MAST UPDATE #3
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Dear MAST Athletes, Parents and Coaches:
First, THANK YOU to all 110 of you who helped clean the goat barn AND the poultry barn back on September 5th. Magnificent work. You dug right in. Focused. Smiles and no complaining. I am so proud of this team. Thank you to Matt McConville for his dedicated work managing each one of our State Fair Barn Cleaning efforts over the last year. Amazing dedication to our team!
We have a ton of stuff coming up. Here is the rundown.
I. Upcoming Fundraising Events
The 3rd Annual MASTers Golf Tournament
Thursday, September 29, 4PM Sharp
Calling all avid golfers and hacks. Do not miss the chance to participate in 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.
MASTers Golf Tourney Information HERE
MASTers Golf Tourney SIGN UP HERE
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.
RAFFLE DONATIONS HERE
MAST Pasta Dinner Fundraiser at Mr. Paul’s Supper Club
Monday, October 10, Seating at 5:30PM and 7:00PM.
Adult Ticket: $25
Child Ticket for children UNDER 12: $15.
Click HERE For More Information and to Purchase Tickets.
II. MAST Information Meeting and Registration Update
Orientation to High School Ski Racing and MAST
Monday, September 26, 7-8PM.
Where: Fuller Park Rec Center, 4802 Grand Ave S.
For: New Athletes and Parents, but also valuable for returning athletes and parents who might have missed this orientation last year.
What: 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.
For those who cannot attend in person, I will be posting a narrated slideshow of the presentation later that week on our website.
Registering for Alpine Skiing: A Two Step Process
Step One: Register with Minneapolis Public Schools Athletics.
Step Two: Register with MAST Online. Registration with MAST will open October 1. I will send out very specific information next week about registering with MAST.
You are welcome to complete Step One now. I have been told that the athletic directors want everyone to register online instead of submitting the paper forms. The only paper form that you can physically submit to your high school athletic director is a completed and signed Physical Qualifying Examination Form that is signed by a qualified health care professional, i.e., physician, nurse practitioner, etc. You can find this form attached. My understanding is that this form can also be uploaded to the account you create to register for MPS Athletics.
More about the Physical Qualifying Examination Form: once submitted and filed with your AD, the form is good for three years. So, if you have never played a sport at the high school level with MPS, you need to get this form completed and signed by your health care provider. You can then either upload the completed form to your account with MPS athletics or turn it in directly to your high school athletic director. For those who have skied with MAST in the past, check with your AD to see that your form is still valid for the ski season. If not, you will need to submit a new signed Physical Qualifying Examination form before the start of the season.
For those in middle school: DO NOT TURN ANY FORMS INTO YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL OR YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETIC DIRECTOR.
Here is a link to register with MPS Athletics online: https://mplscity-ar.rschooltoday.com
Once you complete all the forms, you will then click on another link to pay the $75 Activity Fee. In the past, we have asked MAST athletes to pay that fee to MAST and we in turn submit the activity fees to MPS. This year, we are directing you to pay the activity fee online with MPS Athletics. The Activity Fee does get applied to the Alpine budget in full.
So, register with MPS athletics now.
Register with MAST starting October 1. Instructions coming next week.
Buck Hill Ski Swap
Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24Now is the time to be looking for any equipment you need. The first swap will be held this Friday through Sunday at Buck.
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. Be sure to read our MAST Buying Guide For Ski Equipment.
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.
MAST Equipment Day at Pierce Skate and Ski
Wednesday, October 5 10AM-8PM
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 to receive an appointment time.
Team Afton Ski Swap
Saturday, Oct 8 11AM-8PM and Sunday, Oct 9 11AM-5PM
Click HERE for Details
MAST Ski Swap and Tuning Clinic and Individual Fundraiser Kick-Off
Saturday, October 15, 2-5PM
Location: 4800 Harriet Ave
Equipment Check In: 1:00-2:00PM
Equipment Sale: 2:00-5:00PM
Equipment Pick Up/Cash Out: 5:00-6:00PM
Tuning Clinic: 3PM
MAST Ski Swap Instructions For Selling Your Old Equipment
If you have any equipment you would like to sell at the swap, you are encouraged to post this information on our website in advance. This includes skis, boots, shin guards, poles, gs suits, bibs, etc. Here is what to do.
Step One: Take one or more pictures of each item you would like to sell. Be sure to get as much detail in as possible, i.e., condition of the boot soles, model information, flex number, sizing, etc.
Step Two: Fill out the Equipment Sales Form on our website.
Step Three: Send the photos to Cyrus Vahhaji (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mark Conway (email@example.com), along with a short message that you would like these photos on the website and that you have filled out the sales form for each item. If the item does not sell before the swap on Oct 15, then bring it to the swap to sell.
MAST Tuning Clinic: Saturday, October 15 at 3PM
(During the MAST Ski Swap)
All MAST athletes should be able to tune your skis (sharpen your edges and wax your bases). Parents are encouraged to also learn how to tune the skis so you can help your athlete do this properly without damaging the skis. Two brains are better than one.
Our tuning clinic will teach you the basics of tuning and will help you get started. Join us at 3PM on Oct 15th.
How is that? Is your brain ready to explode? I know this is a lot of information, but we have a lot going on already. Remember to go to our website regularly for reminders on all that is coming up and all that you need to be doing to be ready to ski as soon as the season opens.
I look forward to seeing many of you soon.
Be well. Make good choices.