Council Meeting Minutes
1. Call to Order – Meeting was called to order at 8:22 a.m.,
on Saturday, January 7, 2006. EVP, Doug Robbins welcomed everyone
to Middletown, New York, and express thanks to all in attendance
and especially to John Corkery for his assistance in securing the
2. Announcement of Quorum – EVP announced that we have an
official quorum to conduct business of the Eastern Region in accordance
with the By Laws.
3. Introduction of Council – In attendance are the following:
Doug Milner (Eastern Region Tournament Coordinator), Rob Barney
(Council-VA), Ron Kokernak (Council-MA), Roger Hammel (National
Director-VA), John Corkery (Council-NJ), Jim Hancock (Council-VA),
Doug Robbins (EVP-PA), Jean Giove (Council-MD), Pat Byrne (National
Director-CT), Steve Lohr (National Director-VA), Hutch Haines (Council-CT),
Dean Rudy (Council-NY), Alan Frederick (Council-NY), Dave Allen
(Council-MA), and John Davis (Council-PA).
4. Announcements – EVP announced the morning session is targeted
to wrap up between 11:30 a.m. and noon, followed by a one hour break
for lunch. The membership meeting will begin this afternoon at 1:00
p.m. The schedule for tomorrow’s clinics will be held in the
same room. The speed control clinic begins at 8:00 a.m., and will
last approximately one hour. Ralph Hall will conduct the speed control
clinic. Immediately following the speed control clinic, the Judges
clinic will be held from approximately 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Steve Lohr will conduct the Judges clinic.
5. 2005 Summer Meeting Minutes – EVP apologized that the meeting
minutes from the Summer Meeting at Lake Holly were not distributed
via e-mail to council prior to the meeting. EVP distributed copies
and read minutes for council review. EVP asked for any discussion
or questions from council review. None were presented. Motion to
approve minutes as presented was made by Pat Byrne, second by Roger
Hammel. Council voted unanimously to approve the minutes from the
2005 Eastern Regional Meeting.
6. Treasurer’s Report – Marie Baker was not in attendance
but submitted the 2005 Financial Report. Copies were distributed.
The Treasurer’s Report showed $8,903.31 in income on 2005.
Expenses for the same period were $6,398.57. The net gain for the
period was shown as $2,504.74. EVP specified that the $500 contribution
to the Leah Worthington Trust Fund that council approved at the
2005 Eastern Regional Meeting in August at the Regionals at Lake
Holly, had not yet been paid. So since that item was not paid in
2005 it is included in the 2006 budget. Roger Hammel mentioned that
the $1603.31 for the Senior Judge’s clinic was a one time
Eastern Region bank balances as of 12/31/05 are as follows: Checking
$6,134.89 / Savings $20,350.62 / Junior Development $6,665.32.
EVP announced that the Reading Water Skiers have donated $10,000.00
to the Eastern Region. The Reading Water Skiers sold their club
house, and with the proceeds were making donations to the Keystone
State Water Ski Federation, the Eastern Region, and USA Water Ski.
The Reading Water Skiers asked that the funds be used for the betterment
of the sport of water skiing. The contribution was received in 2006,
so it is not reflected on the Treasurer’s Report.
Motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as presented by
Rod Barney, second by Alan Frederick, Council approved.
7. 2006 Budget – EVP presented the 2006 budget. Copies wee
distributed. Income for 2006 is projected at $7,680.00. Expense
is projected at $7,443.20. A projected net gain for 2006 is $236.80.
Line items of the budget were reviewed and discussed. Projected
expenses for clinics were revised with council input. Due to planned
officials and junior development clinics in various states, the
projected expenses were revised from $1,320 to $1,750. Projected
expenses for travel offset / reimbursement to the AWSA Executive
Committee meeting was revised. Steve Lohr clarified that there is
now only one AWSA EC meeting annually not two as budgeted. So the
expense for Directors and Committee was reduced to $3,600 from the
initially projected $3,900. After revisions were made to the line
items in the 2006 budget, income is unchanged and projected at $7,680.00,
and expenses are projected at $7,573.20. This leaves the region
with a projected net gain of $106.80.
Motion to approve the budget as revised by council was made by
Pat Byrne, second by Jean Giove. Council approved the 2006 Eastern
8. 2006 Tournament Schedule - Doug Milner presented the updated
list of tournaments as he has it for 2006. Council made revisions
and updates. EVP announced that no geographic conflicts seem to
exist. EVP asked council how on line sanctioning process was working.
Council reported no problems encountered with the exception of payment
of sanction fees to USAWS. EVP strongly encourages USAWS Five Star
Program for tournaments in order to create fun and interest at events
as well as welcoming newcomers.
Pat Byrne reported that the club in Avon has been offering incentives
including free entries for first time entrants to deep discounts
for junior skiers. They have seen some positive results. ACTION
ITEM: EVP suggested their format be posted on web site for other
clubs to consider.
Roger Hammel reported that Virgina was planning on reviving the
Junior Development clinics to be held sometime in June or July.
He described the adult (or child) development clinics that Timberlake
has been hosting for $15 per round. Roger mentioned that it is worthwhile,
but a slow migration from the NSL level to class C & above tournament
Motion to approve the 2006 Tournament Schedule as revised was made
by John Davis, and seconded by Pat Byrne. Council approved the motion.
9. Official selection for 2006 Eastern Regionals – The following
officials were selected for the 2006 Eastern Regionals at Lake Holly,
in Sparta, VA.
· John Harris (VA) – Chief Judge
· Bill Baker (PA) – Assistant Chief Judge
· Jean Giove (MD) – Appointed Judge
· Gary Noll (PA) – Appointed Judge
· Sara Roach (VA) - Appointed Judge
· Dave Robbins (ME) - Appointed Judge
· Roger Hammel (VA) - Appointed Judge
· Steve Lohr (VA) - Appointed Judge
· Jerry Stansberry (VA) - Appointed Judge
· Mark Dingeman (VT) – Chief Scorer
· Ron Ramsey (VA) – Assistant Chief Scorer
· Ann Lohr (VA) - Appointed Scorer
· Jennifer Frederick-Kelly (NY) - Appointed Scorer
· Jon Thacher (VA) – Chief Driver
· Rusty Coffin (DE) – Assistant Chief Driver
· Marie Fields (VA) - Appointed Driver
· Ralph Hall (VA) - Appointed Driver
· Al Stokes (MA) - Appointed Driver
· Rick Stansberry (VA) – Chief Announcer
· Bill Mahan (VA) – Assistant Chief Announcer
· Kathy Roach (VA) – Safety Director
· Chip Shand (VA) – Technical Controller
· Ron Ramsey (VA) – Assistant TC
10. Official selection for 2006 Nationals – The following
officials were selected for the 2006 Nationals from the Eastern
· Dave Robbins (ME) – Assistant Chief Judge
· Jerry Stansberry (VA) – Assigned Judge
· Bill Cooper (NJ) – Appointed Judge
· Ed Nichols (DE) – Appointed Judge
· Rusty Coffin (DE) – Appointed Driver
· Jon Thacher (VA) – Appointed Driver
EVP noted that we did not have enough officials to send to the
Nationals. One more Judge and two scorers were needed. Steve Lohr
made a motion to approve the Regionals and Nationals officials as
appointed and selected, and that council direct the EVP to appoint
any willing and qualified officials to send in the vacant positions
between now and the AWSA Winter Meeting. Roger Hammel seconded,
council approved the motion.
11. USAWS BOD Term – EVP announced a house cleaning issue.
When Roger Hammel was elected to his current USAWS BOD seat from
the Eastern Region, according to the minutes it was for a three
(3) year term. Upon e-mail exchange between EVP & AWSA President
Jim Grew, it was discovered that USAWS BOD terms are for two years
according to USAWS By Laws. In other words Roger’s term expired
December 31, 2005, although according to membership vote 2003 he
was elected to continue for another year. Roger agreed to extend
his term one year, in order to align with terms as specified in
USAWS By Laws and complete the erroneous 3 year term in its entirety.
EVP requested a motion and vote to extend the USAWS BOD term to
expire December 31, 2007. So moved by Roger Hammel. Second by Jim
Hancock. Council approved the motion to extend the USAWS BOD term.
12. AWSA / USAWS BOD Expense offset / reimbursement issue –
EVP brought before council another house cleaning issue. According
to minutes from the 2004 Eastern Region Winter Meeting, council
approved the following in regards to the expense offset of the directors
& committee meeting attendees.
· Amount was reduced from $400 to $300 per meeting, per attendee.
· Reimbursement is for out of pocket travel expenses.
· Copies of receipts or other hard copy verification to be
submitted to the Eastern Region Treasurer to receive reimbursement.
· The $300 amount is a “not to exceed” amount.
Expenses up to $300 will be reimbursed 100%. Expenses in excess
of $300 are the responsibility of the director or committee member.
According to the policy as outlined in the minutes, Eastern Region
Treasurer, Marie Baker, asked for clarification. Roger Hammel serves
as both AWSA Director and USAWS Director. In January, although combined
in one trip, he attends two meetings. According to the minutes from
the meeting, he should receive two reimbursement amounts for the
two board meetings he attends ($300 X 2 meetings = $600). Technically,
this is a departure from past procedure.
Steve Lohr made a motion that the policy be clarified to state
that the expense offset reimbursement amount be amended to apply
to meetings necessitating a separate trip. Pat Byrne seconded the
motion. Council approved the motion to amend the policy.
13. Competition Task Force – In the interest of time, Steve
Lohr suggested this item be tabled to the afternoon meeting instead
of discussing the matter twice. Council agreed.
14. 2006 Eastern Regionals (Lake Holly Ski Club) – Ralph
Hall serving as Tournament Director of the 2006 Eastern Regionals
provided a report on preparations for upcoming Regionals. Ralph
reported that due to the high cost of fuel and availability &
cost of lodging, entry numbers were down for the 2005 Regionals
as was income for the tournament. The 2006 Regionals will not be
a schedule conflict with the Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill.
Lodging will be more available. LHSC has secured the Ramada Inn
at the Massaponax Exit off I-95 as the headquarters hotel. Lodging
will be available to skiers at a group rate in the range of $64-$68
per night. The IWSF officially conformed to AWSA buoy size, so Ralph
stated that the buoys won’t be an issue in 2006. The Junior
Development party will be held once again at Pitt’s Pond.
LHSC will provide food. The Eastern Region Council meeting is scheduled
for 7:00 p.m., on Friday Night at the pavilion. IWSF events will
be run as have in past years. Banquet will be held at the Ramada
Inn, and banquet tickets will be included in entry fee for skiers.
Entry fees for the tournament will be the same as 2005.
Hutch Haines and Pat Byrne asked questions regarding Junior Development.
Ralph responded that Al & Peggy Harris have volunteered to assist
with the Junior Development auction. Hutch & Pat followed up
by asking who will be handling the local JD fund raising efforts.
Ralph responded that the LHSC involvement in fund raising would
be the same as 2005. Discussion ensued regarding who is responsible
for JD fund raising at the Regionals, the committee or the Regional
sponsor. In past years, actual fund raising organization and performance
has alternated depending on the Regional tournament sponsor. Some
years the committee handled the fund raising, and some years the
tournament sponsor did it. Although he was not sure of the source
(perhaps National JD Committee), Hutch had copies of guidelines
that stated it was the responsibility of the Regional sponsor. Ralph
Hall expressed that LHSC had no one to head that up internally.
Steve Lohr and Roger Hammel stated that it was never the responsibility
of the Regional sponsor to do the fund raising, that they simply
assisted the ER JD Committee in their efforts at the Regionals.
Steve stated that they have their own checking account independent
of the Region, their own budget, etc.
Steve Lohr made a motion to clarify the document Hutch Haines referenced
from the National JD program, that any and all Junior Development
fund raising efforts are the responsibility of the Eastern Region
Junior Development committee not the sponsor of the Regional tournament.
15. 2007 Eastern Regionals – John Davis who chairs the Eastern
Region Search & Site committee announced that a bid for the
2007 Eastern Regionals had been received in November 2005, and was
distributed to council by EVP. Without any other bids presented
within the 30 days after distribution, the bid is to be voted on
at this meeting. Jim Meis, John Paulovich, and John Corkery from
Twin Lakes Water Ski Club in Monroe, NY., presented and reviewed
the bid with council. Notable in the bid is the option to run dual
events simultaneously, and shorten the duration of the tournament.
Twin Lakes is beginning improvements to the site, and will continue
to make various improvements for the 2007 Regionals.
Roger Hammel asked about control over the water level at Twin Lakes.
Jim Meis responded and explained that the water level was governed
by the state governmental agencies. The question was specifically
raised about the 1999 Regionals in which the slalom lake did not
have enough water until heavy rain immediately before the tournament
made it usable. Jim replied that there was no guarantee something
of a similar nature could not reoccur.
Roger Hammel asked Jim Meis what role he envisioned taking in the
2007 Regional effort at Twin Lakes. Jim responded that he would
be available in technical capacity or TC role.
EVP asked about the anticipated entry fee. John Paulovich replied
that they anticipated it being consistent with 2005 and 2006 levels,
specifically approximately $80 to the club with $25 toward the banquet
ticket on an adult entry fee worst case. EVP posed the question
whether the possibility existed to hold the council meeting and
the banquet on site instead of at a hotel. Twin Lakes is planning
at this point a hotel banquet. Jim Meis told council & the region
to tell Twin Lakes what is desired and they will explore options.
Discussion ensued regarding entry fees and the decline of entries
at the Regionals. Suggestions were made to combine the Junior Development
party and the banquet. Other suggestions were to do the awards presentations
throughout the tournament all in order to reduce costs to skiers.
Twin Lakes in their bid is offering a 20% discount on entry fees
for Junior skiers. The suggestion was made that the Eastern Region
match the 20% discount in the form of a subsidy. Steve Lohr asked
why wait until 2007, why not try it this year? Pat Byrne responded
that entry numbers with a centrally located Regionals may be better
than one in the Southern end of the region. EVP pointed out that
the entry discounts offered by LHSC for the 2006 Regionals per their
bid were different (family) than what Twin Lakes was proposing.
Pat Byrne made a motion that the Eastern Region match the 20% discount
to junior skiers that Twin Lakes was offering on 2007 entry fees.
Roger Hammel seconded the motion. Discussion ensued. ACTION ITEM:
Council voted to table the issue for the 2006 Summer Meeting and
suggested a regional poll question be posted on the web site for
membership to weigh in on their preferences. Roger Hammel made a
motion to offer the 20% subsidy in 2006 to junior skiers. Dean Rudy
seconded the motion. Discussion ensued. The motion carried, council
approved the 20% subsidy to the entry fees of junior skiers for
the 2006 Eastern Regionals at Lake Holly.
John Davis made a motion to accept the 2007 Regional bid from Twin
Lakes as presented. Pat Byrne seconded the motion. The motion carried.
Council awarded the 2007 Eastern Regionals to Twin Lakes Water Ski
Park in Monroe, NY.
Jim Meis expressed surprise at the ease in the approval process.
EVP asked Regional Search & Site Committee Chair, John Davis
if there was any other interest from clubs to host future regionals
, or intent to bid for any future Regionals beyond 2007. John Davis
reported that Dave’s Pond in Edinboro, PA., intends to bid
on the 2008 Eastern Regionals. Immediately following, George Vosburg
stated intent to bid on 2009 Regionals at his 2 lake site in Canajoharie,
EVP announced at this point that is was almost noon and polled
the attendees as to whether we should break for lunch or have a
short break with a working lunch and keep rolling along into the
afternoon meeting agenda. With the NFL playoff games scheduled to
take place this afternoon, the latter was decided. Pizza was ordered
16. New Business
· State records issue – Jean Giove expressed an issue
of skiers from Maryland who ski in Virginia (and/or vice versa)
holding state records. The question was presented to council of
which state the record should apply. Collective thinking of council
is that this is an issue with state records to be handled within
the state(s). Council does not maintain state records, each state
maintains their own records.
· Nominating Committee – EVP asked for volunteers or
suggestions for individuals to serve on the regional nominating
committee. Absent any, in accordance with the ER By Laws, the EVP
will appoint individuals to the committee.
· Senior Judges clinic – EVP stated how beneficial
the Senior Judges Clinic in February 2005 was to the region as a
whole. The idea was floated to include one attendee at the director
and committee reimbursement expense offset rate to attend out of
region Senior Judges clinics in return for their funneling of knowledge
and or related issues back to ER officials through a regional clinic(s).
Steve Lohr and Roger Hammel expressed that in the past Senior Judges
attended those clinics at their own expense to better themselves
as officials. No formal action was taken.
Membership Meeting Minutes – 1:00 p.m. Saturday 1/7/06
1. Call to Order – Meeting was called to order at 1:38
2. Council & Membership were introduced.
3. USA Water Ski Q & A / NSL Program – USA Water Ski
Grassroots coordinator, Derek Koch was present at the meeting.
He reported that NSL tournaments in the Eastern Region increased
to 15 in 2005 from 9 in 2004, and NSL clinics increased to 20
in 2005 from 8 in 2004. He thanked us for our enthusiasm and participation
in this grassroots program to grow the sport of water skiing.
Derek reported that goody bags are available from USAWS headquarters
for NSL events. Additionally merchandise like can coolers, t-shirts,
towels, etc., can be purchased at cost for NSL events. Digital
photos from any NSL events can be sent to him at USAWS for posting
on the www.usawaterski.org on the NSL page. He suggested photos
of new participants and/or children. Derek also explained the
annual NSL Pro Am that has been held on the final day of the Nationals
at the Nationals site. NSL tournament participants can score and
attain subsidies to attend the Pro Am. Pro (Open) skiers ski with
NSL skiers at this event which he reports has created a lot of
Derek reported that 2006 Water Ski calendars are available from
USAWS. Members may purchase for $10 per calendar. Clubs may purchase
them for $500 per case of 50. They have been sold as successful
fund raisers by clubs around the country in the past.
Derek reported that the recently constructed lake at USAWS headquarters
was officially named Lake Grew. Six (6) events were held there
in 2005 including the WSDA Nationals, and the Rocketman Jump tournament
at which Freddy Krueger established a new World Record of 240’.
Memberships are available for use of the lake for $1200 annually.
USA Water Ski Members are also welcome to use the lake for $20
per ski set. Arrangements can be made by contacting USA Water
Ski lake director Roger Skalko.
Derek reported that USA Water Ski has a new club contest in which
the winning club will be awarded with a new MasterCraft. The contest
is based on among other things the number of new USAWS memberships.
Questions regarding the insurance through Global Inamar were
asked of Derek. Council and membership feedback was that the boat
insurance met needs and expectations, however the lake insurance
did not. Most sites are not participating in the lake insurance
through USAWS and the Global / Inamar alliance.
Roger Hammel questioned marketing of the grassroots programs.
Derek responded that USAWS promotes their grassroots programs
to those in their membership database. Discussion followed suggesting
e-mail blasts to clubs, event sponsors, Overton’s mailing
list, ski equipment, and boat manufactures and/or dealers, and
MMA. Roger Hammel recommended that grassroots e-mail blasts be
done to the aforementioned. (This was refined and made a regional
recommendation at the AWSA BOD meeting in January 2006).
Roger Hammel recommended that USAWS headquarters study the local
land use issue with the USAWS Waterways Committee.
Steve Lohr expressed problems encountered in NSL events including
scoring, score reporting, and the issue of guest memberships.
He recommended that USAWS study and simplify the fee structure
for NSL events.
ACTION ITEM: EVP requested that council forward the contact
information of any NSL event organizers in their states to serve
as state coordinators for our regional NSL committee effort. AWSA
President Jim Grew has directed the regional EVP’s to form
NSL committees within the regions similar to the regional junior
Derek’s last order of business was to present the proposed
change of the organizations name from USA Water Ski to USA Water
Sports. Materials were presented that detailed the evolution of
this concept. EVP polled council and membership to gauge support
for the name change. After discussion and feedback, council directed
our region’s directors to oppose any name change to USA
Water Ski at the AWSA BOD meeting coming up.
EVP thanked Derek for his attendance and presentation to regional
4. Eastern Region Junior Development Committee Report –
Hutch Haines reported that council approved discounts to juniors
as deep as 40% for Regional entries. Hutch also described the
incentives the Avon Old Farms Skiers have given to Juniors and
first time tournament attendees the past few years that have resulted
in new blood. Hutch asked that any states, clubs, sites, or individuals
interested in hosting Junior Development instructional clinics
contact him and he will assist. Contact info can be found on www.awsaeast.org
or in the guidebook.
5. Summary of morning Council Meeting was given to membership
by EVP including:
· 2005 Summer Meeting Minutes
· Treasurers Report
· 2006 Tournament Schedule
· Announcement of Officials for 2006 Eastern Regionals
· Announcement of Officials for 2006 Nationals
· 2006 Eastern Regionals Review – Ralph Hall (LHSC)
· 2007 Eastern Regionals awarded to Twin Lakes and intent
to bid from Dave’s Pond on 2008 and George Vosburg in 2009.
6. State Reports
CT – Pat Byrne reports that 4 tournaments
are scheduled in CT in 2006 including a junior tournament in
early July. Avon intends to hold an instructional clinic as
DE – Doug Milner reported that 4 tournaments
are scheduled in Delaware in 2006. Two tournaments at Diamond
State, and two at Givens Pond including a 3 round slalom shoot
ME – No report
MD – Jean Giove reports that their two
sites (Eagle Lake & Lou Alcomo’s lake) are holding
tournaments including back to back in a slalom shoot out format.
MA – Dave Allen & Ron Kokernak report
that Oakham is the only tournament site in state. Their state
reports increase in members, tournament attendees, and junior
skiers. Oakham will host C & F tournaments in 2006. The
F tournament is run with a 2 fall slalom and NOPS head to head
NH – No report.
NJ – John Corkery reports that 5 tournaments
are scheduled in 2006 in NJ. Two at South Jersey, and three
at John’s Lake in Wayne, NJ. Twin Lakes will host two
NY – Alan Frederick & Dean Rudy
reported that 8 sites throughout New York will hold tournaments
in 2006 including back to back 3 round slalom tournaments. New
York state is experiencing a shortage of promotional boats,
resulting in great difficulty at tournaments.
PA – John Davis reported that six tournaments
are scheduled to take place in PA in 2006, at four tournament
sites – Smith’s Pond in Bentleyville, Big Rock Pond
in Perryopolis, Lago De Vita, in Greensurg, and Dave’s
Pond in Edinboro. The Keystone State Federation is once again
thriving. The 2005 State Championships brought back the return
of the Governor’s cup competition among clubs in the state.
A PA Slalom Grand Prix series also added fun and interest in
2005. Boys 1 slalom skier Chad Meny won the 2005 award.
VT – No report.
VA – Jim Hancock & Rod Barney reported
two Fun / NSL tournaments are scheduled for 2006, one at Bear
Lake and one at Maracossic lake. The Virginia State Championships
will be held at Timberlake, the Regionals at Lake Holly, and
3 round back to back slalom tournaments at Bear Lake and Jennings
Pond. Virginia also will hold a Junior Development clinic in
2006. Timberlake will also be holding a Fun / NSL clinic. Also
among the activity scheduled for 2006 will be the James River
Festival, as well as trained Driver clinic at Timberlake.
WV – Sam Ingram submitted a written
report. The state of West Virginia has a new water ski site
in Terra Alta. They have a scheduled combination F & C tournament
in June 2006.
7. Committee Reports
· Executive – Steve Lohr
· Judges & Scorers – Gary Noll submitted the
Judges & Scorer’s Committee Report to the AWSA BOD as
well as a written report to council.
The list of test administrators and clinic instructors is currently
being updated for 2006. The new list will include both Judges
and Socrers able to conduct clinics and testing. Test administration
material will be sent from USAWS headquarters to improve timeliness
Any official ready to upgrade must contact Traci Baylon at USAWS
to confirm they have met the requirements. Traci will contact
Gary Noll and direct them to a test administrator in their area.
Gary must approve and issue materials to the test administrator(s).
Anyone needing assistance with upgrading, please contact Gary
Noll. Contact info can be found on www.awsaeast.org or in the
· Regional Guidebook – Judi Stevens reported that
15 letters to patrons and/or potential advertisers were mailed
in November 2005. To date one ad and payment has been received.
Deadline for submission of any information in the 2006 Guidebook
· Regional Web Site – No report
· Regional Records – Dan Baumgart updated and submitted
the Eastern Region Records. Copies were distributed.
· Rules – Ken Crofton submitted a written report.
Copies were distributed. Two issues are on the agenda at the AWSA
BOD meeting for vote.
i. The Rules Committee is recommending that AWSA align their rule
on entry gates in slalom with IWSF for uniformity. EVP polled
attendees of meeting. The membership directed the ER directors
to oppose the change.
ii. The RC is recommending eliminating the option for mixed class
administration at Regionals and Nationals. Mixed class administration
has never been done at Nationals, and it is unlikely it would
be. The Eastern and South Central Regionals have run mixed class
events with no problems or protests. EVP polled membership on
the issue and membership directed the ER director to oppose elimination
of the option to administer mixed class Regionals.
· By Laws – No report.
· NSL – Ron Ramsey distributed basic Fun / NSL tournament
rules / guidelines. Anyone needing guidance on preparation and/or
administration of those tournaments can contact Ron Ramsey. Contact
info is in Eastern Region Guidebook, and on www.awsaeast.org.
· Skiers Rating – No report.
· Technical – Dan Baumgart will be holding a clinic
at the 2006 Regionals as well as Dave’s Pond record tournament
in July 2006. Anyone interested needs to contact Dan Baumgart.
Contact information can be found in the guidebook and on www.awsaeast.org.
· Nominating – Jean Giove reported that two positions
are up for election in 2006. Steve Lohr will not run for re-election
to the AWSA BOD. EVP position is up for election in 2006 as well.
Any interested candidates or suggestions, please contact Jean
Giove. Contact information can be found in the guidebook or on
· Drivers – No report.
· Towboat – Doug Robbins reported that the Towboat
and Speed Control committees have been combined as of 1/1/06.
Each region now appoints one rep to serve on Towboat committee.
The committee will be co-chaired with one responsible for Towboat
and one responsible for speed control.
Towboat policy has been amended to shift the responsibility of
providing back up speed control displays in towboats from the
tournament sponsor to the promotional boat owner.
Towboat policy (at the request of manufacturers) has been changed
to allow one Jump specific towboat for use at Regionals and Nationals
without a back up.
Towboat tests were held in October at Lake Grew at USAWS Headquarters.
The list of approved towboats can be found on www.usawaterski.org
for 2006 tournament use.
The Towboat committee is designing a checklist for promotional
boat owners and manufacturers for tournament use.
· Speed Control – Ralph Hall reported that the Speed
Control and Towboat committees have been combined, so this is
his last official report. The Perfect Pass display head has been
modified for 2006. Ralph has two demo heads to play with at the
meeting of anyone wants to. He will conduct the Speed Control
clinic in the morning and have materials and new manuals available
for distribution to all attendees.
· International Activities (IAC) – Ralph Hall &
Jon Thacher reported that the USA Water Ski Teams swept the international
competitions in 2006 including the 2006 World Senior Trophy. Officials
are needed for Team Trials and International Competition in 2006.
· Coaches – No report
· Competition Task Force – Steve Lohr reported on
the latest CTF proposal to the AWSA BOD. Upon conclusion of the
report a question and answer session was held. Feedback was negative
on the proposal from membership. John Harris made a motion to
direct the ER directors to strongly oppose the CTF proposal at
the AWSA BOD meeting. Rod Barney seconded the motion. The motion
· Safety – Pat Byrne reported that 108 injuries
were reported nation wide in 2005 at USAWS sanctioned events.
77 Injuries were reported nation wide in AWSA events. Injuries
occurred in 2005 at a rate of 0.017% of events. 2004 was a busy
year for Safety clinics. Safety clinics are planned for 2006 in
New Jersey and Connecticut. Any individuals interested in holding
or attending a Safety Clinic, please contact Pat Byrne. Contact
info can be found in the guidebook or on www.awsaeast.org.
· Seeding – Jennifer Frederick-Kelly reported that
now that the National Rankings list is in place and on line, scorers
need to be diligent in submitting tournament scorebooks promptly.
8. Other Old Business
· EVP reported that the American Water Ski Educational
Foundation (AWSEF) is looking for another Eastern Region representative.
9. New Business
· Calling trick from TC point of view – Ron Ramsey
discussed the issues and different options from a technical standpoint
in record trick events. Video trick timing was discussed, as was
the advantages and disadvantages of using 3 vs. 5 judges.
· Roger Hammel announced some disheartening news. Long
time active competitive skier & official, Richard Love was
recently diagnosed with lung cancer. Membership is asked to keep
him in our thoughts & prayers.
· Roger Hammel made a motion that EVP submit expense of
the meeting lunch for reimbursement from the Eastern Region. Second
by Rod Barney. Motion carried.
10. Regional Recommendations for AWSA BOD Meeting
· Ron Ramsey recommended that the AWSA Technical Committee
explore the use of the video feed from the boat for trick timing
rather than from shore.
11. Meeting was adjourned at 5:42 p.m.