Update #8: Vaccination Mandate, Sprongo, and Waivers Update
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Dear MAST Athletes, Coaches and Parents:
Hopefully, everyone has submitted all the required MPS/MSHSL paperwork to your high school AD or registered online. The Athletic Directors are scrambling to “CLEAR” all winter sports athletes. I have not received any communication regarding who is cleared at this point. When I do, I will pass this information along.
I. Vaccinations and the MPS School Board
I spoke with Dave Wicker today. Mr. Wicker is the Assistant Athletic Director for MPS Athletics. He also oversees alpine skiing for the school district. He informed me that the MPS School Board voted last night to mandate vaccinations for MPS students and coaches, paid and volunteer. I do not know whether this includes students under 12, but it does include anyone participating in a high school sport. So, all MAST athletes and coaches must be fully vaccinated as of Monday, November 15, 2021. Yes, you read that correctly. Fully vaccinated. Both doses unless you received the Johnson and Johnson. Please don’t shoot the messenger. If you choose not to be vaccinated, you must submit a weekly negative covid test to participate. Test results should be sent to Dave Wicker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not contact Mr. Wicker to complain or comment about the decision. He is just the messenger and I appreciate the heads up so at least I can let you know possibly before the district formally communicates with you,
Just because I don’t want the fun news to end quite so soon, I thought I would also write about all the waivers we get to sign this year.
II. Ski Area Waivers
Nearly every ski area around the country is now requiring skiers to complete and sign some version of a liability release or waiver. Minnesota ski areas are no exception.
We need parents and athletes to fill out the following three waivers. Unfortunately, there may be more to sign in a couple of weeks. For now, please get these three waivers completed and submitted. The first two are attached and you can turn them in at the Hyland season pass pick up event on Monday, Nov. 15th.
A. Mpls Public Schools Transportation Waiver
MPS is requiring all coaches to have a copy of every student’s transportation waiver in hand should we need to utilize personal vehicles to transport athletes this winter. Bus drivers are in short supply this year and we may have a last minute need to transport athletes in personal cars should a bus not show up for a trip or simply be unavailable. Please bring this waiver completed and signed to the Hyland Season Pass pick up on Nov 15. The Transportation Waiver is attached.
If you can’t attend for some reason, please mail the MPS Transportation Waiver to me:
4800 Harriet Ave
Mpls, MN 55419
Please do NOT submit them the electronically. I don’t want to spend my time printing out waivers. Sorry.
B. Hyland/Three Rivers Park District
This waiver is attached. Please download, print and complete this waiver. You can bring it with you on Monday, Nov. 15th to the Hyland Season Pass Pick Up. You will need to submit this waiver in order to get your season pass.
C. MN Ski Areas Association
This waiver is completed online and will cover you for Welch Village Ski Area and possibly other ski areas in Minnesota. All MAST athletes need to complete this waiver. Here is a link:
MN Ski Areas Association Liability Release
This topic is much more fun and will bring you hours of lasting joy and improve your performance on the race hill should you follow through. MAST uses a video sharing service called Sprongo. Sprongo was created by a former ski racer who has a deep understanding of how performance can be improved through visual learning. The MAST coaches shoot video clips of our athletes in training and sometimes at races. The video clips taken at a practice or race is then uploaded to the playlist created for that day on the MAST Sprongo account. The only people who can watch those clips are the coaches and athletes and anyone you give your username and password to. Otherwise, video of you skiing is inaccessible to the general public. Each clip can be tagged to the athlete featured in the video. All video uploaded and tagged will be listed in both the playlist of the day and in the athlete’s Sprongo account. Consequently, when an athlete is a senior, he or she can watch video taken when in 7th grade. Pretty fun to see how much improvement you have made. Mostly though, the coaches want you to study your video and that of the better skiers on the team. Coaches talk into the camera and give you tips as they are filming you so that you can remember the advice you were given that day in practice. It has been a tremendous coaching tool for our skiers over the years. I want you to use it. Besides, we pay for this service... so don't waste your money.
By Friday evening, I will have sent an invitation through Sprongo to our new teammates to become members of the Minneapolis Alpine Ski Team Sprongo Site. The invitation will be sent to your MPS email address. Please check your MPS email account for the invitation to join Sprongo. If you are a returning MAST skier who does not have a Sprongo account set up for yourself, let me know and I will send you an invitation to join as well. If you have a Sprongo account, please make sure you know your username and password and make sure it works. Parents: Please DO NOT set up an account in your name or for yourself.
Three Do Nots:
IV. Leftover Swap Sale Equipment
In my tiny basement, I have a number of pairs of boots and skis that did not sell back in October at our equipment swap. I need the space back. Please contact me at 612-275-8392 to make arrangements to pick up your unsold equipment. Thank you.
PS. Hyland is in desperate need of employees. If you know anyone who would like a job this winter, please send them to Hyland. They need people to fill EVERYTHING! They are always short lift operators. That is the reason that they fail to open the rope tow on time. Lack of lift attendants.