Hey the regionals are …. right around the corner!!!

Hello Skiers –

We are FOUR WEEKS away from our annual premier event in the East, the REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS! The Twin Lakes Water Ski Club, along with the Eastern Region would like to welcome you to there duel lake site. Trick/Jump will be on one lake “LAKE 2/Big Lake”, with exclusive Slalom only on “LAKE 1/Little Lake”. Weather permitting the event will be starting Thursday 07/27 at 8am and conclude Saturday evening 07/29 (Weather contingency plan is Sunday 07/30).

Practice for all events will be available and details forthcoming for signing up in advance.

Volunteers and Rated Officials, please email with availability and type of rating. Without you this event will not be possible.

There are a variety of lodging options in the area, please note a block of rooms for competitors has been set aside at a rate of $150/night for Wed 7/26/17 through Saturday 7/29/17. DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS to lock in this rate is TODAY, 06/27/2017 LOCATION (13 minutes by car, 10 miles from site). AMENITIES: Hot breakfast, WIFI, 24 hr business center, parking and fitness center are all included.

Comfort Inn & Suites
20 Hatfield Lane
Goshen, NY 10924
Phone 
845-291-1282
Fax 845-291-1283

Thanks again.  Scott Behner (scottbehner@gmail.com, 603-489-9212)

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.

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

Junior Development FUN at Regionals

We need your help to support the future of our sport!  Stop by the Junior Development Tent at Regionals to check out the FUNdraising activities:

Bake Sale
Equipment Exchange
Water Ski/East is Beast Car Decals
T-Shirt Sale
Raffles

How can you help?

You can volunteer to get wet in the dunk machine during the carnival themed juniors party on site at Lake Holly Friday night.  We need judges, officials and other water ski dignitaries to take a turn getting dunked to raise money for Junior Development.  The sign-up for dunkees will be at the Junior Development Tent.

We need a few more volunteers to help with the Juniors carnival party, especially if you have any skills like face painting or making balloon animals.

Do you have t shirts left over from your tournaments or events?  Donate them to the Junior Development t shirt sale.  Event t shirts were some of our most popular items last year.

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 at 703 395 7499 or TG.Powell@gmail.com or stop by the juniors tent at Regionals.

7 days until the Eastern Regional Championships!!!

7 Days Out from our Big Event …… look for periodic updates on things like the Jr Dev activities, state teams, officials clinics and the overall regional event ….

Reminder we have a membership meeting on Thursday July 28th on or around 6pm in the pavilion on site at Lake Holly.  Join us for pizza and prizes!!!

See the membership agenda below … and RSVP via face book: https://www.facebook.com/events/552700461579843/ Continue reading