The URL for sanctioning of all USA Water Ski events is That home page contains links to all sanction related information and forms.

New for 2021

  1. The agreement required to obtain a sanction has been changed.
    Among the changes: USAWS has been changed to USAWSWS, and a section about Safe Sport has been added.
    Be sure to read the new document carefully before signing.
  2. IWWF has established licensing requirements for participants in Class L and Class R competitions.
    Online Registration, amd Scoring systems are being updated to handle the IWWF license requirements when skiers enter L or R competitions.
    The OLR section in the sanction form remains unchanged. Consult the IWWf website for details on license requirements.
  3. IWWF is developing an event management system (EMS). Synchronization of data between USAWSWS and IWWF will occur via a new web service (API).
    The API will be used to manage IWWF licenses and minimize duplication of effort for LOC's by allowing USAWSWS - IWWF interaction to take place within familiar USAWSWS systems. The following changes were made to accommodate the API.

        A.  An IWWF Competion Type must be selected on all NEW sanctions and can not be changed once saved. Competition Type can not be changed using the Edit link.

    National Championships, Regional Championships and Pro Tour must be selected accurately on first submission of the sanction form.
    The other 3 options are IWWF distinctions required by the API. They might be used somewhere by IWWF, but have NO effect on ANYTHING in the AWSA tournament schedule, Sanctions, OLR, or Scoring at this time.

        B.  Age Divisions (IWWF Categories) that are allowed to enter L and R events must be specified in the Events section. Only applies to Class L and Class R.
    NOTE:  The changes above do not affect your USAWSWS Online Advertisement. LOC's should still specify any entry restrictions in the tournament advertisement section.

        C.  If Pro Tour is selected:
    Additional officials are required in the officials sections (IWWF Pro Tour Sanction Request requires more officials than AWSA Class R).
    The Events section displays additional fields below the age division section which are patterned after the Pro Tour Sanction Request on the IWWF website. These fields are OPTIONAL for 2021. The Pro Tour Sanction Request is scheduled to be taken over by the IWWF EMS system in November 2021. The fields are included in anticipation of an IWWF requirement to include them in the API after November 2021.
    Pro Tour organizers are asked to review the form before Nationals and offer suggestions about how it can be improved from the organizer's perspective. These fields are not published or used anywhere in 2021.

        D.  The Process Events button on the Events tab will have to be clicked before the sanction can be saved, whether events were changed or not. Users were failing to click that button resulting in unsaved event changes, and inaccurate display of required officials. That can no longer happen.

        E.  If a sanction application is canceled, it can not be reactivated, and the sanction number can not be used for a different tournament.

Previous enhancements:
  1. Grassroots Goodie Bags are no longer avaiable.
  2. Sanctioning (and many other systems) depend on Nationals end date as the last day of the Ski Year. The ski year is the first two characters in a sanction number.
    In cases when location or End Date of Nationals can not be finalized before sanctioning for a Ski Year begins, an "estimated" Nationals End Date will be set. BE ADVISED - If Nationals is finally resolved to be other than the estimated End Date -
    some sanction applications may have to be deleted and resubmitted so that they can be assigned a corrected sanction ID number.
  3. It is now possible to add a google map reference to information about your tournament site so that it appears in online guidebook advertisements.
    A link in the guidebook section of the sanction application is provided for this purpose.
    Participation is optional. Site operators may add or remove the reference at any time from any sanction application. Any change will immediately apply to ALL sanctions at that site.
    Access to the system is limited to active sanction applications and changes can be made only to the site specified in the sanction application.
  4. The agreement that must be signed at the beginning of the sanction application has changed.
  5. There is a new 4 round option for AWSA events. Please consult the rule book for details.
  6. GrassRoots Goodie Bags must now be ordered at least 10 days prior to event start date. This is the MINIMUM required to pack and ship in time for your event. More lead time would be appreciated.
  7. The major change for 2016 involves fee setup for OLR. If you do not use OLR you can ignore the following. Many clubs have expressed difficulty arranging the fee setups they want with the surcharge method. To address their needs, the surcharge method has been discontinued as of January 1 2016 and replaced with the opportunity to set fees by Event Class. When events are specified on the events tab, and OLR is selected in the OLR tab, a grid of drop lists is presented which allows you to enter the fee to be charged for each class of each event you are offering. GrassRoots fee implementation remains the same as in previous years.
    Additional instructions will be available from a link in the OLR section of the sanction form. As of 10/31/2015 the sanction form part of the new system is ready to use. The Button enabling online entry is expected to be available shortly.
  8. Affirmative selection of Towboats Open/Closed is now required. Your options will be as follows:
    If you select Towboat Open - all approved towboats must be allowed onsite.
    If you select Towboat Closed - Tournament Sponsor determines which towboat manufacturers are allowed.
    This change is provided at the request of the Towboat Committee and Towboat manufacturers. The information collected will be used for various purposes including qualification of boats for Regionals and Nationals.
  1. The largest change is a relaxation of tournament advertisement policy.
    In the past tournaments displayed on the tournament schedule could be assumed to be sanctioned by USAWS. Due to the inordinate number and the tone of phone calls from members, this policy has been changed.
    Sanction information will now be displayed and OLR entry enabled immediately upon submission and BEFORE THE SANCTION IS OFFICIAL.
    Edits will also be displayed immediately with the following consequences.
    If the sanction has not yet been approved administrative review is not triggered.
    If the sanction has already been approved and the changes affect homologation class or officials the original sanction will be rescinded pending administrative review of the new conditions.
    Some changes can only be made by an administrator.
    • changes in LOC
    • changes in tournament site
    • changes in tournament dates
    This represents a major change in the relationship between USAWS, LOC's and skiers.
    Because unsanctioned events will be displayed and entry to them allowed, it will be the responsibility of the skier to insure that a tournament is properly sanctioned before participating, and it will be the responsibility of the LOC to notify skiers and correct any issues like incorrect entry fees collected based on inaccurate, changed, or incomplete sanction information.
    To help skiers make decisions small flag icons are displayed in the left column on each tournament advertisement indicating the sanctioning status of the tournament.
    • Red indicates sanction applied for but not yet awarded
    • yellow indicates partial completion
    • Green indicates sanction has been awarded for the events listed in the advertisement
    • As described above - If, after sanction approval, the LOC changes conditions that affect sanction approval, the new conditions will be displayed, the previous sanction approval will be rescinded, and the flag icon will be red until the sanction is reapproved
  2. Changes for R tournaments.
    Beginning March 1, 2014 IWWF is requiring registration of Class R tournaments at least 30 days prior to start date. Because of this IWWF rule LOCs MUST submit a sanction application with at least one R event at least 30 days prior to the tournament start date.
    Sanction applications created with an R event prior to 30 days can be edited, events changed and approvals given as described above.
    Sanction applications created closer than 30 days to their start date will not have the option to run Class R events.
    There is an IWWF website for registering tournaments. IWWF has accepted presentation of the R tournament advertisement on the USAWS website as satisfying the registration requirement. A new field is added to the USAWS sanction form to provide space for additional Elite Skier information like boats to be used, skier selection criteria and tournament format. Completion of the registration on the IWWF site in addition to the USAWS sanction form is not required but may afford some additional international advertisement for those who want that.
    R Organizers are reminded of a discrepancy between IWWF and AWSA rules. IWWF rule 16.02 - (no more than 4 rounds per tournament and limites the sites to a maximum of 4 rounds in 3 days. AWSA rules allow 3 rounds per tournament per day and do not limit sites.
    There is ongoing discussion how best to meet the requirements of these rule while facilitating participation by skiers, especially top skiers. Please consult your EVP for guidance if you plan to hold more than one Class R tournament on a single weekend. Tournament schedule will display a message that IWWF Rule 16.02 applies on all tournaments holding Class R events.
  3. Changes for Officials
    Availability of Officials for selection on sanction forms is based on the official's ratings. USAWS membership is also required by the time the tournament is held - but membership information is not always available at the time of sanctioning. There have been instances of officials being used who were qualified by rating but did not have current membership and waiver status. Registrars are asked to check officials memberships and waivers in the same way they check skiers'
  4. New feature for LOC's
    After completing the name, dates, sponsoring club and site fields you are offered an option to fill in the rest of the form with data from a previous sanction by the same LOC or at the same site. This should shorten the time it takes to complete a sanction for those clubs which run similar tournaments every year - or in the same year.
  • The biggest change in 2013 was behind the scenes. The database was moved to a new SQL server and upgraded from SQL 2000 to SQL 2008. This structural change will not be apparent immediately but will allow improvements to the entire system going forward.
  • Online payment of sanction fees has been enhanced. Sanction fee is recalculated after each submission of the form and any new balance is presented with option for online or offline payment.
  • At the option of the Sports Division or Region the HQ will collect the Sports Division/Region sanction fee online.
  • In the November through January time frame you can now sanction a tournament for January through March 2 years out. This allows clubs holding tournaments in January through March of 2014 to create a sanction application in November 2012, have their tournament advertised in the 2013 guidebook (and online), and use the same sanction number and edit code for the actual tournament in 2014.
  • Setup for Online Registration (online entry forms) is incorporated into the sanction form so you do not have to complete a separate wizard. . The AdminCode will be presented in the sanction form and will continue to be used to access OLR administration.
  • The OLR Registration wizard has been eliminated. You now register your pay pal ID as part of the sanction form and attest that you give permission for USA Water Ski to use it for OLR. It remains your responsibility to make sure the ID you provide is correct and that your Pay Pal Account is working. You can add a new Pay Pal account directly from the sanction form and use it immediately.
  • Premier forms include GrassRoots event options.
  • Most fields are validated when you tab out of them. Text in Red will appear alongside the field giving you instructions about completing the field correctly. A list of errors is displayed near the form submit button in case you do not use the tab to leave a field.
    work is proceeding on reducing the special character limitations on the free text entry fields.
  • Bubble Help is available by placing the mouse cursor over the field or its description which gives context sensitive help for that field.

4.AWSA Novice Jump is included in the GrassRoots program but because of different officials requirements it is sanctioned on the Premier form.
If you want Novice Slalom and/or Trick only
Use the GrassRoots Sanction system and select GrassRoots Tournament, then Waterski Slalom and/or Waterski Trick. You can also select any of the other sports divisions GrassRoots events. If you select events from multiple sports divisions you will be asked under which sports division you want the sanction implemented. To get the new equivalent of AWSA Novice you must select AWSA.

If you want Novice Jump with or without Novice Slalom and/or Trick
Use the AWSA Premier sanction form and select GR Jump. It will automatically select GrassRoots Tournament and make the rest of the GrassRoots events available. Select Waterski Slalom and/or Waterski Trick from the GrassRoots section if you want them and complete the rest of the form. You can also select Premier events and/or any of the other sports division options in GrassRoots. You will not have to select a sports division because the AWSA Premier form will only produce an AWSA sanction.

The rest of this document shows screen shots of the new form and explains how it works.

Section 1
Section 1

For AWSA Only - if this is Regionals or Nationals check the appropriate box. This assigns a special sanction ID which identifies the tournament as Regionals or Nationals.
Enter Event Name, Start, End, and Late Entry Dates. If your sports division uses Ski Year - the End Date is used to determine the Ski Year in which the sanction will be awarded. Select your club from the drop list. When you tab out of that field your club membership will be validated for the date of the tournament. If your club has not yet renewed membership you will have the option to do it immediately online. After completing membership you can continue with the sanction application.
New for 2013 - in the November through January time frame you can create a sanction 2 years out without first purchasing a membership for that year. You will need to purchase membership prior to the year in which the tournament is held to complete the sanctioning process.
New clubs use the link to create a new membership. When membership is complete the droplist of sites is populated. Select your Site. If your sports division uses regions the location of the site will be used to determine in which Region to sanction your event. When you click continue parameters are set which govern how the rest of the application is presented. Once you click continue you will no longer be able to change Start Date, End Date, LOC or Site.

Select Events Click on the white text in the header bar to proceed.
Section 2 Select Events

In the events section you will indicate the number of rounds/pulls of each class of each event you will offer. NOTE: 1 pull = 1 skier performance. Click on Process Changes when you are done so the Officials and Fees sections are updated to reflect the event choices you made.

Traditional (by round) format is the default - the form will capture the number of rounds you are offering for each event. AWSA sanctions offer an optional Pick and Choose format. The form will capture the number of pulls in each event instead of the number of rounds. Other options specific to Pick and choose will also become available. Note that Pick and Choose options do not apply to GrassRoots.

AWSA Novice jump has been renamed GR Jump on the AWSA Premier Sanction Form. If you indicate any rounds of GR Jump the GrassRoots Series Tournament options become available for selection.

Section 2 Section 2a

Set the drop lists to the number of pulls each skier is allowed to take for each GrassRoots event. Pulls are used for GrassRoots because GrassRoots format is more flexible than Premier. The LOC can organize events any way he wants, and is not restricted to a particular number of rounds in any event. If you use OLR the GrassRoots Entry Fees are charged per event.

The GrassRoots Event Description displays on the tournament advertisement and should briefly but accurately describe the competition conditions offered.

The Enable Competitor Skill Level Selection allows the competition to use an ability based vs age division based organization. OLR will present a list of levels for online entrants to select. LOC should provide a list in his guidebook ad if not using OLR.

You may also select any combination of Premier Events along with any of the GrassRoots events or (AWSA Only) GR Jump . The sanctions are awarded based on the highest homologation class offered.


The form is customized to display a field for each official required by the rules based on the events and classes you previously specified. The USA Water Ski officials database is searched and a drop list of qualified officials is displayed for each position. You pick an official for each position from the choices provided. When you have all selected click the Copy button to process them.
The officials member ID number is also captured.
Because only USA officials are represented in our database -

General information section is identical to the previous system. Data in the fields is checked when you tab out and any problems are displayed in red alongside the field along with suggestions for correction.

Safety form is displayed with a checkbox to indicate acceptance of the form. Separate paper safety form is no longer required. Click link on bottom to display form for printing.

Entry Limits Entry Fees Online Registration Setup.

Online Registration is optional but encouraged. It allows skiers to enter your tournament using an online entry form. Their entry fee is collected and deposited to your Pay Pal account. USA Water Ski charges $15 per tournament for this service. The LOC must have a Pay Pal Account.
If you DO NOT select OLR, you can enter any entry fee and entry limit setup you like in the text boxes provided.
If you DO select OLR, you must complete the OLR setup boxes and use one of the many fee structures allowed by OLR.

Online Registration1
Clicking on the Use Online Registration checkbox looks up any Pay Pal accounts registered in OLR by the LOC specified in section 1. If your club does not yet have a Pay Pal account in the system you will be presented with instructions for registering one. The ID becomes available for use as soon as you click the attestation checkbox. If you are not prepared to provide a Pay Pal account at this time you can uncheck Use OLR and complete the rest of the sanction application. When you have your pay pal ID you can edit the sanction application and add OLR.
Online Registration - no PP account


If your club has one or more pay pal accounts on file they will be displayed in a droplist. Select the account you want to use for this tournament and click the Submit button. You may also register a new Pay Pal Account by clicking the Add Account button, providing the new account number and clicking the attestation. The new number becomes available for selection in the drop list.
Online Registration2
When you click Submit the Pay Pal ID in the drop list will be locked to this tournament application and the OLR setup section appears. You can use the same Pay Pal ID for as many different tournaments as you wish - but only one Pay Pal ID can be used for each tournament.

Write down the AdminCode. It is not case sensitive but certain characters are in lower case for readability. You will need it to access the administrative area in OLR.
Online Registration3

Proof your Advertisement – This summarizes the information you have entered and presents it in Guidebook Advertisement format. When you change anything on the form you can click the View/Refresh button to see the effects on your advertisement.
NOTE: nothing is saved when you do this. You must complete the form to save your sanction information.

Submitting the sanction application - At last the final step .
Submit Application
The Name is filled in from the document signed at the beginning.

Enter Today’s Date and click submit. A receipt document will display which you can print. You will be offered the option to pay the sanction fee online or by other methods. If you choose to pay online and are creating multiple sanction applications please note that each application requires a separate payment. To avoid incorrect crediting or duplicate payments please complete the payment steps for one sanction application and close all payment windows before attempting to make a payment for another sanction application.