AWSA Eastern Region Update from the EVP

Let’s Kick-Off 2021 with a Refreshed, Renewed Spirit!

Your Eastern Region (ER) National Directors, Ralph Hall, Doug Robbins and John Wilkins along with me your EVP, all attended the AWSA Board of Directors Winter Meeting this past weekend.  Some great ideas and important decisions were made to help shape our sport and the American Water Ski Association.

AWSA Website
The Board indicated that they were in favor of the Executive Committee proposed creation of an independent website that presents AWSA, Slalom, Tricks and Jump skiing in a more accessible and attractive format.  The hope is to provide a more welcoming introduction to our sport and provide the information that our skiers are looking for.  This is not an attempt to break away from USA WSWS, but a more focused site that can include more AWSA centered information with less digging.   Jeff will request bids and hopes to use the www.skiawsa.com URL.

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Officials Nominations for 2021 AWSA Eastern Regionals and AWSA Nationals

Please Submit Nominations for Regionals or Nationals officials prior to January 7th, 2021.

We will be voting at the AWSA Eastern Region Winter Meeting being held on January 9th, 2021.  The meeting will begin at 9am and will be completely Virtual via the USA Water Ski and Wake Sports, Goto Meeting.  More Details can be found HERE

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2020 Summer Meeting is about to Start!

AWSA Eastern Region Summer Meeting 2020
Tue, Jul 28, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (EDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

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2020 Eastern Region Summer Meeting Goes VIRTUAL

Hello Eastern Region Friends!

I hope everyone is getting out on the water and enjoying the summer.
In the interest of reducing the spread of the Corona virus and for everyone’s safety, we’ll be holding a virtual ER summer meeting.
We’ll be making use of the USA Water Ski and Wake Sports GoToMeeting and we’ve scheduled the meeting for:
 
 Tuesday July 28th at 7pm
 
Since this is a virtual meeting, you should be able to attend by phone or computer from virtually anywhere.
 

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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.

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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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.

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