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

Wyatt Haines and Skylar Hathorn take stop No. 3; season standings tightening

With three Northeast Slalom Series stops in the books, the race to qualify for the head-to-head finals is tightening up.

stop3pointsStop No. 3 was held last weekend at the Connecticut State Championships at Old Farms Pond in Avon, Conn.  Wyatt Haines made his first and so far only NESS appearance count, running 3 at 39 off (1105 NOPS points) to nail the top NESS score and 90 points in the process.  Open Men’s skier Dan Warner finished second, while Hutch Haines placed third.

In the Women’s division, Girl’s 2 skier Skylar Hathorn added to her series lead by edging Tonya Maurer.

In the season standings, Bob Radimer leads the Men with 110 points, while Scott Cerosky and Wyatt Haines are tied for second.  After three stops, they are joined by Scott Behner, Justin Campfield, Dan and Hutch in the top 50-percent of the field – the qualification mark for the season-ending, head-to-head tournament, Sept. 3-4, at Pangaea.  Kathy Callan, Darlene McCormick and Tonya are each tied for second behind Skylar in the Women’s division.

Stop No. 4 will be held July 23-24, at John’s Lake in Wantage, N.J. The following weekend is the Eastern Regional Championships, which has been designated as a bonus event for the NESS season.

Update for Russ Cole Mass State Championships

Information in the Eastern Regional Guide for the Russ Cole Mass State Champions on July 16th and 17th is incorrect or a bit sparse.   The tournament schedule matrix is incorrectly showing slalom on Saturday and trick and jump on Sunday.  The correct order is that standard format of jump and trick on Saturday and slalom on Sunday

Just to be clarify the other information in the guide:

The cost for adults is $45 for 1 event and $55 for 2 or 3 events
The cost for juniors is $25 for 1 event and $35 for 2 or 3 events

Start Time: Saturday 8AM Sunday 8AM
Schedule of Events:
Jump 2 round back to back Saturday morning starting at 8:00AM
Trick 2 round back to back Saturday afternoon starting 1:00PM
Slalom 2 round on Sunday starting at 8:00AM Slalom order Juniors: Women: Men: 1 thru 10

NESS stop No. 1 in the books, stop No. 2 this weekend at Dubes

The first stop of the Northeast Slalom Series took place June 11th at Twin Lakes in Monroe, N.Y., with two New York skiers – Bob Radimer and Scott Cerosky – taking the top-two positions in the Men’s division, while Tonya Maurer and Kathy Callan finished 1-2 in the Women’s.

Uneasy spring weather in the Northeast kept turnout a bit low, but things are expected to heat up this weekend in Hooksett, N.H., when Dubes Pond plays hosts the second stop of the year.

Northeast Slalom Series standings after first stop

Northeast Slalom Series standings after first stop

Bill Baker – USA Water Ski Award of Merit

It was my great honor to present the USA Water Ski Award of Merit to

Bill Baker on Saturday night.

Bill Baker and Doug Robbins

Bill Baker and Doug Robbins

They saved the best for last. When Bill’s name was announced I lost

sight of him as he made his way to the stage. Bill received a standing

ovation from the crowd of over 250 USA-Water Ski members in attendance.

It was a special night. A special honor for a special man who has been a Continue reading

EVP Video Address: AWSA, USA Water SKi BOD Mtgs

Hi there!

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

East Region AWSA Meeting Notes & Video Address

Greetings!

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!