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.

 

 

Dave Goode, 1955 – 2020

It is with a heavy heart that GOODE Skis announces the passing of its founder and president, Dave Goode.
Dave, 64, died Wednesday while taking part in one of his many passions, piloting his airplane.
Through his numerous technological advancements in both water skiing and snow skiing, and financial support of countless events and athletes in both sports, Dave touched the lives of thousands of people by helping them, and the sports they love, push the limits of performance.
A 2014 USA Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipient and member of the Michigan Water Ski Hall of Fame, Dave was an accomplished international competitor in both sports, recently winning the downhill event at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Masters National Speed Series and earning a bronze medal in trick skiing at the Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships.
Dave leaves behind his beloved wife Dawn, parents Paul and Mimi, children Michael Goode, Lisa Goode McHugh (John), Whitney Hebard Felkl (Hans), Gregory Hebard (Adrianna), and granddaughters Maple Julia McHugh and Sunny Elizabeth Hebard.

Nominations for Eastern Region National Director

We currently have an opening for Eastern Region National Director.  This is an amazing opportunity to have a voice in the direction of water skiing on a National level.  We will be voting in a new National Director at the 1/11 winter meeting.

Please enter your nomination here.

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The mandatory qualifications for Executive Vice President and National Director are as follows; Continue reading

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…

I would like to attend the "Best Trick Calling Clinic Ever"




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The People Behind the Awards

When I started as EVP for the AWSA Eastern Region, I knew I had a lot to learn. We’re involved in a sport with a rich history and some quite amazing people from right here in the Eastern Region. I asked Jon Thacher to help me understand some of that history and to know the stories behind the people and awards that we hand out each year. Here are a few…

James G. Sylvester Story

Tiny Richards Story

Tommy Kelly, Jr. Story

Check out the “Awards” page to see the recent winners of these awards!

 

Running Order for Avon Last Chance Fall Classic 2019

20E036 – Avon’s Last Chance Fall Classic 2019 tournament is tomorrow. Start time is 9am.  We are up to 20 slalom skiers and will have 2 groups.

Officials for round 1/first group is below (assignments for the rest of the day will happen on site):

  • Driver Matt Byrne
  • Boat Judge Cole Maurer
  • Tower Judge Hutch Haines
  • Tower Judge Scott Pottbecker
  • Scoring Tonya Maurer
  • Dock – Whoever is available! 🙂

Slalom Running order: 20E036_SlalomRunningOrder