FIRST & FOREMOST, PLEASE BE…
- Caring – Be kind. No fighting, physical or verbal confrontation is allowed in YMCA programs or facilities. Refrain from abusive or profane language.
- Honest – You are expected to be honest and professional with other members and staff.
- Respectful – Treat others how you would like to be treated. Intentional damage to another person’s property or YMCA property will not be tolerated. Mistreatment or harassment of YMCA members or staff is strictly prohibited.
- Responsible – You are responsible for your behavior. If you have a concern or problem, please contact a YMCA staff person.
- Healthy – Unsafe or dangerous behavior will not be tolerated. Your YMCA is a safe zone. Use or possession of drugs, alcohol, or weapons is not allowed in YMCA programs or facilities. No tobacco is allowed in YMCA facilities, or on the premises.
The Y is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please use one of the lock boxes available at the front desk or if possible, leave your valuables at home.
The Y strongly recommends that all members carry their own health insurance in case of accidental injury. We are not responsible for any claims caused by participation.
SUGGESTIONS OR COMMENTS
If you have a suggestion or a comment, we would like to hear it. Please stop by the front desk and let us know your suggestions, concerns or compliments by filling out a comment card and giving it to one of our staff or drop it into the mail.
YMCA OF WICHITA FALLS FACILITY GUIDELINES
Printable MEMBER CODE OF CONDUCT
The YMCA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all members and guests. Conduct of members and program participants should reflect and support the YMCA mission or values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, health and community.
We expect persons using the YMCA to act maturely, to behave responsibly, and to respect the rights and dignity of others. Our Member Code of Conduct outlines prohibited action, but the actions listed below are not an all-inclusive list of behaviors considered inappropriate in our facilities or programs.
- Using or possessing alcohol or illegal chemicals on YMCA property, in YMCA vehicles, or at YMCA sponsored programs
- Smoking on YMCA property – the YMCA and its property is a smoke-free environment
- Carrying or concealing a weapon or any device or object that may be used as a weapon
- Harassment or intimidation by words, gestures, body language, or any type of menacing behavior
- Physical contact with another person in an angry, aggressive, or threatening way
- Verbally abusive behavior, including angry or vulgar language, swearing, name-calling, or shouting
- Sexually explicit conversation or behavior; any sexual contact with another person
- Inappropriate (including rubber exercise or sauna suits), immodest, or sexually revealing attire
- Theft or behavior that results in the destruction or loss of property
- Loitering within or on the grounds of the YMCA
- Using picture cell phones or cameras within or on the grounds of the YMCA or its Child Care Centers without permission
In addition, the YMCA reserves the right to deny access or membership to any person who has been accused or convicted of any crime involving sexual abuse, is or has been a registered sex offender, has ever been convicted of any offense relating to the use, sale, possession, or transportation of narcotics or habit forming and/or dangerous drugs, or is presently or habitually under the influence of dangerous drugs, or chemicals, narcotics, or intoxicating beverages. Proper ID is required for entry into our facility and checked against the Registered Sex Offender List.
Members and guests are encouraged to take responsibility for their personal comfort and safety by asking any person whose behavior threatens their comfort to refrain from such behavior. Anyone who feels uncomfortable in confronting a person directly should report the behavior to a staff person or the Building Supervisor on duty.
YMCA staff members are eager to be of assistance. Members and guests should not hesitate to notify a staff member if assistance is needed.
The Branch Director will investigate all reported incidents. Suspension or termination of YMCA membership privileges may result from a determination by the Branch Executive if in his/her discretion a violation of the YMCA Member’s Code of Conduct has occurred.
To perform at the optimum level safely during exercise, participants in YMCA programs should do the following when it comes to clothes and footwear:
- Wear comfortable clothing that allows adequate ventilation. Clothing that is too tight or rough can irritate the skin, causing blisters, rashes or even abrasions.
- Clothing should also be made of material that breathes to allow sweat to evaporate, which allows the body to cool.
- Use of Rubber Exercise Suits (Sauna Suits) in the YMCA is prohibited.
- Wearing vinyl or rubber suits (sauna suits) in an attempt to lose weight prevents sweat evaporation and causes the body’s internal temperature to rise.
- Inducing sweat is dangerous and it makes no contribution to fitness.
- Wear comfortable, supportive, clean indoor footwear.
- Sauna/Steam Room Guidelines:
- No long-sleeved shirts, hoodies, knit caps or long pants permitted in the Steam Room or Sauna. Covering your extremities prevents sweat evaporation & raises your core temperature to a dangerous level.
LOCKER ROOM POLICY
- The Men’s and Women’s Locker Room is for adults 18 years of age and older.
- Parents changing their opposite gender children must use the Family/Special Needs Locker Room.
- Parents changing their same gender children older than 5 years must use the Girls’ & Boys’ or Family/Special Needs Locker Rooms.
- The Girls’ and Boys’ Locker Rooms are for youth in grades K-12.
- The Family/Special Needs Locker Room is for people who have special changing needs: parents with small children or people with disabilities requiring the handicap shower and changing facility.
LAP SWIM GUIDELINES
- Need: If there are no open lanes, swimmers are expected to share lanes with others.
- Speed: Gauge the speeds of each lane and join the lane where the swimmers swim at your speed.
- Share: If there are two of you in a lane, you can stay on sides. Three or more swimmers in a lane must circle swim. Always discuss with the other swimmer what the plan for sharing is.
- Care: At all times be aware of what is going on within your lane.
- A lifeguard typically knows the best lane for you to enter, so please ask the lifeguard for assistance or any other questions.
- Smile and enjoy your workout. When we work together, lap swimming can be a wonderful experience for all levels of fitness.
WELLNESS CENTER GUIDELINES
- This center is available for use by YMCA members and guests only.
- Use equipment at YOUR OWN RISK. If you are unsure of how to operate a piece of equipment safely, please ask!
- Please follow equipment directions carefully. If you have not had an orientation, inquire at the reception desk.
- Please report faulty or damaged equipment to a staff member.
- Know your physical limitations.
- Please be watchful of your belongings. The Y recommends that you leave valuables at home. Lockers are available for daily use only.
- Please be respectful; keep cell phones on vibrate.
- No food, alcohol, glass containers, smoking, or horseplay is permitted in this facility. Water bottles are permitted.
- Proper athletic attire is required. Shirts and closed-toe athletic shoes must be worn at all times.
- If you are using cardio equipment and someone is waiting, please be considerate and limit your workout to 30 minutes.
- Be courteous and wipe down equipment after use. Disinfectant wipes are provided.
- Please use personal headsets to listen to music.
- Management reserves the right to refuse entry if protocol is violated.