Campus Recreation Policies

We want you to enjoy your experience when visiting the Rec Center, Rec Field Complex, or Downtown Fitness Center. Failure to adhere to policies can result in a loss of Campus Rec privileges.

General Facility

To enter, you must present your UTSA ID or Rec Card.

You do get one (1) "freebie" per semester if you forget your card (but you must still have a valid photo ID and know your banner/membership number).
You must enter through our North or South entrances.
If you have any special entry needs, talk to our Campus Rec staff.

Don't let others use your UTSA ID or Rec Card. If you do, the card will be confiscated and both you and the cardholder may be suspended.
Non-members under the age of 18 are not allowed into the Rec Center (Exception: Staff-guided tours and designated special events).

What to wear

  • Proper athletic attire and shoes must be worn at all times:

    When moving through all ranges of motion, tops must fully cover the chest area and shorts must be long enough to completely cover the buttocks and groin area.
    Clothing that is sheer and/or transparent in nature must not expose the chest, buttocks, or groin area. 
    Closed-toe, non-marking athletic shoes are required on courts and in fitness areas at all times.

  • Appropriate swim attire is required at the Aquatics center:

    Only clean, appropriate attire designed for swimming is permitted.

    T-shirts, cut-offs, sport bras, thongs, sheer swimsuits, and undergarments are not allowed.
  • Keep your belongings safe! We're not responsible if they are lost or stolen.
  • Be sure to read up on our Locker Use & Rentals.

Personal belongings

  • Are not allowed in activity areas (on the multi-purpose courts, weight room, cardio areas, etc.)
  • Are allowed in designated lounge areas and meeting rooms.
  • All music devices must be personal music devices and not be audible for others.
  • The following items are prohibited:
  • Tobacco, alcohol, drugs, weapons and firearms.
  • Please be respectful.
  • Foul language is not permitted.
  • Positive sportsmanship and sporting conduct is encouraged.
  • Sharing is caring. For example, during high-volume usage, we may ask you to play half-court or let others "work in" sets in the weight room.

Food & Drink

  • Water is OK (and recommended if you're working out!) in all areas.
  • Other liquids/drinks are permitted in a resealable container.
  • Food is only allowed in designated lounge areas.
  • Food and other liquids/drinks are not allowed on the Rec Field Complex at any time.
  • No glass containers.

Photography & Video

Posters & Fliers

  • Please refer to Media Relations for more information.
  • Facility furniture and equipment cannot be moved or removed without approval from our Assistant Director of Operations. If you break it, you fix it. You will be responsible if facilities and/or equipment is damaged due to negligence or vandalism. Unless you're in a designated area, please don't throw stuff.

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Locker Rooms & Bathroom Facilities

  • Patrons of Campus Recreation are welcome to use the locker room and restroom space where they feel most comfortable, and that corresponds with their gender identity. An individual’s gender identity is not always consistent with what some people expect to see in traditional physical presentation or appearance. This can include clothing, hairstyles, make-up and/or body parts. All students and patrons retain the rights of privacy as well as physical and emotional safety.

Equipment Checkout

  • You need your UTSA ID/Rec Card to checkout equipment. Items can be checked out at the Membership Services Desk, Weight Room Desk, Field House, Outdoor Resource Center, and Downtown Fitness Center. If you lose, steal, damage, or just don’t return the item you checked out, you will be asked to pay for it.
  • Payments can be made at the Membership Services Desk. Your account will be suspended until you settle the account. After 30 days an academic hold will be placed on your account through fiscal services.
  • You can transfer equipment to another member. Both patrons must be present to validate the transfer.

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Multi-Purpose Courts & MAC Gym

  • You can definitely show your skills and dunk, but please do not hang on the rims.
  • These areas may be unavailable for Informal Rec during scheduled Intramural Sports events, Club Sports activities and special events.
  • The courts are available for a variety of activities (basketball, badminton, volleyball, indoor soccer, etc.).
  • Please refer to our Facility Hours for regularly scheduled events.
  • ​To request nets, balls, etc., please visit our Membership Services Desk.
  • Tape and similar markings may not be applied to any wood flooring.

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Fitness Areas

  • Utilize our FREE towel service (or bring your own) while working out.
  • Activities performed in this area are at your own risk.
  • Be aware of individuals and objects around you at all times.
  • For your safety and those around you, maintain control of your weights. Don’t drop/throw weights.
  • Use equipment and machines the way they are intended.
  • Be considerate with the space & equipment you utilize and allow others to work in.
  • For your protection, please use our cleaning towels and spray before and after using equipment/machines.
  • No food or drinks in this area - only approved drink containers – please refer to the food and drink policy
  • Collars are required for barbell lifts.
  • Spotters are recommended when lifting free weights.
  • Please keep walkways open and free of equipment.
  • Only soft medicine balls on the wall.
  • Please return equipment to its proper location and re-rack plates.
  • Personal Training may only be conducted by Campus Rec staff.
  • Use of powder chalk (blocks) is prohibited. Use of liquid chalk is permitted.
  • No cleats or spikes on turf.
  • Please don’t move/remove or rearrange any of the equipment.
  • All equipment must remain in the designated area.
  • Bags, jackets, or other personal belongings are not allowed on the fitness floor.

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  • Enter and exit the pool from designated locations only.
  • Swimmers are required to shower before entering the water.
  • Swimming and sunbathing are permitted only when the Aquatic Center is open and a lifeguard is on duty.
  • Swimmers must wear a bathing suit. T-shirts, cut-offs, sports bras, thongs, sheer swimsuits, undergarments, etc. are not allowed.
  • You must have on a shirt, shorts, and shoes before entering the Recreation Center. Please dry off completely before entering the Recreation Center.
  • No person with sores, open wounds, or other evidence of skin disease is permitted to use the pool. Remove all band-aids before entering the pool.
  • No hanging or pulling on lane ropes, backstroke flags, basketball goal or volleyball nets.
  • No underwater swimming or breath holding for more than 30 seconds.
  • All swimmers must be able to swim without aid in deep water and may be subject to a swim test. Lifejackets may be required depending on the lifeguard’s discretion. Only U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejackets are permitted.
  • Water basketballs, volleyballs, and water polo balls are only allowed in designated areas. They are not to be used as floatation devices or thrown at patrons. Sand volleyballs are not permitted in the pool.
  • Food and drinks are allowed on deck, but not in the pool. Glass containers are strictly prohibited. Chewing gum is also prohibited in the Aquatic Center.
  • No diving in water less than 7 feet deep.
  • Spitting, spouting of water, profanity, running, roughness, and rowdiness will not be permitted in the pool.
  • Swim lessons or other private instruction by Non-Campus Recreation staff will not be allowed.
  • Additional policies may be implemented by the Aquatic Center staff for the health and safety of patrons.

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  • Please adhere to the track’s directional signals located on the digital clocks.
  • Walkers and casual joggers should utilize the outside lanes.
  • Exercise equipment is not allowed on the track.

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  • Studio entrance is only allowed during designated activity times (eg: Group Exercise classes).
  • Please place your belongings in the designated storage areas.
  • Utilize our FREE towel service (or bring your own) when participating in Group Exercise classes.
  • Entry into Group Exercise classes is first-come, first-serve.
  • There are capacity limits that staff will enforce.
  • Ten (10) minutes after class start time, the class will be closed.
  • If you are in a studio during class time, you must be participating.
  • Class formats and/or instructors can be adjusted as necessary.
  • Clean and return equipment to its proper location after class.
  • Tape and similar markings may not be applied to any wood flooring.

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Rec Field Complex

The artificial turf field located near Lot 12 and Sam Barshop Blvd was renovated in the summer of 2013. The current fields contain a size soccer field, a regulation football field, and seven multi-purpose fields, all with overhead lighting. The field house offers equipment for checkout and are equipped with restrooms. Our Club Sports teams and Intramural Sports program activities are to take place on the fields, but we have open recreation times daily.

Click here to see Rec Field Complex hours.

Field Complex Features

  • 1 Regulation size Soccer field
  • 1 Regulation size Football field
  • 7 multi-purpose artificial turf fields
  • These fields are the approximate size of a flag football field and can be set up for soccer, ultimate frisbee, rugby, and lacrosse for men or women.
  • Field House with outdoor sports equipment for check out

The complex will be open on a regular basis for students and Recreation members for drop in recreation (see facility hours). A variety of sports equipment, including footballs, soccer balls, softball bats and gloves, and flying discs will be available for participants to check out.

For inclement weather update information, call 210-458-7575.


The following are prohibited on the fields at all times:

  • Food
  • Drinks not in a resealable container
  • Gum
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Shelled nuts
  • Tobacco
  • Smoking
  • Glass containers
  • Metal cleats
  • Shoes with metal spikes
  • Pets (Except service animals)
  • Bikes
  • Chairs of any kind
  • Vehicles
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Illegal substances
  • Firearms
  • Tackle football
  • Individuals may only use the fields when the gates are open. Trespassers will be asked to leave the fields and/or be referred to UTSA police.
  • No one is permitted to climb the fence for any purpose.
  • Trash is to be disposed of in provided containers.
  • Vandalism to property, equipment or the fields will not be tolerated. All violators will be reported to UTSA Police and/or University officials.
  • Guests exhibiting unruly behavior may be asked to leave.
  • Softball is only allowed on the fields with the use of the backstop.
  • Recreation staff have complete authority over The Field Complex.


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Outdoor Resource Center (ORC)

  • Only Campus Rec members are allowed to utilize the ORC.
  • A Conditional Use Agreement must be completed and signed (one time only).
  • You can only checkout equipment to outfit one person.
  • Return everything on time and in good condition or fees will be assessed.
  • To borrow a bike or a boat, an orientation must be attended and passed.

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Outdoor Pursuits Trips - Policies and Logistics


  • Personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and cash are acceptable forms of payment.
  • Campus Recreation Members pay a subsidized rate, while non-members pay an unsubsidized rate. Members may bring one non-member guest, 18 or older, on a trip.
  • Full payment and all paperwork must be received by the registration deadline for all trips.
  • All Trips and Clinics which are free of charge but which require pre-registration will occur a $20 No Show Fee if you fail to attend or participate.

Refunds, Cancellations and Transfers

  • Cancellation dates vary for each trip. The cancellation date is the date after which no refunds will be given. This is typically the pretrip and registration deadline date.
  • Transfers may be made to another available activity at full value if done before the cancellation date. No transfers will be granted past the cancellation date.
  • All refund request requires the participant to come to the Outdoor Resource Center and fill out a Trip Refund Form and Supplier Information Form (SIF) and Direct Deposit Form. Refunds take approximately 2-4 weeks to process.
  • If you are unable to participate fully in a trip due to inadequate fitness or undisclosed conditions, your course fee will not be refunded.
  • UTSA Campus Recreation and Outdoor Pursuits reserves the right to cancel the trip due to insufficient registrations, inclement weather or other unforeseeable circumstances. If such a cancellation is necessary, the participant may choose between transferring to another available activity or being issued a full refund.

Medical Insurance

  • The University of Texas at San Antonio and Campus Recreation cannot be held responsible for any injury, property loss or damaged equipment while participating in an Outdoor Pursuits activity.
  • All participants must be covered by medical insurance.
  • Outdoor Pursuits can provide short term health insurance to its members. Requests for this insurance must take place before or at the pretrip meeting. Should you receive this insurance coverage and not attend the program for which is was purchased, you will be charged $5 for each day of the trip. Non-members are not eligible for this short term insurance.

Pre-Trip Meetings

  • Pre-trip meetings are mandatory for all participants and meet in the Outdoor Resource Center (RWC 2.220). Consult your trip confirmation for times and locations.
  • Participants who do not attend the pre-trip meeting for the trip they are registered for will forfeit their spot on the trip and will not be eligible for a refund.
  • Waitlisted participants should attend the pre-trip meeting and will be awarded a spot if other registered participants do not show.

Physical Fitness

  • All trips require varying degrees of physical fitness. We are not qualified to evaluate your fitness level so you must evaluate your fitness level as appropriate for any given trip. If you are unsure of your physical condition you should consult with a physician before the trip.

Dietary Preferences

  • If you have any special dietary needs or food allergies, please make them well known at the time you register for your trip. For example, if you are "vegan" or have some type of special dietary requirement you may be required to pay an additional food supplement fee. This fee will be used to purchase food specifically to meet your dietary preference or need. If you have any questions of concerns regarding menu planning and preparation, please contact us.

Understanding The Risks

  • Upon registering you will receive a detailed trip information sheet that includes departure/return times, location descriptions, a basic gear list and general trip logistics.
  • The Outdoor Recreation Program staff makes every effort to provide you with an enjoyable trip. You will assume the responsibility for many decisions affecting yourself during the activity, however, the trip leaders have final authority and will not hesitate to dismiss those whose conduct is detrimental to themselves, the group or the activity site.
  • Participants should be aware that outdoor activities can be physically demanding with inherent elements of risk and danger beyond our control. These risks include, but are not limited to the potential for accidents or illness while traveling to and from the activity sites, or while participating in activities in rugged mountain, wilderness and river terrain. While we do not assume liability for personal injury or death, every effort is made to minimize these risks.

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  • Patrons must swipe in with their Student ID to use the Rockwall Facility

  • All patrons must have completed the Campus Recreation waiver on Fusion to climb at the Rockwall.

  • The climbing wall is to be used only during scheduled open hours with Rockwall staff on site.

  • The Rockwall is limited to 15 climbers and belayers in total. Others may observe from outside the climbing area.

  • Climbing or belaying while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is strictly prohibited.

  • No electronic devices, headphones/airpods, food or drinks are allowed in the climbing area.

  • Loose chalk is not permitted in the Rockwall.

  • Sitting or lying down on the pads in the climbing area is prohibited.

  • All personal belongings should be in the provided cubbies or lockers.

  • Unsafe conditions should be reported to the Rockwall staff immediately.


  • For patrons who have experience belaying or prior certification- belay tests may be "challenged" without having to take/retake the belay clinic. Failure of the test will result in having to take a belay clinic to re-test.
    You must pass the top-rope belay test to top-rope belay.

  • Skill tests must be renewed each academic year.

  • A figure-8 follow-through knot with a 6-8" tail length is the only climbing knot allowed; it must be tied directly into the harness at the appropriate attachment point.

  • Prior to climbing, belayer and climber must double check each other (Head-to-toe check) to ensure knots and harness buckle(s) are correctly fastened and belay system is ready, including that the system is closed.

Lead Climbing

  • You must pass the lead climbing test to lead-climb or lead-belay.

  • Helmets must be worn by both lead climber and lead belayer.

  • Lead climbing will not be allowed when the number of patrons in the Rockwall exceed 6 people.


  • No un-roped climbing above the height of the top-most holds on the bouldering wall.

  • Do not pass under or over other climbers when bouldering.


  • Climbers may use personal climbing shoes, harnesses, approved belay devices and chalk.

  • Harnesses and belay devices must be visually checked by staff before each use. Only those belay/lead certified will be allowed to use personal harnesses and belay devices.

  • Rockwall staff reserves the right to restrict use of equipment that is judged to be inappropriate or in poor condition.

  • Closed toe shoes must be worn for all climbing activities, including walking and belaying on the Rockwall floor. Shoes designed for technical rock climbing or clean, soft-soled tennis shoes are allowed for climbing. Socks must be worn with Rockwall shoes.

Failure to abide by these policies, Campus Recreation general policies, or requests made by any Campus Recreation employee can result in ejection or suspension of building and program privileges.

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Lounge Spaces

  • Please keep all furniture in its original location.
  • Food and drink are allowed, but please clean up after yourself.
  • Leave the area in the same condition that you found it.
  • Appropriate behavior (as noted under General Facility Policies) is expected.

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Meeting Rooms

  • Meeting rooms are kept locked unless reserved.
  • Reservations are made through the Assistant Director of Operations. Reservation information.
  • Food or drink must be pre-approved.
  • Please keep all furniture in its original location.
  • Leave the area in the same condition that you found it.
  • Appropriate behavior (as noted under General Facility Policies) is expected.

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