• Eligible patrons are required to present valid Virginia Tech identification in accordance with the Facility Admission Policy for entrance.
  • Patrons must be at least 18 years old. Dependants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. For information about long- and short-term guests, visit our Memberships page.
  • Animals are prohibited in all recreational facilities, unless utilized as a guide for disabled patrons.
  • During the summer months, only those patrons who have paid the Rec Sports fee in summer tuition or have purchased a McComas Membership are eligible to use McComas Gym. All Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, and alumni are eligible to use War Memorial Gym.
  • The primary function of these facilities is to serve the recreational, educational, wellness, and athletic needs of Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, spouses, and families.
  • Organized activities (events, practices, meetings, tournaments, etc.) in any Recreational Sports facility must have a reservation and prior approval from the department. 
  • All recreational facilities must be used for the purpose for which they were intended, unless prior approval has been granted by the Department of Recreational Sports.
  • Virginia Tech and the Department of Recreational Sports do not assume liability for injuries resulting from any activity or event. Individual patrons shall utilize all Recreational Facilities at their own risk.
  • General supervision of facilities shall be the responsibility of the Department of Recreational Sports, its staff members, and student supervisors. Specific supervision for programmed activities shall rest with the responsible instructor, coach, coordinator, or supervisor.
  • Participation in any kind of gambling within the facility is not allowed.
  • Photography, video, and audio recording are not permitted in the facility without prior approval from the Department of Recreational Sports. In addition, permission must be obtained from any individuals before photographing or recording. Photo or media inquiries can be directed to the Assistant Director for Marketing and Communications, Megan Donald Hughes, at mdonald@vt.edu
  • Signs may not be posted on any wall or bulletin board without prior approval from Recreational Sports Marketing.
  • Patrons must clean equipment after use. It is recommended to also clean equipment before use to ensure sanitary equipment. 
  • Intermittent cleanup may occur at any time for safety/sanitary reasons. Staff members have the authority to stop all activities at any time until the situation is corrected.
  • Patrons must re-rack all plates and dumbbells after each use.
  • Full-length towels (24"x48") are recommended while training on benches and machines.
  • Appropriate athletic shirts and shoes are required for training. Clothing with exposed rivets, buttons, zippers, or other metal parts is not permitted. Gym staff have the authority to make decisions on apparel.
  • Shirts must be worn at all times (working out shirtless or in sports bras is not permitted) to avoid direct skin contact with mats, benches, and other equipment that is subject to contamination and infection.
  • Appropriate athletic footwear is required in all activity areas. Shoes that leave black marks on wood floors, boots, sandals or open toed shoes are prohibited in all program areas.
  • Bags or personal items are not permitted in the weight room, cardio deck, or hallways. Patrons must leave bags and other belongings in the free daily lockers or a rented locker. Gym staff will not hold personal items for patrons.
  • Virginia Tech and the Department of Recreational Sports do not assume liability for property loss.
  • No open beverage containers, food, gum, alcoholic beverages, or tobacco products are allowed in the facility. Only sports bottles containing water or sports drinks are allowed.
  • Public intoxication is prohibited in all Recreational Sports facilities.
  • Weapons are prohibited.
  • Bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards and scooters are prohibited in all indoor facilities.
  • Spray equipment (but not electronic display) with disinfectant (located throughout the gyms) and wipe down when finished.
  • Limit use of cardiovascular machines to 40 minutes while others are waiting.
  • Olympic Style lifts (cleans, snatches, jerks) and their variations or combinations are NOT PERMITTED in the McComas or War Memorial weight rooms due to space limitations, flooring, and safety concerns.
  • Patrons must re-rack all plates and dumbbells after each use.
  • Weights and other equipment may not be removed from the weight rooms.
  • Spotters are required for free weight bench presses (including military, incline, and decline), shoulder presses, dumbbell presses, and squats. Feel free to ask a weight room staff member to spot you!
  • Collars are required on all bars.
  • Patrons are asked to refrain from dropping weights.
  • Weight belts are available in both weight rooms.
  • Full-length towels are recommended while training in the weight room.
  • Hanging on the rims or backboard pads is prohibited.
  • Open recreation priority and challenge rules are posted in each gym and must be followed.
  • Basketball courts may become unavailable at times due to special events. 
  • Follow posted directional signage for using the track.
  • Racing is not permitted.
  • Throwing or dropping items to/from the track to the ground floor is prohibited.
  • Stay in your own lane to prohibit interfering with another patrons exercise.
  • No horseplay or loitering on the track.
  • The lifeguard is in complete authority, must be obeyed at all times, and has the authority to suspend individuals or organizations from the pool area.
  • No shoes allowed in the pool. Proper footwear (flip flops & sandals) is allowed on deck.
  • No food, drinks (except water), or chewing gum in the pool area.
  • Appropriate swimming attire is required. No cut-offs permitted in the pool.
  • Remove all band aids, hairpins, etc. before entering pool.
  • Shower before entering pool.
  • Do not dive off the starting blocks.
  • No excessive talking to or distraction of the lifeguard on duty.
  • Wrist bands are a safety feature, and must be shown to the lifeguard upon entry at the War Memorial pool.
  • Children under 18 years of age may attend open recreation swim times only when accompanied by parent or legal guardian. Children that cannot swim must be within arms length of parent or guardian.
  • No rough play, shoving, or general horseplay.
  • No running on the pool deck.
  • Swimmers are not to hang or play on the lane lines in the pool.
  • No persons will be permitted to swim having skin lesions, discharges, sores, inflamed eyes, mouth nose or ear discharges.
  • Water basketball is allowed only at the discretion of the lifeguard on duty. If permitted, there is to be no hanging on the net or rim.
  • Infants must wear swim diapers under bathing suits when swimming.
  • Adults may use jogging belts provided by the pool for jogging through the water. All swimmers must be able to swim without an aid in deep water, and are subject to a swim test when a guard suspects the use of PFD’s present a danger. Life jackets may be required depending on the lifeguard’s decision.
  • Kick boards and pull buoys are not to be used as surfboards or water wings and should be used appropriately.
  • Cell phones may not be used in locker rooms.
  • Children over the age of 4 must use the appropriate locker room for their gender.
  • The six South Recreation synthetic turf fields are utilized for open recreation play time, intramural sports activities, and the softball sport club practices and games. For open play hours on these fields, please visit the 'Open Rec Time' page.
  • The Sports Club playing fields may not be used for organized activities without a reservation and prior approval from the Department.
  • Do not mark any fields without permission of the Department of Recreational Sports.
  • No motor vehicles are allowed on the fields at any time without permission of the Department of Recreational Sports.
  • Any structures, such as tents, must be approved by the Department of Recreational Sports prior to the event.
  • No stakes or posts may be placed into fields without first contacting the Department of Recreational Sports for utilities approval.
  • Weapons are not permitted.
  • Rollerblades, bicycles and skateboards are prohibited on the tennis courts.
  • Golf practice is not permitted on any Recreational Sports field.
  • Tennis nets may not be removed from courts for any reason.
  • All scheduled activities must meet the prior approval of the Department of Recreational Sports.
  • Groups must provide proof of general liability insurance in an amount no less than $1,000,000 prior to an event.
  • Sale of concessions, novelties, and all other goods and services are prohibited in recreational facilities unless prior written approval is granted by the Department of Recreational Sports. If approved, such sales must meet all guidelines and policies set forth by the university relating to concession sales and the distribution of goods and services.
  • Access to rooms will be provided by facility staff. All room doors must be closed and locked at the conclusion of a reservation.
  • Sponsor must present a copy of the facility contract if asked by facility personnel.
  • Sponsor is responsible for proper disposal of trash and any damages caused by their use.
  • Amplified music or sound in conjunction with activities must have prior approval of the Department of Recreational Sports.
  • Equipment may not be moved without prior approval from the Department of Recreational Sports. If approval has been given all moved equipment must be returned to its original location.
  • Virginia Tech and the Department of Recreational Sports reserve the right to interpret these regulations in the best interest of the University, its students, faculty, staff and guests.
  • Profanity or abusive language is prohibited.
  • No verbal or physical attacks on anyone or anything permitted.
  • Only staff members are allowed access to the control desk, file cabinets, and first aid kits.
  • Patrons are not permitted to enter a group exercise class after the warm up has ended to ensure safety.