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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
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.
Jim Babcock to be inducted into Wisconsin Water Ski Hall of Fame
Jim's love for the sport of water-skiing began in the 1950s, and for new Wisconsin Water Ski Hall of Fame member, Jim Babcock, it hasn’t stopped since. He became a member of the Min-Aqua Bats in 1965, but was soon drafted into the Navy. By chance he was stationed in Florida where he was able to continue learning and honing his water-skiing skills. Soon after he married to his hometown sweetheart Kay. Jim and Kay lived in Florida and started skiing with clubs there. This is when he started in 3-event skiing, his love of being a competitor quickly branched into being an official.
Moving back to Wisconsin Jim joined the Brown’s Lake Aquaducks in Burlington and then back home to Wausau in 1980. This is when Jim became very active in the workings of the sport of water-skiing locally, statewide and nationally.
Jim has been the Chief Safety Director at State and National Show Ski tournaments. He has been a Driver, Judge, Scorer and National Safety Director for USA Water Ski (AWSA). He has been Chief Safety Director at the World Disabled and World Barefoot Competitions, US Open 3 Event, National Collegiate, National Disabled, National Wakeboard competitions. He is always looking to keep our competitors safe. Jim is also a certified Safety Instructor and has held over 80 clinics that keep our local clubs up-to-date on their requirements.
Jim has been involved with the WWSF since 1985, having served as President, Vice President, Safety Committee Chair and, for the longest time, Traditional (3-Event) Sport Discipline Director. He has also been Councilperson to the AWSA of the Midwest Region for many years.
Please come help us recognize Jim and others for their accomplishments at the 3rd Annual Wisconsin Water Ski Federation Recognition Dinner being held during Think Tank on Saturday, February 25, at Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva. Purchase dinner tickets and/or register for Think Tank online through 2/19 or on-site.
Congratulations to our Midwest skiers winning awards at the USA Water Ski Banquet!
Dane Mechler for being named USAWS and NCWSA Male Athlete of the Year for 2016.
Riley Daulton for being named NCWSA Female Athlete of the Year in 2016.
Margaret Silhaksek for being award by NCWSA Female Outstanding Leader for 2016.
ATTENTION MIDWEST COLLEGIATE WATER SKIERS
The Midwest Region will be awarding annual collegiate scholarships to deserving members of our waterskiing community. Visit our SCHOLARSHIP PAGE to fill out the application! The deadline for submitting a request for a scholarship is July 1, 2017 with the award being given at the Midwest Regionals Banquet in 2017. Good luck and have a great 2017 ski season!