Recruiting

Questions and Answers 

Below is a list of questions you may have. Hopefully the answers will help you, as a student athlete or parent, become more familiar with the St. Thomas track and field program. Please don't hesitate to contact me to learn more."

Steve Mathre

1. Who is able to participate on the team?
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When do you practice?
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What's expected of your athletes?
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What can the athletes expect from the coaches?
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Is track an individual sport?
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What kind of awards or recognition do you have?
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What team Policies do you have?
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What is your training theory?
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What is the philosophy of the St. Thomas Athletic Department?
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What's the difference between NCAA Division I,II,II?
11Other costs to consider  .

1. Who is able to participate on the team?
All University of St. Thomas student’s are welcome to participate. As long an athletes actions are positive, productive, and for the good of the team - they are encouraged to participate. At the same time, we also believe being a part of the UST track and field tradition is a privilege. The expectation is that you work diligently to better yourself as a person and athlete through the sport of track and field.

2. When do you practice?
Our season starts the first week in January.  During January (J-term) we have approximately two thirds of our team at practice, as some are studying abroad or out of town working. Our practice times are listed below:

3:00-5:00pm:   Monday, Wednesday, Friday
3:30-5:30pm:  Tuesday, Thursday

We start later on Tuesday and Thursday to help avoid class and lab conflicts. Missing class for academics is always excusable.

3. What's expected of your athletes

The 10 B’s of Success
The following 10 B’s are expectations we as coache place on our athletes. Each athlete will sign an Athlete’s Pledge of Conduct prior to the start of the season that will speak to these areas. Fortunately within a successful program, these traits areas present with most motivated athletes. The Pledge helps keep everyone on track and provide direction when an athlete strays off course.

1.  Be Committed
2.  Be On time
3.  Be Informed
4.  Be Positive
5.  Be Supportive
6.  Be Conditioned
7.  Be Prepared
8.  Be Confident
9.  Be Successful
10.  Be Happy

4. What can the athletes expect from the coaches?

Coaches Statement of Purpose
The University of St. Thomas track and field program is dedicated to providing a high-level varsity experience for all athletes able to participate. Remaining true to NCAA Division III philosophy, the coaches are dedicated to positively influencing the lives of the athletes through teamwork, commitment, sportsmanship, and hard work. Each participant who contributes productively to the goals of the team is seen as a valuable asset and is encouraged to participate.

It is also recognized that participation on the University of St. Thomas track & field team is a privilege, not a right. For this reason, coaches must hold themselves and the athletes to the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and fair play.

We must also make a commitment to exceed in the areas of teaching, skill development, motivation, and self-improvement. The expectation is that we work to better ourselves and the athletes through the sport of track and field.

All actions must be directed toward elevating ourselves, the athletes and the program to the highest level possible.

5. Is track an individual sport?
Track and Field by its nature is classified as an individual sport. At St. Thomas we view Track and Field as a major TEAM sport. We believe the team can come first without sacrificing individual goals and objectives. This is accomplished through strong support and encouragement from all involved -coaches and teammates. Every individual has their own way of preparing for competition. Often this is alone and away from the team. This is understood and encouraged at , however once an athletes is finished competing their responsibility is now focused on the team. Find out where the action is - and show your support!  Strong teammates support is a St. Thomas tradition; take pride.

6. What kind of awards or recognition do you have?

Letterwinners

Requirements for a varsity award in track and field are:

1.  Freshman standing or above.
2.  Adherence to the track and field Athlete Pledge of Conduct.
3.  Place in the MIAC meet or achieve the event(s) standard.
4.  Recommendation of the coach.
5.  Approval of the Director of Athletics.

First year Letter Award
Second year Letter Jacket
Third year Plaque
Fourth year St. Thomas Watch

All-American (NCAA)
Indoors Finish in the top 6 at the NCAA Championships
Outdoors Finish in the top 8 at the NCAA Championships
Indoors Finish in the top 6 at the NCAA Championships
Outdoors Finish in the top 8 at the NCAA Championships

Official All-American certificates will be awarded to the top finishing athletes as noted above (including relays). Official NCAA plaques will also be presented to the top six finishers in each event. First, second, third and fourth-place team trophies will be awarded. Participation certificates will be presented to all student-athletes competing or in uniform in the Championships.

All-Conference (MIAC)

The top three individuals in each event and the first place relay team will be designated "All-Conference" and will receive an MIAC "All-Conference" certificate.

The top three individuals in each event and the first place relay team will be designated "All-Conference" and will receive an MIAC "All-Conference" certificate.

All-Conference Honorable Mention (MIAC)

Fourth through sixth place finishers in the open events and second through sixth place in the relays will receive conference "event" certificates.

Fourth through sixth place finishers in the open events and second through sixth place in the relays will receive conference "event" certificates.

MIAC Outstanding Athlete

Conference coaches will nominate and vote to determine the male and female most outstanding athlete of the MIAC Championship (indoor and outdoor).

MIAC Outstanding Performance

Conference coaches will nominate and vote to determine the male and female who achieved the most outstanding performance during the MIAC Championship (indoor and outdoor).

Conference coaches will nominate and vote to determine the male and female who achieved the most outstanding performance during the MIAC Championship (indoor and outdoor).

St. Thomas Athlete of the Week
Coaches will recognize during weekly meeting, an athlete who best exemplifies the St. Thomas commitment to excellence. All coaches are encouraged to give input. Hard work, performance, team spirit, etc. are be considered. Coaches will recognize during weekly meeting, an athlete who best exemplifies the St. Thomas commitment to excellence. All coaches are encouraged to give input. Hard work, performance, team spirit, etc. are be considered.

St. Thomas Teammate of the Week (UST)
A teammate will recognize (during weekly meeting), an athlete who they feel did an outstanding job as a performer or teammate during the last week. The current recipient will then pick and present the award the following week.

A teammate will recognize (during weekly meeting), an athlete who they feel did an outstanding job as a performer or teammate during the last week. The current recipient will then pick and present the award the following week.

Personal Best Award (UST)
Since the only thing an athlete has control over in track and field is their personal performance; regardless of place of finish, all athletes who achieve a personal best (Personal Record) during the previous weeks competition will be recognized with a personalized Certificate of Award (during weekly team meeting).

Since the only thing an athlete has control over in track and field is their personal performance; regardless of place of finish, all athletes who achieve a personal best (Personal Record) during the previous weeks competition will be recognized with a personalized Certificate of Award (during weekly team meeting).

7. What kind of awards or recognition do you have?

Attendance is expected at all practices, meets and team meetings.

Athletes should not leave practice before checking with their event coach..

Athletes are not to drive to or from competition sites and are not to be excused to leave with friends, etc. If an athlete needs to make other arrangements or meet parents after competition, Coach  Mathre must approve such plans.

The use of toys: footballs, hake sacs, frisbees, etc. are not allowed at meet sites. They are not related to competition and act as a distraction.

In accordance with St. Thomas school-policy, alcohol and tobacco products are not to be used and or purchased during school sponsored activities.

Athletes are to wear St. Thomas issued clothing and or related items at meet sites when possible. Inappropriate, distasteful T-shirts and or dress will also not be tolerated.

When the opportunity presents itself, athletes and coaches are encouraged to thank officials and the host school for their efforts.

St. Thomas track and field coaches and athletes are encouraged to set the conference standard for performance, sportsmanship and fair play.

All actions by athletes and coaches are to reflect well upon the individual, the school and the program.

8. What is your training theory?

"...doing the best - when it means the most?"The St. Thomas track and field program is committed to developing athletes to peak physically for both the indoor and outdoor MIAC and NCAA Championships. Most all other competitions are seen as opportunities to improve and compete well. Therefor, it is essential all coaches plan their season training accordingly.  Coaching is understanding why we do things and when we do them. Training athletes is a combination of sound physiological principles integrated with coaching intuition.

A quality coach is one who when faced with an athlete’s poor performance, can look first at themselves for the answer. We must always ask ourselves, "what does this specific athlete need and what more can I do to help him or her succeed." To honestly answer such questions, we must constantly refer to our master plan and adjust accordingly.

9. What is the philosophy of the St. Thomas Athletic Department?

St. Thomas Athletic Department Mission Statement
The University of St. Thomas by promoting academic excellence and personal growth through a competitive sports program, seeks to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete’s athletic activities are conductedas an integral part of their total educational experience.

10. What's the difference between NCAA Division I,II,II?

Financial Difference:

Division I:    These schools are full scholarship schools which means that all of the individual's tuition, room and board, and books are paid for by the institution.  However in track and field, generally a school has a very limited number of scholarships available.  Where football may have 80 some scholarships, track and field may only have 13 scholarships to share between both track and cross country. For this reason it is very rare for a student athlete to receive a full (full ride) scholarship.  In order for a track and field team to cover all events, a school is often forced to divide scholarships as explained below.

Division II:    These schools also have the ability to offer full scholarships.  However each school may have their own set number of scholarships available to track and field athletes.  As with Division I schools, in order to attract more athletes, full scholarships are most often broken up into several parts and then awarded to more than one player. (i.e. Player A receives tuition; Player B receives room and board; Player C receives books and fees).  The unaworded costs are the obligation of the student and his family.

Division III:    These schools offer no direct financial assistance for athletic ability.  Financial aid is awarded on an analysis of the family's ability to pay.  Additional aid is also awarded on the academic merit of the student.  Financial aid packages are divided into three parts: 1) Grant Aid - money awarded that does not have to be repaid. 2) Work study - money earned by the student for working on campus which can be applied to tuition. 3) Loans - money which is loaned to the student and / or parents which must be repaid.   These are low interest loans which begin to be repaid 6 months after graduation.

Athletic Difference
The biggest difference between Division I,II and III athletics may be noticed the most in the higher profile sports such as football, basketball, etc.  Track and Field is a rare sport in that Division III schools, such as St. Thomas, routinely compete against schools of all divisions (I,II,III). Where you would not find this in football, it is common in track and field.

Where Division I schools usually stand out as having high caliber teams, it is important to note that the quality of a track and field team is not based on their NCAA affiliation.   This quality is much better judged on the caliber of athletes in the program, the number of paid coaches, administrative support and history of success.

11. Other costs to consider:

Travel:    Travel is often an overlooked expense when planning for college.  How far away will you be going to school and what will the expenses be to travel home for Christmas break, summer vacation, spring break, etc.

Years in School:    It is important to get an honest, up front answer from a coach as to how long it will take to graduate.  Most state schools take a student five years to graduate.  Combine the demands of athletics to the equation and five years is most often the norm.  Many families may find it less expensive for their son to attend a four year private school that may cost more per year, but would ultimately be cheaper than a five year public school experience.  The savings can really add up if the student who graduates in four years is now working and earning an income during that fifth year instead of paying for another year of education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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