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2019-2020 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 SDSM&T Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Education

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Contact Information

Jason Henry
Department of Physical Education
King Center HOF-152
(605) 355-3023
E-mail: Jason.Henry@sdsmt.edu


Professor Felderman; Associate Professor Schafer; Assistant Professor Henry; Instructor Johnson.

Physical Education

The physical education program is administered as a phase of a student’s general education with the primary mission of the department being to provide physical activity for each student. The main objective is to assist in developing a healthy and active lifestyle for each student.

The specific objectives are to create an interest in physical fitness and physical skills and to develop those skills as much as time and facilities permit, while fulfilling the physical education requirement for graduation.

Intercollegiate Athletics


Intercollegiate Athletics Contact Information

Dr. Richard Kaiser, Athletic Director
Department of Physical Education
King Center 113
(605) 394-2352
E-mail: Richard.Kaiser@sdsmt.edu

The athletic program has always been considered a major extracurricular activity on the campus of School of Mines. It is believed that a student’s participation in athletics fosters well-rounded development. The intercollegiate sports scheduled throughout the year include men’s football, cross country, basketball, golf and track, and the women’s sports include volleyball, cross country, basketball, track and golf

The university is in its third year of candidacy for membership within the NCAA D-II with an expected full membership to be achieved beginning fall semester 2013. The various Hardrocker teams play a full regional schedule that encompasses teams from a variety of states including South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Colorado, Montana, Iowa and Missouri. The individual athletic sport season schedules are developed each year with an attempt to balance the number of home and away contests evenly thereby providing the loyal fans of the Hardrockers an opportunity to support the teams in Rapid City on a regular basis.

The athletic facilities for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology include

  1. the 4000 seat and 260 car drive-up O’Hara Stadium that has a 400 meter championship Mondo track and a state-of-the-art synthetic turf football field, and
  2. the King Center which has the 2,200 seat Goodell gymnasium, two weight rooms, a 25 yard 6-lane swimming pool and the spectacular Christiansen Hall of Fame.

Eligibility for Intercollegiate Athletics

To be eligible for intercollegiate competition at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

  1. Entering freshmen must enroll with the NCAA Eligibility Center and complete the NCAA mandated process to become eligible for their freshman season.
  2. All student-athletes wishing to participate in intercollegiate athletics must be continually enrolled as a full-time student in a minimum of 12 semester credit hours at the time of participation. Students become immediately ineligible upon dropping below 12 credit hours of enrollment during a term of participation.
  3. All student-athletes must be making normal progress toward a recognized degree and maintain the GPA required to remain in good standing as set forth by this catalog.
  4. All student-athletes must pass a minimum of 24 credit hours (or equivalent) in the two terms of attendance immediately preceding their next term of participation. A second-term freshman must pass 6 credit hours (or equivalent) in the first term to be eligible for term two.
  5. Transfer students from a four-year institution must have eligibility remaining at the institution they are transferring from and be academically eligible at their previous institution to be able to further intercollegiate competition at SDSM&T.


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