I had to revert back to the invitation code. Any kind of captcha is just being filled out by a huge number of spammers. If you are a USA WaterSki member or affiliate and you attempted to register recently, send me an email and I will provide the invitation code.
Hello fellow waterskiers,
As we approach the season that we all love, I’m passing along a technical note or two.
1. The other day I did an email test from this system. Of 79 registered users and emails sent, 44 were confirmed as received; thank you. Those that were not confirmed (except for one clearly rejected) were indicated by this system as having been accepted by the recipient’s mail server. I am not currently willing to summarize and/or contact those that have not replied–tedious cross referencing, maybe someday. I would assume the emails are in spam folders. Gmail has particularly stiff spam review.
A larger issue may be that we have hundreds of people in the region who are not registered on our website. We have normally reached a larger audience using MailChimp and/or Facebook. I will leave it up to region officials if we want to address this in any way. At minimum, it would be nice to encourage people to register with this site.
I have changed the method of confirming a registration to a math captcha and admin confirmation, removing the invitation code for now.
2. I would like to ask those who are registered to make sure you have used a strong password, and if not, please improve it. Although we have brute-force protection of our admin, a system that will lock someone out after 4 attempts, WordPress sites are being constantly attacked. Usernames are not secret since everyone is considered an author, and some of the usernames such as tgpowell, multitasking and allendbj are being constantly tested. Since I put this system in place, there have been 7452 lockouts.
The AWSA Eastern Region Winter Meeting will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at the Embassy Suites Valley Forge Hotel, 888 Chesterbrook Blvd, Wayne, PA 19087, (610) 647-6700. If you are staying at the hotel, tell them you are coming for the AWSA East Water Ski Meeting to get discounted room rates. The meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. and will include lunch. We will plan to be done by 4:30 p.m. or sooner.
During the meeting, we will select officials for the 2017 Eastern Regional and National Water Ski Championships. Regionals will be held at Twin Lakes in Monroe, NY. The site for Nationals has not yet been finalized. I hope that we will know the Nationals site by the time we meet. If you wish to be considered for an officiating position at Regionals and/or Nationals, please send an email to Pat Byrne stating your desires – Judging, Scoring, Driving, Safety, Technical Controller, Announcing.
The 2017 Eastern Regionals will be conducted at Twin Lakes in Monroe, New York. It will be conducted by a Regional Team rather than by the site owners/members. As we have discussed in the past, much help from throughout the Region will be needed to pull this off. Please come to the meeting prepared to address how you, your ski club or ski site and your state federation can and will help with the execution of this event. We will discuss this topic and answer any questions at the meeting.
If you have topics that we need to cover in the meeting, please send those topics to Pat Byrne.
Tournament Directors and Site Owners: Please send your 2017 Tournament Schedules to Bill Fosbenner before the meeting. We will review the overall Tournament Schedule at the meeting and adjust for any conflicts, so it is important to set your tentative schedule and submit it to Bill before the meeting so that he can compile a consolidated schedule.
If you are ready to sanction your 2017 Tournaments, I believe that the sanction system is now ready for you to do so.
I hope to see you on Saturday, Jan. 7th, at the meeting in Pennsylvania.
Hi all, Darlene here. I’ve moved the website to a new hosting platform. Everything should be fine related to this. Provide feedback as needed.
We do have an issue with email notification of posts, however. Until I work this out, which could be months, frankly, please refer to the site proactively to learn of winter meeting and upcoming season Eastern Region information.
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
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I just returned from a fun filled weekend at the USA Water Ski Headquarters! Pat Byrne, Hutch Haines, Jon Thacher, Doug Robbins, Bill Baker and myself attended the AWSA Board Meeting on Saturday. Saturday night was the USA Water Ski Awards banquet where we honored Bill Baker with a standing ovation as he accepted the USA Water Ski Award of Merit – it was spectacular! Then on Sunday I attended the USA Water Ski Board Meeting and Doug Robbins was at the helm as the Chairman.
The BOD meetings were jam packed with topics, many discussions and many decisions. I am posting my notes from the AWSA Board of Director Mtg (note that the final source of truth is the formal meeting minutes produced by Delaina Downes & approved by the BOD during the summer meeting – that is my disclaimer!).
Here is the link to my video address with the highlights – it is 8 1/2 min long (sorry – hard to pack in 2 days of info into less than 5 min). Continue reading
I’ve up loaded the meeting notes from our East Region Winter meeting held in Valley Forge PA on January 9, 2016.
There were 35 people that attended representing 10 of our 14 states! There were 5 first timers including a junior!!! Great turn out everyone!!!
Key points can be gleamed from my Video Address: https://youtu.be/9BfXh2CYT20
Link to the meeting notes: 01_EastRegion_WinterMtg_Agenda 2016 Jan 09 NOTES PUBLISHED
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions!
I’m uploading the document that can be used to familiarize yourself with how the team concept will work at regionals and at nationals.
There will be a page in the regional guide as well for reference.
This is a going to be a great event for 2016!!! Hutch Haines is our team coordinator and the states have been broken up as follows, and the the State Council Reps will be the default team captains (for those with multi states, we are waiting for confirmation on the team captain contact). If this changes we’ll let you know.
1-CT, 2-MA, 3-NY, 4-PA, 5-VA, 6-DC/DE/MD, 7-VT/NH/ME/RI/NJ
Looking forward to a fun filled 2016!!!
Please see the following PDF for details: AWSA Team Event v6
2016 Tournament Sanctions are due …. please get your tournaments sanctioned as soon as possible so that Julie Erwin can build out the guide book. We have some stragglers – currently on 33 tournaments show up on the list for the guidebook, when typically have 50+ tournaments in a season.
Also, call to action – please dual sanction your class C’s with a class F. Let’s drum up more support for those that typically don’t attend tournaments!