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

2021 AWSA Eastern Regionals

2021 Eastern Regionals at The Pond (Lake)

In the past 4 days we have enjoyed great performances by water skiers of all ages at the 2021 Mastercraft Eastern Regionals hosted by the Avon Old Farms Skiers in Avon, CT. https://www.oldfarmsskiers.com/2020-eastern-regional-championships/
The juniors started things out on Thursday and Friday with great performances by many of our young skiers.
Here’s a link to all of the results… https://www.awsaeast.org/wp-content/uploads/21E998CS.htm

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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.

2021 Eastern Region Tournament Guidebook & Survey

Happy Spring!

The 2021 tournament guidebook has been posted (https://www.awsaeast.org/wp-content/uploads/2021-ER-Guidebook-vFInal.pdf).

We are also looking to see who is interested in a professionally printed version and to better understanding who prefers digital means to review the tournaments listings.   This said, please complete the below 5 question survey, especially if you are looking to receive a printed version of the guidebook in your mailbox.

SURVEY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G7J9BPC

Please complete the survey by March 18th.

Thank you for your engagement and support!

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer!  May we all enjoy a little ‘free-ranging’ this ski season!!

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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Regionals Participation Excused for Those Affected by Travel Ban

First I would like to thank all those that made the Eastern Regional AWSA Tournament possible. Thanks to all of the officials and especially the Avon Old Farm Skiers for doing such a great job hosting the event.

For those skiers who were unable to attend Regionals due to the Connecticut travel restrictions, you may still be able to attend the 2020 National Water Ski Championships. If you are otherwise qualified and wish to participate at Nationals and were coming from a state on the CT “hot list”, please contact Jim Powell, Eastern Region EVP.


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!

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