Junior Development – Regionals Wrap-up and Nationals Update

Attention Eastern Region Juniors at Nationals – the juniors party at Nationals is on site at Mystic Lakes on Thursday, August 9th 6:30pm-9:30pm. Join us for some Wichita BBQ, inflatables, swimming and games. The Eastern Region is paying for the tickets for junior competitors from the East, but you need to sign up at the link below. You can also use this link to buy additional tickets at $10 for kids, $15 for adults. See you there.
https://www.awsasouthcentral.com/nationals-jd-party-and-awards

All Stars — The Eastern Region juniors is well represented by our All Star Team – ready to take on the All Stars from the rest of the country. Each year at the GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Junior All-Star teams representing their respective regions compete in a three-event overall tournament. Teams are made up of six skiers and one alternate. The All Star Team from the East was selected at Regionals and consists of: Brody Keller, Evan Robbins, Robert Powell, Sage Potbecker, Samantha Hill, Emma Davis, and Jake Abelson (alt)
http://www.usawaterski.org/Nationals/Nationals/News/2018juniorallstarsannounced.html

Junior Development Regionals Wrap-Up – Junior Development had a successful Regionals! Lots of juniors accepted the Super Beast Challenge and found ways to help out and volunteer at the tournament. We had 90 junior and parents attend the Juniors Party at The Castle Fun Center.

Awards were presented to the most improved skiers in each of the Juniors Divisions: Most Improved Slalom Awards went to: B1 – Aaron Bartlett, B2 – Jack Decker, B3 – Tristan Richardsoon, G1 – Tia Byrne, G2 – Ava Cole, G3 – Kelly Hill. Most Improved Tricks Awards went to: B1 – Freddy Davis, B2 – Jake Ableson, B3 – Rocco Cirilli, G1 – Alexia Ableson, G2 – Samantha Hill, G3 – Kelly Hill. Most Improved Jump Awards went to: B2 Aaron Bartlett, B3 – Evan Robbins, G2 Emma Davis, G3 Sage Pottbecker. Most Improved Overall went to: B1 – Ricky Davis, B2 – Robert Powell, B3 Blake Keller, G1 – Audrey Ableson, G2 Samantha Hill, G3 Whitney Shellhamer.

Fundraising efforts brought in just over $1,700 to support our Junior Development activities. Thank you buying silent auction items and raffle tickets. The winner of the free entry to the 2019 Regionals was Susan Maximuk!

A big thank you to our Junior Development sponsors for 2018: Goode Skis, Kaleidoscope Imprints, Twin Lakes Water Ski Park, Coble Water Ski and Wakeboard Camp, Coble Boat & Ski by MasterCraft, and Peace, Love and Water Skiing.

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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.

Junior Development at Regionals!

We have a great evening of fun planned for our juniors this Thursday evening from 6pm – 9pm at The Castle Fun Center – take a look at the website at http://thecastlefuncenter.com/.

All juniors are invited for fun, activities, pizza and ice cream. Parents are welcome to join in for the pizza and ice cream. Please RSVP for the party at this link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054cabaa29a5fa7-juniors1

Parents who want to purchase activity passes for themselves can do so for a discounted price of $17.99 (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 this year’s Junior Development Sponsors – Goode Skis, Kaleidoscope Imprints, Twin Lake Ski Club, Coble Ski Club, Coble ProStar by MasterCraft, and Peace Love & Waterskiing!

This year we are encouraging juniors to help out with volunteer tasks at Regionals with the Super Beast Challenge. Check it out at the Junior Development Table!

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.

Junior Development Update

  1. Junior Development is in full swing in the Eastern Region. We just wrapped up a fantastic 3 event clinic in Virginia, with 29 junior skiers from across the region. Corey Vaughn headed up a top notch coaching team that included Austin Able, Michael Bullock, Susie Davis, Chip Debus, Mike Kusiak, and Brett Walker.

More Clinics are coming up!

New Hampshire 3 Event Junior Development Clinic RESCHEDULED!

Due to heavy rains, this tournament has been rescheduled.

New Date:  June 29th   9am – 6pm
Abernaki Water Ski Club at Lake Winnipesaukee
Cost – $50 per person includes everything
Contact – Becky Bartlett rebeccasbartlett@yahoo.com

Vermont Junior Development Clinic
The Green Mountain Water Skiers (GMWS) will host a junior development clinic on July 12th at Wrightsville Reservoir outside Montpelier, Vt. Pro skiing legend (and Vermont native) Chris Rossi will serve as head coach. Contact is Justin Campfield at justin@thinksparkmedia.com.

Virginia Tricks Clinic
The Virginia Water Ski Federation will be holding a tricks clinic on July 10 starting at 9am at Timberlake in Sparta, 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. Expect to get in 2 to 3 sets, time permitting. Bring your own lunch. Water will be provided. Cost is $60. Sign up is at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054cabaa29a5fa7-junior2

Virginia Slalom Clinics with Corey Vaughn
Join us for the 2018 series of slalom only Junior Development Clinics at the Peace, Love and Water Ski headquarters in Bumpass, VA. Pro Water Skier Corey Vaughn will be coaching and coordinating this clinic. Start time is 9am. Cost is $50 for one set, $100 for 2 sets and $150 for three sets. Sign up below for the number of sets. Payment and waivers will be taken on site the day of the clinic.
Dates are:
June 26th
July 5, 9, 17 and 31
August 7, 13

Sign up for the clinics is at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054cabaa29a5fa7-june4

Juniors Party at Regionals
Back by popular demand – the Juniors Party at Regionals will again be at The Castle Amusement Center, Thursday, July 26, 6-9pm. Check out the sign-up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054CABAA29A5FA7-juniors1

Nationals Schedule Update
The Juniors Party at the Goode Water Ski National Championships in Mystic Lakes, Kansas will be held on Thursday evening, August 9th. More details will be available soon.

VT Junior Development Clinic with Chris Rossi

The Green Mountain Water Skiers (GMWS) will host a junior development clinic on July 12th at Wrightsville Reservoir outside Montpelier, Vt.

Pro skiing legend (and Vermont native) Chris Rossi will serve as head coach and all Eastern Region junior skiers are welcome to attend.  The cost to participate is TBD, but organizers are looking to keep it as low as possible.

In order to determine if there will be enough participants to hold the clinic, GMWS needs to gauge interest from the region’s junior skiers. 

If your junior is interested in participating, please email Justin Campfield at justin@thinksparkmedia.com on or before May 28th.

Clinics at Timberlake – Spring 2018

Driver and Safety clinics are scheduled at Timberlake this Spring. The link below lists the dates and signup contact information.

The driver clinic will meet maintenance clinic requirements for any current driver and will also test aspiring Assistant Drivers in any/all three events. To test for Assistant you must have: 1) completed and had signed off all prerequisites, 2) obtained a motor vehicle records review, 3) submitted the paperwork to AWSA for review, 4) received AWSA approval confirmation before signing up for the clinic.

The safety clinic will meet maintenance clinic requirements for current safety officials and will qualify new Safety Coordinators. There are no prerequisites for new Safety Coordinators.

http://www.usawaterski.org/pages/officials/OfficialsClinics.pdf

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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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.