Mitey Mite Parents: Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the relationship between MRT and Meadows Resort?
Meadows Race Team is the alpine ski racing team that operates out of Mt. Hood Meadows Resort. MRT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The team was formed in 1984 and has a long and successful history in alpine competition. MRT offers programs to competitors ages 6 to adult. Although MRT operates at Mt. Hood Meadows Resort, it is an independent entity that enjoys special privileges related to grooming, fundraising and designated meeting and training space at Mt. Hood Meadows, our greatest supporter!
What is the program's philosophy?
Meadows Race Team provides an important service to Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. The team helps young people to be involved in a healthy outdoor competitive experience rivaled by few. MRT teaches athletes to have fun while learning to be expert skiers and outstanding competitors. We strive to retain athletes through the entire continuum of competitive programs that MRT offers. We realize that while having fun and learning to ski all terrain and conditions is the goal at the entry level, competition teaches the greatest lessons as racers progress through MRT. Life skills such as dedication, hard work, time-management, goal setting and ability to travel become an important part of what we teach. MRT strives to develop outstanding skiers who love the sport and the outdoor winter alpine environment. And, MRT strives to develop outstanding young human beings. MRT strongly promotes the concept of team and reliance on others in the collective pursuit of excellence. MRT promotes participation and seeks to grow our organization in all areas, each year. We host events and showcase winter snow sports competition at Mt. Hood Meadows.
MRT is committed to fun.
MRT is committed to learning.
MRT is committed to excellence.
What does it mean to be a member of MRT?
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, MRT is bound by its Articles of Incorporation. MRT is governed by a body of annually/biannually elected directors who set policy in accordance with the organizations Bylaws. Operations and the day to day management of MRT rests with the organization's Program Director. Participants in MRT's programs are required to pay tuition to take advantage of the program and its benefits. Although membership does not include ownership interest in the club, or the right to participate in governance of the program, all members can present agenda items to the board at monthly meetings and have voting rights in annual MRT BOD elections.
Are lift tickets and passes included in the team fee?
No, the team fee pays for coaching, race equipment (gates, timing equipment etc), mountain space, and entry into the Mitey Mite council races. Many Families choose to buy a season pass. Check with Meadows Resort for pass pricing.
Where and when do the kids meet?
On Saturday and Sunday kids meet outside the North Lodge by “The Map” at 8:45 a.m. for warm up and directions before loading the lift at 9:00am.
Do parents need to ski with the team?
No. Although we may ask for parents of the youngest athletes to assist in lift riding or to “tag-along” on powder days. Feel free to discuss with the coach about skiing with the team.
Will my child ever ski without a coach?
Yes. Older mitey mites will often be given some drills while coaches are setting gates.
What if they are late?
Check the lodge dry erase board to see if there is note from your child’s coach . If not, we suggest you do some family free skiing and perhaps you’ll run into the group. Look for a MRT coach and ask them to radio your racer’s group. If you cannot locate your group, find them at lunch (11:00).
What if it is raining?
We still train but recommend bringing some extra clothing, particularly gloves. Yellow slickers are helpful on rainy days.
Are kids expected to come on a regular basis?
Yes, it is best if your child attends on a regular basis; however, we understand that families take vacations and if it is a ski vacation – great.
When do they take lunch?
11:00 to 12:00 at lodge. Coaches do not supervise children during lunch. Lunch is not provided. This is the parent’s responsibility.
Should my child have money/snack in her pocket?
Yes, particularly the younger children who tend to become cold quicker than the older children. That way the coach can take a “warm-up” cocoa stop with the children.
What time in the afternoon are they dismissed?
2:00 p.m. at “The Map” outside the North lodge. We ask that you please be punctual in picking up your child so that you can communicate with the coach if necessary.
Can they carry a family radio/cell phone with them?
Yes; however, sometimes the coach will ask that radios/phones be turned off as they can be a distraction. We recommend that you keep your radio/phone on and let your child be the one to contact you rather than the other way around.
What happens if they get hurt?
Your child will be taken to the Meadows Medical Clinic. Your child’s coach will endeavor to contact you.
What happens if they get separated from their group?
Your skier should ski to the bottom of ski lift and wait for the group. He or she should tell the lift operator that she or he is lost. She or he can ask any MRT team coach for help. The ski area is large; all team parents should keep an eye out for separated children and assist in helping.
What do coaches do if one child has to go to the bathroom?
Older kids, J4s, training gates will be allowed to go and come back on their own. The coach and his or her group will wait for the younger children. PLEASE make sure your racer uses the bathroom before training starts!
Where do they train?
The team uses the entire ski resort. They will do a combination of directed free skiing, drills and gate training during the day.
How are training groups made?
Groups are made up of a combination of age and ability. The hope is that each child receives the appropriate training in a group of peers that provide a good social experience. If you have questions about your child’s group, talk to the coach first.
How does the J6-One Day program differ from the Weekend Program?
The Mighty Mite one-day program is designed to be an introduction to ski racing and consists primarily of directed free skiing with limited gate training. The Weekend program starts in late December and is designed for the more serious, experienced skier who wants to concentrate on developing their racing skills. It is simply twice as much training.
What if my child starts in the Saturday, one-day program and wants to get more serious about gate training can they transfer to the two-day or full-time program?
Yes your child can transfer if there is a space available. In addition you will have to pay the extra cost of tuition.
If they miss a day can they make it up at another time?
No, we do not have a system to do “make ups”.
Where do they do their gate training? Do they gate train all day?
Gate training is done almost entirely on Stadium and if not there, on Easy Rider. They will do a combination of free skiing and gate training during the day.
Where do they do their free skiing?
That is driven entirely by ability and conditions. If they are a strong skier, just about anywhere on the mountain.
Can parents shadow/accompany training?
It's best to just to let the coach do their job. Remember your child is not alone, he or she is surrounded with teammates.
How do coaches feel about me coaching my child?
During a training day, it is best if the kids learn from their coach and the coaching staff. This maintains consistency of the skills being taught and prevents kids from become confused and frustrated.
If I would like to talk to my child’s coach, when is best time?
At the North lodge in the “Racers Room” before training starts, or while the groups are gathering at “The Map”, before or after lunch, on the chair lift, or at the end of the training day. Be mindful of the coach’s time constraints. One of the best ways to communicate with your child’s coach is via email. If you have concerns, please contact your coach first, and then the program director. If your concerns are not addressed, then you may contact the board president.
Does my child need a helmet and face guard?
The MRT MM program has a mandatory helmet rule. Face guards on helmets or slalom protective headgear are optional for slalom. If your older child is getting close to the gates a face guard is a good idea.
Where do we buy ski equipment? Are there any equipment deals for my child?
Equipment is forever changing hands at MRT, check the website/facebook for “hand-me-downs” for sale from older athletes.
There are many good ski shops in the greater area. All equipment must conform to current industry standards.
How many pairs of skis should a racer have?
For J5 and J6 age racers, one good pair is usually fine. Either a multi-event ski or a slalom. As racers approach the J4 level, a pair of skis for slalom and a pair for giant slalom is common, but not required.
How long should skis be?
That is hard to say as brands differ, it is determined on the measurements of the ski. We do recommend for mitey-mites that you go with a general junior race ski that will work for both slalom and giant slalom.
How do you know when a kid needs new skis?
When the bases and edges are beyond tuning or when the child outgrows the pair they have. If you are not sure ask your child’s coach for their opinion. Look to see what other kids are skiing on, or ask your tuning shop.
How long should poles be?
In the past it was recommended that your elbow be at 90° when your pole is in the snow. Now a little longer is regarded as better.
Does my child need special poles, pole guards, GS poles, etc.?
They don’t need guards unless they are hitting the gates and they will let you know when they start hitting the gates. They don’t need GS poles.
Can you tune skis yourself?
Yes you can tune and wax your kid’s skis yourself. Many parents on the team can help teach you AND your child.
Where do you buy the team coat?
Orders are made at the end of the ski season for the next year’s season. For new athletes/families, check the website/facebook for “hand-me-downs” from older athletes.
Do children need racing suits?
No, they are not required. However they are the norm for J4 and J5 racers.
Are there any extra items we should have on hand?
Absolutely you should have extra gloves, a neck gator to protect your child from frostbite on very cold days and a set of dry clothing for wet days and accidents.
Does my child have to race?
Does my child need a USSA number to race?
Yes and no. For the mitey mite council races, your child does not need a USSA card. However, there are number of other races that require USSA membership. The races announcement will notify you if it is needed. See our links page for the USSA webpage. The youngest racers would likely only race in the mighty mite council races.
How do I enter my child in the races?
For mitey mite council races, you can download the entry form from our webpage and then mail it to the host team’s registrar (you will need to look at the host team’s webpage to determine where to mail the entry.) There is no cost for these races. Most races are now registering online.
What are the “Mighty Mite Council” Races?
The Kandahar GS-hosted by the MAC ski team, the Diamond Dual-hosted by CSRT, the Championship GS-hosted by MRT, and the Spring Festival-hosted by MHRT
For non-mitey mite council races (Meadows Challenge, 4way, etc.), go to the host team’s web site and again download the entry form. There is an entry fee for these races.
The Buddy Werner race is invitation only. (To be determined by program director and coaches).
The race days vary depending on who is hosting the event. Please see
‘Race Day questions and etiquette” for more information.
Do I have to volunteer?
Yes you do have to volunteer. There are times when it is impossible and we
understand that completely but it really is important that EVERYBODY step up to the plate and share the work. At most areas you will receive a free ticket for helping and a coupon for a free ticket redeemable on another day. You’ll also get a brown bag lunch. You do not have to be a skier to help!
How do I find out what volunteer positions are available?
Check the volunteer page on the MRT website for job descriptions, contacts and registration.
Do I need special training?
No we’ll give you complete instructions so please don’t worry about that. None of the positions are too complex you just need some enthusiasm and the willingness to give it a go!
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Who is the Mitey Mite Head Coach for MRT?
Steve Lisac is the Mighty Mite Head Coach.