Long Island Swimming Officials Association  Serving Long Island Swimmers for 60 years! 

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The Section XI spring season is winding down and many of us are gearing up for the summer recreation and country club leagues.

This month I've listed the LISOA committees and appointments.  As you can see, it takes the efforts from many of us to continue providing the quality work and officiating for which our association is known.  

I applaud each of you for your commitment and passion for swimming officiating and the talents and commitments that you bring.

Thank you.

George Fleckenstein, president  

Eleven Tips To Avoid Officiating Problems

NFHS March 2015

The single most effective way to avoid problems is to know the rules. If an official has not studied all of the printed materials, as well as any other efforts to improve upon his or her knowledge, mechanics, etc., that official has not done everything possible to avoid problems.

Additional ways to eliminate potential problems:

1. Never run down other officials. They will receive enough criticism without getting it from their colleagues.  Offer only positive criticism, if requested. 

2. Establish a firm but polite relationship with coaches. Trying to be overly friendly will get you in just as much trouble as being too gruff.

3. Be on time! The official who arrives late, or even at the very last minute, is probably not mentally prepared and probably raises questions in the minds of the coaches about his or her sincerity and dedication. 

4. Either alone, or with your partner, prepare yourself psychologically. You must "get up" for the contest. Review basic rules, mechanics and procedures.

5. Don't talk to the fans. This only encourages them to talk to you and you may very well wish you had not encouraged them.  Even if you do hear comments made by fans, you must learn to ignore them and not let them influence you.

6. Inspect the field, court, mat, pool, etc. If you can detect problems with the facilities before the contest begins, you can make adjustments and notify coaches and players of them.

7. Review procedures with captains. Be certain to ask them if they have any questions.

8. Support the decisions made by your fellow officials. If an error is made by you or your partner in rule application, you should admit it and make the necessary correction. 

9. Maintain poise or emotional control. You may be the only one around who is remaining "cool." If you get emotional, the situation can only get worse.

10. Be clear and concise with signals. 

11. Use common sense. Any number of situations may occur during any contest where the officials must use common sense. 

Things Every Diving Judge Should Know...
  When performing a forward approach, the diver bounces on the board three times after the culminating hurdle and completes a 101A. The diving referee fails the dive. 

RULING:  Correct procedure.
A dive is failed if, in the opinion of the diving referee, the diver performs an additional bounce(s) after the culminating hurdle. (9-7-5q)
The  National Federation of State High School Associations   ( NFHS )
is the body that writes the rules of competition for most high school sports and activities in the United States.  

Most high schools (17,000) belong to their state's high school association; in turn, each state association belongs to the NFHS.

The NFHS publishes the rule books for each sport and activity, and most states adopt those rules wholly for state high school competition.

Position Statement on Official’s Role (NFHS 5/10/17)
Athlete Behavior

The rules for NFHS swimming and diving exist to ensure fair competition in a positive, safe and healthy environment.  Athlete performances in swimming and diving inevitably involve both physical and emotional components.  When enthusiastic responses accompany/follow an athlete's performance in competition, officials should be careful to avoid intervention unless absolutely necessary If a celebratory response violates Rules 3-6-1&2 and is considered unsporting or unacceptable, it should be sanctioned accordingly.  Responses that are vulgar, profane or demeaning should be treated under the rules prohibiting such conduct; otherwise, officials should refrain from intervention.
The 2017-2018  Standing Committees, Ad Hoc Committees, and Appointments  

Rules Interpreter
NY State Representative
Assigner to non-school meets
Bob Kersch
Nelson Gonzalez
Web Site
Walter Gustafson, chairman
Carly Nupp
Geoff Tripp
Roy Rapp, chairman
Peter Hugo
Laurette Tekvert
Constitution & Bylaws
Ray Willie, chairman
Howard Anderson
Joe McCabe
 Athlete Awards
Larry Wachter, chairman
Kevin Bishop
Ray Willie
Walter Gustafson
Jane Reilly
Programs & Development
Nelson Gonzalez, chairman
Larry Wachter
Peter Moeschen

President's Council
Ray Willie

Frank Dowd, chairman
Peter Moeschen
Howard Anderson
Richard Guibord, chairman
Rich Yorman
Doug Virkas, chairman
Chris Hugo
Kevin Bishop
Sue Christie
Recognition & Fellowship
Doug Virkus, chairman
Jeffrey Wiener
Karolyn Kiendle
All Long Island
Kerry Fallarino, chairman
Bob Kersch

George Fleckenstein
Cyna Buckley
Karolyn Kiendle
Dinner Banquet
Jane Reilly, chairman
Walter Olsewski
Donna Stack   
     During a commencement speech at the University of Texas, the commander of the forces that organized the raid to kill Osama bin Laden and a Navy SEAL for 36 years, delivered some key advice on success. "If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed,'' U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McCraven told the graduates of his alma mater in 2014.  Now he has published a motivational book about people that he knew that overcame hardships and made tough decisions.
   "If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day,'' he said. "It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. 
   "Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can't do the little things right, you'll never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made. And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better." 
   McCraven's 10 lessons also include accepting the help of others, measuring a person by the size of his or her heart, fighting through adversity, not being afraid of failure, and charging into difficult situations head-on. He also encouraged graduates to "be your very best in the darkest moment" by finding inner strength and to never lose hope or give up. 
From our contracts ...
Article II Section A

3. No Contest Fee - Full fee. Contests cancelled or postponed at game time or later or called after 30 minutes delay without having been started. Officials must notify the assignor and their assistant by noon the next day to be compensated.

4. Delayed “late start” fees - Additional ¼ fee. Any contest that is delayed 25 minutes after scheduled starting time. Officials must jointly submit to the Office of the ED the required form within 5 business days or the late start fee will not be assessed. Note: No late start fees for any playoff games or championship events with an hourly rate.

5. Incomplete Contest - Full Fee. In the event of a suspension of play during a contest, the officials will wait a maximum of (90) minutes to resume play, if conditions warrant. Officials must notify the assignor and their assistant by noon the next day to be compensated.  
 From our Section XI contract:
A. 2. When an incomplete contest occurs, the official is to be paid a full fee. 
A. 7. In circumstances where the contest starts more than 20, 40, 60, and 80 minutes past the scheduled starting time, the official(s) will be paid, respectively, an additional $15, $20, $26 and $32. All of the above applies only when the official is not notified of the delay prior to arriving at the contest site. 
To signal the last lap, during the 500-yard/400-meter freestyle, the lap counter changes to the number “29” instead of the fluorescent orange card. The official disqualifies the swimmer and charges the lap counter with unsporting conduct.

RULING:   Incorrect procedure. 

Neither the use of the lap counter nor the fluorescent orange card to indicate the final length of the race is required; further signaling the number “29” would not rise to the level of unsporting conduct.

When counter malfunctions occur (i.e., the lap counting device is inadvertently dropped into the water or an incorrect count is shown), it is the responsibility of the swimmer to know his/her lap count and continue the race. Accidental error by the counter shall not result in disqualification of the swimmer.   (NFHS 5/10/2017)
Nutrition Tips From Robyn
Fiber: Too Important to Overlook 

Most people understand that fiber is important, but do most people go out of their way to make sure they are getting enough? Unfortunately only 3% of Americans are getting enough fiber! Why is fiber so overlooked? One theory suggests that the over-consumption of high protein foods drowns out the healthy carbohydrate foods that contain fiber. Dr. Michael Greger perhaps says it best: “Instead of asking, ‘Where do you get your protein?’ what you should be asking is: ‘Where do you get your fiber?’.” A lack of dietary fiber is linked to a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, colon cancer and gastrointestinal diseases.

Fiber can be broken down into two types, soluble and insoluble.

Soluble fiber absorbs water during digestion and bulks up stool. This bulking process also binds with cholesterol and helps to remove it from the body. Therefore, eating a diet rich in soluble fiber can help to lower your cholesterol level.

Insoluble fiber remains intact through digestion. It essentially helps to move waste smoothly through the intestines, decreasing the risk of colon cancer.

So how much fiber do we need? The minimum daily recommended intake for women is 25g-30g, and for men it is about 35g to 40g. Again, this is the minimum. Currently, the average person is only getting about 15 grams per day.

What can you do?

The answer is simple: eat more plant foods. Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds. High fiber foods digest slowly, causing you to feel full longer. When these foods become the focus of your meal, not only will you absolutely be getting enough fiber, but you may also see weight loss, healthier blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol and increased energy.

So next time you look at your plate, ask yourself, “where is my fiber?

Robyn Kenul, RD is a Retail Dietitian with the Gallagher Family Markets at the ShopRite of Selden.  
If you'd like more nutrition information you can make an appointment to meet with her there or contact her at Robyn.kenul@wakefern.com .  
Robyn is a former NCAA volleyball athlete and still an avid player.   

Scam Speak - Terms That Con Artists Use
Boost your fraud prevention - know how.  
The latest terms  and the common cons behind them. 
from AARP Bulletin
match the word with the correct definition
T he answers are           below.

1.  Catfish

2.  Ghosting

3.  Pharming

4.  Phishing

5.  Scareware

6.  Spear-phishing

7.  Spyware

8.  Vishing
 Phishing attempts on social media have more than doubled over the past year as scammers
 find new ways to trick people into providing personal and financial information.
A. Short for "voice phishing" the use of recorded phone messages intended to trick you into revealing sensitive information for identity theft.

B.  The act of trying to trick you, often by email, into providing sensitive personal data or credit card accounts, by a scammer poising as a trusted business or other entity.

C.  Someone who creates a fake online profile to intentionally deceive you.

D. Theft of the identity of a deceased person to fraudulently open credit accounts, obtain loans, or get medical services in the person's name. 

E.  A type of malware installed on your computer or cell phone to track your actions and collect information without your knowledge. 

F.  When hackers use malicious programs to route you to their own websites, even if you correctly typed in the address of the site you want to visit.

G.  Phishing with personalized email, often appearing to be from someone you know.

H.  A program that displays on-screen warnings of non-existent infections on your computer to trick you into installing malware or buying fake antivirus protection.

1 C, 2 D, 3 F, 4 B, 5 H, 6 G, 7 E, 8 A
Crocs and Foot Health
from the Huffington Post
  Since Crocs have become so popular,  many podiatrists have been consulted on the effect that they have on our foot health.  According to one podiatrist, Dr. Meagan Leahy, Crocs are not a suitable replacement for proper footwear. 

"Unfortunately, Crocs are not suitable for all-day use,” Leahy says. “These shoes do not adequately secure the heel. When the heel is unstable, toes tend to grip which can lead to tendonitis, worsening of toe deformities, nail problems, corns and calluses.” (In fact, the same can be said for any shoe that is backless such as flip flops or sandals; they should not be worn for an extended period of time).

    Fake Crocs And Allergic Reactions

  According to a lab analysis, rubber cogs similar to Crocs, as well as knock-offs of Crocs contain cancerous causing substances that can actually be absorbed through contact with skin.

A German lab analysed 10 different types of plastic cogs.  According to the test, six out of the 10 shoes provided contained cancerous chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), w hich have been linked to an increased risk of developing lung, liver and skin cancers.

The American brand Crocs did not contain any polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. 

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.