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.

Goals

  • Create communities where individuals of all abilities and backgrounds feel they belong.
  • Operate dynamic facilities that encourage activity and engagement.
  • Manage departmental resources effectively.
  • Develop an outstanding staff by providing leadership and skill development opportunities.
  • Offer a variety of experiences that promote physical activity and wellness.

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