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Campus Recreation Facility Guidelines and Rules

Guidelines and Rules are needed to prevent harm and keep our patrons safe in all of our facilities. We hope you will help us keep programs operating and functional for all members. Here you will find the general guidelines and links to all available guidelines and rules.

General Guidelines

General Guidelines

General Guidelines

  • Food and non-water drinks are only permitted at tables located outside of activity spaces unless otherwise approved by Campus Recreation

  • Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. Patrons are encouraged to leave valuables at home

  • Personal belongings, backpacks, and bags must be stored and locked in a locker (available for free); Campus Recreation staff may not hold personal items of any kind for patrons

  • Report all incidents, accidents, and injuries to a Campus Recreation staff member

  • Patrons should be considerate of others who are looking to participate and share the space

  • Certified service animals are permitted

  • Photography and videography are permitted only with prior written approval from the Assistant Director of Membership and Outreach

  • Facility hours are subject to change by Campus Recreation

  • Patrons are expected to follow the direction of Campus Recreation staff at all times.  Refusal to obey guidelines may result in removal from the facility. If necessary, the department reserves the right to revoke access

Accessing Facilities

Accessing Facilities

  • Use of Campus Recreation facilities is voluntary and considered at your own risk

  • Patrons must show a valid PSU ID+ or Campus Recreation Membership card. Invalid IDs will be confiscated and turned over to the PSU ID office

  • Patrons must be 18 years of age or older unless specified by facility guidelines

  • Guests must present a valid photo ID (Driver's License, Passport, Military ID, etc), be accompanied by a member at all times, pay a daily fee of $10.00, and must be 18 years or older

  • Entry to the facility must be made through the main access station

    • Side and rear exits are alarmed and to be used only in emergency situations when directed by staff and/or fire alarms are activated

Dress Code

Dress Code

  • Athletic tops and shorts or pants are required to be worn in the facility

  • Athletic footwear is required; boots, street shoes, open-toed shoes, or shoes that mark the floor are prohibited

  • Restrooms are not to be used as changing areas

  • Outside fitness equipment is not permitted within the facility with the exception of lifting belts, straps, and gloves

  • Only water in a non-spill, shatter-proof container is permitted in activity areas

Using Equipment

Prohibited Actions

  • Use of tobacco products is prohibited inside any building and directly outside all buildings in accordance with University Policy (AD32). Smoking includes the burning of any type of lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, or any other smoking equipment, whether filled with tobacco or any other type of material (e.g. vapor)

  • Spitting is prohibited

  • Use of steroids and/or other illegal substances is prohibited

  • Obscene, derogatory, or hostile actions (verbal or non-verbal) will not be tolerated within Campus Recreation facilities

  • Sexual behavior and/or sexual misconduct is prohibited

  • Patrons may not provide training to, conduct business activities with, or solicit funds from other members, guests, or staff

Facility Guidelines

Bouldering Wall

Bouldering Wall Guidelines

  • Bouldering Wall orientation must be completed at Equipment Room or Climbing Wall Suite Desk

  • Climbing wrist band must be obtained from Equipment Room or Climbing Wall Suite Desk and worn while climbing

  • Rings and loose jewelry must be removed

  • Long hair must be tied back and secured

  • Proper climbing shoes must be worn at all times

  • Climbing shoes are available at the Equipment Room or Climbing Wall Suite Desk

  • Personal climbing shoes are permitted

  • Rosin bags may be used on mat area only

  • Liquid Chalk is permitted

  • Loose chalk is not permitted

  • Bags must be kept in a locker or cubby at all times

  • Water bottles, cell phones, etc. are not permitted on the hand railing

  • Electronic devices are not permitted while actively climbing

  • Sitting or congregating near or around a potential landing zone or walkway is prohibited

  • Bouldering pad must be clear of foreign objects (water bottles, shoes, etc.)

  • Jewelry that presents a hazard to the user or to the facility equipment may not be worn. Campus Recreation staff reserves the right to ask anyone to remove jewelry if potential hazards exist

Active Climbers

Active Climbers Guidelines

  • Climbers on the wall have the right of way

  • The following activities are prohibited:

    • Climbing on top of the bouldering wall

    • Walking under an active climber

    • Spotting for other climbers

  • Follow proper falling technique:

    • Spot your landing

    • Bend your knees and elbows

    • Pull in your arms

Functional Training Area

Functional Training Area Guidelines

  • A full body must remain under the monkey bar

  • Be aware of the proximity to others

  • Ensure proper spacing when using kettlebells

  • All equipment (weights, kettlebells, bands, ropes, TRX straps, medicine balls, and bars) must remain in the Functional Training area

  • Keep all weights away from railings, mirrors, and windows

  • Plyo jump platform hooks cannot be placed higher than the white tape labels

  • The yellow taped area is designated for floor/mat work; mats must stay within the yellow taped area.

  • The following activities are NOT PERMITTED in the Functional Training area:

  • Gymnastics moves

  • Inverted movements and positioning

  • Plates above 10 pounds

  • Dumbbells above 27.5 pounds

  • Plyo jumps with weights

  • TRX Straps on rock chin holds

  • Muscle-ups

  • Battle ropes looped on monkey bars

  • Throwing medicine balls off walls, pillars or near the railing is prohibited

  • No medicine balls over 8 pounds on the rebounder (White Building only)

Gymnasiums

Gymnasiums Guidelines

  • Only non-marking shoes should be worn on all wood floors

  • The following items are prohibited:

    • Hanging from the basketball rims and backboards

    • Football, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, frisbee, softball, or twirling activities

    • Floor taping

Indoor Track

Indoor Track Guidelines

  • Walkers must keep to the inside lanes; Joggers must keep to the outside lanes

  • Sprinting is permitted on the straightaways

  • Patrons should follow posted directional signage

  • Be aware of other patrons while entering and exiting the track and while passing and changing lanes

  • Patrons may not walk or run more than two abreast

  • Stretching, hand weights, and mat work are allowed in designated areas only (cutouts off the track)

  • The following are not permitted:

    • Spikes or cleats

    • Weights, slam balls, and bands

    • Starting blocks or hurdles

    • Spectators of court activities, except in the seating balcony

McCoy Natatorium & White Building Indoor Pool Guidelines

General Guidelines

General Guidelines

  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult supervisor (age 18+).     

  • Admission to the outdoor pool does not include admission to any of the indoor facilities.  

  • Organized groups must follow our group use policies and must be directly supervised at poolside by an adult.  All groups must schedule their visits in advance.  

  • All patrons must take a shower before entering the water.    

  • Individuals with open wounds and/or band-aids are not permitted in the pool. 

  • The following behaviors will not be permitted: 

    • Abusive or profane language or gestures. 

    • Running or Horseplay 

    • Hyperventilation or prolonged underwater breath holding for time and/or distance.  

  • Chair lifts are available with staff assistance 

  • Patrons and/or guests may not provide training to, conduct business activities with, or solicit funds from other patrons, guests, or staff.   

  • Food and drink (other than water in a sealable, non-glass container) are not permitted on the pool decks. 

  • All bags and personal items must be kept in a locker. 

  • The following are not permitted: 

    • Alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, vaping devices, or other drugs. 

    • Pets (service animals are permitted in the pool area but not in the pool itself).  

    • Personal life jackets/floatation devices 

    • Swim toys

Attire

Attire

  • Clean clothing that is safe for water sports must be worn to use all pools. 

  • Swim diapers must be worn by children who are not toilet trained. 

  • The following are not permitted as swimming apparel: 

    • Street clothes 

    • Gym shorts 

    • Cotton t-shirts (including those for modesty or sun protection) 

      • Rash guards will be permitted

    • Underwear 

    • Thongs 

Recreational & Lap Swimming Rules

Recreational & Lap Swimming Rules

  • Follow all posted No Diving signs.  

  • If an individual needs to swim in a lane undisturbed due to an injury or specific medical condition, accommodations can be made to set a lane aside for their use.

  • Lap Swim Etiquette: 

    • Lap lanes are intended for multiple swimmers and should arrange themselves by speed in the lanes.  

    • Speed markers are available for your use to designate Slow, Medium, and Fast lanes.  

    • For effective use, lap swimmers should swim counterclockwise near the lane markers and pass in the middle when more than 2 swimmers are in a lane. 

    • Stop only at turning walls.  Move to the side to allow others to turn and continue.  Lifeguards may ask to move you to another lane to more closely match your swimming pace.  

Diving Boards, Diving Wells & Platforms

Diving Boards, Diving Wells & Platforms

  • Only 1-Meter springboards are available for use during designated informal rec time. 

  • General swimming is not permitted in the diving area or diving well unless the diving boards are closed by staff.  

  • Duraflex diving boards have a maximum weight capacity of 250 lbs.  If you weigh more than 250 lbs. refrain from using the diving boards.  

  • Only one person is allowed on the diving apparatus (including ladder) at a time.    

  • Anyone using a diving board must wait until the preceding diver has surfaced and reached the ladder before climbing on the ladder.  

  • Upon surfacing, immediately swim to the nearest ladder.  Do not swim under the boards at any time.  

  • The following are not permitted: 

    • Jumping, if there is someone beneath you.  

    • Running on the diving boards.  

    • Bouncing more than once on the board.  

    • Reverse dives and back dives 

    • Cartwheels, handstands and other such gymnastic activities off the board, side of the pool.  

  • Divers must dive straight from the front end of the board facing front.

McCoy Natatorium Outdoor Pool

General Guidelines

General Guidelines

  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult supervisor (age 18+).     

  • Admission to the outdoor pool does not include admission to any of the indoor facilities.  

  • Organized groups must follow our group use policies and must be directly supervised at poolside by an adult.  All groups must schedule their visits in advance.  

  • All patrons must take a shower before entering the water.    

  • Individuals with open wounds and/or band-aids are not permitted in the pool. 

  • The following behaviors will not be permitted: 

    • Abusive or profane language or gestures. 

    • Running or Horseplay 

    • Hyperventilation or prolonged underwater breath holding for time and/or distance.  

  • Chair lifts are available with staff assistance 

  • Patrons and/or guests may not provide training to, conduct business activities with, or solicit funds from other patrons, guests, or staff.   

  • Picnic baskets/coolers are permitted in the grass area.  All bags, baskets and coolers are subject to inspection. 

  • The following are not permitted: 

    • Grills, gas, or electric cooking devices 

    • Personal life jackets/floatation devices 

    • Swim toys 

    • Alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, vaping devices, or other drugs. 

Attire

Attire

  • Clean clothing that is safe for water sports must be worn to use all pools. 

  • Swim diapers must be worn by children who are not toilet trained. 

  • The following are not permitted as swimming apparel: 

    • Street clothes 

    • Gym shorts 

    • Cotton t-shirts (including those for modesty or sun protection) 

      • Rash guards will be permitted

    • Underwear 

    • Thongs 

Recreational & Lap Swimming Rules

Recreational & Lap Swimming Rules

  • Those under 4 feet tall and under 12 years of age must wear a lifejacket or pass the swim-test. 

  • Persons who cannot pass the swim test will be restricted to shallow areas of the pools.  

  • Follow all posted No Diving signs.  

  • If an individual needs to swim in a lane undisturbed due to an injury or specific medical condition, accommodations can be made to set a lane aside for their use.

  • Lap Swim Etiquette: 

    • Lap lanes are intended for multiple swimmers and should arrange themselves by speed in the lanes.  

    • Speed markers are available for your use to designate Slow, Medium, and Fast lanes.  

    • For effective use, lap swimmers should swim counterclockwise near the lane markers and pass in the middle when more than 2 swimmers are in a lane. 

    • Stop only at turning walls.  Move to the side to allow others to turn and continue.  Lifeguards may ask to move you to another lane to more closely match your swimming pace.  

Diving Boards, Diving Well & Platforms

Diving Boards, Diving Well & Platforms

  • Only 1-Meter springboards are available for use during designated informal rec time. 

  • The dive platform is not available for informal recreation 

  • General swimming is not permitted in the diving area or diving well unless the diving boards are closed by staff.  

  • Duraflex diving boards have a maximum weight capacity of 250 lbs.  If you weigh more than 250 lbs. refrain from using the diving boards.  

  • Only one person is allowed on the diving apparatus (including ladder) at a time.    

  • Anyone using a diving board must wait until the preceding diver has surfaced and reached the ladder before climbing on the ladder.  

  • Upon surfacing, immediately swim to the nearest ladder.  Do not swim under the boards at any time.  

  • The following are not permitted: 

    • Jumping, if there is someone beneath you.  

    • Running on the diving boards.  

    • Bouncing more than once on the board.  

    • Reverse dives and back dives 

    • Cartwheels, handstands and other such gymnastic activities off the board, side of the pool.  

  • Divers must dive straight from the front end of the board facing front.   

Weather & Environmental Conditions

Weather & Environmental Conditions

  • During rainstorms, the outdoor pool will be closed, and the entire area cleared of patrons at the discretion of the supervisor on duty.   

  • If lightning or thunder is detected within a 10-mile radius, the pool and deck will be cleared. Please grab all personal items.  

  • During thunderstorms patrons must evacuate the outdoor pool and seek shelter inside a substantial building.   

    • The McCoy Natatorium exterior hallway outside of the locker rooms may be used for temporary shelter.   

    • The pools will reopen at the discretion of Campus Recreation staff.   

  • During periods of cool weather, the outdoor pool will not open when the air temperature is below 60˚F.  

Penn State Student Affairs
Campus Recreation
Location

IM Building
University Park, PA 16802
campusrec@psu.edu