Congratulations to Our Regional Award Winners

Thanks to the Old Farm Skiers in Avon, CT for hosting our 2020 Eastern Regionals and providing a venue for such great performances!

TOMMY KELLY, JR. MEMORIAL AWARD
This award is presented to the best overall male and female skier in the Eastern Regional Tournaments based on total NOPS score.

2020 Recipients
Ava Cole
Ty Robbins

 

AL TYLL AWARD
For the highest score in Tricks at the Eastern Regionals

2020 Recipients
Alexia Ableson
Jake Abelson

 

TINY RICHARDS MEMORIAL AWARD
This award is presented to the judge who displays the most skill, knowledge and dedication to the sport of water skiing.

2020 Recipient
Billy Cirilli

 

JAMES G. SYLVESTER MEMORIAL TROPHY
This award is presented to the individual demonstrating the highest degree of sportsmanship and integrity in the sport of water skiing.

2020 Recipient
Dave Knight

 

Congratulations to our award recipients!

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.

Fast Path to Tricks Rating for Regular and Senior Drivers

The AWSA board has approved a simple fast path to a Regular tricks rating for Regular and Senior drivers who do not hold a tricks rating, and a fast path to a Senior tricks rating for Senior drivers who already have a Regular or Assistant tricks rating.  Eastern Region promoted this change to help alleviate a shortage of tricks drivers for tournaments.   For the specifics read the policy and process here:

FAST TRACK TO A REGULAR OR SENIOR TRICKS DRIVER (V3.0)

Drivers who wish to pursue this should get in touch with our Regional Driver Committee rep, Al Harris, brps@crosslink.net.

 

 

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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2020 East Region Championship: Looking for Volunteers

Happy 2020 everyone!!

The Avon Old Farms Skiers are getting ready for this year’s regional championship event!!

That said, we are looking to get ahead of areas where we need some help.   Please reach out to Tonya (FB, cell, multitasking email, or at regionals@awsaeast.com) if you can assist in any of the following capacities: video for trick skiing, handle measuring, rope handler (in boat or on dock), judge, scoring, chip runner for trick skiing, hospitality.

Looking for help with both the pre-regional event (mid July) and the regional championships (end of July).

Dates for the events will be available after the winter meeting (Jan 11).

Thanks, Tonya

Kevin Jack to Lead “Best Trick Calling Clinic Ever” 1/12/2020

We’re bringing together the best Tricks Judges in the ER along with Kevin Jack our AWSA 2019 Open National Tricks Champion and Senior Judge for an advanced trick calling clinic Sunday morning after the ER Winter Meeting.  Location will be Embassy Suites, Valley Forge, PA.  The clinic will follow our Breakfast Brainstorming wrap-up.
Breakfast from 8 am to 9:30 am.
Clinic to start promptly at 10 am and end around 1 pm.

This will be an advanced clinic that focuses on:
1) Properly Identifying advanced tricks
2) Determining when a trick is credit vs. no credit
3) Developing a good training practice for Regular and Senior trick judges
4) Identifying and limiting common cases of inconsistency in trick calls
5) Establish a norm that skiers can expect to adhere to at any tournament.
Like all clinics, great value will come from the interaction of the participants as well as the knowledge and experience of the administrator.
The videos used in the clinic will be high quality examples of both high level trick skiers and beginners to illustrate how the same tricks look different at different speeds and in different orders.
Don’t miss this great opportunity.  Tell your friends and make plans to stay for a great morning with your Eastern Region family.
If you have not already indicated and you’d like to attend, please let us know here…

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    Sunday 1/12 Post Meeting Activities

    IT’S ON…

    We’re bringing back the Sunday Morning Activities to our Eastern Region Meeting Weekend.  Join us after the annual winter meeting for some fellowship and dinner at the Black Powder Tavern.  Then, stick around for Sunday Trick Calling Clinic and brainstorming session.

    Please fill in the form below if you are interested.
    We already have enough interest to hold The Best Trick Clinic Ever

    Let us know if you’re coming…

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      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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        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.

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