MAST Update Week One
Saturday, November 11, 2023 10:00PM
Good Evening MAST Athletes, Families and Coaches:
The 24th Season of the Mpls Alpine Ski Team opens on Monday. Although there is no snow or freezing temperatures in sight, we have a full slate of activities on the calendar and many tasks to complete before dryland training opens on the 14th.
I. Sunday, November 12, 6PM
Do not miss the Orientation to the 2023-24 Alpine Season webinar. Our schedule is jammed packed with practices, extra trainings, camps, races, race intentions, early releases, buses, sign ups, deadlines, tuning, equipment drop offs, car pools, etc. Please plan to attend this webinar. We will answer all of your what, who, when, where, and how questions. Hopefully, you will then find it much easier to keep up with all of the opportunities and responsibilities.
Athletes: sitting in your MPS Email Inbox is an invitation to join the webinar. Please follow the link in your MPS account to join the webinar. Parents, please try to view the presentation with your athlete using his/her MPS account. If this is not possible, you can join using the link below, but please exercise patience because we will have to admit you to the meeting.
II. Monday, November 13, 6-7:30PM
Hyland Season Pass Photo Night
Whether you purchased your pass through MAST or online through Three Rivers Park District, join us Monday night to get your picture taken and pick up your season pass. In addition, we will ask you to take care of some administrative tasks. One task we need to check off the list is to ask you to complete and return a Transportation Waiver from MPS. This waiver is needed should our bus not show up to take us to a race and we need to jump in parents’ cars to get to the race venue. Please download and have your parents fill out and sign the waiver and bring it with you Monday evening.
PARENTS, IF YOU ARE NOT BRINGING YOUR ATHLETE TO HYLAND ON MONDAY, BE SURE TO SIGN THE TRANSPORTATION WAIVER AND SEND IT TO HYLAND WITH YOUR ATHLETE.
Click here to access the Hyland Waiver Download the attached MPS Transportation Waiver AND the Season Pass Pick Up Checklist.
III. Coffee and Salsa Individual Fundraiser Closes MONDAY
Don't Forget To Turn In Your Orders on Monday!
If you sold MinneSalsa and Urban Ventures Coffee to raise money to cover some of your additional expenses with MAST, BRING YOUR SALES PROCEEDS AND ORDER FORMS TO HYLAND ON MONDAY EVENING.
IV. Dryland Training Schedule
Tuesday, November 14 through Thursday, November 16.
Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21
Wear good athletic shoes. Wear layers of warm clothes. Bring Water. Be ready to work hard.
V. MAST Retreat
Saturday, November 18
11th and 12th Graders: 9AM-Noon
7th through 10th Graders: 1PM-4PM
Bush Lake Ski Jump Chalet (84th Street and Chalet Road)
We are bringing back an old MAST tradition, a team retreat. The chalet at the ski jump is not big enough to comfortably house a retreat for our large team, but it will be perfect if we split up into two groups—one meeting in the morning and the other in the afternoon. The retreat gives the coaches an opportunity to explore many different aspects of our sport with you: technique, tactics, visualization, goal setting, enhancing peak performance, and some important sessions for our new athletes: the elements of a slalom course, what to expect on race day, how to utilize Sprongo, understanding the fundamentals of our sport. There is no need to sign up, just show up.
VI. Introducing Sprongo.
All MAST Athletes need to have a Sprongo account in your name. Sprongo is the video sharing site we use to store the video clips we take of your skiing during the season. Yesterday, all athletes new to MAST should have received an invitation from Sprongo to set up a member account with our team.
Follow these instructions please.
1. Set up the account using your first name and last name. This is important because your coaches will be “tagging” your videos using your name, not a nickname or alias.
2. Set up the account using your personal email address, NOT your school address. When your graduate from high school, you will no longer be able to access your school email account. If, for any reason, you want to access your videos after high school, you will still be able to do so using your personal account.
3. Save and safely store your password AND share your password with your parents and anyone else who loves you enough to want to follow your progress in Sprongo.
4. Upload a picture of yourself to your account profile. This will help the coaches and your teammates learn to recognize you on the hill and off.
VII. Ski Area Waivers
Parents and athletes: be sure to sign the waivers to all of the ski areas we will be visiting this season. I know many of you have gotten this done already, so thank you. I would like everyone to get this done by Monday. Please.
Giants Ridge-- This link will take you to all of the various waivers used by different customers who ski at Giants Ridge. You as an alpine ski racer need to open and complete the waiver titled “2023-24 Competitive Event Participation Agreement.”
VIII. Registration With MPS Athletics
Last call to register for Alpine Skiing with MPS Athletics.
Here is the link to follow to register online:
Here is the link to follow to pay the MPS Activity Fee of $75:
NOTE: 7TH AND 8TH GRADE ATHLETES NEED TO PAY THE $75 ACTIVITY FEE BY CHECK TO YOUR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC DIRECTOR. THE ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM WILL NOT TAKE PAYMENT FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS. MAKE THE CHECK PAYABLE TO YOUR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC PROGRAM, i.e. Washburn Athletics.
All athletes need to be cleared to participate in Alpine Skiing by their high school athletic director. All forms must be signed and submitted and all activity fee payments collected. I will send out an email sometime on Monday with the names of all athletes who are cleared to participate.
IX. Registration With MAST
A handful of you still need to register with MAST. Please do so today. Thank you.
X. Giants Ridge Camp
We currently have 48 athletes registered for our Giants Ridge Training Camp over Winter Break. If you know you are attending, please do not delay registering. If you need to break up the camp fee into smaller payments, we can make arrangements to do so. Just contact me at email@example.com.
Here is a link for more information about camp and how to register:
Giants Ridge Training Camp
XII. Team Calendar
The team calendar is loaded in google calendar and displays on our website. Scroll down to the bottom of the home page. You can link our calendar to your personal calendar if you want. We will also be loading our team calendar in Team Snap.
See you Monday night. Arrive anytime between 6 and 7PM.
Thank you for your careful attention to detail.