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

Do you feel like you're soooo done with all this stuff? I recently saw this meam:

I always wondered what it was like to live through the: Civil War, Spanish Flu, Great Depression, Watergate, 1960's Civil Rights Movement, and Dust Bowl. Not all at once though.

We want to be over the fear, stress and anxiety. We endured and survived. But it doesn't feel like it will ever end. Our fallback continues to be one of hope.

Hospitality is offering hope to one another - it's kindness, compassion, simple gestures that lift our spirits, encourage us, and convey that we're not alone. Offering reassurance will help us get through things together. Hope that things will get better and things are okay now. That I have your back and that you have mine. The greatest comfort that we can offer is hope.

 Thank you,
George Fleckenstein
Swimming and Diving Comments on the Rules 2020-21
1-1-1: The additional language provides clarity on what constitutes the end wall . The 2019-20 rules book changed the definition of the finish of the race by permitting the swimmer to finish at the end wall, not the touchpad. That change necessitated a more concise definition of the end wall. 

1-4-5, 1-4-6, 9-2-1, 9-41d, 9-4-2, 9-4-4, 9-4-5:  The new articles clarify the difference between a dive round and a dive session . Diving sessions refer to preliminary rounds, semifinal rounds or final rounds during an 11-dive competition. After the end of each of these sessions, there is a natural break as scores are tabulated and cuts are made for the next session of competition. Meet management may choose to permit divers to warm up during these breaks. 

3-3-3 NOTE, 3-3-4c:  This rule is a clarification of what the swimming community may see on suits this fall as a result of a rule change made by USA Swimming. A small check mark will be positioned next to the FINA marking on some suits and is not considered as an additional manufacturer’s logo or advertising.

6-3-2: A legal finish can be accomplished by touching any part of the end wall and the result achieved by that legal touch must be regarded as the official time for the event.  This rule change clarifies that other data points such as touchpad, buttons or stopwatches may need to be used by the referee to determine the swimmer’s time

6-3-4: The rule proposal more accurately describes the protocol for determining an official time when the competitor contacts the end wall and not the touchpad . The backup system, meaning backup buttons or stopwatches. may need to be used in situations where the swimmer does not activate the touchpad or the touchpad malfunctions. This phrase clarifies conditions when the swimmer does not touch the touchpad initially.

9-3-3, 9-3-5: Headings were added to Rules 9-3-3 and 9-3-5 to help delineate the two-step process for a diver participating in a championship meet. It is a two-step process of (1) entering the divers and swimmers into a culminating meet as part of a team entry submission, and (2) submitting the diving list/scoresheet at that time or a later time.  These headings and wording changes are simply clarifications of the process.
Section VIII
The Section VIII office will reopen on July 1. The staff will be working staggered, half days. They have been working remotely from home since March .
LISOA Meeting Dates  

Wednesday,  September 16  – Rules Interpretation Meeting 7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday,  October 20  - Pre-Season Meeting

Thursday,  November 12  - Workshop

Monday,  November 23  - Diving Clinic

Tuesday,  December 1  - Relay Carnival, Sect. VIII  NCAC - clinic

Wednesday,  January 6  - Nominating Meeting

Thursday,  January 21  - Annual Meeting

March 15, 2021  - 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. A ttendance at a rules interpretation meeting is required.

Things Every Diving Judge Should Know...

... that all divers must have the correct Voluntary Dive Group for the week: Week #1 – forward group; week #2 – back group; week #3 – inward group; week #4 – twisting group; week #5 – reverse group; then start again with the forward
group (unless determined otherwise by the state association);

Any dive from a group may be designated as a voluntary dive. It will receive its assigned DD - through 1.8.

Any voluntary dive with a DD greater than 1.8 will be assigned a DD of 1.8
Walter Olsewski Selected For
Manhattan College Athletic Hall Of Fame

Walter Owlsewski is one of eight individuals that have been elected to the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

Walter Olsewski, Manhattan College class of 1968, served as the head of the swimming and diving program for 20 seasons, and was instrumental in resurrecting men's team at Manhattan. During his 20 years, he guided the women's team to a 155-124 record (.556), and led both squads to a combined 200 victories. Olsewski also served 11 seasons as the Jaspers' golf coach. A standout swimmer in his own right at Manhattan, following graduation he worked for over 30 years in the Central Islip Public School District.

The 42nd annual induction ceremony and dinner is scheduled to take place in the Great Room of the Raymond W. Kelly '63 Student Commons on Saturday, November 14.
NYSPHSAA Holds First COVID-19 Task Force Meeting
June 10
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) held its first meeting of the COVID-19 Task Force on Wednesday, June 10. The Task Force is comprised of school district superintendents, high school principals, athletic directors, NYSPHSAA officers, as well as a representative from the New York State Athletic Administrators Association, an athletic trainer, a district transportation director, and members of New York State Education Department and New York State Department of Health.
The Task Force heard reports and updates from the Governor Cuomo’s office, the New York State Education Department and the New York State Health Department pertaining to the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it has had upon education and the reopening of schools. 

“Having representatives from these offices provide reports today was extremely beneficial to the work that the Task Force will do over the course of the next few months,” said NYSPHSAA President and Task Force Chair, Paul Harrica. “ From the reports provided, it is clear school district facilities cannot be opened for student participation until Phase 4 is entered . The health and safety of our student-athletes remains our top priority.”
On Friday, the Task Force will release guidance pertaining to on-campus summer conditioning workouts as well as an update to its Frequently Asked Questions document that NYSPHSAA released on May 7th. School districts are encouraged to get acclimated with CDC and local health department guidance as well Governor Cuomo's restrictions, local laws and policies.
The Task Force also discussed and examined the result of a COVID-19 survey, distributed by NYSPHSAA, to gather a statewide perspective on the impacts and potential response to the COVID-19 crisis; roughly 6,000 athletic directors, administrators, and coaches submitted responses to the survey . Results of the survey can be found here: 

“Today’s meeting was our first step in addressing concerns and examining readily available information related to the COVID-19 crisis,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “We are all focused on providing student-athletes with the opportunity to participate this fall with guidance from the Department of Health and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s restrictions.”
The next NYSPHSAA COVID-19 Task Force meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 30.

On Twitter, NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas said the task force is, “working on several contingency plans this weekend in an effort to prepare for the many ‘what if’ scenarios. May have to get creative. Student engagement and participation must be our focus! Stay safe and positive!

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. 
Knowledge of the Rules
Proper rules knowledge includes knowing and understanding the rules as written, but also applying the intent of the rules. The correct application of the rules can also diffuse potential challenging situations.
Be a student of the sport - study the rules book. Knowledge will also help you anticipate situations. The penalty for a violation of the rules results in a disqualification of the athlete. For that reason, the benefit of the doubt should always go to the swimmer or diver.
Take the NFHS exam each year even if your state association may not require it. Taking the NFHS exam allows you to learn how to properly use the NFHS rules book. 
Experience is your best teacher and your friend. 

Meet experience is the knowledge and skill gained through training, practice, time spent officiating and by observing veteran officials. This experience results in a more thorough understanding of the sport. Experience can be acquired many ways but it begins and builds through training. Continually reviewing rules and situations also makes you more knowledgeable and a better official.

Ongoing professional development leads to a greater ability to handle all situations in the pool. At the same time, experience will reinforce those lessons learned. Take the opportunity to observe higher-level meets. Also, a post-meet conference with your officiating partner can be a good opportunity to reflect on specific situations .
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

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