2023 Pre Regional Tournament Summary

A big thank you to all those that officiated and helped out at The Pond in Avon, CT during the 2023 Pre-Regional Tournament this past weekend!  Your help is always greatly appreciated!

Also appreciate the support as the tournament moved from 3 days into 2 days as a result of the volume of water we needed to contend with.

The event summaries have been posted to Waterskiresults.com.  Just find and select the Pre-Regional tournament; then select “Publish Results” in the upper right hand corner.

Friday Stats:  32 Jump Pulls plus 34 Trick Pulls taking 8 hrs 29 mins.

Saturday Stats:  107 Slalom Pulls taking 9 hrs 26 mins.

Please give a couple of days before the scores are posted to the ranking list and official credits are recorded on your respective records.

You know who to call if you have any questions. 🙂

Changes To Driver Upgrade Testing

The testing procedure for driver upgrades to Regular or Senior Driver has been updated. The test now requires the use of Sure-Path for the practical on-water test, but the test can now be administered by two Senior Drivers instead of three. Testing forms have been revised to implement this change and in addition to the forms, the boat path report from Sure-Path must be submitted with the paperwork. Since this is a new procedure, anyone contemplating upgrade testing this season, should get in touch with our driver committee rep, Al Harris, for further information.

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.

Video Gates – An Easy Way to Review Slalom Gates – Almost Judge Proof!

Video Gates is a single-monitor Windows application that streamlines the slalom entrance gate review process. It is simpler to use and has better resolution than the common DVR. To provide the better resolution, Video Gates vertically crops 50% of each video stream and stacks them in the monitor display. Video Gates accepts two USB video capture devices (standard or high definition) or a multi-port SATA video capture device. Please read the manual that is included in the program.

Download Video Gates Application

Spring Prep, AWSA Style

As Spring approaches, I thought it would be nice to put together some resources to help with your planning and preparation for the Best Water Ski Season EVER!

It’s never to early to tune up that body for water ski season. Find great information and tips on the USA Water Ski website, like THIS ONE.

Plan for some water ski coaching. Take a trip to the region’s best water ski coaching and training getaway. Corey Vaughn has created an amazing ski school at the Bum Pass Water Ski Club. Check out his blog and schedule a session HERE.
A bit further south in North Carolina you’ll find another haven for water ski coaching at Coble Water Ski Camp. April Coble and Chris Eller run a fantastic operation. More info HERE

Check HERE for tournament listings so you can plan your weekends and potential travel.  New tournaments are added all the time, so check back periodically for updates.

The Gordon Hall Celebration is set for May 22/23.  More information HERE

The Eastern Regional Tournament will be hosted by the Old Farm Skiers in Avon, CT on July 22 – 25 this year.  With the new slalom course and jump surface, they’re set to have an incredible tournament.  Make your plans now!  Site information available HERE

The Goode AWSA National Championships will be held August 8 – 14 at Waters Edge in Wilmington Ill. I hope to see many of you out there. I will be Chief Announcer at Nationals this year and I don’t want to have to make up stories about you. So PLEASE update your Bio. Fill in the login search and you can update your bio now. Do it now.

The new AWSA and IWWF Rule Books are now out.  Be sure to check them out.  Some of the rules that used to be in the AWSA book now reference the IWWF book, so if you’re an official especially, you’ll want to download and print both.  A summary of AWSA changes is available HERE

All tournament hosts, officials and coaches, please remember to update your Safe Sport Certification, HERE’s all you need to know.

Be sure to check both the AWSA East Facebook and AWSAEAST.org site for updates as well.

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

Submit your NOMINATIONS below.

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Digital Officials Forms, keep reading ….

Yippee!  Some of the key official forms (example: assistant judge, assistant scorer) can now be filled out digitally and submitted electronically.

See the attached document for instructions in how to fill out and submit.

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