Site Map for 2018 AWSA Nationals, Mystic Lakes, Kansas

As we prepare for tomorrows kick-off of the Eastern Regionals, many of us are also looking ahead to our trip to Kansas for Nationals. Here is a site map for Mystic Lakes.  Mystic Lakes Site Map  We hope to see many of you there.
You’ll notice that there are region tents between lake 1 and lake 2. We’ll have a large cooler, chairs, and snacks at the Eastern Region tent. Just look for the Eastern State Flags and the big East Is Beast, Eastern Region feather flag.

2018 Rule Change Summary

The changes noted below will go into effect for the 2019 ski year beginning the day after AWSA Nationals.  Effective August 12th, 2018.

Summary of 2018 Rule Changes

Rules 3.02A/10.06: W4/W5 Align W4/W5 age divisions with IWWF. W4 will become 45-54 and W5 will become 55-59. No changes in jump speeds are included in this proposal. (Note – these changes would go into effect after 2018 Nationals).

Rationale: There is a two year difference in these divisions between AWSA and IWWF. This change would allow the women to continue to slalom at the faster speed (34mph). Jump speeds were not considered at this time, but will continue to be reviewed.   Continue reading

Membership Meeting and Banquet 7/27

Please join us at the 2018 Eastern Region General Member meeting on Friday 7/27. The meeting and banquet will be held under the tent on the island at Twin Lakes Water Ski Park in Monroe, NY.

Agenda
Call to order scheduled for 5:00 pm
1)  Roll call of council, confirm we have a quorum (assign parliamentarian) – Jim Powell (5 min)

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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