USA-WSWS BOARD APPROVES ANNUAL SAFE SPORT TRAINING REQUIREMENT

By Nate Boudreaux, Executive Director | April 06, 2021, 9:58 a.m. (ET)

The water ski season is nearly upon us. Given the challenges everyone faced in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I know you are eager to get back on the water. Our headquarters office and each of our sport discipline organizations have been diligently working behind the scenes to plan safe events for our members in 2021.

Additionally, USA Water Ski & Wake Sports (USA-WSWS) is committed to providing a safe and positive environment for all members on and off the water and promoting an environment free from abuse and misconduct.

On Feb. 14, 2018, the U.S. Senate signed into Federal Law, S534, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017. The bill imposes general requirements on youth-serving amateur athletic organizations which include prevention training for adult members who have regular contact with minor athletes.

Given the family nature of our sport, there are very few events that exclude children. Therefore, it was approved by the USA-WSWS Board of Directors on March 17, 2021 to require all USA-WSWS active members 18 years old and older to complete annual Safe Sport online training beginning in 2022. There is no cost for the training. USA-WSWS now joins 15 other USOPC National Governing Bodies (NGBs) that also require Safe Sport training for all members as a requirement for membership.

The goal of the training requirement is for USA-WSWS members to recognize and eliminate areas where potential abuse and misconduct could occur. We all have a role to play to ensure our members, especially our young ones, are safe.  We are all part of the solution.

Although the requirement does not start until 2022, we are encouraging all USA-WSWS active members 18-years-old and older to take the SafeSport™ Core training now. To take the course for the first time, Click on this Link and enter access code: TVQQ-GZNL-SEBT-INS8.

Since Safe Sport works with all NGBs, any member who has already completed training for another USOPC affiliated sport (soccer, swimming, gymnastics, hockey, etc.), will have satisfied the initial requirement with USA-WSWS (although refresher training will still be required each year as explained below).

We will soon be rolling out a new membership system that has an enhanced Members Only dashboard with a direct connection to the Safe Sport database allowing you to manage/view your Safe Sport status.

As of today, 1,477 USA-WSWS members have already completed the SafeSport™ Core training. This training consists of a 60-minute course focused on safeguarding athletes from bullying; harassment; hazing; physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct. The SafeSport™ Core training is valid for one year and must be completed every four years. In the intervening three years, members must complete a 10-minute refresher course annually to remain compliant.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, if you have not completed the SafeSport™ Core training or required refresher course, your USA-WSWS membership status will appear as “inactive” in our system; and you will be unable to participate in sanctioned events or practices until the training is completed. New members and those renewing their membership will have 30 days upon registering to complete the training. Membership status during this period will appear as “pending” until the training is completed. If, after 30 days, training is not completed, membership status will become “inactive” and you will be unable to participate until training is completed.

By educating all members, we can provide a safe environment for all our participants. The U.S. Center for SafeSport was created to address the issue of abuse in sport. The Center is an independent organization that works with NGBs, including USA-WSWS, to enforce the Safe Sport Code and the Federal Safe Sport Act.  The Center receives reports, conducts investigations, determines sanctions and informs NGBs of sanctions against any persons for violations of the Center’s Safe Sport Code. The Center employs specially trained personnel to conduct its investigations.

Since 2018, the Center has investigated a total of 7,209 cases among all NGBs, including 17 cases involving USA-WSWS members.  There have been eight membership suspensions and two probations for violation of the Safe Sport code. Five cases currently remain open and are being investigated. View the USA-WSWS Suspended Member List.

For additional information, please check out the Frequent Asked Questions about Safe Sport located on our website.

By taking the SafeSport™ training, you are joining a movement across all sports to support a new culture of athlete safety. Look for continued communication about Safe Sport via our website, e-newsletters and social media channels throughout the rest of this year.

Thank you for your membership and support of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports. If you have any questions regarding Safe Sport, please email compliance@usawaterski.org.

– Nate Boudreaux

Florida Water Ski Federation Scholarship

 

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Announces the Establishment of the Florida Water Ski Federation Scholarship

Florida is known around the world as the home of water skiing and now the Florida Water Ski Federation is making an investment in the future of three event water ski student-athletes with a new college scholarship through the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation.

The $1000 Florida Water Ski Federation Scholarship is open to three event water ski athletes who compete in the Florida State Water Championships and are currently registered students in a college or university. Applicants of this annual scholarship must be U.S. Citizens and apply online at USA-WWF.org/Scholarships.

The Florida Water Ski Federation (FWSF) is a Florida Not For Profit Corporation which was formed to promote and coordinate the sport of water skiing in the State of Florida. The FWSF coordinates the scheduling of all American Water Ski Association (AWSA) tournaments in the state, hosted by affiliated USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Clubs (USA-WSWS.)

Established in 1968, the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation preserves and celebrates the history of all towed water sports and promotes these sports through our Scholarship Programs and the Water Ski & Wake Sports Hall of Fame.

For questions, please email scholarshipadmin@waterskihalloffame.com

 

 

 

 

2021 Florida Tournament Schedule Has Been Updated

The proposed 2021 tournament schedule has been updated as of today January 20 and you can access it by clicking on the link below. These are the dates that the tournament sponsors chose during the meeting and they will be applying for sanctions between now and January 15, 2021 so that they will be posted in the 2021 USA-WSWS sanctioned tournament postings.

Click Here Updated FWSF Tournament Schedule

AWSA ANNOUNCES 2020 AWARD RECIPIENTS

By USA Water Ski & Wake Sports | Dec. 14, 2020, 8:23 a.m. (ET)

The American Water Ski Association has announced respective award winners for 2020. Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) was selected Athlete of the Year; Blaze Grubbs (Rio Linda, Calif.) was selected Junior Athlete of the Year; and Bennett’s Ski School, Jay Bennett, Andre Broussard and Donny Covington will share Volunteer of the Year honors.

Regina Jaquess slalom skiing at the 2020 MasterCraft ProJaquess won slalom titles at the 2020 GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Stillwaters Pro Team Challenge, Malibu Open, Swiss Pro Slalom and MasterCraft Pro. She also won the Open Women jumping and overall titles at the GOODE Water Ski National Championships and Stillwaters Pro Team Challenge, and she finished second in jumping at the Malibu Open. She also set a new Women 3/Masters Women national tricks record of 8,540 points at the 2020 Lymanland Fall Record in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Blaze Grubbs slalom skiingGrubbs swept the Boys’ slalom, tricks, jumping and overall titles at the 2020 Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships. He also won Boys 5 tricks and overall and placed second in jumping and third in slalom at the 2020 GOODE Water Ski National Championships. He also won boys’ jumping and placed second in slalom and overall, and third in tricks at the 2020 Junior Moomba Masters.

Bennett’s Ski School, Jay Bennett, Andre Broussard and Donny Covington were instrumental in putting on a successful 2020 GOODE Water Ski National Championships at Tri-Lakes in Zachary, La. The 2020 Nationals was originally scheduled to be held at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla., however, the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches had to pull out as the local organizing club due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on South Florida.

The American Water ski Association is one of nine sport discipline organizations affiliated with USA Water Ski & Wake Sports.