Long Island Swimming Officials Association  
Serving Long Island Swimmers and Divers since 1957  
August 2019
Let's see how this goes ...

We are now three month from the start of our season. In the next 90 days, we have a number of events to prepare us for our important duties.

Our rules interpretation will give us an update of this year's new rules. Thank you to our Rules interpreter Bob Kersch.

Because it is both subjective and specific, most of us, unless we were divers, are less comfortable judging diving than judging swimming. So in October, the meeting will be exclusivity devoted to judging diving. Cyna Buckley has served on the diving panel at the NY State Championships and will lead that meeting.

In November, our meeting will feature breakout sessions on specific areas - diving referee, meet referee, starter.

The December relay carnival will give us an opportunity to rotate through all the the positions on the pool deck prior to the start of the season.

Please take of advantage of these opportunities to sharpen our skills and prepare for another boys swimming and diving season!

Thank you,
George Fleckenstein
Founding Member Jim McAllister recognized with the New York State Distinguished Service Award
Jim McAllister, who was one of the founding members of the Long Island Swimming Officials Association in 1957, received the 2019 New York State Certified Swimming Officials Distinguished Service Award during their annual meeting in Syracuse.

An active swimming official for 62 years, Jim helped organize the LISOA in 1957. He has served in almost every LISOA leadership position over the years - including president from 1971- 1973.

The New York State Certified Swimming Officials Distinguished Service Award is displayed in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale Florida listing each recipient's name. Jim joins five other Long Island Swimming Officials Association members who were previously honored: Bob Kersch,Stan Adler, Peter Moeschen, Mush Masters, and Doug Virkus.
The plaque on the first floor of the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
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...
For forward, back, inward and reverse dives:
  • The first number indicates the direction of travel;
  • The second number indicates whether the dive utilizes the flying position
0 = not a “flying” dive
1 = “flying” dive
  • The third number indicates the number of half somersaults;
2 = 1 somersault
3 = 1½ somersaults
4 = 2 somersaults, etc.
  • 1, 2 or 3 somersaults = a feet-first entry;
  • 1½, 2½ or 3½ = a head-first entry;
  • Dives with an odd third number should always enter the water head-first;
  • Dives with an even third number should always enter the water feet-first,

For twisting dives:
  • The first number indicates the dive will be from the twist group;
  • The second number indicates the direction of travel;
  • The third number indicates the number of half somersaults;
1 = ½ somersault
2 = 1 somersault
3 = 1½ somersaults
4 = 2 somersaults
  • The fourth number indicates the number of half twists to be performed.
1 = ½ twist
2 = 1 full twist
3 = 1½ twists
4 = 2 full twists
5 = 2½ twists
6 = 3 full twists
If you have not taken your test yet please do so by September 15.

The passing grade is at least an 85. If you need to (or want to ) you can retake the exam as many times as you'd like.

  • Mentally review what is required for a legal performance and 
what would render the performance illegal.

  • Make timely decisions.

  • Call only those violations you specifically observe. Do not guess or anticipate. Be prepared to explain the “who,” “what” and “when” of the violation, as well as where you were positioned to see the violation. Do NOT notify swimmers or coaches that aswimmer was close to being disqualified. Swimmers are either in violation of the rules or they are not in violation. Do not discuss close calls with coaches or competitors. A close call is a no call!

  • Give your undivided attention to your specific assignment.

  • Avoid coaching athletes, but a reminder as to legal starting position prior to the start of a race is acceptable. At lower levels of competition, specifically junior high, the explanation of legal starting position may be given in much more detail than at higher levels of competition.
Do you have trouble visualizing dives? What's a 5223 supposed to look like? How about a 5131? The NFHS has an online dive score sheet with video clips.

Clicking below takes you to a diving table with video clips. Click on the DD and it will take you to a video of that dive:

Thank you Cheryl, for your time as an outstanding LISOA member!
August 30, 2019
Dear George;
The last two years I have taken a leave of absence from
officiating with LISOA and now think the time has come to
officially retire. I truly enjoyed my 16 years with the
organization and am proud of the work you all do and the
importance of your contribution to Long Island swimming &

I extend my very best wishes to all the members for the 2019-20
swim season and many years to come.

Sincerely yours
Cheryl Van Syckle

PS George your informational e-mail correspondences are wonderful– keep up the good work!
The Best Mentoring Tips
You May Not Have Heard
Referee Magazine

Mentoring a new or inexperienced official is not just a nice thing to do, it is also a way to better yourself as an official. When you go over the fundamental concepts of things like rules, regulations and techniques, you further ingrain them into your own psyche while you are schooling your student.

“I think becoming a mentor is vital for experienced officials,” said Red Cashion, retired NFL referee and two-time Super Bowl official. “Teaching others is the best training for both the mentee and the mentor.”

When you go over the more subtle aspects of the craft like appearance, attitude and networking, you not only share knowledge with someone who needs it, but you also remind yourself of things you need to do to be at your best. It is a great way to hone your own game even after decades of work.

Teach Nuances
One of the harder aspects of mentoring is instructing an inexperienced official on what doesn’t show up in any rulebook or manual. The nuances of the games are tricky and present challenges when teaching exactly how to get a feel for some of the finer points of the game.

“There is stuff that doesn’t fall into the rulebook that referees have to know about,” Miles said. “When I see a referee call a foul 50 feet away from the ball with eight seconds to go in a game where one team is winning by 40, then it is time to have a talk. Then I try to talk them through the process of making good decisions.”

Much of officiating comes down to the desire to be the best you can be and the same holds true for mentoring. The ability to get the nuances of your game across has a lot to do with how much you bring to the role of mentoring in the first place. Just being at it for a long time isn’t enough.

“Someone who’s going to be a mentor ought to be qualified to do it and that means much more than being a competent official,” Cashion said. “You have to want to do it and you have to be able to have more interest in the other person than yourself.”

Take your time and go at the mentee’s speed, not your own. Everyone learns and gains experience at different speed and you need to remember that and apply it. Know that you will need to say things more than once for it to sink in. You also might have to do more than just talk. You might have to show them through your example or video.

“I teach the ‘PIE’ theory,” Lewis said. “I try to get people to understand you have to have people skills, integrity, exposure. … First impressions are lasting impressions so carry yourself accordingly.”
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. in fulfilling this task, the official must establish the best possible competitive climate for fair competition with the attention on the athletes, rather than on the official.  The 
conduct of each official affects the public’s attitude towardall officials. Therefore, every official must uphold the honor, integrity and dignity of the profession.  

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.