Thank you EVERYONE who has registered for MAST so far. Welcome to all the new students who have joined. We are excited to have you.
If you still need to register, you can do so by following this link: MAST REGISTRATION.
If you need instructions about the MAST 2-STEP REGISTRATION PROCESS, CLICK HERE.
MAST Annual Meeting and BBQ.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
4:30PM to Sunset
5:30PM: Annual Meeting
Please bring something to share and something to throw on the grill for yourself and your family. Parent Volunteers Are Needed to help supervise set up and grilling.
Please sign up to help with the Annual Meeting and BBQ Picnic HERE.
We ask all seniors to arrive at 4PM to help set up. Juniors are asked to stay a short while afterwards to help with clean up.
Pierce Skate and Ski Oktoberfest (and MAST Fundraiser), October 6-8, 2017.
Once again, MAST will be grilling and serving hot dogs at the Pierce Skate and Ski Oktoberfest from Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8, 2017. Shifts are a little over two hours in length and require a minimum of two people per shift. One adult is required per shift to supervise the work. Note that shifts are available during the school day on Friday. Parents, we will need your help to fill these spots since the athletes are in school.
Please sign up for the 2017 Pierce Oktoberfest Team Fundraiser HERE!
[To help recruit and organize volunteers during the season, MAST uses SignUp.com. It is easy to use. Just enter your email address and select your shift. You will NOT need to create an account on SignUp.com. SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.]
MAST Information Meeting for NEW Athletes and Families
Monday, October 9, 2017
Fuller Recreation Center (48th and Grand Ave. S.)
We will be holding our annual MAST Information Night a little earlier this year.
Returning athletes and families are welcome to attend, but the focus will be on educating new athletes and parents about our ski racing, program, equipment, fundraising, practice and race schedules, and volunteering. For returning athletes and parents, I will communicate all of this information via our website and through email over the next eight weeks. This earlier date also gives us time to help new families find used equipment either online or at a local ski swap. If you know of a student who is interested in joining MAST for the first time, please pass this date onto him or her.
First, all returning athletes to should TRY ON YOUR BOOTS to see if they still fit. If they are tight, know that a ski shop can stretch and cut boots so that you can get one more year out of them. Not always, but frequently. Make sure you are trying on boots with a ski sock. If you are wearing a medium or heavy weight sock, try a lightweight ski sock. It might just make a difference and you will not sacrifice warmth.
If you are new to ski racing, you will want a pair of racing boots. They will give you a better position over your skis and the ability to flex your boots properly. Recreational boots do not serve ski racers well once we get into a race course. Caution: your feet do not need to be uncomfortable in ski boots, but ski boots should not and will not feel like tennis shoes either.
Second, everyone should have SLALOM race skis. Slalom race skis will serve you well once you get into a slalom course. They will hold on ice (provided you keep them sharp); they will execute a tight radius slalom turn (provided you have learned the proper technique and tactics); and they will handle the high speeds you will attain without rattling your brain matter.
Ski Swaps are starting up soon. Buck Hill holds one the weekend of Sept. 29-October 1; Afton will be held October 6-8; Team Gilboa at Hyland holds one the weekend of Oct 13-15.
If you plan to purchase your skis or boots at a ski swap I have two pieces of advice: 1. Know your sizes and preferred models/brands beforehand. The sales help at swaps has been hit and miss—mostly a miss. 2. Bring the phone numbers of your coaches (they should be listed on our website) so that if you have any questions, you can give us a call while you are making your decision. In addition, you can find used equipment for sale at several sites on the worldwide web. Check out this link to our Equipment page on our website for more information. Explore other pages on our website for more information about the equipment you need and the proper size.
Attached is the MAST Guide To Buying Used Ski Equipment. If you are in the market for used skis or boots, you should download and read this document before making a purchase. And if you are buying new for the first time, this document might be useful to you as well. You will at least know whether the salesperson has sized you properly.
Finally, attached is a letter from Bart Pierce, the owner of Pierce Skate and Ski. In my opinion and in my experience, the staff at Pierce Skate and Ski does a great job fitting and matching our athletes into the best boots and skis possible. If you are looking for new equipment, Pierce offers a special pricing program to our athletes on most race equipment (boots, skis, bindings, poles and even waxes) from now through the middle of October. See the letter for details. Also know that Bart has an inventory of skis from last season that he has specially priced for high school racers. The skis are adult lengths and models and come with bindings, mounting and a race tune included in the package price. This will save you a few hundred dollars over buying this year’s model. The shop gets busy this time of year, so if you are looking for new equipment, I suggest making an appointment. A proper boot fitting usually takes 90 minutes to complete at Pierce. Be sure to tell Bart and his staff that you ski for MAST. And if you are a returning skier with MAST, download your best Sprongo video clip so the staff can see how you ski. This will help the salesperson determine which models are best suited for your ability level.
As always, please contact me by email or phone if you have any questions.
Enjoy the beautiful week ahead.