Initial Info Posted for 2019 Regionals

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Midwest Club Contest

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2018 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

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Midwest Club Contest

AWSA Midwest is awarding the club with the most points $1000! Competition runs through July 25th, and the winner will be announced at the Midwest Banquet. See the details here Midwest Club Contest or in menu Resource Center->Midwest Club Contest. Good luck to all of you as the weather starts warming up!

Regional Qualifications

Based on the new cutoff date change for regionals, our web programmer has made the midwest regional qualifications live, he was not able to go retro active back to Aug 14, 2017 so he made the cutoff date today. So skiers can go and see if they are qualified now, just select the midwest regional in the tournament qualification filter and the far right column of rankings will show qualified or not.

To refresh our memories on the new entry deadline, the regional entry deadline is July 1st, after July 1st its a $25 late fee until July 23rd at which point the late fee is $25 plus $10 per day. The only except to all that is for skier who qualify after July 1st, they are only subject to the $10 per day after July 23rd. We will need good word of mouth on this new late fee and deadline structure.

and you can click on the link in that column to see further details, I will get an email out soon to congrat all those qualified.


Questions and Answers Regarding ZBS

Question: What is ZBS?
Answer: ZBS stands for Zero Based Scoring. See rule 10.01 for full details.

Question: What does this mean?
Answer: It means that anytime you run a full pass you can shorten the line and/or go up 2 mph. If a complete pass is made, the skier will receive credit for all previous passes. The skier does not have to run their maximum speed to receive the credit for the long line pass.

Question: Where and when can this be used?
Answer: In all classes of tournaments, class C, E, L, skiers can shorten the rope before they get to their division maximum speed. LOCs may opt to allow skiers to ski higher than max speeds, up to 36 mph for male divisions and 34 mph for female divisions, excluding juniors, in class C tournaments, at their discretion.

Question: How is this scored?
Answer: For example, 6 @ 32 off @ 36mph = 6 @ 35off @ 34mph = 6 @ 38 off @ 32mph

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Question: What is the advantage or disadvantage to this?
Answer: This depends on the skier; some skiers may enjoy shortening the rope before going faster or some skiers may want to ski at faster speeds and get credit. Slalom is now all about total boys regardless of how you achieve them.

Question: What are the max speeds for divisions?
Answer: This depends on what Class tournament it is. The maximum allowed boat speeds in class C if the LOC allows are as follows: 1. Boys 1/Girls 1 – 49 kph (30.4 mph). 2. Girls 2 – 52 kph (32.3 mph). 3. Boys 2 and all females Girls 3 or older – 55 kph (34.2 mph). 4. All males, Boys 3 or older – 58 kph (36.0 mph). In E and L events the original divisions max speeds are still in effect.

Question: How is the ranking list affected by ZBS?
Answer: Skiers will be ranked by total buoys count just as it is now.

Question: Can I do this at Regionals and Nationals?
Answer: You can shorten the line before you get to max speeds but you cannot ski above division max and receive credit for it.

Question: Will IWWF recognize the scores?
Answer: If the speed matches the IWWFtop speed for the division then it will count toward the ranking list as normal. If your score is achieved below IWWF max speed, then it will count it as 18.25 meters — instead of the actual line length. If your score is achieved above IWWF max speed, it will only count the scores as if achieved at the IWWF max speed, i.e. no extra buoys will be counted.

Question: What about records?
Answer: The age division maximum speeds shall be retained for National Records, Men 3-6 (34.2mph-55kph, Men 7 (32.3mph-52kph), Men 8-10 (30.4mph-49kph), Men 11 (28.6mph- 46kph), Women 5-6 (32.3-52kph), Women 7-10 (30.4-49kph) and Women 11 (28.6-46kph). Regional and Area records will still remain up to those areas.


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    We used to be AWSA members in the early 50’s. We have some “Water Skier” magazines from 52-70. We wondered if there is a want for some history. We’re getting older and downsizing many things including our library. There are 4 holders and 46 magazines. Have anyone contact me Richard Burgie (past Judge and regional representative from Michigan) at

  2. Bill Murbach


    Where do I find the digital version of the 2019 Midwest Regional Guide?

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