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Student Recreation Center Rules Summary

The following policies apply to all areas of the Student Recreation Center.

  • Disruptive behavior and conduct endangering yourself or other patrons is prohibited.
  • Patrons must follow Campus Recreation rules, policies, and instructions.  Patrons must be courteous to employees and other users or participants.
  • Valid Bengal ID, Rec Center ID, or day pass required for entry.  Using another person’s ID to enter the gym is considered an Act of Dishonesty and will be investigated by ISU Student Conduct.  
  • Non-member minors must be actively supervised by an adult at all times.  
  • Patrons must wear appropriate clothing for the fitness activity.  Closed-toed, non-marking athletic shoes are required in all fitness areas and courts.
  • Group practices, games, or training sessions require advance, formal reservation.  
  • No loose chalk permitted in the facility.  Chalk balls allowed on the climbing wall and in the Functional Fitness Room (racquetball courts 5 & 6)
  • Equipment checkout is free but requires an ID to be left as collateral.
  • Service animals are welcome. Pets are not allowed.

  • A Wall Attendant must be on duty to climb.
  • All climbers must check-in before climbing and have a waiver on file.
  • Only equipment specifically manufactured for indoor climbing is allowed.
  • All climbing equipment must be used in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Climbers acknowledge, assume, and accept all responsibility for the use, care, maintenance, and inspection of their personal climbing equipment such as harness, belay device, carabiner, and rope. Staff can refuse to let you use your own equipment.
  • The figure “eight follow through” is the only knot allowed to secure the rope to the climber’s harness. During Open Climb, locking carabiners are not to be used to secure the rope to the climber’s harness.
  • Passive belay devices (ie ATC type device) and mechanical assist belay devices (ie, Gri-Gris) are permitted for belaying a climber.
  • A locking carabiner must be used to secure the belay device to the harness.
  • There will be no climbing above the red dotted markers without the use of a rope.
  • Bouldering cannot occur beneath a roped climber. Spotting is discouraged for bouldering.
  • Top Rope belayers must be anchored into the floor anchors via the webbing provided.
  • Climbers must not climb past the top rope anchors while climbing top rope routes beneath the horizontal ceiling.
  • Only climbing shoes or athletic shoes are allowed for climbing. No sandals, bare feet, or hiking boots allowed.
  • Only magnesium carbonate chalk balls are permitted. No loose chalk.
  • Belayers must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Non-member minors under the age of 18 are to be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • No horseplay or unsafe conduct will be tolerated. Absolutely no swinging on the ropes.
  • The use of a climbing helmet is recommended but not required.

Lead Climbing Rules

  • All lead climbers and belayers must have passed a Lead Climbing Skills test in order to lead climb OR lead belay.
  • Climbers must use the gym lead ropes. No privately owned ropes allowed.
  • Lead climbers must clip into every quick-draw on the route being climbed.
  • Lead climbing cannot occur beneath a top rope climber.


Climbing Wall Policies for Minors

  • Children under age 8 are not permitted to climb and must remain in the non-climbing area under active adult supervision.  Babies in carriers are not permitted into the climbing area.   
  • The “climbing area” includes the belay and mat areas between the wall’s check-in desk at half court and the wall itself. 
  • For any minor to climb, we require an Assumption of Risk to be signed by the participant and the child’s parent or legal guardian. Phone calls, handwritten permission slips, or guardian-for-the-day does not suffice for an Assumption of Risk signature.
  • For children ages 8 to 15 to participate in open climb, a 1:1 ratio–one adult participant for each child participant–is required.


  • Sandals, slides, flip flops, or Crocs are not appropriate footwear for workout areas or courts.  Going barefoot or wearing only socks while working out is not permitted.
  • Please wipe down equipment after use.  We suggest wiping it down prior to use as well. 
  • Return equipment to its original place.  
  • No outside personal training allowed.
  • Participations must be 16 years of age or older to access weight or cardio equipment areas, including the couches and walkways adjacent to fitness equipment. 
  • Use personal headphones to listen to music.  No external speakers permitted in workout areas.
  • Do not drop rubber grip plates.  Use bumper plates on wood platforms for Olympic lifts. 
  • Allow others to work in between sets.
  • Please rack weights and return equipment to its original location after use.
  • Chalk balls are permitted in the functional fitness room, but no chalk is allowed in the main free weight area.
  • No food or non-water drinks permitted in the cardio or weights area. All drinks must be sealable.

This room has an open door policy with no monitor during operational hours. Please be aware of the potential risks involved with the equipment in this room and advanced styles of lifting.  

  • Overhead lifting is allowed, but users are required to follow the standards of the International Weightlifting Federation and USA Weightlifting, including:
    • Control weight to shoulder level before dropping
    • Drop the bar in front of the lifter
    • Secure all weights with a collar
  • Use wooden platform and bumper weights for Olympic lifts
  • Do not remove equipment from this room.  Weights,, etc. are not permitted on the track as dropped equipment or wheels will damage the track surface.  
  • Participants under 16 years of age are not allowed.
  • Any chalk must be in a closed container.

General Photography and Filming Policy
Any photography and videography at the Student Recreation Center requires advance notice and explicit permission. Requests to film or photograph within the Student Recreation Center must be sent to the Associate Director and approved by ISU Marketing and Communications in advance. Filming or photography for class projects, group practices, newspapers, online articles, and all other media must abide by this policy.
Commercialized content creation by patrons is not permitted in the Student Recreation Center. This includes, but is not limited to, content for platforms such as YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. For University filming policies and to complete the Location & Filming Agreement visit: https://www.isu.edu/ogc/filming-on-campus/

Once approved by Campus Recreation and Marketing, all persons obtaining photos, videos, or other forms of media within the Student Recreation Center will be given a media pass. This pass must be worn and plainly displayed during the entirety of the photo/video shoot. Those without an approved media pass will be asked to cease filming. Passes are not granted on the day-of event, even in cases where the patron is up against a media or class deadline. Advance notice is required in all situations.

All photography/videotaping must be done using care for patrons and personal privacy must be respected. If participants may be identified in any shot, their explicit permission must be obtained. Participants have a right to decline being in any shot.

Selfie and Personal Media Policy
Patron cell phones may be used in the facility to take photos or videos of themselves/friends for personal use only. Photos or videos are to be taken via handheld device only. The use of tripods, selfie sticks, body-mounted cameras, and/or external lighting devices is not permitted. In the event that Campus Recreation staff finds a guest is inappropriately using the personal media privilege or if their photography is causing discomfort to others, they will be asked to put their phone away or leave the facility.

General Swimming Rules

  • No running, boisterous, rough play, or excessive noise in the pool area, showers, or locker rooms.
  • All persons using the pool should take a cleansing shower before entering the water.
  • Spitting, spouting water, blowing the nose, or discharging body wastes in the pool is strictly prohibited.
  • Do not swim alone.
  • Equipment, pool toys, and flotation devices permitted as long as visibility is not obstructed.  Equipment use may be restricted at the lifeguard’s discretion. Snorkels and fins are permitted, but SCUBA activities require Departmental approval.
  • Service animals welcome on deck. Pets not allowed.
  • Hanging on lane ropes prohibited.
  • Tobacco, drugs, or alcohol use prohibited.
  • No glass containers in the pool area.
  • Bathing suits required. Patrons may be asked to wear appropriate swim attire.
  • Infants, toddlers, and those not able to use a toilet must wear a leak-proof swim diaper.
  • Minors under age 18 must be actively supervised. Supervisors are required to stay within arm’s reach of any non-swimming child or a child under 48” tall.
  • Any person having an infectious or communicable disease is prohibited from using the pool. Persons having open wounds, blisters, or cuts are advised not to swim.
  • The lifeguard has the discretion to direct pool users to an area or lane that best fits their swimming ability.

Lap Swim Rules

  • Generally, outside lanes are for beginners or slower swimming and inside lanes are for faster paces. 
  • Continuous swimming encouraged.  Socializing permitted in the slow lanes only.
  • Recreational pool activities—such as diving for rings, playing with toys, playing water games, cavorting, etc—are not allowed during lap swim times.
  • Circle swimming required if more than two people are in a lane.
  • If the pool becomes crowded (more than 12 swimmers in the pool), lifeguards may limit aquatic fitness activities to continuous swimming, enforce slow/medium/fast lanes, and other shared lane etiquette.
  • All general pool rules apply to lap swimming.

Combo Swim Rules

  • Lap swim rules apply to the lap lanes during combo swim.
  • The south half of the pool is for open recreation purposes.
  • When using the basketball hoop, dunking or grabbing the rim is prohibited.
  • All general regulations apply to combo swim.


Tennis Court Rules                    

  • Only six (6) balls on each tennis court--with an exception for play on Court #1 with the nets closed.  
  • Tennis ball machines may only be allowed for PEAC classes and athletic practices.
  • No food or drink on courts–except water.  Water should be kept in sealable containers.
  • Playing football, softball, or baseball on the tennis courts is not allowed under any circumstance. 

Exception:  Tennis Court 4 may be used for warm up space during intramural volleyball seasons and only during intramural volleyball play (generally 7pm until close Monday through Thursday.)  Any volleyball player on the tennis court needs to be an IM player; spectators and groupies are not allowed on the tennis court.  Facility rules--such as wearing athletic shoes and no food/drink--must be followed. Volleyball players are not allowed to reserve nor are they guaranteed use of Court 4.  If a tennis player needs court space and IM volleyball players are on Court 4, the volleyball players must forfeit Court 4 immediately.  

Tennis Court Reservation Policies

  • Only ISU students and members with active Bengal IDs or Rec Cards may make advanced court reservations.  Day and punch pass users may not make advanced reservations for court space.
  • Students may reserve courts up to 72 hours in advance.  Members may reserve courts up to 48 hours in advance. 
  • Court reservations are limited to 90 minutes per person per day for singles and up to two hours for doubles.  During peak playing times only a single court can be reserved.
  • Members may sign up for a court at time of play.  If you drop-in to play on a vacant court without reserving the space upon arrival, you risk losing the court to someone who comes in after you but does reserve the space.  
  • Reservations should be canceled at least 12 hours prior to the reservation. The system will be tracking the number of cancellations made by each member within the 12-hour window and consistent abuse will be addressed. It is only courteous to cancel your reservation and free up your court as early as possible if you will not be using it.
  • If a reservation arrives more than 10 minutes late, that court can be used or reserved by another player.  Time shall be determined by the Front Desk’s computer clock.
  • ISU Athletics and other University departments may reserve the outdoor courts through the Campus Recreation Business Office or Scheduling and Event Services.  For patrons and members, the outdoor tennis courts are first come, first serve.  


Racquetball Court Rules

  • Equipment is available to check out at no charge from the Front Desk.
  • Racquetball courts space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Players must wear close-toed, non-marking athletic shoes only.   Street shoes, flip flops, boots, and sandals damage the floor finish.
  • Racquetball, handball, squash, or wallyball may be played in racquetball courts. Hard balls are not permitted; this includes basketballs, footballs, baseballs, or softballs.
  • Lensed, protective eyewear is mandatory for racquetball, squash, or handball play.