Hey the regionals are …. right around the corner!!!

Hello Skiers –

We are FOUR WEEKS away from our annual premier event in the East, the REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS! The Twin Lakes Water Ski Club, along with the Eastern Region would like to welcome you to there duel lake site. Trick/Jump will be on one lake “LAKE 2/Big Lake”, with exclusive Slalom only on “LAKE 1/Little Lake”. Weather permitting the event will be starting Thursday 07/27 at 8am and conclude Saturday evening 07/29 (Weather contingency plan is Sunday 07/30).

Practice for all events will be available and details forthcoming for signing up in advance.

Volunteers and Rated Officials, please email with availability and type of rating. Without you this event will not be possible.

There are a variety of lodging options in the area, please note a block of rooms for competitors has been set aside at a rate of $150/night for Wed 7/26/17 through Saturday 7/29/17. DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS to lock in this rate is TODAY, 06/27/2017 LOCATION (13 minutes by car, 10 miles from site). AMENITIES: Hot breakfast, WIFI, 24 hr business center, parking and fitness center are all included.

Comfort Inn & Suites
20 Hatfield Lane
Goshen, NY 10924
Phone 
845-291-1282
Fax 845-291-1283

Thanks again.  Scott Behner (scottbehner@gmail.com, 603-489-9212)

More 3-Event Officials for the East!!!!

Julie Hommel is now an Assistant Scorer for Slalom !!!

And as an outcome of the Driver Event at Twin Lakes this past weekend …. we have some new drivers and some that just bumped it up a notch (to be official as soon as the paperwork is processed by HQ):
Diana Coffey Frucci: 3 event Ast
Bruce Epstein: Slalom Ast
• Jeff Liva: Slalom Ast
Scotty Bellefeuille: Trick/Jump Ast
Dan Warner: Slalom Senior
Scott Behner: Trick/Jump Ast, Slalom Regular
• Mike Shelhamer: Jump Ast
Congratulations to you all !!!!

Thank you to Twin Lakes Waterski Park for providing their site to support this Drivers Event.

Thanks to George Vosburgh, Cole Maurer, Dan Warner, Mike Shelhamer, Scott Cerosky for being our test administrators.

Drivers Clinic and Testing June 9, 10, 11

Alert Alert Alert ….. 3 Event Drivers Clinic and testing for assistant drivers and testing for upgrades ….. June 9,10 & 11 …. Twin Lakes Waterski Park ……. please reach out to Tonya Maurer to get your name on the list …. all welcome for the clinic (actual time of clinic TBD) ….. I need head count for the testing and upgrades ……. detailed schedule of events to be worked out based on head count ….. please FaceBook IM, txt or eMail Tonya Maurer so we can get you on the list. You can find my contact information in the guide book contact page or look on the contact page here on the East Region Web Site!!

East Region 2017 Winter Meeting, Regionals & Clinics (maybe)

Winter meeting is the first Saturday in January – 7th.   Let Marie Baker (billandmbaker@comcast.net) know if you will be attending so she can get a head count for lunch.  Reach out to our EVP – Pat Byrne for specifics around the meeting (patjbyrne@outlook.com).

  Embassy Suites Philadelphia – Valley Forge
888 Chesterbrook Blvd.
Chesterbrook, PA  19087
610-647-6700

Try the Hilton Hotel button on the USA Water Ski website for a discounted rate.

There are some requests for officials clinic(s) for Sunday.  I’m looking for a head count, so if you need or desire an officials clinic; and will be able to attend in person on Sunday January 8th.  Please contact me ASAP so that I can lock in instructors (multitasking@comcast.net).  We will need a minimum of 10 people before I can confirm any officials clinics.

If you are a senior official (scorer, judge, driver) in any event and would like to officiate at the 2017 regionals – please contact me as soon as you can (multitasking@comcast.net).  Also any regional or state safety officials interested, please contact me as well. Note that we will need 3 Event Senior Judges for the invited/appointed judge positions; but John, Scott and I are looking to build up a roster of officials willing to be scheduled for slots.

 

Please Read – Change in upcoming tournaments

Please take note of the following tournament changes:

1) Change in location for this Saturday’s (9/10/16) New England Championships:  the new venue is 2016 Dubes Pond in Hooksett NH.  Please see the Facebook page for information or contact the tournament director Mike Tilton (see the guide book for contact info).   https://www.facebook.com/events/181828525574516/

2) Change in event schedule for the Avon September Classic held the weekend of 9/17/16.   Slalom Trick and Jump will be held on Saturday (9/17) in that order – start time is 8.30am.  The club KOP Slalom event will held on Sunday (9/18).   For questions please contact the tournament director Pat Bryne (see the guide book for contact info).

2016 EVP Baton Toss

Greetings!

I hope everyone that attended the 2016 Regional Championships at Lake Holly had a blast!  I know I did!

The  new fangled team event brought about some friendly ‘smack’ talk, great competition and brought in skiers that typically wouldn’t have skied in a particular event; or even come to regionals in the first place.  The team event was a success!!!

We had some changing of the guards, with Pat Bryne stepping back into the EVP spot for 2017 and Gary Noll taking Pat’s AWSA Director spot.  Bravo gentlemen.

Check out the following video address (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WblUI2janks) for some general highlights and our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/AWSA.East/) for pictures galore from the Regional Championships.

The video touches on:  EVP change, 2017 regionals, $$, other.

Even though I’ve stepped down as EVP, I will be helping with some of the coordination for the 2017 regionals until December 31st of this year; so if you are interested in helping out contact me so I can get you on the list.

Shout out to TG Powel for a great Jr Development event!  Netting just over $1000 in fundraising cash!!!  Rock on!!!

Also, I attempted to identify and chat with the skiers that had never come to regionals before!   Congrats!  And I hope you enjoyed yourselves!

Tally-Ho!  Tonya Maurer, former AWSA East Region EVP

7 days until the Eastern Regional Championships!!!

7 Days Out from our Big Event …… look for periodic updates on things like the Jr Dev activities, state teams, officials clinics and the overall regional event ….

Reminder we have a membership meeting on Thursday July 28th on or around 6pm in the pavilion on site at Lake Holly.  Join us for pizza and prizes!!!

See the membership agenda below … and RSVP via face book: https://www.facebook.com/events/552700461579843/ Continue reading

The East is at Risk ….

The East is at risk ….. We have several sites in the East that are at risk for not being able to run 3 event tournaments in 2017.  And some single event sites that are teetering on being able to run a slalom tournament.

Those sites, from what I can determine, from NJ and south are likely OK; those north of NJ will likely run into issues.

We have 3 event sites that have landed with a single point of failure because there is only one judge that has the applicable credentials to run all three events.  We all know that slalom can be covered (for the most part) since that event has the highest concentration of regular/senior judges; for Jump we are getting slim with judges with the appropriate ratings and for Trick we are running on a very weak thread. 

Personally I have done all that I can do to replenish the pipeline of officials (many have landed with cramps in their hands from the number of forms that I had them to sign), however what I have seen is that we have a limited number of assistant judges willing to move up the food chain and gain a regular judge rating, especially in Trick.  The other issue is State Safety officials – they are far and few between; again, for some sites, all the eggs are in one basket and if certain people win the lottery – buy that island in the Pacific – then we have sites that will not be able to have tournaments because certain officials can’t be cloned.

If you are a trick skier and you have an assistant judge rating; or you are a parent of a trick skier; I implore that you work towards applicable judge rating so that our 3 event tournaments can continue.  We need more officials with a ‘regular’ rating.

If you are a skier that can be fast tracked …. what are you waiting for?

For those veteran officials, please continue to work to find your backfills.  You need an exit strategy, please please please pass on your knowledge and experience to those around you.  Put kids, spouses and parents in towers, in boats, at the computer and in front of a monitor – expose them to what happens behind the wizard curtain.  Once that wizard curtain is open and we see that there is only one person standing behind it ….. we are in big trouble.

The unintended consequence of not having the appropriate judges with the appropriate ratings is that there will no longer be 3 event tournaments close enough to participate in; which means those seeking overall scores to qualify for regionals and/or nationals will lose the opportunity to do so.

What can you do to help?  Ask someone because we need you!