"Please Keep in mind this is a loose concept and has many holes to be filled in"
There are many in this sport that believe that the nationals in it's current configuration is not doing the sport any justice. This includes skiers , sponsors / industry and many in AWSA leadership.
The site's that have more then 2 lakes available are and have become hesitant to produce a national championship.
Too long an event to run on a two lake site, too long of an event to run on a three or four lake site.
A few things to ponder: Over 60% of the Nationally qualified skier's did not attend the national championships. Over 75% of slalom only qualified skiers did not attend nationals.
Nearly 70% of AWSA members are single event slalom skiers.
Time frame between regionals and nationals is to close for family's and skiers to consider taking time off for two full weeks of tournament. In some regions throw in a State tournament two weeks in front of regionals.
Over the recent years there has been many complaint's pertaining to the quality and level of driving and officialdom at the national championships.
Slalom skiers (1eventers) are looking for more then a one and done at A nationals.
Two National Championships..
The Premises is to allow for a traditional 3 event and a slalom only nationals.
The door is wide open at this time on format and time frame. Team skiing, multi-round and many of the potential hurdles this concept would encumber.
Three Event or traditional nationals would consist of slalom trick and jump and oriented towards the overall of the sport.
The Slalom or super nat's would encompass the slalom only competitor with the availability of multiple rounds and targeting the slalom only near 70% of AWSA membership.
This concept makes a lot of sense in a lot of way's: 1. Allows for 2 smaller events that can be run on a 2 lake site in 4 day's or less (long weekend).
2. Allows for single event higher capability Slalom only drivers and judges to be more involved at the Slalom Super nat's.
3. Opens up the door for a farther separated time frame between regional 3ev Nat's and slalom Super nat's.
A few other items that need to be put into place for this two national concept to work and help stem the membership loss: 1. Allow Masters divisions and open divisions the option of not participating at regionals. this would also boost the Masters division's as these are the skiers most complaining about attending regionals
2. Allow men's and women's 8 and above to not have to attend regionals.
3. Add another 10% on the qualifying ranking's number across the board.
There was a time when nearly 600 competitors entered the southern regionals and nearly a 1000 entered the nationals! That was another time and qualifications needed to be in place that ensured competency at the national level. Membership was big and the pool of skiers was large.
Today's tournament ski world is a mess with non inclusion ideology, time and cost. let's open up some doors and put the emphasis back on the handle end of the rope.
Concept for Regional and national competition approach submitted to the AWSA board. 74 votes
Yes this concept has merrit and should be explored.
No this concept is not a good direction.
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