Long Island Swimming Officials Association 
Serving Long Island Swimmers for over 60 years! 
September 2020
Let's see how this goes ...

I officiated my first swim meet in six months last weekend. The meet, which had around 100 swimmers at each of four two-hour sessions, was very organized and run very safely. Following all the safety measures and guidelines was not difficult. After 5 minutes on deck it felt good to be back.

As I indicate below, we are working with the Sections to make sure that the return to school swimming is safe for everyone involved. Of course, my priority is to make sure of the well being of the officials and that each of you feel comfortable getting back onto a pool deck.

Our dual meets will not have hundreds of swimmers to contend with - but we also realize that the logistics at the local pools are not the same as the Nassau County Aquatic Center.
So we are being very detailed with our concerns, requests, and requirements as we prepare to return to officiating, with the understanding that our health and well-being and limiting our exposure will be the most important.

Please reach out to me with any concerns and suggestions that you have.

Thank you,
George Fleckenstein

Presentation by Mush Masters:

This award is presented on behalf of the New York State Certified Swimming Officials', Inc. in
recognition for all of your untiring efforts throughout the forty-three years of service.

Your belief in fairness of competition has touched the lives of coaches, competitors, parents and your peers. We gratefully acknowledge your outstanding accomplishments as a member and officer in four boards.

Thank you for your contributions to swimming & officiating and especially for the past twenty-eight years as a delegate of the New York City Board of Certified Swimming Officials as rules interpreter.

Under your leadership as President of NYSCSOA you were able to institute many new ideas and also instituted several positive changes to the association.

Your name will be placed permanently on a plaque in The Swimming Hall Of Fame.
We are communicating and are working with both Sections to address specific safety concerns for our swimming & diving officials working on a pool deck:
  • Pool area ventilation
  • Pool chlorine levels
  • Mask and distancing enforcement
  • Deck spacing plan
  • Temperature checks and health screening
  • Scorer's table safety
Section Updates
Section VIII

Winter Sports Season
Monday, January 4, 2021 - Friday, February 26, 2021 (47 day season)

Section VIII will vote on October 9th as to whether they will compete in this years NYS Championships. If they are not permitted to participate at the State Meet, they are talking to Section XI about holding a Long Island Championship. This meet will have to held before the season ends on February 26. 
Section XI

Winter Sports Season, January 4- February 27

Section XI swimming and diving officials can begin entering your availability now for the Winter Season. Please do not call Section XI, the sport coordinators have been furloughed until we get closer to the beginning of the season. Lisa set up our ability to begin entering our dates before they left.
LISOA Meeting Dates 

Rules Interpretation Meeting Tuesday, October 27, 2020
 7:00 p.m. - Nassau County Aquatic Center - Bleachers
(The stands have a capacity for 3000 people - so we will have plenty of room for social distancing. Facemasks will be required and we will take temperatures.)

Diving Clinic - November


Pre-Season and Nominating Meeting -Wednesday, January 6, 2021 

Annual Meeting -Thursday, January 21, 2021

Recognition Dinner Meeting - March 15, 2021 

Things Every Diving Judge Should Know...
Starting Position: FORWARD – Diver should demonstrate good posture with arms in a position of diver’s choice. BACKWARD – Diver should demonstrate good posture, with arms straight and in a position of the diver’s choice.

Approach: FORWARD – Divers must take at least three steps, may have additional movement followed by culminating hurdle, prior to takeoff for front approach dives. These steps should be natural walking steps with no stiff, jerky, awkward or exaggerated arm or leg movements. BACKWARD – Slight up and down movement of the board (maximum four times) while standing backward is allowed. However, AT NO TIME should the balls of the feet lose contact with the board. If the feet leave the board, deduct ½-2 points.

Hurdle: The last step in the forward approach, called the hurdle, consists of the diver lifting the leg (diver’s choice which leg) to a right angle at the hip and the knee. The other leg pushes down on the board and helps the diver jump to the end of the board where they land on two feet. The hurdle is the foundation for the rest of the dive thus an important element for judges to observe.

Takeoff: FORWARD – The diver should land from the hurdle on the end of the board in a nearly straight body position. Good balance is essential. Too much lean forward or backward will affect the success of the dive. BACKWARD – Balance on the balls of the feet should be maintained as the arms make a forward circle in time with the leg push to assist the lift from the board. Too much lean forward or backward will affect the success of the dive.

Flight: Once in the air the diver should demonstrate dive control. Contributing to control is the dives’ height and power along with the grace, beauty and accuracy. The dive position (pike, tuck or straight) should be clearly defined. Good form should be displayed by means of body tightness and toe point which is maintained throughout the entire dive flight.

Entry: The diver’s line into the water is only one segment of the total dive and should not be over judged. Splashless entries (known as “rip” entries) are impressive and are a critical part of the total dive. However, if other segments of the dive had flaws the rip entry means little. Because the entry is the last part of the dive seen, it is easy to judge the entry, forgetting mistakes in takeoff and/or flight. Avoid this common trap. Conversely, a good dive with a rip entry is automatically a better dive and deserves a higher score.

This manual is provided to improve the consistency of officiating high school diving and is designed to assist all officials in understanding their role in conducting competition.

While it should be especially useful for new and less experienced swimming officials, it will also help the veteran official hone the organizational skills along with the mechanics of officiating.
4 Elements of Decisiveness
Referee Magazine - August 2020
In the business world, money can be made or lost based, in large measure, on the decisiveness of the executives. In battle, the decisiveness of the commander often determines who wins or loses. In a ballgame, the outcome can often turn on individual calls that happen “in the blink of an eye.”

Because of that, people often mistake speed for decisiveness. Speed is an element of being decisive, but it’s only one component. Tom FitzGerald of FitzGerald Associates, a CEO consulting firm, says that decisiveness in any discipline has four components:

  1. Speed — the time it takes to make a decision.
  2. Importance — the nature of what is being decided upon.
  3. Commitment — to carry out the decisions, no matter how difficult.
  4. Rightness — the correctness of the decision.

Certainly each element has a parallel in officiating. Speed is important. You never want to rush a call, but there is that fine line between pausing to make sure of what you saw and taking a split second too long.

Many of the calls you make in a game (some people would say every call you make) are important. Do you ever treat a call as if “it wasn’t mine to make” or as if “that one didn’t matter anyway”? What is your commitment level to being the best official you can be? Do you want the big games? Are you ready for them? Speaking of readiness, are you committed to being ready every play? Finally, the cliche is that officiating is the one avocation where you are expected to start out perfect and improve from there. Being right? It’s everything for an official!

So if the components can be identified, why does the ability to be decisive come so difficult for some? Some people are better decision makers than others. What makes their decisions more effective, more credible and more respected by their peers? Probably it has most to do with a commitment they made to themselves to integrate decision-making into their overall officiating learning plan. They consistently seek out better ways to get the work done, take responsibility for themselves and their decisions and strive to
learn from others.

Make better decisions.
Effective decision-making is the process of identifying potential infractions and then taking action. The three main stages of the decision-making process are: clarifying what the decision is, assessing exactly what is involved and utilizing all the necessary resources including rules knowledge, mechanics and experience. Being decisive does not come naturally for most people. Experts say that the most common reason people have for being indecisive is that they are striving for perfectionism. In other words, they have a fear of failure.

Certainly, there isn’t an official who doesn’t want to call a perfect game every time, but the reality is that it rarely — if ever — happens. If you make a bad call, there’s nothing you can do about it. That’s when you have to move on and tell yourself that the next time you’ll make the right call.

Another hindrance to decisiveness is that many people see conflicts as “bad,” and have trouble being decisive because they fear their decision will lead to confrontations. Mark Twain once said, “Courage is the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear.” An official who has mastered his or her fear through confidence can be decisive.
Without question, the best officials at every level are decisive.
Without question, the best officials at every level are decisive. The tough calls come their way, and they make them accurately and without flinching. But how do the rest of us get to that place? There are several parts of your game you can work on that will improve your decisiveness. This include rules knowledge, proper mechanics and positioning, experience and continued learning. The latter can be a camp, film viewing or just plain
discussion. Talking game situations over with new officials who have questions
often helps veteran officials at least as much as the newer official.
If you make the effort to become a more decisive official, what’s in it for you? Plenty.

Certainly your games will go better: coaches and players will accept your calls most of the time, you’ll suddenly start to have an “easier time” of things out there, but you’ll also quietly be developing something much more important to any official— a good reputation. Coaches, players and fans all want to believe that their game is in the hands of one of
the most competent officials in the area. Want to be one of those officials? Be more decisive.
Different Types of Bikes and How to Find the Right One
Whether you're new to bicycling, haven’t ridden in a while or are in the market to try something different, your perfect bike is out there.
AAA Magazine 2020

When looking into different types of bikes, the number and variation of makes, models, subcategories and crossovers can be a little overwhelming.
To find the right bike for you, the first step is to assess the kind of riding you’ll be doing. Consider how and where you plan to use your bike. Will you be traversing dirt or woodland trails, biking around community streets or using it to commute? Once you know what you want/need a bike for, you can narrow the scope of your search.
Different Types of Bikes
Road Bikes
As the name implies, road bikes are best suited for pavement. They tend to be fairly light compared to other bikes and feature smooth, thin tires and “drop” handlebars that bend down. Subcategories of road bikes include cyclocross and touring bikes, which are good for racing and long-distance riding. 
Mountain Bikes
Mountain bikes have wider, treaded tires and suspension that absorbs shock, making them perfect for off-road biking on rugged trails and gravel paths. These bikes are for adventurous riders looking to take on unpaved trails.
Hybrid Bikes
Somewhat of a middle-ground between road and mountain bikes, hybrids are suited for both pavement and moderate dirt/gravel roads. The stability and comfort of these general-purpose bikes make them popular among a variety of riders.
Fixed-Gear/Fixed-Wheel Bikes
Also called a “fixie,” this bike is the standard for track racing, though it’s becoming popular among urban cyclists as well. Fixed-gear bikes are not for novice riders, since they require constant pedaling and typically have only front brakes or no brakes at all.
Similar to hybrid bikes, cruisers offer comfortable, casual riding experiences. These single-speed bikes aren’t very fast, but their “balloon” tires, upright seating position and durability make them easy to ride.
Other/Specialty Bikes
Although there are many more types of bikes, some modern favorites are folding bikes, electric bikes and adult tricycles.
Folding bikes are popular for their compact-ability, making them easy to transport and store. Electric bicycles, or e-bikes, have small motors to assist with pedaling and propulsion. Adult tricycles are a great option for older bike-enthusiasts and people with disabilities, since they are easy to ride and won’t tip over. They can also support heavy loads, making them capable for carrying groceries and other tasks.
Benefits of Bicycling
There are many benefits to bike riding. First, bikes are one of the most eco-friendly modes of transportation. Once they’re on the road, bikes produce zero emissions and require relatively low maintenance.
When it comes to individual health benefits, biking is a good aerobic and muscle-building workout while also being low-impact on joints. These days, in light of the pandemic, people are biking to get exercise and enjoy some fresh air while also following social distancing guidelines.
Find the Right Bike for You 
Once you have an idea of which type of bike you want, there are still some variations when it comes to finding the perfect fit.
Many bikes come in different frame sizes — like small, medium, large, etc. — based on a rider’s height, weight or both. Seat height and angles can also be adjusted.
You should feel comfortable riding your bike. Although, if this is your first time on a bike, or the first time in a while, some soreness can be expected. “After participating in some kind of strenuous physical activity, particularly something new to your body, it is common to experience muscle soreness,” according to WebMD
Like the beginning of any new workout, flexing lesser-used muscles gets easier with repetition. If soreness persists or worsens, however; you may need to make some adjustments to your seat, replace it altogether or invest in some athletic attire suited for cycling.
Safety First
Whether you’re looking for a bike to exercise or simply get out of the house, it’s important to keep safety in mind while bike riding. Always wear a helmet, follow the rules of the road and stay hydrated to make the most of your excursion.
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.
George Fleckenstein
Vice President:
Ray Willie
Chris Zimmet
Barbara Wendt
Doug Virkus
Larry Wachter
Rules Interpreter:
Bob Kersch
Past President:
Frank Dowd

Charlie Schlegal
George Columbo
Jim McAllister
Dick Atwater
Jack Reilly
Frank Krayer

NYSCSO Distinguished Service Award Members

Laurette Tekverk (2020)
Jim McAllister (2019)
Doug Virkus (2011)
Mush Masters (2008)
Pete Moeschen (2004)
Stan Adler (1993)
Bob Kersch (1990)