MAST Update 18
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Dear MAST Athletes, Coaches, and Families:
We are midway through our third week on snow together. We have learned and practiced many drills, posted video on Sprongo and Instagram, competed in two races, and skied thousands of gates and stubbies. Thank you to the athletes for your hard work and also for the way you have been conducting yourselves on the hill. Last night, a coach from another club stopped to talk with Coach Joel at the top of South Chair. She asked Joel the name of our team and then proceeded to tell him that the skiers on our team are the politest group training at Hyland. Now that is the kind of compliment a coach likes to hear. I also have been in several virtual meetings with coaches from across the state over the last several months and in our last meeting many coaches expressed frustration over the fact that they are continuously telling their skiers to put their masks back on. I have yet to do this because you have all been great about wearing your masks. I am really proud of you all. Thank you.
Jan 29 Wild Mt Race: Attached are the run orders and race plan for Friday’s race with Hill-Murray at Wild Mt. If you are slated to race, please check to see that your name is on the run order. Parents, please open the tab titled RACE PLAN to see the race worker positions and schedule for the afternoon. Please try to arrive ready to ski between 2:45 and 3. A coach will be stationed in front of the chalet no later then 2:45 with lift tickets.
We have ONE additional race worker role to fill. Please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can fill it.
Starter: You are positioned in the start house with a headset to give the start commands to the racers and communicate with the Chief of Timing in the timing building. You have to be able to read two and three digit numbers to the Timer through the headset and give the following commands in a clear, commanding (yet calming and warm) tone to the athlete at your window: “Racer Ready”... wait a few seconds.... “Go”. This is a fun and easy job, and you get a great view of the first half of the course.
Race Worker Sign Up for Remaining Hyland Races:
Please sign up to work the remaining races at Hyland. The first race went very smoothly, and we finished well ahead of schedule. Thank you to all who worked the race.
Saturday, Feb 6 Hyland Race
Varsity Race Sign Up - https://signup.com/go/UcpuFic
JV Race Sign Up - https://signup.com/go/fFyvWPh
Friday, Feb 12 Hyland Race
Varsity Race Sign Up - https://signup.com/go/JLwQDJq
JV Race Sign Up - https://signup.com/go/EfHohzB
Friday, Feb 19 Hyland Race
Varsity Race Sign Up - https://signup.com/go/VNcCoSH
JV Race Sign Up - https://signup.com/go/MDFXPcs
Friday, Feb 26 Hyland Race
Varsity Race Sign Up - https://signup.com/go/KgMydpL
JV Race Sign Up - https://signup.com/go/VvpZCRB
I am still working to get one or two more races on the schedule. One at Afton with Mahtomedi and another with Brainerd. Unfortunately, it is really hard to find venues that want to hold races this year and if they do, have the availability.
Subsections, Sections and State: I am told that the MSHSL is expected to make a decision next week about whether to hold section and state championship competitions this year. Right now, “the thinking” is that we would have a subsection competition (4 teams) with the winner advancing to a four-team section championship. Most likely the state meet would consist of the four section champions only, but we are trying to get that bumped to eight teams. Our section championship (should we get that far) would be held on March 3. The State Meet would be a two-day affair (at this point) with March 9 for a state championship competition for individual qualifiers and March 10 for the team competition.
II. A Couple of Reminders
Continue Stating Your Race Intentions
Thank you for stating your race intentions for the first three races. This really helps me out. Keep up the good work: https://www.mplsalpineski.org/race-day-sign-up.html
Watch your video on Sprongo. Study your video and the runs of your teammates. Listen to the coaching that your coach might be whispering into your ear as you watch. If you don’t have an account set up, check your email Inbox and Spam, because I have sent repeated email invites from Sprongo to those of you who do not have an account set up.
Next to Sprongo, the greatest coaching tool ever. Watch the drills we post on Instagram before and after practice. Implant the images into your mind. No other team has 70 drills on video with verbal instructions to guide their athletes through the fundamental movements of the sport. USE THIS TOOL.
Keep your skis sharp and waxed. If you don’t know how to tune your skis, go to our Ski Tuning Page on our website and download two helpful pdf documents--MAST Tuning Guide and MAST Tuning Supplies: https://www.mplsalpineski.org/ski-tuning.html
Hill Clean UP
Please be sure you are sticking around after training to help tear down the courses and slip in the ruts. It takes multiple runs of slipping to get the lanes back in shape. MAST prides itself on being good stewards of the lanes we are assigned so please do your part and stay to help.
A big thank you to the coaches—both volunteer and paid. The pandemic has knocked us off our normal routines and you have adapted to the many changes. Thank you.
PS. For all of you blessed and loved enough to be going somewhere else to ski over the next several days, have fun and use the longer runs of the mountain to practice your drills. Plus, just enjoy making the best carved turns on the mountain, non-stop top to bottom.