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.

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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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

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

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.

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Submit Your Bid for Eastern Regionals

The 2017 Regional Tournament sprang from a new type of partnership. There was some thinking outside the box by our regional committee. Then there was a region full of dedicated officials and volunteers that stepped up and made it happen.
We can do it again. Maybe at your ski site! The regional partnership model may open up the opportunity to host regionals at some great 3-Event sites that don’t feel they have the man-power to make it happen. The regional tournament is an opportunity for you to showcase your site, allow new people to experience a great event on your turf and to bring new life to your lake.
Please consider submitting a bid for the Regional Championships, or start making plans for the future. We’ll be happy to help you with planning to organize a great event.
Contact Jim Powell at easternevp@gmail.com

You can download the bid form HERE
Get the site data form HERE

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