Strut Your Stuff with PB Stickers!

START COLLECTING THEM NOW!

Now within the My Stats feature of AWSA’s mobile app, when a member achieves a personal best within the last 12 months, a yellow Personal Best banner appears. Clicking on the banner creates an email requesting one of these new Personal Best stickers, which we hope people will collect and display proudly as a symbol of their recent achievements. Up and coming skiers may collect many of them, and who knows, they might become coveted like the those on high school & college football helmets. Skier and officials can earn a handle for a number of achievements such as winning Nationals, being a chief official at a major event, or other significant accomplishments.

Pick up your mobile device and go to this URL: https://www.usawaterski.org/rankings/mainmenu_m.asp

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New USA Water Ski and Wakesports Membership Structure

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.

Keeping Our Young Folks Safe – Priority #1 – SAFE SPORT TRAINING

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

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Meeting Minutes for AWSA East Mid-Winter January 2018

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.

AWSA_EastRegion_WinterMtg_1_2018 Minutes

Eastern Region Rules Committee Report 2018

2018 Eastern Region Tournament Schedule 012018

Summary of 2017 Regionals Financial Results

Here are the numbers and how they impact the AWSA Eastern Region accounts:

Big Picture:
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.

Officials – Virtual Access to the Mid-Winter Meeting

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.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/231339917 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121 

Access Code: 231-339-917

First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check: https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check

Officials Nomination for 2018 Regional and National Tournaments

RegionalsNationals

Applying For:
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By initialing below I certify that:
1. I currently hold the rating necessary to qualify for the position applied for.
2. I will serve if elected, unless prevented by extenuating or emergency circumstances.


Thank you for volunteering! We appreciate your dedication.

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Officials Selection Qualifications:
6.01 National Tournament
B. Other Appointed Judges (with equal representation from each region) shall be three-event Senior Judges appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with approval of the Regional Council. C. Event judges shall be chosen by the Chief Judge from among the Appointed Judges. When the Appointed Judges are not available as event judges, the Chief Judge may choose other Senior or Regular Judges as event judges. In all events, the majority of the event judges must be Senior Judges.
E. Boat Drivers (with equal representation from each region) shall be two and three-event Senior Boat Drivers appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. Each Region shall appoint at least one three-event driver.
G. Scorers (with equal representation from each region) shall be three-event Senior Scorers appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. Event scorers shall be chosen by the Chief Scorer from the Appointed Scorers. When the Appointed Scorers are not available as event scorers, the Chief Scorer may choose other Senior Scorers or Regular Scorers as event scorers, with the approval of the Chief Judge.
6.02 Regional Tournaments
B. Five three-event Appointed Judges (Senior or Regular) shall be appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. C. Event judges shall be chosen by the Chief Judge from among the Appointed Judges or other Senior or Regular Judges in attendance at the tournament.
D. The Chief Boat Driver shall be a three-event Senior Driver appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. Assistants with three-event Senior or Regular Driver’s ratings may also be appointed. Event Drivers shall be chosen by the Chief Boat Driver from the Appointed Drivers, or other Senior or Regular Drivers, subject to the approval of the Chief Judge.
E. The Chief Scorer shall be a three-event Senior Scorer appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. Assistant Chief Scorers with a three-event Senior or Regular Scorer’s rating may also be appointed. Other scorers, with a Senior or Regular Scorer’s rating, may be selected by the Chief Scorer from those in attendance at the tournament, with the approval of the Chief Judge. Where there is a shortage of Regular and Senior Scorers, an Assistant Scorer may work under the supervision of a Senior or Regular Scorer.
F. The Chief Safety Director shall be a Regional Safety Director appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. Assistant Chief Safety Directors, with a minimum rating of Regional Safety Director, may also be appointed. Other safety personnel, with a minimum rating of State Safety Director, may be chosen by the Chief Safety Director.
G. The Chief Technical Controller shall be appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. Assistant Chief Technical Controllers may also be appointed.

Eastern Regionals
One of the Appointed judges slots should be reserved for a Regular judge for development purposes,
should any regular judges apply. Additionally, one of the Appointed driver positions or the alternate shall
be reserved for a qualified Regular driver – should any apply.
The Eastern Region will provide banquet ticket and room accommodation for one aspiring official (judge,
scorer or driver) that has a Regular rating in either all three events or a combination of events; where the
official is actively pursuing a Senior rating.
To appear on the council’s ballot, any officials aspiring to serve as appointed officials at the upcoming
Regional Championship tournament must notify the EVP 15 calendar days before the mid-winter meeting.

AWSA Rule Change Proposals

Thanks to Richelle and the Rules Committee for putting this together, earlier than our usual timeline.  Please be sure to look over the attached document and begin discussing the proposed changes.  We’ll be sure to cover these items at our Eastern Region meeting on January 6th at the Embassy Suites Valley Forge Hotel, 888 Chesterbrook Blvd, Wayne, PA 19087, (610) 647-6700.

See attached:  Rules Proposal 2017 for Dec 1