Middlebury

Athletics

Middlebury College Athletics Mission Statement

Athletics are an essential part of the overall educational experience at Middlebury College. The College endeavors to provide athletic programs that are comprehensive and varied while offering athletic opportunities to all students. The Department of Physical Education and Athletics is committed to the following: a physical education/wellness program that stresses good health, physical fitness, and lifetime activities; a vigorous intercollegiate sports program that strives for achievement and excellence; an intramural program that encourages students of varied abilities and skills to participate in a wide range of recreational athletic activities; and a club sports program that offers opportunity for intercollegiate competition in a less structured environment.

For a complete listing of student-athlete resources, please select this link for the Student-Athlete Resource Guide (SARG) and other important resources: http://www.middlebury.edu/athletics/studentathleteinfo

A. The Intercollegiate Athletics Program

1. All regularly enrolled undergraduates are eligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics in accordance with the eligibility rules of the following organizations in which Middlebury maintains membership: National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC).

2. Faculty Responsibility: The College recognizes that intercollegiate athletics have an important and desirable role in a liberal arts college. The faculty is responsible for seeing that the intercollegiate athletic program is a well-integrated part of the entire educational endeavor. Through the Athletic Policy Committee, the faculty regulates various phases of the intercollegiate athletic program, including athletic schedules and class absences permitted for participation in intercollegiate athletics.

3. The Basic Principles governing intercollegiate athletics at Middlebury and all NESCAC institutions follow:

a. The program in intercollegiate athletics is to be kept in harmony with the educational purposes of the institution.

b. To maximize opportunities for students to participate in more than one intercollegiate sport and to keep the proper perspective on the role of athletics, limitations are placed upon the number of contests, as well as the starting and terminal dates for practice and competition.

c. Competing players are to be representative of the student body.

d. The academic authority of the College is to control intercollegiate athletic policy.

e. Developing programs will be allowed some latitude within the spirit of the NESCAC Agreement.

4. The routine administration of rules regarding intercollegiate policy, as they apply to students, shall be the responsibility of the director of athletics in consultation with the Dean of the College.

5. In an effort to provide opportunities for wide participation in intercollegiate athletics, Middlebury maintains, where possible, a junior varsity program, for which all undergraduates are eligible. No student will participate in more contests in any sport than the total number of varsity games scheduled. The Athletic Policy Committee must approve any exceptions to this general rule.

6. Limitations of Schedules: Competition (in season) starting dates:

Fall: No contests may be scheduled before the Tuesday after Labor Day.

Winter: No scheduled contests prior to the Friday preceding Thanksgiving or after the first Sunday in March.

Spring: No scheduled contests prior to the second Saturday in March or after the second Saturday in May.

7. Limitations on Number of Playing Dates or Events (not including qualifying tournaments or alumni games): The institution should determine the optimum number of playing dates or contests, which may be fewer than the maximum number allowed under conference regulations.

Fall

Varsity

Scrimmage Dates

JV

Cross-Country

9 dates

1

-

Field Hockey

14 games

2

7

Football

8 games

1

6

Soccer

14 games

2

7

Volleyball

20 dates

1

-

Tennis#

14 dates

0

-

Golf#

16 dates

0

-

# Fall and/or spring combined total not to exceed one season limit

Winter

Varsity

Scrimmage Dates

JV

Basketball

24 games*

 

 

Hockey

24 games*

0

12

Indoor Track

10 dates

0

-

Squash

15 dates

0

-

Swimming

11 dates

1

-

Skiing

16 dates

   

* Including preseason scrimmages and vacation games

Spring (while College is in session)

Varsity

Scrimmage Dates

JV

Baseball

16 dates/24 games

0

-

Softball

16 dates/24 games

0

-

Lacrosse

11 dates

2

6

Track and Field

8 events

0

-

Tennis#

14 dates

0

-

Golf#

12 dates

0

-

# Fall and/or spring combined total not to exceed one season limit

Notes

a. No home athletic contests shall be played before 3:00 p.m. except on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays or by special permission of the Athletic Policy Committee and the dean of the College. No intercollegiate athletic contests will be scheduled for Monday evenings. Refer to Chapter 3, Section VI. G. Attendance of this Handbook for the "Guidelines for Explained Absences" revised and approved by the Athletic Policy Committee in January 2002.

b. The Athletic Policy Committee encourages the scheduling of JV athletic contests for Saturdays.

c. The total number of B or JV athletic contests and the number of away games are subject to continual review by the Athletic Policy Committee.

d. Throughout the college year, those days following the end of formal classes but before the beginning of the formal examination period, will be considered as class time for purposes of scheduling intercollegiate athletic competitions. No regular-season athletic events may be scheduled during the examination period.

e. All candidates for athletic teams must be given a physical screening at the beginning of each season, and no candidate may be a member of any team without a certificate of his or her physical qualifications.

f. The College does not assume legal responsibility for the expense in caring for injuries sustained by athletes while training for or participating in athletic competition or intramural activities.

8. Practice Regulations: Practice Session Starting Dates

The starting date for practice will be in accordance with the number of practice opportunities as defined by NESCAC or NCAA regulations and stipulated below.  Students are not expected to miss class for practice.

Fall: a. Football: The starting date for pre-season practice will be in accordance with NCAA bylaws, but will be limited to 23 practice opportunities.b. For all other fall sports the starting date for pre-season will be determined in accordance with NCAA bylaws, but will be limited to 13 practice opportunities counted back from the first scheduled contest, except where a specific date has been set by the NCAA.

Winter: November 1 in all sports

Exception: Effective as of May 2005, Nordic Skiing will begin practice on the first Monday of October.  Alpine skiing may begin or continue when snow is available before November 1 or after the last meet of the season.  The length of the season shall not exceed nineteen (19) weeks.

Spring: February 15 in all sports

9. Guidelines for Out-of-Season Activities

NESCAC institutions support all students in their desire to engage in activities that promote health and fitness.  This support includes students participating in intercollegiate athletics.  Activity out of season is viewed positively so long as it abides by NESCAC regulations.

NESCAC rules state that "out of season practice is banned in all sports.  Out of season is defined as dates not inclusive in the period designated in Sec. III.C.1 [of the NESCAC Manual] as the practice starting dates and last conference approved contest of that athletic season."  Additionally, "captains may not conduct organized practices or competitions out of season.  On-field/on-court activities called by any member of a team and confined primarily to members of that team are not permissible."  The following guidelines have been developed to assist member institutions in the implementation and application of the Conference policy banning out of season practice.  They must be communicated by the director of Athletics to all coaches and captains on an annual basis and to team members annually by the respective coaches.

- Specific Guidelines

All out of season activities must be completely voluntary.  There can be no scripting of activity, no attendance taken, no reporting to the coaching staff, no implication that participation will affect an athlete's chances of being named to a team, and no involvement of any kind by any member of the coaching staff.

Insurance policies written to provide coverage for accidents occurring from intercollegiate athletics may only cover accidents which occur when students participate in events that are permitted as an in-season activity under NESCAC guidelines.  Also, students injured in out-of-season activities will not be covered by NCAA catastrophic injury insurance.

Team captains and members may not conduct practices on or off campus.  If a pick up game is open to the rest of the student body, team members may show up to participate.  Pick-up games may not contain drills.  A majority of those participating may be team members, but no one may discourage or prevent participation by other students.

Facilities may not be reserved for a team activity out of season.  In a multipurpose facility (i.e., field house) this rule would not preclude scheduling of activity limitations for safety reasons. In such instance, however, use may not be restricted to varsity candidates and must be open to all members of the student body.  Procedures established for the general College community must be followed in the scheduling of such facilities.

Neither on- nor off-campus facilities may be rented or reserved for a team activity out-of-season.

Students may not use or be issued College-owned apparel or equipment out of season, unless it is available to the College community in general.

Voluntary strength and conditioning programs are permitted.  Coaches may design voluntary workout programs for their players.  Sport coaches are not permitted to require, direct, or supervise these activities out of season.  Strength and conditioning personnel may monitor voluntary individual workouts for safety purposes.

There are to be no contests or scrimmages by teams against outside competition out-of-season.

Violations of this policy will be handled according to established conference guidelines and may result in penalties or sanctions against individuals and/or teams.

B. Post-season Competition

In post-season competition, Middlebury College is guided by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Agreement. This conference, consisting of Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Connecticut College, Hamilton, Middlebury, Trinity, Tufts, Wesleyan, and Williams, has agreed:

1. Any type of post-season competition is to be understood as exceptional, and the decision about whether to participate lies wholly within the jurisdiction of each member institution. Furthermore, post-season competition for individuals and teams is permitted only if the post-season event appears on the list of NESCAC Sanctioned Qualifying Tournaments and Post-season Events for Men and Women. The following specific guidelines should further inform any such decision:

a. Any type of post-season competition for individual performers is permitted. Sports in this category are cross country, golf, swimming & diving, tennis, and track & field.

b. All teams (except football) are permitted to participate in one season-ending championship event deemed appropriate, normally an NCAA Division III event.

2. Participation in All-Star games will be permitted only under the following guideline:

Participation is an individual effort making no demands on other team members or coaches.

C. Recruiting Activity of the Department of Physical Education and Athletics or Athletic Representatives

1. A member of the department may visit a secondary school, public or private, only on specific invitation from an appropriate authority at that school and for the purpose of being present at, or speaking at, a banquet or an assembly to present awards or a similar scheduled function.

2. The institution will pay only those traveling expenses for coaches incurred in carrying out regular coaching duties, in accepting invitations to speak at schools as described in 1 above, or to speak at or attend other appropriate meetings.

3. No member of the athletic department, or athletic representative, may visit prospective students (or prospects' relatives or legal guardians) in their homes or otherwise seek private interviews with them off campus.

4. Only officially appointed admissions staff members are authorized at any time to make promises or commitments to prospective students as to admission, scholarship, or campus employment.

5. Group Admissions Meeting Guidelines.

a. It must be sponsored by the institution or an alumni group.

b. It must be open to all prospective students and announced as a function of the sponsoring group.

c. Expenses may not be paid from athletic department funds.

d. All athletic staff members are prohibited from attending, organizing, or administering any off-campus meeting for the purpose of recruiting student athletes.

6. Neither the College nor its organized alumni athletic associations may pay the travel costs of prospective students to the campus for the purpose of athletic recruitment.

D. Financial Aid Awards

Financial aid must be awarded by or with the specific approval of the regular academic authority of the institution. Financial aid to students shall be determined solely on the basis of need as computed and controlled by the Office of Student Financial Services. Financial assistance may be offered in writing only by the Office of Student Financial Services and not before the student has been admitted.

E. Club Sports Program

Club sports are administered by the Department of Student Life through the Student Activities Office.  Details regarding club sports policies and procedures may be found here.

 

rev. 8/1/14