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

We schedule at least five association meetings/clinics each year to provide to you the most up to date information, tools and items that you need to know, to become the best professional swimming official.

Our By-Laws require you to attend at least three of those informative meetings to maintain your active status. Your attendance is another display of professionalism - openness and willingness for self improvement.

This monthly newsletter, the meetings and clinics, and our web site are designed to be helpful and useful resources to help you with your role as a swimming official.

Some of us have been officials for many years... but there are always new things to learn... and with the knowledge that we do have, we can also help educate the not-so-seasoned officials. Not only is it beneficial for each of us to attend and learn from our association meetings - it's one of our rules.

Thank you,
George Fleckenstein
Founding Member and First President, Charlie Schlegel Died

Passages: Charlie Schlegel, Former National Swimming Coach of the Year, Dies at 89. He was a legendary high school swimming coach in New Yorl.

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Swimming and Diving Points of Emphasis - 2019-20
NFHS June 2019

1. Preventing Shallow Water Blackout - The rules for NFHS swimming and diving exist to ensure fair competition in a positive,safe and healthy environment. Consequently, the NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules Committee recognizes concerns that have been raised over instances of shallow water blackout, which can affect swimmers of all experience levels. Shallow water blackout is a potentially fatal condition that causes a swimmer to lose consciousness while under water. Shallow water blackout can be prevented through education, awareness, and understanding of the dangers of breath-holding. The tips below are provided by Shallow Water Blackout Prevention. For further information, visit shallowwaterblackoutprevention.org.
How to Avoid Shallow Water Blackout
  • Never hyperventilate
  • Never ignore the urge to breathe
  • Never swim alone
  • Never play breath holding games
  • No repetitive underwater lap

2. Suit Coverage – Suit coverage continues to be a focus of administrators, coaches, and officials, and competitors. While the rule itself has not changed, language addressing coverage and the protocol for addressing violations has been reorganized in the rules book. In addition, pre-meet coaches and athlete meetings have been mandated, which is an opportunity for the coach to verify that his/her athletes are properly and legally equipped AND an opportunity for captains/peers to consult with their teammates to assure suits and caps (and jewelry) meet rule guidelines.  It is recommended that coaches address suit coverage with parents and athletes during their pre-season meetings, to specify that suits should be worn as the manufacturer has intended and that athletes purchasing personal suits for competition only obtain suits that comply with NFHS rules regarding appropriate coverage as well as design and decoration.

3. Accommodations for Students with a Disability – Language and officials signals regarding the inclusion of students with a disability have been updated and will be available in the 2019 NFHS Swimming Officials Guidelines Manual. Included are updated images of officials signals for the forward and backstroke start as well as images for modified starting positions. Specific accommodations for visually impaired and hearing-impaired competitors are also provided in this publication.

4. Sub-Varsity Participation – The policy permitting state associations to modify events and distances for non-varsity competition remains in effect. (5-1-1 NOTE 1). States have the authority to shorten/lengthen distances and add other events in non-varsity competition. NFHS playing rules are written specifically for varsity competition. Modifications for levels other than varsity are at the discretion of the state association.

5. Pre-Meet Conference -  The mandatory pre-meet conference as applied to championship meets can become problematic in some contexts, particularly in large meets.  The pre-meet conference is a time to review meet procedures, special instructions and any unusual pool conditions. A comprehensive list of items to be covered is included in Appendix G of the 2018-19 Swimming Officials Guidelines Manual. State associations may determine an alternative method or methods of communication in situations where the size of the meet makes a pre-meet conference impractical. State associations are encouraged to provide appropriate policy direction for officials and meet administrators in assuring that the stated purposes for this conference are fulfilled and that both coaches and athletes are fully informed and prepared for the ensuing competition.
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...
The meaning of the dive numbers:
  • It is important for a diving judge to know the meaning of the dive numbers so he/she can begin to prepare to judge the dive when it is announced. The dive number and position define the dive to be performed.
  • 100’s = forward dives
  • 200’s = back dives
  • 300’s = reverse dives
  • 400’s = inward dives
  • 5000’s = twisting dives

  • Position designations:
  • Straight or layout position = “A”
  • Pike position = “B”
  • Tuck position = “C”
  • Free position = “D”

I would like to thank you for your continued support of interscholastic swimming and diving.
The exam window for the 2019-2020 season will open on  Thursday August 1st  and close on  Sunday September 15th . You will be able to access the exam site at https://exams.nfhs.org  . 

Please remember that you need to achieve at least an 85 in order to pass the exam and to be certified as an officials. If you do not pass please take the exam again as you can take the exam up to 99 times.


In the "SETTINGS", make sure that your Local Association is listed as "Long Island" if you are primary with our association!
If you are primary with our association, Bob Kersch , our Rules Interpreter has sent to you the 2019-2020 Swimming and Diving Rules Book. The new book will be helpful to complete the annual NFHS 100 question exam.

My annual recommendation to you is to read the book like a novel - from cover to cover. The new rules are discussed in the front of the book but it is still a good idea to read the complete book as a refresher. For some of us, we we have not officiated swimming for many months, so reading each page will help us get back into the swing.

I also use a highlighter for obscure rules that I think one day I might need to know and important rules that I don't know as well that I want to find easily.

One of the most import aspects of our job is to know the swimming and diving rules.
Professionalism Prevents Disciplinary Action
Referee  Magazine
The best way for an official to address  association discipline  is to not be disciplined at all. Be a professional. Officials who are professionals greatly reduce their likelihood of being disciplined, and the habits they develop by being professional will help them.

Officials have a professional obligation to read the bylaws and understand their obligations. This is vital with technical obligations, such as paying dues and attending meetings and clinics. These technical obligations should be in the bylaws and officials must read them.

Officials who are aware of their technical obligations can meet their obligations or be proactive when they can’t perform them. Don’t wait for the penalty then try to appeal. Get out in front. For example: If you can’t pay your dues, tell somebody and ask for relief. If you can’t make a game, know the process for turning back an assignment. Professionals who proactively get informed drastically reduce their chances of being disciplined.

Officials are also subject to discipline from a broad array of matters that can best be classified as professional standards. These standards are generally enshrined in codes of ethics, clauses about discriminatory conduct and clauses regarding not engaging in conduct unbecoming a professional. The professional will educate him or herself on professional standards and best practices. This is easier if the association has policy books, guidelines and other material to flesh out some of these clauses.

  • Be knowledgeable of NFHS swimming rules.

  • Study the NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules Book, including the situations and rulings, and attend rules meetings regularly as required by the state association or officials’ association to stay informed regarding current rules.

  • Be consistent in the application of the rules at all times and at all levels of competition.

  • Enforce all rules equitably and fairly. Do not allow rule infractions to go uncalled simply because no one has gained an advantage. If there is a violation, it must be called. Do not try to decide who might be unfairly affected by a violation. 

  • Exercise fair and unbiased judgment by disregarding a swimmer’s identity, team affiliation, etc.
BBQ Brisket Sandwiches
with Quick Slaw

Traditional Southern fare doesn't get anymore delicious than hearty barbecue brisket on a bun, topped with a crisp, tangy cabbage slaw.

hours  25  mins
hours  25  mins
1 can tomato sauce
2 tbsp. packed dark brown sugar
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp. cider vinegar
1 onion
4 clove garlic
2 1/2 lb. lean beef brisket
Kosher salt
1/4 c. lowfat sour cream
1/2 head cabbage
4 buns
Sliced pickles
Potato chips

  1. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, whisk together the tomato sauce, sugar, mustard, chili powder, Worcestershire, and 2 tablespoons vinegar. Add the onion and garlic and toss to combine.
  2. Season the brisket with 1/2 teaspoon pepper, then cut crosswise into 2 1/2-inch pieces. Add the meat to the slow cooker and turn to coat. Cook, covered, until the meat is tender and easily pulls apart, 7 to 8 hours on low or 5 to 6 hours on high.
  3. Thirty minutes before the beef is done, in a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, remaining tablespoon vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cut the cabbage in half, core and thinly slice. Add to the bowl and toss to coat.
  4. Using 2 forks, shred the beef, then stir it into the cooking liquid and onions. Serve on the buns, topped with coleslaw, pickles, and chips, if desired.

Tips & Techniques
Use Up the Cabbage: Add shredded cabbage to tossed salads or make a citrus slaw to serve with sausage or chicken. In a bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup fresh orange juice, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon each honey and pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add 1/2 cabbage and 1 large carrot (each shredded) and toss to combine. Fold in fresh cilantro or parsley before serving, if desired.
Coaches Ratings Criteria
They rate us 1-10 on:
1 - Attitude
2 - Rules
3 - Mechanics
4 - Game Control
Lets be friendly, courteous, fair and professional!
They rate us 1-5 on: 
 1- Judgment  
 2- Game Control   
 3- Knowledge of the Rules
 4- Position and Mechanics    

They rate us 0-1 on:
5 - Appearance
6 - Attitude
7- Communication
8- Physical Condition
9- Punctuality
The John Tesh Radio Show
Boost Your Energy Levels And Get Motivated!
Want to boost your energy? Skip the caffeine, and take the stairs instead!

Want to boost your energy? Skip the caffeine, and take the stairs instead! Patrick O'Connor is a kinesiology professor at the University of Georgia. And he found that just 10 minutes climbing stairs will boost your energy levels and motivation more than downing the amount of caffeine in a typical can of cola.

The researchers wanted to find a way to increase the energy of employees that could be done in a typical office setting where workers may only have a few minutes for breaks.

So, during the study, chronically sleep-deprived workers participated in 2 scenarios. One day they worked and took a capsule of caffeine. And another day, the workers spent 10 minutes walking slowly up and down the stairs.

The result: On the day they walked the stairs for 10 minutes, participants definitely felt more energetic and focused. They also did much better verbally, and on the computer on memory and mental agility tests. Likely because their harder-working hearts were pumping more oxygen to their brains – which provides more energy than ANYTHING you could sip or eat while sitting. And those who walked with a buddy had an even bigger mood boost. On the days the workers took the caffeine pills, they actually felt LESS motivated to work.
Bottom line: Walking up and down stairs for 10 minutes is completely do-able.

And can really benefit your energy levels and motivation.
PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS 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.