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USA-WS Board Approves Bylaws Changes

HortonHorton Posts: 30,586 Administrator
Source http://www.usawaterski.org/default.asp?Display=1826

Membership Alert: At the meeting of the USA Water Ski board of directors on Jan. 26, 2014, the following changes were approved and are being brought to your attention for review per Article XI Amendments, of the USA Water Ski Bylaws.
Added new Section 5 in Article IV

ARTICLE IV UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE & INTERNATIONAL WATERSKI AND WAKEBOARD FEDERATION Compliance

5. USA Water Ski and its affiliated Sport Disciplines will not tolerate any form of harassment, abuse or misconduct and will uphold a zero tolerance policy, consistent with the United States Olympic Committee Safe Sport initiative. The USA Water Ski SafeSport Program Handbook is an addendum to the USA Water Ski Policies and Procedures Manual.

RATIONALE: The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has created a Safe Sport Initiative with the requirement to make every sport environment free of any forms of physical or sexual abuse, harassment, hazing, and inappropriate behaviors by people in authority.

The initiative has minimum standards for all of its National Governing Bodies and as a recognized Pan American sport of the USOC, USA Water Sk is joining with them, to follow these standards. A Safe Sport Manual has been prepared and is an Appendix to the USA Water Ski Policies and Procedures Manual.

The approved, Revision 8 Jan. 26, 2014 version with the changes in Bold Italics of the USA Water Ski Bylaws (PDF) and the USA Water Ski Policies and Procedures Manual Revision 14 (PDF) are posted on the USA Water Ski website for your review.

These changes will become effective on March 26, 2014, unless a referendum is called for per Article XI Amendments of the USA Water Ski Bylaws.

– From Jeff Clark, USA Water Ski Bylaws Committee Chairman

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  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,859 Mega Baller
    Can we still harass @Horton and @MS?
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 30,586 Administrator
    @ToddL sort of funny but lets not joke in this thread. I hate additional bureaucracy but I think this rule change is good thing.

    I am very happy that unsavoury behaviour is rarely (if ever) the subject or content of this forum and I plan to keep it that way.

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  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,859 Mega Baller
    @Horton, I agree.
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
  • WishWish Posts: 8,269 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Has this been a problem in our sport.? I'm assuming they are just talking about sanctioned events practice or otherwise.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • HortonHorton Posts: 30,586 Administrator
    @wish I am not sure what was the driver for this rule change but if there was an incident or incidents I do not want the specifics of any discussed here. That is a pandoras box that I want no part of.

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  • randy menyrandy meny Posts: 52 Baller
    Why are Olympics and WaterSkiing mentioned in the same sentence???
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,263 Mega Baller
    I think it has to do with USAWS wanting to be able to get more $ for the fed from the USOC/IOC. This year more money from the USOC has been given to add to the prize money for Masters. The greater "team" player USAWS is with the USOC/IOC the better it looks for us and our sport gaining ground.
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  • sunperchsunperch Posts: 278 Crazy Baller
    It sound like another mandated screening from USAWS.

    This process includes the investigation and review of various consumer reports and law
    enforcement/public records including, but not limited to, the items listed below. Results
    are returned on an average of three (3) business days.
     Criminal History Check
     Sex Offender Check
     Social Security Number Check
     Address Checks
     Employment Checks
     Reference Checks
  • HortonHorton Posts: 30,586 Administrator
    @MattP
    I am not sure. I have heard it both ways. In my mind when skiing started doing things to get friendly with the USOC we lost sight of more important goals. As I understand it was the Olympic dream that created USAWS and joined AWSA with knee boarding, barefooting and whatever. No offence to the few barefooters in the world but we have enough issues on our own without combining dysfunctions.

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  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,263 Mega Baller
    edited January 2014
    @horton I'm not talking Olympic dream. That boat floated away years ago. The Masters got labeled an Olympic Gold event for 2014 which gave them more prize money. Team player = more money for our athletes.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 30,586 Administrator
    @MattP Fair enough. More money for the pro skiers is always a good thing

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 30,586 Administrator
    Perhaps the Olymipc Dream should be another thread.

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  • jcampjcamp Posts: 938 Mega Baller
    edited January 2014
    The sport is a part of the Olympic movement via the Pan Am Games and Pan American Championships. These rule changes are probably USAWS's need to align their rules with USOC in order to maintain its status as a Pan American national governing body.
    The_Krista
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,220
    edited January 2014
    While I have no issues with the rules, whyin the hell are we still intertwined i with USOC!?!?!?

    In addition, if the topic was so important, why is USA Waterski not implementing it right now. The fact that it goes into effect in two months rather than immediately speaks volumes. It would appear that we all have two months to sexually harass Horton. Oh wait, that's Muffin 's job.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

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  • jcampjcamp Posts: 938 Mega Baller
    @ShaneH we are intertwined with the USOC because of the Pan American Games and Championships.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 30,586 Administrator
    edited January 2014
    I said that I did not want specifics.... I will go back on that a little.

    There was a case or two in the news over the last few years where a ski camp instructor was convicted of inappropriate relations with children. In the news story that I recall the camp was not a USAWS affiliated camp but it was a water ski related incident.

    The fact is we live in a scary world. I have no issue with USAWS acknowledging and being proactive in the protection of children.

    I also can't see how it is a bad idea to raise the bar for what "sportsman like conduct" means.

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  • bdoughertybdougherty Posts: 86 Baller
    As a teacher I am very familiar with statements or by laws like this. Anti-bullying, harassment, hazing etc. is a big deal all over the country. As a teacher in my state i am legally responsible to report any such behaviors, i can be held legally responsible if i fail to do so. Who would have thought that an NFL player would accuse another of bullying? These statements and by laws protect the governing body and are a signs of the times.
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,263 Mega Baller
    Like @bdougherty I am trained in this area and required to report anything to the state. The real world is "a scary place". USAWS is covering everything they can to protect the origination we are apart of. I'm cool with that. Could only take 1 lawsuit to bring it all down.
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,220
    I agree Matt. But if it's so important to do this, why wait. The fact of the matter is, this measure is largely symbolic. And if it's symbolic, why not enact it now. Or retro it to 1/1/14. To wait until 3/24 diminishes it's importance.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,220
    Now, the part I do have an issue with is the part that Sunperch posted:

    This process includes the investigation and review of various consumer reports and law
    enforcement/public records including, but not limited to, the items listed below. Results
    are returned on an average of three (3) business days.
     Criminal History Check
     Sex Offender Check
     Social Security Number Check
     Address Checks
     Employment Checks
     Reference Checks

    I've got no issue with criminal history/sex offender checks for those who are coaching kids. They can kiss flat out kiss my a$$, though, if they think they'll ever get my social security number.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

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  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,859 Mega Baller
    But if you have been competing long enough, you'll recall that AWSA already had our SSN's...
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,589 Mega Baller
    @BobC17 - welcome to the BOS, and thanks for chiming in, I know I appreciate the fact that HQ is now doing an improved job of keeping an ear to the ground, IMO
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
    HortonWishThe_KristaSkoot1123
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,859 Mega Baller
    edited January 2014
    "atta boy" +1

    It is clear that AWSA is (and has been) trying harder to listen to and respond to its membership's concerns and ideas. There will still be room for improvement; there always is. Keeping its members informed and utilizing electronic media is just an expectation of any organization these days. Communicating in this era is just expected to look like this:
    • Post the info on your website on a page with its own direct link. Include a representative image/graphic.
    • Use one of many web sites to shrink the link to very few characters (like tinyurl.com, etc.)
    • Summarize the info in an email to all affected members and include the link for more information.
    • Tweet the subject line and link, including gratuitous hashtags.
    • Post the same to facebook using the image graphic to draw in the eye.
    • Use the image as an Instagram post with link the same gratuitous hashtags.
    • Start a thread on Ball Of Spray, because it is a good place to get the word out to slalom junkies.
    • Talk about it in representative meetings
    • And if the organization has a print publication, include the info there, too.
    Don't just publish and wait for people to come find info. Push it out there so that it finds the people where they live and play.

    That's pretty much what is expected as acceptable communication these days. I can't wait to see where we take AWSA next!

    @BobC17, @Skident, @jdarwin, @klindy, @The_Krista
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  • DustyDusty Posts: 315 Baller
    @BobC17 says- "1. This document has not created any new requirements"... My supicious nature leads me to think "not yet"...- and to doubt agendas from outside groups like USOC being generally very beneficial to the membership at large. Are there benefits to USAWS I am unaware of beyond those increased prize monies? What does appear to happen frequently is USOC says jump and NGB's get to bouncing around right away, maybe wasting time and energy better saved for other matters.
  • rodltg2rodltg2 Posts: 1,051 Crazy Baller
    Zero Off has been harrassing me for years now. Finally I can do something about it!

    sorry couldnt help it. good rule
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