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

Officials Nomination for 2020 Regional and National Tournaments

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.


    Applying For:

    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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    2019 East Regional Championship Update

    The On Line Registration email process failed, so we weren’t sure if this message got to all the participants.  Sending out here to ensure that everyone gets the information:

    Top things to know about your upcoming event:

    1)Due to overwhelming response all site familiarization will be 2 passes for all events. We want to give everyone an opportunity to try out the site. You can request a second set ($15) but only if you are on site others have skied and there is room. Link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LCErpjJjSvUekROVJrCsj8o_VkSSMUw4AZvFkawxkvc/edit#gid=0
    2)Please fill out bios at registration so that our announcer has your most current information!
    3)Please support our Jrs and don’t forget to bring your old water ski gear to donate to the Junior Development Equipment Exchange Bin.
    4)It is not too late to sign up for the juniors party at Lake Compounce. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054cabaa29a5fa7-junior3
    5) Camping on site is full.
    6) Reach out to Tonya for any and all volunteer opportunities!
    7) Reminder that the event order was published on AWSAEast.org on July 11th. https://awsaeast.org/eastern-regional-championship-event-order-2019/
    8) See AWSAeast.org for important traffic information. Link: https://awsaeast.org/directions-to-avon-ct-important-note/

    We are looking forward to hosting you your family and friends!

    Sincerely, Patrick B / Scott P Tournament Directors

    Directions to Avon, CT, Important Note

    The Old Farms Skiers strongly advise that you follow the directions below to the site along the noted main roads. Although alternate routes may look appealing, parts of Old Farms Road are narrow and windy and there is a bridge closure from July 20 through August 5. The best directions are noted in BLUE on map at right. The site is 15 minutes from the highway.

    From Interstate 84, take exit 39.

    Head west on State Hwy 508.

    In 0.8 mile, State Hwy 508 turns slightly right and becomes CT-4 West.

    In 0.7 mile, turn right onto CT-10 North.

    In 5.6 miles, use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto US-44 West.

    In 0.7 mile, turn left onto Old Farms Road.

    In 3/4 mile, turn left into The Pond driveway.

    (If you reach Avon Self Storage, you have gone too far.)

    Eastern Regional Championship EVENT ORDER 2019

    You will find the link to the event order by day for the 2019 Eastern Regional Championship sponsored by Master Craft and brought to you by the Avon Old Farm Skiers!

    Any questions, reach out to Tonya.

    May the wind be light, the flips quick and the float carry you high and far!

    Good Luck to all the skiers!  And thank you, in advance, to your officials and volunteers!

    2019 Regional Event Schedule_v7 Published

    Avon Pre Regional – Running Order and Officials Assignments

    Greetings!  The current running orders for the 19E039L-Pre Regional Tune Up being held on July 12 – 14 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) are below.  Also included are the officials assignments.  This is also another stop for NESS!!!

    Let me know of any major snafus!  As you know these are subject to change.  We were able to adjust the event order to allow for some of our class C slalom specialists to scoot out Saturday night! 🙂

    Update on event orders:

    • Friday (starts at 10am):  1 round class C each event
    • Saturday (starts at 8am): 1 round E/L Slalom, 2nd round C Trick, 1 round E/L Jump, Part of 2nd round of C Slalom
    • Sunday (starts at 8am): Finish 2nd round of C Slalom, 2nd round E/L Slalom, 2nd round E/L Jump

    2019PreRegionalsTuneUp_FRIDAY RUNNING ORDER V3

    2019PreRegionalsTuneUp_SATURDAY RUNNING ORDER v3

    2019PreRegionalsTuneUp_SUNDAY RUNNING ORDER v3

    Junior Development Update

    Junior Development is off to a great start this summer.

    Eastern Region Juniors had a great time training together at Coble Ski School – June 2019

    Eastern Region week at Coble Ski School was from June 23-27. Fourteen juniors from the Eastern Region made the trip to Lillington, NC. April Coble said that it was the biggest group of tournament skiers they have ever had.

    The Virginia Junior Development Clinic was held at five lakes in the Sparta, VA area (Timberlake, Lake Holly, Lohr’s Lake, Lake Maracossic, and Jennings Pond), from June 17-19, and was attended by 32 Juniors. Pro Skier Corey Vaughn put together a team of top-notch coaches including Michael Kusiak, Kevin Jack, Michael Bullock and Brent Walker. There were kids running the slalom course for the first time, going over the jump for the first time, competing in a tournament for the first time, as well as seasoned tournament skiers working on improving their skills. Thank you to our small army of volunteers that make it all happen!

    Juniors from the East have been ripping it up on the tournament scene.
    Congratulations to Jake Ableson, who was selected as the USA Water Ski and Wake Sports Male Athlete of the Month for May. Jake placed second in junior men’s tricks at the 27th Nautique Junior Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament in May 24, and was the youngest competitor in the tournament at age 11. He scored a personal best – and pending Boys 2 national tricks record – 8,850 points in the finals. More info at http://www.usawaterski.org/default.asp?Display=3155

    Best of luck to Eastern Region Juniors and young adults heading to the Junior US Open this weekend: Jake Ableson, Lexi Ableson, Blake Keller, Brody Keller and Dylan Smith. More info at http://www.usawaterski.org/juniorusopen/index_juniorusopen.html/

    More clinics are upcoming for our juniors:
    Corey Vaughn will be once again be hosting a series of slalom only Junior Development Clinics at the Peace, Love and Water Ski headquarters in Bumpass, VA. Cost is $120 for two sets and $180 for three sets for the clinics where Corey is the coach. Dylan Smith will be coaching the 7/10 and 7/31 clinics, at a cost of $100 for 2 sets and $150

    for three sets. For more information contact Corey at h2oskijunkie@gmail.com. The dates for upcoming slalom clinics are July 10th, 18th, 22nd, 31st, and August 8th and 22nd.
    The link for the July 10 clinic is https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054cabaa29a5fa7-july8
    That signup has links to the rest of the clinics in the series.

    July 11, 2019 TRICKS CLINIC
    We will be holding a tricks clinic, on July 11th starting at 9am at Timberlake in Sparta, Virginia. The focus is on beginning to intermediate trick skiers. Cost will be $60. Sign up link is https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054cabaa29a5fa7-junior4.

    July 16, 2019 – Jump Clinic at Avon, CT

    July 29, 2019 – 3 Event Junior Development Clinic in NH.    9am – 6pm
    Abernaki Water Ski Club at Lake Winnipesaukee
    Contact Becky Bartlett for more info. rebeccasbartlett@yahoo.com

    Want to put on a Junior Development Clinic at your site?  The Eastern Region Junior Development has funds available to help with clinic expenses.  Contact TG Powell at tg.powell@gmail.com for details.

    SafeSport Youth Training Available
    The U.S. Center for SafeSport Youth Athlete Training courses are now live! These resources include courses for children of pre-school age; grades K-2; grades 3-5; middle school and high school. These free online trainings are designed as an introduction for minor athletes and their parents or other caregivers to understand the importance of positive, welcoming environments in sports, where misconduct like bullying or abuse is less likely to happen, and to know where to report abuse, should it occur.

    Junior Development Party at Regionals
    We have a great day of fun planned for our juniors on Thursday, July 25th at Lake Compounce, Connecticut’s best amusement park and water park. Check out their website at www.lakecompounce.com

    All juniors competing at Regionals and their siblings are invited for the fun. Enjoy the park throughout the day, as your competition event schedule allows. The park opens at 11am. Dinner and awards will be at one of the picnic pavilions in the park anytime between 5:00pm and 7:00pm.
    A big thank you to our 2019 Junior Development Sponsors for making this fabulous party possible – Jody Fisher Ski School, Goode Skis and Kaleidoscope Imprints.
    All junior competitors, siblings and parents are invited, but you need to sign up ahead of time. We are setting aside a ticket for each junior competitor, but the number of spots available for siblings and parents is limited. Stop by the Junior Development tent at Regionals during registration on Wednesday, or during the day on Thursday to pick up your tickets. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054cabaa29a5fa7-junior3

    Seeking Volunteers for Regionals

    Greetings!   We are 50 days away from the 2019 Eastern Regional Championships!!!

    And we need your help!  🙂   What do we need, you ask yourself?!?!?!

    • Scorers
    • Judges
    • Videographers for the trick event
    • Chip runners
    • People to manage the dock for ropes and handle measuring
    • Junior Assistant to the scorer

    Please contact me to help volunteer for this years event!  Love to have your assistance!!!

    Thank you!!!   Tonya (multitasking@comcast.net)