Eastern Region Winter Meeting
While the minutes from the Eastern Region Winter Meeting will be
posted and distributed at a later date, I thought I would offer
this brief summary of activity at the Winter Meeting.
2006 Regional Officials Announced
The following officials were selected and appointed by Eastern
Region Council for the 2006 Eastern Regionals at Lake Holly in Sparta,
|John Harris (VA)
|Asst. Chief Judge:
||Bill Baker (PA)
||Jean Giove (MD), Dave Robbins (ME), Gary Noll (PA), Steve
Lohr (VA), Roger Hammel (VA), Jerry Stansberry (VA), Sara Roach
||Mark Dingeman (VT)
| Assistant Chief Scorer:
||Ron Ramsey (VA)
||Ann Lohr (VA), Jennifer Frederick-Kelly (NY)
||Jon Thacher (VA)
|Assistant Chief Driver:
||Rusty Coffin (DE)
||Ralph Hall (VA), Marie Fields (VA), Al Stokes (MA)
||Kathy Roach (VA)
||Pat Byrne (VA), Dave Allen (MA)
||Chip Shand (VA)
||Ralph Hall (VA)
2007 Eastern Regional Bid
The 2007 Eastern Regional bid was reviewed by council and awarded
to Twin Lakes Waterski Park in Monroe, New York. Twin Lakes was
the site of the 1997 and 1999 Eastern Regionals, as well as numerous
other class C, and record capability tournaments including pro events.
AWSA Board of Directors Meeting 1/28/06
A few items to report from the AWSA Board meeting…
Competition Task Force Recommendation
The AWSA Board of Directors nearly unanimously supported the Competition
Task Force recommendation to prepare a plan to replace the current
EP rating qualification system with rankings list qualification
for Nationals in 2008. The plan will be created and presented at
the 2006 Summer AWSA BOD meeting in Bakersfield in August.
The current ratings qualification system was identified as a deterrent
to competition on the local level. The CTF recommended eliminating
it, replacing it with rankings list for Nationals qualification
in an effort to cultivate competition on local levels.
The rolling ranking list that is available on www.usawaterski.org
is updated weekly. It will be used to determine National qualifiers
in the future.
The plan calls for the exact same percentages to be applied to
ranking list qualification as currently are applied to the EP ratings.
In other words, ultimately EP level skier’s rankings will
qualify them automatically as they do now. In other words they will
not be affected by the change.
Skiers who attain one rating performance and rely on regional placement
to qualify for Nationals, will also be unaffected to some degree.
The plan calls for a cut off date in late July. The cut off date
will “freeze” the rankings list for Nationals. The top
35% will qualify in each division and event. This is the same percentage
criteria that EP ratings are established bi-annually now. The cut
off date allows at least 3 weeks for travel arrangements for those
The cut off date also establishes a ‘cut off score.’
So “bubble” skiers who are close to qualification, can
attain a specific performance that meets or exceeds the cut off
score at the Regionals or any other tournament to qualify for Nationals.
The current Regional placement qualifiers remain unaffected as
well. The tope five in each event will automatically qualify for
Nationals if they have not done so via national ranking previously.
Ultimately the CTF plan addresses the concerns expressed to any
change from the EP qualification system, additionally it offers
expanded qualification opportunity.
- EP level skiers remain unaffected by the change due to the
percentages mirroring the current EP rating percentages.
- Adequate time for making affordable travel arrangements is addressed.
- “Bubble” skiers remain unaffected as well from a
rankings standpoint. However, they are afforded greater opportunity
for last minute qualification by achieving a score that meets
or exceeds the ‘cut off score’ in their division /
- Regional placement offers expanded qualification opportunity
as well under the proposed plan.
In the final analysis, this proposed plan benefits the Eastern
AWSA Rules Committee proposal to adopt IWSF gate rule interpretation
The AWSA Rules Committee proposal to conform rules applicable to
slalom entry gates to IWSF interpretation was nearly unanimously
Proposal to change USA Water Ski to USA Water Sports
The AWSA BOD nearly unanimously voted to direct our USAWS BOD representatives
to not support the change in name. No compelling reason necessitating
a name change was cited, referenced, or offered, and the basis for
the lack of support. At the USAWS BOD meeting the name change issue
was tabled indefinitely according to meeting minutes.
Any feedback on these or other topics, can be forwarded to myself
or any of our region’s National Directors.
EVP – Pennsylvania
National Director – Virginia
National Director – Virginia
National Director – Connecticut