Junior Development Update

Junior Development is in full swing in the Eastern Region. We just wrapped up a fantastic 3 event clinic in Virginia, with 29 junior skiers from across the region. Corey Vaughn headed up a top notch coaching team that included Austin Able, Michael Bullock, Susie Davis, Chip Debus, Mike Kusiak, and Brett Walker.

More Clinics are coming up!

New Hampshire 3 Event Junior Development Clinic
June 28th 9am – 6pm
Abernaki Water Ski Club at Lake Winnipesaukee
Cost – $50 per person includes everything
Contact – Becky Bartlett rebeccasbartlett@yahoo.com

Vermont Junior Development Clinic
The Green Mountain Water Skiers (GMWS) will host a junior development clinic on July 12th at Wrightsville Reservoir outside Montpelier, Vt. Pro skiing legend (and Vermont native) Chris Rossi will serve as head coach. Contact is Justin Campfield at justin@thinksparkmedia.com.

Virginia Tricks Clinic
The Virginia Water Ski Federation will be holding a tricks clinic on July 10 starting at 9am at Timberlake in Sparta, Virginia. Lee Gotschalk has once again agreed to coach this popular clinic. The focus is on beginning to intermediate trick skiers. Whether you are looking to try trick skiing for the first time, or just want to learn some new tricks, this clinic is for you. Expect to get in 2 to 3 sets, time permitting. Bring your own lunch. Water will be provided. Cost is $60. Sign up is at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054cabaa29a5fa7-junior2

Virginia Slalom Clinics with Corey Vaughn
Join us for the 2018 series of slalom only Junior Development Clinics at the Peace, Love and Water Ski headquarters in Bumpass, VA. Pro Water Skier Corey Vaughn will be coaching and coordinating this clinic. Start time is 9am. Cost is $50 for one set, $100 for 2 sets and $150 for three sets. Sign up below for the number of sets. Payment and waivers will be taken on site the day of the clinic.
Dates are:
June 26th
July 5, 9, 17 and 31
August 7, 13

Sign up for the clinics is at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054cabaa29a5fa7-june4

Juniors Party at Regionals
Back by popular demand – the Juniors Party at Regionals will again be at The Castle Amusement Center, Thursday, July 26, 6-9pm. Check out the sign-up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054CABAA29A5FA7-juniors1

Nationals Schedule Update
The Juniors Party at the Goode Water Ski National Championships in Mystic Lakes, Kansas will be held on Thursday evening, August 9th. More details will be available soon.

Strut Your Stuff with PB Stickers!

START COLLECTING THEM NOW!

Now within the My Stats feature of AWSA’s mobile app, when a member achieves a personal best within the last 12 months, a yellow Personal Best banner appears. Clicking on the banner creates an email requesting one of these new Personal Best stickers, which we hope people will collect and display proudly as a symbol of their recent achievements. Up and coming skiers may collect many of them, and who knows, they might become coveted like the those on high school & college football helmets. Skier and officials can earn a handle for a number of achievements such as winning Nationals, being a chief official at a major event, or other significant accomplishments.

Pick up your mobile device and go to this URL: https://www.usawaterski.org/rankings/mainmenu_m.asp

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New USA Water Ski and Wakesports Membership Structure

You may have heard that there is a new USA-WSWS membership structure on the way. Please be aware of the following key elements.
#1 The base membership will cost $19.95.  This is a great access point for anyone interested in supporting the sport of water skiing and enjoying the magazine and member only discounts. See more about that below.
#2 If you are an active member, don’t wait to renew. The new active membership is actually going to be $4.95 more so its not worth the wait, renew now.  The new membership is geared towards increasing the non-active base membership for individual and families more than anything. Here is the recent e-blast that went out, it correctly explains the right approach to renewing during this transition period. http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101891240757&ca=65cd5b9c-b1bb-45b9-bf76-49e2a42bbc1d
#3 We are not going to see this go live during this summer season, the new projected release date is August/September so what USA Water Ski and Wake Sports has done is incorporated the most important part of it now, which is the new $19.95 supporting membership. This means the entry point of membership has been nearly cut in half.
#4 In the fall we will begin our biggest membership drive in years, reaching out to almost 7,000 ex-members from over the last 5 years.
#5 Airhead has joined USA-WSWS as a new member discount sponsor. This is our first manufacturer to go live as part of our push for better member benefits. USA Water Ski & Wake Sports members will receive 20% off all items with exclusive discount code at checkout. Log in to the Members Only section and click on the Member Discounts link. Airhead is the largest manufacturer of inflatables in the market.

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

Coaches, Managers and Physicians Wanted

In early November, the International Activities Committee (IAC) will nominate coaches, managers and physicians for all 2018 international events listed. If you are interested in being considered for appointment to any of these tournaments, please fill out this form. There is no longer any funding for coach and manager for any age group teams. For the Junior Worlds, the physician alone receives 50% funding. The elite team staff is fully funded (manager, coach and physician) to the Pan Am Championships. Safesport certification is now required. There is no cost, and it is accessible online. Background screening is still required (duration two years) and the expense is covered by AWSA.

Junior Worlds (no funding for coach and manager, physician is funded at 50%)
August 2-5, Sesena, Spain
Pan Am Championships (three staff – 1 manager, 1 coach, 1 physician – are funded at 100% / the second coach is self-funded)*
November 12-18 – San Bernardo (Santiago airport), Chile
35+ Worlds (staff self-funded)
November 26 – December 2 – San Bernardo (Santiago airport), Chile

Please contact Jim Grew by October 21 at: jimhgrewjr@cs.com if you need more information, or fill out the form found HERE.

Pangaea Labor Day Tournament – Running Orders and Official Assignments

Running Orders and official assignments for this weekend’s Pangaea Labor Day tournament are now available.  If there are any issues or concerns or change requests please just let me know when you arrive.

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Please Read – Change in upcoming tournaments

Please take note of the following tournament changes:

1) Change in location for this Saturday’s (9/10/16) New England Championships:  the new venue is 2016 Dubes Pond in Hooksett NH.  Please see the Facebook page for information or contact the tournament director Mike Tilton (see the guide book for contact info).   https://www.facebook.com/events/181828525574516/

2) Change in event schedule for the Avon September Classic held the weekend of 9/17/16.   Slalom Trick and Jump will be held on Saturday (9/17) in that order – start time is 8.30am.  The club KOP Slalom event will held on Sunday (9/18).   For questions please contact the tournament director Pat Bryne (see the guide book for contact info).