2023 Eastern Regionals and More!

I’m happy to announce that the 2023 Eastern Regionals will be held at The Pond at Avon (CT) from July 26-29.  The appointed officials are (Chief Judge) David Knight, appointed judges:  Ralph Hall, Evan Robbins, Chip Jones, George Vosburgh, Bill Cirilli; (Chief Driver) Matt Byrne, appointed drivers:  Doug Robbins, Dan Warner, Cole Maurer; (Chief Scorer) Dave Allen, appointed scorers:  Tonya Maurer, Becky Bartlett; (Chief Safety) Leda Carpenter, (Assistant Chief Safety) John Wilkins; (Aspiring Official) Scott Bellefeuille.

The Eastern Region’s appointed officials for the 2023 Nationals are (currently):  Ralph Hall, David Knight, Bill Cooper* (if no additional ER judges volunteer), Doug Robbins, Becky Bartlett, Dave Allen.  TG Powell was selected by the AWSA President to be Chief Scorer at  Nationals!

I’m also excited to announce that the 2024 Eastern Regionals will be held at Timberlake (VA), and the 2025 Eastern Regionals will be held at The Pond at Avon.  On behalf of the Eastern Region, I’d like to express thanks and appreciation to the Old Farms Skiers and Timberlake.

Winter Meeting materials and Zoom link

The Winter Meeting will begin at 9a.m. on Saturday, January 7.  The Zoom link and call-in information is provided below.  The meeting agenda and AWSA Board package are attached.

**Please consider being an appointed official at Regionals and/or Nationals.  Notify me of your interest at easternevp@gmail.com

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AWSA-BOD-Jan packet

2023 Winter Meeting Agenda

 

Eastern Region 2023 Winter Meeting & Call for Officials for Reg/Nat’l

The 2023 Winter Meeting will be held virtually on January 7, 2023, starting at 9a.m.  If you have any agenda items, please email them to easternevp@gmail.com

A later notification with the link to the meeting will be sent.

Please email me at the address above if you are interested in being an official at Regionals (July 26-29) or Nationals at West Palm (Aug. 9-12)

AWSA IAC Seeks Officials for 2023 Events

Please see below, spread the word, and act quickly if you are interested in volunteering for any of these events:

On or after Dec. 15, 2022, the AWSA International Activities Committee (IAC) will nominate officials for the 2023 international events listed below. To be considered for any of these events, you MUST COMPLETE AND RETURN THE APPLICATION FORM USING THE LINK BELOW (EMAIL IS PREFERRED) NOT LATER THAN NOV. 3, 2022. The IAC will make its recommended nominations to the AWSA Board, who will finalize the nominations. All persons having responded to this notice will be informed of the Board’s final nominations. Note that for those events listed below as “TBD,” we will resolicit interest once the dates and/or locations have been announced.
2023 World Open Championships – TBD
2023 35 Pan Am Championships – TBD
2023 Junior U.S. Open – Maize, Kansas (June 17-18, 2023)
2023 World U25 Championships – Chapala, Mexico (June 19-25, 2023)
2023 Pan Am Games – Santiago, Chile (October 20-November 5, 2023)
Application Form
https://www.teamusa.org/-/media/USA_Waterski/Disciplines/3-Event-Water-Skiing/2023OfficialsInterestLetter.pdf?la=en&hash=046230ED055B32FAFCCAF21F4A9D357FAE35A9CC

Please email forms or the necessary information to Jeff Smith (jsmith@honigman.com) not later than Nov. 3, 2022. Receipt of all email responses will be acknowledged.

Updated 2022 Policy & Procedures/Winter Meeting Reminder

Greetings Eastern Region!  This message is to let you know that the updated version of the Policy & Procedures is now available online under Governance and can be reached directly by clicking the below link.  The two notable changes, which are highlighted in yellow, are that only one representative from each qualifying State may sit on the Council, and the Tiny Richards award was retired as of the 2022 Summer Meeting.

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This message is also a reminder that the 2023 Winter Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 7th in Valley Forge, PA.  More details will follow, including the possibility of Clinic(s) on Sunday, January 8th.

The passing of Jerry Stansberry

Jerry Stansberry, a pioneer of competitive water skiing in Virginia, passed away on Saturday, September 10th. Many of us have much appreciation and gratitude for what Jerry accomplished. Roger Hammel provided the following summary regarding Jerry’s contributions toward our sport.Photo from Parsell Funeral Homes website

Virginia Competitive WaterSkiers:

If you are relatively new to VA waterskiing, you may not know Jerry. So this is both a tribute to Jerry and a bit of a history lesson as I remember or know it.

Jerry has been retired from the Virginia and Eastern Region skiing scene for about 5 years, maybe a couple more, electing to become an Emeritus Judge. Before that, Jerry was a very active Senior Judge in our area.

To get a sense of the importance of Jerry to Virginia and Eastern Region waterskiing, you need to go back into the late 50’s and play it forward from there. So lets talk about Jerry and competitive skiing in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and later so everyone gets a sense of who this lady was and her central roles in waterskiing as we know it. It is a wee small history lesson for VA competitive waterskiing, too, focused on Jerry.  Not everyone or every lake is mentioned, as this is a description of Jerry and her roles. You have my apologies for omissions. Continue reading

Top 10 things you should know about the RADAR Skis 2022 Eastern Region Water Ski Championships

1) All the details can be found at skitimberlake.com
2) Early Registration Ends on Friday 7/8. Please register this week to avoid the $30 late fee.
3) Here’s the schedule of events:

4) Practice is filling up, so book your set today.
Timberlake Onsite: HERE
or during the day on tournament days at
Lake Holly: HERE
5) Competition will begin at 8am each day. Breakfast will be provided 7am to 8am for early risers at the Powell’s House. Thanks to our hospitality sponsor Concierge Pet Medicine.
6) Juniors Luau Party will be Wednesday Evening on the Timberlake beach. Catered by Freekin’ Rican. Sponsored by Drainfield Solutions
7) Skiers Dinner on Friday Evening – All Skiers, Friends and Family are invited – Sponsored by Drainfield Solutions. There will be some very special presentations that you will not want to miss.
8) Plenty of Free parking is available on Timberlake Drive, with an Equipment drop-off area at the dam sponsored by Lohr’s Lake Skiers. Limited VIP parking is available near the Peace Love and WaterSkiing start dock for $20 with all proceeds benefiting ER Jr. development. Reserve a spot now at VIP PARKING
9) Stop by the vendor tents. Fine Designs will have custom apparel available and Peace Love and Water Skiing will have skier necessities.
10) A professional photographer JSH FOTO will be capturing images of all competitors. Juniors will receive one free photo sponsored by Virginia Water Ski Federation, and all photos will be available for purchase on the web.

RADAR Skis 2022 Eastern Region Championships – Hotel Update

We have negotiated a special rate of $104 at the Tru by Hilton Thornburg hotel (31 miles, 45 min. drive)
6524 Dominion Raceway Ave, Woodford, Virginia, 22580 ph 804-606-9222

Don’t delay, book your room now as there are a limited supply of rooms available at this rate. Call during business hours and ask for Sahra White when making your reservation.