We are in the process of finalizing our calendar. We are waiting to hear from Hyland with our assigned training lanes and times. For now, here are some important dates to carve into your calendar.
- October 26-November 28: Sell CityKids Java.
- Thursday, October 27: ImPACT Concussion Testing at Southwest (4:30PM in room E104) and Washburn (3:45 and 4:45 in the cafeteria—Enter through Door #5 on the 49th street side and follow the hallways to the cafeteria).
- Sunday, October 30, 4:00-6:00PM: Coaches Meeting at 8000 Powell Road, Hopkins.
- Tuesday, November 1, 4:30-5:30PM: Captains’ Practice at Lynnhurst Park.
- Thursday, November 3, 4:30-5:30PM: Captains’ Practice at Lynnhurst Park.
- Tuesday, November 8, 4:30-5:30PM: Captains’ Practice at Lynnhurst Park.
- Thursday, November 10, 4:30-5:30PM: Captains’ Practice at Lynnhurst Park.
- Thursday, November 10, 6:30-8:30PM: Coaches Meeting at Fuller Park.
- Sunday, November 13, 3:00-6:00PM: Parent Social at 4882 West Lake Harriet Parkway.
- Monday, November 14, 7:00-8:00PM: Season Pass Picture Night and Team Meeting, Hyland.
- Tuesday, November 15, 11AM-Midnight: Galactic Pizza Fundraiser
- Tuesday, November 15 - ???, 4:30-6:PM: Dryland Training at Washburn… Monday-Friday until Hyland opens for skiing.
- Saturday, November 19, 8:00AM-5:30PM: MAST Retreat at Welch Village. Bus depart Washburn at 8AM.
- Saturday, November 26, 2:45-10:30PM: Supplemental Training at Welch Village (we hope).
- Sunday, November 27, 3:00-6PM: Coaches On Snow Clinic at Hyland.
- Monday, November 28: CityKids Java Fundrasing—ORDERS DUE!
- Monday, November 28- Thursday, Dec 1, 6:30-8:45PM: On Snow Training at Hyland Begins (we hope).
- Friday, Dec 2, 5-7:30PM: On Snow Training at Hyland.
- Saturday, Dec 3, 7:45-10:30AM: On Snow Training at Hyland.
- Saturday, Dec 3, Noon-2PM: MAST Parent Workshops on Racing and Ski Tuning.
- Saturday, Dec 3, 2:45-10:30PM: Supplemental Training at Welch Village.
- Saturday, Dec 10, Noon-3PM: CityKids Java Fundraiser—Distribution Blitz at Fuller Park.
- Monday, Dec 19-Thursday, Dec 22: Giants Ridge Camp
- Friday, Dec 23: Wild Mountain Invitational (All Day).
ImPACT Concussion Testing
As discussed on Monday, we ask every athlete to take an ImPACT Concussion Baseline Test prior to the start of the season. Testing will take place tomorrow at both Southwest and Washburn. We will try to schedule a second testing date in the next week or two, but if you can take the test tomorrow then you will have one less thing to do before the season begins. All new athletes to MAST need to take the test (unless you took it for a different sport this fall). All returning 8th graders need to take the test again. And all returning athletes who took the test in 2014 or earlier need to re-take the test.
Southwest High School, Room E104: 4:30 Start. Arrive between 4:15 and 4:25. Kelsey Gleich will be administering the computerized test.
Washburn High School, Cafeteria: 3:45 and 4:45 Starts. Arrive between 3:30 and 3:40 for the 3:45 start. Arrive between 4:30 and 4:40 for the 4:45 start. Enter school through Door #5 on the 49th street side of the school. Reggie Ronning will be administering the test.
Once you are registered with MAST, please be certain to get the MPS/MSHSL forms into your high school athletic director. The $60 MPS Activity Fee check should be made payable to Mpls Public Schools or MPS but mailed to the MAST Treasurer, Drew Lamosse at 4928 Washburn Ave. S., 55410. Here is a link to the instructions for completing the MPS/MSHSL forms: REGISTRATION. You can retrieve the forms from this link or secure paper copies from your high school athletic director. All forms should be returned to your high school AD. DO NOT return the forms to your middle school athletic director. Returning athletes: please stop by your AD’s office and check to see that your Physical Exam form is valid for the winter sports season. If you played a fall high school sport, you only need to submit a NEW Emergency Information Card.
Contact me (612-275-8392 or email@example.com) if you are still in need of equipment and would like some assistance. I will need height and weight information if you are looking for skis, and shoe size if you are looking for boots. Be sure to check out the Equipment Page on our website for helpful information. If you have equipment that you would like to sell or donate, please contact me as well.
CityKids Java Individual Fundraiser
Project: sell coffee and hot cocoa to friends, neighbors and perfect strangers between NOW and November 28 to raise money for yourself to cover the cost of supplemental training sessions, camp, next year’s season pass, banquet, etc. See information page.
Mary Strand and Tom Fraser are hosting a MAST Parent Social in their home on Sunday, November 13 from 3-6PM. This is a great opportunity to meet other MAST parents, tell stories, find answers to your questions, complain about the length of my emails…and much more. Please see the attached flyer for details. Thank you Tom and Mary for hosting.
Season Pass Picture Night and Pick Up
The season opens on Monday, November 14. Our first "practice" is to meet at Hyland at 7PM to take our season pass photo and pick up our season passes. We will also have a short team meeting at this time. Attached is a WAIVER that parents need to complete and sign. Send the waiver with your athlete on November 14. Hyland will not release a season pass without a signed waiver. If you have a prior commitment that evening, you can pick up your pass at Hyland any time during business hours. Check Hyland’s website for business hours. Hyland will have the names of everyone who has purchased a pass through MAST in their computer. All you need to do is show up with the Waiver from Three Rivers Park District/Hyland.
Dryland practices are held at Washburn from 4:30-6PM. We may be working out in the stadium or in the school building. Be prepared for both outdoor training and indoor. Wear running or cross training shoes so you can run, cut, jump, and bound without injuring yourself. Dryland training will be held Tuesday through Friday the first week of practice and Monday and Tuesday the week of Thanksgiving. Hopefully we will be skiing after Thanksgiving but if we are not, then we will resume dryland Monday-Friday until Hyland opens. You should be out biking and running and exercising now to prepare you body for intense physical training onNovember 15. Attendance at dryland training is mandatory.
I imagine that the on-snow training schedule is difficult to understand for those of you who are new. First, let me explain the process for determining training times. Hyland has eight dedicated training lanes at Hyland for high school race teams. These lanes are assigned to teams in two-hour blocks of time: 3:15-5:15; 5:15-7:15; 7:15-9:00. Because our schools release late, we are limited to training in either the 5:15 or 7:15 lane slots. Over twenty teams train at Hyland, so training lanes are coveted. Because we have a large team Hyland has allowed us to have three lanes in the past. Unfortunately, we cannot always get these three lanes in the same time slot. Consequently, we may offer what we call a “split practice”—one or two lanes at the 5:15 slot and one or two lanes at the 7:15 time slot. We like athletes to be on the hill early for directed free skiing drills so we will hold practice from 5-7:30 and/or 6:30-8:45. Athletes are free to attend the training time that works best for your needs. However, when we have split practices, the schedule will assign a “group” within our team to each practice time. For example, the 5PM practice is for varsity skiers and the 6:30 practice is for junior varsity. We may break practices up by grade or even gender as well. Please know that if the assigned practice does not work for you, come to the "other" practice session. Hyland is still sorting through all the lane/training requests from the various teams and putting master schedule together. Once Hyland releases the schedule, we will finalize our calendar. This should happen around November 6th or so.
Another confusing part of the schedule might be our Saturday training days. When Hyland allows us to train on Saturdays, we will hold practice from 7:45AM to 10:30AM. This may seem early but these mornings are wonderful. Each year, as the season draws to a close, our seniors talk about how much they will miss our Saturday morning practices. Hiking the hill as the sun rises. Crisp mornings. The quiet. The views. Daylight training. The camaraderie. In addition to these early morning Saturday training sessions, we will offer afternoon/evening practices at Welch and Wild Mt on certain Saturdays during the season. These “Supplemental Training” sessions give athletes an opportunity to train on longer and steeper terrain. I cannot overstate how valuable these training sessions are so please take advantage of them. You do not need to train both Saturday morning and then again later in the day at Welch or Wild. A surprisingly large number of athletes train both sessions but it is certainly not mandatory.
MAST Attendance Policy
Attendance is mandatory for dryland training sessions. Once we are on snow, the attendance policy is pretty simple: It is up to you. If you want to get better, practice. In my experience, you improve relative to your competition on other teams if you train four times a week or more. If you want to jump ahead of your teammates on MAST, you may need to bump that number up to five or six sessions per week. On the other hand, if you have been racing since you were twenty months old and consequently perform well in races, but fail to show up at MAST practices, the coaches may replace you in the varsity race run order with an athlete who shows up on a regular basis. This includes a spot on the Section IV Championship team for your high school. The coaches hope that every athlete will have so much fun practicing that attendance will be your highest priority (after schoolwork of course).
That’s all for now… thanks for reading....Whew!
I sure hope I didn't forget something.
Have a great week.