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Event Sanctioning & Forms

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports sanctions water skiing (three-event), show skiing, wakeboarding, barefooting, kneeboarding, hydrofoiling and water ski racing tournaments, as well as clinics, practices and exhibitions. 

What Is Sanctioning?

The term “sanction” refers to the approval of a towed water sport event, which means the following:

  • The event has been carefully reviewed by USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and the applicable sport discipline staff.
  • The required standards, officials and safety requirements have been met.
  • Proper insurance coverage provided by USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, including general liability and athlete excess medical, is in place.
  • All participants will be either active or guest members of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports as applicable to the event sanction classification.
  • The appropriate post-tournament paperwork will be completed following the event.

What Are The Benefits Of Sanctioning?

  • An affordable comprehensive insurance program to protect the event organizer, volunteers and participants.
  • Inclusion in the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports National Ranking System.
  • Access to trained USA Water Ski & Wake Sports officials who are trained to ensure that each event is safe and fair for the competitors.
  • Participants will recognize that the event meets the required standards for the event classification and will be conducted in a safe and fair environment.
  • Excellent exposure through the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports event calendar.

How Do I Sanction My Event?

The sanction process varies depending on the type of event you are hosting.

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports requires the event organizer to submit an Event Sanctioning Agreement with all sanction applications. Additionally, a Pre-Tournament Safety Checklist is required with all tournament sanction applications.

If you are hosting a water skiing (three-event), wakeboarding, collegiate water skiing, barefooting, hydrofoiling or kneeboarding tournament/clinic, you can complete your sanction application online by clicking here.

If you are hosting a show skiing or water ski racing tournament, you can complete the appropriate sanction application below.

If you are hosting a show skiing, ski racing, or hydrofoiling clinic, you can complete the Basic Skills Clinic application below. 

If you are hosting a practice or exhibition, you can apply for a sanction online by logging into the "Members-Only" section using your club's member ID and password.

                 All sanction applications can be sent to:

                                  USA Water Ski & Wake Sports

Attn:  Competition Department

1251 Holy Cow Road

Polk City, FL 33868-8200

E-mail: sanctioning@usawaterski.org

Fax: (863) 325-8259

What Do I Do After My Event Has Been Sanctioned?

Once USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has approved your sanction, you can access your event kit by clicking on the appropriate link below. If you would prefer to receive the application kit on CD, please select this option in your sanction application.  

Creating A Digital Signature

Submitting post-tournament paperwork is easy, and can be done electronically.

Online Registration Tournament Setup

To set up your tournament for online registration, click here.