MIT Gymnastics is an NCAA Division III program. The NCAA does not sponsor national championships for Division III Gymnastics, so the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association ( NCGA) was formed in 1983. This is the governing body that sponsors and runs the Division III National Championships. Even though the NCAA does not sponsor championships for Division III, it does not exclude Division II or III schools from qualifying a team or individuals to a Division I Regionals or National Championships. In that sense, MIT has an advantage as a Division III school since the team or any of its members can qualify to all of these championship meets. MIT is also a member of the Eastern Collegiate Athletics Conference (ECAC), which does run championships for all three divisions.
As any other program at a Division III Institution, MIT does not offer athletic scholarships for any sports. What MIT does offer is one of the best education programs in the world, and academics is our number one priority at MIT. Our number one goal is to keep gymnastics FUN while staying competitive. Gymnastics at MIT is all about working hard and playing hard, and the only requirement to joining the team once you have been accepted to MIT is to come in ready to learn, train hard and have a good time no matter what your skill level is.
Practices usually run from 5:00-7:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10:00-1:00 on Sundays. Our practices begin in mid-September and continue through to the end of the season. Competitive season begins in early January and can last until the first or second weekend in April. We compete against schools from all divisions in and around the Northeast. Some examples are: Yale University, Springfield College, Bridgeport University, Brown University, Southern Connecticut State University and Rhode Island College. We also compete against all of the Division III schools in the East Region. In recent years, the team has had the opportunity to travel to Denton, TX to compete against Division II power Texas Woman's University, to California to meet with UC-Davis and Sacramento State and the team has also attended the Bermuda Triangle Challenge and beautiful Anchorage, Alaska. Our competitive season includes anywhere from 8-11 meets plus the ECAC and NCGA National Championships.
Please browse around the MIT Web Site to find out about all the opportunities that an MIT education can provide for you. MIT is very challenging and it will allow you to grow and cultivate your talents. If you have any questions about the program or would like to visit school and maybe watch one of our practices, please feel free to contact the coach.