Campus Recreation Open Recreation Policy
Campus Recreation makes various department operated facilities available to recreation members for the purpose of open / informal recreation participation. Such open recreation receives priority use as determined by the department’s funding source. Portions of the facilities will be dedicated to open recreation during all operating hours. Campus Recreation defines Open Recreation as the voluntary and unstructured use of recreational equipment and facilities. These opportunities include, but are not limited to, physical activity in the weight room, multipurpose rooms, basketball, volleyball, badminton, racquetball, wallyball, squash, free swim, table tennis, climbing, indoor soccer, and outdoor soccer. Open Recreation requires no registration or payment prior to participation. Minimal setup may be required for some Open Recreation opportunities such as setting up nets or goals for specific sports.
All Campus Recreation members and approved guests may participate in a variety of Open Recreation opportunities at the Student Recreation Center. Open Recreation has priority for facility use in the Student Recreation Center. Open Recreation permits the general membership population the ability to participate in a variety of activities without having to compete for space with organized programs, rentals, or events. Campus Recreation will maintain dedicated informal recreation space during operating hours, although there will be times when rentals and Campus Recreation events reduce the available informal recreation space. Campus Recreation maintains an Open Rec Calendar for the basketball courts which can be found at rec.arizona.edu/openrec. Most equipment available for Open Recreation can be checked out at the Equipment Check Out desk for no cost.
Organized Use and Specialty Groups
Facilities are available to organized groups on a rental basis. Groups of 5 or more individuals monopolize equipment and facilities, intentionally or unintentionally, making them unavailable to the general membership. Individuals from organized groups may participate, but must disperse into smaller groups so as not to overwhelm any area or activity during dedicated informal recreation times. Campus Recreation staff will make the final determination if a group of people are permitted to participate in Open Recreation offerings without making a reservation.
No instruction by non-authorized coaches, trainers or instructors is allowed.
Additional information regarding available Open Recreation space is listed below:
If at least 2 people are present and want to play badminton, a court can be setup a court them, given there are enough open courts available to accommodate them along with basketball. Once a group is playing badminton, they will maintain priority on the court during Open Recreation times.
The Student Recreation Center has 6 basketball courts. In the evenings, courts are used for Intramural Sports and Club Sport practices. Campus Recreation will attempt to keep 3 courts available for Open Recreation during peak use times.
Indoor soccer can be played in the MAC Gym. Priority nights for indoor soccer are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
Room A and Larson are both available for drop-in use whenever they are not scheduled. Patrons can request access to these rooms at Equipment Check Out. The Facility Supervisor will unlock the room for the patron. Equipment located in the closets of Room A and Larson, and the AV equipment in the rooms are not available for use during Open Recreation.
The Student Recreation Center has an Olympic-sized pool. During the regular academic year, it is setup with 15 25-yard lanes. During the summer, it is setup with 8 50-meter lanes from 6-9am, and short lanes (50 meter) from 9am-close. There is also a shallow end setup with a basketball hoop. There are pool basketballs that can be checked out from the Aquatics staff. In addition, there are many pool chairs that patrons can use. Pool fitness equipment can be checked out from the Aquatics staff. Towels and flippers can be checked out from Equipment Check Out. Campus Recreation will attempt to keep 8 short course lanes or 4 long course lanes available for Open Recreation at all times. Water polo goals and equipment are not available for use during Open Recreation times.
The Student Recreation Center has 6 racquetball courts. Reservations can be made at Equipment Checkout in person, by phone or online up to 24 hours in advance of the requested time. Reservations can be made on the hour for up to an hour per person. Reservations must be made at least an hour in advance.
The Student Recreation Center has 2 sand volleyball courts. The lights for these courts are located behind the first floor Weight Room desk. If lighting does not come on automatically, the staff will turn on the lights at a patron’s request.
The Student Recreation Center has 2 squash courts. Squash Court A is lined for American Squash while Squash Court B is lined for International Squash. Reservations can be made at Equipment Checkout in person, by phone or online up to 24 hours in advance of the requested time. Reservations can be made on the hour for up to an hour per person. Reservations must be made at least an hour in advance.
The Student Recreation Center has 3 table tennis tables available for Open Recreation.
If at least 6 people are present and want to play volleyball, the Facility Supervisor will setup a court for them, given there are enough open courts available to accommodate them along with basketball. Once a group is playing volleyball, they will maintain priority on the court during Open Recreation times.
Wallyball can be setup in racquetball courts 2-4. Reservations can be made at Equipment Checkout in person or by phone or online up to 24 hours in advance of the requested time. Reservations can be made on the hour for up to an hour per person. Reservations must be made at least an hour in advance.
William David Sitton Field
Sitton Field is located directly to the east of the Student Recreation Center. The field is reserved for Open Recreation Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:00pm-6:00pm and Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00pm-5:00pm. During Open Recreation times on the field, patrons must enter through the Student Recreation Center. Campus Recreation will make soccer goals available for use, and will rotate their location to evenly wear the grass on the field. Soccer is the primary use of the field during Open Recreation times, but additional activities may be permitted on the field as long as the activity is performed in a safe manner for all people on the field. Rugby uprights and lacrosse goals are not permitted for use during Open Recreation on Sitton Field.