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WATERSKI NEWS 2002 - 2004

Updated 2/19/06

Headlines 2002 - Spring 2004, Details and Archives

R Regional Records to be Established
At the Winter 2002 Council meeting, the membership expressed strong support for the establishement of R records, while also keeping the class C & above records. To set baselines for the R records there will be a period of time for skier to submit performances achieved at E, L, or R tournaments which they might not have submitted previously because a higher performance at a Class C tournament was already in place. Council & membership endorsed this in concept, but council has not yet drafted or approved necessary language.
Thus, for the current year, it is important that any pending future R records get required documentation now so they can be approved as R records when and if council ratifies the final process & language - expected at Summer 2002 Annual Meeting at the earliest.
Going forward, if a new R record will be submitted from a Class E, L or R tournament, signature of the Technical Controller will likely be required on the Records Application Form. We also advise skiers to obtain Chief Judge, Scorer AND Technical Controller signatures on their skier's personal performance record in the event they have a superior Class E, L or R performance that may not exceed existing Class C records, but that could be the best benchmark R performance in the Region. Contact Roger Hammel if you have questions.

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New Resources for Trick Skiers
I wanted to notify all trickers of It's working through AWSA to promote tricks. Also any trickers who want to just keep in touch with other trickers sharing ideas or anything else I'm running a trickers newsletter(for lack of a better name) through my address. Anyone interested
Lee Gotschalk

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New Procedure for Posting Scores Online
Due to staff changes at USA Water Ski and concern about potential hacker attacks the scores will not be available from the tournament schedule like last season. Thanks to Michael Shepard, and some special scanning software he is making available to us, we will be able to post scores on awsaeast. Procedure is as follows. Chief Scorer uses the WSTIMS - Multi-Round Scorebook (by Group) function to make a copy of the CONDENSED SCOREBOOK (Input S for separate NOPS then C for Condensed Scorebook. Note: In the Hardware Setup you may have to set the Printer Type Selection to None - Reports to Disk.). The condensed scorebook will be saved by WSTIMS as a file named with the sanction number of the tournament followed by CS.HTM The Condensed Scorebook is different from the Full Scorebook because the Member ID numbers are not included. We do not want to post member ID numbers on the internet.

Email the condensed scorebook file as an attachment to

The file will be scanned, posted to Mike's website and will become available from 2002 and 2003 Scores on the top left of the home page. Thanks to Mike for making this possible!

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Proposed changes to Eastern Region Records Policies and Procedures
As directed by our Regional Council, Roger Hammel has developed a proposal for maintaining our Regional Records. The link below presents the existing and proposed Policies side by side to make it easy to see and evaluate the proposed changes. Please call or email Roger with your comments and suggestions. This proposal will be voted upon at the Summer Meeting. Existing and Proposed Records Policies and Procedures .

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Slalom Tournament Scheduled Sept 14 at Herrington Manor State Park Oakland, Maryland
Herrington Manor Lake is the location of Deep Creek Lake Water Sports Clubs annual slalom tournament to be held Saturday, September 14th. Youth and novice skiers are encouraged to attend this FUN tournament. Awards and prizes will be provided. This years event will be sanctioned by USA Waterski as a class “FUN” and class “C” tournament. The tournament name is Appalachian Slalom Jamboree. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required. Time permitting it will be a 3 round tournament. The entry fee for youth skiers (under 12) is $25. Otherwise, the entry fee is $35. Entry fees include a guest membership to USA Waterski if you don’t have one. You should enter as a “FUN” participant if you are presently not a member of USA Waterski, and or you would like a second chance if you miss your opening pass, and or you are interested in receiving an award or prize. Class “C” tournament participants interested in improving there skier ranking should use the standard “Official Entry Form” found in the regional tournament guide books. Please send all entries payable to Sam Ingram to this address:

Sam Ingram
352 Pritts Road
Swanton, MD 21561

The tournament will start at 8:00 am with the following divisions and running order:
Jr Boys (12 & under), Boys (13-16), Jr Girls, Girls, Women (17+), 36 mph Men (17-34), 34 mph Men (35+).

Herrington Manor Lake is located at Herrington Manor State Park just a few miles from Deep Creek Lake Maryland. An enclosed heated pavilion with restroom facilities overlooks the lake. The lake is well protected from the wind, which should provide for excellent skiing conditions. Additional park information can be found at

For additional information please contact Sam Ingram at (301) 387-7683.

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Slalom Tournament Openings at Avon - September 8, 2002
Ski the site of the 2003 Eastern Regionals! On Sunday, September 8, 2002, The Pond in Avon, Connecticut will host a 3-round Slalom Tournament. This is the site of the 2003 Eastern Regionals. There is still room in this tournament for your entry. Check the Guidebook for details and send your entry to Pat Byrne, 15 Crystal Drive, East Granby, CT 06026. Contact Pat with any questions at

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September Slalom Slam Alert:
There will be a Slalom Slam on Saturday, September 14, '02. It will be held at Crystal Springs (Darrell & Crystal De Bey) this year and will return to Pecks Pond in the future. For directions and accommodations please refer to the Eastern Regional guide book on July the 6th. It will be three rounds of slalom on Saturday starting at 8:00 AM. There will be practice on Friday starting at 3:00 PM. Entry Fees: $35 Adults $18 boys/girls 1,2,3. Please let us know as soon as possible. Look forward to seeing you there.

Darrell/Crystal De Bey: 716-649-8012 home, = Crystals email, = Darrell email

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NCWSA All-Stars at Virginia Tech
It is looking as if the 2nd largest collegiate tournament of the year is 
coming to AWSA's Eastern Region!  The NCWSA (National Collegiate Waterski 
Association) All-Star Waterski Tournament bid date has come and gone and 
the NEW Northeast Collegiate Waterski Conference (NEC) in conjunction with 
the Virginia Tech Waterski Team is almost guaranteed the honor of being the 
2003 host.  Over 150 collegiate skiers from over 80 different universities 
compete in the best of the best individual and regional team 
competition.  Some notable names that will be participating in the event 
are Jimmy Siemers and Regina Jaquess.

The tournament will be held just over the Virginia border at Beaver Lake in 
Ahoskie, NC and will be held either May 10-11, 2003 or May 23-24, 2003.

Any officials that would like to be involved should contact Robert Thayer 
at     Please stay tuned to NCWSA.COM for more 
information regarding the NCWSA All-Star Tournament.

The Northeast Collegiate Waterski Conference (NEC) is a conference of the 
NCWSA's Eastern Region.

Robert Thayer - Marketing Director - Centurion Boats
Work Phone: (757) 436-1553      Home Phone:     (757) 481-0007
Cell Phone:   (757) 650-9791    NC Factory:     (252) 587-0405

AOL: ThayerRH   YAHOO: ThayerRH  ICQ: 9715368

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2003 MasterCraft Eastern Regionals

2003 Eastern Regionals in Avon, Connecticut The Old Farms Skiers Water Ski Club in Avon, Connecticut is proud to be the host for the 2003 MasterCraft Eastern Region Water Ski Championship Tournament.

Note that the tournament will be held on FRIDAY through MONDAY, August 1st through August 4th.

Check the 2003 Eastern Region Water Ski Tournament Guide for the Schedule of Events, practice times, and all other details regarding the tournament. On-time entries must be postmarked by July 8, 2003. Ski the tune-up tournament on July 19th and 20th for additional site familiarization.
For the Slalom event, the distance from the skier drop area to the course entry gates is approximately 400 feet. All Slalom events with maximum speeds of 34 mph or less will ski straight into the course. Slalom events with a maximum speed of 36 mph will use a hook start from a point in the middle of the lake, parallel to the Slalom Course pre-gates. See you in July and August in Avon!

Patrick Byrne, Councilman, Connecticut & Tournament Director, Avon

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New Web Look

The new look on is thanks to the hard work of Mike Shepard. Mike brings a wealth of expertise to the website project and I think we can look forward to more great things in the future.  Thank you Mike for your efforts. Jim Meis

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Waterski Computers

Preconfigured for all Waterski Tournament functions (Video Jump, Video Tricks and Scoring) available for purchase -

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Promo Boat Credit

Promo boats must meet special insurance requirements to be used at South Jersey Ski Club tournaments on 6/14 and 8/30. Boats cannot go into the water and will not receive credit without it! Contact Bill Fosbenner ( or Bob Corson for details

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WSTIMS for 2003

Due to rules changes the new version is required to score 2003 tournaments. Update for previous version is also available via the download site.

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Junior Development Grant

There is still $500 from the National level to host two beginner clinics in the East. Please contact Kim Spear at or 703-404-0806 if your club is interested in hosting a clinic. This is a great way to get new juniors interested in our sport.

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Reservoir Dogs Classic

There has been a change of site for the Reservoir Dogs Classic 3 round Slalom tournament scheduled on Aug. 23rd. It will be held at the Waterbury Reservoir instead of the Wrightsville Reservoir. The directions are as follows:

I 89 to exit 10 take Rte 100 North a few hundred feet to Light (Best Western). Take left onto Blush Hill Rd. Go up over then down hill to Dead End at Reservoir site.

Any questions about the directions can be directed to Bruce Epstein @ 802-272-5324

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Submit tournament dates

To all tournament organizers; Please send the dates of your tournaments for next year to me as soon as possible so we can start planning. We need to get going and I only have eight so far. Regionals will be July 23-26 and Nationals will be Aug. 3-7. 

Please note my new e-mail address ( as my old one will only be good until the end of the year. Let's make next year our best one yet. Doug Milner, Eastern Region Tournament Co-ordinator.


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Winter Meeting Announcement

2004 Eastern Region Winter Meeting & Clinics


DATE:            Saturday, January 10, 2004               

        8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Council Meeting

        1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Membership Meeting

Sunday, January 11, 2004

8:00 a.m. – Speed Control Clinic (Joint judges/drivers)

        8:00 a.m. – Safety Clinic (at pool)

        9:00 a.m. – Judges/Scorers/Drivers breakout clinic sessions 


        Any rated or unrated aspiring officials may register for clinic participation.

        Registration deadline is Friday December 26, 2003.

        Notify Doug Robbins at or call 877-770-5102   

LOCATION:              Mainstay Suites & Sleep Inn

                                    440 American Ave.

                                    King of Prussia, PA. 19406



  • Call 484-690-2000 for reservations
  • Room rate is a group rate of $69.00 per night plus taxes
  • Reserve room by 12/26/03 for group rate
  • Mention American Water Ski Association or Eastern Region Meeting for group rate.
  • Room rate includes a deluxe continental breakfast buffet


  • Available through Tropiano Shuttle Service from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. daily.
  • Shuttle service fee is $21.00 one way.
  • Call 1-800-559-2040 to arrange shuttle service to and from hotel.


FROM PHILADELPHIA:  Take I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) west to Exit #327 (Mall Blvd.). Bear right at first traffic light onto Mall Blvd. Bear right at the next light onto North Gulph Rd.  Proceed approximately 2 miles to the intersection of First Ave. and North Gulph Rd.  Make right onto First Ave.  Proceed to second traffic light and make right onto American Ave.  Bear left and the hotel is after train track on right.

FROM PA TURNPIKE (I-276):  Take Exit #326 (Old Exit #24) Valley Forge. Stay in right lanes through Toll Booths. Immediately after Toll Booths make first right and merge onto North Gulph Road. Proceed approximately 1 miles to the intersection of North Gulph Road and First Avenue. Make right onto First Avenue. Proceed to second traffic light and make right onto American Avenue. Hotel is after train tracks on right.

FROM Rt. 202:  Take Pottstown Exit (Rt. 422 West) to first exit (Bridgeport, Rt. 23). Turn right at first traffic light (Moore Rd.). Turn left at next light onto North Gulph Rd.  Proceed to next light, (American Ave.) and make right. Hotel is on right side after train tracks.

FROM I-95:  Take Exit #7 / I-476 North to Exit 16 B / I-76 West, to Exit #327 / Mall Blvd.  Bear right at first traffic light onto Mall Blvd. Bear right at the next light onto North Gulph Rd. Make right onto First Avenue. Proceed to second traffic light and make right onto American Avenue. Hotel is on right after train tracks.


Bring your family to share in the many nearby attractions.

The Mainstay Suites and Sleep Inn is located within a mile of the Court and the Plaza at King of Prussia which is the second largest shopping mall in the country.

Many restaurants and lounges are located within 2 miles.

Valley Forge National Historic Park is within a few miles with many paved trails for biking or walking weather permitting.

American Helicopter Museum is 11 miles away.

Betsy Ross House is 16 miles away.

U.S. Mint is 16 miles away.

Center City and Historic Philadelphia is only 20 miles away.

Visit and enter King of Prussia, PA., in destination field for more hotel information and area attractions.


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Proposed Changes to Policies and Procedures--Approved

Submitted for approval January 10, 2004

 Policies & Procedures Manual 3.1.6 – Regional Towboat Selection

Proposed Addendum to Point #2

In a circumstance where the Chief Driver and Chief Judge of the regional tournament along with the EVP, determine or perceive that a safety or performance issue exists with a particular towboat manufacturer or model, with a group of skiers or divisions and not the entire group of participants for the tournament, a modification to the random draw may be done to avoid potential problems in those divisions and/or events. – 1/10/2004


Policies and procedures Manual 3.1.7 -  Regionals Officials Selection

Proposed Addendum to Point # 4

To appear on the council’s ballot, any officials aspiring to serve as appointed officials at the upcoming Regional Championship tournament must notify the EVP by the established deadline. – 1/10/2004

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Officials for Regional and Nationals 2004


Judges Scorers Drivers
Ralph Hall CJ Fritz Hasler (MD) Leslie Carr (MD) Doug Robbins (PA)
Clarence Swift ACJ Bill Baker (PA) Mark Dingeman (VT) Rusty Coffin (DE)
Jennifer Frederick-Kelly CS Steve Lohr (VA)   Mark Smith (MA)
Ann Lohr AS Dave Robbins (ME)   Marie Fields (VA)
Bill Swaffield CD Roger Hammel (VA)    
Pat Byrne C Safety Sara Roach (VA)    
Roger Hammel ACJ Fritz Hasler (MD) Ann Lohr (VA) Doug Robbins (PA)
Pat Byrne Reg Safety Bill Baker (PA) Jennifer Frederick-Kelly (NY) Ralph Hall (VA)
Steve Lohr (VA)    
Dave Robbins (ME)    
  Ed Nichols (DE)    

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2002 - 2003
Regional R Records
New Resources for Trick Skiers
New Procedure for Posting Scores Online
Proposed Changes to Regional Records
Slalom Tournament Scheduled Sept 14 at Herrington Manor State Park Oakland, Maryland
Slalom Tournament Openings at Avon September 8, 2002
September Slalom Slam Alert
Virginia Tech Waterski Team in line to host Collegiate Nationals
2003 MasterCraft Regionals held Friday through Monday
New Web look
WSTIMS for 2003
Waterski Computers
Promo Boat Credit
Junior Development
Reservoir Dogs Classic
Submit tournament dates now!
2004 Winter Meeting Announcement

Fall 2002 Newsletter in PDF Format

Proposed Changes to Policy and Procedures
Regional and National Officials
04 Winter Meeting Minutes
Web Site Outage
2004 Regionals pages
2004 Regionals Results

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