Eastern Region Winter Meeting Set for JANUARY 6th

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 6th and 7th 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. Please RSVP below.


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More 3-Event Officials for the East!!!!

Julie Hommel is now an Assistant Scorer for Slalom !!!

And as an outcome of the Driver Event at Twin Lakes this past weekend …. we have some new drivers and some that just bumped it up a notch (to be official as soon as the paperwork is processed by HQ):
Diana Coffey Frucci: 3 event Ast
Bruce Epstein: Slalom Ast
• Jeff Liva: Slalom Ast
Scotty Bellefeuille: Trick/Jump Ast
Dan Warner: Slalom Senior
Scott Behner: Trick/Jump Ast, Slalom Regular
• Mike Shelhamer: Jump Ast
Congratulations to you all !!!!

Thank you to Twin Lakes Waterski Park for providing their site to support this Drivers Event.

Thanks to George Vosburgh, Cole Maurer, Dan Warner, Mike Shelhamer, Scott Cerosky for being our test administrators.

Drivers Clinic and Testing June 9, 10, 11

Alert Alert Alert ….. 3 Event Drivers Clinic and testing for assistant drivers and testing for upgrades ….. June 9,10 & 11 …. Twin Lakes Waterski Park ……. please reach out to Tonya Maurer to get your name on the list …. all welcome for the clinic (actual time of clinic TBD) ….. I need head count for the testing and upgrades ……. detailed schedule of events to be worked out based on head count ….. please FaceBook IM, txt or eMail Tonya Maurer so we can get you on the list. You can find my contact information in the guide book contact page or look on the contact page here on the East Region Web Site!!

2016 Rule Changes – Let’s get educated together!!!

ANNOUNCEMENT:  2016 Rule Changes

AWSA Judge and Scorers committee wants to be bring more awareness to the 2016 rule changes by coordinating some review sessions during the next several weeks. 

One of the rule changes, for example, has to do with rule #10.06 Boat Speeds and Line Lengths where there are now optional rules for juniors around maximum speed & rope length.

These review sessions will be hosted for 1 hour and will cover all the rule changes for this skiing season.  The first session will be held on June 7th @ 8pm ET, and will be facilitated by Bob Harris.

Please join the following Go To Meeting.  It’s best to join 15 min beforehand as to leverage the full hour for the session.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/303569525

  You can also dial in using your phone.  United States : +1 (646) 749-3122  Access Code: 303-569-525

Also here is the reference information for the rule changes: http://www.usawaterski.org/default.asp?Display=2335

Subsequent sessions will be communicated next week.

Notify Bob (rbtharris@yahoo.com) and myself (multitasking@comcast.net) of your intent to join the session on June 7th.  Or join the event on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/511293532394533/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A4%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A370%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

 

4 weeks until the Winter Meeting – Who’s Ready?

Greetings East Region! 

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season with this balmy weather (close to 60 today in CT) across the east!   For those in the hills, from what I can see on various Facebook posts, there is snow on the ground and some of you are able to enjoy the white stuff!

We are 4 weeks away from our winter meeting!  I’m looking forward to some energetic discussions that will touch on (a) team events at nationals, (b) update from the AWSA Insurance Taskforce,  (c) accomplishments from 2015, and (d) a look at 2016 goals.

If you have a specific topic that you would like to see discussed, please let me know (multitasking@comcast.net).

Also if you want to put your name in the hat to officiate at Regionals and/or Nationals, please let me know as well.  This includes safety AND announcers!!!!!

Yes we will have clinic(s) on Sunday (assuming we have a minimum head count of 5).  Currently planning a Judge/Score clinic, and there is a request for a drivers clinic – I’ll work through Al Harris to determine if we can arrange an instructor.  Please contact me directly if you are interesting in officials clinics.  We have 32 judges on the downgrade list (3 needed clinics), 12 scores on the downgrade list (all due to missing tournament credits), 2 TCs that require clinics.  I didn’t receive the Driver downgrade list.

Look for details in the coming weeks about the session; in the mean time please RSVP with your attendance for the Saturday meeting to Marie Baker (billandmbaker@comcast.net).

Dates: Jan 9th (meeting) & Jan 10th (clinics)

Start Times: 9am both days

LocationEmbassy Suites Philadelphia – Valley Forge, 888 Chesterbrook Blvd.,  Chesterbrook, PA  19087, 610-647-6700 **call for special pricing for our event – East Region Water Ski Meeting**

Looking forward to seeing folks in January!!!

Thank you,  Tonya Maurer East Region EVP AWSA

Updates to Online Trained Driver Class

Here’s a clarification from Melanie Hanson on updates to the online Trained Driver class for new Trained Drivers.

The class has two components, a video, and the Boat US online NASBLA approved class. If the applicant has already taken a NASBLA approved class (Boat US, US Power Squadron, Coast Guard, probably others) it is only necessary to watch the video. The applicant can then send evidence of whatever class they took to Melanie as a substitute for taking the Boat US online class.

Evidently the video is first and once you have watched it, the program asks if you’ve taken a NASBLA class and allows you to skip out. You still have to pay the USAWS class fee up front.

This makes a lot of sense, especially since a lot of people have taken a NASBLA approved class already, and it makes it easier on new Trained Drivers. Win!

Drivers Clinic and Upgrade Event July 2015

If you are in need of a Drivers Clinic (Slalom & Trick), or are ready to test for your Assistant Slalom/Trick Driver rating or are ready to test for your Regular Slalom/Trick driver rating.

There will be a Drivers Clinic on Friday 7/17 @ Pangaea (those testing for ast ratings can test on Friday).   Those ready to upgrade would be tested on Saturday (7/18) and Sunday (7/19).

If you are looking to test, be sure to provide confirmation from US Water Ski headquarters stating you have met your qualifications.

Registration Required – please contact Tonya Maurer at multitasking@comcast.net by 7/13 so we have a head count!

Again event will happen at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie NY.

Tally Ho!!!