Rules & Policies

The following policies and procedures may not cover every situation or event that may occur within our facilities. Final interpretation of rules and policies will be left to the discretion of the Department of Campus Recreation Administration in order to maintain the safety and well-being of all members.

Gym Rules

We expect those who work out in our gym to follow these rules:

  • Absolutely no profanity
  • No gum, food, or drinks (except for water bottles) are allowed in any gym area
  • Court/running/tennis shoes are required at all times
  • No open-toed/open-back shoes or boots are allowed at any time
  • Appropriate gym attire is required
  • No unruly behavior
  • No external speakers or devices. If you are going to listen to music, you must use headphones only
  • You must throw away all trash before leaving the area
Cardio & Track Rules

Our cardio rules pertain to all machines available in the upper level of the Recreation Center, including:

  • Treadmills
  • Ellipticals
  • Recumbent cycles
  • Upright cycles
  • Steppers
  • Rowers

The upper level of the Recreation Center also features an indoor track. 11 laps is equivalent to one mile. The track direction alternates on a daily basis to reduce wear and tear on the track surface.

 Proper athletic attire must be worn on all equipment. Track use is for running and walking only. No loitering. Only tennis/running shoes are allowed on the track. No spikes or boots.
Weight Room Rules

Campus Recreation staff members are always available for free weight room orientations, and can also act as spotters for weight room lifting. Weight belts, chain belts, and jump ropes are available for checkout at the control desk. Campus Recreation does not provide personal trainers, nor do we allow individual members to act as personal trainers for their peers. Proper attire must be worn in the weight room at all times to prevent wear and tear on the machines.

Individuals who wish to use our weight room must abide by the following rules:

  • Use of the weight room is limited to users ages 16 and older. No one under the age of 16 is permitted
  • No outside personal training is allowed
  • Using chalk while working with our machines is prohibited
  • Weights and equipment are not allowed in the hallways, basketball gym, or upstairs
  • Do not set weights against the walls or on the counters
  • No food, drinks, tobacco products, are allowed in the weight room. Water bottles are the only drink exception
  • For safety reasons, personal items, bags, and other items are to be stored in lockers only and are not allowed in the weight room
  • Please do not touch the audio or video equipment. If you need assistance with either of these, please ask the attendant
  • Report any equipment problems or malfunctions to the weight room staff.
  • Please direct all concerns and maintenance needs to the weight room staff or the control center
  • In case of an emergency, please contact the weight room staff
 Failure to adhere to any of these rules may result in the loss of center privileges.
Indoor Climbing Rules
  • All climbers must sign a Climbing Wall liability waiver. Patrons under 18 must have this form signed by their parent or guardian.
  • All climbers and belayers must wear shoes. No bare feet or sandals allowed on the Climbing Wall or floor. Athletic clothes are required.
  • Personal harnesses and shoes may be used at the Climbing Wall only at the discretion of the Outdoor Pursuits staff. Climbers must demonstrate proper use of their equipment.
  • Only provided belay devices may be used.
  • Jewelry should be removed before climbing, especially rings, watches, and large earrings.
  • Chalk must be in an enclosed in a chalk sock. No loose chalk is allowed.
  • Please report any injures, loose holds, or damage to equipment.
  • Food and beverages, other than water, are not allowed in the climbing area. Water must be in a closed container.
 The Climbing Center Staff have final say on any safety issues. Climbers disregarding these rules may lose climbing privileges.
  • Climber’s feet may not exceed the maximum height for bouldering. Outdoor Pursuits staff can show climbers the appropriate height if requested.
  • Spotters and crash pads are highly encouraged while bouldering.
  • Bouldering climbers should give way to roped climbers. Bouldering is not to occur below roped climbers.
  • A belay skills test must be performed before patrons are allowed to belay themselves or other climbers.
  • Tarleton Outdoor Pursuits offers a Belay Certification, which is valid for one year from the date of certification. This must be renewed annually at no additional charge.
    • Climbers must climb under the anchor to which they are connected.
    • Belayers must keep their brake hand on the rope at all times while belaying.
    • All belayers are recommended to be attached to a floor anchor with a locking carabiner.
    • Climbing Wall procedures require all climbers to be tied in using a Figure 8 Follow Through knot and Double Overhand knot to secure the end.
 These rules are provided for the wellbeing of all parties, however they do not guarantee safety. Participants who choose not to abide by these rules may have their climbing privileges revoked.
Racquetball Court Rules

Individuals who utilize our racquetball court are strongly encouraged to wear protective eyewear, which is available for checkout at the control desk. Court reservations may be made one working day in advance between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by walk-in or by phone at 254-968-0757.

If you wish to use our racquetball court, you must abide by the following rules:

  • Absolutely no profanity
  • No gum, food, or drinks (except for water bottles and sports drinks) are allowed on the racquetball court
  • All drinks must be in a plastic container with a lid
  • Tennis shoes must be worn at all times. No street shoes, open-toed, open-backed shoes, or boots are allowed at any time
  • No unruly behavior
  • maximum of 4 people are allowed on the court during games.
  • All serves must be off of the solid white wall, not the glass wall
  • The cost to replace a racquet is $15 and must be paid by the individual who damaged the racquet
  • Please throw away all trash before leaving the court
Aquatics Center

Visitors must abide by all rules listed below while utilizing our pool facilities:

  • No running or diving.
  • No pushing, dunking, horse play or breath-holding games.
  • Food & drinks in outdoor area ONLY.
    • Glass containers are not allowed.
    • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
    • Chewing gum is not allowed.
    • Smoking, vaping/e-cigarettes & tobacco are not allowed.
    • All coolers are subject to search.
  • Swim attire must be worn at all times.
  • Children who are not potty trained must wear swim diapers.
  • Lifeguards have the authority to ask anyone to leave.
  • All persons under the age of 8 must supervised by a parent or guardian.
  • People with open wounds or infectious diseases are not allowed in the pool.
  • Inflatables, noodles, and innertubes are not allowed.
  • No animals allowed in the pool area, with the exception of service animals.
  • Lanes 1-3 are reserved for lap swimming.

Policies & Procedures

Campus Recreation at Tarleton State University has set policies and procedures to ensure the safety of all individuals who use our facilities.

Bicycles, skateboards, hoverboards, and in-line skates are not allowed in the Rec Center. Bicycle racks are located outside of the facility for bicycle parking; skateboards, hoverboards, and in-line skates should be left at home. Campus Recreation is not liable for any stolen items; if you choose to ride anything other than a bicycle to the Recreation Center, you must do so at your own risk.

Children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the Recreation Center. Individuals who bring children under the age of 16 will be asked to leave.

  • The Recreation Center is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Members are encouraged to store all personal belongings securely in a locker.
  • Staff members are not permitted to hold equipment, valuables, or bags for members.
  • Found items should be turned in at the control desk.
  • Equipment found in any Campus Recreation facility will be sent to the University Police Department.

Racquetball, tennis, badminton racquets, volleyballs, basketballs, and disc golf sets can be checked out for member use. A valid member ID must be presented to check out equipment. The ID will be swiped again when the equipment is turned back in at the control desk. The equipment will be inspected upon return. If damages occur, the member or guest will be responsible for the cost of replacing the item.

Campus Recreation is pleased to offer Day Passes for $10 per day. Guests must be accompanied by a member of the Rec Center.

 Campus Recreation does not allow anyone under the age of 16 to access the facility.

The Recreation Center is a place for exercise, fun, and relaxation. Abusive, vulgar, or degrading language will not be tolerated. Facilities and equipment should be used for their designated purpose.

 Any individual not following appropriate policies or behaviors will be asked to leave the facility.

Rescheduling or canceling sessions must be done at least 24 hours prior to your session to avoid being charged. Before meeting with your personal trainer, be sure to thoroughly read our personal training policies before signing your contract.

 Pre-purchased sessions are non-refundable. This will not be adjusted for any reason.

On June 1, 2015 Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84thTexas Legislature and known as the “Campus Carry” Law. Senate Bill 11 allows licensed holders to carry a concealed handgun throughout university campuses, beginning August 1, 2016. Read more about this legislation.

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