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A busy, albeit drizzly 4th of July weekend saw 6 of the 8 scheduled ski shows by the Lake Saint Louis Ski Club taking place. The bigger than ever Home Shows were held on July 2 and July 4 at Jefferson Point on our home lake. Large crowds came out and cheered on our home team despite less than ideal conditions. The tents that sprinkled the Jefferson Point beachfront did not perform their usual “block the sun” duties, but instead were the best way to keep people dry.
Skiers and Boat Drivers, along with Dock Moms, Act Coaches, and Land/Dock/Costume coordinators, ensured a wonderful experience for everyone, young and old.
A special thank you goes to the Lake Saint Louis Ambassadors, who came out both days and helped sell food, so that our ski club participants and parents could focus on the show and not miss it due to volunteer duties. The Food Trucks from Sugarfire and Kona Ice added another level of awesomeness to the events, and provided revenues back to the club as well.
The Club was also contracted to perform 6 short (30-45 minute) shows on July 2-4 as part of the Fair St. Louis celebration. Despite Sunday’s shows being canceled by Mayor Slay due to weather concerns, the other four shows provided a great deal of visibility, with the cameras providing the feed to the big screen on entertainment stages. Timmy Hydro Knoerzer and Jeff Buehrle did a great job announcing the show for the fans. Photos appeared in STL Today, the St. Louis Post, and in our very own local Newstime papers (print and online version).
Great job everyone!
The Lake Saint Louis Arch Rivals Ski Team is headed to the premier Show Ski championships! The 42nd Division 1 National Show Ski Championships will be held August 12-13 in Janesville, Wisconsin. The Rivals will join 13 other teams to compete for this year’s title.
On July 9-10, the Arch Rivals traveled to Warsaw, Indiana to compete in the Central Region Show Ski Championships. An excellent all around performance led to a 4th place finish. Key highlights included the high scoring barefoot line (with a successful 11 man opening barefoot line) and Women’s All-Around Award going to Breanne Czerniewski!
Come out on Friday July 22 and July 29 for more opportunities to see the Arch Rivals in action!
BOAT RIDER AND PIN PULLER TRAINING
Attached is a copy of The Show Skiing Rider Guide and we encourage ALL PARENTS AND SKIERS 14 YEARS AND OLDER TO READ THE ATTACHMENT.
Our club always needs more parents to be boat riders, rope handlers and pin pullers. We know everyone thinks the boat drivers are amazing and can do everything but our rider/pin pullers do 99% of the work and are critical to the safety of our skiers.
The guide is written by Joel Williams of the Rock Aqua Jays, one of the top Show Ski teams in the country. The guide is to help familiarize you with a broad overview of the duties and techniques utilized in the boat riding/pin pulling position. THIS IS NOT TO BE USED AS A DEFINITIVE REFERENCE MATERIAL. There is no way that any guide can cover all of the possible situations that you will encounter while riding/pin pulling! You will have to use a combination of this guide, your personal experience, and your gut feeling to make the best decisions regarding the safety of the skiers that you are riding for.
We will have a boat rider and pin puller training class to:
- Review responsibilities of the boat rider
- Provide demonstration
- Openly discuss specific scenarios
- Ask questions
Who Should Attend: Anyone in the club. It is important every boat have a driver and rider. We just certified a number of drivers last week and need more riders.
When: Monday, June 13, 2016 6:15pm
Please read The Show Skiing Rider Guide prior to class.
Where: CA Clubhouse, 100 Cognac Drive
RSVP to Joe Dattilo (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you will be attending so we have a head count.
What: The LSL Ski Club is hosting a drivers certification/training class on Saturday morning May 21st. Signup at the link below. This is for all drivers who want to become USA Waterski Certified for 3-event, NSSA Show Ski and general family fun ski driving. Note: this is not required to be a member of the LSL Ski club. It is required for USA Water Ski sanctioned events (4th of July Home Show, Arch Rival ski shows and 3-event tournaments). It’s also a good program to learn a few tips and tricks to successfully pulling skiers.The link to register is here, or copy and paste the below URL into your browser.Benefits:
1. A Trained Driver is equipped with the necessary knowledge to safely operate a boat while towing a skier/rider.
2. A Trained Driver is eligible to drive USA Water Ski-sanctioned club practices/exhibitions, Basic Skills Clinics and GrassRoots events.
3. A Trained Driver is eligible to drive for camps and ski schools.Where: USA Waterski certified driver instructor Kevin Hayes will be conducting the training at Jefferson Point. If you need to borrow a boat that morning let me know (Brad – email@example.com)
When: May 21st starting at 8am. Drivers will attend a 30 minute instruction at either 7:30am or 10:30am, and also drive a 20-minute slot after each instructional lesson.
How: (1) Register using the link above, and pick a time (2) Go to http://www.usawaterski.org/
pages/officials/ TDProgramDescription.pdf and follow steps 1 & 2. Bring your MVR and On-Line course
COME SKI TOO: We need LOTS of water skiers to make this happen. Will need pyramid climbers and bases, ballet skiers (boys and girls) and jumpers (preferably not brand new jumpers as the drivers need successful jumps). Driver tested skills include pulling a 12 person ballet hot dock line (twin rig NSSA certification), 8 person hot dock line (inboard NSSA certification), 2 three-tier pyramids (twin rig), 1 three tier pyramid (inboard) and a jumper over the jump (twin and inboard). Please come and practice your pyramid, hop dock (ballet line) and jump skills that morning. Arrive at 8am ready to ski.
Please join us at Jefferson Point (note the new location this year, not Windjammer) for the kickoff to the summer season for the Lake Saint Louis Ski Club on Saturday, May 7 at 5pm. We will hold a brief informational meeting. The Freeze Out Band, made up of many of our own LSL Ski Club members, will provide music for the evening. Hot dogs, chips, and soda/water will be provided. Feel free to bring any other beverage of choice. Don’t miss the opportunity to kick off our 2016 ski season, by seeing old friends, meeting new ski club members, and hearing all the exciting things happening with our club!
Please visit the link below for the newsletter containing important dates and information for the 2016 season.
Hope everyone had a great Easter! We need more volunteers for Clean Stream activity this Saturday. Please sign up at the volunteer sign up link if you can make it.
It is time for the first official ski club activity of the 2016 season! This is one of the volunteer activities focused on giving back to our community and counts for one of your volunteer requirements for this year to the club. It is suited for the entire family and has always provided our community and neighbors a small example of our volunteer efforts. Madison Dattilo has taken over this event from her dad Joe and is working with the City of Lake Saint Louis and has met with other clubs/organizations and our community for volunteers as well. The Anglers, Ambassadors, Environmental Green Advisory Board, and Wentzville High School’s National Honor Society will all be participating. The City of Lake Saint Louis continues to request our involvement and leadership in this activity and they recognize our club as a large and reliable partner. We have committed to provide at least 75 volunteers from our ski club alone.
Mission Clean Stream
We’ll be doing our part with hundreds of volunteers, The Greenway Network, Inc. and other cities in this major stream clean-up to help restore the Peruque, McCoy and Dardenne Creek Watersheds. These streams are important to the health of our communities, clubs and support a variety of wildlife. It is set for Saturday, April 11th.
Our watershed is Peruque Creek and will include cleaning the Jefferson Point area of trash and debris.
When: Saturday April 2
Time: 8:30am, usually take 2-2.5 hours with a group photo at 8:50 to start
Where: Meet at Jefferson Point. We are responsible for the area between pump station on the service road to the lake at our ski site and the creek behind the strip mall where Newstime office is located feeding into the big lake. We will also be tasked with two small sites in Lake Saint Louis like last year.
Breakfast: Bagels, donuts, fruit, water, juice provided
Wear appropriate clothing and shoes as you will be walking through brush, weeds and tall grass. Don’t forget gloves and red shirts or sweatshirts for club pride.
In addition to the calendar on the site being updated, this will serve as the practice schedule overview for each day. Your individual line coach will contact you prior to the first practices.
Practices will begin on or after May 4th – water and weather permitting!
* 9-11am Junior Jump
* 4-6pm Junior Line
* 6pm-sunset Wakeboard
* 4-6pm Junior Swivel
* 6pm-sunset Arch Rivals Show Rehearsal
* 9-11am Junior Jump
* 4-6pm Junior Line
* 6pm-sunset Arch Rivals Big Act/Ballet
* 9-11am Junior Jump
* 4-6pm Junior Ballet and Show Girls
* 6pm-sunset Wakeboard (at Windjammer Point)
* 6pm-sunset Arch Rivals Variety Act
* 4-6pm Junior Line
* 5:30pm-sunset Arch Rivals Show
* 8-9:30am Arch Rivals Pyramid
* 9:30-10:30am Home Show Pyramid
* 10:30-11:30am Beginner Strap, Duos, Trios
* 11:30am-1pm Junior Ballet and Show Girls
* 8-9:30am Ladies Line
* 9:30-11am Men’s Line
* 11am-1pm Kneeboard
* 8-10am Around the Boat
Home Show Mandatory Practices: June 28 and June 30, 5pm-sunset
Home Show: July 2 and 4, 9am