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, online content, 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 online content or recreational activities sponsored by 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 utilizing online content or using recreation facilities, and that individuals not having health coverage are strongly advised to acquire health insurance before exposing themselves to possible injury.

Vision

To be the nation’s leader in collegiate recreation, inspiring the lifelong pursuit of health and wellness.

Mission

To promote activity, wellness, and development by providing high quality, inclusive experiences and facilities for the students and community of Texas A&M University.

Core Values

Excellence

We strive to be the best every day. Our team of talented people provides high quality recreational facilities, programs, and services by listening to our customers, seeking innovative solutions, maximizing our resources, and developing our staff.

Integrity

We are authentic, honest, and follow through on our commitments. Our actions and decisions are guided by an uncompromising adherence to ethical principles.

Leadership

We set a high standard in collegiate recreation, enhancing the educational experience and supporting student success through opportunities in leadership, sport, and wellness. We lead by example, create a culture of empowerment, and encourage on-going learning.

Loyalty

We support the students and community of Texas A&M University and always seek to act in their best interest. Through collaboration and teamwork, we demonstrate our commitment and dedication to each other and our stakeholders.

Respect

We value our diverse community and treat each other with fairness and dignity. We provide a fun, inclusive environment that encourages individual opportunity and honors differences.

Selfless Service

We put students first. We commit our time, talent, and resources to create memorable moments and provide exceptional customer service to those we serve.

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

Children ages 13 and under are allowed to use the Rec Sports facilities under adult supervision during the following times*:

  • Monday – Thursday: 6am-10am (must enter by 9am)
  • Friday: 6am-10am (must enter by 9am) & 5pm-11pm
  • Saturday: 8am-11pm
  • Sunday: 12pm-12am

Children ages 14-17 are able to use the Rec Sports facilities at any time under adult supervision. Additionally, all children ages 14–17, are required to show photo identification in order to use the facility.  For additional questions regarding family usage, please contact the Member Services desk at 979.845.7826.

*Family usage for children ages 13 and under is extended to normal operating 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.

Strength & Conditioning Room Policies

Entrance Policies:

  1. An appropriate towel is required for each patron to enter the Strength & Conditioning 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 Strength & Conditioning Room.  Sperry type shoes, loafers, slip-ons, slides, sandals, boots or other hard-soled shoes are not allowed. Shoes must be worn at ALL times.
  3. Appropriate athletic attire must be worn to workout in the Strength & Conditioning Room: i.e no jeans, khakis, or cargo type shorts/pants may be worn.  Shorts and pants cannot have 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 Strength & Conditioning Room.  Free 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 re-sealable containers that cannot break/shatter are allowed.
  6. Persons under 14 years of age may not enter or use the Strength & Conditioning Room or any other strength or cardio equipment located throughout the Student Recreation Center.  A parent or guardian must accompany dependents from the ages of 14 to 17 and must always be in very close proximity to them while they are in the Strength &Conditioning Room and/or utilizing any strength or cardio equipment within the Student Recreation Center.

Other Policies:

  1. 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 below, 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.
  2. Patrons should use extreme caution when lifting weights to avoid potential injury to themselves or others.
  3. Spotters are strongly recommended for all weight lifting exercises.
  4. To avoid congestion and waiting lines, patrons should allow others to “work in” between sets while using strength training equipment.
  5. 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.
  6. 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”. THIS IS A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY.
  7. All free weight equipment as well as dumbbells must be kept in the free weight area. Rec Sports Personal Trainers do have the right to utilize dumbbells outside of the designated dumbbell area with their clients.
  8. No benches can be placed/used on the platforms.
  9. No benches from racks (single half racks and power racks) may be used in the dumbbell area.
  10. Ground-based Olympic style lifting and deadlift can only be done on the designated platforms and with bumper plates.
  11. Barbells can ONLY be dropped when performing Ground-based Olympic style lifting (i.e. power clean, snatch, and derivatives) and deadlift, and ONLY from hip/thigh height on the designated platforms.
  12. Weights and bars of any kind cannot be leaned against the wall, pillars, equipment, or mirrors.
  13. Collars must be used on all bars when loaded with weight plates regardless of the total weight amount loaded onto the bar.
  14. Kettlebells cannot leave one’s hand when performing exercises.
  15. Weight belts that may damage equipment upholstery must be removed or covered appropriately.
  16. There is a 30 minute time limit per piece of cardio equipment per user.
  17. Profanity, yelling, and/or excessively loud or suggestive language will not be tolerated.
  18. No audible or amplified music through personal devices is allowed in the Strength & Conditioning room.
  19. Vaping/smoking or tobacco use of any kind in the Strength & Conditioning room is prohibited and is considered a zero tolerance policy.
  20. 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.
  21. All equipment must remain in the Strength & Conditioning Room. Only Rec Sports Personal Trainers and members of the Strength & Conditioning staff can take specific equipment outside of the Strength & Conditioning Room for use.
  22. Please direct all concerns and maintenance needs to a member of the Strength & Conditioning staff.

Movement/Turf Policies:

  1. No loitering is allowed in the Movement/Turf Area.
  2. Water bottles are not allowed in the Movement Area. Bottles must be kept along the outside perimeter of the turf.
  3. Dumbbells and fixed bars cannot be taken into the Movement Area.
  4. Medicine balls, and Dynamax style medballs can ONLY be thrown against the East (Tallest) wall. The balls cannot be thrown on the wall past the designated area (toward the Personal Training Suit Door).
  5. Sleds CANNOT be taken off of the turf and/ or moved into other parts of the Strength & Conditioning Room.
  6. Sleds may only be loaded with Iron Grip weight plates.
  7. Cleats are NOT allowed to be worn when utilizing the Movement/Turf Area.
  8. Shoes must be worn at all times while in the Movement/Turf Area.
  9. Tape CANNOT be placed on the turf for any reason.
  10. Iron Grip weight plates can be used in the Movement/Turf Area for things such as weighted low back extensions, weighted decline sit-ups, placing on the sled, etc. but MUST be re-racked appropriately when finished.

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. Proper protective eyewear is mandatory for handball, racquetball & squash. This includes the wearing of proper protective eyewear over prescription glasses. Protective eyewear is available for check-out at the Equipment Desk.
  2. Eyewear must be worn properly.
  3. Non-marking court shoes are required.
  4. All valuables should be placed in lockers.
  5. Check-in at the Equipment desk for all court reservations and equipment.
  6. Rec Sports Staff has final say in regards to all policies.
  7. Failure to abide by any of these polices can result in the removal and/or suspension from the facility.

Equipment Check-Out

  1. Racquetball, squash and badminton racquets are rented for customer use. Protective eyewear is available for check-out at the Equipment Desk.
  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.

Disability Services

Please visit https://recsports.tamu.edu/services/ for more information.

Publications & Forms

*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.

Outdoor Adventures

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.

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 – Assessment, Risk Management, SSC Liaison
    mhaven@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 862-8403
  • Wilson, Jerod
    Associate Director – Strength & Conditioning, Fitness & Wellness, Project Management
    jwilson@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 845-3058
  • Ramos, Anthony
    Graduate Assistant, Marketing & Communications
    aramos@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 862-2595
  • Opskar, Stephen
    Coordinator, Personal and Small Group Training
    sopskar@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 458-2465
  • Wilson, Jerod
    Associate Director – Strength & Conditioning, Fitness & Wellness, Project Management
    jwilson@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 845-3058

 

Alphabetical

  • Haven, Mark
    Associate Director – Assessment, Risk Management, SSC Liaison
    mhaven@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 862-8403
  • Opskar, Stephen
    Coordinator, Personal and Small Group Training
    sopskar@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 458-2465
  • Ramos, Anthony
    Graduate Assistant, Marketing & Communications
    aramos@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 862-2595
  • Wilson, Jerod
    Associate Director – Strength & Conditioning, Fitness & Wellness, Project Management
    jwilson@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 845-3058