You may have heard that there is a new USA-WSWS membership structure on the way. Please be aware of the following key elements.
#1 The base membership will cost $19.95. This is a great access point for anyone interested in supporting the sport of water skiing and enjoying the magazine and member only discounts. See more about that below.
#2 If you are an active member, don’t wait to renew. The new active membership is actually going to be $4.95 more so its not worth the wait, renew now. The new membership is geared towards increasing the non-active base membership for individual and families more than anything. Here is the recent e-blast that went out, it correctly explains the right approach to renewing during this transition period. http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101891240757&ca=65cd5b9c-b1bb-45b9-bf76-49e2a42bbc1d
#3 We are not going to see this go live during this summer season, the new projected release date is August/September so what USA Water Ski and Wake Sports has done is incorporated the most important part of it now, which is the new $19.95 supporting membership. This means the entry point of membership has been nearly cut in half.
#4 In the fall we will begin our biggest membership drive in years, reaching out to almost 7,000 ex-members from over the last 5 years.
#5 Airhead has joined USA-WSWS as a new member discount sponsor. This is our first manufacturer to go live as part of our push for better member benefits. USA Water Ski & Wake Sports members will receive 20% off all items with exclusive discount code at checkout. Log in to the Members Only section and click on the Member Discounts link. Airhead is the largest manufacturer of inflatables in the market.
We will close nominations for the US representative for the Pan Am TC position at the end of June. These elections will take place at the AWAS National Summer Board meeting. So far we have 4 candidates running…Bob Corson, Dana Garcia, Nikki Lee, and Larry Downes.
The Green Mountain Water Skiers (GMWS) will host a junior development clinic on July 12th at Wrightsville Reservoir outside Montpelier, Vt.
Pro skiing legend (and Vermont native) Chris Rossi will serve as head coach and all Eastern Region junior skiers are welcome to attend. The cost to participate is TBD, but organizers are looking to keep it as low as possible.
In order to determine if there will be enough participants to hold the clinic, GMWS needs to gauge interest from the region’s junior skiers.
If your junior is interested in participating, please email Justin Campfield at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before May 28th.
The 2018 Northeast Slalom Series schedule has been announced and registration is open for the season.
The eight-stop, six-state tour kicks off June 23rd at the John’s Lake 117 tournament in Wantage, NJ, and concludes with the head-to-head finals Sept. 1, at Pangaea Puddle. View the full schedule here.
New for 2018, the series will feature two divisions of competition – Adults and Juniors – using NOPS points to level the playing field among speeds and determine placements. So, all adults, men and women, will ski against each other, while all juniors, boys and girls, will compete against each other. At the conclusion of the series, the top 12 adults and four juniors will qualify for the series championships.
The registration fee is $30 for new skiers and $20 for returning skiers if they use their bibs from last year. Juniors are FREE in 2018 (bibs are $10 if they don’t have one from last year). Please register here.
NESS registration fees cover the finals cash prize, bibs (for new skiers, returning skiers must use their bib from last year or pay the $30 registration fee) and minimal series costs such a points tracking, banners, website development, etc. Every cent raised by entry fees and sponsorships will be put back into the series.
In 2017, Zoe Carpenter and Scott Bellefeuille won the Women’s and Men’s titles, respectively, claiming more than $1,000 in combined cash prizes.
More information available at www.WaterSkiTheEast.com.
Driver and Safety clinics are scheduled at Timberlake this Spring. The link below lists the dates and signup contact information.
The driver clinic will meet maintenance clinic requirements for any current driver and will also test aspiring Assistant Drivers in any/all three events. To test for Assistant you must have: 1) completed and had signed off all prerequisites, 2) obtained a motor vehicle records review, 3) submitted the paperwork to AWSA for review, 4) received AWSA approval confirmation before signing up for the clinic.
The safety clinic will meet maintenance clinic requirements for current safety officials and will qualify new Safety Coordinators. There are no prerequisites for new Safety Coordinators.
Safety is always a priority at any AWSA event. I’m proud of the great care that our safety directors take in preparing a site and looking out for the safety of everyone. There is another important aspect to keeping our junior athletes safe. That is covered in the USA Water Ski and Wake Sports, Safe Sport Program. The program includes two parts, Safe Sport Training and a Background Check. I recommend that all water ski club members take the Safe Sport Training. In addition, some AWSA positions REQUIRE that you take the Safe Sport Training and in some cases undergo a Criminal Background Screening.
The information in the training is relevant and can be completed in one evening or spread out over a couple of sittings. I knocked it out in a few hours over a cup of coffee.
The following link provides all of the details and directions for accessing the Safe Sport Training. 2018 ALL SD SAFE SPORT PROGRAM 2-13-2018
If you interact with Jr. athletes in Teams, as an Instructor or a leader in Junior Development, you are likely required to comply. See the chart here. Safe Sport Compliance Chart v8
Thank you to the 36 members that attended this years mid-winter meeting. We’ve set the foundation for another excellent year of water skiing fun.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy some light reading.
Here are the numbers and how they impact the AWSA Eastern Region accounts:
Here are the final numbers for 2017 Eastern Regionals:
Total Income: $30,074.05
Total Expense: $22,601.10
Net Profit: $7,472.95
Profit over $5000: $2472.95
Total Share for LOC: $3,489.18
Total Share for Region: $3,983.77
AWSA EAST is $3983.77 richer due to the 2017 Regionals.
Without the profit sharing plan the region would have had ($2775) in expenses and no income from the 2017 Regional tournament due to standard Junior subsidies and Meeting Costs.
Click 2017 Regionals Income reconciled for a spreadsheet reconciled to the Regions bank account that was used for the tournament.
The end result is a positive $1208.77 in the bank.
If you were unable to make the trip. Please join us on your computer, tablet or smartphone.
AWSA EAST Mid-Winter Meeting
Sat, Jan 6, 2018 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
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