2016 Rule Changes – Let’s get educated together!!!

ANNOUNCEMENT:  2016 Rule Changes

AWSA Judge and Scorers committee wants to be bring more awareness to the 2016 rule changes by coordinating some review sessions during the next several weeks. 

One of the rule changes, for example, has to do with rule #10.06 Boat Speeds and Line Lengths where there are now optional rules for juniors around maximum speed & rope length.

These review sessions will be hosted for 1 hour and will cover all the rule changes for this skiing season.  The first session will be held on June 7th @ 8pm ET, and will be facilitated by Bob Harris.

Please join the following Go To Meeting.  It’s best to join 15 min beforehand as to leverage the full hour for the session.

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


  You can also dial in using your phone.  United States : +1 (646) 749-3122  Access Code: 303-569-525

Also here is the reference information for the rule changes: http://www.usawaterski.org/default.asp?Display=2335

Subsequent sessions will be communicated next week.

Notify Bob (rbtharris@yahoo.com) and myself (multitasking@comcast.net) of your intent to join the session on June 7th.  Or join the event on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/511293532394533/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A4%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A370%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D


4 weeks until the Winter Meeting – Who’s Ready?

Greetings East Region! 

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season with this balmy weather (close to 60 today in CT) across the east!   For those in the hills, from what I can see on various Facebook posts, there is snow on the ground and some of you are able to enjoy the white stuff!

We are 4 weeks away from our winter meeting!  I’m looking forward to some energetic discussions that will touch on (a) team events at nationals, (b) update from the AWSA Insurance Taskforce,  (c) accomplishments from 2015, and (d) a look at 2016 goals.

If you have a specific topic that you would like to see discussed, please let me know (multitasking@comcast.net).

Also if you want to put your name in the hat to officiate at Regionals and/or Nationals, please let me know as well.  This includes safety AND announcers!!!!!

Yes we will have clinic(s) on Sunday (assuming we have a minimum head count of 5).  Currently planning a Judge/Score clinic, and there is a request for a drivers clinic – I’ll work through Al Harris to determine if we can arrange an instructor.  Please contact me directly if you are interesting in officials clinics.  We have 32 judges on the downgrade list (3 needed clinics), 12 scores on the downgrade list (all due to missing tournament credits), 2 TCs that require clinics.  I didn’t receive the Driver downgrade list.

Look for details in the coming weeks about the session; in the mean time please RSVP with your attendance for the Saturday meeting to Marie Baker (billandmbaker@comcast.net).

Dates: Jan 9th (meeting) & Jan 10th (clinics)

Start Times: 9am both days

LocationEmbassy Suites Philadelphia – Valley Forge, 888 Chesterbrook Blvd.,  Chesterbrook, PA  19087, 610-647-6700 **call for special pricing for our event – East Region Water Ski Meeting**

Looking forward to seeing folks in January!!!

Thank you,  Tonya Maurer East Region EVP AWSA

Updates to Online Trained Driver Class

Here’s a clarification from Melanie Hanson on updates to the online Trained Driver class for new Trained Drivers.

The class has two components, a video, and the Boat US online NASBLA approved class. If the applicant has already taken a NASBLA approved class (Boat US, US Power Squadron, Coast Guard, probably others) it is only necessary to watch the video. The applicant can then send evidence of whatever class they took to Melanie as a substitute for taking the Boat US online class.

Evidently the video is first and once you have watched it, the program asks if you’ve taken a NASBLA class and allows you to skip out. You still have to pay the USAWS class fee up front.

This makes a lot of sense, especially since a lot of people have taken a NASBLA approved class already, and it makes it easier on new Trained Drivers. Win!

Drivers Clinic and Upgrade Event July 2015

If you are in need of a Drivers Clinic (Slalom & Trick), or are ready to test for your Assistant Slalom/Trick Driver rating or are ready to test for your Regular Slalom/Trick driver rating.

There will be a Drivers Clinic on Friday 7/17 @ Pangaea (those testing for ast ratings can test on Friday).   Those ready to upgrade would be tested on Saturday (7/18) and Sunday (7/19).

If you are looking to test, be sure to provide confirmation from US Water Ski headquarters stating you have met your qualifications.

Registration Required – please contact Tonya Maurer at multitasking@comcast.net by 7/13 so we have a head count!

Again event will happen at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie NY.

Tally Ho!!!

Judge Clinic March 28th

Hello everyone!  This warm(er) weather is getting me excited for the skiing season that is right around the corner.

The reason for this email is to let everyone know Delaware will be hosting a judge clinic on March 28th conducted by the world famous trick skiing extraordinaire Gary “I can count above 6” Noll.  Please join us whether you are looking to get, maintain, or upgrade your rating.   We will start at 9:30am.

Please reply if you are able to join us.


405 Cicero Crossing, Middletown, DE 19709: http://goo.gl/maps/5GAMY

Please forward this on to anyone who may be interested and stay warm!


Brett Brandau

See committee contact list under the governance link above to contact Brett and register for the clinic.

Reminder – Check your Credits

I’m receiving emails around drivers receiving notifications that they could be downgraded.

Please be aware of maintenance credits based on your officials ratings (Judge, Scorer, Safety, Driver).  Check out the last page of the guide book for reference or on the USA Water Ski site (http://www.usawaterski.org/pages/officials/awsa/awsaofficialsresources.htm)

To check your credits – log in as a member on the USA Water Ski website, then go to “My Officials Ratings” of the menu to the left, then select “Details” on the row of the rating you want to check.  If you see anything that says “NO” then you are missing requirements to renew.

Kind Regards, Tonya Maurer, East Region EVP AWSA

Virtual Clinic Oct. 18

On 18 October, Bob Harris will be hosting another of his virtual clinics (also in person). Bob has hosted several of these this year with great success.

  1. Instructor: Bob Harris
  2. Date: 18 October
  3. Location: Paducah, KY
  4. Phone: 270-210-7552
  5. Email Bob

There will be more information provided on how to participate but it is important to get this out to our officials who are lacking a clinic credit and/or a tournament credit.

News for the Region

  1. On behalf of the region, the Eastern Regional Council wishes to extend their gratitude to John Wilkins, Terence Fogarty, and their entire team at Power Up Adirondacks, for hosting the 2014 Eastern Regionals in Lake Placid, NY. The effort was monumental.

    Eastern Region Council met via conference call on September 30, 2014, and voted to accept bids for the 2015 Eastern Regionals from any interested clubs. Council to decide at the 2015 Winter Meeting in January.   Due date for the bids per the policy and procedure is 30 days before the winter meeting, that said bids are to be submitted by 12/1 to take into consideration the holidays.

  2. There currently is a site search for the 2015 Nationals; at this time San Marcos River Ranch has decided not to host in 2015.  If you know of a site that may be interested please let myself, Bob Mayhew, or Bob Crowley know.
  3. There were driver downgrades this year, if you were downgraded and feel you have hardship that should be considered please contact me ASAP.
  4. There are judges at risk for downgrade if they do not attend a Judge’s clinic.  Please note that there is a virtual clinic scheduled for 10/18/14 – please see the USA Water Ski website for details.  For those that will be due for a clinic – please jump on this chance to do it in the off season and in the comfort of your own home.
  5. We have several East Region skiers participating in the 35+ Worlds in Florida this week – I encourage you all to follow and provide virtual support!  There will be a webcast.  Rah Team Go!!!!
  6. For those that organize tournaments, please note that we will be stalking you for tournament dates in the next two months so that we can have a comprehensive schedule well before the winter meeting.  Last year we had conflicts, we are looking to avoid that this year.  At the winter meeting we will be reviewing the schedule.
  7. Over the next 30 days I’ll be revisiting the Policy & Procedures; draft of changes will be made available to the council members and a vote on those changes will happen at the winter meeting in January.

That’s all folks!    Enjoy the switch to fall!  Wishing everyone the best as the holidays approach!

Regards, Tonya Maurer East Region EVP