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Event Sanctioning & Forms

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports sanctions water skiing (three-event), show skiing, wakeboarding, barefooting, kneeboarding, hydrofoiling and water ski racing tournaments, as well as clinics, practices and exhibitions. 

What Is Sanctioning?

The term “sanction” refers to the approval of a towed water sport event, which means the following:

  • The event has been carefully reviewed by USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and the applicable sport discipline staff.
  • The required standards, officials and safety requirements have been met.
  • Proper insurance coverage provided by USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, including general liability and athlete excess medical, is in place.
  • All participants will be either active or guest members of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports as applicable to the event sanction classification.
  • The appropriate post-tournament paperwork will be completed following the event.

What Are The Benefits Of Sanctioning?

  • An affordable comprehensive insurance program to protect the event organizer, volunteers and participants.
  • Inclusion in the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports National Ranking System.
  • Access to trained USA Water Ski & Wake Sports officials who are trained to ensure that each event is safe and fair for the competitors.
  • Participants will recognize that the event meets the required standards for the event classification and will be conducted in a safe and fair environment.
  • Excellent exposure through the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports event calendar.

How Do I Sanction My Event?

The sanction process varies depending on the type of event you are hosting.

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports requires the event organizer to submit an Event Sanctioning Agreement with all sanction applications. Additionally, a Pre-Tournament Safety Checklist is required with all tournament sanction applications.

If you are hosting a water skiing (three-event), wakeboarding, collegiate water skiing, barefooting, hydrofoiling or kneeboarding tournament/clinic, you can complete your sanction application online by clicking here.

If you are hosting a show skiing or water ski racing tournament, you can complete the appropriate sanction application below.

If you are hosting a show skiing, ski racing, or hydrofoiling clinic, you can complete the Basic Skills Clinic application below. 

If you are hosting a practice or exhibition, you can apply for a sanction online by logging into the "Members-Only" section using your club's member ID and password.

                 All sanction applications can be sent to:

                                  USA Water Ski & Wake Sports

Attn:  Competition Department

1251 Holy Cow Road

Polk City, FL 33868-8200

E-mail: sanctioning@usawaterski.org

Fax: (863) 325-8259

What Do I Do After My Event Has Been Sanctioned?

Once USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has approved your sanction, you can access your event kit by clicking on the appropriate link below.

Creating A Digital Signature

Submitting post-tournament paperwork is easy, and can be done electronically.

Online Registration Tournament Setup

To set up your tournament for online registration, click here.