Course Catalog

The following is a list of activities offered by the Physical Education Program. Many classes are seasonal or are not offered every quarter. For a current class schedule view the current course offerings.

Aquatics - Beginner Swimming Single Gender Female - PE.0212

The female only swim course is running in January 2015. This class is for those who are at ease in shallow water but are not safe in deep water and is designed to teach the non-swimmer the basics of swimming. There will be instruction on floating, gliding, kicking and elementary backstroke. Front crawl stroke will be introduced. Most instruction, particularly in the beginning, takes place in the shallow pool and later may progress to the deep pool as individuals progress. The course will be offered next in IAP January 2015.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Suit needed, goggles recommended.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: Y

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Aquatics - Beginner Swimming Single Gender Male - PE.0211

IAP 2014 class is for males only. This class is for those who are at ease in shallow water but are not safe in deep water and is designed to teach the non-swimmer the basics of swimming. There will be instruction on floating, gliding, kicking and elementary backstroke. Front crawl stroke will be introduced. Most instruction, particularly in the beginning, takes place in the shallow pool and later may progress to the deep pool as individuals progress.

Prerequisite: Male only
Equipment: Suit needed, goggles recommended.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: Y

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Aquatics - SCUBA Diving - PE.0201

The fee for this course is $350. Note there is a $175 non-refundable deposit upon registering for this course. Q1 2014 -Session Info: Tuesday: Sept 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21 Thursday: Set 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16 Class time 7p-10p. Meet at Alumni Pool, Bldg. 57 Confirm by Fri, Sept 5th at 9am (PE office will send link). In this class students will learn the practical skills to be a safe open-water SCUBA diver. Class is split into two parts; the why and how of SCUBA diving which involves classroom and pool training, and open water swims. Upon completion of the course students will receive a SCUBA Schools International (SSI) certification. More information can be found at http://www.uniteddivers.com/ You can also go to the FAQs on www.mitpe.com and search for SCUBA.

Prerequisite: Must pass SCUBA pre-test on first day of class (200 yard swim and tread water for 10 minutes); Must be able to lift 40 lbs and in good health (review health form at www.uniteddivers.com). Q1 2014 -Session Info: Tuesday: Sept 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21 Thursday: Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16 Class time: 7-10p. Meets at Alumni Pool, Bldg. 57 Confirm by Fri, Sept 5 at 9a (PE office will send link).
Equipment: Course fee includes pool sessions, instruction, classroom meetings, and equipment for pool session from United Divers. Voucher for open water dives/certification included. A mask, fins and a snorkel must be purchased for open water dives.
Waivers Required: Emergency contact and insurance information is required prior to first class - due by Fri, Sept 5th at 9a- look for email from PE office. United Divers waiver will be completed during the first class meeting.
Health Forms Required: Health forms will be completed during the first class meeting. Must be able to lift 40 lbs and in good health (access health form at www.uniteddivers.com).
Course Fee: 350.00
Credits: 4
Swim Credit: Y

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Aquatics - Swimming, Advanced Beginner, Summer - PE.0217

Note: there is a $50 non-refundable deposit upon registering for this course. The advanced beginner course is designed to increase a swimmer's confidence and refine skills in deep water as well as develop skills to pass the MIT swimming test. There will be instruction on the front crawl, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and breaststroke. class will be split between the shallow water and deep water.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Bathing suit required, goggles are highly recommended.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 75.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: Y

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Aquatics - Swimming, Advanced Techniques - PE.0206

This class is for students who wish to learn the competitive strokes and/or improve their current swimming technique. Class will focus on increasing swimmer's endurance and developing skills for all 4 competitive swimming strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

Prerequisite: Students should be able to swim 100 yards freestyle with rotary breathing
Equipment: Suit needed, goggles recommended
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: Y

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Aquatics - Swimming, Beginner - PE.0202

This class is for those who are at ease in shallow water but are not safe in deep water and is designed to teach the non-swimmer the basics of swimming. There will be instruction on floating, gliding, kicking and elementary backstroke. Front crawl stroke will be introduced. Most instruction, particularly in the beginning, takes place in the shallow pool and later may progress to the deep pool as individuals progress.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Suit needed, goggles recommended
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: Y

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Aquatics - Swimming, Beginner, Summer - PE.0216

Note: there is a $50 non-refundable deposit upon registering for this course. Beginners will receive instruction on floating, gliding, kicking and elementary backstroke. Front crawl stroke will be introduced. Class ratio will be one instructor to every twelve students.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Bathing suit required, goggles highly recommended
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 75.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: Y

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Aquatics - Swimming, Intermediate - PE.0203

This class is especially for students who have some swimming ability but cannot pass the swim test. Class is designed to increase a swimmer's confidence in deep water and develop skills to pass the MIT swimming test. There will be instruction on the crawl, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and breaststroke; class will be split between the shallow water and deep water.

Prerequisite: Beginner swimming or equivalent
Equipment: Suit needed, goggles recommended
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: Y

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Aquatics - Swimming, Interphase Only, All Levels - PE.0213

Three levels (beginner, advanced beginner and stroke technique) are offered Mon/Wed 4:15-5p and Tues/Thurs 4:15-5p (with an additional beginner course Tues/Thurs 5:15-6p). Beginners will receive instruction on floating, gliding, kicking and elementary backstroke. Front crawl stroke will be introduced. The advanced beginner course is designed to increase a swimmer's confidence and refine skills in deep water and develop skills to pass the MIT swimming test. The stroke technique course is for students who wish to learn the competitive strokes and/or improve their current swimming technique. There will be instruction on the crawl, elementary backstroke, side stroke and breaststroke. Class ratio will be one instructor to every twelve students.

Prerequisite: This section is for students in the interphase pre-freshman program only.
Equipment: Bathing suit required, goggles are highly recommended
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 0
Swim Credit: N

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Aquatics - Swimming, Stroke Technique, Summer - PE.0218

Note: there is a $50 non-refundable deposit upon registering for this course. This class is for students who wish to learn the competitive strokes and/or improve their current swimming technique. Class will focus on increasing swimmer's endurance and developing skills for all 4 competitive swimming strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

Prerequisite: Students should be able to swim 100 yards freestyle with rotary breathing.
Equipment: Bathing suit required, goggles highly recommended
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 75.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: Y

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Dance - Ballroom - PE.0300

This is an introduction to the basic steps of ballroom dancing, framing with your partner, and dance traditions. Students will learn steps and patterns in the following six dances: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Rumba and Swing/Jive. The class will focus on social ballroom dancing.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Dance - Dance Fusion - PE.0318

Explore three different dynamic dance styles - hip-hop, modern, and jazz - while learning dance fundamentals. After a warm-up of stretches and isolations, we'll break-down the movement qualities of the styles and incorporate them into choreography.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Dance - Hip Hop - PE.0316

Hiphop embodies a large genre of dance that includes freestyle, specific body part isolations, and breaking. This high-energy hiphop class is designed to improve cardiovascular strength while learning innovative ways to move your body to music. A short warm up consisting of stretching and body isolations will be followed by a combination that contains elements of a specific hiphop style. Combinations will be broken down to focus on the energy, musicality, and style of the movement.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Dance - Middle Eastern - PE.0306

This class teaches Middle Eastern dance (belly dance) whose tradition is vivacious, supple, graceful, and sublime. Classes consist of warm-ups, exercises focusing on isolation and coordination, followed by dance combinations.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Wear leotard, tights, or loose-fitting clothes
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Dance - Modern Squares, Beginner - PE.0307

This challenging class teaches students mainstream level square dancing set to a wide range of modern music. The mainstream program consists of the first 69 calls, and is widely danced all over the world. Each week, students learn additional calls from the mainstream program which they then apply throughout the course. A group of eight dancers works together in this unique form of American dance. Focus is on fast and rigorous learning, reaction time, and flow. First class meets in W20-208 Lobdell Dining Hall.

Prerequisite: Availability 8:15p-9:45p Tuesdays.
Equipment: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Dance - Salsa - PE.0308

This course is designed for students who have never danced Salsa before or for those who know the basics and would like to improve their skills. Together, we will cover the key aspects of Salsa dancing, including the history and structure of the music and dance, as well as the fundamental Salsa dancing skills, including individual footwork, partnering skills, and body movement and styling. The end goal is for students to gain a holistic understanding of Salsa dancing in order to appreciate the dance form and to be able to dance with enjoyment and confidence.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Dance - Swing - PE.0317

For beginners with little to no experience in swing dance or for experienced dancers looking to perfect the basics, this course focuses on Lindy Hop: an energetic partner dance developed during the 1920's Harlem Renaissance. You will become comfortable with basic steps and footwork for 6-count and 8-count patterns, and will learn turns, lindy circles, swing-outs, charlestons, and other moves. Instruction focuses on the dynamics of the dance, musicality, and building a good frame and lead/follow connection with a partner. Learning swing will boost your confidence, balance, and coordination while giving you a good workout and putting a smile on your face. The goal is for you to complete the course feeling comfortable and confident on the dance floor.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Dance - Tango, Beginner - PE.0309

This is the original form of tango that developed in Argentina in the early 20th century. It is characterized by elegant leg movements, in combination with a still and quiet upper body. Argentine tango is an improvisational dance in the sense that dancers themselves link the elements, thus creating their unique dance through the connection between leader and follower. The focus of the class is on proper walking technique, posture, and figures that will enable the students to enjoy tango dance events (milongas). The class is suitable for complete beginners as well as more experienced dancers who wish to perfect the basics.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Dance - Tango, Intermediate - PE.0314

Building on basic concepts and connection between partners, we'll add in this class some new fancy moves that are suitable for social dancing (milongas). The leaders will practice their navigation skills and learn how to creatively combine elements by switching systems and sides of embrace. The followers will be challenged to a more subtle and attentive following while maintaining a clean footwork, clear lines, and adding some adornments. All participants must have completed a beginner course in Argentine tango.

Prerequisite: Beginner Tango
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Fitness - Group Exercise - Cycling 1 - PE.0407

Class is located in the Wang Fitness Center. Spinning is an incredible indoor cycling workout that teaches proper form, and interval and heart zone training; class takes place on stationary "spinning" bicycles. Spinning is a great opportunity to cycle without the hassles of cars and potholes on the road. Class will be held in the Alumni/Wang Spin Dome.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Workout clothes
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Fitness - Group Exercise - Kickbox 1 - PE.0403

This class teaches the basic techniques and fundamentals of kicking and punching; half cardiovascular exercises and half interval training. Class focuses on dynamic movement, isolated limbic movement, muscle strengthening, overall conditioning, agility and reaction, stretching, sit-ups, and push-ups for a high intensity fast paced workout. No previous experience necessary; for both men and women.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Workout clothes
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Fitness - Group Exercise - Pilates 1 - PE.0405

This class teaches traditional Pilates workouts that can be done anywhere; class emphasizes movements that build a strong core (abdominal and back muscles) to enhance strength, muscular symmetry, alignment, flexibility, grace and coordination and helps students create long, lean and flexible muscles.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Workout clothes.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Fitness - Group Exercise - Yoga 1 - PE.0411

In this class students will get to practice yoga, an ancient practice from India. Yoga practice will increase your energy, improve your performance, and give you an opportunity for relaxation; this will provide you with a practical toolbox of techniques and experiences. Yoga is designed to empower you to concentrate, remember, generate energy, and sleep well. The meditations give you perspective and help balance the competing demands of a fast-paced life.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Workout clothes.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Fitness - Group Exercise - Yoga 2 - PE.0412

Students can take their yoga practice to a new level with this class. Yoga will continue to increase your energy, improve your performance, and give you an opportunity for relaxation. Yoga is designed to empower you to concentrate, remember, generate energy, and sleep well. The meditations give you perspective and help balance the competing demands of a fast-paced life.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Workout clothes
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Fitness - Group Exercise - Zumba - PE.0425

Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music / dance themes that create a dynamic and exciting, yet easy to follow, class! It combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations making for a "feel-happy" workout that is great for both the body and the mind!

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Workout clothes
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Fitness - Group Exercise- Barre Fitness - PE.0432

This course incorporates principles of yoga, Pilates and ballet into one total body workout. The use of light weights and ballet barre help sculpt the body and create long lean muscles. Benefits include better posture, core strength, increased flexibility and overall muscle tone.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Fitness - Group Exercise- Intro to Group Exercise, Summer - PE.0431

Ever wanted to try group exercise but didn't know where to start? This course will introduce you to the 6 most popular forms of group exercise including: kickboxing, yoga, Zumba, pilates, body sculpt and bootcamp. Not only will your workout be different, but you'll learn so many new ways to exercise.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: workout clothes
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 75.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Fitness - Jogging/Running - PE.0402

This is an introductory course for students working toward a 5K distance race who want to improve their fitness in a motivating environment. Workouts will include technique, aerobic base, stamina and speed. First class meets in Z Center Lobby.

Prerequisite: Timed mile: 9 minute mile or less; Push ups in 1 minute: 25 or more; Body-Weight squats in 1 minute: 30 or more; Full sit ups in 1 minute: 30 or more.
Equipment: Workout clothes.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Fitness - Weight Training - PE.0414

This course is designed for the beginning or novice weight lifter, or for those who have experience lifting but lack proper instruction. Class will provide students with an understanding of the biomechanics involved, muscles used for a given exercise, and program development. Class will teach students the proper techniques of lifting and spotting. Students will also be provided information for putting together individual workout programs. This course is taught as a lifetime activity as an integral part of overall fitness. Proper gym etiquette is taught and expected.

Prerequisite: Students must attend first 4 classes and bring handout printed from Stellar to class.
Equipment: Workout clothes.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Fitness - Weight Training for Women - PE.0415

This course is designed for the beginning or novice weight lifter, or for those who have experience lifting but lack proper instruction. Class will provide students with an understanding of the biomechanics involved, muscles used for a given exercise, and program development. Class will teach students the proper techniques of lifting and spotting. Students will also be provided information for putting together individual workout programs. This course is taught as a lifetime activity as an integral part of overall fitness. Proper gym etiquette is taught and expected. This course is only for women.

Prerequisite: This is an all female class. Students must attend first 4 classes and bring handout printed from Stellar to class.
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Health and Wellness - Fitness / Nutrition - PE.0512

This course teaches the basics of fitness and balanced nutrition for optimal health. Each class will be half group discussion and half physical activity. Discussion topics include components of fitness, relaxation, protein, fats, whole grains, and hydration. Manageable goal setting is emphasized throughout the course. Physical activity is taught as a component of total wellness and as a way to reduce stress.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Workout clothes.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Health and Wellness - Fitness / Stress Management - PE.0507

This course teaches fitness and ways to manage stress. Each class will be half group discussion and half physical activity. Discussion topics include sleep, time management, meditation, cognitive reframing, and stress at MIT. Emphasis is placed on identifying various stressors and ways to deal with stress. Physical activity is taught in this course as a way to reduce stress.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Workout clothes.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Health and Wellness - Fitness and Nutrition - Summer - PE.0506

Note: there is a $50 non-refundable deposit upon registering for this course. This course teaches the basics of fitness and balanced nutrition for optimal health. Each class will be half group discussion and half physical activity. Discussion topics include components of fitness, relaxation, protein, fats, whole grains, and hydration. Manageable goal setting is emphasized throughout the course. Physical activity is taught as a component of total wellness and as a way to reduce stress.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Workout clothes
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 75.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Health and Wellness - Yoga / Nutrition - PE.0510

This course teaches the basics of fitness and balanced nutrition for optimal health. Each class will be half group discussion and half physical activity. Discussion topics include components of fitness, relaxation, protein, fats, whole grains, and hydration. Manageable goal setting is emphasized throughout the course. Yoga is taught as a component of total wellness and as a way to reduce stress.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Workout clothes.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Health and Wellness - Yoga / Stress Management - PE.0508

This course teaches basic yoga and ways to manage stress. Each class will be half group discussion and half physical activity. Discussion topics include sleep, time management, meditation, cognitive reframing, and stress at MIT. Emphasis is placed on identifying various stressors and ways to deal with stress. Yoga is taught in this course as a way to reduce stress.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Workout clothes.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Archery - PE.0600

This is a basic course in fundamentals of target shooting. This class is designed for a beginner or novice archer and uses recurve indoor target bows and equipment. Class introduces students to the basic techniques of indoor target archery emphasizing the care and use of equipment, range safety, stance, shooting techniques, scoring and competition. $15 fee billed to student account.

Prerequisite: Students must attend first 4 classes.
Equipment: Workout clothes.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 15.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Archery, Intermediate - PE.0639

This course will teach international style target archery also known as Olympic archery. It is intended to enhance students skills and knowledge learned in the introductory class by providing instruction on intermediate level re-curve archery bows and the use of supportive attachments to allow for greater shooting accuracy. Archery students will experience a class designed specifically to teach competitive shooting technique, using bows with carbon fiber limbs, stabilizer bars, plungers and precision sights along with other supportive attachments.

Prerequisite: Beginner Archery course or equivalent (see instructor)
Equipment: Workout clothes.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 15.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Badminton, Beginner - PE.0601

This is a course for beginners covering the basic fundamentals of badminton. Upon completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate and execute the different strokes used in a game, understand the rules and basic strategies associated with the game, and understand the terminology associated with the game.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Clothing should be loose and comfortable (i.e. shorts or sweat pants). Court shoes preferred.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 5.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Badminton, Intermediate - PE.0615

This course is for students that have had previous playing experience. The basic fundamentals are taught at an accelerated pace allowing participants to learn more about game strategy and fine tuning their skills.

Prerequisite: Beginner Badminton or equivalent
Equipment: Clothing should be loose and comfortable (i.e. shorts or sweat pants). Court shoes preferred.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 5.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Boot Camp for Athletes - PE.0644

This course is designed to improve or maintain a high individual fitness level. Classes are workouts designed to increase endurance, agility, flexibility, speed, core strength as well as overall strength. The course begins at an advanced training level and is designed for individuals who are currently completing a moderate to high intensity physical fitness routine, have completed a Varsity, Club Sport, or IM season, or are seriously training for an upcoming season.

Prerequisite: Timed mile: 9 minute mile or less Push ups in 1 minute: 25 or more Body-Weight squats in 1 minute: 30 or more Full sit ups in 1 minute: 30 or more
Equipment: Workout clothes.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 10.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Fencing, Foil - PE.0602

Class includes instruction in the basic fundamentals of fencing using a light and flexible weapon, including footwork, attacks and parries. After learning the rules, including scoring, students will participate in competitive bouts.

Prerequisite: Students must attend first 2 classes.
Equipment: Workout clothes.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Fencing, Sabre - PE.0603

Class includes instruction in the basic fundamentals of fencing using the "cutting" weapon which is stiffer than the light foil, including footwork, attacks and parries. After learning the rules, including scoring, students will participate in competitive bouts.

Prerequisite: Students must attend first 2 classes.
Equipment: Workout clothes.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Golf - PE.0604

This is a basic course which includes the fundamentals of grip, stance, and swing as well as a basic understanding of rules and scoring. The short, middle, and long irons are practiced plus specialized skills of pitching, chipping, and putting. Classes take place outdoors on the west end of the athletic fields. First class meets in Z Center lobby.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 10.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Pistol, Beginner - PE.0608

Students will learn the basic rules of safety, learn the "anatomy" of the gun and how it functions, learn and demonstrate the two fundamental shooting positions of pistol and progress toward shooting proficiency.

Prerequisite: Students must attend first 4 classes.
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 35.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Pistol, Intermediate - PE.0609

This course involves a continued emphasis on handgun safety; one-handed shooting is refined, and students will also study rules, timing, and technique. Students are introduced to three courses of fire: gallery match course, standard pistol and sport pistol. After each course of fire is trained, a match in that course is fired and scored. Course concludes with a fired match.

Prerequisite: Pre Req: Beginner Pistol. Note: must attend first 4 classes.
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 45.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Rifle - PE.0626

The Beginner Rifle Course provides an introduction to the basic rules of firearms safety, the "anatomy" of the rifle and how it functions, fundamentals of sport rifle shooting positions, and the application of safe and effective marksmanship techniques used in the pursuit of sport rifle shooting proficiency.

Prerequisite: Students must attend first 4 classes.
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 35.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Self Defense for Everyone - PE.0640

This course will help you recognize a threat and how to diffuse, disengage, or defend yourself in the most common assaults and attacks. You will develop strategies to avoid conflict as well as tactics to defend yourself. This course is open for male or female students and is quite active and fun.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Self-Defense RAD - PE.0611

This course provides basic information on personal safety, awareness, risk reduction and avoidance. RAD teaches practical defensive techniques that require no special skills. This is employed as women learn to be more aware of their surroundings. RAD also offers the opportunity to test these learned skills on a real person during a simulated attack. Class fee to cover materials, is $20, billed to student account. Interested non-students contact mitpe@mit.edu. Classes will take place in the McCormick Hall Dance Studio (W4). Class dates are Oct 7, 9, 14,16, 21 and 23 from 7p-9:30p.

Prerequisite: This is a female only course. Must attend all classes to receive physical education points.
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 20.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Self-Defense for Women - PE.0636

The class focuses on empowerment, knowing your rights, safety awareness, and self defense. It class also covers how to avoid becoming a target for rape and kidnapping. Students will learn get-away tools where a 125 pound person can get away from a 250 pound attacker.

Prerequisite: This is an all female course.
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Skate, Beginner - PE.0612

The basic fundamentals are taught which include forward and backward skating and stopping, skating in circles both forward and backward. Course fee for skate rental only.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Skates (can be rented at the rink) and a helmet (provided at the rink).
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 15.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Skate, Figure Skating - PE.0614

This class will improve students' style of skating, and students will learn a variety of figure skating moves, including forward and backward edges, mohawk and three turns, spirals, lunges, spins, and a variety of jumps (bunny hops, waltz jumps, toe-loops, mazurkas, salchows, etc.). Course fee for skate rental only.

Prerequisite: Students must know how to skate backwards and forwards.
Equipment: Figure skates (Hockey skates are unsuitable for this class.) Figure skate rentals are available at the rink.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 15.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Skate, Intermediate - PE.0613

The intermediate skate course is designed for the student who is comfortable skating forward. The basic fundamentals are taught at an accelerated pace which include forward and backward skating and stopping, skating in circles both forward and backward. Course fee for skate rental only.

Prerequisite: Beginner skate or equivalent
Equipment: Skates (can be rented at the rink) and helmet (provided at rink)
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 15.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Squash, Beginner - PE.0616

This class is an introduction to the rules and the basic skills of squash for beginners who wish to learn this fast moving indoor racquet sport. All necessary equipment is provided.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Students must have non-marking court shoes: white or gum soled shoes.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 5.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Squash, Intermediate - PE.0617

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Prerequisite: None
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 5.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Tennis, Beginner - PE.0620

This is an introductory course for those with limited or no playing experience. Instruction will include the basic strokes, serve, volley, rules and scoring. Drills on the fundamentals will lead to competitive play for singles and doubles. Meet in the Z Center Lobby the first day of class.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Court shoes highly recommended.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 5.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Tennis, Intermediate - PE.0621

This course is for students that have had previous playing experience and wish to improve their tennis game and fine tune their strokes. First class meets in Z Center Lobby.

Prerequisite: Students must be able to serve and sustain a rally.
Equipment: Court shoes highly recommended
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 5.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Individual Sports - Triathlon - PE.0629

This course is designed to provide an introduction to beginners with a goal to complete a sprint triathlon (.5 mile swim, 12 mile bike, 3 mile run). Instruction will include open water swimming techniques (pool), biking (indoor), running, and transitions. Tuesdays will be either on the Indoor Track or in the MAC court and Thursdays are pool workouts.

Prerequisite: Beginners only, swim 100 yards continuously and jog 15 minutes continuously.
Equipment: Swim suit, goggles, and sneakers (running shoes preferred)
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Martial Arts - Self Defense for Everyone - PE.0610

This class in an introduction to the fundamentals of physical and mental self-defense. Approximately half of this course is dedicated to violence prevention, de-escalation, confrontation avoidance, and how criminals select victims; the other half is dedicated to the development of physical self-defense skills.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothes appropriate for working out.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Martial Arts - Shotokan Karate - PE.0803

This class is an introduction to Shotokan Karate. Shotokan is the oldest and most popular Karate style. Enlightenment is its basic goal. Training entails stretching, basic techniques, Katas and sparring. Techniques include deep stances, punches and kicking, blocks and sideways movements.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Martial Arts - Sport Taekwondo - PE.0804

Students will learn the kicking and punching techniques used in Sport Taekwondo competition, as well as traditional forms and stances. Students will also work on core strength and flexibility. Class is dynamic and upbeat, and the students will get a good workout.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Workout clothes.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Outdoor Education - Backpacking and Hiking - PE.0900

October 11, 12, 13 (Columbus Day Weekend). Sat 8am-Mon 7pm. Backpacking and hiking trip to the White Mountains, NH. Includes all equipment, 2 nights lodging, transportation, 6 meals, and instruction. $275 billed to student account. Confirm by Friday, Sept 5th at 9a (PE office will send link).

Prerequisite: Availability October 11, 12, 13 (Columbus Day Weekend). Sat 8am-Mon 7pm. Backpacking and hiking trip to the White Mountains, NH. Includes all equipment, 2 nights lodging, transportation, 6 meals, and instruction. $275 billed to student account. Confirm by Friday, Sept 5th at 9a (PE office will send link). Must attend Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting -Tues, Sept 16th at 6-7:30p, Zesiger Center, 2nd floor Conference Room (W35-299). Students must at a good-moderate fitness level to participate.
Equipment: Synthetic clothing.
Waivers Required: Waivers, Emergency Contact and Insurance Information required. Students must be at a good-moderate fitness level to participate.
Health Forms Required: Yes
Course Fee: 275.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Outdoor Education - Cross Country Skiing - PE.0908

Learn to cross country ski this year. January 28, 29, 30 (Tues, Wed, Thus) 4:30-8:30p. This course is designed to teach beginners both classic and skate skiing techniques. Cost includes transportation, equipment rental, 2 hour lesson and trail pass for season. Students must attend all four to earn 2 points. Class will be held at Weston Ski Track in Weston, MA. Confirm by Tues, Dec 17, 2013. Course fee is $110. Note there is a $55 non-refundable fee.

Prerequisite: Available January 28, 29 and 30 (Tues, Wed, Thurs) 4:30-8:30p. Confirm by Tues, Dec 17, 2013 with link from mitpe. Course fee is $110. Note there is a $55 non-refundable fee.
Equipment: Course fee includes instruction, equipment (skis, boots, poles) and transportation.
Waivers Required: Emergency contact, insurance information and waiver are required prior to the first class.
Health Forms Required: Yes
Course Fee: 110.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Outdoor Education - Indoor Top Rope Climbing/ Slackline - PE.0917

Students will learned to top rope climb, belay and be introduced to lead climbing and slackline. In addition, students will experience yoga for climbers and the training gym designed for climbers. Classes are held on Tuesdays, Sept 16, 23, 30 and Oct 7, 14, 21; 5:30p-7p. This is a 90 minute course at Brooklyn Boulders, Somerville, MA - 2 miles from campus. Students provide own transportation - bike or public transportation recommended. Students must confirm by Sept 5th at 9a.

Prerequisite: Confirm by Sept 5th at 9a- PE office will send link. Must be available Tuesdays, Sept 16, 23, 30 and Oct 7, 14, 21; 5:30p-7p. Must attend first 2 classes. Students must provide their own transportation.
Equipment: None - All Equipment provided by Brooklyn Boulders -shoes, harness, helmet, chalk bag and 10-visit punch card to use facility on your own.
Waivers Required: MIT waiver and Brooklyn Boulders waiver due by Sept 5th at 9a-PE office will send link.
Health Forms Required: Emergency contact/insurance forms are due by Sept 5th at 9a- PE office will send link.
Course Fee: 125.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Outdoor Education - Kayak - PE.0907

Mondays: Sept 15, 22, 29. 3:30-6:30pm. There is a $150 fee. Confirm by Friday, Sept 5th at 9a (PE office will send link). This course is designed for both the casual paddler and those interested in ocean touring. The course will introduce paddlers to proper technique and safety skills required to enjoy kayak touring. While the course is perfect for the beginner, anyone who has never had formal instruction will benefit from this class. In this class you will learn efficient paddling technique and the necessary strokes to maneuver your kayak in any direction. The class progresses to advanced techniques such as bracing to prevent a capsize and the hip snap in preparation for learning to roll. Particular emphasis will also be placed on safety issues such as trip selection and practicing both self- and assisted rescues and re-entries.

Prerequisite: Availability Mondays: Sept 15, 22, 29. 3:30-6:30pm $150 fee includes instruction and equipment. Successfully complete swim and boat test by Sept 1, 2014. Students must attend all three class days to earn PE points.
Equipment: Swimsuit or synthetic shirt and shorts/tights.
Waivers Required: Waiver, Emergency Contact and Insurance Information must be submitted prior to the first class- due by Friday, Sept 5th at 9a.
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 150.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Outdoor Education - Outdoor Top Rope Climbing with rappelling and bouldering - PE.0918

In this class the focus is on Top Ropes with exposure to rappelling and bouldering. Course dates: Sat, Sept 27 and Oct 4, 18, 25; Class time: 2p-6p. Van leaves at 2p from the corner of Amherst & Danforth and drop off by 6p (by Green & McCormick Halls). Must confirm by Sept 5th at 9a through link sent from PE office. Course fee:$125 fee includes instruction, equipment and transportation. Note: there is a $65 non-refundable fee for this course.

Prerequisite: Availability Sat, Sept 27 and Oct 4, 18, 25; Class time: 2p-6p. Must confirm by Sept 5th at 9a through link sent from PE office. Course fee: $125 fee includes instruction, equipment and transportation. Note: there is a $65 non-refundable fee for this course. Students must attend the first 2 classes.
Equipment: Workout clothes.
Waivers Required: Emergency contact, insurance information and waiver are required prior to the first class.
Health Forms Required: Yes
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Outdoor Education - Sailing, Beginner - PE.0904

This class is an introduction to the basic fundamentals of sailing with both theory and practice. Students will learn how to rig a boat, some basic sailing techniques, as well as how to tack and jibe out on the beautiful Charles River. Learn more at http://sailing.mit.edu/. Q1 Tuesdays 11a-12:30p Sept 9, 16, 23 and Oct 7, 14 Q1 Tuesdays 1p-2:30p Sept 9, 16, 23 and Oct 7, 14 Q1 Wednesdays 11:30a-1p Sept 10, 17, 24 and Oct 1, 8, 15 Class is 90 minutes long.

Prerequisite: Successfully complete swim and boat test by Mon, Sept 1st Each class is 90 minutes long. Q1 Tuesdays 11a-12:30p Sept 9, 16, 23, 30 and Oct 7, 14 Q1 Tuesdays 1p-2:30p Sept 9, 16, 23, 30 and Oct 7, 14 Q1 Wednesdays 11:30a-1p Sept 10, 17, 24 and Oct 1, 8, 15 Class is 90 minutes long. Students must attend the first 2 classes.
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Outdoor Education - Sailing, Intermediate - PE.0909

Learn to skipper and crew a variety of boats fast upwind and downwind. Other topics covered are: starting, tactics, strategy, right of way rules. Q1-Thursdays: Sept 11, 18, 25 and Oct 2, 9, 16.

Prerequisite: Successfully complete swim and boat test by Mon, Sept 1st. Each class is 90 minutes. MUST attend first 2 classes. Participants must be proficient sailors and have completed the basic sailing course or its equivalent. Q1-Thursdays: Sept 11, 18, 25 and Oct 2, 9, 16. Class is 90 minutes long.
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Outdoor Education - Skiing Downhill/ Snowboarding - PE.0906

IAP class dates: Jan 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23 All levels are accommodated in this course, which is offered only during IAP. The course consists of six meetings, leaving MIT at 5:30pm and returning at approximately 11:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. $200 package includes transportation, lesson, and lift ticket. Equipment rentals are available for $100.00. Classes held at Nashoba Valley Ski Area. There is a $50 non-refundable fee.

Prerequisite: Mandatory-confirm registration and equipment fitting Thurs, Dec 12th, between 2-3:30pm in Z Center Media Room (behind TV). This will take only 10/15 minutes.
Equipment: Equipment rental available for an additional $100.00 (ski/board and boots). Students must wear helmet (provided).
Waivers Required: Emergency contact, insurance information and waiver are required prior to the first class. Please bring paperwork with you to Z Center Media Room (behind TV) on Dec 12th between 2-3:30p.
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 200.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Outdoor Education - Stand-Up Paddleboard - PE.0916

Students will learn the basics of getting on and off the Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) and proper paddling and maneuvering techniques. After mastering the basics, the focus will be on incorporating the whole body into paddling, linking strokes together, and utilizing different feet placements to maximize efficiency while building endurance. Course dates are Tuesday, Apr 29th, May 6th, 13th, 3:30-6:30pm.

Prerequisite: Availability Tuesday, Apr 29th, May 6th, 13th, 3:30-6:30pm. $150 course fee includes instruction and equipment. Successfully complete swim and boat test by Fri, Mar 21st. Students must attend all three class days to earn PE points.
Equipment: Swimsuit or synthetic shirt and shorts/tights.
Waivers Required: Waiver, Emergency Contact and Insurance Information must be submitted prior to the first class- due by Tues, Mar 18th at noon.
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 150.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Outdoor Education - Top Ropes Climbing - PE.0903

Q3 2014: Friday, Feb 21, 28, Mar 7. Time: 2pm-6pm. In this class students will learn how to climb in an indoor climbing facility at MetroRock in Everett, MA. Students will develop their climbing skills throughout the course and have fun with friends. Must confirm by Monday, Feb 10th at 5p (PE Office will send link). $110 fee includes instruction, equipment, and transportation. Note: there is a $55 non-refundable fee for this course.

Prerequisite: Availability Friday, Feb 21, 28, Mar 7. Class time: 2pm-6pm. Must confirm by Monday, Feb 10th at 5p (PE Office will send link). $110 fee includes instruction, equipment, and transportation. Note: there is a $55 non-refundable fee for this course.
Equipment: Workout clothes.
Waivers Required: Emergency contact, insurance information and waiver are required prior to the first class.
Health Forms Required: Yes
Course Fee: 110.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Team Sports - Broomball - PE.0715

Broomball is for everyone - floor hockey on ice or hockey WITHOUT skates.Students will be introduced to the basic and intermediate skills of broomball, including moving on the ice surface, stick handling, passing, shooting, goaltending, and defending. A series of skill-specific drills and challenges will lead up to small and large team play. This course is designed for individuals with limited or no playing experience.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Athletic shoes/sneakers. Warm clothes and gloves.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 10.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Team Sports - Flag Football - PE.0714

This is an introductory course for individuals with limited or no playing experience. Students will be introduced to the basic and intermediate skills of flag football, including passing, catching, route running, and defending. A series of skill-specific challenges will lead up to small and large team play. First class meets in Z Center lobby.

Prerequisite: Dress to be outside. Wear athletic shoes/sneakers.
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Team Sports - Floor Hockey (Unihoc/Floorball) - PE.0717

Floor Hockey (Unihoc/ Floorball): The game of Unihoc or Floorball is an indoor team sport much like hockey but played in a gymnasium with plastic sticks where the aim is to put a light ball into the other team's goal. Unihoc or Floorball is a specific type of floor hockey. The fundamentals of passing, shooting, stick-handling, as well as positional play are taught. As the course progresses, students are given the opportunity to experience game-like situations through drills and scrimmages. No experienced needed. Court shoes encouraged.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Court shoes recommended.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 5.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Team Sports - Ice Hockey, Beginner - PE.0701

This course is designed for the beginning hockey player. The fundamentals of passing, shooting, stick-handling, as well as positional play are taught. As the course progresses, students are given the opportunity to experience game-like situations through drills and scrimmages. Class fee for skate rental only.

Prerequisite: Beginner skate or equivalent. Student should have the ability to skate forward, backwards and stop proficiently.
Equipment: Ice hockey skates (can be rented at the rink for $15). Must bring hockey stick. Helmet, shin guards and gloves provided at rink.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: 15.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Team Sports - Soccer - Indoor - PE.0703

This course is designed for students with limited or no playing experience. Students will be introduced to the basic and intermediate skills of soccer, including dribbling, passing and receiving, heading, feinting, shooting and finishing, and defending, as well as small group tactics. Small-sided games will be practiced to incorporate these skills to lead up to an indoor game.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: Court shoes recommended. Workout clothes.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Team Sports - Soccer - Indoor, Intermediate - PE.0716

This course is designed for students with some playing experience or those who have taken beginner soccer. Student will improve their game and review the basic and intermediate skills of soccer, including dribbling, passing and receiving, heading, feinting, shooting and finishing, and defending, as well as small group tactics. Small-sided games will be practiced to incorporate these skills to lead up to an indoor game.

Prerequisite: Beginner Soccer or equivalent.
Equipment: Court shoes recommended.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Team Sports - Soccer - Officiating - PE.0718

Students will learn how to officiate intramural/recreational level soccer. Instruction will include the review of soccer fundamentals, basic rules, signals, as well as game management and control skills. The course will be held on Friday, May 2, 7p-9p; Saturday, May 3, 10a-2p, Sunday, May 4, 10a-2p. After the completion of this course, students will be eligible to apply for a part-time officiating position with MIT Intramural soccer program. Class will meet on the first day in Z Center lobby and be held in the Johnson Infield/Track (3rd floor Zesiger Center).

Prerequisite: 1 mile run completed in 10 minutes. Able to make lateral cutting motions to keep up with the pace of game play. Prior soccer experience such as beginning soccer class, played high school soccer, A or B leagues intramural, or on a recreational club team.
Equipment: court shoes, active wear clothing
Waivers Required: none
Health Forms Required: none
Course Fee: 20.00
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Team Sports - Volleyball, Beginner - PE.0705

This is an introductory course for those with limited or no playing experience. Instruction will include techniques for serving, passing, setting, spiking. There will be team play during the second half of the course.

Prerequisite: None
Equipment: None
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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Team Sports - Volleyball, Intermediate - PE.0706

This course will review the basic fundamentals prior to the introduction of basic offensive and defensive strategies.

Prerequisite: This course is for students that have had previous playing experience in high school, intramurals or club sports.
Equipment: Workout clothes.
Waivers Required: None
Health Forms Required: None
Course Fee: None
Credits: 2
Swim Credit: N

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