Council Meeting Minutes – 8:00 a.m., Saturday
1. Call to Order – meeting called to order @ 8:28 am
2. Announcement of Quorum
3. Introduction of Council present
John Davis – PA
Gary Noll – PA
Roger Hammel – VA
Jon Thacher – VA
Jean Giove – MD
Doug Robbins – EVP
Pat Byrne – CT
Hutch Haines – CT
Alan Frederick – NY
Dean Rudy – NY
Dave Allen – MA
Rod Barney – VA
Paul Santangelo – VA
Sam Ingram – WV
John Corkery - NJ
4. Agenda review
6. EVP Report
- Officials downgrade lists – EVP asked all council and
federation presidents to review list of officials downgrades
for 2007, and be sure they are not a result of failing to include
their name(s) on the officials work record at tournaments. If
so, contact Traci Baylon at USA Water Ski headquarters to resolve.
This can usually be done by verbal verification from the chief
officials of the tournaments. EVP also encouraged coordinating
officials clinics so that ratings are not downgraded or lost
because of failure to attend a maintenance clinic.
- RWS Fund Disbursement Committee – Doug has not gone
forward with the disbursement. Doug asked the council for their
ideas. Jon Thacher said Doug should use his best judgment. Move
forward & ask the council for the vote. Marie Baker separated
the funds & put in a 10 mo. CD to mature this fall.
7. 2006 Summer Meeting Minutes*
- Review & discussion – minutes were distributed via
e-mail & Doug heard nothing back so he assumed everything
- Entry fee poll has been discussed w/Twin Lakes. Majority of
poll responses indicated a preference for an on-site lower budget
banquet at Regionals with a reduced entry fee for skiers in
- Regional participation taskforce to follow later in the meeting
- Motion by Pat Byrne to approve the 2006 meeting minutes. Second
by Jean Giove. Motion carried.
8. Treasurer’s Report* – Submitted by Marie Baker
Balance in checking $ 6462.42. Savings balance $ 20,764.53
Jr. Development $ 6246.23 with 2 clinics not reported as of yet
for $500.00 total.
Doug discussed the breakdown as noted. New expense items - Regional
entry 20% discount match to regionals host (2006 Lake Holly).
Regional Championship banner purchased by Lake Holly to be used
@ each Regionals. Trophy Mart expense were the awards presented
9. 2007 Budget*
- Review & discussion – guidebook costs went up this
year. Darlene has identified some pages that might not need
to be there. Discussed in her report. 57 tournaments ads in
this years book at this point with a few later possibly. The
expense amt. is approx. $5375.65. Officials & Clinics would
be approx. $950.00. Directors & Committee expense approx.
$ 4400.00. EVP allotment for $1300.00 for winter meeting. Regional
Jr. Entry Subsidy ($15/per jr.) based on 70 skiers approx. $1,050.00.
Jon Paulovich said Twin Lakes would match the $15/per Jr. Dean
Rudy mentioned that the “experiment” really seemed
to work to get jrs. to participate. Hutch said the bulk of the
jrs were from VA. The thought is they will travel to NY. Entry
fee for Jr.’s is $50.00 at Twin Lakes for 1 event. Jon
Paulovich thinks that they will have more Jr.’s than in
previous years. Jean made a motion to increase jr. dev. Budget
to $600.00 second by Pat Byrne. $2424.35 would now be the new
- Motion by John Davis to accept the 2007 budget as amended.
Second by Pat Byrne. Motion carried.
10. 2007 Tournament Schedule – Bill Fosbenner reported
56 tournaments on proposed schedule. All sanction fees need to
be submitted to Bill & he will forward to AWSA for their fees.
All but 1 tournament hasn’t been sanctioned. Deadline was
last week to submit for guidebook. Judi has to have all her paperwork
no later than 2/12 to hdqtrs. & needs approx. 2 weeks to finalize.
Dave Allen mentioned 2 tournaments scheduled in MA – June
& July will move them up each week to avoid conflicts in the
nearby states. Only 22 payments have been received to date. Regional
sanction fees need to be paid by deadline for inclusion in 2007
- Motion by Pat Byrne to approve tournament schedule as amended.
Second by Hutch Haines. Motion carried.
11. Guidebook Report* – Submitted by Judi Stevens
Judi has relocated to FL but continued to be our editor. The
deadline she posted is 1/31/07. Ski Club listing will be submitted
by AWSA from 2006 year end. Ski Club Site Map – Darlene
has the most up to date map. She will submit to Judi. Tournament
schedule will be submitted to be proofed by Doug & Bill.
NY & MD still to submit records & many other state champs.
Directors need to submit updated bios, & pictures.
12. Official selection for 2007 Eastern Regionals*
- Add Jean Giove - MD to appointed judge list. Need to vote
on appointed judges – we need 9. Dave Allen said instead
of a vote he would withdrawal his name & add to ASD.
- Motion by Pat Byrne to approve the officials who volunteered
to work 2007 Regionals. Second by Alan Frederick. Motion carried.
13. Official selection for 2007 Nationals
Doug has tried to find more officials to appoint. John Harris,
Dave Robbins, Ed Nichols & Steve Lohr to judge. Ann Lohr-scorer
will both join the appointed. 2 more judges & 1 scorer are
needed. Doug will present this & will continue to search
for more. Roger said any additional officials should contact
Doug directly with no vote needed.
Roger Hammel made motion to approve. Pat Byrne Seconded. Motion
Break 9:50 am
Resume 10:04 am
14. USAWS Report – Lisa St. John, Competition Director
USAWS will be implementing a new web site in 2007. It will be
more user friendly and complete. A new monthly newsletter will
be posted on the site as well. The Water Skier Magazine will be
cut from 9 to 7 issues a year in 2007. For the 2008 & 2009
Nationals there are still no formal bids. Lastly any water ways
issues should contact Lisa for help & guidance.
- Roger Hammel stated that he would like to get a system that
would show who really worked & who was on the officials
list for tournaments. Lisa said the next mission at USAWS headquarters
will be to link WSTIMS with the officials known who really worked.
Can SWIFT have a revision page to update the officials who really
worked. Until a permanent system is implemented SWIFT can be
used for this purpose. Can the edit code that is given to the
tournament director be also give to the scorer. Lisa will look
15. 2007 Eastern Regionals – Twin Lakes Water Ski Club
Jon Paulovich reported they will have a June tournament to
make sure all technical specifications are met and everything
is up to date. Twin Lakes will hold a C tournament week before
Regionals to encourage participation for site familiarization.
Paid practice starts Monday morning – week of Regionals.
Jump practice won’t happen unless safety officials are
available. Jon will talk to his club to get more safety officials.
Wednesday night will be the officials’ meeting. Thursday
night Jr. Party in possible conjunction with the ER Regional
meeting. Friday night the banquet will be held on site possible
barbeque. Bring your own alcohol if needed. Soda will be supplied.
Doug will work directly w/Jon in regards to the membership meeting.
Chief judge will address the officials needing to stay if Sunday
skiing is needed. Jon also submitted the preliminary 2007 Regionals
schedule which is possibly subject to change. The new host hotel
is 5 minutes away and very nice.
16. 2008 Regionals & beyond
John Davis thanked Twin Lakes for taking on the 2007 Regionals.
For 2008 there are no bids. John will be in touch w/each club
who in the past has had regionals. George Vosburgh mentioned
he would like to put in a bid for the 2009 Regionals. Concern
was expressed that there has been no record tournaments there
yet. John hopes that by the summer meeting we will have a commitment
for the 2008 Regionals.
17. Other Old Business
- Regional Qualification / Participation Task Force report &
recommendations* - S. Lohr
To be tabled until afternoon
- NOPS proposal – Roger Hammel
To be tabled until afternoon
- Webmaster Report* - Submitted by Darlene McCormick
To be tabled until afternoon
- Lex Carroll Memorial Scholarship: Judy Aiken indicated that
the Lex Carroll Memorial Scholarship has not been applied for
in a few years. Currently there is enough money in the fund
to sustain the $1500 / year scholarship for 2 more years. It
was originally for skiers from the New England states. Judy
Aiken asked EVP to publicize the scholarship’s availability,
and discuss with council the status of the fund, the possibility
of opening it up to the region, and how to sustain it. EVP asked
for ideas. The acct is in escrow & is handled by AWSEF.
Jon asked if we can move it from NE skiers to the whole Eastern
Region. Dave Allen indicated that MA had no objection to making
it available region wide. Pat Byrne and Hutch Haines from CT
had no problems with it either. EVP reported that he put out
a request in 2005 & 2006, but no one applied for the scholarship.
EVP appointed volunteers Dave Allen, Pat Byrne, and Jon Thacher
to a committee to recommend the future of this scholarship fund.
Lunch break 11:56 am.
Resume 1:25 pm for the membership meeting
18. New Business
- EVP reported the pending AWSA BOD issue surrounding Trophy
Lakes. The background is that they held a record tournament
and a class C tournament simultaneously on both of their lakes
in October. A record was established in M3 slalom by Clay Niell.
IN accordance with the normal record review process, the record
application was submitted to the TC committee who recommend
approval or non-approval to AWSA President Grew. When the record
was submitted the TC committee learned that the boat times for
Clay Niell were in tolerance but on the slow side consistently.
Upon review of the boat times, the TC committee also noticed
that although the majority of times on the record lake were
close to actual, times on the C lake were consistently slow.
The TC committee then recommended that the record application
be rejected, the tournament be downgraded form E/L/R to class
F. The TC committee also reported that ‘pattern’
driving at the R lake took place. The BOD will vote on these
issues and recommendations from the TC committee at the AWSA
BOD meeting next weekend in Florida.
There are 2 recommendations – 1st to downgrade from R
to an F – by a show of hands all say no to the downgrade.
2nd is to reprimand all the officials – by a show of hands
all say no to reprimand. Looking at just the C lake should the
officials be reprimanded? The majority by show of hands indicated
that they should not be unless the other 20% of tournaments
around the country were as well. Steve Lohr said since they
were together you can’t separate them. The directors will
take membership’s direction to the meeting.
Break 3:19 pm.
Resume 3:31 pm
- CT – Hutch Haines – 4 ski sites in CT. Avon the
strongest, and most active with competition & events. CT
will probably have 4 tournaments this year, and maybe a junior
- DE – Rusty Coffin – not present. Ed Nichols reported
DE will hold 4 tournaments this year. 2 at Silver Lake and 2
at Hunter Phillips lake.
- ME – Dave Robbins – not present – written
report submitted. Sanford club went show ski. Kevin Jack (M1)
upgraded to regular 3 event judge.
- MD – Jean Giove / Mike Sturdevant – MD held it's
first record tournament in 2006. MD will hold 3 tournaments
in '07. MD also has planned a Jr. Clinic before 1 tournament.
- MA – David Allen reported. ½ dozen clubs but
only tournament site is Oakham. They are increasing their junior
numbers. The biggest challenge they face is that new skiers
have no place to ski. MA officials are trying to encourage both
F & C meets by more clubs than just Oakham. Oakham’s
F & C format has resulted in Approx. 2 – 5 new skiers
in each year.
- NH – Bill Swaffield / Paul Meyers – no present
- NJ – John Corkery / John Paulovich – 5 tournaments
scheduled in NJ in 2007, between South Jersey and Autore's.
Twin Lakes will host 2007 Regionals.
- NY – Alan Frederick / Dean Rudy – NY state will
host 10 tournaments this year. NY state's biggest challenge
is that they are experiencing very minimal boat participation.
- PA – John Davis / Gary Noll - 4 clubs are hosting 6
tournaments in PA in 2007. This is the same as 2006. Jeff Rodgers
did instructional slalom clinics at Dave's Pond and Big Rock
in 2006. Danielle Bennett also did an instructional clinic at
Dave's Pond in 2006. Unsure what instructional clinics are available
- VT – Bruce Epstein / Darlene McCormick – not present.
Darlene submitted a report. 1 tournament in 2007, Tom Costello,
due to declining entries.
- VA – Rod Barney / Paul Santangelo / Wick Merchant –
Wick reported there were 14 tournaments in ’06. Ken Mead
this year will change their format. They will have another jr.
dev. Clinic. Last year they had 39 with Chris Rossi coaching.
Adult clinics will be hosted also. Paul has under construction
a website to link the local clubs.
- WV – Sam Ingram – 1 ski club @ Deep Creek Lake
that is pretty active and thriving. Terra Alta in WV hosted
their 1st tournament in 2006 and will hold another in 2007.
- Executive – Doug Robbins – Gave a quick overview
of the executive committee report. ’06 Regionals skier
participation by state was analyzed across the country. The
West possibly wants to have 2 Regionals. EC exploring possibly
realigning the region. EC is considering a proposal to increase
National entry fees. Fees have not increased since 2002. EC
also discussed a proposal to allow radio helmet for communication
between skier & coaches & parents in jumping. Jon Thacher
mentioned the amount of skiers that didn’t ski in the
Regionals that he saw in nationals.
- Judges & Scorers – Gary Noll – Sacramento,
CA will host the sr. judge & scorers clinic. Trick videos
are being upgraded along with others. Gary experienced problems
utilizing the test and clinic materials on DVD form USAWS. His
recommendations are to keep things simple & stick with video
tapes. Downgraded list is out. Gary asked Council people to
contact them directly to try & help them with problems.
Contact Traci @ USAWS with concerns. Another recommendation
was to get the "heads-up" from hdqtrs before the downgrades.
- Regional Guidebook – Judi Stevens* - not present –
submitted written report
- Regional Web Site – Darlene McCormick* - not present
– submitted report. Is there a benefit for the forum?
Show of hands majority see benefit. Some say they don’t
know how to use it. Other sites have a useful forum. Council
& membership recommend we keep it & try to make it more
useful. We need to draw people into the forum.
- Regional Records – Dan Baumgart – not present
- Rules – Lee Mershon / Ken Crofton - Gary Noll will replace
Ken Crofton on Rules effective next week at the AWSA BOD winter
meeting. Roger Hammel reviewed the overall points proposals
the board will be deciding on at the AWSA BOD meeting. The non-linear
approach is being discussed.
- By Laws – Steve Vincent taking over as East rep on committee
for Gary Noll effective next week at the AWSA Winter Meeting.
Gary reports no activity.
- NSL – Ron Ramsey – USAWS offers $100 credit for
each event & no one is taking advantage of it. Contact hdqtrs.
NSL gives 5 star tournaments with hopefully more people in attendance
and you can use any format. Try to advertise more around your
area also with the TV stations & newspapers. Award presentation
during the event. Goodie bags, t-shirts, give a-ways. Motion
to waive the $65 guidebook fee for the fun tournaments &
credit the director by $50. The motion is tabled until the summer
- Skiers Rating – Dana Hinman – not present –
Steve Lohr presented a report from the regional qualifications
committee. The committee will look at it in another year.
- Technical – Dan Baumgart – not present
- Nominating – Jean Giove – nominate EVP & national
director. A committee will look for candidates.
- Drivers – Bill Swaffield – not present –
a report was submitted
- Towboat & Speed Control – Doug Robbins* - Committee
has begun to address the lack of promo boats in many areas.
The manufacturer’s said they knew nothing about the shortage
areas. Due to the new on-line sanctioning, the towboat request
forms are not available or being completed. Once the old form
is located it will be implemented onto SWIFT for the manufacturers
to be kept up to date. Zero off (GPS) speed control is still
in the testing and approval process. As of the December towboat
tests, it is approved in slalom & trick, but will test for
jump in Spring 2007. 10 boats are approved for use in 2007.
- International Activities (IAC) – Ralph Hall / Jon Thacher
– 5 tournaments in 2008. The East is lacking in IAC for
officials. Anyone interested please see Jon or Ralph.
- Junior Development – Hutch Haines – 2 clinics
posted in 2008. Funds are available for clinics – max.
$250/per clinic. Twin Lakes & Jr. Dev. will credit $30 for
the juniors. Funds are low on the national level for juniors.
Contact Hutch with any questions or help.
- Coaches – Tom Hinman – not present
- Safety – Pat Byrne – there were only 109 injuries
in ’06. 7 only in the east.
- Seeding – Jennifer Frederick-Kelly – all tournaments
with exception of a hand full were scored with WSTIMS. If scoring
with WSTIMS e-mail the .LZH file only. Jennifer will submit
all scores to the national rankings list & to AWSAEAST web
- AWSEF Report – Steve Lohr – this group handles
the museum, scholarships and the lake. It is felt that the lake
& museum really promotes the sport. Reading Water Skiers
donated the judges tower at Lake Grew at USAWS headquarters.
Lewis Fields donated the 3 boat lifts for the boat house. Contributions
are always welcomed.
- Tournament weighting poll responses* - 82 responded. 33% say
no weighting, 56% say E/L/R should be counted twice over C &
11% felt they should be weighted but not twice as much.
Regional Recommendations for AWSA BOD Meeting
- Roger Hammel recommends fixing the boundary issue on the NRL.
- Motion to adjourn by Dave Allen seconded by Pat Byrne, motion
carried. Meeting adjourned at 5:37 p.m.