Long Island Swimming Officials Association  
Serving Long Island Swimmers for over 60 years!  
November 2018
Let's see how this goes ...

This is a time of great anticipation and wonderful dreams. As we prepare for the start of our officiating season, the Long Island male swimmers and divers are longing for their days of competition - and they dream many dreams. They want to prove their abilities and strive for excellence and create friendships.

There is also a lot of anticipation among us. We are responsible for giving the athletes the opportunity to make their dreams come true, to create the framework for fair competition, and to prepare the stage for successful swimming and diving performances.

You are ready; you passed the NFHS exam, learned the new rules, discussed the situations and rulings, attended the diving clinic, and received all the materials and tools that you need to run a quality swim meet.

And now, just days away from the first meets of the season, we can tell the athletes: the stage, your swimming and diving stage, is ready.

Thank you,
George Fleckenstein
Dive of the Week - 2018-19
Sections VIII and XI
Varsity Swim Meets

Week Dive Group
Nov 25 - Dec 1 100 (Front)
Dec 2 - Dec 8 100 (Front)
Dec 9 – Dec 15 200 (Back)
Dec 16 – Dec 22 400 (Inward)
Dec 23 – Dec 29 5000 (Twist)
Dec 30 – Jan 5 5000 (Twist)
Jan 6 – Jan 12 300 (Reverse)
Jan 13 – Jan 19 100 (Front)
Jan 20 – Jan 26 200 (Back)
Jan 27 – Feb 2 400 (Inward)
Feb 3 – Feb 9 5000 (Twist)
Feb 10 – Feb 16 300 (Reverse )
Association Elections in January

Our biannual officer and board member nominations will be held on January 10 with the nominating committee accepting nominations. The general election will be held on January 29.

The association officers are: president, vice president , secretary, treasurer. Two directors are also elected. All terms are two years. Their duties are described in the by- laws.

If you are interested, please contact one of the members of the nominating committee: chairman Roy Rapp, Laurette Tekverk, or Peter Hugo.
Dives of week

Week of: Nov. 26   100
Week of: Dec. 3    200
          Dec. 10  400
          Dec. 17  100
          Dec. 31  200
Week of: Jan. 7.    400   
Driving in Bad Weather
from AAA

You probably have experienced a wide range of driving challenges, including some caused by inclement weather. How can you continue to be safe when driving in bad weather conditions

Stay in control.  Practicing responses to simulated emergency situations under safe conditions can reduce emotional impact and increase chances of correct performance. The driver who knows what to do in an emergency is more likely to stay in control when driving in bad weather.

Respond to skids . The first step in regaining traction is to recognize that you are experiencing a skid. Regardless of the cause of the skid, look and steer toward your intended path of travel. Keep your eyes focused on where you want the vehicle to go. Here are additional tips on three skid situations.

Responding to front tire skids : Smoothly ease up on the accelerator. This will transfer more weight to the front wheels, increasing the front tires’ traction.

Responding to rear tire skids:  Avoid using the brakes. As the rear tires regain traction, continue steering toward your intended path of travel.

Counter-steering: Steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go, toward your intended path of travel. Most drivers tend to steer this way instinctively in their attempt to correct a rear-tire skid. When you counter-steer, straighten the wheels as soon as you feel the rear of the vehicle begin to realign with your intended path of travel.

Be careful when you counter-steer — it is not enough to correct for only the first over-steer skid. The rear of the vehicle may swing back in the opposite direction of the first skid (“fishtailing”). Be ready to counter-steer quickly if more skidding occurs. You need quick and correct reactions for successful skid recovery.
LISOA Meeting Dates  

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...
  • The number of team entries in diving shall be the same as the number of swimmers allowed in each swimming event.
  • Diving shall count as one of the athlete’s two individual entries for the meet.
  • The divers from the visiting team have the choice of selecting the odd or even diving positions. A single diver from the visiting team may select any of the odd or even positions, i.e., 1, 3, 5, which may be different than the lanes selected for the team’s swimming lanes.
  • The diving referee, or his/her designee, should check the diving scoresheets for the following: (This is performed as a courtesy to the diver and his/her coach. The primary responsibility for accuracy of the diving scoresheet lies with the diver and coach.)
The diver’s name and school, diver and coach signatures, dive number and position, the order in which the dives will be performed, and that the designated degree of difficulty for the voluntary dive is circled and not greater than 1.8. Remember: the dive number and position are the official description of each dive.
  • Verify that all divers have the
correct Voluntary Dive Group
for the week

  • Verify that the five optional
dives come from at least four of
the five dive groups, and may
include any dive from the
voluntary dive group other than
the voluntary dive, and;

  • Be sure no dive is repeated on
the score sheet.

From Section VIII
On your Sportspak.Online Unsportsmanlike web page, there is a new ‘Receipt’ button. When clicked, the system generates a pdf file, if you filed an Unsportsmanlike incident, and displays it on your screen in your browser. You can then print or save it to a folder on your PC by clicking on icons in the top right corner of their screen. These icons are controlled by your browser, so the position may vary depending on the browser you are using.
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.
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2019 Swimming and Diving Championship Dates

Section XI

January 30 - Sachem East - League 1 - 4:15 pm
January 31 - Hauppauge - League 2 - 4:15 pm
February 7 - Hauppauge - Sectional Diving - 4:30 pm
February 9 - Suffolk County CC - Sectional Swimming - 10:00 am

Section VIII

January 31 - Nassau County AC - Divisional Diving - 5:00 pm
February 2 - Nassau County AC - Division Swimming -10:30 am
February 6 - Nassau County AC - Sectional Diving - 5:00 pm
February 8 - Nassau County AC - Section VIII Swim Trials - 6:30 pm
February 9 - Nassau County AC - Section VIII Swim Finals -12:00 pm

New York State

March 1-2 - Nassau County Aquatic Center - 10:30 am
NYSPHSAA Boys Swimming & Diving Championships

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
Careful with Explanations
By  Referee  - November 2018

There may never be a game we officiate that is free from controversy, in which every call is met with agreement from two compassionate coaches. Many calls officials make are challenged and open for interpretation.

Coaches, players and especially fans normally view the game through very biased eyes. And as we well know, when the call is close, one coach, or both, may request an explanation.

The spotlight is now shining directly on the official. The entire presentation to the coach is under close scrutiny. How we comport ourselves in our body language, facial expressions, tone, inflection and the words we choose will play a large role in reaching a mutual consent or an agreeable conclusion.

Let’s say you are the Referee, and your call was met with strong disapproval from the coach. As you approach the table to report the infraction, he or she requests an explanation. After reporting the foul, you begin to gather your thoughts. Your approach to the bench is in a calm and professional manner. Your arms are at your side. You have good eye contact and speak in a pleasant manner without standing face-to-face with the coach. In a relaxed voice, your explanation of what you saw is brief, concise and only about the play and the call.

Coaches who have seen you in the past probably expect that conduct from you. If the coach does not know you, his or her impression is now positive and favorable. That is a way to build a foundation of mutual respect with words and temperament. By taking time to speak to the coach and display rules knowledge and confidence in a non-adversarial manner, your actions will likely prompt the coach to nod his or her head and resume coaching. Coaches should be able to ask a question. And officials should provide an answer if the opportunity presents itself.

Imagine if you took a different approach in your meeting with the coach. Remember, he or she was only asking for an explanation of your call. You walk toward the coach in a defiant and defensive manner. One hand rests on your hip and the other is in the air moving in conjunction with your huffed voice. “Coach, I know a foul when I see one. Let me call the game and you coach your team. I’m not going to explain every call I make.”

That antagonistic approach will only serve to drive a wedge between coach and official. First, the coach has not received the explanation he or she requested. Secondly, the mood has shifted from two individuals working cohesively to an adversarial relationship. And the coach is confused. He or she doesn’t understand why you chose to be hostile. It was unnecessary and completely avoidable.

Your ability to communicate properly with coaches is in direct proportion to your rules knowledge and skills as a referee. If your administration of a violation is correct and according to the rules, then a natural confidence comes with that to explain the play to the coach. In contrast, if you are discussing the reason you called a violation and are not crystal clear on why you made that call, your explanation and body language will come across as uneasy. No matter how smoothly you speak, or how skilled you are at communicating the spoken word, your outer presence will be communicating an unspoken language.

Strive to sharpen your communication skills. During the game, most calls can be made in the same composed tone. Practice how you enunciate your words and responses. Be sure to consider the person on the other end. Don’t get caught up in the, “I’m in charge of this game” mentality. There is no place for unsavory retorts or sarcasm in your words. That is more a reflection on the speaker than the recipient.

Officials are evaluated by so many aspects of the game. They all form the perceptions that shape each official, like communication, appearance, rules knowledge, hustle, mechanics and game management. Speak clearly and choose your words carefully with a coach.

Eat Like You Have Diabetes
AARP top chef's 5 tips for healthy dining
When he was a seventh grader in Washington, D.C., Daniel Thomas wrote in an essay that when he grew up, he wanted to cook for the president of the United States. And he's done exactly that.

Thomas believes that "everyone should eat like they have diabetes. It works." He offers these five easy tips for making healthier choices:

  • Don't eat past 7 p.m. It's better for your digestion and metabolism. If you start feeling hungry later, have a healthy snack such as nuts or fruit.
  • Low-carb your burger. Get rid of the bottom bun and eat the burger open-faced. "That one little change slashes the amount of empty carbs."
  • Keep nuts in your glove compartment. Stuck in traffic and feeling hungry? High-protein nuts will keep you from stopping for junk food.
  • Do the avocado mash. Spread it instead of mayo on whole wheat bread for healthy fat, fiber and vitamins.
  • Nix the noodles in your chicken soup. Add quinoa or barley to boost protein and fiber. Serve with chopped fresh cilantro or parsley, a squirt of lime juice and a little hot pepper.
Five Post-Meet Discussion Strategies
When the final whistle sounds or the last out is recorded,
you may not be done yet.
By  Referee  Magazine

The post game critique is a great learning tool. The best referees are the ones who are open to what you have to say   and those that are willing to learn new things.
Organizing and participating in an effective post game critique doesn’t just happen. Like all things in officiating, they take knowledge, preparation, sensitivity and, perhaps most importantly, good social skills.

Whether you’re the head official, an evaluator or a referee who worked the game, you can make the most out of a critique by keeping a few important things in mind.

Know What to Cover
It may seem like stating the obvious, but knowing what you’re going to talk about after the game when you address your partner is crucial. Make sure you have something relevant to say and that you can convey it in a way that he/she will understand.

Prepare Your Message
You may have more knowledge than any other official on the planet but if you can’t express it in a way that others can hear it, understand it and receive it, all your knowledge may be for naught. This isn’t the time to go over every tick of the clock and every play of the game. Officials should have a sense for what should be covered and a strategy going in.

Take a Positive Approach
The goal for the the post game meeting is to help everyone improve from analyzing their performance. If there were mistakes then those mistakes provide teachable moments.
That balance of presenting the positive along with the challenge to improve is the crucial focus point.

Exercise Sensitivity
The goal isn’t about ego; it is about helping someone become the best official he or she can be.

Know Your Audience
Officiating is one part knowing and executing rules and another part understanding people. Our people skills help us handle the irate coach, the frustrated players and the angry crowd, but they are equally or more important when it comes to working within the officiating team.
If you’re a part of a post game critique, it is important to not only soak up the feedback, it’s also important to demonstrate that you bring an open attitude and that you want to improve.
Which Dish Completes Your Thanksgiving Meal?

Eighty-eight percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation eat turkey on Thanksgiving.

According to  Smithsonian.com , Ben Franklin never suggested making the turkey the national bird. He did, however, call it a "much more respectable bird" than the bald eagle.
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.