The sport has become increasingly elevated to the small minority who go to lots of tournaments.
This impacts ALL who would like to be in the game but can't go to numerous tournaments (most of which now are on private lakes as USAWS support for skiers on public lakes in almost non existent- BTW that is how I am am still skiing).
This impacts youth and new skiers a great deal, who would like (if they can afford it) to go to tournament and get on the rankings list and see how they are doing.
So this originated with old AWSA. There are PENALTIES if you ski less than 3 "sanctioned" tournaments. This has been in place forever.
In 2020 my club could run 1 tournament. There are a LOT of locations (away from USAWS headquarters) where normal people will ski their locale's tournament and that's it. They do not have a motor home to travel to 2 or 3 tourneys in say AZ or the south.
So HOW does it make sense that in 2020 with COVID if you ski ONE tournament in the past 12 months you get deducted 10% of your score? How did that ever make sense? Or IF you can make it to 2 , they still deduct 5%which with a spouse and a child would be thousands in expense, now you are legit to the rankings list? In any year- but this year? Who runs this stuff at USAWS?
It is so high end biased it makes no sense at all. It's like a golf club that guarantees their members get high rankings.
So yes I have a beef- Our club's tourney was a great event- I skied a season PB and my score was reduced the equivalent of a pass and a half. Because that's the only score I have for 12 months. And there were like 4 tournaments in my area I could have even skied- after taking weeks off and leaving a fire zone where we were evacuated with three offspring dealing with COVID rules. .. that is not life possible .
I do not even agree with a buoy reduction for tournaments not skied. You ski a sanction that's your score.
Have been following the other thread on how rankings work, love the drive there.
USAWS is contributing to the decline of the sport in my view with this antiquated and not current world situation.
I am prepared for gnar here.