Dear Athletes, Parents, and Coaches:
Welcome to a new season of high school ski racing. Although it is pleasant 83 degrees outside, it is now time to start getting organized for 20th season of operation for the Minneapolis Alpine Ski Team. I know, it sounds crazy. But our sport is quite a bit more complicated to administer than other sports. If you are new, you will only fully understand this statement in February and March. You will also know by then that it is the best sport to play.
Welcome NEW Parents and Athletes
If you are receiving your first MAST Update, WELCOME! I encourage you to read these updates carefully because each one is filled with detailed information about such matters as team fundraisers, equipment, training, racing, parent involvement and, of course, registration.
Also, I would ask you to fill out a short form that will allow me to add your athlete to our roster as well as any contact information you would be willing to share. This will help the MAST Board and coaches plan for the upcoming season. Filling out the form does not in any way commit your athlete to joining MAST. We simply want to know who is interested so we can plan well for the upcoming season. Here is a link to that Athlete Contact Information Form: MAST ATHLETE CONTACT INFORMATION FORM.
If in the end you decide not to join MAST, just let me know and I will remove you from our distribution list and provisional roster.
Welcome Returning Athletes and Families
Daniel and I have had the good fortune of working with many of you these last eight weeks in our summer strength and conditioning program. How fun it is to watch you improve your speed, agility, endurance, balance and strength. I look forward to seeing the rest of you in the weeks and months ahead as we commence our fundraising, social, and “getting organized” events.
If you are NOT planning on returning to MAST, please call me or send me an email. I hope everyone is returning, but I know that every year a handful of people decide to pursue other interests, move, or even transfer schools. On some rare occasions, some athlets decide they just don’t want to ever be cold again.
2019-2020 MAST Fact Sheet
Attached is an updated MAST Fact Sheet. I especially encourage the new families to read this over carefully and then to call or email if you have any questions.
MAST Information Meeting
Date(s) are not yet set, but know that we will be holding one or two MAST information meetings this fall for new parents and athletes to learn more about our sport and our team: practices and camps, races, equipment, philosophy and policies, etc.
A few of us are in the process of updating the MAST website. The home page is finished, and we will steadily update the other pages over the next three weeks and then as needed through the end of the season. I encourage you to check our website regularly.
MAST TEAM Fundraiser: State Fair Barn Cleaning Fundraiser on Labor Day
Once again, we are returning to the State Fair on Monday, September 2, 2019 to clean the Goat Barn. All athletes, parents, alums, coaches, and friends of MAST are encouraged to assist. Last year we had over 100 volunteers who gained free admission to the Fair and then spent 2.5 – 3 hours cleaning out the barn. It was a little stinky but still a great team building and fundraising opportunity. Click HERE for more information and to SIGN UP.
Hoigaards INDIVIDUAL Fundraiser
The Hoigaards Tent Sale will be held on September 13, 14, 15. Athletes 14 years of age and older along with parents are invited to volunteer to work one or more Tent Sale shifts (4 hours, and earn $10/hour for MAST. MAST will credit your account for the amount you earn for MAST and then you can use that money to fund such things are your team fee, Giants Ridge Camp fee, supplemental training costs, apparel purchases and banquet tickets. Hoigaards Tent Sale Volunteer Sign Up will open on Friday, August 9. I will send a link out to the team as soon as Hoigaards releases the link. Note that these shifts fill quickly. Other high school ski teams are also signing up. One caution: sign up only if you are certain you can fill the spot. It is not cool to sign up and then cancel on Hoigaards later. We know emergencies happen, but that should be the only reason for cancelling. Thanks.
Save the Dates
Sunday, September 22: MAST Picnic at Beards’ Plaisance
Saturday, September 28: MAST Equipment Swap, 9AM-Noon at 4800 Harriet Ave.
Sell, donate, and/or purchase used equipment and apparel. Knowledgeable coaches, parents and athletes will be on hand to help fit and match you with the most appropriate equipment.
Other Equipment Swaps
Buck Hill Ski Swap: September 27-29
Afton Alps Ski Swap: Oct 4-6
Team Gilboa (Hyland Hills): October 25-26
Monday, November 11, 2019: High School Alpine Season Opens
Monday, December 30, 6AM-Thursday, January 2, 2020, 10PM: Giants Ridge Camp
Registration for MAST is a two-step process. You will take the first step of registering with MAST, the non-profit that manages the day to day operations of the team, in September. You will take the second step in October when you register with your high school athletic department. I will give you more information about how and when to register in a subsequent email update. However, if you are new to MAST and to high school athletics, download the attached MPS Physical Examination Form and print it out. You will need your son’s or daughter’s physician to complete and sign this form as part of the second step of the registration process. If your child has a doctor appointment coming up yet this summer or fall, be sure to bring this form along. Eventually, it will need to be turned in with your other registration forms to your high school (not middle school) athletic director. If your child is not scheduled to visit his or her physician before these forms are due in October, check with your health care provider about how to get these forms completed and signed. Make sure your physician uses the Physical Examination Form specific to MPS.
As you can see, much ground was covered. We are now officially rolling. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
Head Coach, MAST