Facilities, Fitness and Membership Policies

Updated April 16, 2012

Membership Policies | Members, Guests & Spectators Access Policies  | General Policies | Multi-Purpose Court Policies | Indoor Track Policies | Strength and Conditioning/Cardio Room Policies | Activity Room Policies | Social Lounge Policies | Racquet Court Policies | Equipment Checkout Policies | Locker Policies | Plaza and Lobby Policies | Broward Outdoor Recreation Complex

Membership Policies

  1. University of Florida students who are currently enrolled in classes and paying Activity & Service Fees are granted access to use all RecSports facilities and programs, and are considered members.
  2. The following groups are eligible to become RecSports members:
    1. Previously Enrolled Students - In a semester immediately following A&S fee payment and enrollment, former students are eligible to purchase a RecSports membership.
    2. Non-Fee Paying Students – UF students enrolled in off-book, online, distance education, residency, or other University of Florida academic programs which do not require the payment of Activity & Service Fees are eligible to purchase a RecSports membership.
    3. Innovation Academy Students – UF students enrolled in Innovation Academy are eligible to purchase a RecSports Membership in their off semester.
    4. UF Student Spouses/Partners – University of Florida student spouses/partners are eligible to purchase a RecSports membership. e. Faculty, Staff, and Affiliates and their Spouses/Partners – UF faculty, staff, and affiliates and their spouses/partners are eligible to purchase a RecSports membership.
      1. University of Florida Alumni are considered a UF affiliate.
  3. Membership is required for all participants to access Southwest Recreation Center or Student Recreation & Fitness Center.
  4. Membership is not required for Previously Enrolled Students, Innovation Academy Students, Faculty, Staff, and their Spouses/Partners to access Broward Outdoor Recreation Complex, O’Connell Center Weight Room, Aquatics facilities, Lake Wauburg, and the Florida Gym.
  5. Non-Fee Paying Students, Affiliates, and guests must have a RecSports membership to access Broward Outdoor Recreation Complex, O'Connell Center Weight Room and the Florida Gym during RecSports staffed hours of operation.
  6. Refunds
    1. All membership charges will be refunded if so requested by 4 p.m. of the third business day after the membership agreement was submitted.
    2. When refunds are issued, they will be paid on a prorated basis; and, be paid only for the remainder of the term of the membership period.
    3. A member who receives a refund must pay membership charges according to the charge schedule if he/she wishes to rejoin.
    4. A $10 processing charge will be deducted from the refund amount.
    5. Special Event charges are not eligible for refunds. These charges include but are not limited to single day events, tournaments and races. Back to top

Members, Guests & Spectators Access Policies

  1. Members
    1. To access Southwest Recreation Center, Student Recreation and Fitness Center, Broward Outdoor Recreation Complex, O’Connell Center Weight Room, or the Florida Gym all members need to either present their own, valid Gator 1 Card or enroll in the handkey system which matches with their UFID number.
    2. False identification will be confiscated. The original owner, as well as the person attempting to use the card will be suspended from all facilities pending a meeting with the Coordinator of Facility Operations or his/her designee. RecSports reserves the right to turn over any confiscated identification to University ID Card Services and/or Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution.
  2. Guests and Spectators
    1. Persons wishing to be a guest must purchase a $10 single use guest pass for access to a recreation and fitness center.
      1. All guests must be sponsored and accompanied by a fee paying student or a member of the recreation and fitness centers.
      2. Faculty, staff and affiliates of the University of Florida may purchase a guest pass using their own, valid Gator 1 Card and will not be required to have an accompanying sponsor.
      3. Guest passes are not available for access to the O’Connell Center Weight Room or the Florida Gym.
      4. Single use guest passes are not eligible for refunds.
    2. Guests must be at least 18 years old.
    3. To gain access to a recreation and fitness center, guests must check-in with a government issued picture identification, a single use guest pass, and an accompanying sponsor.
    4. Sponsors are responsible for the conduct and actions of their guests.
    5. Faculty, Staff, and Spouses/Partners of Students/Faculty/Staff wishing to participate in Sport Clubs and Intramural Sports in the recreation and fitness centers may utilize the single use guest pass for access to the facility.
    6. Guests that are not Faculty, Staff, and Spouses/Partners of Students/Faculty/Staff are not eligible to check out equipment, reserve courts, participate in personal training, Intramural Sports, and/or Sport Clubs.
    7. Persons wishing to spectate Intramural Sports events must have a current UF student or RecSports member register for a spectator pass with the Membership Office Monday-Friday between 8 a.m.-7 p.m, by phone or in person.
    8. The single use Spectator Pass Wristband given out by the Membership Office will be required for the spectator to enter the facility. The sponsor will need to accompany the spectator, and spectator must wear the wristband while in the facility. The Spectator Pass Wristband allows for spectating of intramural events only, not open recreation. If a child under 18 is spectating, the parent or legal guardian must be with them at all times. The wristband must be returned at the conclusion of the event and removed by RecSports staff at the front desk to prevent a $15 charge being issued to the sponsors’ student account. All parties, including the sponsor and spectator, acknowledge the above information by signing the spectator pass agreement upon entering the facility.
    9. Individuals seeking access to a recreation and fitness center may not solicit members to sponsor them as a guest.
    10. RecSports management reserves the right to refuse access to any guest.

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General Policies of the Recreation and Fitness Centers

  1. In accordance with the University's Tobacco-Free policy, the use of any tobacco products is prohibited in and around the recreation and fitness centers.
  2. Food and drinks are not allowed beyond the access control point in the recreation and fitness centers, with the exception of non-glass bottles containing only water.
  3. Non-marking athletic shoes must be worn in the activity areas. Examples of prohibited shoes include, but are not limited to, cleats, sandals, stocking feet and/or hard soled shoes.
  4. Martial arts clubs and group fitness classes may obtain prior approval from an Associate Director, or designee, to have bare feet in activity areas.
  5. Shirts must be worn at all times in all public areas.
  6. Mopeds, bicycles, and electric scooters are not allowed inside the recreation and fitness centers.
  7. Skateboards, roller-skates, rollerblades and non-electric scooters are not allowed to be operated in the recreation and fitness centers under any circumstances.
  8. Chewing gum is not allowed in the activity areas.
  9. Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed.
  10. Photographic devices may not be used in the locker rooms and restrooms.
  11. Disorderly conduct, abuse of the facility, equipment, or staff and/or disregard for the recreation and fitness centers' policies will result in immediate dismissal from the facility. Additional sanctions may include: disciplinary action, reimbursement for damages, and/or potential suspension from the facilities and programs.
    1. A user asked to leave by the staff will not be refunded any paid charges.

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Multi-Purpose Court Policies

  1. Hanging on the basketball rims or nets is not allowed. Dunking is not permitted in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center but may be safely performed at the Southwest Recreation Center.
  2. Non-marking athletic shoes are required.
  3. Throwing objects, including balls, against the walls, bleachers, and lights is not allowed.

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Indoor Track Policies

  1. No more than two runners or walkers side by side. Inside lanes are designated for walking; outside lanes are designated for running/jogging.
  2. Stretching is not allowed on the track. Sitting, leaning or stretching on the railing is not allowed.
  3. Spike shoes, turf shoes, boots, sandals and open-toed shoes are not allowed.
  4. Wheeled devices are not allowed on the track, with the exception of ADA designated assistance devices.

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Strength and Conditioning/Cardio Room Policies

  1. Users are required to wipe down equipment after each use.
  2. Sandals, flip-flops, open-toed or open-heeled shoes of any kind are not allowed. Shoes and a shirt must be worn at all times.
  3. Lifting chalk may be used at the Southwest Recreation Center in the designated Olympic Lifting area only.
  4. Olympic Lifting (i.e. snatch and clean & jerk) is permitted at the Southwest Recreation Center in the designated area upon fulfilling specified requirements determined by RecSports.
  5. Each participant is only allowed to have one set of dumbbells off the rack at a time.
  6. Equipment may not be altered or removed from the rooms, unless under the direction of a uniformed RecSports Personal Trainer.
  7. Removal of signage is not allowed.
  8. Personal items such as backpacks are not allowed in the rooms unless placed in designated storage units. Staff members are not responsible for lost or stolen property.
  9. Collars must be used on all free bar lifts with plates.
  10. There is a 30-minute limit on all cardiovascular equipment when someone is waiting.
  11. Users are to abide by all staff requests.
  12. Personal radios are not allowed in the recreation and fitness centers unless used with headphones.
  13. Personal training or private instruction at any RecSports facility is restricted to those individuals who are specifically employed by RecSports for this purpose. No solicitation is allowed.

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Activity Room Policies

  1. Personal items such as backpacks are not allowed in the rooms unless placed in designated storage units, except during Sport Club practices. Staff members are not responsible for lost or stolen property.
  2. Priority for use of the activity rooms is given to RecSports programs and student organization reservations. Activity Room 3 in Southwest Recreation Center is available for informal recreation use.
  3. Wrestling, tatami mats, and stretching mats may only be used during RecSports sponsored activities.
  4. Equipment provided in a group fitness class (hand weights, tubing, rubber bands, etc.) may not be taken out of the room in which the class is being held.
  5. Personal hand weights are not allowed.
  6. Activity room A/V equipment may only be used/changed by RecSports staff. Student organizations with a reservation must provide their own AV equipment.

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Social Lounge Policies

  1. Reservation of space in the social lounge is restricted to RecSports events.
  2. Tabling, individual or group solicitation is not allowed in the space.
  3. Television and Radio programming may only be adjusted by RecSports staff.
  4. Personal items may not obstruct the walkways. Users must move any item obstructing walkways at the request of staff; this includes laptop cords and bags.
  5. Headphones are required for all audio devices brought in by users in this space.
  6. Use of computer kiosks is limited to 15 minutes if others are waiting.
  7. Use of both kiosks and personal laptops must follow guidelines outlined by the University of Florida’s Acceptable Use of Computing Resources Policy.
  8. Staff is not responsible for items left unattended and/or lost or stolen items.
  9. Users are responsible for attempting to intervene and/or reporting any incidents of vandalism, destruction of property or misuse of equipment.

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Racquet Court Policies

  1. General Policies
    1. Non-marking athletic shoes are required.
    2. Racquetball and paddleball racquets must have a wrist strap which must be used at all times.
    3. Only racquetball, handball, paddleball and wallyball are allowed on the racquetball courts.
    4. Squash is the only activity allowed on the squash courts. No racquetball is allowed.
    5. No more than eight people can be on a court playing wallyball.
  2. Protective Eyewear Policies
    1. Lensed eyewear designed for racquet sports is required for all racquetball, squash, paddleball and handball players. The protective eyewear must be worn as designed and may not be altered. Players who require corrective eyewear also must wear lensed eyewear designed for racquet sports. Protective eyewear can be checked out in either building.
    2. If a player is not wearing the protective eyewear properly, all players on that court will immediately lose their racquet sport privileges for that day.
  3. Reservation Policies
    1. Racquet courts are scheduled on the hour and reservations are taken in person at the lobby desk or by calling SWRC at (352) 846-1081 x32445 or by calling SRFC at (352) 273-2400 during operation hours.
    2. Courts can be reserved no earlier than the previous day.
    3. Reservations will be taken alternately between those who walk-in and call-in, if there is a line.
    4. An individual must indicate his/her first and last name, phone number and partner's name when reserving a court.
    5. An individual can reserve one court for one hour per day. The partner of someone who has made a reservation cannot reserve a court for that day.
  4. Check-In Policies
    1. Users are allowed to check in with their partner up to five minutes after the hour. If they or their partner do not check in, the next team from the waiting list will be given the court. One person cannot hold a court. One person can play on a court only if no one on the waiting list desires to play.
    2. Individuals who reserve a court can cancel the reservation up to two hours prior to the reserved time without penalty.
    3. Individuals who do not check-in, or do not cancel within the time period indicated above will be restricted from reserving courts for one month.

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Equipment Checkout Policies

  1. Only UF students, faculty, staff and members of the recreation and fitness centers may check out equipment.
  2. To check in/out equipment for outdoor use you must present your Gator 1 Card.
  3. All indoor equipment must be returned by close of the facility each day. All outdoor equipment must be returned by close of the facility the next day.
    1. Broward Outdoor Recreation Complex equipment is treated as indoor equipment and must be returned by close of the facility each day.
  4. Equipment is checked out on a first come, first served basis and may not be reserved.
  5. If the equipment is not returned within two weeks of being checked out, the equipment will be considered lost and the individual must pay the established replacement cost.
  6. Users will be charged for damaged equipment.
  7. Users that have not returned equipment and/or paid the applicable charge cannot check out equipment or use the facilities. A non-student will have his/her membership suspended (without a refund) until financial restitution is made.

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Locker Policies

  1. The lockers in the locker rooms are available for daily use only.
  2. Items left in a locker overnight will be removed and held for no more than one week.

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Plaza and Lobby Policies

University recognized student organizations may request to table in these areas in front of the Southwest Recreation Center.

  1. Requests for use of the plaza or lobby must be made through RecSports and the Center for Student Activities and Involvement online permitting process.
  2. Vehicles may not be parked in the plaza, including mopeds.
  3. Bicycles must be parked in bike racks.
  4. Skating and skate boarding are not allowed in the plaza.
  5. Users must provide their own tables and chairs, and must remain in their assigned area to prevent blocking the flow of traffic.
  6. Amplified sound is not allowed.
  7. Use of tobacco products is not allowed.
  8. Animals may not be left unattended in the plaza. Animals are not allowed in the lobby.
  9. Chalking or posting of any advertisements is not allowed.

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Broward Outdoor Recreation Complex

General Policies

  1. In accordance with the University's Tobacco-Free policy, the use of any tobacco products is prohibited.
  2. Food and drinks are not allowed on any of the playing surfaces, with the exception of non-glass bottles containing only water. Coolers will be subject to inspection at any time.
  3. Mopeds, bicycles (except BMX), and electric scooters are not allowed inside the complex.
  4. Skateboards and rollerblades are only allowed in the skate park area and the roller hockey rink.  BMX bikes are only allowed in the skate park area
  5. Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed.
  6. Photographic devices may not be used in the restrooms.
  7. Personal radios are not allowed in the Broward Outdoor Recreation Complex area unless used with headphones.
  8. Warming up or playing outside the designated area is not allowed.
  9. Disorderly conduct, abuse of the facility, equipment, or staff and/or disregard for the complex policies will result in immediate dismissal from the facility. Additional sanctions may include: disciplinary action, reimbursement for damages, and/or potential suspension from the facilities and programs.
    1. A user asked to leave by the staff will not be refunded any paid charges.
  10. Warning: Use of Broward Outdoor Recreation Complex may expose the user to serious injury or death, including, but not limited to, broken bones or paralysis. Use of Broward Outdoor Recreation Complex is at your own risk. Know your own abilities and limitations.

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Guest and Spectator Policies

  1. Persons wishing to be a guest must purchase a $10 single use guest pass for access to the Broward Outdoor Recreation Complex.
    1. All guests must be sponsored and accompanied by a University of Florida student, faculty, or staff.
  2. Guests must be at least 18 years old.
  3. To gain access to the Broward Outdoor Recreation Complex, guests must check-in with a single use guest pass, and an accompanying sponsor.
  4. Sponsors are responsible for the conduct and actions of their guests.
  5. Guests are not eligible to check out equipment, reserve courts, participate in intramural sports, and/or sport clubs.
  6. Individuals seeking access to the recreation and fitness centers may not solicit members to sponsor them as a guest.
  7. Recreational Sports reserves the right to refuse access to any guest.
  8. Spectators will only be allowed during intramural and special events.
    1. Spectators must check in at the gatehouse and be accompanied by an authorized user.
    2. Spectators are not allowed in the activity areas.
    3. Spectators must leave immediately following the contest.

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Roller Rink

  1. A helmet is required during open skate.
  2. Hockey equipment is not allowed on the rink during open skate.
  3. A helmet, elbow pads, gloves designed for hockey and knee and shin protection designed for hockey are required during all roller hockey activities.
    1. Goalie equipment is required for a player in the goalie box.
  4. This includes: Blocker glove, leg guards, helmet with strap, full face mask with chin cup, chest protector, catching glove and padded hockey pants.
  5. Internal mouth protection and protective cup or pelvic protector are recommended.
  6. Headphones are only permitted during open skate.
  7. Individuals who are not wearing the required equipment will be required to leave the rink.
  8. The roller hockey rink will have separate designated times for rink soccer and free skate. Both activities will not be allowed simultaneously
    1. If the SCHEDULED activity has no users, the alternate activity may take place until participants who desire the SCHEDULED activity request to use the facility.

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Basketball Courts

  1. Dunking is allowed.
  2. Hanging on the rim is not allowed.

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Skate Park

  1. Skateboarders and BMX riders are required to properly wear a helmet at all times.
  2. Inline skaters are required to properly wear a helmet, kneepads and wrist guards at all times.
  3. Headphones are not allowed.
  4. Individuals who are not wearing the required equipment will be required to leave the skate park.
  5. No riding against traffic on pipes or rails.
  6. Do not proceed down ramp until it is clear of other riders.
  7. Modifications to the existing features and/or additions of ramps, jumps, or obstacles are not allowed. .
  8. The skate park will have separate designated times for skateboarders and BMX riders. Both activities will not be allowed simultaneously.
    1. If the SCHEDULED activity has no users, the alternate activity may take place until participants who desire the SCHEDULED activity request to use the facility.

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Equipment Checkout

  1. Only University of Florida students, faculty, staff or their spouses/partners may checkout equipment.
  2. To check in/out equipment for outdoor use you must present your Gator 1 Card.
  3. All equipment must be returned by closing time on the same day it is checked out.
  4. If the equipment is not returned by closing time, it will be considered lost or stolen and the individual will be charged the retail replacement cost.
    1. Abusive use of equipment will not be tolerated. Users will be charged retail replacement cost for damaged equipment.
  5. Equipment is checked out on a first come, first served basis and may not be reserved.

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