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Frequently Asked Question
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ARC Cardio Room
Q: Is there any time limit on the cardio machines?
A: No our policy is ‘first-come-first-served’ and there is a self regulating line. We suggest a 30-minute self-regulating limit when the ARC is busy.
Q: Do you have plans to expand the cardio room?
A: Yes, within Aztec Student Union. The new Aztec Student Union will include an ARC satellite fitness center. Located on top floor of the new Aztec Student Union with spectacular views of the surrounding area, the design is planned to include 45+ new cardio (treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, rowers) machines that will include entertainment options with more than 12 flat screen televisions.
Q: Can I request a TV Channel?
A: Yes, while we have the stations preset to several channels, a floor supervisor can change the channel for you on request. You may bring a headset and tune in the audio of the show using the Cardio Theatre box located on each machine.
Q: Why is some of the cardio/weight equipment is out-of-service for long periods?
A: We work hard to maintain our equipment. Occasionally, we must wait for critical repair parts from the manufacturer to repair equipment. We are unable to warehouse all replacement parts.
Q: I was upset to see Fox News on one of the television screens at the ARC. Their (Fox News) conservative viewpoints are borderline extreme, as the network hosts the viewpoints of many radical right-wing personalities, not to mention a plethora of commentators and guests. It would be wise to offer opposing point of view. Give students more options.
A: Most everyday, the ARC offers many different news and entertainment stations for members to enjoy. We attempt to balance those channels with a liberal stance against the more politically conservative channels. Contact an ARC Facility Supervisor if you have questions.
Q: What do you do with the old fitness equipment in the ARC?
A: The fitness equipment is replaced every three or four years. We take great pride in having the newest and best equipment in San Diego . We usually return outdated equipment to the vendor for credit on replacement merchandise.
Q: Do you have separate weights for men and women?
A: No, but we maintain lighter weights and heavier weights in separate areas.
Q: What’s the ARC policy on sharing weight training equipment?
A: We encourage participants to "work-in" with others using weight training equipment to share it and use it most efficiently.
Q: Who runs the ARC?
A: The ARC is operated by Associated Students/SDSU (AS).
Q: Why can’t I carry my workout bag around with me in the ARC?
A: This protects other members from tripping on workout or book bags, reduces the clutter of having workout bags on the floor, and decreases the chance of lost or stolen items from unattended bags.
Q: Can I ask an employee to watch my personal belongings (wallet, watch, driver’s license or keys) while I workout?
A: Unfortunately, no. Please do NOT ask ARC employees to watch your valuables as they cannot be responsible for personal items. Please accept the responsibility for all your belongings while inside the ARC — use lockers.
Q: How many members are there at the ARC?
A: Throughout a typical academic year, there is a monthly average of 15,000 active members.
Q: Do you rent sports equipment? If so, where?
A: Yes, ARC members can checkout equipment free of charge (punching bags, volleyballs, basketballs, weight belts, and indoor soccer balls) with a valid photo ID from Member Services. Recreational Sports also offers racquetball racquets, racquetball goggles, and racquetball balls along with wallyballs, wallyball nets and hand balls. The Aquaplex has pull buoys, kick boards, basketballs, and floating lounges.
Q: Why do I have to have a picture ID to check out equipment?
A: A picture ID allows us to offer equipment service at the ARC at no charge by monitoring who checked out the equipment and ensuring it is returned. Members will be charged if equipment is not returned.
Q: Why do I have to wait until the evening to have my personal lock cut off my locker?
A: For security reasons, we strictly limit the number of staff authorized to cut locks to those who supervise at night. Locks are cut off between 1:00am-6:00am .
Q: Can I keep my stuff in the locker overnight?
A: Not unless you’re renting a locker; the other lockers are for day use only during your workout.
Q: I inadvertently left my things in the locker overnight and the lock was cut off. How do I get my things back?
A: All locks left on the day lockers are cut off at night ( 1 a.m. - 6 a.m. ). The contents are kept in our storage room until Friday morning at which time it is taken over to the Campus’ Lost and Found headquarters at the Aztec Center Information Booth. Since some contents, such as personal hygiene products or underclothes cannot be received by the lost and found, they are discarded.
Q: What if I lost something at the ARC?
A: If you have lost something, visit the Membership desk and our staff will check the Lost and Found storage. Lost and Found is a courtesy to members and as such, Aztec Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
- Wallets, driver's licenses, Red ID's and credit cards are given to Public Safety as they are found.
- The following items are stored for 30 days. Per Associated Students policy, after 30 days:
- Electronic equipment and keys are sent to SDSU Environmental Health Services Department where they are destroyed.
- Clothing, sports equipment and all other items are donated to charity.
Q: Can I bring a friend/guest to workout with me in the ARC for free?
A: Yes, ARC members are encouraged to bring guests, age 18 and over. Members receive one free guest per semester. Non-members can also visit the arc web site at http://arc.sdsu.edu/forms/guestpass/guestpass.php to obtain a guest pass to try the ARC for themselves. A guest may only visit for free once per calendar year. Non-members who live in San Diego may qualify for our one-week pass. This enables people who are likely to buy a membership, access for one week.
Q: Why are the kiosk computers in the ARC unable to access AOL?
A: Due to the lack of internal security in the AOL software, the Associated Students has made the decision to block access to AOL to prevent viruses from infecting other computers.
Q: Can I make a request to change the music?
A: No, but our floor supervisors can turn down the volume. We welcome the use of headphones and personal music systems used at a reasonable volume.
Q: How often do you clean the equipment?
A: The mats and equipment are disinfected two to four times during the day by ARC staff and then at night a professional cleaning crew disinfects the mats and equipment again.
Q: Do I have to sign-up to take a Group Fitness class?
A: After 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday throughout the Fall and Spring academic semesters, members must pick-up a number at the ARC Information Services Desk, which will ensure a spot to enter the class. Numbers are given out 15 minutes prior to the start of class. You will not need a number before 3:00 p.m.on weekdays, anytime on weekends, or during summer or winter recess.
Q: Why can’t I get a Group Fitness number earlier than 15 minutes prior to the class?
A: In order to assure fairness to all members, numbers are distributed 15 minutes before the class time. The fifteen minute period gives all interested members a fair and equal opportunity to attend popular prime-time classes.
Q: When does the Group Fitness schedule change?
A: The schedule changes at the beginning and end of each semester, generally when the SDSU class schedule changes. Those dates are approximately: September 1, January 1 and May 15. Check this page for the most recent updates as the schedule is subject to change without notice.
Q: Can I go to a class if I have not taken it yet this semester?
A: Absolutely! We do recommend, however, that you let the instructor know that you have never been there, this way they can give you the safety pointers for the particular class.
Q: Is it ok to go to a class late?
A: No. Since the warm-up is so important to prepare your body for the workout, it is not a good idea to drop-in late.
Q: The ARC has my confidential banking information. How can I know my information is safe?
A: Your bank information is maintained by the Associated Students for necessary business purposes in data files accessible only by authorized personnel with secure access. AS is committed to continual improvement and upgrades on security measures and is in constant communication with the University IT security staff on this issue.
Q: Why does the ARC charge a $10 service fee when the billing transaction through either my bank or credit card is declined?
A: Due to the high administrative costs involved in the collection of past due balances, we assess a service fee on all transactions that are declined to recoup those costs.
Q: Can I cancel my membership over the telephone?
A: No, to ensure you retain a record of your member cancellation, all members wishing to cancel are asked to submit a written cancellation request on the ARC web site at http://arc.sdsu.edu/forms/membercancellation.php.
Q: Can you offer soccer on two courts?
A: No, unfortunately we only have one set of goals.
Q: Can I weight train on the basketball courts?
A: No, due to the risk of damaging the wood floor. However we do allow participants to exercise without weights on the courts.
Q: How do I get in on a basketball game?
A: Joining a drop in game is self-regulated by the participants.
Q: How do I get involved in Intramural Basketball, Volleyball or Soccer?
A: Intramural participation is free for ARC members. Registration opens at the beginning of each semester and is done online. Check this page for schedules and registration.
Q: Can I borrow basketballs?
A: Yes, at the Member Services desk. You must have an SDSU ID card or Driver’s license to borrow a ball.
Q: Why would my staff, team, club, or organization want to participate in an Aztec Adventures Team Challenge?
A: The Team Challenge teambuilding, ropes course, and retreat program is a great way for any group to develop as a unit. Our trained staff will help you achieve goals of building teamwork, trust, problem solving, cooperation, challenge, increased self-confidence and closer interpersonal bonds through fun and challenging activities and high ropes course challenges. We can further assist your group in reaching your goals through designing unique team experiences or overnight cabin or camping retreats.
Q: Who can participate in a Team Challenge program?
A: The Aztec Adventures Team Challenge primarily serves the SDSU campus community, including on-campus staff groups, varsity and club athletic teams, greek organizations, student clubs, residence hall associations, and more. However, we also work with groups representing other area colleges and universities, youth organizations such as the YMCA or church youth groups, and even corporate groups.
Q: How safe am I on the ropes course?
A: Ropes Courses are very safe. The accident rate per million is approximately 3.5, (the rate for PE classes is 9.6 and the rate for automobile driving is 60!!) Anytime an individual is participating in the ropes course they are fully equipped with a climbing harness and safety helmet. Each is always supported by a belay, (support) team consisting of trained Aztec Adventures Team Challenge facilitators and their group members.
Q: How do I get to the Ropes Course?
A: For ropes course programs at Camp Stevens in Julian, (starting from San Diego State )
Directions via Cuyamaca:Take the I-8 East 30 miles, (past Alpine and Viejas), exit Japatul Rd. & turn Left on Hwy 79. Drive North 25 miles through Rancho Cuyamaca State Park , following the signs to Julian. At the T-junction, turn right onto Highway 78. Camp Stevens is located 2 miles ahead on the left.
Directions via Ramona: I-8 East 10 miles, (past El Cajon ), exit onto Hwy 67. Drive approximately 20 miles through Ramona & turn right onto Hwy 78/ Julian Rd. Camp Stevens is located 2 miles ahead on the left.
Retreats @ Camp Cedar Glen: Follow the above directions, passing Camp Stevens & turn left onto Wynola Rd. Drive 1 mile & turn right onto Farmer Rd. The entrance is 1 mile ahead, past the cattle guard.
Ropes Course programs @ the Kroc Center: Take College Ave. South & turn Left onto University Ave. Drive approximately 1 mile, the Kroc Center will the on the right, the entrance is located at the tower.
Q: What should I bring to a ropes course or teambuilding program?
A: Visit this page and select the appropriate checklist(s).
Q: What’s the ARC policy on returning weight plates to storage?
A: We require all participants to re-rack their weights immediately upon completing their sets at each piece.
Q: Can I do Olympic or Power lifting?
A: Olympic and Power lifting is strongly discouraged. The safety risk for Olympic and Power lifting is high, therefore we have not purchased special equipment for this type of lifting.
Q: Do you require use of weight clips for free weights?
A: No, they are not required, but we do have clips so that members may use them. They are located through-out the weight room.
Q: Where do I park for the Aquaplex?
A: There are several choices; the closest parking is metered parking available immediately in front of the facility in Lot "R". Hourly metered parking is also available in Structure 5 on the corner of 55th and Montezuma Road . When parking in Structure 5, park on the lower level and exit the structure at its northwest corner, then walk northwest, passing two athletic fields to the Aquaplex. Parking permits are available to purchase from the SDSU cashiers office.
Q: Is alcohol allowed?
A: The Aztec Aquaplex is an ALCOHOL AND DRUG-FREE FACILITY. Members or guests suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs shall be directed to exit immediately. Members or guests entering ANY campus recreation facilities with alcoholic drinks or under the influence shall be suspended from ALL campus recreation facilities.
Q: What are your policies for child entry?
A: Yes, children may participate, however, the hours are limited to family swim hours. Parents or legal guardian's must complete a liability waiver for all children under the age of 18 prior to their first visit. Children 12 years of age and under must be with an adult at the facility and those under 8 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All children who are not water safe must be within arms reach of an adult at all times. Water safe is defined as a child who can 1) tread water, 2) display forward momentum above water, 3) display forward momentum below water, and 4) exhibit breath control. Children under 18 are never permitted in the hydrotherapy spa. Minors who do not meet Aquaplex requirements will be refused admittance. In the event that a child under 12 is dropped-off, the Guest Services staff will call the parent or legal guardian and keep the child under supervision in the lobby.
Q: Is there a complimentary towel service like the Aztec Rec Center ?
A: No, Aquaplex participants must bring their own towel.
Q: If I am a non-member (guest or day pass user) what should I bring?
A: Guests and day pass users must bring a valid ID, proper swimwear and their own towel.
Q: How much does the Aquaplex cost to use?
A: ARC members have access to the Aquaplex. Non-members may purchase 10-punch VIP card or Day Pass. View Pricing Here.
Q: Why do SDSU students pay less to use the Aquaplex?
A: SDSU students are already paying $16 per semester in their Student Activity Fee. This covers the construction bond and operating subsidy.
Q: How do I get a job working at the Aquaplex?
A: All part-time staff working at the Aquaplex are SDSU students. Check the Associated Students Part-Time Employment Opportunities web page for current openings or participate in an Aztec Recreation Recruitment Faire.
Q: Where is the Aquaplex?
A: The Aquaplex is located next to the Tony Gwynn baseball stadium adjacent to the tennis and softball facilities on the west side of the San Diego State University Campus. The facility is accessible from Remington Road "R" Lot MAP.
Q: Does the Aquaplex use a solar heat system to heat the pools?
A: Yes, we have two significant systems 1) the 50-meter pool uses an innovative solar/thermal system on the roof of the shade structure to supplement the natural gas boilers, and
2) We generate solar electricity via 840+ photovoltaic (PV) panels that face south in the canyon adjacent to the Aquaplex.
Q: Are learn-to-swim lessons offered?
A: Yes, check our lessons link for learn to swim classes for people of all ages.
Q: Can I book a birthday party at the Aquaplex?
A: Yes, birthday party packages are available on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months ONLY.
Q: Is there a dress code?
A: Yes, all Aquaplex guests are required to wear proper swim wear. T-shirts, mesh shorts, cut off pants and sport bras are prohibited in the pools. Thongs and Brazilian-cut bikini bottoms are not allowed.
Q: How many diving boards are there? When are the diving boards open?
A: There are two 3-meter and two 1-meter diving boards; check here for operational hours for diving. Children under 18 years of age must pass a deep water swim test to use the diving boards.
Q: Does the Aquaplex have lockers ?
A: There are two choices for Aquaplex users to store their clothes; one option is to bring your own lock and use the lockers available inside the shower/restroom areas. The other option is to use the outside lockers adjacent to the family changing room. There are no overnight lockers available due to lack of space.
Q: What department manages the Aztec Aquaplex?
A: The facility is managed by Associated Students Aztec Recreation; the same department that manages the Aztec Recreation Center , and Rec. Sports-Racquetball.
Q: Is food or drink allowed in the Aquaplex?
A: Food and non-alcoholic beverages, in plastic containers, are allowed on the deck/lounge chair area. Food and beverages are not allowed in the water. Please clean-up any trash after you are finished.
Q: Why doesn't the Aquaplex have a water slide?
A: While water slides help many water parks offset their operational expenses while generating income and keeping user fees low, the construction budget did not allow for a slide. A water slide may be added at a later date.
Q: Can non-students use the Aztec Aquaplex?
A: Yes, the pool is open to everyone. Visit our pricing page for costs.
Q: Does the Aquaplex close when it's raining?
A: Yes, if the rain or weather results in lightning, we close the pools for safety reasons.
Q: Are there extreme conditions that would result in the pool being closed without notice?
A: Yes, the Aquaplex could be closed due to chemical imbalance, poor water circulation, excessive rain or emergency.
Q: Is the Aquaplex open to regular students during Athletic practices and intercollegiate competitions?
A: Yes, the design ensures that students can gain access to the recreation pool during athletic practices and events.
Q: Who is working at the Aztec Aquaplex?
A: There are over 30 jobs for SDSU students at the Aquaplex: lifeguards, customer service representatives, swim instructors, facility supervisors and maintenance employees.
Q: Does the Aquaplex have a beach entry or zero-depth area?
A: Yes, the recreation pool offers a beach entry where you enter a shallow end nearly even with the deck. Your bare feet enter into inches of water like a natural beach and the pool gets gradually deeper with each step. This area also allows for a splash and play zone with two spray jets.
Q: Where do you sign-up for the Aztec Adventures outings? How much
do they cost?
A: You can register for outings at the ARC Membership Services counter or online at https://www.spectrumonline.net/V5/Login/LoginMember.aspx
ARC members receive lower prices on outings.
Q: Do I need experience to participate on an Aztec Adventures Outing? How long are the trips?
A: Most trips are geared for beginners and focus on enjoyment, physical activity and relaxation. Trips range in length from one day to one month.
Q: Is free bowling still available to ARC members?
A: Yes. ARC Member Services will issue three bowling tickets per week to ARC members who request them. Contact Bowling Coordinator, Jim Mitchell, at 619-594-6559.
Q: Where can I redeem my free bowling tickets?
A: Games can be redeemed at Kearny Mesa Bowl or Mira Mesa Lanes. Each ticket is valid for one free game.
Q: What is the address where I redeem my tickets to bowl?
A: Kearny Mesa Bowl, 7585 Clairement Mesa Blvd. (858) 279-1501 and Mira Mesa Lanes, 8210 Mira Mesa Blvd. (858) 578-0500.
Q: Can I share my free bowling tickets with my friends who are not ARC members?
A: No, free bowling is for individual ARC members-only. Encourage your friends to become ARC members and you can both bowl free.
Q: Will there be opportunities to take ENS Bowling classes for credit in the future?
A: Yes. All ENS Bowling Classes during the Fall 2011 - Spring 2013 semesters will be held at Kearny Mesa Bowl.
Q: Will the new Aztec Student Union have a bowling center?
A: Yes, SDSU students in the future will have a brand new state-of-the-art bowling & games facility in Aztec Student Union.
Q: When will it open and where can I find more information?
A: See more information on the new Aztec Student union online (links to: http://azteccenter.wordpress.com/)
Q: What's the name of SDSU's new bowling center?
A: The new name will be Aztec Lanes. It will be conveniently located on the main floor of the new Aztec Student Union.
Q: How many bowling lanes will the new "Aztec Lanes" have?
A: When it opens, the new Aztec Lanes will have 12 bowling lanes.
Q: What else will be offered in the new "Aztec Lanes"?
A: The new Aztec Lanes will have a big screen T.V. lounge next to the pub/restaurant, video and pin ball machines, sports memorabilia, and pool tables.
Q: How do I access the Climbing Wall?
A: The climbing wall is open to all ARC members that have successfully completed our safety orientation. The purpose of our safety orientation is to educate members on the skills and responsibilities required to climb safely at our wall. Check our web site for days and times of our orientation.
Q: Once I complete the Safety Orientation can I climb whenever I want?
A: No. The climbing wall is open a set number of hours per week. Check the Climbing Wall website for current days and times.
Q: Do you have to be an ARC Member to use the climbing wall?
A: No. However, if you are not part of an organized group that has scheduled private use of the wall you will need to successfully complete our safety orientation.
Q: Where is the Climbing Wall located?
A: Inside the Aztec Recreation Center on the SDSU campus off 55th Street adjacent to Viejas Arena.
Q: Do I need to sign-up in advance to take the safety orientation?
A: Yes, space is limited to a maximum of ten members for each orientation. You can register on-line through the ARC web site (click on Climbing Wall) or in person at Membership Services.
Q: If I am an experienced climber or belong to a Climbing Gym, do I still need to take the orientation?
A: Yes. It is important that everyone that climbs at our wall fully understand their responsibilities toward safety of our unique facility as well as specific skills.
Q: How old do you have to be to use the Climbing Wall?
A: All ARC Members and guests must be a minimum of 18 years old. However, we work with organized groups during off-hours and prefer 12 years and older.
Q: What do I do if I don't have a regular climbing partner?
A: We encourage all of our climbing members to make new friends at the wall. Bouldering is another alternative. Our staff needs to supervise the entire wall so they are not permitted to belay individual members.
Q: What equipment is provided?
A: Climbing Shoes, harnesses, chalk, belay devices, carabiners and ropes are provided.
Q: What does the different colored tape on the wall represent?
A: Each tape color or pattern represents a specific climbing route. Larger tape squares in the same color at the base of the wall indicate the difficulty of the climb.
Q: Do you offer instruction and outdoor climbing opportunities?
A: Yes. Each semester we offer several sections of one unit beginning and intermediate climbing classes. Check out ENS 139 on the SDSU Course Schedule. In addition, we offer weekend climbing trips to Joshua Tree National Park each semester. See the Aztec Adventures Outings Schedule for more info.
Q: What should I wear to climb?
A: Workout clothing. Anything that you can stretch, move freely and sweat in comfortably.
Q: What warm-up or stretching exercises are recommended for climbing?
A: Feel free to ask our staff about specifics if you are unfamiliar with basic stretching and warm-up exercises.
Q: How do I get a job at the Climbing Wall?
A: We only hire full-time SDSU students (minimum 6 units). We are always looking for experienced climbers who have a passion for sharing their climbing skills with others. You can find a Part-Time A.S. Application on our website.
Q: Who can participate?
A: SDSU students, faculty, staff, alumni and even community members. So basically, everyone! (Intramurals is free to members, but requires a day-pass on the day of your game from non-members)
Q: Does it cost anything to play Intramural Sports?
A: Intramural Sports is free for all ARC members. If you are not an ARC member you must purchase a daypass at the front desk of the ARC and present it to the sport supervisor on the court or field. Daypasses are $6 for students, $9 for SDSU affiliates and $12 for general community members.
Q: What sports do you offer?
A: Intramural Sports offers a variety of sports. We have traditional sports like: basketball, indoor and outdoor soccer, football, volleyball and softball. Non-traditional sports like dodgeball and kickball. As well as ladder tournaments like tennis. Each semester we offer different sports.
Q: How do I register for Intramural Sports?
A: Registration is done through the Intramural Registration website
Q: I want to play, but I don't have a team to play for. Can I still register?A: Of course you can. You have the option to sign up as a Free Agent. You will attend a meeting, meet other Free Agents and form your team. Sign up as a Free Agent
Q: What is the difference between CoRec and Open leagues?
A: CoRec leagues have a required amount of men to women ratio. A certain number of males and females must be present and participating for the game to be held. Open leagues are for everyone to play. There are required male to female ratios.
Q: Can I play in multiple leagues?
A: Yes. Example: Men can play in both Open and CoRec leagues. Women can play Open, CoRec, and Women's leagues. Remember, participants may only play on one team in each league.
Q: Can I play on multiple teams?
A: Participants cannot play on multiple teams within the same league. For example, a player cannot be on an Open-A League team and an Open-B League team. Nor can they be on two Open-A League teams. An individual can, however be on an Open-A League team and a CoRec League team because they are classified as two different leagues. The different leagues we offer are Open, Women's, CoRec, Fraternity and Sorority leagues.
Q: Do I need to attend the Captain's meeting?
A: To ensure your team's spot in the league the captain must attend the meeting. If the captain absolutely cannot attend the meeting, they may appoint a representative to attend the meeting in their place. Either way, a representative from each team needs to be present at the captain's meeting for their team to be approved.
Q: What kind of information is discussed in the Captain's Meeting?
A: The information discussed at the Captain's Meeting is pertinent for every team to know. Policies, rules, updates and structure will be discussed at the meeting as well as a question and answer session with the Program Supervisor (should you have any additional questions).
Q: What is the maximum number of players on a roster?
A: The maximum number is 25 players for all sports.
Q: I registered as a Free Agent, what else do I need to do?
A: Free Agents must attend the Free Agent meeting. At this meeting you will meet other free agents that signed up for your league and be placed on a team based on your availability. If you do not attend you will not be placed on a team.
Q: Why do I need to put down a forfeit deposit?
A: Intramurals is a free program to all registered members. To ensure games are being played and the team is committed to attending all of the scheduled games, a forfeit deposit is required. The program is also paying for two-three referees and a supervisor to be at your game. The $40 forfeit charge is ultimately paying that money back to the program for having staff at an un-played game.
Q: What determines the time and day of the game?
A: Facility availability determines the time and day of games. Intramurals shares the fields and facilities with SDSU athletic teams, Sport Club teams and other student organizations.
Q: How do I add players to my team? Is there a deadline?
A: You can add players through: http://dosportseasy.com/sdsu. Log in to your account and click on the sport you have registered for. Then click on "registered teams" at the top left center of the screen. Find your team and click on it. Scroll down to the bottom and click "update and modify roster." Add your players' information and click the "modify" box in the far right column. Then click "update."
Q: Who are the referees that work the games?
A: The referees are undergraduate and graduate students working part-time and going to SDSU.
Q: How do I stay connected with the program?
A: Stay connected with Intramural Sports on Facebook
Q: What does the Sportsmanship rating mean?
A: The Sportsmanship rating is between 1 and 5 and is how the officials and supervisors rate your level of sportsmanship throughout the game. The rating criteria includes but is not limited to: the team's reaction to calls, attitude towards their opponents and officials, rowdiness of the fans, cleanliness of the playing area etc. A full description of the sportsmanship rating breakdown can be found included in the rules of every sport. Teams must average a 3 sportsmanship rating throughout the season to be eligible for playoffs.
Q: How do I get my schedule?
A: The most accurate schedule will be posted on the Intramural Sports Facebook. Schedules will also be posted in the display case at the ARC near the basketball courts.
Q: What if I want to cancel one of my games?
A: Cancelling your game in advance is called taking a Default. This may be done without penalty at least 48 hours before your scheduled game. You must fill out a Default Form which you will be able to receive at the ARC front desk. If your game is on a Sunday or Monday, it must be turned in by Thursday at 5pm. Remember, this process must be done in person (not over the phone or via email). Your team will still take a loss for that game, however you won't be charged the $40 forfeit fee and your sportsmanship rating won't be affected.
Q: How do I know who I am playing next?
A: Your posted schedule will show your game times/locations/opponents and jersey colors for the entire season.
Q: What are the locations of the games?
A: Games are played all over the SDSU campus. Outdoor sports will be held on the athletic Softball field, ENS 700 (field in the middle of campus), PG610 (upper turf field), PG620 (lower turf field) and the Aztec Aquaplex. Indoor sports will be held inside the Aztec Recreation Center.
Q: There was a call I didn't agree with last night, can I protest that call?
A: The only time you can protest a call is during the game right before the next play begins. A form will be filled out and play would continue. The Intramural staff will review it and see if it warrants a replay and reschedule the game if needed.
Q: Do I need to wear a jersey for my game?
A: Jerseys are not required. All sports require your team to wear white or dark shirts. Some sports also require a permanent number on your white or dark shirt. We do not allow players to tape numbers on their jersey or shirt. These numbers must be permanent so they don't fall off during your game.
Q: How do I know if I need to wear a dark or white game jersey?
A: Jersey color is indicated on the schedule. First team listed wears dark, second team wears white.
Q: Do I get charged if I forfeit a game?
A: Yes. You will be charged $40, and your sportsmanship rating will be a 1.
Q: What does Game time = forfeit time mean?
A: If your team doesn't have enough player by game time, your team will have to forfeit that game. For example, if your basketball game is at 7pm and you only have three players at 7pm, you will have to forfeit that game. We schedule games every hour. If they get backed up because teams are showing up late, we will run way over our facility reservations.
Q: What does my team win if we win the league?
A: Bragging rights and the almighty Intramural Champion shirts will be given to the team.
Q: How do I apply to work for Intramural Sports?
A: At the beginning of the semester, employment opportunities for Intramural Sports will be posted on the ARC Employment web page. Click on "current openings" to apply.
Q: What is the difference between leagues and tournaments?
A: Leagues include a regular season (usually about 4-6 weeks) and a week of playoffs. Tournaments are 1 or 2 day events that typically function as double or single-elimination brackets.
Q: What if a few of my teammates are running late from class/work, will I have to forfeit?
A: If you have enough players to start, your teammates may sign in after the game has started. If you don't have enough players at game time, then yes, you will have to forfeit. The minimum amount of players allowed is outlined in the rules for each sport.
Q: Where can I find the rules?
A: Rules for every Intramural Sport0
Q: What is the cost of a personal trainer?
A: ARC Personal Trainers are independent contractors that decide upon their own rates and packages. Generally, the price ranges between $25-60 per hour. Visit the personal training website to learn about each trainer and work with them directly to get a quote.
Q: What time are the personal trainers available to meet with me?
A: The personal trainers create their own schedules. Depending on availability, training sessions are conducted in the morning, afternoon and evening hours.
Q: How do I choose a personal trainer?
A: Each personal trainer has a biography up on this website that you can read through to assist in your decision. If you need more information from one or more of the trainers, you can email them directly. Contacting them does not commit you to their service, so feel free to ask questions!
Q: Can a personal trainer help me lose weight?
A: Yes, personal trainers can assist you with a variety of health related goals, such as weight loss, weight gain, muscle building, balance and flexibility training.
Q: How often would I meet with my personal trainer if I hired one?
A: A personal trainer can meet with you as often as you like. Depending on your experience, needs and goals, trainings range from 1 day to 5 days per week.
Q: Can I hire a personal trainer just one time to show me how to use the equipment?
A: Yes, single sessions are available; however most people have found they need multiple sessions to accomplish their goals.
Q: What's a Training Session Like?
A: At the beginning of our first private exercise session and consultation, you and your trainer will discuss your fitness goals, such as:
- body fat reduction and weight loss
- body shaping and toning
- cross training (strength and endurance)
- rehabilitation from injury
- cardiovascular conditioning
- general muscular conditioning
- sport-specific training
Your goals will be as individual as you are. By taking into account what you most want to achieve, your trainer can design a program that is just right for you. Once you know where you're starting from and where you want to go, you can chart your route and measure your progress along the way.
Q: What Are the Benefits?
A: Motivation. It takes more than state-of-the-art equipment to reach your fitness goals. You have to exercise regularly and make each exercise session count. A trainer will help you develop the incentive to stick to your exercise plan.
Guidance. A trainer's expertise enables him or her to customize an exercise program, making it specific to your goals. One size does not fit all! Plus, your trainer will teach you correct form, which will maximize efficiency and effectiveness, and minimize the chance of injury. Finally, as your fitness improves, your trainer will fine-tune your program to meet your changing needs and make sure you continue to get results.
Convenience. Don't have time to exercise? You and your trainer can figure out a schedule that will work for you. Together, you can also brainstorm ways to overcome the other obstacles that stand between you and your goals.
Q:What is the phone number at the Racquetball facility—Rec Sports?
Q:What is the address at Rec Sports?
A:The Rec Sports office and Racquetball courts are in Peterson Gym (PG) 196. We are right across the street from the entrance to the ARC. From the ARC entrance, cross 55th and continue to the end of the corridor. We are located through the corridor and on the right.
Q:How many racquetball courts do you have?
A: Rec Sports has six racquetball courts. Rental equipment is available with a valid photo I.D.
Q:Do you take reservations?
A:Yes, courts can be reserved for up to an hour by calling the Recreational Sports office during regular hours of operation. Same-day reservations only, next-day and other future reservations will not be taken.
Q:What else does Rec Sports offer, aside from racquetball?
A:At Rec Sports you can play handball or wallyball. Rental equipment is available with a valid photo I.D.
Q:What is handball?
A:Handball is a competitive game in which either hand or either fist may be used to serve and return the ball. For a complete list of Handball rules, please ask one of the desk attendants at the Rec Sports front office window. Equipment is available with a valid photo I.D.
Q:What is wallyball?
A: Wallyball is indoor volleyball played in a Racquetball court. You may check out a special wallyball and net with a valid photo I.D. from the Rec Sports front office window. The net must be set up in one of the designated Wallyball courts. For a complete list of rules, please ask one of the desk attendants at the Rec Sports front office window.
Q:Can I bring my own equipment?
Q:How do I check equipment out?
A:You can check equipment out from the Rec Sports front office window with a valid photo I.D.
Q:What kind of equipment do you have?
A:Rec Sports has Racquetball racquets, Racquetballs, goggles, Wallyballs and Wallyball nets.
Q:What is the cost to check out equipment?
A:It is free for ARC members, VIP card holders and guest/day pass holders to check out equipment at Rec Sports, as long as a valid photo I.D. is presented.
Q:Do I have to be an ARC member to play at Rec Sports?
A:No. If you are not an ARC member, you can purchase a day pass or a VIP card at Membership Services in the ARC.
Q:What is a Day Pass?
A:An ARC day pass gives you access to Aztec Recreation facilities including the ARC, the Aquaplex, Tennis courts and Racquetball courts. Costs are here. A day pass is valid for 24 hours. The pass is non-transferable. You can purchase day passes at Membership Services in the ARC.
Q:What is a VIP card?
A:A VIP card may be purchased for $30. It is worth 10 visits to the Recreational Sports facility for eligible activities. The card can be purchased at Membership Services in the ARC. ONLY ONE PERSON PER CARD IS ALLOWED. VIP cards do not expire and they are non-transferable. VIP card holders must present a valid photo I.D. to enter the facility.
Q:Can I bring a friend?
A:Absolutely. However, if your friend is not a member of the ARC, s/he must purchase a day pass or a VIP card. ONLY ONE PERSON PER CARD IS ALLOWED. If you are an ARC member, you get one free guest pass per year. Before you head over to the Rec Sports facility, stop by Membership Services in the ARC to obtain the pass for your friend. S/he needs to be present with a valid photo I.D. to complete a liability waiver.
Q:What is a Guest Pass?
A:If you are an ARC member, you get one free guest pass per year. To obtain the pass, your friend must be present with a valid photo I.D. to complete a liability waiver. These passes are good for one day’s use at the ARC and the Aquaplex. You can redeem this pass at Member Services in the ARC.
Q:What are all of the ARC facilities?
A:The Aztec Recreation facilities include the ARC, Racquetball courts, Aztec Tennis courts, Aztrack (seasonal) and the Aztec Aquaplex.
Q:What is the Racquetball Ladder Tournament?
A: The Ladder Tournament is an interactive way for players to participate in an ongoing racquetball tournament. Players challenge others to work their way up the ladder. The three levels are beginner, intermediate, and advanced. You pick your level and set match dates. To read the complete rules check out the website at arc.sdsu.edu/Racquetball/index.html.
Q:When is the ladder tournament?
A:The ladder tournament starts at the beginning of every semester during the first week of classes.
Q:How do I join the ladder tournament?
A:Players can sign up by completing the form here.
Q:Who is the contact for the ladder lournament?
A:Players can call the Racquetball Lead at (619) 594-6424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Where do ladder players report their scores?
A: Players report their wins and losses to the Racquetball Lead who updates the ladders accordingly on a weekly basis.
Q:What does the ladder champion win?
A:The winner receives an Intramural Sports Champion T-shirt and enjoys the status of Ladder Tournament Division Champion!
Q:When does the ladder champion collect the prize?
A: Winners may collect their prize at the ARC. The winner will be notified by theRacquetball Lead when and where you can pick them up.
Q:Can I practice Field Hockey or Badminton?
A: No, the activities permitted in the facility are Racquetball, Wallyball and Handball to avoid damaging the walls and floors.
Q:Can I bring my son or daughter—if s/he is under 18?
A: Yes, however a legal guardian must fill out a liability waiver for themselves and an individual assumption of risk form for the minors using the facility. There is a maximum of two kids per adult on the same court. An adult must accompany minors at all times. Minors will not be charged to use the Rec Sports facility.
Q:Is there a dress code?
A:Yes, participants must wear non-marking athletic shoes—no dark soled shoes are allowed—and shirts that cover their torsos. Also, goggles are highly recommended for eye-protection and are available for check-out with a valid photo I.D.
Q: Does it cost extra to take a Rec Class?
A: Yes, Rec Classes charge a separate fee from the ARC Membership. There is a difference in the participation according to our structure ARC Member/SDSU Student/Community Affiliate with ARC members being the lowest. The price difference can vary from class to class and can be found through the main Rec Class page.
Q: Do I have to be an SDSU student or an ARC Member to take a Rec Class?
A: No, you do not have to be an ARC Member to enroll in any of the Rec Classes. The classes are open to anyone over the age of 18 years old.
Q: Does the CPR/First Aid class include certification for CPR/First Aid of children and infants?
A: Yes, the CPR/First Aid Rec Class does certify participants in CPR/First Aid to infants, children and adults.
Q: Where can I get a copy of the Rec Class schedule?
A: Copies of the Rec Class schedule are located in the front entry area of the Aztec Recreation Center or on the website.
Q: How do I know if there is a spot available in the class?
A: When you enter the Online Registration it will tell you the number of open spaces available in the page when you view the class before registering.
Q: Can I still enroll in a class after it has begun?
A: Yes, but we do not prorate the cost of taking a class. If you decide to enroll half way through the session you will be charged the full price.
Q: How do I become a Rec Class instructor?
A: If you are interested in becoming a Rec Class instructor please complete the Instructor Interest Sheet and submit to the Rec Class Supervisor via email.
Q: Do I need a partner to enroll in any of the dance classes?
A: No, you do not need a partner to participate in any dancing classes and all levels are welcome to participate.
Q: What is the difference between sport clubs and varsity
A: There are many differences between Aztec Athletic teams and sport clubs. The Associated Students manages the SDSU sport clubs program. Teams are usually self-funded via member dues, alumni donations, fund-raising efforts and corporate contributions. Sport Club-athletes pay for the cost of their team travel, equipment, uniforms and officiating expenses.
Q: What sport club teams do you offer and how do I join one?
A: Clubs are listed alphabetically on the Contact List page. We encourage you to make contact with the club you are interested in through the email address listed. You can also contact the Intramural and Sport Club Coordinator or the Sport Club Graduate Assistant for more information.
Q: Where do sport clubs meet?
A: SDSU sport clubs meet, practice and compete in a variety of locations on and off campus. Most clubs utilize campus facilities such as the Aztec Recreation Center , Peterson Gym, Hardy Field, Sports Deck, and the turf fields located adjacent to Tony Gwynn Stadium. Others use auxiliary facilities off campus such as the Mission Bay Aquatic Center or the Ray and Joan Kroc Center in San Diego . Facility usage depends on the nature of the team and their requirements for practice space. Practices at SDSU are usually held between 3:00pm and 9:00pm Monday through Friday, while practices at Mission Bay are generally held early mornings.
Q: Are there tryouts for sport club teams?
A:Sport Clubs are constantly graduating students and looking to pick up new talent. Each club keeps a competitive roster according to their respective sport. Tryout dates and times vary for each team. Check the Sport Clubs homepage for specific information or the Contact List page to get in touch with a team’s contact.
Q: Who do sport club teams compete against?
A: SDSU sport club teams participate in competitions with other clubs, organizations, colleges and universities. Our teams frequently travel throughout the Southwest to compete against club teams from Long Beach State , UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, ASU, Arizona, Fresno State, Utah State, UC Davis, USC and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Q: What types of shoes are acceptable on the tennis courts?
A: Non-marking shoes made specifically for tennis are the only kind of shoe acceptable on the courts.
Q: Do you have a pro shop?
A: No, we do not sell tennis equipment or do racquet stringing.
Q: Are reservations required?
A: No, reservations are not currently required, however we recommend that you make reservations as that is the only way to ensure a court.
Q: Why aren't you open during the day?
A: The SDSU tennis courts are in use by SDSU students during the day. The courts host games and practices for both the SDSU men's and women's tennis teams as well as ENS tennis classes.
Q: Can I bring my kids who are under 18?
A: Children under the age of 18 are allowed as long as they purchase a pass, have a legal guardian sign a waiver, and someone over the age of 18 is present.
Q: What is the Wellness Center?
A: A Student Health Service Health Educator runs the Aztec Recreation Center within the Aztec Recreation Center. This office serves as a satellite office to promote health and wellness topics and activities to students and community members at the ARC. ARC Wellness provides monthly health and wellness tips through Axis TV, the Wellness Bulletin Board, and the ARC Newsletter. The Wellness Center maintains and facilitates the ARC Eating Disorder Protocol, coordinates Nutrition Counseling for ARC members, and provides general health and wellness information for members of the ARC. Overall, the collaboration and partnership with the ARC allows Health Promotion to extend their reach, and remind students that being healthy is more than just going to the gym.
Q: What is nutrition counseling?
A: The Wellness Center at the ARC in conjunction with the Health Promotion Department at Student Health Services provides general nutrition counseling offered by highly trained interns from the Exercise and Nutritional Science Department. The interns can help in areas such as weight loss and management, weight gain, vegetarian diets and other general nutrition needs. All services are free of charge to SDSU students and ARC members. To get started, complete this form: Nutrition Counseling Intake Assessment. Return the form to the ARC Information Services Desk or the SDSU Health Promotion Department, 3rd Floor of the Calpulli Center. Once your form is reviewed, someone will call you to set up an appointment that works with your schedule. For more information, call 619-594-4133
Q: What is the nutrition counseling “no show policy”?
A: Appointments must be cancelled 24 hours in advance by calling (619) 594-4133. If the client fails to cancel a scheduled appointment, he or she is allowed one more chance to attend a second scheduled appointment.