AWSA Eastern Region Mid Winter Meeting Schedule

Come One, Come ALL!

This meeting is open to all AWSA members. Come find out what’s new and let your voice be heard. We were able to secure our traditional location for the weekend of January 5th and 6th, 2019 at the Embassy Suites Valley Forge Hotel, 888 Chesterbrook Blvd, Wayne, PA 19087, (610) 647-6700. This date is consistent with past years. We’ll be sending out another message with all of the details.

2018 Rule Change Summary

The changes noted below will go into effect for the 2019 ski year beginning the day after AWSA Nationals.  Effective August 12th, 2018.

Summary of 2018 Rule Changes

Rules 3.02A/10.06: W4/W5 Align W4/W5 age divisions with IWWF. W4 will become 45-54 and W5 will become 55-59. No changes in jump speeds are included in this proposal. (Note – these changes would go into effect after 2018 Nationals).

Rationale: There is a two year difference in these divisions between AWSA and IWWF. This change would allow the women to continue to slalom at the faster speed (34mph). Jump speeds were not considered at this time, but will continue to be reviewed.   Continue reading

Membership Meeting and Banquet 7/27

Please join us at the 2018 Eastern Region General Member meeting on Friday 7/27. The meeting and banquet will be held under the tent on the island at Twin Lakes Water Ski Park in Monroe, NY.

Agenda
Call to order scheduled for 5:00 pm
1)  Roll call of council, confirm we have a quorum (assign parliamentarian) – Jim Powell (5 min)

2)  Agenda review and Opening remarks from EVP  (5 min) Continue reading

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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Meeting Minutes for AWSA East Mid-Winter January 2018

Thank you to the 36 members that attended this years mid-winter meeting. We’ve set the foundation for another excellent year of water skiing fun.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy some light reading.

AWSA_EastRegion_WinterMtg_1_2018 Minutes

Eastern Region Rules Committee Report 2018

2018 Eastern Region Tournament Schedule 012018

Officials – Virtual Access to the Mid-Winter Meeting

If you were unable to make the trip. Please join us on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

AWSA EAST Mid-Winter Meeting 
Sat, Jan 6, 2018 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/231339917 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121 

Access Code: 231-339-917

First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check: https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check

Winter Meeting Agenda 1/6/2018

ALL ARE WELCOME at our mid-winter meeting.

Saturday, January 6th, 2018  9 a.m., Embassy Suites Valley Forge Hotel, 888 Chesterbrook Blvd, Wayne, PA 19087.  Please RSVP here.

Click here for the Draft Agenda.  Please feel free to send your comments and let me know now if you have any other business to add.

Finally, I need to plug the Water Skiing Santa Show.  In it’s 32nd year, our VA, DC and MD skiers will take to the frigid water of the Potomac River between Alexandria, VA and our Nations Capital. You can see the show on world-wide news coverage at 1pm sharp Christmas Eve.

Blessings to all for a safe and joyous New Year.

Kind regards,
Jim

Jim Powell
AWSA East EVP
703-395-7891

Officials Nomination for 2018 Regional and National Tournaments

RegionalsNationals

Applying For:
JudgeDriverScorerAnnouncer

By initialing below I certify that:
1. I currently hold the rating necessary to qualify for the position applied for.
2. I will serve if elected, unless prevented by extenuating or emergency circumstances.


Thank you for volunteering! We appreciate your dedication.

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Officials Selection Qualifications:
6.01 National Tournament
B. Other Appointed Judges (with equal representation from each region) shall be three-event Senior Judges appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with approval of the Regional Council. C. Event judges shall be chosen by the Chief Judge from among the Appointed Judges. When the Appointed Judges are not available as event judges, the Chief Judge may choose other Senior or Regular Judges as event judges. In all events, the majority of the event judges must be Senior Judges.
E. Boat Drivers (with equal representation from each region) shall be two and three-event Senior Boat Drivers appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. Each Region shall appoint at least one three-event driver.
G. Scorers (with equal representation from each region) shall be three-event Senior Scorers appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. Event scorers shall be chosen by the Chief Scorer from the Appointed Scorers. When the Appointed Scorers are not available as event scorers, the Chief Scorer may choose other Senior Scorers or Regular Scorers as event scorers, with the approval of the Chief Judge.
6.02 Regional Tournaments
B. Five three-event Appointed Judges (Senior or Regular) shall be appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. C. Event judges shall be chosen by the Chief Judge from among the Appointed Judges or other Senior or Regular Judges in attendance at the tournament.
D. The Chief Boat Driver shall be a three-event Senior Driver appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. Assistants with three-event Senior or Regular Driver’s ratings may also be appointed. Event Drivers shall be chosen by the Chief Boat Driver from the Appointed Drivers, or other Senior or Regular Drivers, subject to the approval of the Chief Judge.
E. The Chief Scorer shall be a three-event Senior Scorer appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. Assistant Chief Scorers with a three-event Senior or Regular Scorer’s rating may also be appointed. Other scorers, with a Senior or Regular Scorer’s rating, may be selected by the Chief Scorer from those in attendance at the tournament, with the approval of the Chief Judge. Where there is a shortage of Regular and Senior Scorers, an Assistant Scorer may work under the supervision of a Senior or Regular Scorer.
F. The Chief Safety Director shall be a Regional Safety Director appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. Assistant Chief Safety Directors, with a minimum rating of Regional Safety Director, may also be appointed. Other safety personnel, with a minimum rating of State Safety Director, may be chosen by the Chief Safety Director.
G. The Chief Technical Controller shall be appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. Assistant Chief Technical Controllers may also be appointed.

Eastern Regionals
One of the Appointed judges slots should be reserved for a Regular judge for development purposes,
should any regular judges apply. Additionally, one of the Appointed driver positions or the alternate shall
be reserved for a qualified Regular driver – should any apply.
The Eastern Region will provide banquet ticket and room accommodation for one aspiring official (judge,
scorer or driver) that has a Regular rating in either all three events or a combination of events; where the
official is actively pursuing a Senior rating.
To appear on the council’s ballot, any officials aspiring to serve as appointed officials at the upcoming
Regional Championship tournament must notify the EVP 15 calendar days before the mid-winter meeting.