MAST UPDATE #2
Thursday, September 1, 2022
Dear MAST Athletes, Parents and Coaches:
I. The MAST Pre-Season officially opens on Monday, September 5 with our Minnesota State Fair Goat and Poultry Barn Cleaning Fundraiser. This team (YOU) is amazing. We already have 109 of the 120 volunteer positions filled. THANK YOU. It is not too late to sign up.
MN State Fair Goat and Poultry Barn Clean Up Even
Date: Monday, September 5th
Location: MN State Fair Goat and Poultry Barn
1785 Judson Avenue St. Paul
SIGN UP LINK: https://signup.com/go/jOUaTFR
Tickets can be retrieved from the McConville Homestead between 8AM and 8PM beginning tomorrow, Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5th. Well, don’t wait until Monday at 8PM to pick them up or you will miss the fun.
Where: The McConville Homestead
5057 Newton Ave South.
Tickets will be in a clear plastic bin on the deck (facing the park) like last year. See attached photos to orient yourself to the correct location. The clear plastic bin will be in the front facing the park. Be sure to sign the sheet when you take your tickets. Anybody can text or call Matt at 612-802-9560 with questions.
III. Save The Dates
A. Monday, September 26, 7-8PM.
“Orientation to High School Ski Racing and MAST”
Where: Fuller Park Rec Center, 4802 Grand Ave S.
For: New Athletes and Parents
What: Learn more about high school racing and the Mpls Alpine Ski Team. We will give you a fairly extensive education on high school ski racing and the what, how, who, why, when and where of all things related to MAST.
My apologies for scheduling this on Rosh Hosannah. I was unaware of the conflict until it was too late to reschedule. I will be posting a narrated slideshow of the presentation later that week for those who cannot attend the meeting.
B. Thursday, September 29, 4PM to ???
“The 3rd Annual MASTers Golf Tournament”
We’re excited to announce the 3rd Annual MASTers Golf Tournament (see attached) to be held at 4PM on Thursday, September 29 at Hiawatha Golf Course. A flyer is attached and a link to register is posted below. Just a reminder that this is a causal round of scramble golf for fun, so all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, alumni, coaches, and fans of MAST are welcome. The youth have to sit this one out however.
We are also excited to be holding a raffle at the event for a chance to win incredible prizes. But we need YOU to help provide them—just make sure they’re incredible! Please donate any goods or services that you are certain others would want to receive. I was told I cannot donate the 12 pair of rusting skis sitting in my basement. Shucks.
RAFFLE DONATIONS HERE
C. Friday, September 23-Sunday, September 25
Buck Hill Ski Racing Team Tent Sale
Okay, this is not a MAST event, but it is an opportunity to buy USED equipment, clothing and gear. ONE CAUTION: Every year a new MAST athlete goes to this sale and shows up for our first on-hill practice with the WRONG equipment. There are too many unknowledgeable people selling equipment at this swap. If someone says “this will work for high school racing” either call me (612-275-8392) or walk away and find a new salesperson. You want race equipment, not recreational equipment that will “work” for a new high school skier. I see that you can pay $20 and enter the sale at noon ahead of the general public. This is an opportunity to get the best pick of used race skis and boots. Otherwise, the doors open at 2pm.
Here is a link for more information on the Buck Hill Ski Swap.
Please check out the Equipment Pages on our website for a lot of detailed information about the equipment you need. Attached is a revised MAST Buying Guide For Ski Equipment. This is also available on our website under the Equipment header. The MAST Guide will help you understand how to size and select quality used (and new) equipment. Please note: You need SLALOM race skis and RACE boots. You do NOT want to use RECREATIONAL skis or boots. Why? Because they will not perform well in a slalom race course. The skis will be slow to turn. The boots won’t flex and help you create the kind of angles you need to progress as a racer.
D. Wednesday, October 5 10AM-8PM
MAST Equipment Day at Pierce Skate and Ski
I will be at Pierce most of the day to help MAST athletes select and size any equipment you might need. MPS is not in school on the 5th so you can make appointments starting at 10AM. All you have to do is call Pierce Skate and Ski to receive an appointment time.
Pierce Phone: 952-884-6932
Now, to be clear, you can make an appointment anytime to go to Pierce before the 5th. Many of you have done so already. I would like to remind you of what I said in Update #1: new equipment is likely to be in short supply this year. If you plan to buy new, make an appointment for the 5th or on an earlier date. This will give you the best choices if
you are buying new.
That’s a lot to chew on so I’ll stop here. More news to share next week.
And I will see many of you on Monday.
Happy Labor Day.
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