2013 FAQ’s for Parents of Varsity Student-Athletes

1.  I read somewhere that varsity athletes are required to have a current physical examination in order to compete. What is the best time of year to schedule an appointment for an updated physical?

For first-year participants the physical exam should take place not later than July 15. Per NCAA rules, varsity student-athletes must have an updated physical within six months of the first day of participation for their respective sport. Upperclassmen are not required to have a new physical in subsequent years. If you have any additional questions related to eligibility and compliance please send an email message to eligibility@mit.edu

2.  When varsity athletes arrive early for pre-season training, will they move into their permanent residence hall or will they be expected to move at the end of pre-season training?

It depends on individual circumstances. Returning upperclassmen will not be asked to move. Freshman may move depending upon their "confirmation of housing assignment." For further information, please click on the following link: http://housing.mit.edu.

3.  Should early returning varsity athletes bring all of their belongings for a single move or should we plan on having two move-in dates?

It is recommended that early returning student-athletes pack lightly and are prepared for pre-season training. Additional items can be shipped to campus and/or dropped off by parents after September 1.

4.  Is there air conditioning in the residence halls?

New House and Sr. House have air conditioning.

5.  Will the dining halls be open and offering service during the Fall preseason and Winter training periods?

Dining halls at MIT are open when classes are in session. In the Fall they are typically open from the first week of September through about the third week of December. In the Winter/Spring they are typically open from about the first week of February through the end of May.

6.  Do undergraduate students have access to on campus parking?

Yes, please click on the following link for information related to parking: http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/student/index.html.

7.  Can any incoming student tryout for a varsity athletic team?

Generally, the answer is yes; however, tryout opportunities vary by team. We recommend prospective MIT student-athlete's who have not had contact with the coach contact the head coach directly for team specific information. Head coach contact information is available at http://www.mitathletics.com/information/directory/index.

8.  How can I find information about hotels in the Cambridge area?

There are many hotels and a variety of accommodations in the Cambridge/Boston area. Please click on the following link to access additional information: http://web.mit.edu/visit/stay.html.

9.  Are varsity athletic team schedules available online?

Absolutely, please go to www.mitathletics.com to access sport specific MIT varsity team schedules. (August 1 for our fall sport program, winter and spring sports will follow as the academic year begins)

10.  How can I follow the teams if I do not live in the Boston area?

Most of our sports have webcasting (available for a small charge) and live stats available. Links for these services are posted on www.mitathletics.com. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

11.  Can I invite an MIT team to my house for a meal, or can I pay for a team meal on the road or after a home contest?

Yes, if you are interested in providing a meal for an MIT team, we recommend you contact the Head Coach directly to discuss opportunities and details.

12.   If I am interested in supporting a varsity team by making a financial donation, what should I do?

If you are interested in making a financial donation, go to https://giving.mit.edu/givenow/browse-designations.dyn?categoryId=DA for additional information. You will be able to scroll through the giving website and find a specific team or fund.

13.  Will I be contacted if my son or daughter is sick or injured?

Right to Privacy and Federal law restricts the amount of information that can be shared at any given time. If you would like to know more about the HIPAA and FERPA Laws as they relate to privacy and confidentiality, please click on the following links:
HIPAA: http://www.hhs.gov./ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/summary/index.html

FERPA: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.

14.   Does MIT provide varsity athletic gear and equipment to team members?

Yes, varsity student-athletes receive basic gear and equipment to support their participation during the competitive season.

All varsity student-athletes engage in a highly organized gear and equipment distribution and return process. Each team meets with the MIT Equipment Room Manager to review and discuss the policies, procedures and responsibilities associated with accepting gear and equipment provided by MIT. Each team member signs an individual contract that specifically outlines items and tracking numbers distributed to them. By signing the contract each individual student-athlete agrees to accept responsibility for the items assigned to them until those items are appropriately returned at the end of the competitive season. Failure to return distributed gear and equipment in accordance with the guidelines and timelines outlined on the contract may result in a financial penalty.

Many varsity student-athletes are given the opportunity to purchase "player packages" at their own expense. Player packages are available to student-athletes who are interested in purchasing and owning gear that does not have to be returned. Varsity student-athletes are not required to purchase player packages in order to compete on MIT varsity athletic teams.If fans, family or alums are interested in purchasing team specific apparel, please go to https://www.companypromostore.com/stores/mit/.

15.  If you have any additional questions related to the Department of Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) or MIT varsity athletics, please contact Julie Soriero, Athletic Director and DAPER Department Head, at jsoriero@mit.edu, or access our staff directory at http://www.mitathletics.com/information/directory/index.