Category Archives: Competition

Information on water ski competion

Up And Running Again Rule Read

General Rules

  1. Federal, State, County, Coast Guard, laws and Club rules will apply at all times.
  2. Courtesy and common sense apply at all times.
  3. Only member insured boats are allowed in the pond. You will not be permitted to use a boat in the pond unless a current/valid insurance policy with $500k minimum liability; is on file with the Sergeant at Arms. Your certification terminates on the expiration date of your policy.
  4. Only AWSA approved tournament towboats per AWSA rule 8.02 are allowed. Complete list on USA Water Ski Web site.
  5. Exception to Rule #3. Promo or Event boat usage – The event chairperson is responsible for making sure any promo or special event boat have current/valid insurance policy, $500k minimum liability and that the SCCWSC or member clubs of USA Water ski are protected.
  6. Lock the gate at all times.
  7. Boat and skier have the right of way.
  8. No wake speed for all boats except boat using course.
  9. A life saving device must be on all children unable to swim.
  10. Each skier is responsible for the replacement of buoys immediately.
  11. Members are responsible for children, guests, pets and garbage.
  12. The launch ramp is not to be blocked at any time.
  13. Guests must be accompanied by a club member at all times and sign a Waiver form, Waivers only need be signed once and be put on file with SCCWSC Secretary.
  14. Only equipment intended for slalom and trick skiing per AWSA rule 8.03 are allowed at the pond, with the exception of other training aids while attempting to barefoot. No wake enlarging devices are allowed.
  15. It is the member’s responsibility to assure that his/her guests are properly instructed in driving the boat at the pond. It will be the member’s responsibility as if he/she were driving the boat.
  16. The pond will be closed on day of a tournament except for intraclubs and events in which case it will be closed 1 hour prior to the beginning of interclub or event.
  17. If a boat needs fuel, it must be pulled from the water to the parking lot. If there is a line to launch they must move to the end of the line.

USA Water SKI Requirements

  1.  Each membership must maintain at least one (1) active or supporting membership in USA Water Ski.


  1. Maximum of three (3) boats in the pond at one time, except during a ski tournament at which time up to five (5) boats are allowed.
  2. Alternating Boats.
  3. If you pick up extra skiers it must be before any skier in your boat starts their second turn.
  4. Two (2) guest sets per boat.
  5. When there is a 4th boat waiting to launch;

a)      A minimum crew of 2 is required before a boat is launched.

b)     There will be a maximum of 4 skiers per boat.

c)      If a skier passes his/her set it is considered 1 turn.

d)     Each boat crew in the water shall be frozen. No additions (member or guest) regardless of crew size until there is no longer a 4th boat waiting and each member of the 4th boat just launched has at least one ski set or as agreed to by those on the dock. All boats in the water must declare their crew to the 4th boat waiting. Any declared crewmember not on the dock by the time any skier in your boat starts there second turn is no longer part of the declared crew.

e)      The first boat to complete their turn of a maximum of 2 sets per skier of the original crew is the first boat to leave the pond.

 Skiing  – In all cases when others are waiting:

– Slalom (one set) = 6 passes or 6 falls, boat to maintain same direction of travel when picking up skiers.
– Trick, barefooting (one set) equals 11 minute run, to be timed by the boat and dock.

Any person violating these rules will be subject to disciplinary action which may include loss of membership. 

Heads Up WARNING Tournament Officals

New Guide Lines to make sure LOC’s follow from:


Missing Post-Tournament Paperwork Policy 

Effective 1/1/2013

More than 10% of the tournaments sanctioned by USA-WS in 2011 have outstanding post-tournament paperwork (e.g. Safety Director’s Report, Scorebook, Officials Work Record, etc.).  Currently, our policy for the collection of this paperwork is to work with the presidents and EVPs of each Sport Discipline to collect as much of the paperwork as possible and withhold future sanctions only from Local Organizing Clubs (LOCs) who have outstanding Safety Director’s Reports.

This policy has obviously not been as effective as we’d hoped given the amount of paperwork that is currently outstanding.  For 2012, HQ is working with Dave Clark to implement the automated email notification system used currently by AWSA, NCWSA and WSDA (Class C and higher events) for the remaining Sport Disciplines who sanction their tournaments online (USHA, AKA, ABC and USA-WB) as well as for all GrassRoots Series events .  This system sends periodic automated email notifications to LOCs with outstanding paperwork to remind them of such and has been very successful for AWSA, NCWSA and WSDA.  There are currently only a handful of these events with outstanding paperwork from 2011.

This approach will significantly help us with the rate of return on post-tournament paperwork from the other disciplines.  However, we believe the few LOCs who are not returning the required paperwork need to be encouraged to do so.  For 2013, HQ is amending the existing policy mentioned above by withholding future sanctions for LOCs with any outstanding paperwork (not just Safety Reports).  These LOCs will be allowed to submit future sanction applications, but these events will not be published to the website and sanction approval will be withheld until the outstanding paperwork is received.

As this new policy will require programming modifications to the online sanction system, we will not implement it until 2013.  In other words, we’ll be withholding 2013 calendar year sanctions for outstanding paperwork from 2012 calendar year tournaments.

Please address all questions to Brandon Wolf at

Upcoming Events

This Thursday September 1 we will have our membership meeting at the Hideaway Lounge at 7:30 P.M. We will have a Board Meeting at 7 P.M. same location. Unfortunately parking is limited so get there early and I will personally make sure you get a place to park.
On September 17 , Saturday, there will be an interclub tournament sponsored by the Hideaway Lounge. The tournament will start at 9:00 A.M. and will be two rounds. The entry fee will be 5.00. No that is not a typing error the entry fee is a five dollar bill. The format will be never-made and we will be using Ski Nautiques with PerfectPass. The Hideaway Lounge has supplied us with some great prizes and there will be an award ceremony right after the tournament. Lunch will be available at the Hideaway.

I will then schedule the remaining membership and Board Meetings at the Almaden Community Center on Camden and Almaden Expressway starting with the October meeting.

On September 25, Sunday, SCCWSC will be having its first ever golf tournament. This tournament is available to members and their families. I am still working on prices and tee times but tentatively it will start after 3 P.M. at Santa Teresa Golf Course. The Hideaway Lounge again will be supplying some great prizes and a dinner menu after .
On September 24 Saturday we are having our annual County Open which is a sanctioned tournament . The entry fee is $45.00 and the start time is 8:00 A.M. The tournament director is Jerry Heinrichs. We need your entry form and money in by 9/17 or there is a $20.00 late fee.
So as you can see we have some great events planned for September so come out and play with us. Let me review what  you can do in September for approximately 100.00. You can ski in two water ski tournaments, play in a golf tournament, eat and drink at a bar, win some nice prizes, and did I mention enjoy the great outdoors. So I hope to see you at some of these events.  Jeff