Just a quick clarification regarding the MAST(ers) Golf Tournament.
This is an adults only fundraising event. The athletes can already crush their parents in skiing, so we don't want to add to their humiliation by having them crush their parents in golf as well.
Here is a link again to register: Signup Link
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Hello MAST Families,
While 2020 has thrown us a number of curveballs, we’re looking forward to the ski season getting under way in a couple short months. One of those curveballs was how COVID took away some of our usual MAST fundraising activities (Goat Barn, Pierce Oktoberfest, Hoigaards’ Tent Sale, etc). The team relies on fundraising in order to provide the coaching and equipment we need on the hill six days/week during the season. So, in true COVID form, we’ve had to think differently about how we approach fundraising this year. Introducing the First Annual MAST(ers) Golf Tourney!
When: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
What: First tee time is at 3:00PM and are every 8 minutes after that. Round will take 2-2.5 hours. Informal reception on outdoor patio at Carbone’s on Cedar Ave to follow starting at 6:45PM
Where: Hiawatha Golf Course
Cost: $50/person (carts are an additional $12 if you want to ride)
The format will be a 9-hole, 4-person scramble, meaning that all players hit a shot, you choose which of the four balls is best, everyone picks up their balls and plays from the best spot and you continue until you get the ball in the hole. Your foursome will maintain a single score.
This will be a fun, casual event with very little golf experience required and will have some on-course competitions where you might win a prize! In fact, the only real golf experience you need is the ability to fork over some cash.
We currently have room for 32 people (8 foursomes), but if there is demand, we can add some tee times. No need to form foursomes – we’ll take care of that for you. However, if you are bringing a guest you want to golf with, we will accommodate. Just let us know.
All are welcome – no need to be part of the MAST family to be included!
Sign up at the link below and reach out to Aaron.Cherveny@gmail.com with any questions.
The MAST(ers) Board
MAST Pre-Season Webinar #1—EQUIPMENT
Sunday, September 20 from 6:00-7:00PM
All athletes who have submitted an MPSEDU.ORG email address should have received an invitation and link to join our Equipment Webinar on Google Meets tonight. I encourage all MAST families to log in and view the webinar Sunday evening at 6PM.
I would ask all families to log in using the student-athlete mpsedu.org email address. This will allow you to join our webinar more easily and limit the number of pop ups we have to deal with on our end as people join the meeting without an MPS address.
You can still submit your MPSEDU email address by filling out this form HERE.
Even if you don’t plan to attend the webinar, please make sure I have your MPS email address. We have additional webinars planned for the Fall and I have a feeling we will be utilizing this technology during the ski season as well.
Here is the link for the EQUIPMENT WEBINAR:
Join by phone
(US) +1 650-781-1315 PIN: 709 546 402#
Finally, attached are notes you can print and use to follow the webinar.
If you absolutely cannot access the webinar through your mpsedu.org email, you can use a different address to log in. Someone on our end will need to accept your request to join the meeting.
See you Sunday evening at 6PM sharp.
Our first webinar is THIS weekend.
Sunday, September 20 Webinar #1
Orientation to Ski Racing Equipment
Description: For new and returning families. The coaches will orient you to all the equipment you need to participate in the sport of ski racing. They will offer guidance on how to find used equipment that is suitable for you given your weight, height and experience. They will show you how to size boots to your foot and match the boot’s flex to your strength and experience level. They will also share some tips for buying new equipment as well. Unless you are an experienced racer with all your equipment needs met, you will likely learn something new.
In order to participate, I need the MPS email address of every athlete. I ask families to please log in to the webinar using your athlete's MPS email address. I will send an invite to join the meeting to everyone who has provided me with their MPS email address. To do so, please fill out this form:
MPS Email Address Form
Listed below are the 79 athletes who HAVE FILLED OUT the form as of 9:40pm on Thursday evening. Thank you for doing this. Impressive response after only one request. Let's keep that up. If your name is not on this list, please fill out the form now.
Athletes With Submitted MPS Email Addresses
Good Morning MAST!
Yesterday I sent a brief email to you. Part of that email discussed equipment. I recommended using Pierce Skate and Ski if you are interested in buying any new equipment. I also told you that Pierce is selling skis and boots by appointment only. If you have other equipment needs you can walk-in without an appointment.
MAST Pierce Skate and Ski Equipment Day
Wednesday, October 7
10AM to 9PM
Today, I am announcing that Pierce has set aside 21 fitting sessions on Wednesday, October 7 for MAST athletes and families. You still need to call Pierce and reserve an appointment. If enough MAST families take advantage of these slots, I plan to be in the store that day and evening to help you and the staff make the right equipment call. Hopefully a few other MAST coaches can join the fun for a couple of shifts as well. We did this last year and it was a fun evening and productive. Pierce will add more evening slots and call in additional staff if the evening slots fill. Each appointment is scheduled for one and a half hours. It can and often does take that long to find the right model and fit in skis and boots. When you call, whether it is for Oct 7th or any other day, be sure to indicate you are on MAST.
Call 952-884-1990 to schedule a fitting for boots/skis.
3 slots: 10:00 - 11:30am
3 slots: 11:30 - 1:00pm
3 slots: 1:00 - 2:30pm
3 slots: 2:30 - 4:00pm
3 slots: 5:00 - 6:30pm
3 slots: 6:30 - 7:45pm
3 slots: 7:45 - 9:00pm
Address: 208 West 98th Street, Bloomington.
One other note: Pierce is taking Covid-19 seriously. They follow a strict cleaning protocol with their equipment. Masks are required of course.
Finally, I have to thank everyone who has supplied me with your mpsedu email address so far. Great work. Very helpful. Here is the link if you haven't done this already.
MPSEDU Email Address Form
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Dear MAST Athletes, Parents and Coaches:
With school opening (albeit online) and cooler, rainy weather settling in this week, we pass two markers that signal a new ski season is just around the corner. This looooong email will hopefully answer a lot of the questions that are probably bubbling around in your head. Before you continue reading, however, I ask you to please follow the link below. I need EVERY athlete/family to supply me with the MPS assigned student email address, the one ending in @mpsedu.org. You will understand why I need this once your read the entire email. Thank you.
MAST Athlete MPS Student Email Contact Form
Now back to UPDATE #4.
I. WHAT will the 2020-21 ski season will look like for MAST coaches, athletes and parents?
The good news is that ski areas are planning to open. We remain hopeful that the school district and the MN State High School League will allow the season to take place. More good news: It does not appear that the Fall sports season has contributed to the spread of the virus. The bad news is that changes and restrictions have been and will be instituted that will impact how we gather, educate, train, race and celebrate this season.
A. Announced and Proposed Restrictions and Changes To The Alpine Season
Some ski areas have started to publish their plans for opening and I have had a few conversations with people in the industry. Some of the changes I have seen announced or discussed so far are:
Hyland is waiting as long as possible to announce any final decisions about any restrictions they will be imposing, other than abiding by current State mandates (such as limiting building occupancy to 50% of the published building occupancy level). I would anticipate that many of the changes listed above will be our reality at Hyland as well.
B. MAST Changes: Confirmed and Anticipated
These are the changes MAST has had to make thus far, as well as some that we need to be prepared to swallow down the road.
1. No Giants Ridge Camp
I am sorry to report that the Giants Ridge Camp is CANCELLED for the 2020-21 season.
Camp Chicagami is closed. I spoke with Randy and he does not see how he will be able to host teams for overnight lodging for the foreseeable future. I know that this is a treasured experience for so many of you, coaches included. Let’s hope we can return in 2021-22. I am so sorry. Even at my advanced age, I look forward to going to camp with you every year. I assure you that I am just as disappointed as any one of you might be. Chins up. We march forward. We can still have a great season on the hill.
2. Other Cancelled MAST Events
MAST Ice Cream Social, Hoigaards Tent Sale Fundraiser, Pierce OktoberFest Fundraiser, Parent Social. We are hoping to offer one or two new team fundraisers and working to preserve the Urban Ventures Coffee Sale Individual Fundraiser.
3. Pre-Season Meetings, Orientations and Training Moved Online
Webinar dates and topics are listed below and on our website.
4. Limited Field Sizes At Races
I anticipate that if we do have opportunities to compete against other teams this year that the field sizes will be limited: fewer teams and fewer racers entered. US Ski and Snowboard is limiting the number of competitors to 100 athletes for each race day and venue. The usual number: 300-400. We should expect that high school racing will also impose limitations on field size this year. This means that all invitationals will likely be cancelled and there is the possibility that the section champs and state meet will be cancelled as well.
5. Changes To Coach-Athlete Instruction and Feedback
We are likely to reduce our face-to-face, coach-athlete interactions, demonstrations, and on-hill feedback and instead utilize social media more to communicate our training plans, drills, observations and feedback. This means you will be asked to take more control of your learning on the hill: knowing which directed free skiing drills are assigned each night, understanding the training plan for the evening, and more aggressively utilizing Sprongo to analyze your skiing technique and tactics. We will continue to offer feedback, but we will have to do it differently. Maybe we will continue to use google-meets to hold video review and feedback sessions within training groups. Man, that is a good idea. Note to coaches.
6. Changes To Transportation For Races and Supplemental Training
We may not be able to pack onto a bus for supplemental training or even races this season. We may need to recruit parents to drive athlete “pods” to races and/or supplemental training, if we decide that we can offer these opportunities safely. More to come on this issue.
7. Limits To Athlete Numbers At Training Sessions
Hyland may ask us to limit the number of athletes at each practice this season. Or, we may need to do this on our own in order to maintain some semblance of social distancing at Hyland. As our returning athletes know, it can get very crowded at the top of a lane waiting for your turn in the course. We may be able to adapt by offering more practice times, but it might also mean that we will have designated practices for certain groups during the week. Everyone may not be able to train six days a week as we have in the past. Hopefully this won’t be the case, but it is a possibility.
I share these scenarios and changes with you to alert you to how this season might be different from last season. Before you purchase equipment or a season pass, you need to know just how impactful the changes could be. The coaches will be just as committed as ever to helping you improve and achieve your goals for the season. My hope is that your desire to ski and train will be just as strong as it has been in the past, maybe even stronger since we have been sheltered in place more or less for the last six months.
C. New Practice Commitment and Participation Policy
For these reasons, I am implementing a new practice commitment and participation policy defining coaches' expectations around attendance and commitment. If you can’t make this level of commitment this season, please don’t take up a roster spot. This may seem harsh, but we are a competitive, varsity and junior varsity, high school sports team, not a recreational ski club. Unlike other sports, we do not require our athletes to tryout. We take students of all ability levels. In return, we ask for a commitment to regular attendance, sustained hard work, and a desire to develop into an exceptional skier. Think of it this way. How long would you stay on the roster of the Southwest girls’ varsity soccer team or the Washburn boys’ basketball team if you skip 50% of the practices? Even 25% of practices. If you walked away during the middle of practice to eat an order of french fries? Not long. This year, if you need to fuel up during practice, then make a sandwich at home, stuff it in your jacket, and eat it on a chair ride.
What do I mean by attending practice on a regular basis? The coaches will expect:
The bottom line is that the coaches expect athletes to show up often and train hard for the full practice. No riding in the terrain park during practice. No hanging out in the chalet checking social media. Train and have fun doing it... regularly.
III. Pre-Season Events and Webinar Logistics
Live webinars will be hosted using Google Meets through Minneapolis Public Schools. In order to participate, every family will need to utilize the ATHLETE’S MPS email account. You will not be able to participate using a personal or work email address. I know that some athletes may not wish to share your login and password with your parents. Nonetheless, my expectation is that you will log in using your MPS address and participate in the webinars with your parents. I would ask that you set your parents up with access to your email so that they can participate. We will try to post recorded webinars to Sprongo or YouTube to access later if you cannot attend live.
Every MAST athlete/family must fill out this form that will collect the MPS email address of every new and returning athlete. ClickHERE to complete the form. The email address you submit on this form should end in @mpsedu.org.
An invitation, including the webinar’s Google Meet link, will be sent to each @mpsedu.org email address registered. . Please do NOT try to link to the webinar using a personal or work email address. This will only complicate and delay the webinar. See the Pre-Season Events page on the MAST website for more information.
IV. Webinar Dates: Mark Your Calendars
Additional Webinars will be offered in November and December on the following topics:
It is time to be looking for equipment. If you are a returning athlete, try on your boots. Make sure they still fit. If you need to replace or find equipment, you need to get started now. We have good information on our website about what equipment you need, where to find it, and how to size it. Here is a link: https://www.mplsalpineski.org/
A. Local Equipment Swaps
So far, I only know of two swaps being held this Fall. I do see anything posted about a swap at Afton this year. Here are the two that are announced to date.
September 25-27, 2020.
Buck Hill Tent Sale
Here is a link for more information about the Buck Hill Tent Sale.
October 23-25, 2020
Team Gilboa Equipment Swap
Here is a link for more information about the Team Gilboa Ski Swap.
B. MAST Equipment Swap
Saturday, October 10 (tentative)
If we are holding a swap, it will be on Saturday Oct 10. Stay tuned.
C. Buying New: Pierce Skate and Ski
If you are buying any NEW equipment this season, I highly recommend scheduling an appointment with Pierce Skate and Ski in Bloomington. I have great confidence in the staff to properly match and fit you in the equipment that will serve you best. Appointments are required for those needing to purchase skis or boots. Walk-ins are welcome for those shopping for clothing, helmets, goggles, protective gear or tuning supplies.
Pierce Skate and Ski offers something it calls Flex pricing which gives 25% to 40% discounts off of Suggested Retail pricing on select race products from Atomic, Fischer, Head, Lange, Leki, Marker, Nordica, Rossignol & Swix. You will have to ask in the store for details.
Pierce also offers a package price on the 2019-20 Fischer FIS SL (sizes 155, 158 & 165) with bindings, race prep & binding installation at $999.95. These are "new" in the sense of "never been sold or used". This has proven to be a solid option for many high school racers as it is in the "medium" flex category which enables skiers who may not be highly skilled racers to roll the ski on edge and get it to arc. While $999.95 is a lot of money, unfortunately in the world of ski racing it is considered "reasonable".
One request that comes from me and me alone: This year, if you do not intend to purchase new, I would ask that you not use Pierce for the sole purpose of sizing equipment to purchase somewhere else. In the past, Pierce has been very kind to help our families find the right boot size or ski model and length in order for them to find the “correct” size in something used at a ski swap or online at a cheaper price. With Covid and the need to maintain social distancing and limit customer traffic in the store, we should not use valuable appointment times unless we are at least open to buying new from Pierce. For those who haven’t been to Pierce before, an appointment can take one and a half to two hours easily. The staff puts a lot of time into matching each customer with the right equipment. Of course, you are under no obligation to buy if you do schedule an appointment, but if you have no intention of purchasing boots or skis, please refrain from making an appointment in the first place. Hope this request on my part makes sense. If you aren looking for used equipment and are uncertain about what equipment to buy, how to select the right brand, model and size, and how to properly fit boots, then you need to be sure to participate in MAST Webinar #1.
Finally, the season opens Monday, November 9. Be sure to get out four to five times a week to exercise if you are not in a Fall sport.
In the next update, look for information about...
Call or email if you have questions. And don’t forget that our website contains a lot of information about our team and ski racing in general. We are updating it multiple times a week now. So keep checking back. Take a deep dive: www.mplsalpineski.org.
Have a great week.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Dear MAST Athletes, Parents and Coaches:
We would like to give you a brief update on our planning for the 2020-21 alpine ski season.
First, the MAST Covid Task Force is up and running. We held one meeting thus far and identified the many issues we need to consider this winter with Covid-19 remaining a health risk. As you probably anticipated, there are many more unknowns than knowns at this point.
Here is what we know:
No State Fair, so no goat barn cleaning fundraiser. This represents an $1800 fundraising loss for MAST.
At this point, we will not have any large in-person pre-season gatherings: i.e., ice cream social, orientation meeting, parent party. The Hoigaard's Tent Sale may or may not be held. Either way, we will not be participating.
Here are the unknowns:
1. Equipment Swap, MAST Equipment Night at Pierce; Coffee Sales Fundraiser.
These smaller gatherings are still up in the air. Whether it will be safe to hold these annual events will be determined by the Covid-19 infection rates as the dates draw close.
Will it be safe to use buses to transport athletes to races and supplemental training?
Can we utilize carpools to safely transport athletes to and from Hyland practices? Races? Supplemental Training?
3. Giants Ridge Camp.
Our four-day winter break camp is not cancelled yet, but it is hard to see how we can hold a camp this year unless there is a near miraculous turn of events. Sadly, Randy had to cancel all summer camps this year at Camp Chicagami. Obviously, Camp Chicagami will first need to re-open in order for us to offer a winter camp this season. The growing body of science suggests that transmission is more easily facilitated with increases in proximity, duration, and poor ventilation. All three factors are part of the experience of being at a GR training camp. In normal times, having long periods of time together in close proximity is one of the reasons you enjoy going to camp. Needless to say, a 2020-21 camp is highly unlikely, but we can all hold out hope, right? At least for a while. We will probably need to make a final call in early to mid-October, unless Randy makes a decision sooner to stay closed for the winter.
4. Supplemental Training and “Away” Race Venues.
How the transportation questions are answered will be an important factor in whether we will be able to offer Supplemental Training sessions or compete at Invitationals or venues other than Hyland this winter. And how we travel and house the team at the State Meet will need to be considered carefully this season. It is unlikely that we will have community meals this year: i.e., pasta dinners, our celebrated burrito bowls at Invites.
Three Rivers Parks and Hyland have not yet determined what new practices they will be implementing this season to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. We will need to adapt to whatever safeguards Hyland implements, such as limits on participation numbers at practices, shorter practice sessions, social distancing on chair rides, in lift lines and in the chalet, etc.
Please feel free to share questions and concerns you have that are not addressed here. You can send them via email to me at email@example.com or give me a call at 612-275-8392. For now, know that the MAST Covid Task Force will be monitoring all guidance issued by MPS, Minnesota Department of Health, the MN State High School League, and other governing organizations. Our top priority is to keep our athletes and families healthy through the 2020-21 season.
Second, we have a number of volunteer positions to fill this season due to graduation. Here are two we would like to fill sooner than later.
1. MAST Website Administrator.
We need one or two volunteers to keep our website up to date during the 2020-21 season. I have made some updates to the home page recently, but more work needs to be done. During the fall and winter months, the website becomes an important tool for informing, teaching, and celebrating our athletes’ success and improvements. The website platform we utilize (Weebly) is easy to learn and use.
2. MAST Registrar.
Tracking team registrations in the fall is an important volunteer role within the MAST organization. The MAST Registrar maintains the team database and helps update the team’s Google-Groups contacts roster. Most of the work is performed September through November.
Please call or email if you have any interest in filling either of these positions for the 2020-21 season. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 612-275-8392.
Third, the MAST Summer Strength and Conditioning Program continues... online. If you are not already following @Mplsalpineski on Instagram, please click this link and follow our page: https://www.instagram.com/mplsalpineski/
The link should prompt you to create an Instagram account if you do not have one already.
Finally, if you would like to send PHOTOS and/or SHORT (as in 15 seconds) videos of you and/or your friends working out, I will post these on our website. Just send them to me at email@example.com.
My hope is that all of you are staying healthy and maintaining some measure of sanity and even a bit of joyfulness occasionally.
All the best.
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Monday, June 15, 2020
MAST Summer Strength and Conditioning Program
Dear Athletes, Coaches and Parents:
We are (mostly) ready to share the first day of the MAST Summer Strength & Conditioning Program with you. (Mostly because video demonstrations are still uploading using my very, very slow wifi.) We will be posting three S & C workouts plus two aerobic workouts per week in both the @MplsAlpineSki Instagram account and Mpls Alpine on YouTube. Here are two ways you can access the workouts.
I. @Mplsalpineski on Instagram
First, if you were already following MAST and Mark on Instagram, you will already be a follower of @MplsAlpineSki. Luke and I just changed the name. If you are not already following @Mplsalpineski on Instagram, please click this link and follow our page:
The link should prompt you to create an Instagram account if you do not have one already.
II. Mpls Alpine on YouTube
You can also access the MAST Summer S & C workouts through the Mpls Alpine YouTube Channel.
All the information you need (warm-ups, workout exercises and reps, sets, video demonstrations) will be available in a spreadsheet that will be updated weekly. Each workout includes two links to two playlists. The first playlist is the Warm-Up Routine we would like you to use each day before you undertake the workout of the day. The second link takes you to the workout of the day (for instance, "Week 1. Day 1"). So...drum roll please.... here is the link to the MAST Summer Strength and Conditioning spreadsheet.
Note: Use the tabs on the bottom of the spreadsheet to access the five workouts we will be posting each week. We may not get all five workouts posted at the beginning of the week, so check back because we will be updating as needed during the week so that you do not miss any workouts.
III. Registrations for Summer Strength and Conditioning
Attached is a roster of all 39 of you who have registered for the MAST Summer S & C Program as of Sunday, June 14, at 10PM. Thank you for registering. This will allow our captains to find ways to engage with you during the summer. You should be hearing more about what they have planned soon. If you are not registered, here is a link:
Use the roster if you like to set up small workout groups. Small... keep it under 10, preferably smaller than that. Make sure you maintain proper social distancing.
If you have questions, please reach out.
Thanks, and good luck and have fun with this.
PS. Thank you to Luke for all his help figuring out the best social media platforms to use to share all this with you. Just goes to show you, you can teach an old dog new tricks but that doesn't mean he'll like them. You will still be getting long, artful, memorable, entertaining, wise, caring emails from me during the season.
PSS. Welcome back Ella Horgan. So glad you will be joining us from Michigan. You were deeply missed this year. Hope you had a wonderful year even without MAST in your daily life.
PSSS. Welcome to new MAST athletes Will Cherveny, brother of Finn, and Beatrice Moldow, a ninth grader at South next year. The MAST girls have expanded their roster. Yahoo!
MAST Update 1 - Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Dear MAST Athletes, Parents and Coaches:
Three months have passed since we celebrated the hard work and success of our 131 athletes and the 20th anniversary of MAST at our annual banquet. My how our lives and world have changed in this short period of time. Given the ever-present threat of Covid-19 and the terrible tragedy of events that have unfolded these past two weeks it takes some effort to push forward and begin planning for the upcoming 2020-21 alpine season. If we are going to have a ski racing season next winter preparation and planning must begin now.
I. Banquet Kudos
I would like to say THANK YOU to all who made the banquet a huge success! Thank you to Sabena Svedahl who chaired the festivities and consequently suffered through the details. Thank you to Susan Peterson and Michelle Smith who found so many ways to honor our athletes with their creativity and artistry. Thank you to Christine Smalley and Kelly Bent for the extra special efforts to acknowledge and celebrate the 20th anniversary! Thank you to all who volunteered with set up, serving, clean up. Thank you to the coaches who put tremendous thought and effort into planning the program. Thank you to Matt Arbeiter for your leadership across the 2019-2020 season! And THANK YOU Athletes for being terrific human beings. Each and every one of you is a joy to coach.
II. Summer Strength and Conditioning Program
We will be offering a Summer Strength and Conditioning Program. It begins Monday, June 15th. Unfortunately, we will be offering it remotely. Here is how it will work.
Starting on Monday, June 15, Daniel and I will be sending you THREE workouts that you can do during the week either on your own or with a small group of your friends (provided you maintain proper social distance from one another). We will send you the workouts with both written instructions and video demonstrations via Instagram and YouTube. We support any parents who do not want their athlete to have an Instagram account on their phone, so athletes, do not use this as an excuse to beg them for one. Both accounts will be private so you will need to subscribe. I will send you instructions on how to subscribe over the weekend. The workouts will change weekly. You will need to have quality shoes for running, jumping, and cutting. You might need some sidewalk chalk for some workouts, and maybe dig through your closet for that jump rope you still have from grade school gym class. Some of the workouts will require you to use a jump rope or create a speed ladder. The captains are also working on creating a way for you to track and share your workouts with the coaches and the rest of the team. They are also thinking up ways to make this fun and social even though we can’t gather as one large group. Stay tuned.
For now, if you would like to participate in the MAST Summer Strength and Conditioning Program, you need to register. Click here.
Be sure to fill out all the parts of the form and click on the submit button at the bottom of the page. Please register by the end of the weekend. If you don’t register, you will not be able to see the workouts The program will run from June 15 to the start of school. We will send you an email about how to access the program sometime on Sunday.
III. Planning Amidst Coronavirus
Planning for the 2020-21 season has begun in earnest. We plan for next season knowing that the pandemic is far from over and whatever plans we set could very well change. Many questions remain unanswerable today. Will we be able to ride a bus together? Will we need to limit the number of participants at a given practice? Can we share a cabin at Camp Chicagami? Sit down at a table together indoors?
With the State Fair cancelled, we have lost a significant team fundraising and bonding experience. We still hope to hold the ice cream social at Beards’, equipment swap, tuning sessions, parent party, etc. We have been building the calendar as though everything is normal. We will adapt, amend, and cancel as needed. Keeping you and your family healthy is our first priority.
IV. Immediate Volunteer Help Needed
We need your (parent) help. We have several volunteer roles to fill due to graduation. We also have one very important task force to get up and running. Please consider getting involved if you are not already.
A. Covid Advisory Task Force
We are calling upon the MAST community to create a task force that will be responsible for monitoring, communicating, and implementing any Covid related guidelines that are generated at the State, City or School District levels. Please reach out to Jodi if you would like to be part of this group. Everyone is qualified! We would like to this task force up and running very quickly.
B. Webmaster/Web Administration.
The MAST Website is an important source of information both during and out of season. We use a platform called Weebly that is relatively easy to learn. We could use one, two or three people to help maintain the website with up to date information, photos, forms, etc.
We need volunteers to help develop, lead, and/or assist with our team’s fundraising efforts. We especially need help developing a sponsorship program, pursuing grants, and managing specific fundraising events. Please contact Jodi or Mark Conway if you would like to learn more about how you can help.
As the season approaches a full list of open positions will be posted on the MAST website and announced in subsequent MAST Updates.
I will miss meeting with you in person this summer. Should the pandemic subside over the summer, and if MPS allows, we will consider returning to in person training sessions. For now, we need to dig deep and find other ways to support each other.
Please join us to celebrate another great year of MAST!
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Dinner served at 5:30
Program begins at 6
St. Joan of Arc Church (note this is a new location--a bigger space for our expanded team)
4537 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis
Menu: Greek/Mediterranean (peanut free, meat and vegetarian options)
Dinner is $20.00 per person ages 9 and older
Children 8 and under are free
Registration Deadline: Tuesday March 3, 2020
Pre-payment required using your Sports Sign Up account.
Click Here To Purchase Banquet Tickets
To keep costs as low as possible please pitch in!
Sophomores assigned set up duties starting at 4 PM
Freshman and Juniors to help clean up afterward
7th grader distribute dessert and pick up plates midway through program
Parents please help with clean up
Parent Volunteer Help Needed:
We also have a few specific jobs at the banquet for which we need parent volunteers: https://signup.com/go/NnaOOWG
Note: at the banquet sign-in table, you can order MAST photo books for this season, to be paid for at the banquet and delivered later. If interested, bring your checkbooks! We will also be selling MAST coffee mugs, ski straps, stickers, and other MAST Swag.
We hope to see you on March 10!