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5 Things Friday – July 12, 2019

Here’s your 5 Things Friday for July 12, 2019:

1. The second stop of the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday at Diablo Shores Estates in Brentwood, Calif. As the premier tour for slalom skiers age 35+ across the globe, the Big Dawg World Tour is towed exclusively by the record-setting Ski Nautique.

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SafeSport: Youth Courses Now Available

The U.S. Center for SafeSport Youth Athlete Training courses are now live! These resources include courses for children of pre-school age; grades K-2; grades 3-5; middle school and high school. These free online trainings are designed as an introduction for minor athletes and their parents or other caregivers to understand the importance of positive, welcoming environments in sports, where misconduct like bullying or abuse is less likely to happen, and to know where to report abuse, should it occur.

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Membership Alert: Updated MAAP Policies

Effective May 21, 2019, the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports board of directors approved Version IV of the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports SafeSport Handbook (PDF), which includes the updated USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (PDF; extracted from USA-WSWS SafeSport Handbook, Version IV) integrated throughout the Handbook. The SafeSport Handbook includes various policies that apply to all USA Water Ski & Wake Sports members, clubs, programs, events and activities, and specifically includes abuse prevention policies relating to youth athletes and participants. It also acts as an educational tool for USA Water Ski & Wake Sports members.

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Drone Insurance Now Available To Clubs

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports (USA-WSWS) recognizes the growing importance of drones for our water enthusiasts. Drones are useful in the training, education and marketing of our sport and we wanted to find a way to safely incorporate those pieces of equipment. USA-WSWS is now pleased to offer drone insurance as part of our club membership program.

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USA-WSWS Awarded Sports 4 Life Grant

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce it has received a Sports 4 Life grant from the Women’s Sports Foundation. The Sports 4 Life initiative, cofounded by the Women’s Sports Foundation and espnW, supports programs that help girls in four foundational areas – leadership, self-esteem, confidence and perseverance – with the expectation that growth in these areas will also support girls’ physical and emotional health and academic success.

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U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team Selected

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce the selections for the 2019 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team that will compete in the XVIII Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. The 2019 Pan American Games will take place July 26-August 11. The water ski competition will take place July 27-30.

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GOODE, Indmar Renew Partnerships

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce that GOODE Skis and Indmar Marine Engines will continue as sponsors of the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding.

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Membership Alert: SafeSport Certification

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is committed to providing a safe and positive environment for its participants’ physical, emotional and social development. USA Water Ski & Wake Sports promotes an environment free from abuse and misconduct, and USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is in full support of the United States Olympic Committee’s SafeSport initiative that has been implemented by all 50 United States National Governing Bodies.

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MasterCraft, Polk County Renew Partnerships

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce that MasterCraft and Visit Central Florida & Central Florida Sports Marketing will continue as sponsors of the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding.

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Nautique Extends Premier Sponsorship

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce that Nautique will continue as a Premier Sponsor through 2019. Nautique and the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding in the United States have shared a valued partnership for more than 65 years. In addition to its Premier Sponsor designation, Nautique will be an Official Towboat Sponsor of the 77th GOODE Water Ski National Championships and 45th Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Polk County Sports Marketing & Tourism.

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Board Approves Officers, 2019 Budget

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports board of directors on Sunday unanimously approved the slate of officers for 2019-2020 as proposed: Doug Robbins, chairman of the board; Tim Cullen, president; Dale Stevens, vice president; and Robert Rhyne III, treasurer. The board also unanimously approved the 2019 USA Water Ski & Wake Sports budget as proposed.

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Photo Gallery: Annual Awards Banquet

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports held its annual Awards Banquet, presented by Nautique – honoring the 2018 award recipients from USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and its respective sport discipline organizations – on Saturday night at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Fla. The event was held in conjunction with USA Water Ski & Wake Sports’ mid-winter board meeting for the 19th consecutive year. The award winners were selected either by the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Awards Committee or by the respective sport discipline organization. To view a photo gallery from the evening’s festivities, click here.

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Membership Challenge Winners Announced

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Club Growth Challenge Initiatives Contests. The respective contests  – Club Membership Growth Challenge, Collegiate Challenge and Club Challenge – encouraged the USA Water & Wake Sports membership and sport discipline organizations to get more people on the water and affiliate with USA Water Ski & Wake Sports.

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Club Insurance Program Renewed For 2019

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and Integro Entertainment & Sport are pleased to announce the renewal of the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Club Insurance Program for 2019.

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