Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation (PE)
Description of Program
The Physical Education Program includes a variety of activity courses from which the student may select. Emphasis is on an "activity for all" approach in hopes that each person will discover that physical activity can contribute to his/her well being now and in the future. Lifetime sports such as swimming, racquetball, tennis, aerobics, badminton, golf, skiing (downhill and cross country), and skating are particularly popular. To accommodate those who would prefer a team sport experience, classes in volleyball, basketball, frisbee, and hockey are offered. Weight training, aerobics, jogging, and cycling classes help those who wish to work on various components of their fitness. Classes are coed and instruction is given at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Courses are provided for those seeking American Red Cross certification in First Aid and CPR, Life Guard Training, and Water Safety Instructor.
Students interested in dance can elect to specialize in modern dance or ballet. Folk, social, and jazz classes are also popular (see the Department of Theater and Dance elsewhere in the Catalog for dance courses which may be taken for academic credit).
Four terms of physical education are required for graduation. It is strongly recommended that students complete this requirement by the end of their sophomore year. Classes usually meet twice a week. Students choose their activity class from a large selection of courses each term and may receive a maximum of one Physical Education activity credit per term. Physical Education credit may be earned for participation on a club team that meets the requirements stipulated by the department. Each approved club may be granted credit in only one term each academic year. Students may receive only two of the required four PE credits by participating in a club sport. For students matriculating Fall 2010 and thereafter, during his/her time at Carleton, any student may receive the four required PE credits by participating in an approved club sport. The club credits may be received in the same or different approved club sport.
Classes and groups meet in the most ideal setting possible, making use of Cowling Recreation Center, Carleton Recreation Center, West Gymnasium, Laird Stadium, Arb and Bell Field Tennis Courts, various outdoor playing fields around the campus and several off-campus sites. Physical Education classes, varsity teams, clubs, and intramurals are all tightly scheduled since the demands for use are very heavy.
Carleton sponsors intercollegiate varsity teams for both men and women in the following sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field (indoor and outdoor), Soccer, Swimming/Diving, Golf and Tennis.
Men only: Baseball, Football
Women only: Softball, Volleyball
Physical Education credit can be earned for participation on an intercollegiate team. Candidates for athletic teams should have a current physical examination within six months of practice in their sport.
The College does not accept financial responsibility for medical, surgical, or other expenses arising out of athletic injuries which exceeds the care provided through the College Health Services and/or our authorized Athletic Trainer.
Carleton is a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference which participates in Division III of the NCAA.
The primary goal of the Carleton Intramural Sports Program is to give Carleton students, faculty and staff the opportunity to enjoy a good recreational athletics program. Such a program can provide a balance of activities, further the social and athletic components of a Carleton student's education and enhance the professional lives of faculty and staff. The program is designed to encourage dorm-floor participation; athletic activities provides the opportunity to interact in a fun, relaxing, healthy and cooperative environment. Similarly, faculty and staff participation is encouraged. The intramural program is a great opportunity for all members of the college community to interact in an extra-curricular environment.
Fall: Quidditch, Ultimate Frisbee, Tennis, Sand Volleyball, Dodgeball, 6x6 Flag Football, Racquetball
Winter: Broomball, Indoor Soccer, 5x5 Basketball, Floor Hockey
Spring: Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Sand Volleyball, Tennis, Softball
Club Sports Student directed organizations allow interest groups to flourish in the following activities:
Aikido, Alpine Ski, Badminton, Competitive Dance, Cycling, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Fencing, Ice Hockey, Karate, Lacrosse, Nordic Ski, Rugby, Sailing, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Tae Kwon Do, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Men's Volleyball, Water Polo.
All activity classes are offered on a S/NC basis.
PE 101. Aerobics Basic dance steps, calisthenic-type movements and locomotor skills (running, jumping, hopping, skipping, etc.) are combined into vigorous routines which are performed to the beat of popular music. All classes offer components of strength development, flexibility and cardio-vascular fitness. No experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes with good support (no running shoes). Fall,Winter,SpringM. Levi, N. Stuckmayer
PE 102. Aikido, Intermediate Empty-hand techniques are continued and weapon techniques are introduced. More varieties of breakfalls are learned as the emphasis of the class shifts to higher-level techniques. An additional fee of $30 is required. Prerequisite: Aikido, Beginning Fall,Winter,SpringJ. Ward
PE 103. Aikido, Beginning Developed from samurai traditions, Aikido is Japanese budo--a method of training and study that applies the physical principles of a martial art toward the goals of peace, harmony, and self-improvement. The movements of Aikido focus on learning to move in harmony with another, yet can be an effective self-defense. Students also learn many ways of falling safely and getting up quickly. Applied properly, the insights gained can lead to better self-respect and more harmonious relationships. An additional fee of $30 is required. Fall,Winter,SpringJ. Ward
PE 104. Aikido, Advanced More complex empty-hand and weapon techniques are taught. Advanced breakfalls are added along with more intense physical and mental training. An additional fee of $30 is required. Prerequisite: Beginning Aikido. Fall,Winter,SpringJ. Ward
PE 105. Badminton, Beginning Fundamental skills of the game are presented (serve, clear, drop shot, smash and drive). Various drills are used to improve skills, with ample opportunity for play. Rules and strategy for both singles and doubles are stressed. Open to all abilities. All equipment is furnished. Fall,Winter,SpringA. Erickson
PE 106. Badminton, Intermediate The objective of the course is to review basic skills and strategies of badminton, in addition to learn new techniques and strategies of singles and doubles play with greater emphasis on competition. Advanced singles and doubles strategies will be covered as well as involvement in tournament play. WinterA. Erickson
PE 107. Ballet I A beginning course in ballet technique, including basic positions, beginning patterns and exercises. Students develop an awareness of the many ways their body can move, an appreciation of dance as an artistic expression and a recognition of the dancer as an athlete. Fall,Winter,SpringJ. Bader
PE 108. Ballet II For the student with previous ballet experience this course emphasizes articulation of the technique and development of ballet vocabulary and movement theories. Opportunity to continue to work on technique and to more finely tune the awareness of movement begun in Level I. Fall,Winter,SpringJ. Bader
PE 109. Ballet III This is an advanced class for students who have some capabilities and proficiency in ballet technique. Content is sophisticated and demanding in its use of ballet vocabulary and musical phrasing. SpringJ. Bader
PE 110. Fundamentals of Baseball Fundamental skills of the game are introduced including throwing, catching and hitting. Rules and strategies will be introduced but the focus will be on developing skills. Students must provide their own baseball or softball gloves. WinterA. Rushing
PE 111. Basketball, Three on Three Open to all who enjoy basketball and have a basic understanding of the game. Stress will be placed upon vigorous activity, though instruction will be given on basic rules, strategy and skill improvement drills. This course offers an opportunity for a great workout in a co-ed team setting. WinterG. Kalland, R. Pagel
PE 112. Advanced Baseball Advanced skills of the game are introduced, including pitching (including breaking balls), the catching position, advanced infield play, situational hitting and defense, and base running. An advanced rules test (ungraded) will be given to challenge students' knowledge of the game. Not offered in 2012-2013.
PE 117. Cote Fitness Students are tested (cardiovascular efficiency, strength, flexibility and body composition) to determine base-fitness levels. Individualized programs are established based on test results and goal setting by the students. Winter,SpringL. Lunder
PE 119. Cycling, Recreational The class is geared to beginning, recreational cyclists, not the competitive cyclist. Students must provide their own bicycles. Helmets are mandatory. Information on equipment, repair of equipment, and rules of the road are interspersed with opportunities to develop fitness by riding the various routes around Northfield. Not offered in 2012-2013.
PE 120. Diving This class is an introduction to 1-meter and 3-meter springboard diving. Students will first learn safety techniques for on the board, in the air, and while entering the water. They will then learn board work hurdles and back presses, "in-air" technique, and "entry" technique. At the end of this course, students will be able to safely execute and perform jumps, dives, flips and/or twists off a diving board and understand and appreciate diving as a participant and observer. Students should have intermediate swimming skills so that they are safe and comfortable in the water. S/CR/NC, ND; NE, SpringStaff
PE 121. Fencing, Beginning An instructional class for beginners. Students learn footwork, techniques and simple attacks and defense. Foils, masks and fencing jackets are provided. Students are encouraged to continue with intermediate fencing to further develop skills. Fall,Winter,SpringStaff
PE 124. Fitness for the Athlete For the off-season or pre-season competitor (IM, club, or varsity). The winter term course will focus on those who want to stay in shape and hone their flexibility, balance, strength and an aerobic threshold. This is a challenging course that will teach techniques and strategies to work out on your own as well as motivate you to improve or work weaker areas. Incorporating training on the track, free weights, bosu, jump ropes and much more. The spring term class will focus on olympic lifts, plyometrics and speed training. Not offered in 2012-2013.
PE 126. Hip-hop/House Street Dance Class Students are familiarized with street dance vocabulary and fundamentals. Emphasis on "finding your rhythm" through bodily awareness. Beginners can expect an aerobic workout until their movement becomes looser and more efficient. Excellent for core strength, balance and flexibility. The lessons are 70 minutes each and consist of a group warm-up (ten minutes), stretching (five minutes), hip-hop vocabulary (fifteen minutes), house vocabulary (twenty-five minutes), and choreography (fifteen minutes). No experience necessary. SpringStaff
PE 127. Frisbee, Beginning Ultimate For the beginning or moderately experienced player who wants to develop basic skills. See what all the fuss is about. If a golden retriever can do it, so can you! FallStaff
PE 130. Advanced Golf For students who have experience with the fundamentals of the swing and the game and have also played (several times) on regulation golf courses. Each student must have (or have access to) their own set of clubs. Fall,SpringG. Kalland
PE 131. Ice Hockey, Beginning This course is designed to give men and women the opportunity to play ice hockey together in a fun and non-competitive setting. Absolutely no body checking or rough play is allowed. Skill development in skating, stick handling, passing and shooting is stressed as well as position play and rules necessary to ensure the safety of the participants. Helmets are recommended and furnished. Students must provide their own skates and hockey sticks. Highly accomplished or "hard-core" hockey players have no place in this class. WinterStaff
PE 133. Ice Skating, Beginning The class is divided into several ability groups with an instructor assigned to each small group. Figure skating skills are presented in progressive order allowing individuals to move along at their own pace. Classes meet outdoors on the Bald Spot rink. Students must provide their own figure skates. WinterStaff
PE 134. Ice Skating, Intermediate Designed for students with previous skating experience, this course develops skills with emphasis on edges, backward stroking, basic combinations, jumps and figures. Classes meet outdoors on the Bald Spot rink. Students must provide their own figure skates. WinterStaff
PE 135. Outdoor Activities: Canoeing This course is designed for adventurous souls not afraid to get dirty. Each week we will either take a trip down the mighty Cannon in our canoes or pursue another outdoor adventure. Fishing and tree climbing are possibilities. Prerequisites: ability to swim, positive attitude. Not offered in 2012-2013.
PE 137. Indoor Soccer Fundamental skills of indoor soccer are introduced. Skills will be developed using exercises, small-sided games and other methods. Rules and strategy will be introduced and full-sided games will be incorporated into each session. There is an emphasis on teamwork and enjoyment of the game. WinterB. Carlson
PE 139. Outdoor Soccer Fundamental skills of outdoor soccer are introduced. Skills will be developed using exercises, small-sided games and other methods. Rules and strategy will be introduced and full-sided games will be incorporated into each session. There is an emphasis on teamwork and enjoyment of the game. SpringB. Carlson
PE 141. Intramural Sports This course is designed to give men and women the opportunity to play a variety of intramural sports together in a fun setting. Kickball, Dodgeball, Broomball, 3 v 3 basketball, Volleyball, Whiffle Ball, and other sports will be included. Open to all looking for an enjoyable workout and athletic social interaction. WinterB. Carlson
PE 142. Karate An art of self-defense which originated in Okinawa. Karate involves mastering techniques, sharpening concentration and refining one's spirit. Karate develops self-confidence and self-discipline while providing a solid workout. Ideally, the Karateka carries a clarity of concentration and serenity of spirit every day in whatever she/he is doing. Beginners are welcome and appreciated. Fall,Winter,SpringR. Dobrow
PE 143. Beginning Kettlebell Fitness Basic introductory instruction in the use of kettlebells for strength development and aerobic conditioning. This course will have a general fitness focus. Fall,WinterM. Levi
PE 144. Advanced Kettlebell Fitness This course will review basic kettlebell exercises early in the term but will move quickly into more advanced exercises with an emphasis on enhancing sport performance. SpringM. Levi
PE 146. Life Guard Training American Red Cross course that encompasses training in aquatic safety and rescue skills. On successful completion of the course, participants will receive two certifications: one for A.R.C. Lifeguard Training (includes First Aid), valid for three years, and the second for A.R.C. C.P.R. for the Professional Rescuer, valid for one year. The course is approximately 35 hours in length, with 80 percent of the class time spent in the pool and 20 percent in the classroom. Required $50 textbook & pocket mask fee will be automatically charged on tuition bill. Prerequisite: In order to be eligible for this course, students must demonstrate competence in the basic swimming strokes (front crawl, breaststroke, and sidestroke), be able to tread water (without use of hands/arms) for two minutes and exhibit an ability to swim unde. S/CR/NC, SpringA Clark
PE 147. Moving Anatomy This course seeks to provide an underlying awareness of body structure and function. Using movement to expand knowledge of our anatomy will encourage participants to integrate information with experience. Heightened body awareness and class studies are designed to activate the general learning process. SpringJ. Shockley
PE 148. Modern Dance I A physical exploration at the introductory level of the elements of dance: time, motion, space, shape and energy. Students are challenged physically as they increase their bodily awareness, balance, control, strength and flexibility and get a glimpse of the art of dance. Fall,Winter,SpringD. McCoy
PE 149. Modern Dance II Builds upon the concepts and experiences in Level I with more emphasis on the development of technique and expressive qualities as students are aided in a process of solving movement problems and finding solutions. Movement combinations are more complex and physical demands are challenging. Fall,Winter,SpringD. McCoy
PE 150. Contact Improvisation This is a course in techniques of spontaneous dancing shared by two or more people through a common point of physical contact. Basic skills such as support, counterbalance, rolling, falling and flying will be taught and developed in an environment of mutual creativity. Fall,WinterJ. Shockley
PE 151. Modern Dance III Continues to challenge the dance student with more intensive work on technical, theoretical and expressive movement problems. Since students are more able and experienced, exploration of unusual and intricate forms and movements is possible and the goal of each class is to go as deeply into each idea as the limits of time and ability allow. Fall,Winter,SpringJ. Howard, J. Shockley
PE 153. Outdoor Skills-Adventure This course will introduce students to many of the skills necessary to survive and thrive in the wilderness. The objective of this course is to prepare students to be able to plan and execute their own back-country experience with guidance in trip planning, plant and animal identification, first aid, orienteering shelter building, food planning, packing and preparation, and an introduction to group dynamics and leadership. Optional outdoor field trip. S/CR/NC, ND; NE, SpringJ Keller
PE 154. Beginning Racquetball This course is designed for beginners and people with very limited experience in racquetball. The focus of this course is on basic skills development and practice. Students are introduced to rules and singles strategy. No experience required. Not offered in 2012-2013.
PE 158. Rock Climbing The beginning of the course covers climbing knots, belaying and commands. Efficient movement and climbing styles will also be addressed. The majority of the term will allow students to apply their new skills on the Recreation Center's climbing wall and in the Bouldering Cave. Fall,Winter,SpringA. Erickson
PE 159. Scuba PADI Open Water PADI Open Water SCUBA certification can be earned. A SCUBA class involves three parts: class, pool and open water. Classroom and pool sessions are conducted over six nights at the West Gym classroom and Thorpe Pool. The open water portion (optional for PE activity credit but required for PADI certification) is conducted off campus. Lab fees apply, please contact instructor. Fall,SpringJ. Campion
PE 161. Self Defense for Women Course consists of learning basic techniques (kicking, striking, blocking and shifting moves), analyzing and decision making in a crisis, and the role body language, eye contact and assertiveness can play in threatening and attack situations. There will be controlled practice drills with partners. Required $10 book fee will be automatically charged on tuition bill. S/CR/NC, FallM Brandl
PE 162. Women's Health & Fitness
PE 167. Social Dance I Provides instruction in basic steps and patterns of ballroom dance such as waltz, cha-cha and swing. No previous experience is needed. Additional opportunities are provided by the Social Dance Club. Fall,Winter,SpringStaff
PE 168. Social Dance II Provides a progression from the basics and begins to move into more rhythmically advanced dances and speciality moves. Previous experience or completion of Social Dance I is required. Fall,Winter,SpringStaff
PE 170. Squash
PE 171. Step Aerobics This class begins with a 5-7 minute warm-up and then moves toward a 20-25 minute straight aerobics routine. Then steps are incorporated into a 20-25 minute aerobics workout. The remaining class time ends with 5-7 minutes of stretches in which one muscle group is chosen for special emphasis and effort. Fall,Winter,SpringR. Petricka
PE 172. Swimming, Fitness Designed for the accomplished swimmer who desires a vigorous workout as a means of improving or maintaining cardiovascular fitness. Instruction covers stroke mechanics, drills, use of training equipment and general workout design. Students must have the ability to swim front crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke. Fall,Winter,SpringA. Clark, B. Larsen
PE 176. Swimming, Synchronized This class will be an introduction to synchronized swimming. We will teach basic skills, including sculling, eggbeater, hybrids, lifts and figures, during the first part of the course, and we will teach a simple routine during the second part of the course. It will culminate with a small performance. Students should have intermediate swimming skills so that they are safe and comfortable in the water. S/CR/NC, ND; NE, SpringStaff
PE 177. Swing Dance Provides in-depth instruction in the Lindy Hop, a fun, energetic swing dance that developed from the jazz music of the 1920s and 1930s. Emphasizes lead-follow technique and social dance moves while providing an understanding of the dance's roots. Previous social dance experience is helpful but not required. Fall,Winter,SpringStaff
PE 178. Tae Kwon Do The traditional martial art of Korea. The class meets in conjunction with the Tae Kwon Do Club. Its goal is to strengthen the physical and mental abilities of its members. Tae Kwon Do offers a well-balanced practical approach to training, promoting physical fitness, self control, confidence, leadership, discipline and an understanding of the art of Tae Kwon Do and the Korean culture from which it originated. Fall,Winter,SpringStaff
PE 188. Triathlon Training An excellent preparation for the "Carleton Triathlon" held at the end of May. Students will learn how to effectively train in each of the three traditional sports of triathlon (swim, bike, run). Instruction covers basic training principles, technique development, competitive preparation. This course is open to all levels of experience from novice to advanced. Students must possess a minimal amount of skill and conditioning in the three sports prior to enrollment. SpringA. Clark
PE 190. Volleyball, Co-ed Open to all experience levels. It provides an introduction to basic volleyball skills, rules, and offensive/defensive strategies within a structure that provides both skill practice and scrimmage opportunities. There is an emphasis on teamwork and social interaction. Fall,SpringC. Kosiba
PE 191. Water Polo, Beginning This class is designed to introduce you to the exciting sport of Water Polo. From learning how to tread water to shooting a ball, we will cover all the basics of the game of Water Polo. No experience with water polo required, but knowing how to swim is encouraged. Students should have intermediate swimming skills so that they are safe and comfortable in the water. ND; NE, SpringStaff
PE 192. Water Safety Instructor American Red Cross certification course for those wishing to teach swimming and water safety classes. Although not mandatory, all instructor candidates should have current certification in first aid and CPR. This course requires time outside of class for teaching experiences. Certification is acquired by successfully passing all written tests and skillful demonstration of all required aquatic skills. Required $50 textbook and pocket mask fee will be automatically charged on tuition bill. Prerequisite: Students must pass a pre-course written test and skills test. The written test and skills test are based on a proficiency level equal to the American Red Cross Community Water Safety course and Level VI of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. S/CR/NC, SpringA Clark
PE 193. Winter Sport Fitness This course is designed to introduce students to winter sport and fitness activities. Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, skating, broomball, and all other sports will be included. Open to all looking for an enjoyable workout and athletic social interaction. Required $100 fee for ski trip to Welch Village fee will be automatically charged on tuition bill. S/CR/NC, WinterR Carlson
PE 194. Weight Training, Beginning The focus of this course is introduction to the basics of resistance training including a variety of machines, simple free weight and free hand activity. The course is designed for those students with little or no weight training experience. Perfection of basic techniques, strength assessment and personalized programming are ultimate goals of the course. Not offered in 2012-2013.
PE 195. Weight Training and Conditioning The focus of this course is to assist students with developing a complete conditioning program, including resistance training, running (speed and endurance), agility, stretching (dynamic and static), proper nutrition and appropriate rest intervals. The instructor will assist students in the proper application of specific exercises and drills to maximize effectiveness of their conditioning program. Winter,SpringL. Lunder
PE 196. Weight Training for Women This class is designed to introduce women students to the weight training facilities in a smaller group setting. Women students will learn to set up weight training programs based on physical assessment done at the beginning of the course and the students individual goals. Introduction technique and training principles are given as well as basic nutritional, health and wellness information. SpringC. Kosiba
PE 199. Yoga Learn the basics of a variety of hatha yoga styles. Appropriate for all levels, this class will focus on a variety of seated, standing and balancing postures as well as core strength and breathwork. Fall,Winter,SpringK. Layman, F. Hagstrom
PE 205. Badminton Club An instructional and competitive opportunity to participate in the sport of badminton. Learn and develop new skills, improve your fitness levels, and enjoy club camaraderie. Prerequisite: Participation in Badminton Club fall and winter terms. S/CR/NC, NE, SpringA Chaput
PE 214. Competitive Dance Club Participants will practice techniques and moves for dances including: Waltz, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Swing, as well as other styles. Dancers will learn techniques through a general progression throughout practices. There will be sessions for newcomers, which will teach the basics of dance. There will also be sessions for intermediate and advanced dancers, which will be taught by a professional dance teacher and returning members. SpringA. Chaput
PE 316. Principles of Athletic Training Introduction to human anatomy as it pertains to athletic training and prevention and care of athletic injuries. Consists of lecture, practical experiences, and use of rehabilitative modalities. Requirement for athletic training student assistant. 2 cr., ND; NE, Fall,Winter,SpringC. Alladin
PE 332. Foundations of Sport Psychology and Performance Mentality Research shows that the most successful athletes are those who are able to think consciously and engage differently than others before, during, and after competition. Like any other life skill, thinking differently and embracing active mindfulness takes training, a willingness to learn, and dedicated hard work. This course is designed to help students and athletes think differently about various aspects of training and competition, ultimately using these skills as they apply to sport, functioning in team environments, and most importantly to the other areas of their lives outside of athletics during and beyond their time at Carleton. 6 cr., ND; NE, WinterJ Mueller
PE 348. Contemporary Issues in Athletics An examination of athletics and their relationship to society. This course focuses on the emergence of contemporary sport and the current issues facing participants, coaches, administrators, and spectators. A special emphasis is placed on understanding the motivating factors behind sport and developing a philosophy of sport that will help students evaluate current sporting issues in society. 6 cr., ND; SI, FallL. Battaglini
PE 350. Methods: Principles and Philosophy of Coaching This course emphasizes the methods of teaching skills, structure, and strategies of team oriented sports. Emphasis is placed on understanding the coaching profession at different levels, developing coaching skills and creating a philosophy of coaching. 3 cr., ND; SI, WinterA. Rushing