Ohio University

Ping Fitness Center Policies

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General Policies

  • A strict ID policy is enforced when entering the Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center. Everyone should be prepared to show his or her valid ID (i.e. OU student or faculty/staff photo ID). No one will be permitted into an activity area of the Ping Center without proper ID; this includes students enrolled in activity classes. If a question arises as to the validity of the presented ID, a second form of ID may be required.
  • Students have 1 free forgiveness pass per academic year if they forget their OU ID, but must show some sort of photo identification to gain access.
  • Alcohol and tobacco are not permitted in any area of the Ping Center.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted in the activity areas of the Ping Center.
  • Non-marking, closed-toe, athletic shoes must be worn in all areas of the facility unless otherwise posted.
  • Tank-tops and cutoff shirts are permitted throughout the facility as long as bare skin does not make contact with equipment surfaces. Sports bras worn as a shirt are NOT permitted. Shirts must be full length. 
  • No bicycles, scooters, roller blades, or pets are permitted inside the Ping Center.
  • It is required that a parent/guardian remain in the same area with their child(ren) while in the Ping Center.
  • Photography and/or videotaping is only permissible after obtaining written authorization from Campus Recreation Professional Staff. 
  • Movement of any building equipment may only be conducted by Ping Center staff members.
  • Modifications of equipment beyond the designed purpose are prohibited.
  • Injuries, accidents, or equipment failures must be reported immediately to the Ping Center staff.
  • Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Personal belongings are not permitted in activity areas and must be kept in a locker.
  • Conduct becoming an Ohio University student and Ping Center member is expected and required.
  • All activity areas must be vacated 15 minutes prior to scheduled closing time. Locker rooms will remain available until closing time.
  • Children 4 years of age and older may not enter the locker room of the opposite sex. An Equipment Desk attendant is available to assist these children through the appropriate locker room.
  • Any individual and/or organization not fully complying with the Ping Center policies and guidelines or cooperating with Ping Center staff may be asked to vacate the premises and may have their privileges revoked.
  • Outside/personal fitness equipment is not permitted to be brought into the facility.

Weight Room Specific Policies

  • No chalk
  • No chains
  • No dropping or hitting weights together
  • All belongings must be placed in lockers
  • Wipe down all equipment after use
  • Re-rack all weights and return all equipment to its original location after use
  • Personal training is permitted by Campus Recreation staff only
  • Any photography/video must have prior written approval
  • Collars/Clips must be used at all times
  • Dress code policy must be adhered to
  • All policies and safety rules are subject to the discretion of the Campus Recreation staff

Functional Fitness Room Specific Policies

  • No chalk
  • Collars/Clips are required at all times
  • No chains
  • Personal training is permitted by Campus Recreation staff only
  • Barbell squats must be performed in the power racks with safety bars
  • Bumper plates must be used for all olympic and overhead power movement
  • 3 feet of space must be left between you and other patrons when performing olympic or barbell lifts outside of a power rack or platform
  • Movements must be controlled when performing barbell exercises
  • Do not stack plyo boxes
  • No hanging upside down or swinging from one bar to another on the Rig
  • Using equipment outside of its intended design is not permitted
  • Re-rack all weights and return all equipment to their original locations after use
  • Bags and belongings must be placed in a cubby or locker
  • Any photography/video must have prior written approval
  • All policies and safety rules are subject to the discretion of the Campus Recreation Staff

Ohio University Code of Conduct

The Ohio University Judiciaries Student Code of Conduct sets forth community expectations for Ohio University students and patrons which constitute unacceptable conduct. Campus Recreation Management and the Ping Center adhere and enforce these policies and anyone violating any Code of Conduct will be reported to Judiciaries and suspended from facility/program participation.

In relation to the Ping Center--Section 3: Code B Offenses as defined by the Ohio University Board of Trustees are unacceptable.

Misuse of Identification

Transferring, lending, borrowing, or altering university identification

Disturbing the Peace

Disturbing the peace and good order of the university and surrounding communities.

Failure to Comply

Failure to comply with legitimate directives of university officials, law enforcement or emergency personnel in the performance of their duties (e.g. failure to identify one’s self when so requested);
Violation of the terms of a disciplinary reprimand

Equipment Desk

  • To obtain equipment, patrons must present a valid OU ID or photo ID to the Equipment Desk attendant. Participants will be charged a fee for damaged or loss of equipment.
  • Equipment must be returned 15 minutes prior to closing time.
  • Towel Service — Towels are checked out the same as equipment.

Locker and Towel Rentals

  • Locker rentals may be purchased anytime during the first six weeks of each semester, if there are available lockers.
  • Locker renewals will take place between the eighth week of the current semester until the end of the second week of the following semester.
  • All lockers must be renewed or vacated by the expiration date. Non-terminated or non-renewed lockers will be cleared at this time. Possessions left in an expired locker may be retrieved by providing the necessary information and picture identification to the Equipment Desk.
  • Towel service is included with locker rentals. Renters losing a towel will be charged a $6.00 replacement fee.
  • All transactions for lockers are conducted at the Equipment Desk.
  • All contents removed from non-renewed rental lockers and daily use lockers will be held for 90 days and then disposed of if not claimed by owner.

Daily Lockers

  • All patrons may use lockers on a daily basis.
  • The daily lockers are for temporary item storage while using the Ping Center. Locks left on daily lockers will be removed nightly. Daily lockers may not be used to store items overnight. Removed items will be held for a short period only.
  • All daily lockers must be cleared prior to closing. Locks will be cut off and items left in lockers will be removed.

Coin Lockers

  • All coin lockers must be cleared at least 15 minutes prior to closing. Lockers will be cleared and items left in lockers at this time will be removed. Coin-operated lockers may not be used to store items overnight.
  • Patrons losing the key must pay a $30.00 replacement fee. Confiscated items will be returned upon payment.

Towel Service

  • Towel service is available to all members.
  • Towels are issued at the Equipment Desk.
  • Locker renters may obtain a fresh towel daily when a soiled towel is returned. Large and small towels are distributed as equipment.
  • A $6.00 fee will be charged for lost towel.

Locker Room

  • Overnight storage is not permitted in the locker rooms unless you have rented a locker on a semesterly or annual basis. Personal locks will be cut off and personal items removed. Items will be kept 90 days and then disposed of.
  • For everyone’s safety, glass containers are not permitted in the locker rooms.
  • WARNING—Wet surfaces in the locker room may be slippery. Please watch your step.
  • Please report suspicious individuals wandering through the locker room to the Equipment Desk attendant or any Ping Center employees.
  • Non-rental lockers may be used on a daily basis, but con¬tents and locks must be removed before facility closing each day.
  • The Division of Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property.
  • Locker rentals are available each semester at the Equipment Desk.
  • PLEASE USE DISCRETION WHEN BRINGING CHILDREN OF THE OPPOSITE SEX INTO THE LOCKER ROOM WITH YOU. For example, bringing older boys (4 years of age and older) into the women’s locker room is prohibited because it may offend some members or guests. The staff will be glad to assist you by taking your child into the appropriate locker room. Please respect the rights and privacy of others. If you feel an older child is in the wrong locker room, please report it immediately to the supervisor on duty.

Lost and Found

  • All lost and found items are retained at the Equipment Desk.
  • Personal hygiene items including shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc. will be disposed of at closing time. Other items will be kept 90 days and then disposed of.

Gymnasium

  • Since all games are self-monitored, good sportsmanship and proper conduct are expected
  • Non-marking, closed toe shoes are required on the playing floor. Ping Center staff will make a discretionary decision in some special cases.
  • For your safety, shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Grabbing or hanging on the net or rim is prohibited. Violators will be escorted from the building.
  • Baseball, football, frisbee, and other activities or equipment deemed unsafe in the gymnasium environment is prohibited unless special permission is obtained from the Ping Center Director.
  • Soccer, floor hockey and badminton are only permitted in the multipurpose courts.
  • In the event of crowded courts and waiting players, the building supervisor has the authority to modify games.
  • Chewing gum, food, or beverages are not permitted in the gyms.
  • Some scheduled activities in the gymnasium may take priority over open recreation. Changes in the schedule will be posted on the daily facility schedule.
  • All spectators are to watch from the second floor.
  • Shirts are required at all times.
  • Personal belongings must be stored in a locker and are not permitted on the side of the court area, on the basketball goals, or in the emergency exit vestibule.

Court Usage Guidelines

  • Scheduled activities have priority (please check the daily facility schedule with staff at the front desk).
  • When the gymnasium is crowded, courts may be broken down into half-court games in order to accommodate more people. This decision will be made by the Ping Center staff and will be based on participant need.

Basketball Challenge Court Rules

  • Challenge court rules apply when patrons are waiting on the sidelines to play.
  • Games are played to 12, win by two.
  • Winners stay, losers rotate off. Winning teams may stay on the court for no more than two consecutive games
  • Volleyball games will be played to 15 points—best of three wins.

Racquetball Court

  • The use of approved polycarbonate closed eye wear is highly recommended.
  • All metal racquets must have protective guards and handle straps.
  • Non-marking, closed toe shoes are required in this area.
  • All players must check in at the Equipment Desk prior to entering their reserved court. Failure to check in by 10 minutes past the scheduled playing time will result in court forfeiture and courts will be reassigned.
  • ID is required for verification.
  • Racquets are available for check out and racquetball balls are available for purchase at the Equipment Desk. Renter assumes full responsibility for rental equipment.
  • For your protection, keep all clothing, bags, etc. in a locker, not in areas around the racquetball courts.
  • Shirts must be worn at all times.

Racquetball Reservations

  • Courts may be reserved one (1) day in advance only. Only one (1) advanced reservation per day may be made by each person.
  • Reservations will be accepted for only one (1) hour per person per day. Playing partners may not reserve courts for back-to-back hours.
  • To make a reservation, visit www.recshop.ohio.edu/CourtReservation. Log in with your OHIO ID and then select 'Racquetball Courts' from the left menu.

Reservation System

  • Individuals may reserve courts for the same day or one day in advance by telephone (593-9917) or in person at the equipment desk.
  • Reservations may be made during operational hours.
  • Court reservations will be forfeited and reassigned if not checked in by 10 minutes after the hour. Check in is at the equipment desk.
  • Court 6 is reserved for squash only.
  • Courts 1, 2, 7 and 8 are equipped for wallyball. Please inform supervisors to set up wallyball net.
  • All other courts will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Fitness Area

  • Appropriate attire includes: full-length, non-mesh t-shirt with sleeves; soft-soled, closed toe athletic shoes; athletic bottoms. No jeans or pants with buttons or pockets are permitted in weight areas, as they can cause wear and tear of padded equipment.
  • Participants must be 16 years of age or older.
  • All equipment remains in the Fitness area.
  • Gym wipes are provided for patrons to clean equipment after each use.
  • Spotters are recommended.
  • Chalk is not permitted. Liquid Grip is available for purchase at the Equipment Desk.
  • No dropping or hitting weights together.
  • Personal training is permitted by Campus Recreation staff only.
  • No food or beverages other than water in a closed container are permitted.
  • Personal belongings must be secured in a locker.
  • Use equipment in the manner for which it was designed.
  • Ask the employee on duty to demonstrate proper technique for using equipment.
  • Cardiovascular machine use is limited to 30 minutes during peak hours.
  • Use of collars/clips are required at all times.
  • Re-rack weights after use.

Cardio Lookout

  • Appropriate attire includes: full-length, non-mesh t-shirt with sleeves; soft-soled, closed toe athletic shoes; athletic bottoms.
  • Participants must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Towels and cleaning products are provided for patrons to clean equipment after each use.
  • Personal training is permitted by Campus Recreation staff only.
  • No food or beverages other than water in a closed container are permitted.
  • Personal belongings must be secured in a locker.
  • Use equipment in the manner for which it was designed.
  • Ask the employee on duty to demonstrate proper technique for using equipment.
  • Cardiovascular machine use is limited to 30 minutes during peak hours.

Combative Arts Room

  • Non-marking, closed toe athletic shoes are required in this area.
  • Equipment (sharp or otherwise) that may damage the floor, mats, or the mirrors is not permitted.
  • Use caution to avoid contact with the mirror.
  • Patrons may only utilize combative room equipment if room is not in use by a club, or other scheduled programs.
  • Martial arts clubs may practice in bare feet, if permission has been granted by the Ping Center staff.
  • Rosin powder, wax or any other substance which would alter the floor surface is strictly prohibited.

Group Fitness Room

  • Only approved activities are permitted in the group fitness room.
  • Non-marking, closed toe shoes are required.
  • Water, in a closed container, is permitted; however, gum, food or other drinks are not permitted.
  • Patrons are not permitted to move or use the audio equipment or the mixers located in the closet.
  • This room and the equipment inside is not available for general use.

Track

  • Run and/or walk clockwise on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
  • Run and/or walk counterclockwise on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
  • Inner two lanes are reserved for walkers (slow).
  • Outer two lanes are reserved for runners (fast).
  • Faster runners have the right of way.
  • Pass others on the outside.
  • Stretching areas are located in various areas around the track—walls and railings are not to be used as stretching aids.
  • Appropriate attire includes: full-length, non-mesh t-shirt with sleeves; soft-soled, closed toe athletic shoes; athletic bottoms
  • Athletic running shoes are required.
  • Jogging track is available unless otherwise posted. Perimeter jogging course (outside lane) = 9 laps per mile. Inside lane = 10 laps plus per mile.

Meeting Rooms

  • No food or beverages without permission from Ping Center staff and an approved food permit.
  • Walls may only be moved by Ping Center staff.
  • Reservations are required for use of this space.