Pre-Regionals Junior Development Update

We have a great evening of fun planned for our juniors on Thursday evening from 6pm – 8pm at The Castle Fun Center – take a look at the website at http://thecastlefuncenter.com/.

All juniors competing at Regionals and their siblings are invited for fun, activities, pizza and ice cream. Parents are welcome to join in for the pizza and ice cream. However, we need to get a head count ahead of time. Please RSVP for the party by July 23 by emailing to TG Powell.

Parents who want to purchase activity passes for themselves can do so for a discounted price of $17.99 as long as you reserve your spot by the July 23rd deadline (payment can be made onsite at Regionals at the Junior Development Tent).

Stop by the Junior Development Tent at Regionals on Wednesday afternoon during registration, and all day Thursday. The tent will be between the two lakes, and close to both start docks. Juniors can check in to pick up their t-shirt and get their picture taken for the guidebook. Special thanks go out to Kaleidoscope Imprints for providing the T shirts! Parents and others can check out the FUNdraising activities including a raffle, equipment exchange, and a selection of water ski and East is Beast themed merchandise – all to benefit Junior Development.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Do you have t-shirts left over from your tournaments or events? Donate them to the Junior Development t-shirt sale. Event t-shirts are always some of our most popular items.

Donate you old water ski gear to the Junior Development Equipment Exchange Bin. Here is how it works: Bring your old wetsuits, bindings, gloves, handles, skis … drop it off at the used equipment exchange bin – look for the big blue bucket … and let’s do an equipment sale! You donate the equipment, others snag the equipment and put $$ in the jar. – all proceeds go to Jr Dev!!!!

Any questions or to volunteer to help out, contact TG Powell by email or at 703 395 7499, or stop by the juniors tent at Regionals.

UPCOMING JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT CLINICS

Three Event Junior Development Clinic in Wolfesboro, NH – July 20th. Coaches will be Marianne and Richard Abelson for slalom and tricks and Chip Jones for Jumping. Cost is $50.00 for the day. For more info, contact Becky Bartlett.

One Day Slalom Junior Development Clinics in Virginia – July 19, July 24, August 1 – Coached by Corey Vaughn. More info here: http://www.vawaterski.org/junior-development.html.

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

Junior Development FUN at Regionals

We need your help to support the future of our sport!  Stop by the Junior Development Tent at Regionals to check out the FUNdraising activities:

Bake Sale
Equipment Exchange
Water Ski/East is Beast Car Decals
T-Shirt Sale
Raffles

How can you help?

You can volunteer to get wet in the dunk machine during the carnival themed juniors party on site at Lake Holly Friday night.  We need judges, officials and other water ski dignitaries to take a turn getting dunked to raise money for Junior Development.  The sign-up for dunkees will be at the Junior Development Tent.

We need a few more volunteers to help with the Juniors carnival party, especially if you have any skills like face painting or making balloon animals.

Do you have t shirts left over from your tournaments or events?  Donate them to the Junior Development t shirt sale.  Event t shirts were some of our most popular items last year.

Donate you old water ski gear to the  Junior Development Equipment Exchange Bin.  Here is how it works: Bring your old wetsuits, bindings, gloves, handles, skis …. drop it off at the used equipment exchange bin – look for the big blue bucket …. and let’s do an equipment sale! You donate the equipment, others snag the equipment and put $$ in the jar.  – all proceeds go to Jr Dev!!!!!

Any questions or to volunteer to help out, contact TG Powell at 703 395 7499 or TG.Powell@gmail.com or stop by the juniors tent at Regionals.

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

Junior Development Clinics!!!!

SLALOM CLINICS – June 13, July 14 and July 25
Pro Water Skier Corey Vaughn will be hosting three slalom only Junior Development Clinics at the Peace, Love and Water Ski headquarters in Bumpass, VA  Cost is $100 for 2 sets and $150 for three sets.  For more information contact Corey at h2oskijunkie@gmail.com or sign up at the links below:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054cabaa29a5fa7-june
     http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054cabaa29a5fa7-july
     http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054cabaa29a5fa7-july1

July 5, 2016 TRICKS CLINIC
We will be holding a tricks clinic on July 5, starting at 9am at Lake Marricossic in Bowling Green, Virginia.  Lee Gotschalk has once again agreed to coach this popular clinic.  The focus is on beginning to intermediate trick skiers.  Whether you are looking to try trick skiing for the first time, or just want to learn some new tricks, this clinic is for you.  Starting time is 9am.  Bring your own lunch.  Water will be provided.  Cost is $60.  Sign up at the link below:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054cabaa29a5fa7-junior

June 21 – 23 REGION JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT 3-DAY CLINIC
This year’s 3 day three event clinic is full and registration is closed for participants.  However we still need your help to pull it off.  We have lots of volunteer opportunities for those who would like to help out.  For more information about how you can help, contact TG at
tg.powell@gmail.com.

June 28-30, Junior Development Clinic and Jr Team Tournament at Pangaea, NY
There are some exciting opportunities for juniors able to make the drive up to the Pangaea Puddle, in Canajoharie, NY.  There will be a Junior development clinic on June 28 and 29 with instruction by Brooks and KC Wilson.  Cost is $225 per block of four lessons, and blocks can be shared by multiple participants.  Clinic entry fee includes entry in the junior only team slalom tournament on June 30th.  Teams will be formed by combining clinic participants and Jr skiers coming in for Jr US Open.  To sign up or request information, contact Mike Shelhamer at Hammer7055@hotmail.com.

Jr Event & Skier Clinic @ Pangaea June 28-June 30

Clinic/Jr Team Tournament 2016

Instruction by The Wilson Bros (Brooks & KC)

 Dates:  June 28th, 29th and 30th 2016

Where: Pangaea Puddle, Canajoharie, NY

 1.      Four (4) lessons and 1 open set considered a “block”.  This will be two lessons on Tuesday (28th) and two lessons on Wednesday (29th).  Open ski set (6 passes) can be taken anytime Monday (27th), Tuesday (28th), or Wednesday (29th).  Block can be shared by anyone.   Cost is $225 per block.  There will be a discount for additional blocks purchased and utilized by same family based on total number of clinic participants.    

 2.      Tuesday dinner and ice cream included for clinic participants.  Annual kick ball/catch volley ball game to be held after dinner.   Rope swing dismount contest.  Camping on site. 

 3.      Clinic is open to both juniors and adults.  Juniors will get preference.  Must be USA Waterski active member. 

 4.      Junior only Team slalom tournament on June 30th.  Teams will be formed by combining clinic participants and Jr skiers coming in for Jr US Open. Entry fee included in clinic cost.    Continue reading

Shout Out – AWSA Survey Just Launched

Our new AWSA President, Jeff Surdej, has launched a survey to find out from our Juniors and College aged skiers (so B1-3, G1-3, M1, W1) the following:

1.   when our juniors skiers are starting school,

2.   if school or school sports are effecting their ability to attend Nationals,

3.  and to see if we are loosing parents as well due to their kids school schedule.

We are looking to get as many responses as possible.  So please submit your thoughts, also if you haven’t received a survey for your junior or if you are a M1/W1 and haven’t received the survey please let me know.  Thanks so much!  Tonya (multitasking@comcast.net)

2015 Eastern Regional Championships Conclude

The 2015 East Region Championships came to a close yesterday!  Congratulations to Lake Holly for a successful event!  It always takes a village to put on one of these events and the effort is acknowledged!

Shout out to everyone that took to the water over the last 4 days!  Without each and every one of you, this event would not be what it was! Congratulations to all those that landed on the podium – Well Done!!!   Look for links to the various photo albums  in the next couple of weeks if not sooner (thank you in advance to Ken Roach and Mike Mcnealy)!  My hope is that everyone went home with fond memories and some good stories!

Some items to note ….

  1. Award Winners:
    • James Sylvester Memorial:  Tonya Maurer
    • Tiny Richards Memorial: Jerry Stansberry
    • Gertha Hancock Memorial:  Kevin Driggers
    • Tom Kelly Jr. Memorial: to be announced later this week
    • Ken Mead Memorial: Wick Merchant
    • Al Tyll Award:  Suzie Lohr and Quinn Haines
    • Allan Rossi Award: to be announced later this year by the Green Mountain Water Skiers
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