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.

AWSA Rule Change Proposals

Thanks to Richelle and the Rules Committee for putting this together, earlier than our usual timeline.  Please be sure to look over the attached document and begin discussing the proposed changes.  We’ll be sure to cover these items at our Eastern Region meeting on January 6th at the Embassy Suites Valley Forge Hotel, 888 Chesterbrook Blvd, Wayne, PA 19087, (610) 647-6700.

See attached:  Rules Proposal 2017 for Dec 1

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.

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!!

AWSA Eastern Region Winter Meeting

The AWSA Eastern Region Winter Meeting will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at the Embassy Suites Valley Forge Hotel, 888 Chesterbrook Blvd, Wayne, PA 19087, (610) 647-6700. If you are staying at the hotel, tell them you are coming for the AWSA East Water Ski Meeting to get discounted room rates. The meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. and will include lunch. We will plan to be done by 4:30 p.m. or sooner.

Please reply to Marie Baker AND to Pat Byrne to let us know that you will be attending so that we can order lunch for all attendees.

During the meeting, we will select officials for the 2017 Eastern Regional and National Water Ski Championships. Regionals will be held at Twin Lakes in Monroe, NY. The site for Nationals has not yet been finalized. I hope that we will know the Nationals site by the time we meet. If you wish to be considered for an officiating position at Regionals and/or Nationals, please send an email to Pat Byrne stating your desires – Judging, Scoring, Driving, Safety, Technical Controller, Announcing.

The 2017 Eastern Regionals will be conducted at Twin Lakes in Monroe, New York.  It will be conducted by a Regional Team rather than by the site owners/members. As we have discussed in the past, much help from throughout the Region will be needed to pull this off. Please come to the meeting prepared to address how you, your ski club or ski site and your state federation can and will help with the execution of this event. We will discuss this topic and answer any questions at the meeting.

If you have topics that we need to cover in the meeting, please send those topics to Pat Byrne.

Tournament Directors and Site Owners:  Please send your 2017 Tournament Schedules to Bill Fosbenner before the meeting. We will review the overall Tournament Schedule at the meeting and adjust for any conflicts, so it is important to set your tentative schedule and submit it to Bill before the meeting so that he can compile a consolidated schedule.

If you are ready to sanction your 2017 Tournaments, I believe that the sanction system is now ready for you to do so.

I hope to see you on Saturday, Jan. 7th, at the meeting in Pennsylvania.

The East is at Risk ….

The East is at risk ….. We have several sites in the East that are at risk for not being able to run 3 event tournaments in 2017.  And some single event sites that are teetering on being able to run a slalom tournament.

Those sites, from what I can determine, from NJ and south are likely OK; those north of NJ will likely run into issues.

We have 3 event sites that have landed with a single point of failure because there is only one judge that has the applicable credentials to run all three events.  We all know that slalom can be covered (for the most part) since that event has the highest concentration of regular/senior judges; for Jump we are getting slim with judges with the appropriate ratings and for Trick we are running on a very weak thread. 

Personally I have done all that I can do to replenish the pipeline of officials (many have landed with cramps in their hands from the number of forms that I had them to sign), however what I have seen is that we have a limited number of assistant judges willing to move up the food chain and gain a regular judge rating, especially in Trick.  The other issue is State Safety officials – they are far and few between; again, for some sites, all the eggs are in one basket and if certain people win the lottery – buy that island in the Pacific – then we have sites that will not be able to have tournaments because certain officials can’t be cloned.

If you are a trick skier and you have an assistant judge rating; or you are a parent of a trick skier; I implore that you work towards applicable judge rating so that our 3 event tournaments can continue.  We need more officials with a ‘regular’ rating.

If you are a skier that can be fast tracked …. what are you waiting for?

For those veteran officials, please continue to work to find your backfills.  You need an exit strategy, please please please pass on your knowledge and experience to those around you.  Put kids, spouses and parents in towers, in boats, at the computer and in front of a monitor – expose them to what happens behind the wizard curtain.  Once that wizard curtain is open and we see that there is only one person standing behind it ….. we are in big trouble.

The unintended consequence of not having the appropriate judges with the appropriate ratings is that there will no longer be 3 event tournaments close enough to participate in; which means those seeking overall scores to qualify for regionals and/or nationals will lose the opportunity to do so.

What can you do to help?  Ask someone because we need you!