We may not come out of there smelling like roses, but we certainly come away knowing how to work as a team. Great job everyone!
Thank you also to everyone who is already signed up to work the Hoigaards’ Tent Sale Team Fundraiser. Attached is a schedule of volunteers. If you have not already signed up, we still need help during the daytime shifts on Friday. The Saturday time slots appear to be filled but you are welcome to join a shift that is already filled. Just show up to help.
Coolers: we could use one or two more coolers for the weekend to store hot dogs and other sales items. If you can lend one out for the weekend, please give me a call at 612-275-8392.
We have one more team fundraiser this fall at Pierce Skate and Ski on the weekend of October 7-9. Once again, we will be cooking and serving hot dogs and beverages during Pierce’s Oktoberfest event. Only two volunteers are needed per shift, although as many as four can sign up. One volunteer should be an adult. Here is a link with more information and to sign up:
The MAST -Pierce Fundraiser .
We will be unveiling a fundraiser in a few weeks that will allow individuals to earn money to cover personal fees associated with MAST during the season. Look for details in the next MAST Update. Also, we will have one more TEAM fundraiser on January 8 at the Great Harvest Bread Company in Linden Hills. The owners, Gail and Steve Arnold have invited MAST to operate the bakery for a day. MAST parents and athletes will do most of the work from early morning baking to sales to cleaning to stocking. Gail and Steve and a handful of their employees will teach and supervise. All sales revenue generated that day goes to MAST. If the weather cooperates and we do our part, this fundraiser could really help strengthen our team’s financial position and enable us to continue to keep costs low for our entire membership. Thank you to Steve and Gail for this generous offer.
As of this afternoon, we have 70 people registered for MAST. I would like to welcome all of you have who registered for the upcoming season to the team—both our returning athletes and the 13 new ones who are already registered. If you are a returning athlete to MAST, please sign up today --or very soon-- to guarantee your spot on the team. Here is a link to the Registration Page on our website: MAST Registration.
MAST Lawn Signs
Bring out your MAST Lawn Signs!!! If you are a returning athlete and have a lawn sign in storage, it is time to set it back outside for all of Minneapolis to see. Please keep it off the boulevard (place it between your house and sidewalk, not between the sidewalk and street.) If you are a new athlete with MAST, you will find a MAST lawn sign in your yard in a day or two. We ask you to display it proudly through the fall. We will let you know when to bring it inside and store it for the winter. If you do not want a lawn sign in your yard or have one to give back to MAST, please send me an email at email@example.com.
MAST BBQ, Picnic and Equipment Swap: Sunday, September 25, 4:30PM.
Attached is a flyer announcing our annual team bbq, picnic, equipment swap and annual meeting. The location: Beard’s Plaisance at 45th and Upton. No registration required. We ask all seniors to arrive at 4PM to help set up. Please bring something to share and something to throw on the grill for yourself and your family. The annual meeting will take place at 5:30pm. Juniors are asked to stay a short while afterwards to help with clean up.
MAST Information Meeting: Monday, October 24 at Washburn High School
We will hold our Annual MAST Information Meeting for parents and athletes on Monday, October 24 in the Choir Room at Washburn High School. NEW families are asked to arrive by 6:30PM for a presentation on Ski Racing and MAST. RETURNING families are asked to arrive in time for a presentation on the 2016-17 Alpine Season at 7:15pm. Please save the date. (Note: the 24th is the Monday after MEA weekend.)
I have already begun to hear from parents and athletes about equipment. I am really glad you are thinking ahead. I encourage all returning athletes to 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.
Everyone should have SLALOM race skis and race boots. Recreational equipment will not work well. Ski Swaps are starting up soon. Buck Hill holds one the weekend of Sept. 23-25; Afton will be held Sept 30-Oct 2; Team Gilboa at Hyland holds one the weekend of Oct 14-16. If you plan to purchase your skis or boots at a ski swap I have two pieces of advise: 1. Know your sizes and preferred models/brands beforehand. The sales help at swaps has been hit and miss—mostly a big fat 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.
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.
I am working on our training and racing schedule. The season opens November 14 and concludes February 15. We will be asking Hyland to give us multiple training lanes again. Sometimes practices will be from 5-7:30 and other times from 6:30-8:45. And on Saturdays, practice will be held from 7:45-10:30am or 10:30am to 1:30pm. The Giants Ridge Camp is scheduled for Monday, December 19 (very early morning departure like last year) through Thursday, December 22 (a late evening return). It looks like we will be able to hold five to six supplemental training sessions at Wild and Welch on Saturdayevenings during the season. I should have a schedule ready for distribution on October 24.
Okay… that is all for now. But that is a lot. Check out our website frequently. Print and frame these MAST Updates so you do not forget anything. And call me if you have any questions. I am old… I prefer phone calls.
Get out and exercise if you are not in a fall sport. Now... Right now! Bike, skate, run, squat, jump, push, lift... be active. But wear a helmet if you bike or skate.