Long Island Swimming Officials Association 
Serving Long Island Swimmers for 60 years!  
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Please join me in welcoming two new members to our association. Julie Barnola and JuneAnne Zeltmann completed our new officials clinic and patiently waited for our invitation to officiate this season. They will have a busy November attending a rules interpretation meeting and an abbreviated refresher clinic, ordering shirts, and registering with Section VIII. Julie has been officiating swimming during the girls swimming season. JuneAnne will be taking the NFHS test in November. We're happy to have you join our association!

George Fleckenstein
October is National High School Activities Month
NFHS October 03, 2017

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and its 51 state high school associations begin the annual celebration of National High School Activities Month with a focus on sportsmanship and a salute to the more than 500 million fans of high school sports.

The NFHS has designated the month of October as National High School Activities Month to help schools throughout the nation promote the values inherent in high school athletic and performing arts activities. Started in 1980 as National High School Activities Week, the NFHS expanded the celebration to a month several years ago to provide additional time for the 19,000-plus high schools to hold special activities at the local level.

The purpose of National High School Activities Month is to remind students, parents, coaches, officials and others in communities across the country about the values and benefits of interscholastic activity programs.

High school activities help address society’s most current issues by:

  • Finding and nurturing the best effort of each young participant;
  • Encouraging students to stay in school, perform better academically and become better citizens;
  • Demanding respect for fair play and appreciation for the equitable application of procedures, rules and regulations;
  • Providing healthy lifestyle instruction;
  • Challenging racism, sexism and classism through the active pursuit of teamwork and school spirit.   
Each week throughout the month-long celebration will feature a specific emphasis:
 October 15-21
National Coaches//Officials Week  

“High school sports and activity programs provide one of the best bargains in our community and nation and will continue to do so as long as our nation supports them as an integral part of the education of our young people,” said Bob Gardner. NFHS executive director. “Not only do these programs teach the more than 12 million young people who participate in them valuable life skills lessons, such as ethics, integrity and healthy lifestyles, they also provide the best entertainment value in our nation.”
LISOA Meeting Dates 

Diving Clinic – Nov. 1  7:00 p.m. Nassau BOCES, Garden City. 

November 28  - Informational Meeting
Long Island Welcome Center 7:00 p.m.

January 23 – Annual Meeting/Discuss championship meets

March - Recognition Dinner Banquet
Things Every Diving Judge Should Know...
  • The forward approach shall begin with not less than 3 steps and finish with a hurdle.

  • If there is a violation of the forward approach - the diving referee shall deduct 2 points from each judges award

  • If there is a balk - the diving referee shall deduct 2 points from each judges award
Check out our LISOA web site each week during the season for videos and information about the dives of the week.
Boys Swimming and Diving Championships head back to the Nassau County Aquatic Center on Friday March 2nd and Saturday March 3rd.

Please let Bob Kersch know if you want to be part of this exciting event.
  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. 
Swimming and Diving Points of Emphasis 
By NFHS on May 10, 2017

1. Suit Coverage -  Per Rule 3-3 students shall wear uniforms, including suit coverage, of decent appearance. If individuals or teams are in violation of this rule, officials are encouraged to contact the head coach of the offending team, rather than the student, requesting that all team members be appropriately equipped with uniforms that meet specified standards.  
2. Accommodations for Disabled Athletes -  Guidelines to assist state associations in working with schools for the inclusion of students with disabilities have been prepared by the NFHS Task Force on the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities. These recommendations begin with a request from the student to the school for an accommodation. The member school should then contact the state association for an accommodation, at which point the state association reviews and provides written determination regarding accommodation to the school. Accommodations for students with special needs may be addressed through the rules and policies set forth by a variety of organizations, including Special Olympics, Disabled Sports USA, US Paralympics and USA Swimming. Contact information is provided in the beginning of the NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules Book, and additional information is included in the NFHS Swimming Officials Guidelines Manual. An accommodation may be permitted provided it does not fundamentally alter the sport, heighten risk or place opponents at a disadvantage.

3. Warm-Up Protocol -  Meet directors and coaches are encouraged to review the “Suggested Meet Warm-Up Procedures” located at the front of the NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules Book, prior to hosting a meet. Supervision, safety suggestions, proper management of pace/sprint lanes, 
lane selection and other pertinent issues are highlighted to aid in organizing warm- ups to allow them to occur in a safe, healthy and sportsmanlike manner. 

4. Valid Times With A Single Manual Watch -  The referee is the head official and is responsible for making decisions on matters not specifically covered by the rules, and can order that a race be re-swum when there is obvious unfairness, such as a lane line malfunction or a power outage. In the case of a timing malfunction, the referee is expected to utilize other information or data such as his/her order of finish, times on other lanes, etc., to verify the single data point (watch/button) is accurate. Referees have the authority to reject times that are clearly inaccurate and to determine placing without assigning a specific time to a swimmer. A swimmer shall not be required to re-swim a completed race because of timing system failure.  

5. Responsibility of the Swimmer in Distance Events -  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.

6. Position Statement on Official’s Role -  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.
Connections Magazine October 2017

Is there some sort of unspoken rule that says, “messy food must leave a stain”? It sure feels like it, doesn’t it? Well, there’s no need to be scared of spaghetti anymore. We’ve got some tips here for removing the most common (and often stubborn) food stains.
*As a reminder, always check care instructions prior to trying any stain removal tips*
  1. Run the stain under cold running water to remove as much ketchup as possible.
  2. Blot the stain with white vinegar to remove the stain as much as possible.
  3. Pretreat the area thoroughly and launder as you normally would.
  1. Run the stain under cold running water to remove as much mustard as possible.
  2. Apply dishwashing detergent and gently rub into the stain.
  3. Pretreat the area thoroughly and launder as you normally would.
Tomato Stains
  1. Begin by wetting the stained area with water.
  2. Apply dishwashing detergent and gently rub into the stain.
  3. If the stain remains, blot it with a clean cloth moistened with vinegar.
  4. Launder as you normally would.
Red Wine
  1. Apply white vinegar liberally to the stain.
  2. Immediately after applying the white vinegar, rub in liquid detergent.
  3. Repeat the process as necessary.
  4. Launder as you normally would.
Butter / Oil
  1. Cover the stain with a liberal amount of baking soda or corn starch to draw out the stain.
  2. Allow to sit for 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Using a toothbrush or your fingers, brush the powder away from the stain.
  4. If the stain remains, wet the stain with warm water and rub dish detergent into the stain.
  5. Once the stain is lifted, launder as you normally would.
  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and ½ teaspoon of laundry detergent with 1 quart of warm water.
  2. Allow to soak for 15 minutes.
  3. If the stain remains, dab with rubbing alcohol.
  4. Launder as you normally would.
Coffee & Tea
  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of dish soap into 2 cups of warm water.
  2. Blot the stain with the mixture.
  3. Repeat this process as necessary.
  4. Launder as you normally would.
A little bit of know-how and some elbow grease can get most stains out, and may even save your favorite shirt!
Americans and their Halloween Candy

58% of Americans prefer chocolate, more than any other kind of candy. Candies like Snickers, M&Ms, Twix, Hershey Bars, and Hershey Kisses win the popular vote.

9% Caramels
8.3% Gummies
4,6% Lollipops
4.3% Hard Candies
3.2% Licorice
1.5% Jellies


Long Island Swimming Officials Association
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.