URecFit Policies

General Policies of URecFit & the BioPark Fitness Center

  • 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 is not permitted on the 5th floor Fitness Center or in the Pratt Gym.
  • 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.
  • Group exercise classes may obtain prior approval from the Assistant Director of Fitness Programs to have bare feet in activity areas.
  • Shirts must be worn at all times in all public areas.
  • Scrubs, lab coats are not permitted.
  • Mopeds, bicycles, and electric scooters are not allowed inside the facilities.
  • Skateboards, roller skates, rollerblades and non electric scooters are not allowed to be operated in the facilities under any circumstances.
  • Chewing gum or spitting is not permitted in the activity areas.
  • Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not permitted.
  • Photographic devices may not be used in the locker rooms and restrooms.
  • URecFit is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Disorderly conduct, abuse of the facility, equipment, or staff, and/or disregard for the department’s policies will result in immediate dismissal from the facility. Additional sanctions may include: disciplinary action, reimbursement for damages, and/or suspension from the facilities and programs.
  • A user asked to leave by the staff will not be refunded any paid charges.

Minors access to URecFit and BioPark

  • Minors may tour any URecFit facility with their guardian if a URecFit staff meber accompnaies them.
  • Guardians must present a valid government issued ID and minors must be signed in and out by a URecFit staff member.
  • Minors are allowed access to the 4th floor unisex locker room and lounge in the SMC Campus Cnter unless they are a part of an approved facility reservation and must be directly supervised by their guardian.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 is considered a minor.

Pratt Gym Policies

  • Bags and large coats are prohibited in the Pratt Gymnasium.
  • Food and gum are not allowed in the Pratt Gymnasium. Drinks must be in a non-glass bottle with a sealable cap.
  • Soccer dribbling and technique practice are to be done in a racquetball court. Members wishing to use the courts for this purpose must reserve a court. Indoor soccer games are allowed on certain days and times.
  • Modifying any piece of equipment or using it in a non-standard way is prohibited. Patrons who destroy and abuse equipment are subject to pay a replacement fee.
  • Any equipment needing moved or adjusted must be done so by URecFit Staff.
  • Unauthorized speakers or loud music are not permitted.
  • Patrons are not permitted to throw or play catch with footballs, nerf balls or balls of any kind in the gym.

Indoor Track Policies

  • Users must follow signage for proper direction of traffic.
  • No more than two runners or walkers side by side.
  • 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 the ADA designated assistance devices.

Heavy Bag & Speed Bag Policies

  • Shoes must be athletic or running shoes.
  • Bag gloves or wraps are required when using the speed bag and heavy bag. These items may be purchased at the 4th floor Business Desk.
  • Please strike the apparatus with caution and use proper technique to reduce the chance of an injury.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and other individuals when striking the units.
  • Do not monopolize the equipment, please allow others to work-in during a rest period.
  • Please wipe off equipment when your workout is complete.
  • Tampering, misusing, or abusing any of the equipment may result in immediate expulsion from URecFit and/or possible loss of membership.
  • If any equipment is damaged, please notify URecFit staff.
  • Only URecFit supplied equipment is permitted to be attached to either the heavy bag or speed bag wall units.
  • The heavy bag cannot be utilized during a group exercise class or special events.

Racquet Court Policies

  • Non-marking athletic shoes are required.
  • Each player must be wearing proper athletic clothing while playing.
  • Absolutely no food, drink or spitting in the courts.
  • Courts are only permitted for racquetball, squash and soccer dribbling. All other programs need prior approval from the Assistant Director of Sport Programs.
  • Patrons are not permitted to move the back wall. All equipment adjustments must be made under the assistance and supervisor of a URecFit team member.

Reservation Policy

  • Court #1 reservations will be made on the hour.     
  • Court #2 reservations will be made on the half hour.
  • Reservations can be made the day of by calling 410-706-7528, or in person at the equipment desk.
  • An individual must indicate his/her first name, phone number and sport when reserving a court.
  • Reservations are for one hour time slots.
  • All court users must check in at the control desk in the Pratt Gym within ten minutes of their reservation time.  If the reservation is not secured within ten minutes, the reservation will be forfeited and the court will be open for reassignment. 

Pratt Indoor Soccer Policies

  • Indoor soccer is permitted on Friday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m., when there are no special events in the gym, or when otherwise pre-authorized by the Assistant Director of Sports Programs. Nets will not be set-up without prior notification.
  • Indoor soccer must be played with an indoor soccer ball or futsal ball, and can only be set up on Basketball Court #2 (far court). [Staff Note: Middle Curtains must be down, Backstops 3 & 4 must be up, and soccer goals must be out. Instructions on how to raise and lower them are on the wall by the keypad in the office.]
  • Teams are limited to 5 players.
  • The ball must not exceed the height of the wall mats.
  • Goals are to be scored on the ground.
  • Head butting the ball is permitted if conducted in a controlled manner.
  • There are no throw-ins. Out of bounds violations result in a kick-in from the sideline.
  • Goalies cannot throw or kick the ball farther than half court unless it touches a player or the floor on his/her side of the court first.
  • Slide tackling, tripping or pushing is not allowed.

Locker Policies

  • Long term lockers are available both outside the locker rooms and inside.
  • All non-long term lockers are day use only.
  • Items left in a non-long term locker overnight will be removed and put in the Lost and Found.
  • Patrons interested in a locker will be added to the locker list at the business desk and will be notified when one becomes available.

Pool Policies

  • No one may enter the water unless a certified lifeguard is on duty.
  • Showers are required before pool use.
  • Diving, running or horseplay is prohibited.
  • Chewing gum is prohibited in the pool and on the pool deck.
  • Food and/or glass drinking bottles may not be brought into the facility. Plastic water bottles are allowed.
  • Proper swim attire is required. Undergarments, "slider"/athletic shorts, denim and/or see through materials are prohibited.
  • Hanging off or doing pull ups on the stainless steel railings, lane lines, and other pool deck fixtures is prohibited.
  • Rafts, water wings, or water guns are not allowed in the pool unless previously authorized for a special event.
  • Street shoes are not permitted on the pool deck.

Fitness Center Policies

  • Denim jeans, khakis, scrubs, lab coats, work uniforms, swim attire, boots, sandals, open toed shoes or non-athletic attire is prohibited.
  • Close-toed and heeled shoes are required.
  • Full length shirts are required. Bare mid drifts, sports bras, shirts with cut outs, and low cut-off shirts are prohibited.
  • Bags, coats and athletic equipment are prohibited.
  • Chalk of any kind is prohibited.
  • Personal trainers not hired by URecFit may not provide personal training services.
  • Dropping of dumbbells, weight plates, or weight stacks is prohibited.
  • Patrons are required to re-rack weights to the proper area.
  • All equipment is not permitted to be modified or used in a non-standard way.
  • Patrons are to limit cardio workouts to 30 minutes when others are waiting.
  • Patrons are asked to clean all equipment with provided spray and towels after each use.

Group Exercise Policies

  • All group exercise classes, including water fitness, are free to UM Students and current URecFit members.
  • A person may reserve a class online at umaryland.edu/urecfit/fitness.
  • Reservations can be made up to 24 hours before the class.
  • All reservations are only held until 10 minutes prior to the start of the class before it may be forfeited to a walk-in participant if space is limited.
  • Check-in starts 30 minutes prior to each class.
  • Online reservations will be guaranteed a wristband. Walk-ins will be given wristbands according to availability.
  • Wristbands are required for each person in class to ensure that the classes are not filled beyond their capacity.
  • No one will be admitted to class without a wristband.
  • No one will be permitted into class 10 minutes after the scheduled start time due to safety concerns.

Outside Instructor Policy

  • Non-URecFit instructors, personal trainers, coaches or teachers are not permitted to use the facility for private or group instruction.

Bulletin Board Policy

URecFit has guidelines for posting information on the bulletin boards located on the 4th floor locker rooms and Pratt Gym. We support the free flow of information and provide the boards for members of the University Community to announce events and services that are of general and current interest.

Notices may only be posted on designated bulletin boards (4th floor locker rooms and Pratt Gym by racquetball courts). Notices will not be mounted to walls, doors, windows, or other surfaces. Notices will be posted according to the following guidelines:

  • Notice must be emailed to urecfit@umaryland.edu or hand delivered to Meghan Bruce-Bojo (4th floor). Upon approval, the notice will be date stamped and placed on appropriate boards.
  • Any notice not approved/stamped will be removed from the boards and discarded.
  • All notices must be professional in appearance. Handwritten material will not be posted.
  • Any notice that becomes unpresentable or defaced will be removed and discarded.
  • Maximum size of notice is 8.5”x11”. Minimum size is 5.5”x4.25”.
  • Notice must be from a member of the University Community.
  • The name of the sponsoring organization/person must be clearly indicated on the notice.
  • Notice will be removed after the event has taken place or after 30 days, whichever comes first.
  • If the board is crowded, URecFit reserves the right to select notices for events with the widest appeal.
  • Notices for apartments, houses for rent or roommates needed are not allowed and will not be approved for posting. Please post on the UM Community Classifieds.
  • Notices for car pooling are not allowed and will not be approved for posting. For information pertaining to car pooling or ride sharing please refer to the UM car pooling website at http://www.parking.umaryland.edu/Transportation/CarPOOL/index.htm.
  • Notices may be bi-lingual as long as there is a comparable English translation on the notice.
  • URecFit does not assume responsibility for materials that are damaged or stolen.
  • Notices advocating fraud or unlawful actions or notices URecFit considers inappropriate are not permitted.
  • Posting of a notice does not imply University of Maryland or URecFit endorsement.

Lost and Found Policy

URecFit will make every attempt to safeguard lost property and make it available to the rightful owner; however, we do not assume liability or responsibility for items lost, stolen, or unclaimed.

Found Items

If you find an item please turn it into a URecFit employee.

  • Items of personal nature (undergarments, toiletries, etc.) will be discarded immediately.
  • Clothing and non-valuable items (water bottles, shoes, goggles, etc.) will be kept in an unsecure location for a minimum of two weeks and then donated to a 501(c)(3) Charity.
  • Valuables (ID’s, electronics, credit cards, watches, etc.) will be kept in a secure location for a minimum of two weeks and then turned in to the University’s Police Department.
  • When contacting the possible owner of a found item, URecFit Staff will inform the individual that the property will be held for two (2) weeks.
  • Anyone wishing to claim an item must appear in person and be able to identify the item (color, brand name, where the items was lost, playlists, etc.) as their property.

Lost Items

If you feel you have lost an item within one of our facilities please stop by the 4th Floor Business Desk (SMC Campus Center) or the Reception Desk (BioPark Fitness Center).  If you have any questions regarding a lost or found item please contact Meghan Bruce-Bojo at mbojo@umaryland.edu or at 410-706-4631.

  • Anyone wishing to claim an item must appear in person and be able to identify the item (color, brand name, where the items was lost, playlists, etc.) as their property.