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
The meeting will come to order promptly on 1/11 at 9:00 am.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to a great meeting on January 5th.
Please find the meeting minutes here… EastRegion_WinterMtg_MINUTES 1_2019
Congratulations to our talented skiers from the East.
Representing Team USA in San Bernardo, Chile will be:
Under 14 Team member: Emma Davis from Milford, VA
Under 17 Team member: Blake Keller from Avon, Conn.
Under 21 Team member: Quinn Haines from Avon, Conn.
Over 45 Team member: Hutch Haines from Avon, Conn.
Father and Son, Hutch and Quinn Haines
The action begins on November 12th, 2018. More details HERE and HERE
Come One, Come ALL!
This meeting is open to all AWSA members. Come find out what’s new and let your voice be heard. We were able to secure our traditional location for the weekend of January 5th and 6th, 2019 at the Embassy Suites Valley Forge Hotel, 888 Chesterbrook Blvd, Wayne, PA 19087, (610) 647-6700. This date is consistent with past years. We’ll be sending out another message with all of the details.
As we prepare for tomorrows kick-off of the Eastern Regionals, many of us are also looking ahead to our trip to Kansas for Nationals. Here is a site map for Mystic Lakes. Mystic Lakes Site Map We hope to see many of you there.
You’ll notice that there are region tents between lake 1 and lake 2. We’ll have a large cooler, chairs, and snacks at the Eastern Region tent. Just look for the Eastern State Flags and the big East Is Beast, Eastern Region feather flag.
The changes noted below will go into effect for the 2019 ski year beginning the day after AWSA Nationals. Effective August 12th, 2018.
Summary of 2018 Rule Changes
Rules 3.02A/10.06: W4/W5 Align W4/W5 age divisions with IWWF. W4 will become 45-54 and W5 will become 55-59. No changes in jump speeds are included in this proposal. (Note – these changes would go into effect after 2018 Nationals).
Rationale: There is a two year difference in these divisions between AWSA and IWWF. This change would allow the women to continue to slalom at the faster speed (34mph). Jump speeds were not considered at this time, but will continue to be reviewed. Continue reading
You may have heard that there is a new USA-WSWS membership structure on the way. Please be aware of the following key elements.
#1 The base membership will cost $19.95. This is a great access point for anyone interested in supporting the sport of water skiing and enjoying the magazine and member only discounts. See more about that below.
#2 If you are an active member, don’t wait to renew. The new active membership is actually going to be $4.95 more so its not worth the wait, renew now. The new membership is geared towards increasing the non-active base membership for individual and families more than anything. Here is the recent e-blast that went out, it correctly explains the right approach to renewing during this transition period. http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101891240757&ca=65cd5b9c-b1bb-45b9-bf76-49e2a42bbc1d
#3 We are not going to see this go live during this summer season, the new projected release date is August/September so what USA Water Ski and Wake Sports has done is incorporated the most important part of it now, which is the new $19.95 supporting membership. This means the entry point of membership has been nearly cut in half.
#4 In the fall we will begin our biggest membership drive in years, reaching out to almost 7,000 ex-members from over the last 5 years.
#5 Airhead has joined USA-WSWS as a new member discount sponsor. This is our first manufacturer to go live as part of our push for better member benefits. USA Water Ski & Wake Sports members will receive 20% off all items with exclusive discount code at checkout. Log in to the Members Only section and click on the Member Discounts link. Airhead is the largest manufacturer of inflatables in the market.
Safety is always a priority at any AWSA event. I’m proud of the great care that our safety directors take in preparing a site and looking out for the safety of everyone. There is another important aspect to keeping our junior athletes safe. That is covered in the USA Water Ski and Wake Sports, Safe Sport Program. The program includes two parts, Safe Sport Training and a Background Check. I recommend that all water ski club members take the Safe Sport Training. In addition, some AWSA positions REQUIRE that you take the Safe Sport Training and in some cases undergo a Criminal Background Screening.
The information in the training is relevant and can be completed in one evening or spread out over a couple of sittings. I knocked it out in a few hours over a cup of coffee.
The following link provides all of the details and directions for accessing the Safe Sport Training. 2018 ALL SD SAFE SPORT PROGRAM 2-13-2018
If you interact with Jr. athletes in Teams, as an Instructor or a leader in Junior Development, you are likely required to comply. See the chart here. Safe Sport Compliance Chart v8
If you were unable to make the trip. Please join us on your computer, tablet or smartphone.
AWSA EAST Mid-Winter Meeting
Sat, Jan 6, 2018 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 231-339-917
First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check: https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check
I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting bright and early at 9:00 AM.
Here’s some light reading to get you in the mood!
AWSA EAST Mid Winter Packet 01_2018