General Facility Policies

Facility Access | Safety | Lockers | Reservations | Media | Principles of Community | Visiting Team Access | Studio Spaces | East Gym | East Upper Field | East Lower Field | Tennis Courts | Outdoor Basketball Courts | Outdoor Fitness Equipment | 50M Pool | Racquetball Courts | Sand Volleyball Courts | Fitness Center | West Gym

  1. Facility Access

    1. A valid UC Santa Cruz Student ID, Athletics and Recreation Membership Card, or valid Day Pass is required to access the Athletics and Recreation facilities.

    2. Staff, Faculty and Guests are required to sign a waiver of liability in order to enter the facilities.

    3. Guests touring the facilities may not participate in any activity and must follow all policies while within the Athletics & Recreation facility complex.

    4. All minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a parent or legal guardian sign a waiver of liability.

      1. Minors aged 16-18 may enter Athletics and Recreation facilities without parental/guardian supervision. EXCEPTION: No minors are permitted in the Fitness Center without parental/guardian supervision.
      2. Minors aged 15 and under may enter Athletics and Recreation facilities with strict parental/guardian supervision at all times and across all facility spaces.
    5. The Athletics and Recreation staff reserves the right to refuse service or entry to anyone who fails to comply with facility and University policies.  Any behavior deemed inappropriate may result in a loss of access privileges.

    6. Trespassing or access fraud will result in loss of Athletics and Recreation facility privileges.

    7. Service animals as described by the American Disabilities Act (ADA) are welcome at Athletics and Recreation facilities. Pets and emotional support animals, including those on a leash, as defined by the California Fair Employer and Housing Act. If at any time a patron, employee, or other visitor feels threatened by an out of control animal, Athletics and Recreation staff reserve the right to revoke facility access to the animal and/or responsible person in question.

    8. Bicycles, mopeds, unicycles, skateboards and roller skates are prohibited. Please utilize nearest bicycle racks and always utilize a lock.

    9. Athletics & Recreation reserves the right to refuse admittance or sale of membership or day passes, and reserves the right to revoke day pass and membership privileges when necessary.

    10. Food and beverages are probitied in all Athletics and Recreation facilities unless otherwise designated by explicit policy language referenced in this document.

    11. Patrons and staff are expected to follow all posted regulations. Failure to do so will subject violators to loss of access privelages to Athletics and Recreation facilities.

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  2. Safety

    1. Report all injuries and equipment/facility irregularities to a staff person immediately.

    2. Smoking, tobacco, alcohol, or other drug use and influence is strictly prohibited at Athletics and Recreation facilities.

    3. Threats or acts of violence will result in loss of Athletics & Recreation facility privileges.

    4. Foul, abusive or inappropriate language is prohibited and subjects abusers to loss of Athletics & Recreation facility privileges.

    5. Athletic shirts, shorts and shoes required.

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  3. Lockers

    1. Lockers are available for rent. Rented lockers include a lock and may be rented quarterly or annually.

    2. Day use lockers are available at no cost, but users are responsible for securing their belongings.

    3. Athletics & Recreation is not liable for lost or stolen items.

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  4. Reservations

    1. Unless otherwise stated, all facility spaces are either by reservation only, first-come first-served, and/or a mix of reservations and drop-in use. See specific facility spaces for more information.

    2. Most facilities available on a first-come, first-served basis during open operational hours unless otherwise noted by prior reservation or restriction as established by Athletics and Recreation professional staff.

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  5. Media

    1. The posting of flyers or newsletters are prohibited without prior permission. Please submit flyer posting requests to professional staff responsible for the Athletics and Recreation Marketing Team via the department home page in the "Support" section.

    2. Photography for commercial purposes without a University permit is prohibited.

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  6. Principles of Community

  7. Visiting Team Access

    1. Visiting teams and staff may enter Slug Recreation Complexes without a day pass provided there is an established and approved contest or reservation in place. Visiting teams are required to enter as a group wearing their team apparel.

    2. Athletics and Recreation staff will confirm and grant access at the front desk after reviewing the facilities schedule as a part of their standard job duties.

    3. Athletics and Recreation coaches and administrative staff are responsible to ensure all home competitions are approved, coordinated, and listed on the Athletics & Recreation Facilities Calendar.

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  8. Studio Spaces (Activity Room, Dance Studio, Martial Arts Studio, Multi-Purpose Room)

    1. No food or beverages other than water is permitted in studio spaces.

    2. Sound systems are not to be used without prior authorization.

    3. Hard-soled shoes are prohibited.

    4. No items are to be placed on top of the piano.

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  9. East Gym

    1. Gym shoes required.

    2. Shoes that are hard-soled, extraordinarily dirty, leave marks, or boots are prohibited.

    3. Stick equipment is not prohibited without prior approval from Athletics and Recreation professional staff.

    4. Pick-Up Basketball

      1. Point Values: 1 point per basket, 2 points if behind the 3 point line.

      2. First team to 12 points will win the game.

      3. Fighting will not be tolerated and subjects those involved to the Dean of Students Office and revoked access to Athletics and Recreation facilities.

      4. Winners of drop-in games retain the privilege to stay on the court.

      5. Participants call their own fouls.

      6. Full-court play has priority.

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  10. East Upper Field

    1. This facility is available on a first-come, first-served basis during operational hours when not previously reserved.

    2. Special care must be taken on tired or tender areas of the field.  If there is a worn out, thinning, mushy, or grass-bare area, that area will be indicated with signage or markings. Users are ordered to stay off that area.

    3. Activity on the field is prohibited if any of the above conditions are in place or if sensible judgment concludes there is risk to damage the field.

    4. Activity on the field is prohibited when marked with “Field Closed” signs, taped off areas, cones, flags, etc.

    5. Additional closure time may be necessary following extended rains as determined by Athletics and Recreation and Grounds professional staff.

    6. In the event of heavy rainfall (more than a light drizzle), fields may be closed for a minimum of 48 hours after rainfall ceases.

    7. Fields are closed during rainfall that cause field saturation.

    8. If any of the following conditions exist, the fields may be closed:

      • When soil moisture is so high that there is standing water or muddy conditions which could compromise the safety of players or negatively impact the future playability of the athletic field.  This includes “but is not limited to” high traffic areas such as goal and home plate areas.
      • Turf that is saturated to such a level that activities on the field would cause thinning of the turf, damage to the soil structure, divots which may dry to uneven surfaces, or cause further damage to already worn areas.
      • The presence of frost or frozen turf conditions. Foot traffic in these conditions will kill the grass plant.
    9. Food and drink is permitted on the grass. Glass containers are prohibited.

    10. Vehicles are prohibited from being on the field without prior permission from UC Santa Cruz Grounds staff.

    11. All activity is prohibited on any portion of the field closed for maintenance or inclement weather.

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  11. East Lower Field

    1. Facility available for reservation.

    2. Unscheduled or unsupervised use of the East Remote Field is prohibited.

    3. All activity is prohibited on any portion of the field closed for maintenance or inclement weather.

    4. Vehicles are prohibited from being on the field without prior permission from UC Santa Cruz Grounds staff.

    5. Food and drink is permitted on the grass. Glass containers are prohibited.

    6. If any of the following conditions exist, the fields may be closed:

      1. When soil moisture is so high that there is standing water or muddy conditions which could compromise the safety of players or negatively impact the future playability of the athletic field.  This includes “but is not limited to” high traffic areas such as goal and home plate areas.

      2. Turf that is saturated to such a level that activities on the field would cause thinning of the turf, damage to the soil structure, divots which may dry to uneven surfaces, or cause further damage to already worn areas.

      3. The presence of frost or frozen turf conditions. Foot traffic in these conditions will kill the grass plant.

    7. Fields are closed during rainfall that cause field saturation.

    8. Special care must be taken on tired or tender areas of the field.  If there is a worn out, thinning, mushy, or grass-bare area, that area will be indicated with signage or markings. Users are ordered to stay off that area.

    9. Activity on the field is prohibited if any of the above conditions are in place or if sensible judgment concludes there is risk to damage the field.

    10. Activity on the field is prohibited when marked with “Field Closed” signs, taped off areas, cones, flags, etc.

    11. Additional closure time may be necessary following extended rains as determined by Athletics and Recreation and Grounds professional staff.

    12. In the event of heavy rainfall (more than a light drizzle), fields may be closed for a minimum of 48 hours after rainfall ceases.

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  12. Tennis Courts

    1. Tennis courts are designated for tennis activity only unless otherwise explicitly stated by Athletics and Recreation professional staff and signage.

    2. Tennis courts are available for formal reservation, but informal reservations are recommended.

    3. Courts are available for informal use on a first-come, first-served basis during operating hours unless previously reserved scheduled by Athletics and Recreation programs.

    4. Reservations may be made at the front desk or by calling 831-459-2323.

      1. Reservations are made daily during open hours.

      2. Reservations will be accepted for one hour, per person, per day.

      3. Playing partners may not reserve courts for back-to-back hours.

      4. Reservations will be canceled if not claimed 10 minutes after the established reservation time.

      5. Reservations take priority over anyone using the court on a drop-in basis.Court conflicts will be settled by Athletics and Recreation staff.

    5. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult or another minor at least 16 years of age.

    6. A maximum of four (4) people are permitted on each court at one time.

    7. Gym Shoes must be worn on all tennis courts. Hard-soled shoes, boots, and marking shoes are prohibited.

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  13. Outdoor Basketball Courts

    1. All activity must cease after 10:00pm each night.

    2. Pick-Up Basketball

      1. Point Values: 1 point per basket, 2 points if behind the 3 point line.Full-court play has priority.

      2.  First team to 12 points will win the game.

      3. Participants call their own fouls

      4. Winners of drop-in games retain the privilege to stay on the court.

      5. Fighting will not be tolerated and subjects those involved to the Dean of Students Office and revoked access to Athletics and Recreation facilities.

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  14. Outdoor Fitness Equipment

    1. This equipment may be used on a first-come, first-served basis.

    2. All equipment must be wiped down after each use by the user. 
    3. Preference for use is given to those executing physical fitness routines.

    4. Lounging or sleeping on top of the equipment is prohibited.

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  15. 50M Pool

    1. All department access and safety policies apply to use of this facility.
    2. Appropriate swim attire must be worn. Underwear, jeans, cutoffs, or other non-swim attire is strictly prohibited in the pool. Lifeguards and Aquatics staff will have final discretion regarding swim attire.

    3. Running, horseplay, tossing, dragging or pushing in the pool or on the pool deck is prohibited.

    4. No person(s) other than the lifeguard on duty is permitted to utilze the lifeguard stands or other safety equipment.

    5. Glass, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug products and use are prohibited.

    6. Chewing gum is strictly prohibited in the pool or on the pool deck.

    7. All food and drink is restricted to the grass area of the pool deck. 

    8. Users are required to sort, trash, and recycle their own items.

    9. “Floaties” are prohibited.

    10. Pool toys may be permitted depending on the type of toy and number of current patrons in the pool. Lifeguard and Aquatics staff will make final determinations on appropriate pool toys.

    11. Lap Swimming - Open lanes for recreational and lap swimming are designated by orange cones. Yellow cones indicate the lane is closed for other aquatics programming. 

      1. Adults and children may use the designated lap lanes for lap swimming only.

      2. Swimmers are prohibited from hanging or resting on lane lines. Users that need to stop and take a break are encouraged to select a lane closest to the pool deck and grasp the gutter.
      3. Swimmers must enter the pool by using an available ladder or entering the water feet first.
      4. Swimmers are prohibited from prolonged breath-holds and/or underwater swimming.
    12. All children 12 years of age and younger may not swim or be in the pool area unless supervised by a qualified, paying adult (18 years or older). Adults are required to supervise their children while in the pool and locker room areas.

    13. Adults supervising children are to provide maximum supervision in the pool and on the pool deck. If non-swimming children are in the water, the supervising adult must accompany them or sit within arm’s distance of the child.

    14. Incontinent individuals and infants MUST wear tightly fitting rubber pants or swim diapers.

    15. Infants must be under the constant supervision of a custodial adult who must be in the water with the infant at all times or in a one-to-one situation.

    16. All children must pass the Swim Competency Test (SCT) to the satisfaction of the lifeguard to swim in all areas of the pool or use the diving board. One attempt per day.

    17. Swim Competency Test (SCT)

      1. Enter the water from the edge of the pool.

      2. Fully submerge underwater and re-emerge head from the water.

      3. Float/tread water for 1 minute.

      4. Swim 25 yards without pushing off the wall or with any aid.

      5. Exit the pool without using a ladder.

    18. Swimming under or climbing over the bulkhead is strictly prohibited and is cause for immediate removal from the facility.

    19. Recording pictures or video on the pool deck or in the locker rooms is strictly prohibited without prior permission from Athletics and Recreation professional staff.

    20. Bikes and skateboards are strictly prohibited from the pool facility.

    21. Deck changing is prohibited. All pool users are required to use available locker rooms to complete changing of swim attire.

    22. Diving

      1. Diving from the diving boards are permitted only when the diving area is open (Monday-Friday from 2-4:15pm and Saturday-Sunday, 12-4pm). Hours are subject to change. 

      2. Please note that camps, classes, and swim meets will affect this schedule.

      3. Children who have passed the BST may use the diving boards. Children who have no passed the BST are prohibited from accessing the diving boards.

      4. No more than one bounce per dive is permitted.

      5. After a dive, divers must swim to the nearest ladder. Divers may leave the board only after the previous diver has cleared the area below.

      6. No more than one person at a time is permitted on the diving board. No more than one person is permitted on the diving board ladder at one time. Horseplay and/or excessive bouncing on the diving board is prohibited.

      7. Running dives and back dives from the diving board or deck are prohibited.Diving is permitted in the diving area only.

      8. Diving in other areas of the pool such as, but not limited to, the shallow side of the bulkhead, are prohibited.

      9. Hanging from the diving boards are prohibited.

      10. Patrons ignoring these rules will be asked by Aquatics staff to leave the facility.

    23. SKIN and SCUBA

      1. For any SKIN or SCUBA training sessions a SCUBA instructor must be present. The Athletics & Recreation SCUBA Program must authorize this instructor.

      2. Prior to entering the pool, all divers must have filled out the “UCSC Diving Medical History” form. The document must be reviewed and approved by the sanctioned instructor or by an UCSC physician.

      3. Single SKIN or SCUBA pool events not related to the Physical Education SCUBA classes must be sponsored by the Athletics & Recreation SCUBA Program and/or approved by Athletics and Recreation staff.

      4. Pool may not be rented to outside dive shops/instructors/entities due to the high risk factor of the sport and the high likelihood of damaging the pool and surrounding areas.

      5. Access to the Athletics & Recreation SCUBA Dive Locker without prior approval by Athletics and Recreation professional staff is prohibited.

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  16. Racquetball Courts

    1. This facility is available for advanced reservation.

    2. All formal reservations must be approved by Athletics and Recreation professional staff.

    3. All courts are designated for Racquetball, Squash, Handball, and Wallyball activities only.

    4. Court 5 only may be used for other activities, including club practices.

    5. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis during operating hours unless previously reserved by Athletics & Recreation programs.

    6. Informal reservations are highly recommended.

      1. Reservations may be made at the Facility Center or by calling 831-459-2323.

      2. Reservations are made daily during operating hours.

      3. Reservations will be accepted for one hour, per person, per day.

      4. Playing partners may not reserve courts for back-to-back hours.

      5. Reservations will be canceled if not claimed 10 minutes after the reservation start time.

      6. Reservations take priority over anyone using the court on a drop-in basis.

    7. Court conflicts will be settled by Athletics and Recreation staff.

    8. Protective Eye Goggles are required when playing racquetball. 

    9. No more than four (4) people are permitted in any one racquetball court at the same time.

    10. Athletic shirts, shorts and shoes required.

    11. Gym shoes required.

    12. Shoes that are hard-soled, extraordinarily dirty, leave marks, or boots are prohibited.

    13. Prohibited activities in the racquetball courts include: soccer, lacrosse, and other activities that could damage the floor and/or walls of the courts.

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  17. Sand Volleyball Courts

    1. This facility is available for reservation.

    2. Facility is also available on a first-come, first-served basis during operational hours when not previously reserved.

    3. Slacklining

      1. Drop-In Hours occur every Wednesday, 3:00-5:00pm during the Academic Year.

      2. Individuals using their own equipment, use at their own risk.

      3. All slacklines are required to be removed at dusk each day to protect wildlife and the safety of others.

       

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  18. Fitness Center

    1. Open-toed shoes and jeans are prohibited.

    2. All patrons are required to wear shirts, sealants, shorts/sweat pants, and closed-toe shoes at all times. 

    3. All Patrons are required to carry a towel at all times and are required to wipe down equipment after each use.

    4. All Patrons are required to re-rack weights after use. Equipment is not to be left on machines or on the floor. Do not drop the weights.

    5. All patrons are recommended to use a spotter when lifting free weights.  Collars are mandatory on barbells if patrons are not using a spotter.

    6. Cell phones are prohibited on the workout floor unless otherwise stated by Athletics and Recreation policies and official, department signage.

    7. Bags are prohibited in the exercise areas. Patrons are encouraged to use day lockers and available cubie spaces.

    8. All patrons must be at least 18 years of age to use the Fitness Center on their own. Minors age 16-17 years old may use the facility with present parent/guardian supervision.

    9. Athletics and Recreation is not responsible for any lost/stolen items. All patrons are recommended to stow and lock valuables in available locker spaces. Free day use locks/lockers are available for checkout.  Long-term lockers are also available for a nominal fee. Please visit the front desk for more information.

    10. Personal Training

      1. Only Athletics and Recreation’s Personal Trainers and Work Strong Coordinators are permitted to execute personal training activities in the Fitness Center and any other department facilities.
      2. Personal training within the Athletics and Recreation Fitness Center is restricted to those individuals who have been specifically employed by Athletics and Recreation or Risk Services for the purpose of being a personal trainer. 
      3. Any participant who is observed to be conducting or suspected of conducting any portion of personal training with a patron in the Fitness Center, outdoor facilities, or other Athletics and Recreation facilities who is not an Athletics and Recreation staff personal trainer will be asked to cease the activity and may have membership privileges revoked.

         

      4. An individual may be approached and questioned regarding unauthorized personal training if they appear to be exhibiting any of the following, but not limited to, or related, behaviors:

        1. Assisting a patron with equipment and adjustments;

        2. Directing exercise order or duration for a patron;

        3. Assisting a patron with technique, or any specific instruction, but not exercising with that individual during all portions of the workout;
        4. Explaining and providing exercise directions to a patron or group of patrons;

        5. Writing and/or designing a fitness or workout program for a patron;

    11. Etiquette

      1. Please put away all weights and other equipment when finished.

      2. Do not drop the weights!

      3. Share the equipment. Allow others to "work-in" when you are resting. 

      4. Limit time on the cardio machines to 20 minutes when others are waiting.

      5. Stand away from the dumbbell racks when exercising to allow others access to the weights.

      6. Avoid loud grunting.

      7. Avoid using heavy cologne or perfume prior to working out in the Fitness Center.

      8. Respect others. This includes other patrons and Athletics and Recreation Staff.

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  19. West Gym

    1. This facility is available for reservation.

    2. Unscheduled or unsupervised use of the West Gym is prohibited.

    3. No marking tape may be placed on the hardwood floor.

    4. The sound system is not to be used unless prior authorization is given.

    5. Gym shoes required.

    6. Shoes that are hard-soled, extraordinarily dirty, leave marks, or boots are prohibited.

    7. Maximum capacity is 350 people.

    8. Drop-In Basketball

      1. Full-court play has priority.

      2. Participants call their own fouls.

      3. Winners of drop-in games retain the privilege to stay on the court.

      4. Fighting will not be tolerated and subjects those involved to the Dean of Students Office and revoked access to Athletics and Recreation facilities.

      5. First team to 12 points will win the game.

      6. Point Values: 1 point per basket, 2 points if behind the 3 point line.

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