More News from AWSA and a Video Message from Jeff Surdej

AWSA Update via video
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Here are links referenced in the video
Grassroots events reimbursement form
Basic Skills, Grassroots, Ski League Reimbursement Form

Use this form to submit a request to be reimbursed for your sanction fees and first-time participates of any of …

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Nationals Attendance Survey

2020 GOODE Nationals Attendance Survey

2020 GOODE Nationals Attendance Survey

Take this survey powered by surveymonkey.com. Create your own surveys for free.

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Jr US Open Registration
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AWSA Social Distancing Guidelines

Social Distancing Guidelines For AWSA Events

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35 Plus worlds survey (I misspoke on this in video, the survey is voting on how to handle the age groups)

AWSA UPDATE

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, the American Water Ski Association (AWSA) and the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches announced today that the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches will not serve as the host of the 78th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 4-8, at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla., due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on South Florida. It is important to note that the Nationals event has NOT been cancelled at this time. The AWSA board of directors is actively seeking an alternate site – and alternative dates if necessary – to conduct the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament in 2020.
The South Florida counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach have been Florida’s hardest hit areas with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter addressed to the board of directors of AWSA, the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches said: “We agonized over our decision and this certainly was not the outcome we wanted. However, the health and safety of our competitors, officials, volunteers, and staff in these troubled times amidst the Covid-19 virus had to be our priority. We realize that the event is not until Aug. 4, but there is simply no way to tell what the accessibility status of Palm Beach County will be with this health crisis at that time. Many factors went into our decision.”

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports suspended sanctioned events due to COVID-19 on March 18. USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is planning to begin sanctioning events again starting on May 18 and is currently finalizing Return to Play Guidelines for its more than 600 affiliated water ski clubs, nine sport discipline organizations and 14,000 members. Information on all sanctioned events, including the status of AWSA regional championships, will be available at www.usawaterski.org

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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Officials Nomination for 2019 Regional and National Tournaments

Hey Officials, Let’s Have Some Fun at Regionals and Nationals!

Here is our current list of nominations (12/23/18).  If your name should be on this list, please click “Continue reading” below to complete a nomination form…

Tournament Position Name
Nationals Announcer Jim Powell
Nationals Driver Al Harris
Nationals Driver Doug Robbins
Nationals Driver Marie Fields
Nationals Driver Matt Byrne
Nationals Driver Ralph Hall
Nationals Judge David Knight
Nationals Judge David Knight
Nationals Judge Gary Noll
Nationals Scorer Talitha Powell
Regionals Announcer Jim Powell
Regionals Driver Brett Brandau
Regionals Driver Cole Maurer
Regionals Driver Dan Warner
Regionals Driver Jim Powell
Regionals Driver Marie Fields
Regionals Driver Matt Byrne
Regionals Driver Ralph Hall
Regionals Judge Bill Baker
Regionals Judge Bill Cooper
Regionals Judge David Knight
Regionals Judge David Robbins
Regionals Judge Gary Noll
Regionals Judge Jonathan Paulovich
Regionals Scorer David Allen
Regionals Scorer Jennifer Frederick Kelly
Regionals Scorer Susan Maximuk
Regionals Scorer Talitha Powell

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AWSA National News


(Eastern Region tent at 2018 Nationals, Maize, KS)

Nationals 2018-was extraordinary, Mystic lakes was a fantastic host site and the people of Mystic lakes could not have been more welcoming to our AWSA family.  This was the largest # of competitors (728) since 2010 and pulls (1340) since 2004. 4 years ago Nationals was in bad shape and we couldn’t even find a host, so glad to see happy LOC’s and happy vendors and great competition again.  We have bids, and our #’s are up 32% in 2 years.

America’s Cup-Simply WOW as well. This was a huge addition to Nationals, we wanted to bring the US Open back for years and I think we have done so in the form of the America’s Cup. A true 3 event pro tournament that is aiding in nationals attendance. We went from our usual 10 open skiers to 64, so it was great to see the best show up for our Nationals.  I think that any in attendance will not soon forget the show put on by our amazing trickers skiing at elite level under the lights.  It was stunning!  We learned a lot from hosting it the first time and we are excited to keep it going. Charlotte is already on board and we already have a sponsor that wants to make overall 2.5 times bigger cash prize. We could not have done this years event without the support of all boat companies so thank them for making this happen.

2019 Nationals dates are officially August 6-10, 2019. Schedule is being worked out to try and accommodate the America’s Cup considering that elite worlds starts August Continue reading

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.

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.

Officials Nomination for 2018 Regional and National Tournaments

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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Officials Selection Qualifications:
6.01 National Tournament
B. Other Appointed Judges (with equal representation from each region) shall be three-event Senior Judges appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with approval of the Regional Council. C. Event judges shall be chosen by the Chief Judge from among the Appointed Judges. When the Appointed Judges are not available as event judges, the Chief Judge may choose other Senior or Regular Judges as event judges. In all events, the majority of the event judges must be Senior Judges.
E. Boat Drivers (with equal representation from each region) shall be two and three-event Senior Boat Drivers appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. Each Region shall appoint at least one three-event driver.
G. Scorers (with equal representation from each region) shall be three-event Senior Scorers appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. Event scorers shall be chosen by the Chief Scorer from the Appointed Scorers. When the Appointed Scorers are not available as event scorers, the Chief Scorer may choose other Senior Scorers or Regular Scorers as event scorers, with the approval of the Chief Judge.
6.02 Regional Tournaments
B. Five three-event Appointed Judges (Senior or Regular) shall be appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. C. Event judges shall be chosen by the Chief Judge from among the Appointed Judges or other Senior or Regular Judges in attendance at the tournament.
D. The Chief Boat Driver shall be a three-event Senior Driver appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. Assistants with three-event Senior or Regular Driver’s ratings may also be appointed. Event Drivers shall be chosen by the Chief Boat Driver from the Appointed Drivers, or other Senior or Regular Drivers, subject to the approval of the Chief Judge.
E. The Chief Scorer shall be a three-event Senior Scorer appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. Assistant Chief Scorers with a three-event Senior or Regular Scorer’s rating may also be appointed. Other scorers, with a Senior or Regular Scorer’s rating, may be selected by the Chief Scorer from those in attendance at the tournament, with the approval of the Chief Judge. Where there is a shortage of Regular and Senior Scorers, an Assistant Scorer may work under the supervision of a Senior or Regular Scorer.
F. The Chief Safety Director shall be a Regional Safety Director appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. Assistant Chief Safety Directors, with a minimum rating of Regional Safety Director, may also be appointed. Other safety personnel, with a minimum rating of State Safety Director, may be chosen by the Chief Safety Director.
G. The Chief Technical Controller shall be appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. Assistant Chief Technical Controllers may also be appointed.

Eastern Regionals
One of the Appointed judges slots should be reserved for a Regular judge for development purposes,
should any regular judges apply. Additionally, one of the Appointed driver positions or the alternate shall
be reserved for a qualified Regular driver – should any apply.
The Eastern Region will provide banquet ticket and room accommodation for one aspiring official (judge,
scorer or driver) that has a Regular rating in either all three events or a combination of events; where the
official is actively pursuing a Senior rating.
To appear on the council’s ballot, any officials aspiring to serve as appointed officials at the upcoming
Regional Championship tournament must notify the EVP 15 calendar days before the mid-winter meeting.