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Member Alert: Disciplinary Records Update

Please be advised that the following individual has been placed on 3-month probation, effective July 1, 2020, by the U.S. Center for SafeSport and USA Water Ski & Wake Sports. Cole Marsee (Olathe, Kan.) – 3-Month Probation.

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NSSA To Hold Individual Nationals

Molly Schaefer, 2019 national swivel championThe National Show Ski Association’s board of directors voted on Monday to cancel D1 and D2 team nationals and instead hold a consolidated NSSA Individual Show Ski Nationals event. Following a difficult and thoughtful process, the NSSA Covid-19 Ad Hoc Committee brought this proposal before the NSSA board and it passed resoundingly. The committee priorities used to come to this conclusion were: 1.) safety first, 2.) provide opportunity, 3.) sport-guided decision making. This continues to be a fluid situation and further refinements are possible but currently the tournament details are as follows.

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Towboat Draw Set For GOODE Nationals

The Towboat Draw for the 78th GOODE Water Ski National Championships is now available to view and download. The Nationals will be held Aug. 4-8 at Tri-Lakes in Zachary, La. Towboat manufacturers Malibu, MasterCraft and Nautique will pull the Nationals.

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In Memoriam – Jim McCormick, 1944-2020

Jim McCormick, who was involved in water skiing for more than 50 years as a competitor, coach, innovator, and pioneer died on June 21. He was 75 years old. Jim coached some of the sport's greatest athletes, including Sammy Duvall, Wayne Grimditch, Mike Hazelwood, Bob LaPoint, Kris LaPoint, Nicholas Le Forestier, Patrice Martin, Karin Roberge, Ron Scarpa, Don Thompson, and Christie Weir, just to name a few. He also coached junior and elite teams from Belgium, France, Canada, Germany, Japan, Sweden, and the United States. He helped design slalom skis with Cypress Gardens; and worked with Correct Craft on R&D for new boats.

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2020 Nautique Masters Canceled

Nautique announced today that the 2020 Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology™, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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World University Championships Canceled

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) announced today it has canceled the 2020 FISU World University Waterski & Wakeboard Championships that were to be held in Dnipro, Ukraine, Sept. 24-27, 2020.

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USA Adaptive Postpones 2020 Nationals

USA Adaptive Water Ski & Wake Sports has decided to postpone the 26th Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Fund Adaptive Water Ski National Championships and team trials that were scheduled for September 2020. The decision made by the board of directors was not easy; but, as an organization, it decided it was best to put the health and safety of the athletes as its priority.

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Stillwater's Pro Team Challenge Aug. 14-16

Ski Wisconsin is excited to announce the second annual Stillwater’s Pro Team Challenge, Aug. 14-16, at Still Waters in Oconomowoc, Wis. More than $37,000 in prize money will be up for grabs. The top-four overall skiers from the Juniors (G4/5 and B4/5) on Friday will advance to a team round on Saturday, collegiate style, where they will draft skiers from the Open Women/Open Men divisions to form four teams. The team round will also serve as the preliminary round for the Open skiers. Winning team members will receive $500 each.

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Eight Athletes Win Junior U.S. Open Titles

Eight water ski athletes won titles in respective events at the 20th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, June 20-21, at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan. The two-round, world-record capability event featured junior men and junior women (ages 17 to 21) and boys and girls divisions (ages 16 and under). Some of the world's top junior water ski athletes competed for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.

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Changes To Trained Driver Renewals

Due to COVID-19 and the challenges it presents in working events in 2020, the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Risk Management Committee and board of directors have voted to make the following changes to the Trained Driver rating renewal requirements for 2021 renewals only. These temporary changes will not be reflected in Trained Driver program documents.

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