Policies

General Guidelines

  • Entry to the activity zone must be made through the Rotunda and ID check station.
  • Side and rear exits are alarmed and to be used only in emergency situations.
  • Every member must show a valid ID to enter the facility.
  • Only water in no-spill plastic containers is allowed in the activity zone.
  • Members are encouraged not to bring any valuables with them to the CRWC. Backpacks and/or personal belongings are to be stored in a day locker (available for free) or a rented locker in the locker rooms. CR staff are unable to hold personal items for members.
  • Shoes must be worn to enter the activity zone. Only athletic, non-marking rubber-soled shoes are allowed on playing surfaces (all courts, and multi-purpose rooms). Sandals and bare feet are prohibited in the second floor fitness zone and track.
  • The use of protective eye wear is strongly encouraged in the racquetball and squash courts.
  • Proper athletic clothing must be worn in the second floor fitness zones.
  • A towel must be placed between the body and upholstery being used to minimize the transmission of infections.
  • The use of collars and spotters is highly encouraged when working out on weights.
  • Weights and related equipment may not be removed from the fitness zones.
  • Users may not “bang” dumbbells or drop weights as this damages equipment.
  • All free weights, dumbbells, plates, etc., must be returned to their respective racks following use.
  • Members are expected to follow the directions of CRWC staff at all times. Questions about any staff decision can be directed to the administrative office on Room 2000.

THE FOLLOWING IS NOT ALLOWED

  • Gum inside CRWC.
  • Food or any other non-water beverages inside the activity zone.
  • Backpacks or personal items on the courts, floors, or seating areas.
  • Black racquetball balls.
  • Baseballs, footballs, and/or softballs.
  • Balls of any kind on the second floor.
  • Clothing with rivets or zippers that can tear upholstery. Denim jeans.
  • Bouncing or kicking balls on terrazzo floor.
  • Stretching on indoor track.
  • Watching first floor activity from indoor track. (Exceptions may be made in advance for special events.)
  • Video taping and the taking of still pictures without prior approval.

Transgender Policy

University of Houston students, faculty/staff and spouse/partners of students, faculty/staff shall be permitted to participate in Departmental programs, activities, and services (to include Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, Aquatics, Outdoor Adventure, and Fitness) in accordance with the person's gender self-identification or expression. Sport Club participants will be reviewed on a case by case basis based on the applicable National Governing Body's policies and procedures. The UH Campus Recreation and Wellness Center will ensure that every student, faculty, staff, and guest has access to a locker room and bathroom facilities in a safe, comfortable, and convenient environment. Transgender individuals shall not be forced to use the locker room corresponding to their gender assigned at birth. Such accommodations could include, but are not limited to private area in the locker room or use of the family changing room.

Please contact the Associate Director for Operations or Programs at 713-743-9500 with questions or individual cases requiring evaluation.


Intramural/Sport Clubs Spectator Policy

Keeping in mind that the facility was not designed for a large volume of spectators during team practices and competitions, and the need to provide a safe and secure environment for all members anyone wanting to bring in a guess for the purpose of only observing a sporting competition has two options:

  1. Submit a request in writing by 2 PM of the day of competition to the administration offices and receive written approval for guests to enter at no charge.
  2. Purchase a guest pass at the Welcome Desk for $6.00.

Music Policy

Currently under development. Please contact the administrative offices with any questions or suggestions.


Lost and Found

  • Any items found will be turned into the Welcome Desk where the items will be logged into a journal.
  • Any items left in the Day Lockers at closing will be logged in as lost items.
  • Clothes, basketballs, towels, etc. will be stored in a container in the equipment room.
  • All wallets, jewelry, or any other valuables will be secured in a safe.
  • Clothes, towels, or any other personal items will be discarded after one month.
  • Valuables will be kept one week and then taken to the University Police Department.
  • Every Friday, all ID’s will be turned into the Cougar One office.
  • In order for anyone to claim their lost item, they must describe the item in detail and then fill out the claim information in the lost and found log-in book.

Open Recreation Set Up

University of Houston (UH) Department of Campus Recreation (CR) strives to ensure that no single activity, special event, and/or sport dominate the use of the CRWC. Since the facility was designed to accommodate many different types of activities, every effort will be made maximize options available to the members. There will be occasions that portions of the CRWC will be reserved for intramural competitions and sports club usage and other times space will be rented to student and other organizations. However, when we are in 100% open recreation operation CRWC members will have several activities from which to choose from.

  • Main Gym Court One will be available for basketball until a request for volleyball set-up (at least six people must be available for volleyball set-up). Monday – Friday, after 3:00pm, two volleyball courts will be set-up. Saturday – Sunday two volleyball courts will be set-up on first request.
  • Main Gym Court Two will be available for basketball. Either one full-court or two half-court games can be played.
  • Main Gym Court Three will be available for basketball until a request for badminton set-up (at least two people must be available for badminton set-up). Monday – Friday, after 3:00pm, two badminton courts will be set-up leaving room for one “half court” basketball game. Saturday – Sunday all four badminton courts will be set-up on first request.
  • Center Court (North and South) will be available for basketball. Options include two full-court, one full-court and two half-courts, or four half-court games. There may be some occasions that warrant volleyball to be set up on Center Court during open-recreation.
  • Multi-Activity Court (MAC) will be available for indoor soccer and roller hockey. There may be some occasions that warrant set up for special events. MAC can be reserve or first come; first serve.

Reservation Procedures are as follows:

  • The day you want to reserve a court call the Welcome Desk (713) 743-PLAY (7529) between 6:00 and 10:00am or come in person anytime during operating hours.
  • Members may reserve a one hour block.
  • Members have up to 10 minutes after the hour to check in. If they do not check in on time, their reservation will be cancelled.
  • Vollyball can be set-up upon request. Reservations should be made as indicated above.

Multi-Purpose Rooms 1 and 2 (downstairs) are primarily used for scheduled instructional fitness classes, sport club practices and special events. When not scheduled, the space is available for stretching, small group dance practice, and some martial arts activities (small group).

Multi-Purpose Rooms 3 (upstairs) is primarily available for open recreation on a first come first serve basis. Students are encouraged to share the space when activity allows for multiple users. Uses include stretching, individual or dual dance practice, and some martial arts activities (individual or dual).

Multi-Purpose Rooms 4 and 5 (upstairs) are primarily used for scheduled instructional fitness classes, sport club practices and special events. When not scheduled, the space is available for stretching, small group dance practice, and some martial arts activities (small group).

Indoor Track is primarily used for recreational jogging. When three or more joggers are together please run only two side by side. Walkers and slower joggers jog on the inside of track. Sprinting only on the backside (south side) of track. Even dates run clockwise, odd dates run counter clockwise.


Aquatic Facilities

Natatorium is primarily used for lap swimming, instructional fitness classes and recreational play. Learn to swim and other instructional programs are offered by the Department of Campus Recreation at scheduled times. UH swimming and Diving team also use the facility for practice and competition. When the schedule permits, outside organizations may rent out space. Due to the unique nature of aquatic facilities the following guidelines and policies exist:

General Guidelines for Natatorium

  • Enter the water only when a lifeguard is on duty.
  • Shower before entering the water.
  • Shower after a stay in the sauna.
  • Proper swimming attire is required for use of this facility.
  • Circle swim is always in effect.
  • The Aquatic Staff have authority over all participants regarding policy enforcement.
  • Groups that have rented/reserved the pool are only allowed in their designated pool area and locker rooms.

The following is not allowed in the Natatorium

  • Running
  • Tanning/Baby Oil
  • Floats/Rafts/Inner Tubes
  • Glass or Breakable Containers
  • Hard Plastic Toys
  • Food/Gum/Drinks other than Water
  • Hanging or Dunking on the Basketball Goal
  • Riding, Standing on Shoulders, or Aggressive Play
  • Use of Aqua Belts as a Flotation Devices
  • Band-Aids
  • Spitting/Spouting in the Pool, please use the gutters
  • Individuals with skin diseases, infections, or open sores
  • Crossovers, Deep Water Bobbing or Involuntary Breath Holding
  • Hanging or Sitting on the Lane Lines
  • Individuals who are Intoxicated
  • Use of Tobacco Products is Strictly Prohibited

Unauthorized personnel may not

  • Walk on or swim under the bulkheads.
  • Wear street shoes on the deck.
  • Stand on or use starting blocks.

The following is allowed with restrictions

  • An adult must accompany children under the age of 16 at all times.
  • An adult must accompany children under the age of 6 in the water at all times.
  • There is a limit of 1 adult per 3 children under the age of 6.
  • Infants and Toddlers must wear leak proof pants or swimming diapers.
  • Children wearing arm floats, inflatable rings or toys, or lifejackets must be an arms length from an adult in the water at all times and are limited to the shallow end.

Diving Boards/Platforms are primarily available for UH Diving team practice and competition but are also available for recreational use. When the schedule permits, outside organizations may reserve the use of the boards/platforms. Due to the unique nature of diving structures the following guidelines and policies exist:

General Guidelines for the Diving Boards/Platforms

  • Only 1 person on the board/platform at a time.
  • Children must be able to swim without assistance in order to use the board/platform.
  • Fulcrum wheel must remain in the forward position at all times.
  • Divers must dive straight off the board/platform.
  • Exit the dive well immediately after diving.

The following is not allowed on the Diving Boards/Platforms

  • T-Shirts and loose clothing
  • Dives with backward-motion
  • Cut away dives
  • Dives deemed unsafe by aquatic staff
  • Usage of the 7.5 and 10 meter platforms

The following is allowed with restrictions Diving Boards/Platforms

  • Usage of the 5-meter platform during designated times.
  • Children must be 12 years of age to go off the 5-meter platform unless participating in an coached/supervised class.
  • Spa/Hot Tubs are available on deck in the Natatorium and outside in the leisure pool. They are available primarily for recreational use. UH Diving team will also use the Natatorium spa. Due to the unique nature of aquatic facilities the following guidelines and policies exist:

General Guidelines in the Spa

  • Shower before entering the spa.
  • Shower before entering the spa or pool after a stay in the sauna.
  • Limit your use of the spa to 15 minutes; long exposure may result in nausea, dizziness, or fainting.
  • An adult must accompany children between the ages of 12 and 16 at all times.
  • Only 15 persons at a time are permitted in the spa.

Individuals with the following should not use the spa

  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • high or low blood pressure
  • circulatory problems
  • respiratory problems
  • seizures
  • epilepsy
  • pregnancy
  • on prescription medication
  • those under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs

The following is not allowed in the Spa

  • Children under 12 years of age.
  • Body lotions, oils, or suntan preparations.
  • Submerging to the bottom of the spa. Hair/clothing may become entangled in the drain suction.
  • Dry Sauna is available on deck in the Natatorium. It is available primarily for recreational use. Due to the unique nature of this space the following guidelines and policies exist:

General Guidelines in the Sauna

  • Cool down 5 minutes after exercising before entering.
  • Shower before entering the spa or pool after a stay in the sauna.
  • Strenuous exercise is prohibited in the sauna.
  • Only swimwear may be worn in the Sauna.
  • All individuals using the sauna must sit on a towel.
  • Limit your use of the spa to 15 minutes; long exposure may result in nausea, dizziness, or fainting.
  • An adult must accompany children between the ages of 12 and 16.
  • Only 15 persons at a time are permitted.

Individuals with the following should not use the sauna

  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • high or low blood pressure
  • circulatory problems
  • respiratory problems
  • seizures
  • epilepsy
  • pregnancy
  • on prescription medication
  • those under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs

The following is not allowed in the Sauna

  • Body lotions, oils, or suntan preparations
  • Children under 12 years of age.

Leisure Pool is primarily used for recreational swimming and lounging between Noon and 8 PM. When the schedule permits outside groups may reserve the pool are for special events. Inclement weather can close the pool for periods during the day or for the entire day. The pool will be close for the months of December and January. Due to the unique nature of aquatic facilities the following guidelines and policies exist:

General Guidelines for the Leisure Pool

  • Enter the water only when a lifeguard is on duty.
  • Shower before entering the water.
  • Shower after a stay in the sauna.
  • Proper swimming attire is required for use of this facility.
  • Circle swim is always in effect.
  • The Aquatic Staff have authority over all participants regarding policy enforcement.
  • Groups that have rented/reserved the pool are only allowed in their designated pool area and locker rooms.

The following is not allowed in the Leisure Pool

  • Tanning/Baby Oil
  • Diving
  • Running
  • Climbing on rock and play structures
  • Floats/Rafts/Inner Tubes
  • Glass or Breakable Containers
  • Hard Plastic Toys
  • Food/Gum/Drinks other than Water
  • Hanging or Dunking on the Basketball Goal
  • Riding, Standing on Shoulders, or Aggressive Play
  • Use of Aqua Belts as a Flotation Devices
  • Band-Aids
  • Spitting/Spouting in the Pool, please use the gutters
  • Individuals with skin diseases, infections, or open sores
  • Crossovers, Deep Water Bobbing or Involuntary Breath Holding
  • Hanging or Sitting on the Lane Lines
  • Individuals who are Intoxicated
  • Use of Tobacco Products

The following is allowed with restrictions in the Leisure Pool

  • An adult must accompany children under the age of 16 at all times.
  • An adult must accompany children under the age of 6 in the water at all times.
  • There is a limit of 1 adult per 3 children under the age of 6.
  • Infants and Toddlers must wear leak proof pants or swimming diapers.
  • Children wearing arm floats, inflatable rings or toys, or lifejackets must be an arms length from an adult in the water at all times.

Children/Youth Policy

Inquiring about a CRWC Family Membership or sponsoring a child, please note the following:
The object of family memberships is to provide opportunities for parents and children to recreate together and to encourage sport and fitness development in our youth. Due to the volume of participation at the CRWC, the extensive equipment located in the facility, and the natural curiosity of children this policy has been developed to ensure the safety of our youth members. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by an adult at all times while in the facility. Youth members 16 years and above may use the facility without an adult. Drivers Licenses will be used to verify age.

More specifically:

1. Fitness Classes

  • Children under the age of 16 are not permitted as participants or spectators in fitness classes.

2. Second Floor

  • Participants must be 16 years old or older to use or be ANYWHERE upstairs in the fitness center. This age limit is common within Campus Recreation facilities throughout the United States. The equipment in the fitness center is designed for individuals with fully developed bodies.
  • Special Youth Programs scheduled upstairs in the facility: if a child is under 16, the child MUST be attending one of these supervised events.

3. Climbing Wall

  • Children between 13-17 may climb the wall, however their parent/guardian must be with them the first time to sign the waiver.
  • Children 12 and under can also climb; however, their parent must sign the waiver & be with them 100% of the time while they are climbing. The child must also be physically large enough to fit into the safety harness (typically at least age 8).

4. Aquatic areas

  • An adult must accompany children under the age of 16 at all times.
  • An adult must accompany children under the age of 6 in the water at all times.
  • There is a limit of 1 adult per 3 children under the age of 6.
  • Infants and Toddlers must wear leak proof pants or swimming diapers.
  • Children wearing arm floats, inflatable rings or toys, or lifejackets must be an arms length from an adult in the water at all times and are limited to the shallow end.

5. Child spectators at intramural and other special events must have a non-playing adult directly supervising the child during the event.

The Department of Campus Recreation will provide a comprehensive Policy and Procedures Handbook upon request. Polices and Procedures are also available online.