Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-3370
Fax: (307) 766-6720
Note: Download the complete PDF version of the Policy & Procedure Handbook here. This version is printable.
Our mission is to provide recreation and wellness opportunities to a diverse campus community that enhance the learning and workplace environment and promote mental and physical health through quality facilities, equipment and programs. Our programs, which include the Wellness Center, Open Recreation, Intramural Sports, Club Sports and the Outdoor Program, offer a broad range of coordinated activities for individuals and groups that promote health awareness, a sense of community and a lifelong appreciation for wellness and recreational activities. Supporting the value of student development, our programs strive to offer opportunities to students that develop leadership skills and promote responsibility while maintaining a balance between personal, professional and academic pursuits.
Membership is required to use UW's recreational facilities. Membership privileges include use of all activity areas in Half Acre and use of the Corbett pool and gym during scheduled hours. Members must present a valid WyoOne ID card or other active Campus Recreation pass to enter Campus Recreation facilities.
Towel service is available at Half Acre Gym during building hours and Corbett gym during scheduled gym and pool hours at no cost.
Available recreation equipment may be checked out with a WyoOne ID card or other active campus recreation pass. Users are responsible for all equipment and must reimburse UW for any lost or damaged equipment.
Lost and found items, if returned to the Half Acre Service Window, are kept for one month. Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Personal locks are for daily use only on designated lockers. Personal locks left on lockers overnight will be cut off.
Lockers are assigned in Half Acre on a first come, first served basis during Service Window hours.
Lockers are not transferable from one person to another.
Campus Recreation is not responsible for theft. It is recommended that you do not leave valuables such as jewelry, wallets, iPods, credit cards, etc. in lockers. Don't forget to lock your locker.
Accidents and injuries can and do occur during sport, recreation and exercise activities. Notice is hereby given that the University of Wyoming is not responsible for accidents, injuries, and/or illness that may occur while on and/or during the use of university property; nor is the university responsible for any costs or expenses incurred as a result of any accident and/or injury that may occur on university property. Users understand and agree that their use of university facilities and/or services is at their own risk.
Campus recreation facilities are controlled access facilities. No one will be permitted into activity areas without a valid WyoOne ID card or other active campus recreation pass.
Use of another individual's WyoOne ID card is a violation of the UW Student Code of Conduct (reference Section V, Offenses against Property). If a WyoOne card is presented at the ID station by someone other than the cardholder, the card will be confiscated and the following will occur:
- First offense: the cardholder will be given a notice of warning in writing via e-mail that a violation of the Student Code of Conduct has occurred. The cardholder will need to set up a meeting with the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation Operations to discuss this violation. Access to Campus Recreation facilities and services will be restricted until this meeting occurs.
- Second offense: the cardholder will be contacted via e-mail regarding the repeat violation, the WyoOne card will be destroyed, and a meeting with the Coordinator of Open Recreation and/or Director of Campus Recreation must be scheduled. Access to Campus Recreation facilities and services will be restricted until this meeting occurs. The individual will be responsible for replacing their ID card at cost through the WyoOne ID office.
- Third offense: the cardholder will lose all access and privileges associated with Campus Recreation membership.
Acceptable rules of conduct must be observed at all times.
Users of the facilities are subject to the immediate removal from the facility for interfering with employee duties or engaging in disorderly conduct, including the use of foul language, verbal abuse, and threatened or actual physical abuse of an employee(s) and/or other user(s).
Individuals who are removed from Campus Recreation facilities may have their access suspended and will be required to meet with the Director of Campus Recreation or other staff designee before a possible reinstatement of facility access. The meeting must be arranged in advance and will occur during regular business hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Clothing and shoes appropriate to the activity are required for health and safety reasons. Street clothes or shoes are not permitted in any activity area; cut-offs are not permitted in the pool. Clothing should not be abrasive or contain fasteners or other mechanisms that might cut, scrape, bruise, etc. oneself or others.
Cheerleading stunting is not allowed in any area of Half Acre Gym or Corbett Gym.
Hanging upside down from exercise machines, bars, etc (including the use of inversion boots) is not allowed in Campus Recreation facilities.
Food is allowed only in the main lobby. Water or sports drinks in closed containers are permitted in activity areas.
Pets are not permitted in university buildings or on city playing fields, unless utilized as a guide or assistant for people with disabilities.
Soliciting or selling products in Half Acre Gym is not permitted except by Campus Recreation.
No hitting, punching, sparring or wrestling are allowed in Campus Recreation facilities.
The use of combative weapons is prohibited in Campus Recreation facilities.
No alcohol, drugs or tobacco products are allowed in university buildings or at intramural/city fields.
The campus recreation staff reserves the right to eject participants or spectators suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol from the area of activity.
All personal items should be placed in an available locker.
Appropriate dress is required for personal safety and equipment maintenance reasons. Appropriate dress includes:
Close toed, rubber soled athletic shoes;
Clothes free of buttons, rivets, or metal zippers;
T-shirt or tank top that covers torso.
Please return all equipment to the appropriate location after use.
Overhead lifting is only permitted in the power rack or while seated (snatch lifts are not permitted).
Top rope and lead climbing may only occur during supervised climbing wall hours.
Climbing equipment including, but not limited to, harnesses, carabineers, belay devices, ropes, and slings must be UIAA and/or CE approved, and in safe working condition, free of excessive wear and abuse.
Loose chalk is not allowed.
Climbing on any surface that is not climbing wall surface is prohibited.
Climbers are not allowed to walk or climb barefoot. Shirts must also be worn.
Drinks must be kept in the cubby and shoe changing area.
No personal items are allowed on the climbing wall safety pads. These items must be kept in the cubby and shoe changing area.
Climbing wall staff and/or Half Acre staff reserve the right to intervene if they feel an individual's climbing activities are unsafe.
Failure to comply with any policies could result in removal from the climbing wall, or revoking of climbing wall privileges.
Practice common courtesy to other runners and walkers using the indoor track.
For safety purposes, run or walk only in the direction the arrow indicates. Running and walking direction will change every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at closing.
Running or walking side by side is permitted only when the track is not busy.
The innermost lane is for walking only, the second innermost lane is for walking or running and the outer two lanes are for running only.
Practice common courtesy to other swimmers using the pool.
All lane swim patterns are counter clockwise.
Swim to the outside of the lane to allow for passing in the middle.
To pass, tap the foot of the swimmer in front of you, then proceed.
If a swimmer is directly behind you when nearing the wall, pause and allow them to pass.
Children who are not toilet trained must wear swim diapers.
Please walk on deck and in the showers. The tile may be slippery when wet.
Shower in the locker rooms before entering the pool.
Play safely. Dunking, shoving and other horseplay may cause accidents and are not permitted.
Diving in the shallow end is dangerous and prohibited.
An adult must be in the water within touching distance of non-swimming children or those using flotation devices.
Anyone under 4 feet tall must be accompanied in the water by an adult or be determined a competent swimmer by a lifeguard.
Anyone entering the deep end may be asked to swim 1 length of the pool without touching the side or bottom to prove swimming ability.
Lane lines are dividers and should only be used as floatation devices in an emergency.
Diving is allowed on the outer 1-meter board and the 3-meter only. Use of the platform is not allowed.
Only one person on the diving board at a time.
Diving area is hazardous for swimmers. Swim to the side of the pool immediately after diving.
Jump off the board only after the person before reaches the wall. Swimming under the board is hazardous.
Only one bounce on the board.
Jump straight off the diving board.
Catching children jumping off the board is prohibited.
Handstands and sailor dives (head first, hands at side) are dangerous and prohibited.
Diving in which the head rotates back towards the board (such as inwards and gainers or reverses) are strictly prohibited.
Children using diving boards must be able to swim the length of the pool without assistance.
Children wearing floatation devices are not allowed to jump off the diving boards.
Diving blocks are not available for use during recreational swim times.
Use of the showers under the diving boards is restricted.
Campus Recreation staff and student employees are not eligible to sponsor non-university individuals for daily or multi-guest passes while on duty.
UW students, UW employees, UW appointed employees, Cooperating Agency Employees and spouses sponsoring individuals for a daily or multi-guest pass should be aware as a sponsoring individual they are responsible for guest's actions/behaviors while in recreation facilities. Responsibilities include litigation as a result of accident or injury incurred in recreational facilities and/or loss of facility privileges in the event of behavior problems violation of established facility policy.
Guest passes must be purchased for each visitor accessing the recreation facilities. Daily guest passes may be purchased at the service window at Half Acre or Corbett. The multi-guest card is purchased at the Half Acre Service Window. Guests must:
Be with sponsor when purchasing a guest pass.
The sponsor must present his/her WyoOne ID.
The guest must show a picture ID with age.
Guests under 19 years of age who have not graduated from high school will be admitted only during designated family recreation times with a sponsor.
Guest pass holders are not eligible to sponsor guests.
Valid WyoOne ID card holders without facility access may sponsor themselves and others for daily guest passes.
Valid WyoOne ID card holders may sponsor an unlimited number of adult guests, but are limited to four (4) guest passes for children 19 years or younger (who have not graduated from high school) per adult per visit.
Guest pass holders using Half Acre or Corbett may check out equipment with approved ID. They must present the daily guest pass receipt or multi-guest pass card to check out equipment.
All spectators must stay on the south end of the gym, or watch from the running track.
Children under the age of 18 will be allowed to watch an intramural event in the main gym under the following conditions:
An adult who is not participating in the event must stay with the child.
Children under the age of 5 must stay in the gym only; they are not allowed on the track.
Food and drink are permitted only in the main lounge area. Water and sports drinks in plastic sealable containers are permitted in all areas.
If a group of at least 10 volleyball players wishes to play, and there are not enough basketball players to occupy three courts, the middle court will be made available to them.
Once volleyball gains the court, they will have 1 hour to play. At that time, if there are enough basketball players to occupy all three courts, basketball will be allowed to regain priority on the court. If no one is waiting, volleyball will be allowed to continue.
Badminton has priority on all three basketball courts on Fridays from 6 -10 pm during the academic year and Fridays from 5-8 pm during the summer and other breaks. If a badminton game occupies a basketball court, the court will be closed to other activities.
Prior approval by Campus Recreation full-time staff must be granted for any type of photography to be conducted in Campus Recreation facilities.
The following will be needed for approval:
Models willing to pose for the photo shoot.
A suitable location for the photo shoot.
An appropriate time for the photo shoot.
Campus Recreation will accept one UW sponsored/on campus event or recognized student organization poster to hang in the facility. Only one poster per designated surface is permitted and may not obstruct other posted materials. All posters must be approved and signed off by a Campus Recreation staff member. Campus Recreation reserves the right to refuse posters if deemed necessary.
No survey other than those conducted by Campus Recreation programs will be permitted in Campus Recreation facilities.
Patrons are able to use the locker room facilities in the Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center in accordance with their gender identity. In addition, there is a gender neutral Express Locker area available on the first floor as well as four gender neutral restrooms on each of the second and third floors for use by all patrons.
Dependents who are accompanied by a parent or adult sponsor are eligible to access recreational facilities during family recreation hours.
Dependents are allowed in Half Acre Gym with adult supervision:
Dependents 5 years through 19 years of age ( who have not graduated from high school) are required to have a WyoOne card. This card can be obtained at the WyoOne ID Office located in room 28, in the basement of Knight Hall, for a fee.
Children five years of age or older must use the appropriate locker room or utilize the gender neutral Express Locker area on the first floor or the gender neutral restrooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
Dependents cannot sponsor individuals wishing to purchase a daily or multi-guest pass guest card.
Dependents who are registered for UW classes or who are non-benefited UW employees may utilize recreation facilities during the semester in which they are enrolled or employed. They must pay the appropriate fees.
Children under 5 years of age are only allowed in the main gym area with direct supervision.
Children under 5 years of age are not permitted on the running track or in the infield area.
Children 5 to 12 years of age are not allowed on the cardio equipment, free weights, or in group exercise classes and must be directly supervised in all other activity areas and locker rooms at all times with a ratio of one adult sponsor for every four children.
Children 13 years through high school may recreate without direct supervision if the adult sponsor is present in the building, except in the cardio/weight area where they must be directly supervised at all times.