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Ideas for new Ski League, as part of AWSA, what would you want to see, would you support it?

sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,259 Mega Baller
@JeffSurdej said in the thread regarding another organization, ". . . instead of starting a new organization, if there is a good idea out there for a new league lets start it under AWSA and do our best to avoid all the rules, politics, that comes with AWSA or maybe thats not not possible b/c we would still need awsa insurance which means safety, drivers etc? But it's worth a try first.

Lets here some ideas for a new ski league, what would it have and not have, how would it work, run, where, etc."

This sounds like a reasonable idea to consider. I personally would be interested, and would love to see what others thought and what ideas they might have. And it seems like Jeff is interested too. How about we share some?



As for me, I would be interested in seeing more lower level comps with some sort of scoring, and possibly even something like alpine snow skiing has with "Wednesday "beer" league racing, and/or what alpine skiing has with NASTAR. @oldjeep ) knows something about that I think, and I have participated in both sorts of events. I just want to see more competition opportunities for the lesser skilled/advanced, and more ski opportunities in preparation, and would love to see investment of some kind toward that. We already have "grass roots" stuff, but I would like to see that expanded somehow. Not sure how. The fact is that for me, there is one event at the end of the season anywhere reasonably close. Now if I get over the WA, there are quite a few over the course of the summer. But very little intermountain. Would love to see that expanded. And also, some other sort of regular "comp" opportunity that might not even qualify to be grassroots, but would be a way to test one's self on a regular basis, NASTAR style, or Wed. Beer league style.

What else?
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  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,259 Mega Baller
    edited April 2019
    Thinking further, as for the "NASTAR" idea, where you show up to the mountain, get access to the public ski site by paying for a ticket, and then gain access through filling out the paperwork and paying, to ski the course, we have a limiting factor in waterskiing that typically waterski sites are not open to the public to just show up and pay to ski for a day or a few runs. Particularly behind tournament quality drivers. In downhill, gravity is your towboat and driver. Gravity doesn't need to get paid or have insurance. So, wondering if this doesn't point out to me one of the fundamental problems. Wondering what ideas we could come up with to get around that and come up with a regular comp type tow experience for us lower level, beer league (or we can say city league, like it is called outside Portland and Seattle) skiers.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,780 Administrator
    This is a ridiculous idea. The problem isn't at the Grassroots level the problem is at the top level. An additional layer of grass roots at the bottom just makes everything more diluted.

    Terrible terrible terrible idea.
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  • jcampjcamp Posts: 837 Mega Baller
    Wednesday beer-leagues, ability based scoring, handicapping, etc., ALL those things can be done within the existing rules and tournament structures. The fact is though that most tournaments choose to run the traditional 2- or 3-round format, probably because that is what the market (skiers) wants.
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  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,259 Mega Baller
    @Horton , wasn't looking to add a layer, was looking to add opportunities, and for ways to do that. Just trying to brainstorm.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,496 Mega Baller
    edited April 2019
    The biggest barrier to something like a Nastar setup for waterskiing is that you have the ability to just show up with zero notice do some races and go ski when you are not in the race course rather than sitting around watching 100 people go through the course.
    This isn't really a model that works with a tournament format, especially since most of the hard core folks won't ski on bumpy open water where the public could easily participate.

    Ironically US Ski and Snowboard now operates Nastar, so I guess technically we are under an Olympic organization now too ;)
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,780 Administrator
    @sunvalleylaw yeah my above response is a bit reactionary. In reaction to this other two threads this is a bit of a squirrel. On the other hand if you want to organize some new tournament format and people like it I can't imagine why not.
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  • JeffSurdejJeffSurdej Posts: 624 USAWS Official
    @Horton I don't see this as adding or creating a new GR level, this can be a higher level thing but just a different and new way of competing. Something that attracts all those skiers out there who are trying to get more buoys everyday in practice but could care less about competing. Less rules, more fun, mulligans, whatever. Basically if there is a need to create a new organization, what would that new organization look like, how would it run and operate and take that model and see if we can spin it under AWSA to attract those who don't want to be a part of AWSA. That being said though we have to do a better job on the GR end, our class C events are even too intimidating for any beginner to want to walk down on the dock, and since we have divisions only by age, it makes 15 off compete against 35 off, now that's ridiculous. Would you enter a gold tourney and want to shoot against a scratch golfer just b/c you are both 40 years old?
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  • JeffSurdejJeffSurdej Posts: 624 USAWS Official
    @jcamp and you are right, all these ideas can already be done under existing rules, but since our rankings list is based only on raw scores and not competition its hard to change the mentality. To me its time for a new rankings point system.
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  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,381 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Horton I'm interested in hearing what you think the "problem is at the top level".
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  • dave2balldave2ball Posts: 672 Crazy Baller
    edited April 2019
    Wednesday nights ski league can be fun the biggest problem I have witnessed is that they will start with a cap of 25 skiers. And start at 5pm or there about. Next time if popular the organizers will take more skiers and start the event earlier. Soon what is ment to be a night ski tournament turns out to be a mid week all day tournament. Which causes issues with getting boats and officials because what was leaving an hour or so early is a full day off. These ski leagues are not designed to be a 2 round tournament. That is something else that the skiers dont understand
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,496 Mega Baller
    @dave2ball - the officials part is where you lost me. The whole idea of beer league is that it is self regulating. There is nobody there on the hill watching to see if you went out. Now I guess when you have nonsense like 1/2 a ball maybe you need someone to be the decider, but for a beer league waterski you would really need to simplify rules. Either you made it around the ball or you didn't - like normal people count them
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  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,259 Mega Baller
    Yeah, seems like a beer league thing would be more achievable than a NASTAR format.

    Any other ideas for creating more opportunities, or improving the opportunities we currently have?

    I am interested in the ideas @JeffSurdej mentioned about improving the Class C experience for the less advanced and/or "grass roots" skier, and thoughts on changes to the rankings system.
  • sunperchsunperch Posts: 248 Crazy Baller
    @JeffSurdej age groups makes more sense that having a 16 y.o girl have to stand on the dock with 35-60 y.o men. Personally as a 49 y.o woman, I enjoy skiing with women in my generation at tournaments, especially since I don't get to ski with other girls my age any other time (me and the kids and guys on most days at the lake). Ability based skiing was tried by INT - it was not fun!
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  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,259 Mega Baller
    edited April 2019
    @sunperch , seems a valid point. Hmm. Wondering if there is some other way to address the concern raised by Jeff without creating other problems.
  • dave2balldave2ball Posts: 672 Crazy Baller
    @oldjeep I'm with you as far as that concept for a beer league. First I've heard of that concept a no offical self regulating. Good idea. As far as scores in a league
    Ypu can still have a beer blow out at the end. We deffently need to bring the fun back to the torment scene after all it's not like our pay checks depend on it
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  • JeffSurdejJeffSurdej Posts: 624 USAWS Official
    @sunperch I have heard the argument of 16 yo vs 65 yo a lot and I do think it has merit. Perhaps kids and over 55 would still ski by age, but in between that can be ability based. Barefoot is having a lot of success switching from age to ABD, and they are doing it from 18-55 only I think. What would be more fun than skiing against 20 people within 4 buoys of each other rather than skiing against oneself every weekend with no competition just b/c im the only 35-44 year old at the event, meanwhile there are guys in M4, M5 at the same level. I mean yes we do side bets but we should all in the same division, then another division of 28-32off guys, than 15-22. maybe I'm off, I have heard the ABD of INT didnt really work and I wonder why. The other area if anything I think we need is at least ABD for the lower levels, we should never ask someone just trying to run the course or just getting into 30 mph to ski against someone at 35 off, this is not competition and eventually means the 30 mph guy is not going to spend the day at a tournament.
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  • dave2balldave2ball Posts: 672 Crazy Baller
    The ability based tournaments are fun every body is with in a bouy or 2 of each other at the shorter lines such as 35 and and 38 it can be anybody's win.
    It does also give a positive feel to the newer skiers to compete against skiers of there own calaber
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  • sunperchsunperch Posts: 248 Crazy Baller
    edited April 2019
    What I saw with ABD in the INT was very few people progressed out of one division in into the next. It could have been sandbagging or it could have been a sense of contentment in a given division. I know I increase my buoy count by skiing with skiers who are better than I am.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,989 Mega Baller
    I competed in some INT tournaments and there was a 16 year old who was very close on ability to me and we robbed each other on the dock and it was a fun event. My issue with INT wasn’t the skill based divisions it was the one round. I could see a place for both skill based and age based if they were all multi round events.

    We did a handicapped event a number of years ago and my son who was Boys 2 at the time took out me a deep 32 off skier, a similar aged deep 38 off skier and a men’s 1 skier. There was a ton of fun and trash talking in the water and on the dock.

    I like the idea of a beer league event without the need for three judges, safety, a tournament coordinator, a senior judge and senior driver. I ski all the time with a driver who is not a AWSA certified driver. That doesn’t mean I don’t get a good pull. Maybe there should be a different designation for the score than a Class C or higher event. In golf tournament scores count for twice a regular round. Maybe that would make sense for a weekenight league vs a regular weekend tournament.
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  • mfjaegersrmfjaegersr Posts: 201 Solid Baller
    @JeffSurdej ‘Yes’ to your gold (golf) analogy. Why? Handicapping! levels the playing field.

    Perfect analog, BTW: (tournament) golf v (tourney) skiing...the intimidation factor can be enormous in both, with striking contrasts too:

    Starting dock vs 1st Tee
    Public water v private lake
    Muni course v country club
    Does waterskiing have the equivalent of a ‘driving-range pro’?! A Tin Cup?

    Except...golf allows goofy-ass clothing that would be banished elsewhere. Think ‘Hoo, Free bowl of soup with that?...’

    Skiwear is universally cool. 😉
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  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,699 Mega Baller
    edited April 2019
    How about if you could have a tournament where you and your buddies show up on a public lake and all you have is your ski gear, your boat and your phone? Or maybe your buddies in your boat in Idaho want to compete against me and my buddies in NY in some sort of real time head to head format? Would this be interesting if it was feasible?

    To be clear, no slalom course is needed, but if you have one you can use it.
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  • JeffSurdejJeffSurdej Posts: 624 USAWS Official
    @lpskier doesnt golf have this, where you can upload your scores online from a practice round? We have talked about this, but its doable for sure and would be a good feature to offer for the $19.95 membership or maybe charge $5 per practice score turned in, but what would that score count for or against? rankings? a separate all practice league? I thought we could do this for, maybe even have someone who has to approve the scores based on video, IDK. But seeing that committing to 12 hour days at a tourney is a major hinderance or ours some sort of practice round score is enticing to figure out how to accommodate it.
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  • JeffSurdejJeffSurdej Posts: 624 USAWS Official
    BTW I love handicap, and it can work better than ABD mainly b/c one of the biggest issues in our sport is having # for competition, even with ABD you might have 3 or 4 skiers in your group at a local event which is not all that fun, but handicapp means everyone in a tourney can be in the same division.
    We host this event in the summer called green lightening team event, each team is 4 slalom trick and jumpers, its all handicapped head to head like march madness, I could be up against someone in the mini course or someone of any age or gender, we talk trash, its nerve wrecking, its the most fun of any event I go to all year, including Nationals. That event last year had 115 skiers, 400 pulls, including 60 trickers and jumpers at a local weekend event. So those formats do help bring competition and a fun atmosphere.
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  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,699 Mega Baller
    @JeffSurdej No slalom course but a measurable score. Come on, you should know this one!
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  • JeffSurdejJeffSurdej Posts: 624 USAWS Official
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,699 Mega Baller
    @JeffSurdej Yeah buddy!
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  • John BrooksJohn Brooks Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    My inclination is the beer league type format but maybe less formal. I'm thinking along the lines of those who would like to participate, wherever they are skiing, CA, FL, NY, ect, they log in and submit 2 scores per week, from practice, no officials, honor based. Very limited rules, submitting their "off the dock score" After some number of scores, a HDCP is established. For those interested, there might be some type Regional, State or various other area events, these events will offer both HDCP and straight up scoring and placements. Maybe everyone finishes the Summer up at the BOS World Championships. The area events would be run as Class C or higher.
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 919 Crazy Baller
    One issue I see (unless you are skiing open/pro events) is that you are primarily skiing for a score, it really doesn't matter what you do relative to others in that tournament. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, but it can be if I look at the weather forecast and see a super windy day coming up for this weekends tournament. I know I won't be able to put up scores that will help my overall ranking score, so why spend the money to go (especially if its a couple hours away and involves a hotel room.) If there was more incentive to that particular event within itself (such as handicapped competition across divisions) along with the overall rankings. OR, as is in the case of golf, some way of handicapping the scores that go into the rankings to account for the conditions.
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,699 Mega Baller
    @Drago What part don’t you like?

    What I am referring to is Jen LaPoint’s Virtual Slalom Skiing app. Since the new ski season is (or is just about) here, you should check it out, especially if you are an open water skier but would like to a) see whether your skiing is improving in a measurable way through the season, and/or b) compete against other skiers anywhere in the world. The app has lots of new features coming for 2019 such as a coaching feature. If you haven’t already checked it out, you should.
    And FYI, USAWS&WS/ @JeffSurdej fully behind this idea and product.
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  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,989 Mega Baller
    @JeffSurdej In golf you submit all your scores as long as you aren't playing alone. Official tournament scores stay in your handicap longer and I believe are weighted more heavily. it is somewhat of an honors system.

    For water skiing I don't understand why you couldn't do the same thing. Having a higher average than is realistic all shakes out when you get to a tournament. There is no gambling in golf so having an artificially low average doesn't really impact anything either. There could be a designation in the ranking list of P for practice. If peple are putting in a lot more scores maybe you increase the number of scores in the average.

    For USA WaterSki members this should be free. Charging $5 per posted score would be excessive. I could see offering it for some type reduce membership if you want to have an average.

    I pay $50 a year for a USGA handicap. I can post scores myself on the website or an app. It should be that simple for ski scores. Have a driver and an observer and you can post a score. I understand not every course might be perfect or some drivers might not be perfect but scores would shake out at tournaments.

    I don’t see a big downside to it.
    Mark Shaffer
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