News from the AWSA National BOD Meeting

On January 25th, 2020, Directors and EVPs from all 5 regions, members of the AAC, HNDs and others gathered at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex for our AWSA Winter Meeting. Gordon Hall chaired the meeting which came to order at 8:05 am and went to about 4:30 pm. Full minutes will be posted when available, but here are some highlights.

Organization of Junior Divisions to be consistent with other sports.
AWSA Board passed the final stage of its migration to 2-year youth divisions by implementing B5/G5. The board also voted to make this change retroactive to the previous nationals so that it ties into the previously formed B4/G4 divisions.

So starting today B1/G1 remains under 10, B2/G2 is 10-11, B3/G3 is 12-13, B4/G4 is 14-15 and B5/G5 is 16-17. The programming for this was released today so we would love more testing eyeballs to make sure everyone and their scores are correct. We still have some overall and qualification issues to work out but if anyone sees anything out of the ordinary please let us so we have this 100% accurate before 2020 tourneys begin.

You can find the updated tournament entry form with B5 and G5 HERE

National Junior Team and Regional All Start Teams restructured
See the full report HERE

 

From the USA-WSWS BOD Meeting…

1 – USA-WSWS is requiring a Safe Sport coordinator for AWSA, as well as
coordinators in each region, state, and extend to clubs.

2 – Part of the new annual Center for Safe Sport is visits to our events
by Safe Sport compliance coordinators. This will begin in 2020 in major
events. Possibly AWSA Nationals.

3 – 6/27 – 7/3 will be Get on the Water Week in 2020. USA-WSWS will
waive sanction fees, and any guest membership fees for any sanctioned
basic skills clinics any day(s) this week. Watch for more information
from USA-WSWS. This is a sharelifeonthewater.com initiative. For clubs
wishing to participate the deadline is 3/31/2020.

4 – From the USA-WWFoundation – Tracy Mattes is
confident in completion of the new building by 2022 for water ski’s
centennial celebration year.

Dave Goode, 1955 – 2020

It is with a heavy heart that GOODE Skis announces the passing of its founder and president, Dave Goode.
Dave, 64, died Wednesday while taking part in one of his many passions, piloting his airplane.
Through his numerous technological advancements in both water skiing and snow skiing, and financial support of countless events and athletes in both sports, Dave touched the lives of thousands of people by helping them, and the sports they love, push the limits of performance.
A 2014 USA Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipient and member of the Michigan Water Ski Hall of Fame, Dave was an accomplished international competitor in both sports, recently winning the downhill event at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Masters National Speed Series and earning a bronze medal in trick skiing at the Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships.
Dave leaves behind his beloved wife Dawn, parents Paul and Mimi, children Michael Goode, Lisa Goode McHugh (John), Whitney Hebard Felkl (Hans), Gregory Hebard (Adrianna), and granddaughters Maple Julia McHugh and Sunny Elizabeth Hebard.

Draft Agenda Added – AWSA Eastern Region Winter Meeting – 1/11/2020

Winter Lake

We have a lot of exciting things in store for Eastern Region water skiing in 2020!
Please join us at the winter meeting. Open to all members of USA Water Ski and Wake Sports. From news about this years’ Regional Tournament to new developments in a ski school in the southern part of the region. What Ideas do you have to share? We’ll craft regional recommendations to take to the national organization.

The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Valley Forge, PA.
888 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Wayne, Pennsylvania, 19087
610-647-6700
The meeting will come to order promptly on 1/11 at 9:00 am.

DRAFT AGENDA HERE
RULES RECOMMENDATIONS HERE
ADDITIONAL REPORTS AND DOCS HERE

POST MEETING DINNER / BREAKFAST / TRICK CALLING CLINIC SIGNUP HERE

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Kevin Jack to Lead “Best Trick Calling Clinic Ever” 1/12/2020

We’re bringing together the best Tricks Judges in the ER along with Kevin Jack our AWSA 2019 Open National Tricks Champion and Senior Judge for an advanced trick calling clinic Sunday morning after the ER Winter Meeting.  Location will be Embassy Suites, Valley Forge, PA.  The clinic will follow our Breakfast Brainstorming wrap-up.
Breakfast from 8 am to 9:30 am.
Clinic to start promptly at 10 am and end around 1 pm.

This will be an advanced clinic that focuses on:
1) Properly Identifying advanced tricks
2) Determining when a trick is credit vs. no credit
3) Developing a good training practice for Regular and Senior trick judges
4) Identifying and limiting common cases of inconsistency in trick calls
5) Establish a norm that skiers can expect to adhere to at any tournament.
Like all clinics, great value will come from the interaction of the participants as well as the knowledge and experience of the administrator.
The videos used in the clinic will be high quality examples of both high level trick skiers and beginners to illustrate how the same tricks look different at different speeds and in different orders.
Don’t miss this great opportunity.  Tell your friends and make plans to stay for a great morning with your Eastern Region family.
If you have not already indicated and you’d like to attend, please let us know here…

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Nominations for Eastern Region National Director

We currently have an opening for Eastern Region National Director.  This is an amazing opportunity to have a voice in the direction of water skiing on a National level.  We will be voting in a new National Director at the 1/11 winter meeting.

Please enter your nomination here.

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Eastern Regional Guide Survey

The 2019 Eastern Region Guide is available as a PDF HERE
Up to date tournament information both past and future are available HERE

Please share your input regarding the Regional Guidebook.

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Sunday 1/12 Post Meeting Activities

IT’S ON…

We’re bringing back the Sunday Morning Activities to our Eastern Region Meeting Weekend.  Join us after the annual winter meeting for some fellowship and dinner at the Black Powder Tavern.  Then, stick around for Sunday Trick Calling Clinic and brainstorming session.

Please fill in the form below if you are interested.
We already have enough interest to hold The Best Trick Clinic Ever

Let us know if you’re coming…

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Officials Nomination for 2020 Regional and National Tournaments

*** UPDATE REGARDING DRIVERS FOR NATIONALS
Senior two even and single event drivers will be considered as Assigned drivers at 2020 Nationals ***

Here’s a current rundown of those with nominations in for 2020 Regionals and Nationals

Tournament Position Name
Nationals Announcer Jim Powell
Nationals Driver Al Harris
Nationals Driver Marie Fields
Nationals Driver Ralph Hall
Nationals Judge Cooper Bill
Nationals Judge David Knight
Nationals Judge Ralph Hall
Nationals Safety Karen Melnik
Regionals Announcer Jim Powell
Regionals Driver Brett C Brandau
Regionals Driver Cole Maurer
Regionals Driver Dan Warner
Regionals Driver Jonathan Thacher
Regionals Driver Marie Fields
Regionals Driver Ralph Hall
Regionals Judge BILL BAKER
Regionals Judge Cooper Bill
Regionals Judge David Knight
Regionals Judge Jonathan Thacher
Regionals Judge Michael Shelhamer
Regionals Judge Ralph Hall
Regionals Safety Karen Melnik
Regionals Scorer Nick Leuthauser

Please Submit Your Nomination for 2020 Regionals or Nationals Officials.

RegionalsNationals

Applying For:
JudgeDriverScorerAnnouncerSafety

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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AWSA Eastern Region Winter Meeting – 1/11/2020

Winter Lake

We have a lot of exciting things in store for Eastern Region water skiing in 2020!
Please join us at the winter meeting. Open to all members of USA Water Ski and Wake Sports. From news about this years’ Regional Tournament to new developments in a ski school in the southern part of the region. What Ideas do you have to share? We’ll craft regional recommendations to take to the national organization.

The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Valley Forge, PA.
888 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Wayne, Pennsylvania, 19087
610-647-6700
The meeting will come to order promptly on 1/11 at 9:00 am.

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