Winter is coming! We are three weeks away from the start of the high school alpine season. Are you ready to start practicing?
MAST Apparel and Swag Store Is STILL OPEN, but not for long!
The apparel sale has been extended a couple of days due to the MEA weekend. So, if you would like to order MAST apparel, do so in the next day or two. We want to place the order so this week so that we can get your order into your hands before Winter Break. Here is a link: MASTApparel Sale.
Congratulations to all 125 of you who are officially registered for the Mpls Alpine Ski Team. IT IS NOW TIME TO SUBMIT THE MPS/MSHSL FORMS TO YOUR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC DIRECTOR. If you are a 7th or 8th grader, you need to submit your forms to the athletic director of the high school to which you are assigned because of your address. I recommend dropping off the forms directly with the AD, but you can certainly put them in the mail. Be sure to place the name of the AD on the envelope along with your return address and mark the envelope ALPINE REGISTRATION. If you put SKIING on the envelope or on the form itself, the AD does not know whether the registration is for Alpine or Nordic.
You can find the forms you need by clicking on the link below that is associated with your high school. You should also be able to pick up forms directly from your athletic director.
Note that the forms that you need to submit to your high school AD are listed:
You do not need to print or turn in all 19 pages. And ignore the Student Transfer form. This does not apply to you. Be sure to look over this form twice. There are hard to spot signature requirements for both parents and athletes throughout these forms. If you miss a signature requirement, the AD will not clear you for participation.
If you played a FALL HIGH SCHOOL SPORT, you only need to turn in a new Emergency Referral Card. The Physical Examination Clearance Form is valid for three years. If you are a returning MAST athlete, PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR ATHLETIC DIRECTOR to see whether your Physical Exam Clearance Form is still valid for the Winter Season.
FORMS ARE DUE ON OCTOBER 28TH. This is the date of the MPS Winter Sports Registration Day. I would encourage you to turn the forms in BEFORE the 28th rather than AT the Winter Sports Registration event for that evening at your high school. I went to the Fall Sports Registration and there were long lines, chaos and much gnashing of teeth. I recommend turning in the forms BEFORE the registration evening. MAST coaches will not be in attendance at any of the schools that evening.
IMPACT Concussion Baseline Testing
Attached is a list of athletes who took a CONCUSSION BASELINE TEST last season. If your name is NOT on this list, you need to take the CONCUSSION BASELINE TEST this Fall. Exceptions: if you played a Fall Sport this year and took the baseline test for that sport, then you should be current. Here are the dates, times and locations for taking the concussion baseline tests before the season starts.
Wednesday, October 30 @ Southwest and Washburn
Option I: 3:15PM
Option 2: 4:30PM
Tuesday, November 5 at Southwest
Option I: 3:15PM
Option 2: 4:30PM
Read on to understand why we ask you to take a Concussion Baseline Test.
Athletes in many sports are vulnerable to a blow to the head that may result in a concussion. Although you will be wearing a helmet whenever you are on the slopes with MAST, the risk of suffering a concussion during the season remains. When concussions do occur, athletes are required to take a break from the sport and return only after being cleared to participate again by professionally trained concussion expert. One tool available to medical care personnel is a computerized concussion test. For this test to be most helpful, athletes are asked to take the test when the brain is “healthy”, that is, when it hasn’t sustained a concussion. The test measures multiple cognitive functions and gives each athlete a score for each area measured. Should the athlete suffer a concussion, the physician or attending care giver may elect to have you re-take the concussion test (after all the concussion symptoms have disappeared) in order to compare pre and post-concussion cognitive functions. If the scores don’t align well, your physician or other qualified medical care professional may continue to restrict your activity until your scores improve. When a concussion is sustained, your brain must fully heal before you can return to play. If someone with a concussion sustains a second concussion before the first concussion has fully healed, the risk of long-term cognitive damage increases greatly. So, please set aside on of the two dates and times listed above to take your baseline test. If you can’t attend either of these testing dates, you will need to contact the athletic trainer at your high school to arrange to take the test at another time.
Equipment: Last Call--Team Gilboa Equipment Swap at Hyland
Friday, Oct 25-Sunday, Oct 27.
I will be on the sales floor at Hyland from 4:00pm on Friday until about 6:30 or so to help anyone find equipment who still needs equipment. If you plan to attend during that time, feel free to send me a text with your equipment needs, sizing information, and your name. I can keep my eye out for quality equipment for you.
Season Pass Payments
Most of you have sent payment for your Hyland Hill Season Pass. Thank you. If you have not done so, please drop off a check made payable to Mpls Alpine or put it in the mail today.
Mpls Alpine Ski Team
4800 Harriet Ave South
Mpls MN 55419
The Captains will be holding fun practices at Lynnhurst Park from 4:30-6:00PM on the following dates:
Tuesday, Oct 29
Wednesday, Oct 30
Tuesday, Nov 5
Thursday, Nov 7
Hyland Season Pass Picture and Pass Pick Up
For our first practice on Monday, November 11, we are descending on Hyland to pick up our season passes. Join us between 6:30 and 8:00PM at Hyland to pick up your pass. Please arrive no later than 7:30PM. Mark the 11th in your calendar.
Dryland Training Begins Tuesday, November 12, 4:30-6PM at Washburn HS
Dryland will continue Monday through Friday until we start skiing at Hyland. Wear layers of warm clothing, athletic shoes for running and cutting and jumping, hat, gloves, and bring a water bottle. If the weather is cold, we will be outside. If the weather is stormy, we will be inside.
The coaches are working on a training and race calendar. We will also be working on assembling a team roster this week for you to use to form carpools and we will be sending out invitations to become a member of the MAST Sprongo site.