Post Regionals Juniors Update

Our juniors had a great showing at the 2021 Eastern Regional Championships in Avon, CT.  There were 59 junior competitors.  The Avon Old Farms Skiers put on a fantastic junior’s party onsite at the Pond, with treats and activities including pizza, snow cones, popcorn, water mats, trampoline, movie night, and lots of fun for everyone.  The raffle raised close to $800 for the Eastern Region Junior Development Program. 

Most Improved Awards

Congratulations to all juniors who won Most Improved Awards this year.

DivEventSkierNameDivEventSkierName
B1SlalomYonce, ParkerG1SlalomByrne, Addy
B1TrickDavis, BenjaminG2JumpByrne, Tia
B1OverallDavis, BenjaminG2SlalomDann, Isabela
B2JumpRobbins, TyG2TrickAbelson, Alexia
B2SlalomStenger, SamuelG2OverallDann, Isabela
B2TrickTarum, ZaneG3JumpCarpenter, Zoe
B2OverallRobbins, TyG3SlalomQuimper, Caroline
B3JumpAbelson, JakeG3TrickCole, Ava
B3SlalomFrucci, RobertG3OverallCole, Ava
B3TrickAbelson, JakeG4JumpStenger, Solie
B3OverallAbelson, JakeG4SlalomStenger, Solie
B4JumpMoisan, VictorG4TrickStenger, Solie
B4SlalomQuimper, AJG4OverallStenger, Solie
B4TrickMoisan, VictorG5JumpPottbecker, Sage
B4OverallCraig, RobbieG5SlalomPottbecker, Sage
B5JumpPowell, RobertG5TrickPottbecker, Sage
B5SlalomTakken, MarkG5OverallPottbecker, Sage
B5TrickPowell, Robert
B5OverallRobbins, Evan

All Stars

The Eastern Region All Star Team for 2021 was announced at Regionals. The All-Stars were selected based on their ranking score coming into regionals, and their performance at regionals.  The All Star Team will be representing the East against teams from the other four Regions at Nationals.  The 2021 East Region All Stars are:  Ty Robbins, Alexia Abelson, Jake Abelson, Aaron Bartlett, Cameron Davis, Sage Pottbecker – Alternate: Ava Cole, 2nd Alternate: Evan Robbins

Headed to Nationals?   See you at the Juniors Party at Nationals – Thursday, August 12th

Joliet Town and Country Lanes
2231 W Jefferson St.
Joliet, IL 60435

Tickets $20/person (skiers and non-skiers)
Thursday, August 12, 2021 5-8pm
5pm-6:15pm B1-3,G1-3 Bowl
6:15pm-6:45pm Awards and Pizza
6:45pm-8pm B4-5, G4-5 Bowl

Please RSVP via the link below, and purchase tickets through PayPal to nationaljdwaterski@gmail.com by Monday, August 9. A ticket is required for entry for both junior skiers and family.

**Bowling is for skiers only (due to # of available lanes), but family is welcome to attend the awards and dinner!

Link to RSVP for Juniors Party at Nationals – RSVP by 8/9

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrax9topRWTManSYYRnqhS4r1pVJFkFYpEPiwmDgOR49nP5A/viewform

Juniors – Nationals Training Day, August 5th

Corey Vaughn

How did we get to mid-July so fast? I hope you all have been enjoying these summer days fully as they whiz by.

We’re proud to claim Corey Vaughn as an Eastern Region Skier. He does so much for the sport and always gathers great talent to coach at the Easter Region Junior Development overnight clinics.

As we ramp up to Regionals and Nationals, it’s a great time to pop in to peaceloveandwaterskiing.com for a tune up. Topher and Collin have been doing an amazing job in the boat, and Kuz is returning over a month early! He’ll be back on July 27.

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Junior Development Update – Regionals/Nationals 2020

EAST REGION ALL STARS
Members of the 2020 All Star Team for the East are:
Jake Abelson
Samantha Hill
Brody Keller
Sage Pottbecker
Evan Robbins
Ty Robbins

Alternate: TBD

Congratulations to these juniors for being selected to the highest honor for Eastern Region Juniors.  This All Star Team will represent the East against teams from the other 4 regions at the 2020 Junior All Star Championships, taking place during the 2020 Goode National Championships.  Best of luck to them, and to all of our juniors heading down to Louisiana for Nationals!

2020 MOST IMPROVED AWARDS
Congratulations to the Juniors earning the East’s Most Improved Awards for 2020.

B1 – Slalom, Brandau Turner; Trick, Brodie Dann: Overall, Leland Carpenter
B2 – Slalom and Trick, Aaron Bartlett; Jump and Overall, Ty Robbins
B3 – Slalom, Marley Griffen; Trick, Jump and Overall, Jake Abelson
B4 – Slalom and Overall, Robbie Craig; Trick, Victor Moisan; Jump, James Kokernak
B5 – Slalom, Dylan Trask; Trick, Evan Robbins; Jump and Overall Collin Frucci

G1 – Slalom, Addy Byrne; Trick, Alexia Abelson; Overall Isabela Dann
G2 – Slalom and Trick, Audrey Abelson
G3 – Slalom Jump and Overall, Ava Cole; Trick, Alessi Keira
G4 – Slalom Jump and Overall, Samantha Hill; Trick Allison Nichols
G5 – Slalom and Jump, Kelly Hill; Trick and Overall, Sage Pottbecker

JUNIORS PARTY at 2020 GOODE WATER SKI NATIONALS
The Juniors Party at Nationals will be held at The Pool at Bennett’s on Thursday, August 6 at 6pm. There will be chicken dinner, pool access, DJ and a photo booth.

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Time: 6pm
Location: The Pool at Bennett’s
18605 Barnett Rd
Zachary, LA 70791

The deadline for ticket sales is Tuesday, August 4

Link to buy tickets is below. Tickets are $15.

https://www.awsasouthcentral.com/nationals-jd-party-and-awards


EASTERN REGION JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT TEAM 2021
The Eastern Region Junior Development Team is made up of the juniors who skied in Regionals and/or Nationals of the previous year. In 2020, due to the current health crisis our nation is facing, as well as related travel restrictions, many of our juniors were unable to attend Regionals. All juniors that attended Eastern Regionals will be included in the 2021 Eastern Region Junior Development Team. In addition, juniors that were qualified to ski Regionals may request to be included on the team by notifying the Junior Development Committee. In addition, the Junior Development Committee is requesting juniors to send in a photo to be included in the Juniors section of the 2021 Eastern Regional Guide.

Photos for the Juniors section of the 2021 Eastern Regional Guide should be emailed or texted to TG Powell, Junior Development Committee at

tg.powell@gmail.com
or
703-395-7499

2019 East Regional Championship Update

The On Line Registration email process failed, so we weren’t sure if this message got to all the participants.  Sending out here to ensure that everyone gets the information:

Top things to know about your upcoming event:

1)Due to overwhelming response all site familiarization will be 2 passes for all events. We want to give everyone an opportunity to try out the site. You can request a second set ($15) but only if you are on site others have skied and there is room. Link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LCErpjJjSvUekROVJrCsj8o_VkSSMUw4AZvFkawxkvc/edit#gid=0
2)Please fill out bios at registration so that our announcer has your most current information!
3)Please support our Jrs and don’t forget to bring your old water ski gear to donate to the Junior Development Equipment Exchange Bin.
4)It is not too late to sign up for the juniors party at Lake Compounce. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054cabaa29a5fa7-junior3
5) Camping on site is full.
6) Reach out to Tonya for any and all volunteer opportunities!
7) Reminder that the event order was published on AWSAEast.org on July 11th. https://awsaeast.org/eastern-regional-championship-event-order-2019/
8) See AWSAeast.org for important traffic information. Link: https://awsaeast.org/directions-to-avon-ct-important-note/

We are looking forward to hosting you your family and friends!

Sincerely, Patrick B / Scott P Tournament Directors

Junior Development Update

Junior Development is off to a great start this summer.

Eastern Region Juniors had a great time training together at Coble Ski School – June 2019

EASTERN REGION WEEK AT COBLE SKI SCHOOL
Eastern Region week at Coble Ski School was from June 23-27. Fourteen juniors from the Eastern Region made the trip to Lillington, NC. April Coble said that it was the biggest group of tournament skiers they have ever had.

VIRGINIA JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT CLINIC
The Virginia Junior Development Clinic was held at five lakes in the Sparta, VA area (Timberlake, Lake Holly, Lohr’s Lake, Lake Maracossic, and Jennings Pond), from June 17-19, and was attended by 32 Juniors. Pro Skier Corey Vaughn put together a team of top-notch coaches including Michael Kusiak, Kevin Jack, Michael Bullock and Brent Walker. There were kids running the slalom course for the first time, going over the jump for the first time, competing in a tournament for the first time, as well as seasoned tournament skiers working on improving their skills. Thank you to our small army of volunteers that make it all happen!

Juniors from the East have been ripping it up on the tournament scene.
Congratulations to Jake Ableson, who was selected as the USA Water Ski and Wake Sports Male Athlete of the Month for May. Jake placed second in junior men’s tricks at the 27th Nautique Junior Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament in May 24, and was the youngest competitor in the tournament at age 11. He scored a personal best – and pending Boys 2 national tricks record – 8,850 points in the finals. More info at http://www.usawaterski.org/default.asp?Display=3155

Best of luck to Eastern Region Juniors and young adults heading to the Junior US Open this weekend: Jake Ableson, Lexi Ableson, Blake Keller, Brody Keller and Dylan Smith. More info at http://www.usawaterski.org/juniorusopen/index_juniorusopen.html/

More clinics are upcoming for our juniors:
SLALOM CLINICS
Corey Vaughn will be once again be hosting a series of slalom only Junior Development Clinics at the Peace, Love and Water Ski headquarters in Bumpass, VA. Cost is $120 for two sets and $180 for three sets for the clinics where Corey is the coach. Dylan Smith will be coaching the 7/10 and 7/31 clinics, at a cost of $100 for 2 sets and $150

for three sets. For more information contact Corey at h2oskijunkie@gmail.com. The dates for upcoming slalom clinics are July 10th, 18th, 22nd, 31st, and August 8th and 22nd.
The link for the July 10 clinic is https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054cabaa29a5fa7-july8
That signup has links to the rest of the clinics in the series.

TRICKS CLINIC
July 11, 2019 TRICKS CLINIC
We will be holding a tricks clinic, on July 11th starting at 9am at Timberlake in Sparta, Virginia. The focus is on beginning to intermediate trick skiers. Cost will be $60. Sign up link is https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054cabaa29a5fa7-junior4.

JUMP CLINIC
July 16, 2019 – Jump Clinic at Avon, CT

3 EVENT CLINIC
July 29, 2019 – 3 Event Junior Development Clinic in NH.    9am – 6pm
Abernaki Water Ski Club at Lake Winnipesaukee
Contact Becky Bartlett for more info. rebeccasbartlett@yahoo.com

Want to put on a Junior Development Clinic at your site?  The Eastern Region Junior Development has funds available to help with clinic expenses.  Contact TG Powell at tg.powell@gmail.com for details.

SafeSport Youth Training Available
The U.S. Center for SafeSport Youth Athlete Training courses are now live! These resources include courses for children of pre-school age; grades K-2; grades 3-5; middle school and high school. These free online trainings are designed as an introduction for minor athletes and their parents or other caregivers to understand the importance of positive, welcoming environments in sports, where misconduct like bullying or abuse is less likely to happen, and to know where to report abuse, should it occur.
http://www.usawaterski.org/default.asp?Display=3171

Junior Development Party at Regionals
We have a great day of fun planned for our juniors on Thursday, July 25th at Lake Compounce, Connecticut’s best amusement park and water park. Check out their website at www.lakecompounce.com

All juniors competing at Regionals and their siblings are invited for the fun. Enjoy the park throughout the day, as your competition event schedule allows. The park opens at 11am. Dinner and awards will be at one of the picnic pavilions in the park anytime between 5:00pm and 7:00pm.
A big thank you to our 2019 Junior Development Sponsors for making this fabulous party possible – Jody Fisher Ski School, Goode Skis and Kaleidoscope Imprints.
All junior competitors, siblings and parents are invited, but you need to sign up ahead of time. We are setting aside a ticket for each junior competitor, but the number of spots available for siblings and parents is limited. Stop by the Junior Development tent at Regionals during registration on Wednesday, or during the day on Thursday to pick up your tickets. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054cabaa29a5fa7-junior3

June 23-27, 2019 is Eastern Region Week at Coble Ski School

We have scheduled Eastern Region Junior Development Week at Coble Ski School in Lillington, NC. Join other Eastern Region Juniors at Coble Water Ski Camp June 23 – 27, 2019. Make your reservations and pay directly with Coble Ski School at cobleskischool.com. Just please let us know you are coming. Spaces are limited, and prices go up after the end of December. If you are interested, contact Becky Bartlett at rebeccasbartlett@yahoo.com by December 8th if possible.

Junior Development – Regionals Wrap-up and Nationals Update

Attention Eastern Region Juniors at Nationals – the juniors party at Nationals is on site at Mystic Lakes on Thursday, August 9th 6:30pm-9:30pm. Join us for some Wichita BBQ, inflatables, swimming and games. The Eastern Region is paying for the tickets for junior competitors from the East, but you need to sign up at the link below. You can also use this link to buy additional tickets at $10 for kids, $15 for adults. See you there.
https://www.awsasouthcentral.com/nationals-jd-party-and-awards

All Stars — The Eastern Region juniors is well represented by our All Star Team – ready to take on the All Stars from the rest of the country. Each year at the GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Junior All-Star teams representing their respective regions compete in a three-event overall tournament. Teams are made up of six skiers and one alternate. The All Star Team from the East was selected at Regionals and consists of: Brody Keller, Evan Robbins, Robert Powell, Sage Potbecker, Samantha Hill, Emma Davis, and Jake Abelson (alt)
http://www.usawaterski.org/Nationals/Nationals/News/2018juniorallstarsannounced.html

Junior Development Regionals Wrap-Up – Junior Development had a successful Regionals! Lots of juniors accepted the Super Beast Challenge and found ways to help out and volunteer at the tournament. We had 90 junior and parents attend the Juniors Party at The Castle Fun Center.

Awards were presented to the most improved skiers in each of the Juniors Divisions: Most Improved Slalom Awards went to: B1 – Aaron Bartlett, B2 – Jack Decker, B3 – Tristan Richardsoon, G1 – Tia Byrne, G2 – Ava Cole, G3 – Kelly Hill. Most Improved Tricks Awards went to: B1 – Freddy Davis, B2 – Jake Ableson, B3 – Rocco Cirilli, G1 – Alexia Ableson, G2 – Samantha Hill, G3 – Kelly Hill. Most Improved Jump Awards went to: B2 Aaron Bartlett, B3 – Evan Robbins, G2 Emma Davis, G3 Sage Pottbecker. Most Improved Overall went to: B1 – Ricky Davis, B2 – Robert Powell, B3 Blake Keller, G1 – Audrey Ableson, G2 Samantha Hill, G3 Whitney Shellhamer.

Fundraising efforts brought in just over $1,700 to support our Junior Development activities. Thank you buying silent auction items and raffle tickets. The winner of the free entry to the 2019 Regionals was Susan Maximuk!

A big thank you to our Junior Development sponsors for 2018: Goode Skis, Kaleidoscope Imprints, Twin Lakes Water Ski Park, Coble Water Ski and Wakeboard Camp, Coble Boat & Ski by MasterCraft, and Peace, Love and Water Skiing.

Discount Training available at Jack Travers Ski School near Orlando

Jack Travers Ski School

August 13-17, September 3-7 and September 10-14
Full Week ski school special 25 % off.
We are still here 43 years and counting working on our third generation of skiers. We consider ourselves a full time year round water sports camp. Our location is on 120 acres with three manmade lakes with slalom courses and jump ramps. We offer instruction for the beginner through the more seasoned waterskier as well as instruction for wakeboarding, wakeskating, wakesurfing and paddleboarding to beginners. Lesson can be purchased as single lessons, day or full week. We also offer group packages and custom made packages for that special family outing you’re looking for.
The Travers’ family take pride in everything we do from our housing, site appearance, coaching and food service. We offer overnight camps all year round in a supervised bunk style housing, as well as villa rentals and private suites for families and mature adults. A full meal service is available Monday through Friday. There is full time supervision for minors and planned nightly and weekend activities.

www.jacktravers.com

h2oskijacks@aol.com

Site Map for 2018 AWSA Nationals, Mystic Lakes, Kansas

As we prepare for tomorrows kick-off of the Eastern Regionals, many of us are also looking ahead to our trip to Kansas for Nationals. Here is a site map for Mystic Lakes.  Mystic Lakes Site Map  We hope to see many of you there.
You’ll notice that there are region tents between lake 1 and lake 2. We’ll have a large cooler, chairs, and snacks at the Eastern Region tent. Just look for the Eastern State Flags and the big East Is Beast, Eastern Region feather flag.