Facilities Policies


General Policies

*RecSports is not responsible for items left unattended and/or lost or stolen items.

Disorderly conduct, abuse of the facility, equipment, or staff and/or disregard for the recreation and fitness centers’ policies will result in immediate dismissal from the facility. Additional sanctions may include: disciplinary action, reimbursement for damages, and/or potential suspension from the facilities and programs. A user asked to leave by the staff will not be refunded any paid charges.

Tobacco & Alcohol
  • In accordance with the University’s Tobacco-Free policy, the use of any tobacco products is prohibited in and around the recreation and fitness centers.
Food & Drink
  •  Food is not allowed beyond the access control point in the recreation and fitness centers.
  •  The Department of Recreational Sports allows the admittance and use of non-alcoholic beverages in only spill-proof, break-resistant containers within all Recreational Sports facilities.
  • Chewing gum is not allowed in the activity areas.
Attire Policies
  • Non-marking athletic shoes must be worn in the activity areas. Examples of prohibited shoes include, but are not limited to, cleats, sandals, stocking feet, and/or hard soled shoes
    • Martial arts clubs and group fitness classes may obtain prior approval from an Associate Director, or designee, to have bare feet in activity areas.
  •  Shirts must be worn at all times in all public areas.
  •  Lensed eyewear designed for racquet sports is required for all racquetball, squash, paddleball, and handball players. The protective eyewear must be worn as designed and may not be altered. Players who require corrective eyewear also must wear lensed eyewear designed for racquet sports. Protective eyewear can be checked out in either building.
    •  If a player is not wearing the protective eyewear properly, all players on that court will immediately lose their racquet sport privileges for that day.
Mobility and Transportation Restrictions
  • Mopeds, bicycles, and electric scooters are not allowed inside the recreation and fitness centers.
  • Skateboards, roller-skates, rollerblades, and non-electric scooters are not allowed to be operated in the recreation and fitness centers under any circumstances.
  • Hoverboards, including electronic skateboards, self-balancing boards, and other similar equipment, may not be stored, operated, or possessed at or within any Recreational Sports facility.
  • Vehicles may not be parked in the plaza, including mopeds.
  • Bicycles must be parked in bike racks.
  • Skating and skate boarding are not allowed in the plaza.
  • Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed.
  • Animals may not be left unattended in the plaza.
Activity Room Policies
  • Personal items such as backpacks are not allowed in the rooms unless placed in designated storage units, except during Sport Club practices. RecSports is not responsible for lost or stolen property.
  • Priority for use of the activity rooms is given to RecSports programs and student organization reservations. Activity Room 3 in Southwest Recreation Center is available for informal recreation use.
  • Wrestling, tatami mats, and stretching mats may only be used during RecSports sponsored activities.
  • Equipment provided in a group fitness class (hand weights, tubing, rubber bands, etc.) may not be taken out of the room in which the class is being held.
  • Personal hand weights are not allowed.
  • Activity room A/V equipment may only be used/changed by RecSports staff. Student organizations with a reservation must provide their own A/V equipment.
  • If equipment or audio systems are damaged due to improper use, you may be charged an equipment fee.
Strength & Conditioning/Cardio Room Policies
  • Users are required to wipe down equipment after each use.
  • Lifting chalk may be used at the Southwest Recreation Center in the designated Olympic Lifting area only.
  • Olympic Lifting (i.e. snatch and clean & jerk) is permitted at the Southwest Recreation Center in the designated area upon fulfilling specified requirements determined by RecSports.
  • Olympic Lifting Workshops have been approved for the Beginner and Intermediate level, six times per semester, to educate patrons on proper technique for executing the clean, jerk, and snatch lifts, utilizing USA-Weightlifting (USAW) techniques.
  • Each participant is only allowed to have one set of dumbbells off the rack at a time.
  • Equipment may not be altered or removed from the rooms, unless under the direction of a uniformed RecSports Personal Trainer.
  • Personal items such as backpacks are not allowed in the rooms unless placed in designated storage units. RecSports is not responsible for lost or stolen property.
  • Collars must be used on all free bar lifts with plates.
  • There is a 30-minute limit on all cardiovascular equipment when someone is waiting.
  • Personal radios are not allowed in the recreation and fitness centers unless used with headphones.
  • Personal training or private instruction at any RecSports facility is restricted to those individuals who are specifically employed by RecSports for this purpose. No solicitation is allowed.
Multi-Purpose Court Policies
  • Hanging on the basketball rims or nets is not allowed. Dunking is not permitted in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center but may be safely performed at the Southwest Recreation Center.
  • Throwing objects, including balls, against the walls, bleachers, and lights is not allowed.
  •  Individuals who reserve a court can cancel the reservation up to two hours prior to the reserved time without penalty.
Indoor Track Policies
  • Users must follow signage for proper direction of traffic.
  • No more than two runners or walkers side by side. Inside lanes are designated for walking; outside lanes are designated for running/jogging.
  • Stretching is not allowed on the track. Sitting, leaning or stretching on the railing is not allowed.
  • Spike shoes, turf shoes, boots, sandals, and open-toed shoes are not allowed.
  • Wheeled devices are not allowed on the track, with the exception of ADA designated assistance devices.
Social Lounge Policies
  • Reservation of space in the social lounge is restricted to RecSports events.
  • Tabling, individual, or group solicitation is not allowed in the space without approval from RecSports Marketing team
  • Television and Radio programming may only be adjusted by RecSports staff.
  • Personal items may not obstruct the walkways. Users must move any item obstructing walkways at the request of staff; this includes laptop cords and bags.
  • Headphones are required for all audio devices brought in by users in this space.
  • Users are responsible for attempting to intervene and/or reporting any incidents of vandalism, destruction of property, or misuse of equipment.
Racquet Court Policies
  • Racquetball and paddleball racquets must have a wrist strap which must be used at all times.
  • Only racquetball, handball, paddleball, and wallyball are allowed on the racquetball courts.
  • Squash is the only activity allowed on the squash courts. No racquetball is allowed.
  • No more than eight people can be on a court playing wallyball.
    Reservation Policies
    • Racquet courts are scheduled on the hour and reservations are taken in person at the lobby desk or by calling SWRC at (352) 846-1081 x32445 or by calling SRFC at (352) 273-2400 during operation hours.
    • Courts can be reserved no earlier than the previous day.
    •  Individuals who reserve a court can cancel the reservation up to two hours prior to the reserved time without penalty.
    • Reservations will be taken alternately between those who walk-in and call-in, if there is a line.
    • An individual must indicate his/her first and last name, phone number, and partner’s name when reserving a court.
    • An individual can reserve one court for one hour per day. The partner of someone who has made a reservation cannot reserve a court for that day.
    • Users are allowed to check in with their partner up to five minutes after the hour. If they or their partner do not check in, the next team from the waiting list will be given the court. One person cannot hold a court. One person can play on a court only if no one on the waiting list desires to play.
    Equipment Checkout Policies
    • Only UF students, faculty, staff, and members of the recreation and fitness centers may check out equipment.
    • To check in/out equipment for outdoor use you must present your Gator 1 Card.
    • All indoor equipment must be returned by close of the facility each day. All outdoor equipment must be returned by close of the facility the next day.
    • Equipment is checked out on a first come, first served basis and may not be reserved.
    • If the equipment is not returned within two weeks of being checked out, the equipment will be considered lost and the individual must pay the established replacement cost.
    •  Users will be charged for damaged equipment.
    • Users that have not returned equipment and/or paid the applicable charge cannot check out equipment or use the facilities. A non-student will have his/her membership suspended (without a refund) until financial restitution is made.
    Locker, Locker Room, and Rest Room Policies
    • The lockers in the locker rooms are available for daily use only.
    • Items left in a locker overnight will be removed and held for no more than one week.
    • Photographic devices may not be used in the locker rooms and restrooms.
    Plaza Policies
    • University recognized student organizations and departments must obtain approval through the RecSports reservation process to table in these areas in front of the Southwest Recreation Center.
    •  Amplified sound is not allowed.
    • Chalking or posting of any advertisements is not allowed.