- EVP, Doug Robbins called meeting to order at 4:34 p.m. and distributed materials, agenda,
treasurers report, winter meeting minutes, committee reports,
updated contact lists, etc., to begin meeting.
- Introduction of council – Present for meeting were the
following: Jerry Stansberry – HND (VA), Marie Baker – Treasurer
(PA), Bill Baker – HND (PA), Wick Merchant – alternate Council
(VA), Steve Lohr – Director (VA), John Corkery – Council (NJ),
Dean Rudy – Council (NY), Dave Robbins – Council (ME), Russ
Cole – Council (MA), Gary Noll – Council (PA), Jean Giove
– Council (MD), Hutch
Haines – Council (CT), Pat Byrne – Director (CT), Roger Hammel
– Director (VA), Rusty Coffin – Council (DE), Rod Barney –
- Agenda was reviewed by council, no additions or changes were
- Review & approval of 2006 Eastern Region Winter Meeting
– EVP distributed via e-mail to council in late June. EVP
noted that more were available in hard copy on the table with
other materials. No changes made to minutes. Motion to approve
2006 Winter Meeting Minutes by Jerry Stansberry, second by
Pat Byrne, none opposed. Minutes were approved by council.
- Treasurer’s Report - Marie
Baker summarized the financial report distributed to council.
Region checking balance = $9,705.89, savings account balance
= $30,595.88 (which includes $10,000 contribution from the
Reading Water Skiers), and Junior Development balance is $6,665.32.
EVP read thank you note from Yvonne Worthington in appreciation
for the $500 contribution the region made to the Leah Worthington
Trust Fund. Pat Byrne made motion to accept Treasurer’s Report
as presented. Jerry Stansberry seconded. None opposed. Treasurer’s
report was approved. Jon Thacher pointed out that no formal
approval was required of the financial reports.
- EVP Report
2007 Eastern Regionals / Entry fee
– EVP reported that the poll responses were in and the majority
favored a low/cost low budget banquet on site at the regionals.
That direction has been given to the Twin Lakes Ski Club, hosts
of the 2007 Regionals. 6% supported traditional banquet. 12%
supported elimination of banquet. Dean Rudy asked if any feedback had been gathered that gave an indication
as to whether the skier entry fee should include a banquet ticket,
or be an optional purchase. EVP responded that no feedback had
been gathered. Discussion ensued. EVP made point that the traditional
banquet would require a count to the facility a few days prior
to the event. So they had to have some indication of numbers.
EVP deferred discussion to John Paulovich who will serve as tournament director of the 2007 Regionals.
John reiterated the need for an approximate count for the caterer
and to have ample seating on site. EVP and John Paulovich expressed
that they know of no other way to attain an approximate count.
Marie Baker has served as registrar for numerous regionals and
made point that current count is needed, and she has transferred
tickets for skiers who will not use them. Hutch Haines made
suggestion to hold Junior award presentations at the meeting
instead of the Banquet because in the current scheduled format
many of the Juniors leave Friday after they are done skiing.
Dean Rudy suggested that the 3 day regionals
be held on Friday – Saturday – Sunday rather than Thursday –
Friday – Saturday. EVP made point that the former allows no
time for make up if we have weather delays.
Reading Water Skiers contribution –
EVP reported the $10,000 contribution
made to the Eastern Region by the Reading Water Skiers was made
for the “betterment of the sport” according to Mark David of
the RWS. EVP asked for process on how to disburse those funds.
Should a formal grant request be put in place? Should the funds
from RWS be separated from the main Regional Savings account?
Right now they are combined. Marie
Baker made a motion that the director and committee travel
expense offset / reimbursement be increased from $300 (current
amount) to $400. Marie made the point that she receives the
receipts and $300 is not coming close to covering the expense
for a director or committee rep to attend a meeting. $300 often
does not cover air fare, let alone hotel and auto rental. Marie
and Bill Baker made point that perhaps that increase would create
the needed incentive for folks to get involved and serve on
committees and on the AWSA BOD. EVP made point that it was at
$400 but was reduced to $300 a few years ago in Avon. At that
time Council made determination that this amount was to be an
offset to expenses, not a honorarium, stipend, or reimbursement.
EVP explained that some committees are required to meet annually
or semi annually. Obviously travel expenses are incurred to
attend these meetings. Eastern Region Policies and Procedures
currently require that committee reps and/or AWSA BOD members
submit their travel expense receipts to the Eastern Region Treasurer
who will reimburse up to $300 for travel expenses. 100% of these
expenses are reimbursed if they do not exceed $300. If expenses
exceed $300, the reimbursement is an offset, not 100% reimbursement.
Ralph Hall suggested
‘show of hands’ poll of membership to gauge support for the
increase. EVP took poll that nearly unanimously favored the
increase to $400. EVP then asked if this increase should be
taken from the RWS contribution, or from the Region Treasury.
Membership response was that it was to be taken from the Region
Treasury. Rod Barney
seconded the motion Marie
Baker made to increase the amount to $400. Motion carried.
Dean Rudy made point that perhaps the motion does not attain
objective. John Harris
asked what the bottom line impact of the increase is, EVP
responded that it will be roughly $1100 annually.
Pat Byrne – returned discussion to the initial
EVP question about what to do with the RWS funds. Pat suggested
Junior Development in the form of entry fee subsidies at regionals,
technical equipment supply owned by region to help first time
tournament hosts and/or regional hosts. Roger
Hammel suggested ‘adult development’ / learn to ski clinics.
Russ Cole made point that technical support in the way of personnel
accompany the equipment to new sites. EVP made point that there
are a lot of ideas and ways to put this money to use for the
‘betterment of the sport’. EVP stated that he would like to
see the RWS contribution handled separately from our Regional
Treasury, and Council promote that the funds are there, and
give states / clubs ability to request the funds from Council.
Jon Thacher made motion that the EVP appoint a committee to approve
disbursements of these funds. Pat
Byrne suggested a screening committee to present the requests
for uses. Council will approve the disbursement of these funds.
Gary Noll suggested
query of other regions to see if they have run into this situation
and how they have handled it. Bill
Baker made motion to separate RWS Contribution from the
Regional Treasury. Seconded by Pat Byrne, motion carried. Mare
Baker will separate the RWS contribution into an interest
bearing account or CD.
Budget update – EVP reported that with the contributions
Regional Council made that were not budgeted for, we will run
about a $700 deficit if all other budgeted expenses are disbursed.
Region leadership & tournament
– EVP asked Council & Federation Presidents to get more
folks involved to fill positions on committees, director positions,
etc., as we are a volunteer fueled sport. EVP encouraged Council
& Federation Presidents to encourage officials to volunteer
as appointed officials for the 2007 Regionals to run 2 events
- State Reports
- CT – Hutch Haines: Great tournaments, ton of kids show for tournaments.
18 kids at last tournament. Tough year for Nationals because
not a lot of kids are going this year. Avon been successful
running 3 rounds of T&J Saturday, and 3 rounds of S
on Sundays. Avon playing around with the idea of a cash
prize Eastern Region only tournament.
- DE – Rusty Coffin: 2 tournaments so far this year, and 2 more scheduled.
Upgraded Tom Witkowski to Regular Driver.
- MA – Russ Cole: 2, 3 event tournaments so far. Some difficulty with
equipment at first tournament. Running C & Fun tournament
option that has been popular and netted new skiers. T-shirt
sales netted $500 for Eastern Region Junior Development.
Screen Printer donates shirts.
- MD – Jean Giove: 4 tournaments this year, 3 slalom tournaments. 1 fun
tournament. Lou Alcomo is hosting a record slalom tournament
in August. Lou Alcomo is also hosting a Junior Development
(S&T) clinic in August as well.
- ME – Dave Robbins: Maine doing well individually. Sending a few skiers
to Regionals this year. Sanford won’t do any more 3 event
skiers. Exclusively show club. Davie Robbins upgraded to
Senior in Trick. Kevin Jack (19 year old) upgraded to a
Regular 3 event Judge.
- NH – No Report
- NJ – John Corkery: Reported 5 tournaments in 2006. Still have quite
a few Juniors. Been successful with getting new skiers at
tournaments, and grooming new officials. Reported some skiers
who have been inactive in tournaments for a while returning
to tournaments now. NJ is supporting the Twin Lakes effort
to host the 2006 Regionals. EVP reminded council to keep
in mind that there is an official reinstatement process
in place to restore former officials ratings to people who
have cycled out of our sport who return. NJ hosted a Junior
Development clinic with Kristi Overton, 9 kids participated.
- NY – Dean Rudy: 12 Tournaments this year on 6 different sites. Interest
continues to be predominantly slalom. Held several officials
clinics. Suffer from lack of officials and promo boats.
- PA – Randy Meny / Gary Noll: A 3 event record tournament,
PA State Championships, 2, 3 round slalom tournaments so
far. 2 tournaments left. Not much happening in Eastern PA.
Port Indian and Reading clubs losing their sites. EVP reported
that Jon Bickel has discussed bringing the PA States back
to Eastern PA to Christman Lake where some of the core skiers
from Reading are skiing now. PA Federation looking to do
some Junior Development
- VA – Wick Merchant: Elected Paul Santangelo to Council. Has put a
call to Scorers. Holding officials and Safety clinics. 3
Fun tournaments in 2006. Fun tournaments have gained momentum
in VA. W3 skiers at Regionals came through Fun tournaments.
Timberlake has hosted 3-4 slalom clinics. Enthusiasm coming
from both Juniors and adults. 3 Round Trick tournament at
Lake Maracossic. Timberlake held the Un Nationals for skiers
not competing in Nationals. Getting people in officials
pipeline. Wick suggested that USAWS or our committees recommend
the dealers take promo boats back.
- VT – Written report provided by Darlene McCormick. Green Mountain Water Skiers got the observer
law modified for competitive slalom skiing. John Harris reported that they didn’t go through USAWS Waterways Committee, but VA
did on the PFD issue that arose in the VA legislature in
2006. VT expressed concern with 5/3/3 methodology and recommended
that 3 slalom scores be used for National Ranking and Seeding
rather than 5. VT is experiencing declining entries at tournaments
(they only host 3 round slalom) as well as the shortage
of promo boats that NY has reported. MA expressed the same
difficulty. Rod Barney
reported that it will be a shortage everywhere eventually.
Rod expressed the difficulty in selling promo boats.
- WV – Sam Ingram: Was at the Regionals but had to leave. WV held
a F&C tournament in Terra Alta, WV. The first tournament
in the state in years. The Terra Alta site has brought several
new enthusiastic skiers into the sport.
A break was taken for dinner at 5:57 p.m. Lake Holly Ski Club
provided the food, and club member, Dave Glazer grilled the
fare for the region. ***
- Committee Reports
- Nominating Committee Report & Officer elections –
Jean Giove reported
that 2 positions are up for election tonight. Nomination
for EVP was opened up to the floor. Incumbent EVP, Doug
Robbins, agreed to run again. No nominations from the floor
were presented. Marie Baker mover that nominations be closed. Rod Barney seconded, the motion
carried. Doug Robbins
was re-elected EVP. Steve
Lohr has decided after 10 years on the AWSA BOD, to
not run for re-election. So two candidates have been nominated
to become National Director – Tom Hinman (CT), and Jon Thacher (VA).
Ballots were distributed to the AWSA members present.
Jon Thacher (VA), was elected to
the AWSA BOD. Jean
Giove also stated that Roger
Hammel was unable to attend the AWSA BOD meeting at
the upcoming Nationals at Bakersfield. Jerry
Stansberry, HND from VA, agreed to attend as an alternate
Director for Roger. Bill Baker made a motion to elect
Jerry Stansberry alternate Director, Rod
Barney seconded. The motion carried unopposed.
- Regional Search & Site Committee report – John Davis
2006 Regionals – EVP thanked Lake Holly for a terrific
tournament sp far.
2007 Regionals – John Davis was ot in attendance,
but reported to EVP that everything was in order for 2007 Regionals.
John Paulovich reported that a $15 Junior division entry fee
discount would be offered. Twin Lakes asks the Region continue
the subsidy by matching the $15 discount that Twin Lakes was
offering. John Paulovich
made motion for the Region to contribute $15 per entry for
each Junior entry for the 2007 Regionals. Steve
Vincent seconded the motion, the motion carried. John Paulovich
welcomed everyone to come ski. He wants the 2007 Regionals to
have as many skiers as they can host.
2008 & Beyond – Intent to bid from Dave’s Pond for
2008, and George Vosburg in Canajoharie, NY., for 2009. These
are intents, not bids.
Executive Committee – Steve Lohr had no report at this time.
Junior Development – Hutch Haines reported that Junior participation
at the Regionals is up from 2005. Appreciate the support for
Eastern Region Junior Development from Lake Holly. VA has clinics,
and NJ had clinics in 2005. Avon offers Juniors to ski free
at their first tournament, and $20 entry fees for Junior divisions
at tournaments. Hutch reported that he is still building the
e-mail list. He asks that interested parents please register
on the awsaeast web site so he can continue to build the Junior
By Laws – Gary Noll has no report at this time.
NSL Tournament – Ron Ramsey reported that NSL is growing the sport.
Ron encouraged the Region to hold NSL tournaments because they
are really easy to hold. He has found that NSL skiers will travel
to C tournament sites.
NSL Committee – Steve Lohr
Rules – Lee Mershon reported that not much activity this
time of year. A few rules exceptions. Lee reported that the
RC last year recommended that the AWSA BOD adopt the IWSF gate
rules for slalom, and the board wisely rejected the recommendation.
Lee cautioned the Directors that the elite athletes (AAC) have
their own agenda and are pushing to have the gate rule revised
to be the same as IWSF for AWSA class C & E tournaments.
Lee said it is not good for our sport in the East. EVP asked
if Trick skiers are able to change KD setting in Perfect Pass
between Trick passes in a tournament.
IAC – Jon Thacher passed out the IAC report to the AWSA
BOD. Jon encouraged any officials to submit their names for
consideration to work as appointed officials at the Team Trials
and International tournaments like the Worlds, Junior Worlds,
Pan American Championships. They are great events. Jon reported
that the USA Team took second in France last week.
Safety – Pat Byrne reported that he is pleased that there
have been very few injuries including the Regionals. Pat is
also pleased to report that there have ben several Safety clinics
around the region. This year clinics have been held in VA, CT,
MA, and NY. Pat asked that any safety questions and/or concerns
be directed to him.
Drivers Committee – Bill Swaffield
submitted a written report. EVP reminded
members that Bill will coordinate any upgrade testing, and is
the Eastern Region Rep on the AWSA Drivers committee and should
receive all record tournament end course video tapes as well.
Paul Meyers (NH) upgraded
to 3 event Senior Driver. Mike Sturdevant (MD) passed his 3 event assistant driver test. Bill
recommends checking rating status with Traci Baylon at USAWS
headquarters. EVP reports that USAWS has a new officials database
and status reports are readily available by contacting Traci.
Lee Mershon recommended
that the status report automatically be generated annually for
each official and e-mailed to them.
Judges & Scorers Rating – Gary
actions to report at this time. The committee is working on
the clinic materials for Judges and Scorers. The are in the
process of updating the manuals and videos. Gary reported that
Dave Robbins, Jean Giove, and Sara Roach were among those who
have upgraded their Judges ratings in 2006. Gary asked that
any officials who do test and upgrade report that to Gary. Steve Lohr expressed the materials he received for the Judges clinic
at the Winter Meeting were sub standard and recommended that
someone on the committee review it and update it. Gary Noll
reported that some media of the video tests that were distributed
without audio. Roger Hammel asked if
the Senior trick test had been updated. Gary said the committee
was working on that as well.
National Coaching Advisory – Tom Hinman
Seeding – Jennifer Fredereick – Kelly
that the new National Rankings List enables skiers to view scores
and rankings. The critical element to the NRL is that all tournament
scores need to be submitted on Monday after the tournament for
inclusion that week on the list.
Skiers Rating – Dana Hinman recommended the following
Region Rankings list awards be given annually with certificates.
Bill Harris asked the question about the Regional Standings
being eliminated from the Regional Guidebook. EVP responded
that Jennifer Frederick Kelly, Mark Crone, and the other individuals
involved would make every effort to get them in the 2007 Guidebook.
The Regional standings list was unable to appear in the 2006
Guidebook because the two databases simply would not work together
by the deadline. Rod
Barney expressed concern that Dana’s recommendation may
discourage skiers from participating in the Regionals. Roger
Hammel asked why USAWS could not create the certificates
and send them out. Pat Byrne moved the Eastern Region accept
the recommendation and implement the Regional Rankings list
champions for 2006. Rod
Barney seconded the motion. The motion carried.
be revised to include two additional qualification mechanisms.
Any skier who
places in the top 5 in their state championships in any event.
All level 5
and higher rated skiers on the National Rankings list automatically
Discussion ensued. Steve
Vincent asked why not eliminate the minimum qualifications
all together and allow any skier to ski Regionals. EVP responded
that traditionally minimum qualifications were established to
keep the Regionals from being basically a class F tournament.
Steve responded that if getting 250 skiers at the Regionals
is the goal, why not open it up?
Bill Harris pointed out that we have skiers qualified
under the current mechanism who do not attend the Regionals.
Dave Robbins stated that he is opposed
to the Regionals being a class F tournament. Russ Cole pointed out that our Region already has qualification levels
below the other four regions. Any further decrease in qualification
levels would result in a greater disparity of performances at
the Nationals. Wick Merchant pointed out that entry fee
levels were reduced and participation increased. He believes
there should still be a high quality of skiing at
the Regionals and be a goal for skier to shoot for and achieve.
Pat Byrne recommended that the Regional
qualification mechanism mirror the National qualification process,
and give last chance qualifier opportunities. Steve
Lohr pointed out that he has watched the AWSA BOD reduce
standards for 9 years and it has not resulted in improvements
to the sport, and in many instances has resulted in failures.
Steve cited that we have reduced ratings for Juniors over the
last 10 years, only to see our number of US Junior Team level
Juniors diminish. We need to concentrate on programs to improve
our numbers, not lower our standards. We need a committee of
people to study this issue and see where there is a disparity
of # of skiers in the region and the level they are skiing because
the SRC has missed that. Study each division. John Paulovich agrees with Steve Lohr,
goals need to be high and worth attaining. Steve
Vincent would like to ski regionals but was unable to get
a first calss rating, and believes there are other skiers out
there like him particularly Juniors. Julie
Harris would love to be on this committee but has concern
that the CTF proposal is a moving target and does not want to
see that at the Regional level also. Dean Rudy wants to operate 100% off the database and eliminate the
paper requirement. Steve
Lohr asked if it would be too late to bring a recommendation
to the Winter (2007) Meeting or is it necessary to have a decision
tonight. John Harris recommended that in light of the regional participation
in M1, M2, W1, & W2, that we reduce the qualification levels
to first class in those events. Roger
Hammel suggested that we table to winter meeting in agreement
with Steve Lohr. Pat Byrne cautioned against a piece meal
recommendation, and recommended a more global recommendation
across all divisions, rather than M1, M2, W1, & W2. Sara Roach believes if we studied the W1 & W2 skiers we would
not gain any more skiers at the Regionals regardless of what
is done with the ratings. Dave
Robbins stated that one issue is that we have a lot of good
qualified skiers in the region who are not competing at the
2006 Regionals, and the other issue is how we grow the numbers
issue. Dave also asked what is the right or ideal number per
division & event. EVP reported that he did an analysis of
skiers who ski in the Eastern Region in comparison to how many
skiers compete in the Regionals. The result is that we actually
drew 41% in 2005, which is actually better than what we draw
to the Nationals. The SRC reported to the AWSA BOD that we typically
have 1/3 or 33% of the skiers who qualify for the Nationals,
actually enter the tournament. Bill
Baker reiterated the point that Pat Byrne made. EVP
created a task force headed by Steve Lohr, and including
Julie Harris, Steve Vincent, John Harris, Dana Hinman, and Jennifer
Frederick Kelly to study the issue and make a recommendation
to council. Bill Baker
made a motion that action on this recommendation be tabled
to the Winter Meeting.
Technical Committee – Dan Baumgart
was at the Regionals and did a TC clinic here at the 2006 Eastern
Regionals. Dan also did a TC clinic for Bill Cooper in July
at Dave’s Pond. EVP recommended anyone interested in a TC clinic
Towboat – Doug Robbins reported that the Correct Craft Hydrogate
was tested and approved for use in either position in slalom
& jump, but just the trick setting in trick. The SVfara
was tested and approved for tournament use. MasterCraft tested
the Nightmare MasterCraft and was approved for tournament use. Promo
boat guidelines were developed and are available on www.usawaerski.org. A Jump speed working
group has been formed to gather data and look at the Speed Control
systems performance in the Jump event to ensure it is delivering
fair pulls across events and meets future objectives. This working
group was an IWSF directive. Adjustable Speed Control parameters
were posted for regionals & nationals by the June deadline.
Towboat Test dates will be earlier than the 10/7-8 dates in
this report. Weighting the bow of boats in the slalom event
to enhance drivability and skiability in tournaments is not
in accordance to AWSA Towboat Policy because the manufacturers
do not test the boats that way for tournament use. Doug
Milner asked if Towboat Committee tests the boats with towers
or without. Doug Robbins responded that the manufacturers test
the boats with the towers on them as they would run them in
tournaments. Ralph Hall
pointed out that weight in the boats affects power &
acceleration. Randy Meny asked about the ballast tank
in the MasterCraft. MasterCraft tests the ballast tank in their
boat and it is for side to side balance in accordance with AWSA
rules, not fore and aft balance as has been experimented with
in the Southern Region. Rod Barney asked about the Promo programs.
The Towboat Committee requested feedback of areas of shortage.
EVP provided feedback of shortage areas in the East. Dean Rudy asked for approval for earlier than the two previous mode
year allows in Towboat Policy. The Towboat Committee discussed
it, and made no change to the policy but USAWS risk management
did not want any more year added to previous model years. Rusty
Coffin stated that MasterCraft is going to modify their
promo program and anticipate losing 5-7% of their promo team.
Russ Cole suggested
the USAWS database be used to help promo boat buyers & sellers,
and manufacturers to create promo teams in shortage areas. Rod Barney suggested that USAWS announcers committee distribute in
their materials to announce reminders that the boats on the
lakes at tournaments are all for sale, and to contact the promo
boat owners for details or more information. Bill
Baker asked for clarification on if sanction is upheld if
an older boat is used. Lee Mershon recommends that Towboat Committee
needs to address the issue so older boats can be used without
loss of sanction. Jon
Thacher pointed out that annually the AWSA Towboat Committee
approves boats that never appear in tournaments. Jon recommends
that a minimum number of tournaments be required for that status.
Ron Ramsey pointed
out that USAWS is creating their own problem. His club used
to hold AWSA 3 event tournaments, but they are no longer interested
because of the increasing requirements. Russ
Cole suggested that USAWS help promo reps sell their boats.
Roger Hammel suggested that policy be exempted for age of boats used
in problem areas. Doug
Robbins stated that the response he got from USAWS was to
sanction the tournament F instead of C if they want to use an
Waterways – John Harris reported that VT was successful in
getting state approval for skiing without an observer. VA was
successful in getting PFD exception.
EVP recommended that any issues that arise locally within
states with waterways regulations, consult John Harris and use
the USAWS resources available as well.
Competition Task Force – EVP circulated hard copies of the CTF
proposal to the AWSA BOD. EVP pointed out that that the CTF
us getting credit for the National Rankings List which was in
development within the Seeding Committee and thanks to the efforts
of Mark Crone. The National Qualification is what is proposed
to change. The CTF identified the EP rating as a deterrent to
competition and a problem in our sport. The CTF proposal freezes
the National Rankings List 3 weeks prior to Nationals. Any Level
8 skiers (EP Rating percentage methodology) at the cut off date,
qualify for Nationals. Any skier who achieves the cut off score
between the cut off date and the nationals at the regionals
or any record event, qualifies for the nationals. Skiers who
place in top 5 at regionals qualify for Nationals. No Masters
rating required. Discussion ensued, feedback was gathered. Dave Robbins pointed out that there is
no distinction between class C and class R scores. Dave supports
the weighting (2 to 1) for record tournament scores. EVP responded
that as a skier and tournament sponsor he agreed, but as EVP
he doesn’t because Eastern skiers simply do not have many record
tournaments or opportunities for those weighted scores. EVP
pointed out that Dave Clark has done statistical analysis over
the last several years and the disparity in scores between C
and E/L/R is not nearly as significant as it once was when it
justified the 2 to 1 weight of C vs. record tournament scores.
CTF voted 10 to 1, not to recommend weighting tournament scores
at this time. Lee Mershon
asked what the motivation of the CTF was, and what was broken
with the EP system. EVP responded that the CTF sees the rating
qualification system as skiing against the TC instead of against
the other skier on the dock. CTF feels that eliminating the
rating qualification system and replacing it with National Rankings
List qualification makes local tournaments more competitive.
Steve Lohr responded that placement qualification
was initially proposed. Gene
Leviens pointed out that if there is no differentiation
between C & E tournaments officials abilities and skier
performances will go down. Steve Lohr stated that he was strongly
in favor of increasing the competitive nature of our sport but
sees this CTF as a runaway freight train. Steve asked if we
should support the CTF proposal and also asked if the region
supports the reduction of 5/3/3 to 3/3/3. Steve stated several
concerns, like that we need to get newcomers to our sport enthusiastic
about our sport and a moving target EP is a decline from the
fixed target EP we currently have. The proposal could result
in the elimination of singe round tournaments because of the
risk. It deters a single event skier form competing in a 3 event
tournament. The proposal
discourages marginal sites from having tournaments. Further
discussion ensued. EVP took straw polls on several issues. The
membership directed the directors to strongly oppose the CTF
recommendation. The membership directed the directors to support
a reduction in the 5/3/3 methodology. The majority of the membership
was in favor of weighting record tournament scores on the NRL.
- Pat Byrne made motion to adjourn. Rod Barney seconded. Motion carried. Meeting was adjourned at 8:16 p.m.