Long Island Swimming Officials Association  
Serving Long Island Swimmers for over 60 years!  
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I'd like to thank our board of directors for their ongoing, year round commitment to our organization. Even though our season is only three months long, your association leadership is busy meeting, discussing, evaluating, and planning for the long term success and well being of the LISOA. We concentrate not only on the forthcoming season but also on the big picture for the association.

Thank you Ray Willie, Barbara Wendt, Christine Zimmet, Doug Virkus, Larry Wachter, Frank Dowd, and Bob Kersch.

Thank you,
George Fleckenstein
Coaches/Officials Week
October 15-21
Thank you coaches!
Thank you officials!

October 15-21 is designated as National Coaches, Advisors, Sponsors and contest Officials week as part of National High School Activities Month.

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 next week with a focus on sportsmanship.

The week is designed to recognize those listed above, without whom, interscholastic athletics and activities would not be possible. Many devote a great deal of time in order to teach, mentor and officiate games and meets for young people.

Celebrate the coaches, advisors, sponsors and officials in your community with some of the following ideas.

  • Host breakfast for officials who help in sports and fine arts
  • Class competition of "You Make the Call” and feature questions regarding sport rules
  • Have round-table discussion with students, officials and parents
  • Donate sportsmanship book or video to library on behalf of officials
  • Send certificates of recognition and appreciation letters to officials
  • Post signs thanking officials
  • Provide NFHS sportsmanship cards to all officials who work contests at your school
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Page 2,
Major Rule Change Summary 4-2-1d: 
The referee shall conduct a pre-meet conference with the starter, the coach and the captain of each team for all non-championship meets; 

Page 37, 4-1-2: In  championship  multi-team meets, a meet committee and a meet director shall assume responsibility for all aspects of meet management.
LISOA Diving Clinic
Wednesday, November 14
Nassau BOCES
71 Clinton Rd., Garden City
Room LLB
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m .
LISOA Meeting Dates  

Tuesday,  September 25  – Rules Interpretation Meeting Long Island Expressway Welcome Center   7:00 p.m.  - 9:00 p.m.

**Thursday,  November 8  - Pre-Season Meeting ** NEW DATE

Wednesday, November 14 - Diving Clinic , Nassau BOCES - Room LLB - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday,  November 27  – Relay Carnival , Sect. VIII  NCAC - clinic

Tuesday,  December 4  - Relay Carnival , Sect. XI  NCAC - clinic

Thursday,  January 10  - Nominating/Business Meeting

Tuesday,  January 29  - General Elections Meeting

March 1,2, 2019 - NY State Boys Swimming and Diving Championships - NCAC

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...
  • Each diving judge shall deduct 1⁄2-2 points for not stopping the oscillation of the board just before or after the starting position is assumed
  • Each diving judge shall deduct 1⁄2-2 points for foot/feet leaving the board prior to a back/inward takeoff
  • Each diving judge shall deduct 1⁄2-2 points for excessive oscillation
  • Each diving judge shall deduct 1⁄2-2 points for spreading the knees in the tuck position
  • Each diving judge shall deduct 1⁄2-2 points for entering the water to the side of the board
  • Each diving judge shall deduct 1⁄2-2 points for twisting manifestly from the board.
Section XI Availability

High School Winter officials may now begin to enter their availabilities. Availabilities must be received by  Friday, October 19th .

A service charge of a ½ fee will be paid by an official for each rejection or turn back, (unless THE REASON FOR REJECTION OR TURN BACK IS COMPLETELY ACCEPTABLE TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SECTION XI.) Each official will be entitled to  one rejection/turn back per season per sport without charge

A service charge of $85 will be assessed if the turn back is  on the day of the contes t. If the turn back is  two hours or less before game  time, the fee will be $90.
Please enter your Section VIII availability starting this week!
Super Bowl Pool

Thank you Chris Hugo for running our pool again this year. Each square is $20.00. See Chris for a chance to win $1000.00.
LISOA Permanent Historical Display
Nassau County Aquatic Center
Our historical cabinet is in place at the Nassau County Aquatic Center. The display will feature memorabilia, the NY State, Long Island, and Sectional swimming records, photos, awards, historical items and articles, and proclamations. If you have items that we can display please pass them on to us.
the Call
SITUATION During a non-championship/ multi-team meet, a swimmer from one of the participating teams is disqualified, and her coach asks that a meet committee be convened to discuss a misapplication of a rule. 

RULING: A meet committee is only a requirement of championship meets. As a result, the request should be denied. 

COMMENT:   Other meets are administered by the referee or other officials appropriate to the type of meet. (4-1-2)

SITUATION A meet is being conducted in a facility that cannot physically accommodate 16.4-yard/15-meter deck markings on both sides of the pool (‘L’ shape pool, a 25-yard course in the middle of a 50-meter pool). 

RULING : The 16.4-yard/15-meter marking should be placed at the appropriate position on the deck, regardless of the distance between the deck and the lanes being used. (2-4-5)

SITUATION At the finish of the backstroke, the swimmer reaches for the wall and immediately before he touches, his body is completely underwater.

RULING: Illegal, the swimmer is disqualified

COMMENT: Some part of the swimmer's body must remain on or above the surface except for the 15 meters following the start and at each turn. If completely submerged immediately prior to the finishing touch, the swimmer is disqualified. (8.2.1)

The art of judging diving is not only a question of having sufficient knowledge of the NFHS Rules Book as, in reality, the written rules are the easiest part of judging. The difficulty lies in mastering the unwritten rules and factors which influence all diving judges, both consciously and unconsciously.

Knowledge of the sport

Obviously, knowledge of the sport is essential. However, no person is born with it. It can be acquired by learning to dive under good instruction, studying the NFHS Rules Book and other texts/rules, participating in judging seminars, discussing the sport with knowledgeable persons, and most importantly, by observation in person and by viewing videotapes, films, and other media.

A great deal can be learned about the sport by studying videos of all levels of diving and getting exposure to as many diving competitions as possible. No judge, however seasoned, should stop studying and observing. Even the real experts lose their “diving eye” after several months without contact with diving.

It is very important to stay up-to-date on the rules and developments of this dynamic sport.  
Forget Perfection, Here’s 5 Ways To Be Great
By  Referee  Magazine- 2018
Perfect games are for athletes and they are rare. A bowler or pitcher may achieve perfection once in a while. But beyond that, athletes, like officials, aren’t flawless (think fumbles, DQs, errors and turnovers).

For players, coaches and officials, the fun part of sports comes in the with the adjusting, the adapting and rising to big moment. Doing what’s necessary to get the job done while trying to be perfect would ruin most of that fun. Still, in the age of instant replay, 24-hour sports news networks, everyone in the stands with a handheld recording device (and my personal favorite postgame internet trolls), the pressure on officials to be perfect is very real. So what can we do? It’s been said that perfection is not attainable, but those who chase perfection can catch excellence. If you can be successful in the following areas, you will be closer to the unattainable.

Be prepared
Control what you can control, such as your fitness, uniform, and rules and mechanics knowledge. Forget about that which is out of your hands, such as the weather, traffic and other people’s moods. Don’t sweat the small stuff; that will reduce the chances of errors.

Be a student
Every game is an opportunity for learning and improving. Don’t dwell on mistakes but use them as a means of motivating yourself to be better the next time out. You will find you’ve built a sort of database that you can mentally sift through when presented with game situations.

Be contrite
A big in-game error that cannot be reversed is disappointing. When it happens, the best course is to own up to it. “I’m sorry, coach. I made a mistake but I can’t fix it.” In the moment, do not defend, justify or analyze your mistake. I have yet to meet a coach who has a comeback for, “I was wrong and I’m sorry.” Of course, that sort of apology only works once with each coach. And if you find yourself having to apologize on a regular or semiregular basis, it’s time to review the rules or mechanics.

Be resilient
Just like good goalies, relief pitchers and placekickers, you have to forget the most recent mistake so the rest of the game won’t suffer. Stay in the moment. The rest of the game needs the best that you have to offer. You can analyze your mistake with a microscope on the ride home.

Be productive
If your game is telecast or recorded, and you’re able to watch it later, turn the sound off. Listening to the analysis of someone without actual rules knowledge who has the benefit of watching from above, replay or frame-by-frame slow motion will not help you; it will likely only anger you. Similarly, going into online or other social media forums where anonymous internet trolls opine about bad officiating will not help you.

Talk to those you trust — your partners, your assigner or your mentor — about your game and discuss any concerns you may have. If you made a mistake, ask what could have been done to prevent it. Perhaps you had a bad experience with a player or coach. Ask those who know how it could have been managed better. That is where the real learning takes place.
Enthusiasm is common.
Endurance is rare.
Angela Duckworth

Psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”

Why do some people succeed and others fail? She explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success.

She found that grit—a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal—is the hallmark of high achievers in every domain.

With first-person accounts with teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, young finalists in the National Spelling Bee and interviews with dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.

Grit  is about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how  that —not talent or luck—makes all the difference.

Only perseverance will lead to high achievement. Someone who is a high achiever never believes that they will ever reach their goals, they are always striving more. Someone with true grit has enduring passion, they push through pain and frustration, giving up is simply not an option for them.
”A combination of passion and perseverance makes high achievers special. High achievers have grit.
A lot of the reason we place so much emphasis on talent is that we want to believe the high achievers are doing something we physically couldn’t. That an Olympic swimmer has a natural born talent that we could never possibly match. This is clearly ignoring the countless hours an Olympic swimmer will spend in the pool training every single day for years and years.
”With effort, talent becomes skill and, at the very same time, effort makes skill productive.”

Characteristics of grit
Duckworth explains that there are 4 key characteristics of a gritty person:
  1. A gritty person must have interest and passion. They need to enjoy what they do and be committed to their passions. To dedicate time to their interests every single day. Also, a gritty person will understand that interests do not appear overnight, sometimes you have to be patient and wait for your interests to develop and mature.
  2. The second characteristic is the ability to practice. Someone with grit will dedicate themselves to practicing every day, and always striving to be better than the day before.
  3. The driver behind passion is having a purpose. Someone with grit will understand their purpose and why they do the things that they do.
  4. Finally, hope. A gritty person must have hope, it’s a critical element of perseverance.

"Your coaches, how your parents raised you, the role
models that you have in life — these environmental
experiences all tremendously influence your grit."  
Hands on the Wheel. 
Eyes on the Road.

Drivers spend more than half their time focused
on things other than driving
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Everyday, motorists who read or send a text while driving take their eyes off the road for up to 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the entire length of a football field with your eyes shut. 

Texting - along with other activities like phone calls, eating, drinking, setting your GPS or working your car's entertainment system - takes your mind and your eyes off the road. 
Did you know in-vehicle infotainment systems require more visual and cognitive attention? They can require up to 40 seconds to program navigation.
3,500 deaths each year are the result of distracted driving. 

We do a lot of driving to and from our swim meets and meetings.
Be safe out there!

Budweiser's famed Clydesdales will be headed to Patchogue in October
Anheuser-Busch’s famed Clydesdales will be trotting through Patchogue this October, delivering beer like in the olden days.

The Village Board approved closing Main Street for the October 10 event.

The horses,  who make an appearance nearly every year  before millions watching the Super Bowl, are coming in part to mark the 85th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, according to the  Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce .

So on Wednesday, October 10 , from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. , Main Street will be closed from West Avenue to Rider Avenue for the Clydesdales to make their special deliveries.

Anheuser-Busch  owns about 250 Clydesdales , good for one of the largest herds of Clydesdales horses in the world. The horses are kept at various locations in the U.S.
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.