   ~Last 4 digits of your Social Security number
   ~All fees
3.  SIGN your claim form  ON EACH PAGE  (if applicable).
4.  ATTACH your original Extra Compensation Forms (do not cut apart) and ferry receipts (if you traveled to Shelter Island) to your claim form.
5.   MAIL (DO NOT FAX) your O RIGINAL  claim form to the Section XI office. 
6.  DEADLINES for receipt of claim forms in the Section XI office for each season are shown below.  NOTE: Claim forms received after the deadline are subject to an administrative fee of $35 per month.
      ~ Winter: By April 15th
   ~ Spring: By June 20th
Facts About the
"Miracle on Ice"
On February 22, 1980, the Soviet War in Afghanistan was almost two months old, making the Cold War as tense as ever. On that Friday, a hockey team comprised of American college players defeated a dominant Soviet Union group made up of professional athletes—dubiously designated as students, engineers, or soldiers to maintain their then Olympic-required amateur status—in the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.

Bill Cleary agreed to join team USA only if his brother Bob could play. The Clearys got their wish, and as a result,  there was not enough room for Herb Brooks .   Brooks would go on to play at the '64 and '68 Olympics, and he later earned a spot on the Olympic team as head coach after leading the University of Minnesota to three national championships in the 1970s.

In a February 9th exhibition at Madison Square Garden, the Russians  expectedly dominated . Combined with the Soviets’  6-0 victory  over a team of NHL All-Stars one year earlier, it looked like a fifth consecutive gold medal was inevitable.

Even though he had never called a hockey game before, Michaels got the play-by-play assignment for the 1972 gold medal hockey game on NBC because  nobody else wanted to do it . In 1980, doing that one broadcast made him the undisputed hockey veteran at ABC, as well as the only one who knew  what offside and icing were.

ABC tried desperately to have the opening face-off moved from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. eastern time, and agreed to pay the International Ice Hockey Federation  $125,000 to make it happen  (even though they considered it extortion). The IIHF, however, couldn’t get the Soviet Union to agree to the time change despite offering them $12,500, because they did not want the game moved from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. Moscow time. Since all of this happened in 1980, the outcome was not known by most Americans when they watched the recorded broadcast that started in prime time.

Farr  played Klinger on M*A*S*H , which was in its eighth season. The 7700 seat Lake Placid Olympic Center was sold out, and tickets with a  face value of $67.20  were allegedly scalped  for as much as $600 .

The Americans and Soviets advanced to the “medal round” with Finland and Sweden. A win earned a country 2 points, a tie 1 point. Going into the big match, the U.S. had tied Sweden, and the USSR beat Finland. After the U.S. shocked the world, the Russians took out their frustrations on Sweden two days later and beat them 9-2, so if the U.S. lost to Finland in their next and final game, the Soviet Union would have won the Gold again, with 4 points to the Americans’ 3.

Thirteen of the 20 members of the U.S. squad went pro, Including defenseman Ken Morrow, who, after winning the gold medal, joined the New York Islanders and won the Stanley Cup in each of his first four seasons.

As of January 2017  Miracle  (2004 film) was rated the number two sports movie of all time with a rating of 8.85 out of 10 in the ongoing poll at  Sports In Movies , after maintaining the number one spot for several years.

The Miracle on Ice was more than just an Olympic upset; to many Americans, it was an ideological victory in the Cold War as meaningful as the Berlin Airlift or the Apollo moon landing. The upset came at an auspicious time: President Jimmy Carter had just announced that the United States was going to boycott the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and Americans, faced with a major recession and the Iran hostage crisis, were in dire need of something to celebrate.

The victory became one of the most iconic moments of the Games and in U.S. sports. In 1999,  Sports Illustrated   named the "Miracle on Ice" the top sports moment of the 20th century.
The Olympic games will begin on February 8, 2018, and end February 25, 2018. While the games’ Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, February 9, the first competitive events will happen on February 8.

The Winter Olympics will feature 15 sports with individual and team events. A number of the sports take place on the slopes: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, Nordic combined, ski jumping and snowboard. The rest take place on ice: curling, bobsled, figure skating, hockey, luge, short track, skeleton and speed skating.
the Call
In the 200-yard individual medley event, the swimmer, while finishing the backstroke leg, crosses his lead arm across his chest and, in doing so, before the lead hand touches the wall, the shoulders rotate past the vertical plane. An official disqualifies the swimmer for the position of the body during the finish of the leg. 

RULING:   Correct procedure

COMMENT: The position of the body for the backstroke requires that the shoulders do not turn over beyond the vertical plane except while executing a turn. The 200-yard individual medley requires that the swimmer finish each section in accordance with the finish rule that applies to that stroke. (8-2-1b, 8-2-5, 8-2-5 PENALTY)

In the finals of a championship meet, Swimmer A has competed in the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard individual medley, scoring points in both events. Just prior to her 100-yard backstroke finals, she is observed by the referee performing a deck change into a different competition suit. The referee removes her from the backstroke event and also the 400-yard freestyle relay but does not adjust her prior

RULING:  Correct procedure.  

COMMENT: The offending swimmer is removed from the remainder of the meet. In the backstroke event, re-seeding should occur if possible (if the consolation heat has
not already been completed) to fill all lanes. In the relay, her team may compete if an eligible alternate is available to take her place. (3-6-1)

Swimmer C, who is competing in the finals of the conference championship meet, completes his event and looks up at the scoreboard and realizes he has won the event in a personal best time. He does a fist pump, shouts “YES!” and slaps the water before turning to congratulate the swimmers in the adjacent lanes. The finish judge raises his arm signaling a disqualification under the conduct rule, arguing that personal celebration is a form of taunting and thus constitutes unsporting conduct. The referee overrules the disqualification.  

RULING:  Correct procedure. 

COMMENT: NFHS rules define unsporting behavior as making insulting or derogatory remarks, gestures or acts. Celebrating a personal achievement in the manner described does not rise to the level defined . (3-6-1 NOTE)

During the individual medley, the swimmer, when finishing the backstroke section, does not complete the stroke with some part of his/her body on or above the surface of the water. The swimmer is disqualified.

RULING: Correct procedure.

COMMENT: Within the individual medley, each section must be finished in accordance with the finish rule that applies to the style concerned. In the backstroke event and the backstroke leg of the individual medley and medley relay, the swimmer shall remain on or above the water surface on the finish and cannot submerge. This can be accomplished with any body part and prevents premature submersion by a swimmer that could create an advantage. (8-2-5, 8-2-1e)

Open water swimming by FINA definition, means a swim in any natural body of water - river, lake, or ocean.

Open water swimming r eached a new level of international exposure by becoming an official event at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Open Water swimming presents a unique set of challenges to swimmers. There are no lane lines, walls, or starting blocks to dictate what it takes to win. The elements often play a deciding role in determining the winner of an Open Water event. The unpredictable conditions also make it possible for women and men to compete along side one another. Many people are excited to get involved in Open Water swimming, either for a new twist on training or to take advantage of the expanding competitive opportunities.

Officiating the Olympic Open Water Swimming 10km is one of the most difficult jobs in the world of sports. The degree of difficulty for open water swimming officials is related to visibility, interpretation, judgment, rule ambiguity and immediacy.

Digging Out Your Car
Car Care Corner AAA December 2017
If you find your vehicle caught in a snowy trap, don’t freak out. Here’s what to do.
Don’t Get Mad – Get Digging
It’s frustrating to find your car buried in snow, but anger won’t help you get out any faster. If you have a shovel, dig out the drive wheels first. These are the front wheels in front-wheel-drive cars and the rear wheels in rear-wheel, all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive vehicles. Make sure the tailpipe is not stuffed with snow. A clogged exhaust can fill a vehicle cabin with deadly carbon monoxide.
Spin Stops Here
Pedal to the metal is not the right philosophy. Flooring the accelerator could dig the vehicle deeper into the snow and cause unnecessary wear and tear on important parts. Instead, slowly press the accelerator and ease up if the wheels start to spin. Turn off traction control and turn on the low-gear snow mode if your car has it.
Let’s Rock, Carefully
You could also try the rocking technique. Put the car in drive and then inch up as far as the car will go. When the car stops, brake and then put it in reverse. Gently accelerate, and when it stops again switch back to drive. Repeat this rocking process until the car crushes enough snow for you to power through it. But be careful. While this method works, you could damage your transmission if you shift before you come to a complete stop.
Get Creative
If you’re still stuck, you could try to get traction by placing your floor mats under the drive wheels. But this will likely ruin the mats. Instead, pour sand or kitty litter under the tires to get traction. Never stand in front or behind a running vehicle.
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
LISOA Annual
Recognition Dinner Banquet

Monday, March 19, 2018

Heritage Club at Bethpage
(formerly Carlisle on the Green)
Bethpage State Park

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Buffet Dinner
Open Bar
Raffle Auction

Maureen Travers
She had the fastest American swim of the English Channel in 1990

No charge for LISOA members

$35.00 for your spouse or guest
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Officiating Fees

Section VIII Contract

Swimming 2017-18
Varsity $100.00
Modified $81.00

Section XI Contract

Swimming 2017-18
Varsity $111.50
Modified $86.00

The online spring availabilities are now unlocked. All officials must submit their availability to Section XI electronically online no later than Friday, February 2nd .  

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.