OPERS Facility Policies

Facility Access:

  1. A valid Student ID, OPERS Wellness Card, or day pass is required to access the OPERS facilities
  2. Staff, Faculty & guests must sign a waiver of liability to enter the facilities
  3. All minors must be accompanied by an adult and have a parent or legal guardian sign a waiver of liability

Visiting Athletic Team Access:

  1. Visiting teams and staff may enter the East Field House and West Field House without a day pass; provided that they enter as a group and that the visiting team wears their team apparel, which identifies them as a team.
  2. The OPERS Front Desk Staff will confirm and grant their access after reviewing the OPERS Facility schedule as a part of their standard job duties.
  3. The Athletic Department and Sport Club Coordinator are responsible to ensure that all home competitions are given to the Event Coordinator and listed on the OPERS Facility Resource Google Calendar.

OPERS Facility Policies:

  1. Smoking is prohibited in all areas
  2. Trespassing or access card fraud will result in loss of OPERS facility privileges
  3. Threats or acts of violence will result in loss of OPERS facility privileges
  4. Lockers are available for rent 
    • Lockers include a lock.
    • They may be rented quarterly or annually
    • Day use lockers are available at no cost
  5. OPERS is not liable for lost or stolen items
  6. Food & Drink are permitted in designated areas only 
  7. Animals are prohibited (exception: service animals)
  8. The posting of flyers or newsletters are prohibited without prior permission.  Please submit posting requests to the Facilities and Operations Supervisor
  9. Visitors touring the facilities may not participate in any activity and must follow all policies while within the OPERS facility complex
  10. OPERS reserves the right to refuse admittance or sale of membership or day passes, and reserves the right to revoke day pass and membership privileges when necessary

OPERS Facility Use Policies by Location

OPERS Conference Room

  1. Facility available for reservation
  2. Must be reserved and scheduled into Cruz Time
  3. Submit an advance request to Events Coordinator
  4. Any requests to use the facility during the current week must be written in the schedule posted at the Conference Room
    • This request does not require notification of the Event Coordinator

Activity Room

  1. Facility available for reservation
  2. All reservations must be signed off by the Events Committee and the Dance Program Director
  3. Gym shoes required
  4. No marking, street or hard soled shoes allowed
  5. No food allowed in the facility
  6. The sound system is not to be used unless approval has been granted
  7. Facility available on a first-come, first-served basis during open OPERS hours, when not reserved
  8. Smoking is prohibited
  9. Pets, including those on a leash are prohibited, Exception: Service animals
  10. Bicycles, mopeds, unicycles, skateboards, and roller skates are prohibited
  11. Photography for commercial purposes without a University permit is prohibited
  12. Patrons and staff are expected to follow all posted regulations

Dance Studio

  1. Facility available for reservation
  2. All reservations must be signed off by the Events Committee and  the Dance Program Director
  3. No hard soled shoes allowed
  4. No food allowed in the facility
  5. No items are to be placed on top of the piano
  6. The sound system is not to be used unless approval has been granted
  7. One time users may elect to reserve space in the facility through the Dance Studio Director. 
    • Meet at the Dance Studio at 9am on Monday mornings for space reservation for the current week
  8. Facility available on a first-come, first-served basis during open OPERS hours, when not reserved
  9. Smoking is prohibited
  10. Pets, including those on a leash are prohibited, Exception: Service animals
  11. Bicycles, mopeds, unicycles, skateboards, and roller skates are prohibited
  12. Photography for commercial purposes without a University permit is prohibited
  13. Patrons and staff are expected to follow all posted regulations

East Field

  1. Facility available for reservation
  2. All reservations must be signed off by the Events Committee
  3. Facility available on a first-come, first-served basis during open OPERS hours, when not reserved
  4. All activity is prohibited on a field closed for maintenance or inclement weather
  5. Smoking is prohibited
  6. Pets, including those on a leash are prohibited, Exception: Service animals
  7. No vehicles allowed on the field, turf tire vehicles with permission may be granted
  8. Bicycles, mopeds, unicycles, skateboards, and roller skates are prohibited
  9. Photography for commercial purposes without a University permit is prohibited
  10. Patrons and staff are expected to follow all posted regulations
  11. Food and drink is permitted on the grass; please no glass containers

East Gym

  1. Facility available for reservation
  2. All reservations must be signed off by the Events Committee
  3. Gym shoes required
  4. No marking, street or hard soled shoes allowed
  5. Hockey Sticks must be plastic
  6. Facility available on a first-come, first-served basis during open OPERS hours, when not reserved
  7. Smoking is prohibited
  8. Pets, including those on a leash are prohibited, Exception: Service animals
  9. Bicycles, mopeds, unicycles, skateboards, and roller skates are prohibited
  10. Photography for commercial purposes without a University permit is prohibited
  11. Patrons and staff are expected to follow all posted regulations

UCSC Drop in Basketball Rules

  1. Full court play has priority
  2. The person that is fouled calls the foul
  3. Winners stay on the court
  4. Fighting will not be tolerated
  5. Games are 12 points, 1 point per basket, 2 points if behind the 3 point line

East Gym Annex

  1. Facility available for reservation
  2. All reservations must be signed off by the Events Committee
  3. Must be reserved and scheduled into Cruz Time
  4. Submit an advance request to Events Coordinator
  5. TV, DVD, and VCR located in facility and available for use
  6. Smoking is prohibited
  7. Pets, including those on a leash are prohibited, Exception: Service animals
  8. Bicycles, mopeds, unicycles, skateboards, and roller skates are prohibited
  9. Photography for commercial purposes without a University permit is prohibited
  10. Patrons and staff are expected to follow all posted regulations

East Remote Field

  1. Facility available for reservation
  2. All reservations must be signed off by the Events Committee
  3. Unscheduled or unsupervised use of the East Remote Field is prohibited
  4. All  activity is prohibited on a field closed for maintenance or inclement weather
  5. Smoking is prohibited
  6. Pets, including those on a leash are prohibited, Exception: Service animals
  7. No vehicles allowed on the field, turf tire vehicles with permission may be granted
  8. Bicycles, mopeds, unicycles, skateboards, and roller skates are prohibited
  9. Photography for commercial purposes without a University permit is prohibited
  10. Patrons and staff are expected to follow all posted regulations
  11. Food and drink is permitted on the grass; please no glass containers

East Tennis Courts

  1. Tennis courts are designated for Tennis only
  2. Instructional classes, intramural programs, and sports team activities have priority over recreational play
  3. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by adult at least 16 years of age
  4. Facility available for formal reservation
  5. All formal reservations must be signed off by the Events Committee
  6. Courts are available for informal use on a first-come, first-served basis during open hours, unless scheduled by OPERS programs
  7. Informal reservations are highly recommended
    • Reservations may be made at the Facility Center or by calling 459-2323
    • Reservations are made daily during open hours
    • Reservations will be accepted for only one hour per person per day 
    • Playing partners may not reserve courts for back-to-back hours
    • Reservations will be canceled if not claimed 10 minutes after the reservation
    • Reservations take priority over anyone using the court on a drop in basis
    • Court conflicts will be settled by the Facility Center Staff
  8. Limit 4 people per court  at one time
  9. Court shoes must be worn on all tennis courts, non-marking shoes only
  10. Smoking is prohibited
  11. Pets, including those on a leash are prohibited, Exception: Service animals
  12. Bicycles, mopeds, unicycles, skateboards, and roller skates are prohibited
  13. Photography for commercial purposes without a University permit is prohibited
  14. Patrons and staff are expected to follow all posted regulations

Martial Arts Room

  1. Facility available for reservation
  2. All reservations must be signed off by the Events Committee
  3. Facility available on a first-come, first-served basis during open OPERS hours, when not reserved
  4. No shoes allowed
  5. No food or drink allowed on the martial arts padded floor.  Drinks may be in the facility but must be consumed and stored in the cubbies by the facility entrance
  6. Smoking is prohibited
  7. Pets, including those on a leash are prohibited, Exception: Service animals
  8. Bicycles, mopeds, unicycles, skateboards, and roller skates are prohibited
  9. Photography for commercial purposes without a University permit is prohibited
  10. Patrons and staff are expected to follow all posted regulations

Multipurpose Room

  1. Facility available for reservation
  2. All reservations must be signed off by the Events Committee
  3. Facility available on a first-come, first-served basis during open OPERS hours, when not reserved
  4. The sound system is not to be used unless approval has been granted
  5. Return equipment to the stored location when activity is complete
  6. Smoking is prohibited
  7. Pets, including those on a leash are prohibited, Exception: Service animals
  8. Bicycles, mopeds, unicycles, skateboards, and roller skates are prohibited
  9. Photography for commercial purposes without a University permit is prohibited
  10. Patrons and staff are expected to follow all posted regulations

Outdoor Basketball Courts

  1. Facility available on a first-come, first-served basis during open OPERS hours
  2. No Basketball after 10:00pm, due to nearby residence
  3. Smoking is prohibited
  4. Pets, including those on a leash are prohibited, Exception: Service animals
  5. Bicycles, mopeds, unicycles, skateboards, and roller skates are prohibited
  6. Photography for commercial purposes without a University permit is prohibited
  7. Patrons and staff are expected to follow all posted regulations

UCSC Drop in Basketball Rules

  1. Full court play has priority
  2. The person that is fouled calls the foul
  3. Winners stay on the court
  4. Fighting will not be tolerated
  5. Games are 12 points, 1 point per basket, 2 points if behind the 3 point line

Outdoor Exercise Area

  1. Facility available on a first-come, first-served basis during open OPERS hours
  2. Smoking is prohibited
  3. Pets, including those on a leash are prohibited, Exception: Service animals
  4. Bicycles, mopeds, unicycles, skateboards, and roller skates are prohibited
  5. Photography for commercial purposes without a University permit is prohibited
  6. Patrons and staff are expected to follow all posted regulations

Pool

  1. Appropriate swim attire must be worn. No underwear, jeans or cutoffs.
  2. Lifeguardswill have final discretion regarding swim attire.
  3. Running, horseplay, tossing, dragging or pushing in the pool area is not allowed.
  4. No one other than the lifeguard is allowed on the guard stand.
  5. Do not play with the safety equipment.
  6. No glass, alcohol, or tobacco products are permitted in this facility.
  7. No gum in or around the pool.
  8. Please keep food and drink on the grass area. Place all trash in the garbage cans.
  9. “Floaties” are not permitted.
  10. Pool toys may be permitted, dependent on the type and number of current patrons.
  11. Please check all toys with the lifeguard staff for approval.
  12. The recreational swim area and lap swimming lanes are designated by orange cones.
  13. The class/closed lanes are marked with green cones.
  14. All children 12 years and younger may not swim or be in the pool area unless supervised by a qualified, paying adult (eighteen years or older). Adults are required to supervise their children while in the pool and locker room areas.
  15. Adults and children may use the designated lap lanes for lap swimming only.
  16. Adults supervising children should provide maximum supervision. If non-swimming children are in the water, the supervising adult must accompany them or sit within arm’s distance.
  17. Incontinent individuals and infants MUST wear tightly fitting rubber pants or swim diapers.
  18. Infants must be under the constant supervision of a custodial adult who must be in the water with the infant at all times or in a one-to-one situation.
  19. All children must pass the Basic Swimming Test (BST) to the satisfaction of the lifeguard to swim in all areas of the pool or use the diving board. One attempt per day.
  20. Basic Swimming Test = Swim 25 yards (1 length of the pool) with confidence.
  21. No animals allowed.
  22. Foul, abusive or inappropriate language is not permitted.
  23. Swimming under or climbing over the bulkhead is strictly prohibited, and is cause for immediate removal from the facility.
  24. No picture or video taking allowed on deck or in the locker rooms.
  25. No bikes or skateboards on deck.
  26. No deck changing.

DIVING

  1. Diving from the diving board is permitted only when the diving area is open (Monday-Friday from 2-4:15pm and Saturday-Sunday, 12-4pm). Please note that camps, classes, and swim meets will affect this schedule.
  2. Only children who have passed the BST may use the diving board.
  3. Only one bounce per dive is allowed.
  4. After a dive, divers must swim to the nearest ladder. Divers may leave the board only after the previous diver has cleared the area below.
  5. Only one person at a time is permitted on the diving board, and only one on the diving board ladder. Horseplay and/or excessive bouncing on the diving board are not allowed.
  6. Running dives and back dives from the diving board or deck are not allowed.
  7. At all times when the pool is open, diving is permitted only in the diving area. Nodives are permitted on the shallow side of the bulkhead.
  8. No hanging from the board.
  9. Patrons who ignore these rules will be asked by the management to leave the facility.

Policy for Pool Use for SKIN and SCUBA diving:

  1. For any SKIN or SCUBA training sessions, a SCUBA instructor must be present. The OPERS SCUBA Program must sanction this instructor
  2. Prior to entering the pool, all divers must have filled out the “UCSC Diving Medical History” form and reviewed by the sanctioned instructor or by an UCSC physician
  3. Single SKIN or SCUBA pool event not related to the PE SCUBA classes or "SCUBA Slugs" SCUBA Club must be sponsored by the OPERS SCUBA Program and/or approved by the Events Committee
  4. Pool may not be rented to outside dive shops/instructors/entities due to the high risk factor of the sport and the high likelihood of damaging the pool and surrounding areas
  5. No one is allowed access to the OPERS SCUBA Dive Locker without prior approval by the Head of Recreational SCUBA

Racquetball Courts

  1. Facility available for reservation
  2. All formal reservations must be signed off by the Events Committee
  3. All courts are designated for use of Racquetball, Squash, Handball and Wallyball
  4. Court 5 only may be used for additional activities, such as tennis or club practices
  5. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis during open hours, unless scheduled by OPERS programs
  6. Informal reservations are highly recommended
    • Reservations may be made at the Facility Center or by calling 459-2323
    • Reservations are made daily during open hours
    • Reservations will be accepted for only one hour per person per day 
    • Playing partners may not reserve courts for back-to-back hours
    • Reservations will be canceled if not claimed 10 minutes after the reservation
    • Reservations take priority over anyone using the court on a drop in basis
    • Court conflicts will be settled by the Facility Center Staff
  7. Racquetball Court Rules
    • Protective Eye Goggles are required when playing racquetball
      • Available at the Facility Center
    • Limit 4 people in a racquetball court at one time when playing racquetball
    • Athletic shirts, shorts and shoes required
    • Gym shoes required
    • No marking, street or hard soled shoes allowed
    • Prohibited: Soccer, Lacrosse, and other activities that damage the floor and/or walls of the court
  8. Smoking is prohibited
  9. Photography for commercial purposes without a University permit is prohibited
  10. Patrons and staff are expected to follow all posted regulations

Sand Volleyball Courts

  1. Facility available for reservation
  2. All reservations must be signed off by the Events Committee
  3. Facility available on a first-come, first-served basis during open OPERS hours, when not reserved
  4. Smoking is prohibited
  5. Pets, including those on a leash are prohibited, Exception: Service animals
  6. Photography for commercial purposes without a University permit is prohibited
  7. Patrons and staff are expected to follow all posted regulations

Slackline Area

  1. Facility available for reservation
  2. All reservations must be signed off by the Events Committee
  3. Facility available on a first-come, first-served basis during open OPERS hours, when not reserved
    • Recreational Instructional Drop-In Hours
      • Wednesday’s during the Academic Year
      • 3:00pm- 5:00pm
  4. Smoking is prohibited
  5. Pets, including those on a leash are prohibited, Exception: Service animals
  6. Photography for commercial purposes without a University permit is prohibited
  7. Patrons and staff are expected to follow all posted regulations
  8. Individuals using their own equipment, use at your own risk.

Wellness Center Rules and Regulation

  1. Facility not available for reservation
  2. You must have a current ID, Wellness Card or day pass to gain admittance
  3. Proper attire must be worn at all times.  Specifically, shirts, sealants or shorts and closed toed shoes are required.  No open toed shoes or jeans are permitted.
  4. You are required to carry a towel at all times.  Please wipe down equipment after use.
  5. Replace your weights.  Equipment is not to be left on the machines or on the floor.  Do not drop the weights.
  6. Use a spotter when lifting free weights.  Collars are mandatory on barbells if you are not using a spotter.
  7. Cell phones are not permitted on the workout floor.
  8. Bags are not permitted in the exercise areas.
  9. Report all injuries and equipment/facility irregularities to a staff person immediately.
  10. The OPERS Staff reserves the right to refuse service to anyone who fails to comply with our facility rules and regulations.  Any behavior deemed inappropriate may result in a loss of access privileges.
  11. You must be at least 18 years of age to use the Wellness Center on your own.  15-17 year-olds may use the facility with parent/guardian supervision.
  12. Keep food and drink in areas authorized
  13. OPERS is not responsible for any lost/stolen items.  We recommend that you lock your valuables.  Free day use locks/lockers are available for checkout.  Long-term lockers are also available for a nominal fee.  Please see Facility Center desk for more information.
  14. Photography for commercial purposes without a University permit is prohibited
  15. Patrons and staff are expected to follow all posted regulations
  16. Only OPERS’ Personal Trainers and Work-Strong Coordinators are allowed to do Personal Training in the Wellness Center and all other OPERS’ facilities.
  17. Personal training within the OPERS Wellness Center is restricted to only those individuals who have been specifically employed by OPERS FitLife for the purpose of being a personal trainer. Any participant who is observed to be conducting or suspected of conducting any portion of personal training with a patron in the Wellness Center, outdoor facilities, or other OPERS facilities, who is not an OPERS FitLife staff personal trainer will be asked to cease the activity and may have membership privileges revoked. An individual may be approached and questioned regarding unauthorized personal training if he/she appears to be exhibiting any of the following (but not limited to), or related, behaviors:

* Writing and/or designing a fitness or workout program for a patron.

* Explaining and providing exercise directions to a patron or group of patrons.

* Assisting a patron with technique, or any specific instruction, but not exercising with that individual 

    during all portions of the workout.

* Directing exercise order or duration for a patron.

* Assisting a patron with equipment and adjustments.

Wellness Center Etiquette

  1. Please put away all weights and other equipment when finished.
  2. Do not drop the weights!
  3. Share the equipment.  Allow others to "work-in" when you are resting. 
  4. Limit time on the cardio machines to 20 minutes when others are waiting.
  5. Stand away from the dumbbell racks when exercising to allow others access to the weights.
  6. Avoid loud grunting.
  7. Avoid using heavy cologne or perfume prior to working out in the Wellness Center.
  8. Respect others. This includes other patrons and Wellness Center Staff.

West Field House

  1. Facility available for reservation
  2. All reservations must be signed off by the Events Committee
  3. Unscheduled or unsupervised use of the West Field House is prohibited
  4. No marking tape can be placed on the gym floor
  5. The sound system is not to be used unless prior approval is granted
  6. Gym shoes required
  7. No marking, street or hard soled shoes allowed
  8. Max capacity is 350 people
  9. Smoking is prohibited
  10. Bicycles, mopeds, unicycles, skateboards, and roller skates are prohibited
  11. Photography for commercial purposes without a University permit is prohibited
  12. Patrons and staff are expected to follow all posted regulations

UCSC Drop in Basketball Rules

  1. Full court play has priority
  2. The person that is fouled calls the foul
  3. Winners stay on the court
  4. Fighting will not be tolerated
  5. Games are 12 points, 1 point per basket, 2 points if behind the 3 point line

West Tennis Courts

  1. Facility available for reservation
  2. Instructional classes, intramural programs, and sports team activities have priority over recreational play
  3. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by adult at least 16 years of age
  4. All formal reservations must be signed off by the Events Committee
  5. Facility use designated for Tennis only, with the exception of Soccer Tennis
  6. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis during open hours, unless scheduled by OPERS programs
  7. Informal reservations are highly recommended
    • Reservations may be made at the Facility Center or by calling 459-2323
    • Reservations are made daily during open hours
    • Reservations will be accepted for only one hour per person per day 
    • Playing partners may not reserve courts for back-to-back hours
    • Reservations will be canceled if not claimed 10 minutes after the reservation
    • Reservations take priority over anyone using the court on a drop in basis
    • Court conflicts will be settled by the Facility Center Staff
  8. Limit 4 people per court  at one time
  9. Court shoes must be worn on all tennis courts, non-marking shoes only
  10. Smoking is prohibited
  11. Pets, including those on a leash are prohibited, Exception: Service animals
  12. Bicycles, mopeds, unicycles, skateboards, and roller skates are prohibited
  13. Photography for commercial purposes without a University permit is prohibited
  14. Patrons and staff are expected to follow all posted regulations

Posting Policy

In an effort to improve our facilities appearance, the posting policy for fliers, posters and signs are as follows:  Post fliers, posters, or sign announcements on the bulletin board, under your programs designated space.

Bulletin board locations:

  1. East Field House - pool deck
  2. East Field House – hallway upstairs near program offices
  3. East Field House - stairwell bulletin board
  4. East Gym - display case within the breezeway near the team locker rooms
  5. West Field House - display case near the entrance
  6. Wellness Center - bulletin boards with Associate Director of Facilities’ approval 

Sandwich boards - available by request (only for special events) 

Programs are to maintain their bulletin board, by removing all out dated materials.  The facility center student employees will assist with removing out dated fliers.   Please do not post any posters, fliers, schedules, and announcements on the glass windows or glass doors.  Posters, fliers, schedules, announcements on the glass windows or glass doors will be removed.

The posting of flyers or newsletters by non-OPERS groups/individuals are prohibited without prior permission.  Please submit posting requests to the Associate Director of Facilities.

Key Policies

Key Request Process

  1. Key requests are to be requested by program managers, to the Associate Director of Facilities. 
  2. Individuals will be instructed to request keys through their Program Manager.

Method of Request

  1. Program Managers may requests keys via email, phone, or in person. 
  2. Please include intended purpose and expected return date on request.
  3. Please submit requests at least 48 hours in advance of when keys are needed.
  4. Key requests may be submitted to the Facility Coordinator in the absence of the Associate Director of Facilities.  

Key Distribution & Collection

  1. Program Managers will be responsible for distributing keys to the individuals under their area of supervision. 
  2. All individuals will be required to sign off for their keys and will be held responsible for the key issued to them.  The individual is required to return their keys to their Manager at the expiration period or will be held liable up to $50.00/replacement costs. 

Permanent Program Issue

  1. Program managers may permanently check out keys under the program, and distribute and collect at their approval. 
  2. Keys checked out to the program will be tracked in the key inventory database, under the Program Manager.

Key Responsibility

  1. Program managers are responsible to collect and return keys when employees and volunteers are no longer assisting their program. 
  2. All keys must be returned at termination of employment.

Key Accountability and Audit

  1. The Associate Director of Facilities will perform an annual audit of all keys issued by program. 
  2. Program managers will need to account for all keys issued under their program. 
  3. Any keys not accounted for will be charged back to the program.