Chair: Dean Snider
Jennifer Blomme
Eric Bridgeland  
John Eckel
Michelle Ferenz  
John Hein
Peter McClure
Skip Molitor
Jeff Northam
Scott Shields

Adjunct Instructors:
Jose Cedeño
Stuart Chapin
Laura Cummings
Nathan Fry
Michele Hanford
Matthew Helm
Brian Kitamura
Amy Molitor
Alicia Riley
Kathryn Robinson
Brien Sheedy
Dana Sheedy
Leslie Snyder
Elizabeth Sparks
Rebecca Thorpe

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The department of sport studies, recreation and athletics has the following functions: 1) to provide opportunity for all students to secure instruction and formal practice in a variety of recreational and physical education activities; 2) to conduct a program of intercollegiate athletics for both men and women; 3) to schedule and facilitate open recreation, intramurals, and club sports for the entire campus community; and 4) to offer lecture and applied coursework in sport studies, recreation, athletic training, and athletics.

Activity Courses

The following courses are designed to provide the student with knowledge, guidance, and practice in a wide variety of sport and recreational activities. A maximum of eight activity course credits will be allowed toward the graduation requirement. All activity courses are graded credit/no credit. Intercollegiate athletic courses may be repeated for credit; other activity courses may not be repeated for credit. Special fees will be assessed in some courses. “F” indicates the course is offered the fall semester and “S” the spring semester. Activity courses are one credit unless otherwise noted.

Individual Fitness Activities  
100 Beginning Weight Training F, S
101 Beginning Aerobic Conditioning F, S
102 Jogging F, S
103 Sport Yoga F, x
104 Beginning Yoga F, S
105 Beginning Speed and Agility Training F, x
107 Self-Defense Fitness x, x
109 Sportsmetrics x, x
123 Pilates F, S
125 Walk-Fit F, S
201 Intermediate Total Body Conditioning x, x
202 Intermediate Weight Training F, S
204 Intermediate Yoga F, S
205 Advanced Speed and Agility Training F, x
Individual Sports  
117 Beginning Golf (Fee: $100) F, S
121 Triathlon Sports x, S
217 Intermediate Golf (Fee: $100) x, S
Dual Activities  
110 Beginning Tennis F, S
111 Beginning Racquetball F, S
131 Badminton F, S
210 Intermediate Tennis F, S
211 Intermediate Racquetball x, x
Winter Sports  
112 Beginning Skiing (Fee: $275) x, S
113 Cross Country Skiing (Fee: $225) x, x
114 Beginning Snowboarding (Fee: $275) x, S
115 Beginning Telemark Skiing (Fee: $340) x, x
118 Beginning Ice Skating (Fee: $100) x, x
212 Intermediate Skiing (Fee: $275) x, S
214 Intermediate Snowboarding (Fee: $275) x, S
218 Intermediate Ice Skating (Fee: $100) x, x
312 Advanced Skiing (Fee: $275) x, S
314 Advanced Snowboarding (Fee: $275) x,S
Outdoor Skills Activities  
127 Beginning Fly Fishing (Fee: $75) F, x
137 Beginning Indoor Rock Climbing (Fee: $140 - no trip required) F, S
138 Rock Climbing (Fee: $165 - trip required) x, S
139 Flatwater Canoeing (Fee: $180) x, x
140 Beginning Kayaking (Fee: $180) F,S
142 Wilderness Skills (Fee: $75) x, x
226 Glacier Mountaineering (Fee: $500) F, x
237 Intermediate Indoor Rock Climbing (Fee: $140 - no trip required) F, S
238 Intermediate Rock Climbing (Fee: $165 - trip required) F, S
250 Intermediate Kayaking (Fee: $180) x, S
350 Advanced Kayaking (Fee: $275) x, x
130 Swimming F, x
230 Advanced Swimming & Conditioning F, x
Team Sports  
150 Soccer F, x
151 Beginning Volleyball x, S
251 Intermediate Volleyball x, x
Intercollegiate Sports (for varsity athletes only)  
252 Intercollegiate Cross Country F, x
253 Intercollegiate Soccer (men) F, x
254 Intercollegiate Soccer (women) F, x
255 Intercollegiate Volleyball F, x
256 Intercollegiate Swimming x, S
257 Intercollegiate Baseball x, S
258 Intercollegiate Basketball (men) x, S
259 Intercollegiate Basketball (women) x, S
260 Intercollegiate Golf (men) x, S
261 Intercollegiate Golf (women) x, S
261 Intercollegiate Golf (women) x, S
263 Intercollegiate Tennis (women) x, S
264 Intercollegiate Tennis (men) x, S
266 Intercollegiate Lacrosse (women) x, S

140 Beginning Whitewater Kayaking
1, 1 Chapin, Sheedy

A course designed for individuals interested in receiving an introduction to the sport of whitewater kayaking. The skills covered will be mostly pool-based, and will include basic kayak strokes, self-rescue methods, and basic risk management in a whitewater setting. The course will include a mandatory, full weekend field trip to a local river with class I-III rapids. Students should feel comfortable in water and with swimming while wearing a life jacket. Graded credit/no credit.  Fee: $180.

242 Wilderness First Responder
x, 2 Riley and Sheedy

This Wilderness First Responder course is a nationally recognized course that trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings. The 80-hour curriculum includes standards for urban and extended care situations. Special topics include but are not limited to wound management and infection, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and long-term management problems, plus up-to-date information on all environmental emergencies along with advice on drug therapies. Emphasis is placed on prevention and decision making, not the memorization of lists. Upon successful completion of practical and written exams a two-year WMI of NOLS Wilderness First Responder certification and a two-year Adult Heartsaver CPR certification will be issued. Graded credit/no credit. Fee: $625.

244 Swift Water Rescue
1, x Chapin

The course is intended for guides, recreational kayakers and rafters and other river professionals. This course will combine skills from Lifeguard training, kayak instructor training, raft guide training and skills outlined by the ACA (American Canoe Association) and NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership school). The goal is to foster increased safety through the development of skills, knowledge and experience. This course will create a theoretical and practical experience that will enable boaters to be better prepared and equipped as a rescuer in the swift water environment. Classroom sessions will be complemented by practical “on water” exercises. The course will focus on throw ropes, safety vests, foot entrapment/ vertical pin scenarios, knots, anchors, mechanical advantage systems (i.e. z-drags and pig rigs), the reach system, as well as wading rescues, boat based rescue (kayak/raft), and other related theories and ideas. Graded credit/no credit. Fee: $290.

248 Climbing Wall Instructor
1, x Sheedy

This course provides instructors and potential instructors with an in-depth and standardized understanding of the skills essential to teaching climbing in an indoor setting. It is the first step in a sequential approach to professional climbing instructor development. The course reinforces the importance of teaching technically accurate information and debunks many common climbing myths. The course emphasizes the presentation of sound fundamental skills to climbing gym participants, the use of deliberate and effective instructional methods, the formation of risk assessment and risk management skills and basic problem-solving skills such as belay transitions and on-wall coaching and assist techniques. Participants will be assessed on both their core knowledge and their ability to effectively teach and coach related skills. Graded credit/no credit. Fee: $170.

265 Climbing Movement and Technique
1, 1 Sheedy

This course is intended for current climbers interested in improving their movement skills and technique. This course will have a heavy bouldering and movement emphasis but will do some roped climbing as well. Attention will be given to both footwork and hand and arm techniques. Advanced movement skills such as crack climbing, off width technique, knee bars, drop knee, flagging, monkey hangs, and much, much more will be covered along with taping and injury prevention techniques. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: SSRA 137, 138, 237, 238, or 248, or instructor consent. Fee: $140.

267 Climbing Training and Route Setting
x, 1 Sheedy

This course is intended for climbers interested in learning how to train more effectively for personal climbing and/or competitions in addition to learning how to do effective route setting. There is a lot to good route setting and this course will cover risk management and safety concerns with route setting along with artistic elements. This course will have a heavy bouldering and movement emphasis but will do some roped work as well. Attention will be given to strength and endurance training, preventive techniques to avoid tendon damage and overuse injuries. Preventative taping and post injury taping will be covered along with hold types, frequency and locations for holds to reduce and prevent certain common overuse or athletic climbing injuries. Movement skills, advanced climbing techniques and training drills and concepts will also be covered. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: SSRA 137, 138, 237, 238, or 248, or instructor consent. Fee: $75.

284, 285 Athletic Leadership I, Athletic Leadership II
1, 1 Ferenz

This activity course is graded credit/no credit and is open to varsity student-athletes who will be representing their respective teams as part of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Students will be introduced to a variety of leadership tools and models and will be encouraged to develop leadership skills through the planning and executing of several projects and initiatives each semester. As a part of the leadership experience students also will engage in the NCAA legislative process, the NWC administrative process and interact with campus and community members representing their fellow student-athletes.

338 Improvised Rock Rescue Systems
  1; not offered 2015-16

This course is designed to train skilled lead climbers in improvised self-rescue systems for technical rock climbing. It is useful for both single pitch and multi-pitch climbers. It is especially useful for instructors and advanced climbers to help them both analyze and mitigate potential hazards and problems. It also will enable them to initiate self-rescue through a variety of tried and true systems that can be combined and used in various ways. Ascension systems, escaping the belay, passing a knot, lowering systems, raising systems, counterbalance rappels, assisted rappels and other rescue concepts will be covered. Prerequisites: SSRA 238 or 387 or consent of instructor. Fee: $75.

342 Wilderness Expedition: Tropical Backpacking
1, x Chapin

A course designed for individuals interested in developing wilderness expedition skills in a variety of skill areas. The skills and theories covered will be directed toward trip planning, risk management, hazard awareness evaluation and avoidance, hard and soft skill development, conflict resolution, leave no trace, rescue skills, leadership techniques, multiday trips, rigging, and group management techniques. Backpacking, Sea kayaking, glacier mountaineering, backcountry skiing and whitewater boating are the five types of expeditions that will most likely be offered but other backcountry offerings could be offered as well and the trip type will rotate from year to year. This class will involve preparation classes at Whitman before going on the expedition, which will run for one or two weeks and would occur during a Whitman break. Graded credit/no credit. Fee: $800 plus airfare; estimated $1,600 total.

Lecture Courses

These professional courses are designed for students who wish to study the theory, methods and philosophy of physical education and to develop leadership skills in the field.

200 First Aid
1, 1 Fry

A course designed to prepare students to give emergency treatment before regular medical care can be given. CPR and first aid certification may be earned. Graded credit/no credit. Fee: $35.

308 Lifeguard Training
2, x Blomme

A course designed to certify a student in lifeguarding. The course will include both classroom and pool instruction; topics covered include personal safety, water rescue, guarding technique and CPR. Fee: $35.

328 Women and Sport
2; not offered 2015-16

This course will cover the history of women in sport, examine the impact of Title IX, and discuss current trends in women’s athletics. The course will include lecture and discussion as well as several short papers. Two texts and additional reading will be required. Offered in alternative years.

329 The Story of Sport
2; not offered 2015-16

The course will address what elements of the athletic experience make sports such a popular topic of fiction. Through reading short stories, novels, and viewing films, students will examine both the retelling of sports moments as well as what it is about sport that draws our attention. Themes to be studied will include the underdog, teamwork, leadership, and cheating. Students also will be asked to examine the significance of sports stories in their social and historical contexts.

332 River Guide Leadership
2, x Chapin

A course designed for individuals interested in developing the technical skills, leadership skills and theoretical foundations for leading trips in a dynamic river environment. The skills and theories covered will be directed toward trip planning, risk management, hazard awareness and avoidance, legal implications, hard and soft skill development, conflict resolution, leave no trace, river hydrology, rescue skills, leadership techniques, multiday trips, rigging, and group management techniques. Skills for paddle rafts and oar rigs will be the focus of this course but management of other whitewater crafts such as kayaks may be discussed.  A willingness to camp and swim in cold conditions are the only prerequisites. Fee: $480.

334 Sea Kayak Guide Leadership
2, x Sheedy

A course designed for individuals interested in developing the technical skills, leadership skills, seamanship skills and theoretical foundations for leading kayak-touring trips in both ocean and inland water environments. The skills and theories covered will be directed toward safety and risk management, travel skills, rescue procedures, boat-handling skills, leadership, hard and soft skill development, conflict resolution, leave no trace practices, expedition planning, navigation and group management. This course will alternate between being offered locally and being offered in more distant locations so as to provide different teaching environments and different economic choice. Note: This is a theory class offered with standard grading. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Fee: $485.

357 Coaching Soccer
2; not offered 2015-16

A course designed for students interested in coaching soccer at the high school level. Stress is placed on the basic fundamentals of soccer and theories of offense and defense, including methods of teaching these phases. Offered in alternate years.

359 Coaching Baseball
2; not offered 2015-16

A course designed for students interested in coaching baseball at the high school level. Stress is placed on the basic fundamentals of the game and on the various methods of teaching these phases.

370 Coaching Tennis
2; not offered 2015-16

A course designed for students interested in coaching tennis at the high school level, club, and/or parks and recreation department. Stress is placed on preparing for the U.S. Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) coaching certification test. The course offers a weekly on-court practicum experience with players of varying ability. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

380 Outdoor Leadership
x, 2 Chapin

A course designed for individuals with a considerable interest and experience in at least one outdoor adventure sport who are interested in leading or organizing adventure trips. The skills and theory covered will be directed toward mountain and whitewater adventures, food planning, legal implications of leadership, hazard awareness and avoidance, navigation, avalanche awareness, mountain first aid, and minimum impact camping. Several weekend outings will be coupled with classroom studies. Not open to seniors. Fee: $290.

385 Recreation Leadership
2, x A. Molitor

A companion to our present SSRA 380 Outdoor Leadership. This course is designed to provide the classroom and textbook theory of recreational leadership, while SSRA 380 aims to apply skills to the field. The following elements will be included: 1) basic history of recreation and outdoor adventure leadership; 2) an examination of the models and theories of outdoor recreation; 3) an analysis of leadership theories including a study of effective leadership qualities and styles; 4) an understanding of the challenges of leading special populations (i.e., youth at risk, physically disabled, elderly); 5) practice planning and designing an outdoor adventure pursuit.

387 Advanced Climbing: Single Pitch Instructor Course
x, 3 Sheedy

This course is designed for strong climbers interested in becoming climbing instructors and managing an institutional single pitch climbing site. Emphasis will be on developing an awareness of liability concerns and how to mitigate risk. Topics that will be covered include: movement on rock, knots and rope systems, anchors, protection placement, rappelling, belaying, lead climbing, following, single pitch rescue techniques, teaching techniques, route setting and climbing wall management. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Fee: $595.

390 Introduction to Sports Medicine
4, x Fry

A course designed to meet the needs of students desiring to pursue a career in sports medicine (physical therapy, athletic training, or orthopedic medicine) or students who will coach or teach young athletes. It includes the study of anatomy and kinesiology as they pertain to the more common injuries incurred by an athletic population. Injury, prevention, recognition, and rehabilitation are stressed in both the lecture and laboratory experiences. Fee: $35.

395 Advanced Techniques in Sports Medicine
x, 4 Eckel

This course structure provides a continuation of material learned in SSRA 390. Through hands-on experience, students will learn advanced evaluation techniques, discuss administrative and organizational concerns for a training room, explore the broad spectrum of sports medicine job settings, and participate in a practical application of rehabilitation techniques. Instructional units will include specific joint injury evaluation, physiological effects of modalities, modality set-up, exercise rehabilitation, massage, and rehabilitation protocol design. Students will work individually with injured athletes to evaluate injury as well as to design and supervise rehabilitation programs. Laboratory experience will expand on lecture topics. Course design plans for two lectures and two laboratory days per week. Prerequisite: SSRA 390. Fee: $35.

487 Independent Study Research
1-3, 1-3 Staff

For students who are interested in undertaking a unique sport studies activity or an in-depth analysis (including extensive library research or collecting experimental data related to sports studies and/or recreation). Students must receive prior approval for the selected activity or project prior to registration. A written report of research work will be required for students registering for more than one credit. May be repeated for a total of six credits. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.