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Student Recreation Center Policies

Participation Agreement

All physical activities offered in the Student Recreation Center and at other Campus Recreation facilities are on a voluntary participation basis and carry various degrees of risk or injury. Participants assume sole responsibility for any and all such risk or injury that may result due to voluntary participation. It is each individual's responsibility to be knowledgeable of his/her own physical condition when participating in any activity.

Participation Conduct

Facility users are expected to respect the facilities and the rights of other individuals. Any user of the facilities who engages in any disorderly conduct, including verbal or physical abuse of any employee or other user, is subject to immediate removal from that facility and possible loss of privileges.

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    • Appropriate athletic attire, such as t-shirts, shorts, warm-up suits and fitness clothing are required. Jeans and/or street clothes that have rivets on them are not permitted.
    • Gum chewing and spitting are not permitted in the facility.
    • Eating and drinking are permitted in the lounge/snack bar area only.
    • In-line skates/roller skates/skateboards/hoverboards are not allowed in the SRC.
    • All personal articles must be kept in designated lockers or under benches; not on activity room floors, courts or other surfaces.
    • Boom boxes are not allowed in the SRC except those used for Department of Campus Recreation programs. Individual headphones are permissible.
    • Football, softball, frisbee or other activities that involve projecting items through the air are not permitted in the facility.
    • Appropriate footwear is required for each activity area.
    • Footwear which marks floor surfaces or is worn inappropriately is not allowed.
      - Open-toe shoes are not permitted in any activity area.
    • Sparring-type activities are not permitted in the boxing room or on the mezzanine level. 
    • Appropriate athletic attire, such as t-shirts, shorts, warm-up suits, sweat suits or aerobic clothing, is recommended at all times during recreation.
    • Shirts and shoes are required except in locker rooms, pools and outdoor activity area.
    • Appropriate athletic footwear is required in all activity areas.
    • Footwear which marks floor surfaces or is worn inappropriately is not allowed.

    The dress code is to ensure a safe, clean, and fun experience for all users. 

  • SRC

    • For health and safety reasons, children ages 0 - 16 are not permitted at any time in the cardio or weight room areas; those areas of the facility are not designed to be used by children.
    • Infants may not be left in carriers while their guardian exercises nearby.  
    • Carriages / strollers are not permitted on the track.
    • Children must be at least 16 years of age to utilize the cardio equipment and weight room.
    • All children under the age 16 must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian to gain admittance into the SRC, and must be chaperoned at all times while in the facility.
    • Texas State students, faculty, staff and SRC members may purchase memberships for their dependents. Each dependent will need to get an ID card from ID services.
    • Children are never to be left unattended, even in the lobby.
    • Children 5 years of age and older are prohibited from using locker rooms of the opposite gender. Families are encouraged to use the Family Changing Room located between the Natatorium Locker Rooms. 
    • Racquetball goggles are required for children under the age of 18 who utilize the racquetball courts.

    Golf Simulator

    • Children must be at least 7 years of age to use the Golf Simulator.
    • A parent or guardian must be present and provide supervision to children under the age of 18.


    • A parent or guardian must sign a waiver and be present with children under the age of 18.
    • Guests must pay a guest fee to enter the SRC and another daily fee to climb the Rockwall.


    • Youth 12 and under must be supervised by a responsible adult over the age of 18.
    • Swim diapers required for children not potty trained.
    • If a child cannot swim, a responsible adult over the age of 18 must be within one arms length from the child at all times.
    • Swimming proficient children may use lap lanes and equipment for lap swimming only. 
    • Additional rules may be implemented by the Aquatics and Safety staff for the health and safety of the patrons.
    • Appropriate athletic attire, such as t-shirts, shorts, warm-up suits, sweat suits or aerobic clothing, is recommended at all times during recreation.
    • Open-toe shoes are not permitted.
    • Workout Towels are required in the weightroom and cardio areas.
    • No gym or book bags permitted in the weightroom.
    • Chalk is not permitted for any use
    • Only resealable beverage containers are allowed.
    • Gum chewing is not permitted.
    • All participants should utilize a workout towel and wipe down equipment following their use.
    • Eye guards are recommended for the safety of players.
    • Court reservations are highly suggested.
    • Children under 18 years of age are required to wear goggles.
    • Appropriate footwear is required on racquetball courts.
    • Racquetball/Handball/Wallyball Court Reservations
    • Court reservations are for a one hour period, beginning on the hour, and may be made by calling or visiting the Information Desk on the day of the reservation.
    • Individuals may reserve only one court for a one hour period of time; only when that hour is up and there are courts available for the next hour, can an individual continue play after completing his/her reserved time.
    • Only one court per-day may be reserved by each person.
    • Gloves/ wraps are required to use equipment.
    • Tennis shoes must be worn at all times.
    • Users may not kick the bags
    • Sparring-type activities are not permitted in the boxing room or on the mezzanine level.
    • Inside lane is for running and the two outside lanes are for jogging/walking
    • Walking/jogging direction will be rotated daily due to shortened track length.
    • Only appropriate athletic running, walking, or cross training shoes are to be worn on the track. No spikes!
    • Stretching is permitted in the corners, outside the running lanes where mats are located.
    • Be courteous of other track users.
    • Photographs and film may not be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed or otherwise  commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever.
    • Photography and filming is not permitted in Campus Recreation locker rooms or restroom facilities.
    • All photography and filming must be conducted during operating hours and without disrupting Campus Recreation operations and service to its members or limiting access to equipment, stairwells, entrances/exits, high traffic areas or other high traffic locations within Campus Recreation facilities.
    • Prior permission by all photographic subjects must be secured via a signed photo release.
    • The Department of Campus Recreation reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce photographs of its facilities, members and staff.
  • General Climbing Policies

    • The Climbing Center is open to all individuals with a valid membership
    • A Climbing Center Acknowledgement of Risk and Policies form must be completed prior to participating at the Climbing Center
    • Participation in a Climbing Center orientation must be completed prior to participating at the Climbing Center
    • Patrons must check-in with a Climbing Center Attendant upon arrival and present a valid ID
    • Climbing shoes are required while climbing and bouldering
    • Bare feet are not permitted in the Climbing Center area
    • Helmets are available for use but are not required
    • The Figure-8 follow-through is the only knot permitted for tying-in at the Climbing Center
    • Climbing or belaying while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not permitted
    • The use of any mobile technology while climbing or belaying is not permitted
    • Lead Climbing is only permitted when designated lead climbing-certified staff are present
    • When lead climbers are present on the wall, the adjacent top-ropes may not be used if routes conflict
    • Unsafe conditions must be reported to a Climbing Center Attendant immediately

    Minors Climbing Policies

    • All participants must be able to fit into a climbing harness. Climbing Center Attendants have the discretion to refuse any climbers who cannot wear a climbing harness as intended by the manufacturer
    • Climbers must weigh no less than 35 pounds and are recommended to be at least 6 years of age to climb
    • All minors must be accompanied by their parent and/or legal guardian when at the Climbing Center
    • Parent and/or legal guardians must remain in the Climbing Center area when their child is present
    • Minors climbing in the bouldering cave are required to have a spotter at all times


    • Spotters are strongly recommended when bouldering
    • All climbers must have at least an arm’s length of separation between themselves and other climbers
    • Bouldering is permitted on the climbing towers no higher than the first perma-draw, and if no other climbers are present on that section of the wall
    • Open Hours Bouldering: Climbing Center members have access to boulder at the Climbing Center during open Student Recreation Center hours
      • Members are required to checkout and wear the designated wristband from the front desk
      • Only bouldering is permitted during Open Hours Bouldering, and no climbing equipment is available for checkout
      • All individuals in the Climbing Center area without a wristband during Open Hours Bouldering will be removed from the space and may lose future access


    • All equipment available for check-out at the Climbing Center is free of charge with the purchase of a Climbing Center pass or membership, including: ropes, harnesses, helmets, belay devices, and shoes
    • Climbers assume all liability resulting from the use of personal equipment when climbing
    • Personal ropes and quick draws are not permitted at the Climbing Center
    • Loose chalk is not permitted at the Climbing Center unless confined to a sealed chalk ball. Loose chalk on its own is not allowed


    • Climbing Center Attendants are available to belay and to perform Belay Assessments as time allows
    • A Belay Assessment must be passed each academic year to belay
    • A Lead Skills Assessment must be passed each academic year to lead climb or lead belay
    • A palm down belay technique is required, with the brake hand remaining on the rope at all times
    • Belay Assessments are conducted using a tube-style braking device; Gri-Gri’s, or other assisted braking devices, are only permitted for use by Climbing Center staff
    • Belay cards must be clearly displayed on a belayer’s harness at all times while belaying
    • Verbal commands and a safety check are required before every climb