I had the opportunity to participate in the grassroots part of a tournament this past weekend.

What a great experience! I am a terrible skier, I can occasionally make a pass at 28/15 but the community and event were great. Very supportive, helpful and it was a great experience.

I'd encourage anyone who has the chance, regardless of level/skill or prior experience to give it a try!

I'll definitely do it again.


  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 1,015 Mega Baller
    Agreed. My boy and his cousins did one earlier this year for confidence and now compete age group. It was a great experience.
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,878 Mega Baller
    When done well, they are a blast for all who participate!
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
  • h2oskieph2oskiep Posts: 7 Baller
    Grassroots tournament can begin an addiction.

    I think manufacturers should focus on these more than they do.

    So, what happened for me after a Grassroots tournament:
    I now own a house on a private ski Lake

    I could not begin to list the boats and equipment over the past 35 years

    travel to the Nationals and tournaments

    I compromised or adjusted my work so I could ski

    You may want to consider a 12-step program before you get too far into this

    but then again
    there's nothing like glass in the morning

  • h2oskieph2oskiep Posts: 7 Baller
    Compound exponentially for wife and kids competing as well

  • Tracks72Tracks72 Posts: 10 New Baller
    I have been thinking about trying this out. Just now learning where all the information is just to find the events. Do you just get thrown in the water and go or can you get instruction / coaching
  • h2oskieph2oskiep Posts: 7 Baller
    I skied the practice on Friday and that was the first time I had ever seen a course the guys in the boat gave me some tips and the next day I skied the tournament

    After that I got hooked
  • OldGuysRuleOldGuysRule Posts: 139 Crazy Baller
    Just attended a Class C tournament at Silent Shores in Thorntown, Indiana. They always advertise a "grassroots" section." We had 7 grassroots skiers who were guaranteed 4 passes for each round. Two brothers were competing against each other. One mature skier participated by skiing the course for second time this past summer.....he was all smiles. All of the grassroots skiers stated that they enjoyed watching the more accomplished skiers between each round. Grassroots level events and our "Monday Night Ski Leagues" are always well attended.

  • DockoelbotoDockoelboto Posts: 164 Baller
    @Tracks72 the grassroots participants generally start the tournament (at least in my limited experience). You get 4 passes, if you miss getting up, they will come back for you. If you crash they will pick you up unless it is on your last pass. There really isn't a great setup for coaching on the boat but if there are multiple rounds you do get to go again. There are going to be many good skiers and some may watch you and I'm sure you could get some tips. Plus watching good skiers live alone can be very helpful. As far as finding tournaments, there is a website that shows all sanctioned tournaments, I can't recall exactly what site it is.
  • dbaconazdbaconaz Posts: 134 Baller
    IF we want to grow the sport we need to have many more grassroots tournaments. Here in the SW there are only 2 or so for the entire season. We need more!!
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 2,629 Mega Baller
    A practice day and a 4 pass min. are great ways to get non tourney, open water skiers involved. The practice / coaching / demo day is where the local dealers, manufacturers and pros/coaches can connect with enthusiasts. The more grassroots the better.
  • DockoelbotoDockoelboto Posts: 164 Baller
    Grassroots should be at every tournament except for maybe regionals/nationals. Great way to increase exposure, allow less experienced skiers to gain experience and grow the sport at the competitive level.
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,791 Mega Baller
    We always add a “GR” section in the running order. You”ll see it listed in the schedule of events. I always try to put the right boat judge in for coaching purposes. Like others have stated, it is where the addiction begins for some, and a great place to start for others. A GR group is free as part of the sanction, and freebie/giveaways used to be provided by AWSA if requested.
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
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