Long Island Swimming Officials Association 
Serving Long Island Swimmers for 60 years!  
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2017 marked the 60th year of our service as officials to the young swimmers and divers on Long Island. I would like to thank all who played a part in the success of this organization over the years. Without our dedicated and talented members, we could not have fulfilled our purposes and goals during that time. Thank you for your support and commitment. Together we will continue another 60 years. 

 George Fleckenstein


ART. 2 . . . The uniform consists of a suit and, if worn, cap(s).
a.  The suit or cap(s) may display the name and/or number of the competitor, school or mascot.
b. Advertising or name other than that permitted in 3-3-2c is prohibited.
c.  A single visible manufacturer’s logo/trademark/reference, no more than 2¼ square inches, with no dimension more than 2¼, inches is permitted on each item of the uniform (suit and cap(s)).
d.  One American flag, not to exceed 2 inches by 3 inches, may be worn or occupy space on each item of uniform apparel. By state association adoption, to allow for special occasions, commemorative or memorial patches, not to exceed 4 square inches, may be worn on the uniform without compromising its integrity.
Note: The FINA mark and/or individual barcode on certain swimsuits designating that the suit has been approved for FINA and/or USA Swimming competition is not considered to be a second manufacturer’s logo nor a form of advertising. Such swimsuits with a FINA marking shall be legal for NFHS competition.

PENALTIES: When an official discovers a competitor wearing illegal attire as described in Article 2, the official shall:
1.  when observed prior to the start of the heat/dive, notify the competitor to make legal the attire before becoming eligible to compete. If the competitor cannot comply without delaying the start of the heat/dive, the competitor is disqualified from the event/dive and shall not be eligible for further competition until in legal attire;
2.  when observed after the heat/dive officially begins, disqualify the competitor at the completion of the heat/dive; nullify the competitor’s performance time/score and he/she shall not be eligible for further competition until in legal attire.

ART. 4 . . . Competitors shall not wear or use any device or foreign substance to aid their speed, buoyancy or body compression. The following may be used within the stated conditions:
a.  a foreign substance may be applied if not considered excessive by the referee (if excessive, the referee shall require the competitor to remove). Adhesives are not allowed for swimmers or divers.
b.  divers may wear tape or wraps for support.
Tape may be used by a swimmer to treat a documented medical condition. The referee must be presented signed documentation from an appropriate health-care professional before permitting the athlete to compete.
NOTE: Each state association may, in keeping with applicable laws, authorize exceptions to NFHS playing rules to provide reasonable accommodations to individual participants with disabilities and/or special needs, as well as those individuals with unique and extenuating circumstances. The accommodations should not fundamentally alter the sport, heighten risk to the athlete/others or place opponents at a disadvantage.

Penalty: When team personnel/competitor uses an unapproved artificial device during an event, the competitor(s) is disqualified from further competition.

ART. 5 . . .  Prior to the meet, the coach shall verify with the meet referee that all his/her competitors are legally attired.

NYSPHSAA Jewelery Rule No jewelry, which includes visible body piercing objects, shall be worn in a sport. Any piece of jewelry that is visible at the start of or during a contest is in violation of the NYSPHSAA Jewelry Rule. Religious medals must be taped to the body and under the uniform. Medical medals must be taped to the body so they are visible. 
LISOA Meeting Dates 
January 2 -  Diving Clinic, Nassau BOCES,
7:00 p.m.

January 24  – Annual Meeting/Discuss championship meets

March 19   - Recognition Dinner Banquet Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park
Things Every Diving Judge Should Know... Diving
Know the description of each of the judging categories: Excellent, Very Good, Good, Satisfactory, Deficient, Unsatisfactory and Failed, and score each dive based on the scores within each category.

Confirm 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. Be sure no dive is repeated on the scoresheet.
LISOA Diving Clinic
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Nassau County BOCES
71 Clinton Rd, Garden City, NY

This will again be in a board room setting with dives projected onto a screen and our Dive Judging Instructor, Cyna Buckley, will guide us through multiple dives.

You do not need to wear your officiating whites. We won’t collect any papers or conduct a test.

If you are not selected to judge the diving championships, you are invited to attend and observe:

Thursday, February 1, 5:00 p.m.
Nassau County Aquatic Center

Wednesday, February 7, 5:00 p.m. Nassau County Aquatic Center

Friday, February 16, 4:30 p.m. – Hauppauge High School 
Boys Swimming and Diving Championships
Nassau County Aquatic Center Friday March 2nd and Saturday March 3rd.

2018 LISOA Diving Clinic

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Nassau County BOCES
1A Conference Room
Clinton Street, Garden City, NY

This will again be in a board room setting with dives projected onto a screen and our Dive Judging Instructor, Cyna Buckley, will guide us through multiple dives.

You do not need to wear your officiating whites. We won’t collect any papers or conduct a test.

If you are not selected to judge any of the diving championships, you are invited to attend and observe them too.
  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. 
From our contracts ...
Section VIII

1. Cancellation/Postponement - full fee. In the event that a contest is postponed/cancelled, the assigned official(s) will receive a full fee unless :
a. The cancellation is due to illness, injury, death, weather or other acceptable reasons beyond the control of the school district as determined by the Office of the ED.
b. The officials receive an equal or higher level contest within the sport season as per their availability. All officials must keep their availability up-to-date.
c. If a contest is cancelled on the day it was scheduled, for other than the reasons listed above, and there is no replacement contest on that day the official(s) will receive a full fee
d. When contests may be postponed because of inclement weather conditions, the officials must contact the school within two (2) hours of the contest to ascertain whether the contest will be played . The official must note the name of the person (or voicemail) with whom he/she had contacted at the school. If the status of the game changes after the official confirms with the school it will be the responsibility of the athletic director to contact the official(s). Officials who fail to contact the school or fail to provide a cell phone number will not receive a fee if upon arrival at the site the contest has been postponed or cancelled
2. Travel Fee - $37.00. Failure to notify official who appears for a contest that has been cancelled.

3. No Contest Fee - Full fee. Contests cancelled or postponed at game time or later or called after 30 minutes delay without having been started . Officials must notify the assignor and their assistant by noon the next day to be compensated .

4. Delayed “late start” fees - Additional ¼ fee. Any contest that is delayed 25 minutes after scheduled starting time . Officials must jointly submit to the Office of the ED the required form within 5 business days or the late start fee will not be assessed .
Note: No late start fees for any playoff games or championship events with an hourly rate.
5. Incomplete Contest - Full Fee. In the event of a suspension of play during a contest, the officials will wait a maximum of (90) minutes to resume play , if conditions warrant. Officials must notify the assignor and their assistant by noon the next day to be compensated.

6. Less than full complement of officials - In a contest where more than two officials are scheduled to work and one or more fail to appear, the working officials shall share the fee(s) of the absent official(s). The fee shall not exceed a fee of one and one half of the contest fee. Officials must notify the assignor and their assistant within 3 days to be compensated.

7. One official working a two official contest The one and one-half (1 ½ ) fee is applicable – In the event only one (1) official appears or is assigned to a two person contest , that official shall be required to work the contest. It is agreed that officials shall retain the right to indicate a preference not to work alone. This preference must be indicated on the availability when submitted and will be applied to all contests.

8. Suspended games – When contests are suspended and by rule are required to be completed the Office of the ED will attempt to assign the same officials to complete the contest. A full game fee will be paid for each game officiated. Officials must notify the assignor and their assistant by noon the next day to be compensated.

Section XI


A. Only in the event of contests assigned in addition to an official's original schedule, will confirmation of such assignments with the school be required.

B. 1. When contests may be postponed because of dubious weather conditions, an official must contact the school two hours before the contest to ascertain whether the contest will be played . The official is to note the name of the person with whom he/she had contact at the school. Officials who fail to contact the school will not receive a fee if, upon arrival at the site, the contest has been postponed or canceled.

2. Where weather conditions are questionable on non-school days and the contact with the school is difficult, the official is to contact the athletic director at his/her home or cell phone at least two hours before the contest for information about the status of the game.
Referee Responsibilities
The meet referee is the head official at all levels of competition, and shall have general supervisory authority over other officials' and may overrule another officials' call. The meet referee retains clerical authority over the contest through the completion of any reports, including those imposing disqualifications in response to actions occurring while the referees had jurisdiction. During the pre-meet conference with the officials', the meet referee may identify and delegate specific duties that must occur before, during, and/or after the meet. The referee is not responsible for supervising the warm-up period or enforcing posted warm-up procedures.
IOC, USOC and NBCUniversal Announce Olympic Channel
In a ground-breaking collaboration to connect fans to the Olympic Movement all year round, the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee and NBCUniversal have created a comprehensive Olympic Channel content and distribution partnership in the United States.

Launched in July, a new U.S. television network under the “Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA” brand offers fans year-round Olympic-sport programming from around the world, with an emphasis on their favorite American athletes and teams. The new partnership complements the Olympic Channel, which launched as a worldwide digital platform following the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

Along with the Channel, the partnership also brings additional coverage of Olympic sports programs that will appear exclusively on other NBCU platforms – including NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Digital outlets.

The three organizations will collaborate to produce and distribute Olympic sports and Olympic-themed programming on a year-round basis between the Games, providing continuity that reflects the idea that even though the Olympic flame is extinguished at the end of each Games, the athletes’ own compelling stories and journeys continue.
The collaborative programming will emphasize live events from a broad portfolio of summer and winter Olympic sports. It will also include Olympic-themed original content produced by all three parties, such as original programs produced by filmmakers from around the world commissioned by the global Olympic Channel; rich archival footage from the IOC and NBCU’s library of Olympic features and documentaries; and original Team USA programming contributed by the USOC.

 “Through this exciting new partnership with the USOC and NBCUniversal, we will ensure that U.S. audiences are more closely connected with the Olympic Movement through a more personalized experience,” said Mark Parkman, general manager of the Olympic Channel. “The evolution of the Olympic Channel in the United States is a significant milestone as we expand our distribution options across the globe in conjunction with our broadcast and National Olympic Committee partners. Placing a spotlight on Olympic sports outside of the Games themselves will ultimately bring them more deserved attention and help them grow.”
Following the launch of the global digital product and in partnership with rights-holding broadcast partners and National Olympic Committees, the Olympic Channel is developing localized versions, which will offer region- and language-specific user experiences on linear and digital platforms in certain territories, leading to more personalized experiences for Olympic fans around the world.
You’re included!
All-inclusive resorts continue to evolve
The all-inclusive resort concept was introduced 60 years ago by the folks at Club Med—they pioneered the idea in Europe. Soon, single travelers around the world embraced the notion of a shared experience at one set price. Over the years that concept has blossomed into hundreds of different shared experiences. Today, resorts offer all-inclusive packages targeted to families, adults only, foodies, golfers, scuba divers, would-be cowboys, yoga devotees and even circus lovers.

It’s such a simple concept: You pay one price and then never pull out your wallet. And the lure of a holiday where you can actually budget in advance has become even more popular in the world of airline nickel-and-dime pricing and ancillary fees.
But before you sign up for this type of travel, be aware that there are often limitations or different levels of all-inclusive. Do your homework. Be honest about your vacation goals—from activities to food and drink—and make sure that what you want is what the all-inclusive resort offers.

At some resorts, only the basics, like food and some activities, are included in that one size-fits-all fee. At others, drinks and transportation to and from the airport are included.

Some resorts include various amenities in the price. The Body Holiday, a luxury wellness retreat in St. Lucia in the Caribbean, offers one of the more complete amenity lists: a daily spa treatment, sailing school, even scuba diving.

Want gourmet food? At Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancún, the menu is nothing short of top class—and all-inclusive. You choose whatever you want (and as much as you want). What about connectivity? Not only is the internet free, but so are every single one of your international phone calls—as many as you want.
The real key to all-inclusive vacation pleasure is having a conversation with your reservation agent to get to a mutually agreed-upon definition of terms so your trip can truly be a hassle-free, wallet-free experience. Here are some questions to get you started:

Meals.  Is it sit-down dinners or just buffets? À la carte or a set menu? Does the meal plan include that drink and sandwich you order poolside? Is room service included?
Alcohol.  If drinks are included, are they top-shelf name brands? Is the minibar in your room included?
Kids.  Does the resort feature kids-stay-free options, daycare or a children’s concierge?
Rooms.  What kind of room is included? What is the difference in amenities for various rooms? Does the room have an "oceanfront" or a "beachfront" view? Also, each property has different classifications as to what is oceanfront or beachfront.
Gratuities.  Are tips included? If not, factor that in.
All these questions can be answered quickly and definitively. Then, when you get to your all-inclusive resort, toast yourself on doing your homework. The drink should be included!

Peter Greenberg is the multiple–Emmy Award–winning travel editor for CBS News and host of  The Travel Detective  on public television.


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.