Hopefully the off season has treated you well, and by the time you read this, we’ve seen the last of the snow. If you’re like us, you’re excited for the 2021 ski season to kick into high gear soon!
We have some exciting news. The new IWSA Social Media Team has been working on a better way to receive content from Indiana skiers, so they get the proper exposure on social media that they deserve. We’re encouraging all IWSA members to submit information. This includes (high quality) photos, videos, special performances, or any other relevant content, such as, for example, something such as the youngest member of your family learning to ski, or running the slalom course for the first time. These submissions will help us keep our social media and/or website “fresh”. While we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to use everything submitted, we’ll make every effort to use as much as possible, and no item is too small to share!
IWSA has a Facebook page, and an Instagram page, in addition to our website. We want to show the skiing universe that Indiana water skiing has a lot happening! A new email account has been created for members to send their submissions to. It’s firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re not already familiar with our website, or social media pages, we invite you to check them out.
Our website- www.indianawaterski.org
Go to Instagram, search the above name exactly as written (underscores and all),
then click the Follow button.
Facebook- Indiana Water Ski Association
Go to Facebook, search for the above name, then hit the Like and Follow buttons.
The two ways to submit information, photos, etc, are:
The preferred method, is a submission form created with Google docs. The
submission form can be accessed by clicking this link: IWSA Social Media Submittal Form
If the link above doesn’t work, you can copy and paste this to your web browser:
There will be simple questions such as your name, the content you're submitting, who to tag on social media, and a brief description of what you want posted with the content. You can even upload (high quality) photos with the form. We recommend you save the submission link to your "favorites". This will allow you to quickly access it whenever you have something you wish to submit. You can also open this link on your iPhone, go down to the bottom and click the center button that looks like a square with an arrow pointing up, and then select "add to Home Screen". That will put a link directly on your phone's Home Screen. You can put it wherever you would like on your phone, allowing you to just click to be taken to the form.
The other way to submit content, should you struggle getting the form to work, is via the email address mentioned above: email@example.com
Your suggestions are always welcome, as we want all IWSA members to feel a sense of ownership and pride in making our social media among the best in our sport, by being informative, as well as providing exposure, for Indiana water skiing worldwide! We look forward to your contributions, and seeing everyone on the water soon!
Your IWSA Social Media Team
Neal Clark launched his new 2021 Mastercraft Prostar on Sunday at Boondocks Lake. Several brave souls demonstrated their skiing skills in cold, windy and choppy conditions. Tony Lambert was the first skier behind the green machine! Accolades to Liquid Edge Mastercraft out of Farmer City, Illinois for promoting the promo boat program.
It's time to water ski!!!
Pictured are some Kokomo Ski Club members checking out their new Mastercraft Prostar that was delivered from Liquid Edge Mastercraft in Farmer City, Illinois.
Interested in joining a ski club and getting use of a new 2021 Mastercraft Prostar? Call Prissy Edwards at 765-610-7552.
We Need More Clubs to Host Clinics for
GET ON THE WATER WEEK
Presented by Radar Skis
July 2 - July 11, 2021
Do you remember the awesome feeling the first time you went water skiing? We want to give everyone the opportunity to learn to ski, that's why we've launched Get on the Water Week, a national promotion to introduce more people to life on the water.
But, we need your help. There are not enough free clinics currently scheduled. View participating clubs here. We need more affiliated ski clubs to host free learn to ski events during the week of July 2 - July 11, 2021 so that more people will get the chance to learn to ski.
USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is covering the cost of sanctioning and guest memberships for all affiliated ski clubs who participate in Get on the Water Week! Plus, presenting sponsor, Radar Skis is giving away a free set of skis to the first 20 clubs who sanction!
In 2020, despite social distancing challenges, 26 clubs successfully hosted Get on the Water Week clinics, teaching 300 new skiers! We know we can do even better in 2021!
April: Promotional materials arrive via email. Start marketing your event!
May: Participant registration opens online.
June: Promotional event volunteer shirts and Radar skis are sent to the first 20 clubs who sanction!
July 2 - 11, 2021: Celebrate Get on the Water Week!
Please share this email with your club and register to host a Get on the Water Week Basic Skills clinic.
USA-WSWS SafeSport Update
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 sports 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 February 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 frequently 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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