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Welcome to Rec Sports!

Everything you need to know about Rec Sports can be found here! Whether you’re looking for a staff member, intramural sports rules, our policies and procedures, or something different, you can find it here.

Assumption of Risk

The participant understands that participation in recreational activities involves certain inherent risks of personal injury. The use of equipment, facilities and premises of Texas A&M University by persons participating in recreational activities shall constitute acceptance of that risk regardless of the nature of the injury. The participant must agree that the University, its officers, employees and agents shall not be liable for any injury, loss or damage sustained or suffered by persons participating in recreational activities at the University, whether caused directly or indirectly by the negligence or fault of Texas A&M University, the Department of Recreational Sports, its officers, employees or agents. The participant must understand further that Texas A&M University does not carry insurance covering individuals using recreation facilities and that individuals not having health coverage are strongly advised to acquire health insurance before exposing themselves to possible injury.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Recreational Sports is to provide quality programs, services and facilities to a diverse Texas A&M community. We encourage the lifelong pursuit of active healthy lifestyles, and enhance student development by providing leadership and employment opportunities.

Core Values

Modeling a Balanced Healthy Lifestyle

Our mission is to promote an active, healthy lifestyle to our customers. We believe that we must model this if we are to have an impact on our customers. We therefore value a balance in our physical, social, mental, spiritual and emotional needs and are committed to balancing our work life with our personal life, always leaving time for recreation. We also believe that fun is a necessary ingredient in everything that we do. Remember to enjoy life…It is a GIFT!

Integrity

We value uncompromising adherence to moral and ethical principles and our actions and decisions are governed by the principles of right and wrong. We feel best when we get what we have earned, even if it is less than we wanted. We have a peace of mind that only comes as a result of the habitual observance of the truth.

Service

We value the concept of service in the broadest sense of the term that includes committing our time, talent and treasure to providing the best to those we serve. We understand that we can do this only if we treat ourselves to the healthiest lifestyle possible, invest in the development of our talent to its ultimate and empower each other to find creative solutions. We believe that internal and external customers are equally important. As a team, we strive to create memorable moments and customer service magic that builds customer loyalty and compelling word of mouth publicity.

Respect

We value our diverse workforce and customer base. We trust and treat each other with fairness, dignity and compassion. We encourage individual opportunity and we honor differences. We seek to provide an inclusive environment that goes beyond accepting differences to welcoming them. We understand that respect is the only pathway to creating a diverse team that is as good as it can be.

Quality

We have the simplest of goals: we want to be the best. This is accomplished through the focused teamwork of a group of people who insist on hiring and developing the best people. Our people are challenged to develop the best in programs, facilities and services and are provided the resources that allow them to be successful.

Leadership

We strive to be leaders in the recreational sports profession, in student development and in enhancing the educational environment of the University. We believe that leadership skills can be learned and strive to develop those skills in every employee, volunteer and participant.

Rec Sports Policies

The following policies and procedures may not cover every situation or eventuality that may occur within the facility. Final interpretation of Student Recreation Center Policies and Procedures will be left to the discretion of the Facility Supervisor on duty or the Department of Recreational Sports Administration in order to maintain the safety and well-being of all customers.

Children’s Usage Policy

All children under the age of 18 are subject to the polices listed below while using the Rec Center.  Children ages 14 to 17 are welcome to use the Rec Center under adult supervision at any time the facility is open. Children under the age of 14 may only use the Rec Center under adult supervision during posted Family Hours.  Family Hours for the fall and spring semesters are as follows:

  • Monday – Thursday: 6am – 9am*
  • Friday: 6am – 9am* & 5pm – 11pm
  • Saturday: 8am – 11pm
  • Sunday: 12pm – 12am

*All children under the age of 14 must exit the facility by no later than 10am, Monday – Friday.

Family Hours are extended to all operational hours during Texas A&M University published holidays, semester breaks and summer sessions.

Membership Fees & Cards

  1. Rec Member Dependents must register with Member Services for a Rec Dependent I.D. card. We will require a birth certificate and a processing fee for each Rec Dependent I.D.
  2. All non-registered dependents or other children who are guests must purchase the current guest pass per day.
  3. Children age 2 and under may enter the Rec Center at no charge, but must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

Restrictions

  1. Rec Members or adult sponsors must participate with or directly supervise and closely watch children at all times in all areas of the Rec Center.
  2. Supervision requirements for children under the age of 18 are a ratio of 1 adult Rec user per 5 minors.
  3. Children under age 14 may not enter the Weight and Fitness Room or use any cardiovascular machines located throughout the Rec Center at any time.
  4. Children under age 5 may not enter the spas or hot tubs at any time.

Programs

  1. Children age 14–17 may attend any daily fitness or water aerobics class, with a responsible adult’s direct supervision and/or participation.
  2. Children under age 18 are not eligible to play Intramural sports.
  3. Children participating in scheduled, programmed activities (e.g. camps, lessons, parties, tournaments) may use the Rec Center during that activity only. These activities must be scheduled through the Department of Recreational Sports.

Outdoor Activity Pavilion

The Outdoor Pavilion area was designed to allow for group gatherings and picnics. Therefore, food and beverages are allowed in the pavilion area with the following guidelines and restrictions:

  1. No glass containers of any kind are allowed.
  2. Re-sealable plastic or canned soft drinks will be allowed under the pavilion ONLY!
  3. Organized groups wishing to utilize this area must inform a facility staff member of their intent and proceed directly to the outdoor area.
  4. All food and beverages transported to the area must be in proper containers to ensure it is not accidently spilled in other areas of the Rec Center.
  5. All coolers and bags are subject to search, to ensure compliance.

Lost & Found Policy

  1. The Rec Center is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
  2. Members are encouraged to store all personal belongings securely in lockers provided throughout the Rec Center.
  3. Staff members are not permitted to hold equipment, valuables or bags for members.
  4. Found items should be turned in at the Member Services Desk.
  5. Equipment found in all Rec Sports facilities will be sent to Member Services at the Rec Center.
  6. Inquiries regarding items lost that day should be made at the specific location. On the following day, inquires should be made at the Rec Center Member Services Desk.
  7. Equipment not claimed at Member Services will be forwarded to MSC Lost and Found.
  8. Any items found which appear to be of significant monetary value will be immediately dropped in a safe. Those items can be claimed at the Rec Center Member Services Desk.

Weight & Fitness Room Policies

Entrance Policies:

  1. A towel is required for each patron to enter the Weight & Fitness Room. No sharing. Articles of clothing, etc. cannot be substituted for a towel. Patrons are required to bring a dry towel to wipe down strength training equipment, pads/upholstery, and cardiovascular machines after use.
  2. Closed toe athletic shoes are required to workout in the Weight & Fitness Room. Sperry type shoes, Vans, loafers, slip-ons, slides, sandals, boots or other hard-soled shoes are not allowed.
  3. Appropriate athletic attire must be worn to workout in the Weight & Fitness Room: i.e no jeans, khakis, or cargo type shorts may be worn. Shorts and pants cannot have metal buttons or rivets on them due to the potential damage to the equipment they may cause.
  4. No backpacks, gym bags, purses, helmets, rackets, skateboards, long boards, etc. are allowed in the Weight & Fitness Room. Free Digi-Lock day lockers are located outside the room and in other various locations around the Student Recreation Center for your convenience.
  5. Only beverages that are in plastic, re-sealable containers are allowed.
  6. Persons under the age of 14 years may not use the Weight & Fitness Room. A parent or guardian must accompany dependents from the ages of 14 to 17.

Other Policies:

  1. Patrons should use extreme caution when lifting weights to avoid potential injury to themselves or others.
  2. Spotters are strongly recommended for all weight lifting exercises.
  3. Dumbbells, weight plates, and other equipment cannot be dropped to the floor. Strength & Conditioning staff members have the right to determine what is considered “dropping”. Due to the Weight and Fitness Room now being located on courts 1&2, THIS IS NOW A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY.
  4. All free weight equipment must be kept in the free weight area. All dumbbells must be kept in the dumbbell (grey tile) area. Rec Sports Personal Trainers do have the right to utilize dumbbells outside of the designated dumbbell area with their clients.
  5. Ground-based Olympic style lifting (i.e. power clean, snatch, and derivatives) and deadlift can only be done on the designated platform.
  6. Weights and bars of any kind cannot be leaned against the wall, pillars, equipment, or mirrors.
  7. Collars must be used on all bars when loaded with weight plates regardless of the total weight amount loaded onto the bar.
  8. Weight belts that may damage equipment upholstery must be removed or covered appropriately.
  9. To avoid congestion and waiting lines, patrons should allow others to “work in” between sets while using strength training equipment.
  10. All equipment must be returned to its proper location after use. All weight plates, dumbbells, handles, etc. must be re-racked in their appropriate location by patrons after they complete the exercise they are performing.
  11. Cardiovascular equipment is to be used by one individual for a maximum of 30 minutes. Some machines can be reserved at the Weight and Fitness Room Desk, however, individuals may only sign themselves up on this list.
  12. Profanity, excessively loud or suggestive language will not be tolerated.
  13. No audible or amplified music through personal devices is allowed in weight and fitness room.
  14. Only Department of Recreational Sports Personal Trainers are allowed to train clients in the Student Recreation Center. Individuals, who are not Rec Sports Personal Trainers, who are found to be personal training in any of the Department of Recreational Sports’ facilities will be banned from utilizing our facilities for a period of time to be determined based on the severity of the infraction.
  15. All equipment must remain in the Weight & Fitness Room. Only Rec Sports Personal Trainers and members of the Strength & Conditioning staff can take specific equipment outside of the Weight and Fitness Room for use.
  16. Strength & Conditioning staff members have the authority to request that any patron who violates any of our facility policies, including but not limited to, those documented above, leave the facility if the staff member deems it is necessary. This may also result in flagging of the patron’s account and consequently the patron being banned from utilizing our facilities for a period of time to be determined based on the severity of the infraction.
  17. Please direct all concerns and maintenance needs to a member of the Strength & Conditioning staff.

Indoor Climbing Facility – Climbing Tower Rules & Regulations

  1. Every person entering the climbing area MUST check in with the Indoor Climbing Facility staff.
  2. It is MANDATORY that climbers pass a skills check before engaging in any of the roped climbing.
  3. Climbers must be at least 8 years of age or of average size for that age. Belayers must be at least 14 years of age and pass the belay skills test to receive approval to belay.
  4. The climbing facility is to be used only during listed hours. The facility may be reserved for groups. For more information, contact Outdoor Adventures at 845-4511.
  5. Climbers are required to use the ropes and belay anchors that are provided.  Ropes for lead climbing are provided upon request by the Indoor Climbing Facility staff.
  6. Belay devices must be attached to the harness of the belayer by means of a locking carabiner.  You may use your own belay device if approved by the climbing facility staff.
  7. A Figure-8 Follow Through knot with appropriate tail length must be tied directly into harness.  Do not use belay loop or carabiner to tie in.
  8. Harnesses and all other climbing equipment must be used as per the manufacturer’s instructions.  All climbing gear must be approved by the UIAA or CE for climbing.
  9. Climbers must be roped and on belay at all times, except while bouldering.
  10. Do not climb past top-rope anchors.
  11. Closed toed shoes are required on the climbing wall.
  12. No food or beverages allowed on the safety deck surface.
  13. NO HORSEPLAY or ROUGH-HOUSING!!
  14. No instruction is permitted other than instruction by the Indoor Climbing Facility staff.
  15. No jewelry allowed while climbing.
  16. CLIMBING IS DANGEROUS! CLIMB AT YOUR OWN RISK!

 NOTICE: Climbing facility staff has the right to remove your day pass and recommend removal of climbing privileges for violation of these regulations.

Indoor Climbing Facility – Bouldering Wall Rules & Regulations

Attention: Climbing is dangerous! Boulder at your own risk!

  1. NO HORSEPLAY or ROUGH HOUSING!!!
  2. Spotting while climbing is highly encouraged.
  3. Closed-toed shoes are required for climbing.
  4. No topping out (no climbing on top of the Bouldering Wall).
  5. No food or open beverages on the bouldering pads.
  6. Please remove all jewelry while climbing. No rings, bracelets or long necklaces.
  7. Shoes and chalk bags are available for rent at the Indoor Climbing Facility desk and/ or Equipment, Etc. The Bouldering Wall is open for climbing any time the Rec Center is open.
  8. Staff reserves the right to suspend or terminate privileges for inappropriate or unsafe behavior.
  9. CLIMB AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Jogging Track Policy

  1. The jogging direction will be rotated daily. Please follow the posted direction.
  2. The two inside lanes are for walking and the two outside lanes for joggers.
  3. Faster joggers or walkers should move to the outside lanes (#2 walking and #4 jogging).
  4. Slower members should move to the inside lanes (#1 walking and #3 jogging).
  5. Stretching and observation are allowed in designated locations only.
  6. For all members safety, no loitering is allowed on the track surface.
  7. Rec users are not permitted to watch Olsen Field baseball games from the glass tunnel of the jogging track.

Pool Rules

  1. All non-swimmers should use shallow water pools. (Instructional & Outdoor)
  2. There is no shallow water in the competitive pools. (50m and Dive Well)
  3. Diving is not permitted in the instructional or outdoor pools.
  4. All users must shower before entering any of the pools.
  5. People with open wounds or infectious diseases are not permitted in the pools.
  6. Gum and adhesive bandages are not allowed in the pool area.
  7. Training equipment must be used in the manner for which it was intended.
  8. Flotation devices are not allowed in these pools.
  9. Lap lanes are for lap swimming only.
  10. Swimmers should swim with others of their ability. All swimmers should circle swim when sharing a lane with others.
  11. All persons under age 18 must be accompanied and closely supervised by an adult (age 18 or over).
  12. Food is not permitted in any pool area.
  13. Appropriate swimwear required.
  14. Street shoes are not permitted on pool decks.

Spa Rules

  1. All users must shower before entering.
  2. Please enter and exit slowly and cautiously.
  3. People with heart disease, abnormal blood pressure or epilepsy should not use the hot tubs, as it may place themselves in physical danger.
  4. Pregnant women should not use the hot tubs.
  5. Children under five are not allowed to use the hot tubs and all other persons under age 18 must be accompanied and closely supervised by an adult (age 18 or over).
  6. Do not use the hot tubs while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  7. Long exposure to hot tubs may result in nausea, dizziness or fainting.
  8. People with open wounds or infectious diseases are not permitted in the hot tubs.
  9. Use of body lotions, oils or suntan preparation is prohibited in the spa and hot tubs.
  10. Food or drink is not permitted in the spas or hot tubs.
  11. Failure to follow these rules may result in serious injury or death.

Food, Beverage & Tobacco Use Policy

  1. Food is allowed only in designated areas of the Rec Center.
  2. Food is not allowed in any activity area unless approved for a special function.
  3. No glass or metal containers are allowed in the Rec Center.
  4. Beverages in plastic containers with re-sealable caps are allowed.
  5. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the premises. (EXCEPTION: approved reservations for special event rooms only)
  6. Consumption of alcohol, intoxication or the appearance/smell of intoxication, will result in immediate removal from the Rec Center. (EXCEPTION: see rule #5 above)
  7. THE REC CENTER IS A TOBACCO-FREE FACILITY. Smoking or tobacco use in any form is prohibited.

Clothing & Footwear Policy

  1. For safety reasons, hats and jewelry should not be worn during any activity. Street clothing is not generally advised during activities as it can be dangerous and confining.
  2. Appropriate athletic attire, such as t-shirts, shorts, warm-up suits, sweat suits or aerobic clothing, is recommended at all times during recreation.
  3. Shirts and shoes are required except in locker rooms, pools and outdoor activity area. (Exception: shirts & skins to identify teams)
  4. Appropriate athletic footwear is required in all activity areas.
  5. Footwear which marks floor surfaces or is worn inappropriately is not allowed.

Racquetball, Handball & Squash Court Reservations and Policies

  1. Racquetball, handball and squash court reservations can be made one day in advance beginning at 6:00 a.m. weekdays, 10:00 a.m. Saturdays and noon Sundays.
  2. All players MUST check-in at Equipment Etc. before going to a court.
  3. A waiting list will be established beginning on the hour at Equipment Etc. Courts not claimed will be given away at 10 minutes after the hour at the Equipment Etc. Desk. Please do not go directly to the courts.
  4. Protective eye wear is required and must be properly worn. Eye guards may be purchased at Equipment Etc.
  5. If any player is found not properly wearing eye guards, they will be given one verbal warning.
  6. Any subsequent infraction of the eye guard policy will result in cancellation of their reservation and the player will be asked to leave the facilities.

Equipment Check-Out

  1. Racquetball, squash and badminton racquets are rented for customer use.
  2. Other sports equipment, like basketballs, volleyballs and table tennis paddles, is checked out free of charge. All check-out equipment is for use in the Rec Center and Read facilities only.
  3. All check-out equipment (rentals & freebies) must be assigned to a Rec Member or guest on the computer inventory system. Valid member ID’s must be presented at the time of check-out.
  4. Equipment designated for indoor use must stay indoors. Patrons wishing to play in the Backyard area should check out appropriate outdoor equipment.
  5. The equipment will be inspected upon return. If damages occur the Rec Member or guest will be responsible for the cost of repairing or replacing the item.

Facility Behavior

  1. The Rec Center is a place for exercise, fun and relaxation. Abusive, vulgar or degrading language will not be tolerated.
  2. Facilities and equipment should be used for their designed purpose.
  3. Dunking is permitted on the basketball courts. However, hanging on the rim damages equipment and is not allowed. The Rec Member or guest may be required to pay for repair or replacement of damaged equipment.
  4. Hitting of volleyballs or any other item, against the walls is not permitted.
  5. If damages occur to Rec Center equipment or facilities, the Rec Member or guest will be responsible for the cost of the repair.
  6. Any individual not following appropriate policies or behaviors will be asked to leave the facilities.

Bicycles, Skateboards & In-Line Skates Policy

Bicycles, skateboards and in-line skates are not allowed in the Rec Center. Bicycle racks are located outside of the facilities for bicycle parking.

Photography and Video Policy

Persons wanting to take photos and/or videos within Department of Recreational Sports facilities must seek approval through the Communications Manager by emailing kvondrehle@rec.tamu.edu or calling 979-845-1001. Upon approval, required credentials will be distributed to gain access within the facilities. A government issued photo ID must be shown to confirm identity.

Patrons and guests of the Department of Recreational Sports acknowledge that departmental personnel will periodically take photographs and/or videos throughout the facilities during activities and/or programs. By entering our facilities or participating in our programs you understand that reproduction of these images and/or videos may be used in promotional materials initiated by the Department of Rec Sports and Texas A&M University. Patrons and guests may formally request that their images are not utilized in the aforementioned materials by contacting the Department of Recreational Sports’ Marketing/Communications. A request can also be made directly to the photographer and/or videographer at time of shoot.

Parking Information

All vehicles are required to display a valid TAMU parking permit when parked on University property, including the lots adjacent to the Rec Center. No permit is required in unrestricted or plain marked spaces on Saturday, Sunday, or days when the University is officially closed. Anyone with a currently valid permit can park in the PA 100 lots around the Rec Center and Reed Arena. However, parking is not allowed in the PA 105 staff lot until after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends. During the week, individuals without a parking permit should park in the West Campus Parking Garage located across from the Rec Center. Please call Transportation Services at 979-845-9700 for specific prices and restrictions.

ADA Compliant/Handicap Accessible Facilities

The Department of Recreational Sports is diligent in its efforts to make every part of a facility available to the community. If additional accommodations need to be made, please contact the Member Services Desk at 979-845-7826. The following accessibility features are available in Rec Sports facilities:

Rec Center Indoor Climbing Facility

  • The Rock Wall is equipped with protective equipment and special haul apparatus that assists in ascent and descent. The entire Rock Wall area is wheelchair accessible. Please contact 979-845-4511 to access the facility.

Strength & Conditioning Area

  • Several pieces of FreeMotion equipment along with two Life Fitness dual adjustment pulley systems allow the wheelchair user to perform a wide variety of resistance training exercises. These pieces are ADA compliant.
  • The SciFit upper body ergometer is an upper body cycle with multiple programs, heart rate monitoring and is also ADA compliant.
  • Dumbbells are not considered an ADA compliant exercise device. However, it is well documented that experienced handicapped strength trainers can perform a multitude of strength training exercises with this equipment.

Please remember that the Strength & Conditioning Area Staff are there to assist patrons. Just ask any staff member for assistance or if you are interested in the services of a personal trainer, please visit the Member Services desk in the lobby of the Rec Center.

Natatorium/Pools

  • Outdoor Pool: Ramp access for wheelchairs
  • Instructional Pool: Ramp access for wheelchairs, warm water for therapy
  • Dive Pool: Chair lift
  • 50 meter Pool: Chair lift available

Publications & Forms

Outdoor Adventures

*Changes in university policy regarding facility reservations by groups or individuals not affiliated with Texas A&M University have recently been implemented. Please call 979-862-1999 for more information.

Sport Clubs

  • Assumption of Risk Form – Each participant MUST complete one of these PRIOR to participating with ANY Sport Club related activity.
  • Trip Request Form – Must be completed ANY TIME club members are leaving campus to attend an event representing Texas A&M. Forms must be submitted NO LATER than 1 week prior to departure.
  • Driver’s Agreement – Must be completed and submitted no later than 5pm on Wednesday, week of travel. (Tip: fill out at team meeting or practice.)
  • Student Information Release Form – In the event that grade verification and enrollment verification is needed to participate in tournaments or events, this form must be completed. Each member must complete and all must be returned to the registrar’s office at least 2 weeks prior to event.
  • SOFC Check Request – These must have an organization officer (who is on the signature card) and sport clubs staff signature. Documentation must accompany this form when submitting to the SOFC.
  • SOFC Credit Card Payment Request Form – In order to utilize the SOFC’s credit card for club purchases, these must have an organization officer (who is on the signature card) and sport clubs staff signature. Documentation must accompany this form when submitting to the SOFC.
  • SOFC Cash Advance Form
  • Allocation Request Forms – Complete and submit to Keith Joseph at kjoseph@rec.tamu.edu on specified date.
  • Allocation Reimbursement Request Form – This form is used to reimburse indviduals for pre-approved purchases from the club allocation. Complete and submit to your primary advisor.

Strength & Conditioning

Rec Sports Staff

Rec Sports encourages you to contact our staff with questions, suggestions, or simply to learn more about what we have to offer.

By Area

  • Haven, Mark
    Associate Director, Aquatics & Outdoor Adventures
    mhaven@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 862-8403
  • Opal, Paula
    Associate Director, Banquet Services & Third Party Camps
    popal@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 845-3076
  • Wilson, Jerod
    Associate Director, Strength & Conditioning, Marketing & Communications, AV Systems
    jwilson@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 845-3058
  • Haven, Mark
    Associate Director, Aquatics & Outdoor Adventures
    mhaven@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 862-8403
  • Wilson, Jerod
    Associate Director, Strength & Conditioning, Marketing & Communications, AV Systems
    jwilson@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 845-3058

 

Alphabetical

  • Haven, Mark
    Associate Director, Aquatics & Outdoor Adventures
    mhaven@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 862-8403
  • Opal, Paula
    Associate Director, Banquet Services & Third Party Camps
    popal@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 845-3076
  • Wheatfall, Oscee
    Assistant Director, Intramural Sports
    owheatfall@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 845-0228
  • Wilson, Jerod
    Associate Director, Strength & Conditioning, Marketing & Communications,
    AV Systems
    jwilson@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 845-3058