Policies You Need to Know
The Athens-McMinn Family YMCA has policies in place for the benefit, safety and welfare of our members, guests and our organization. All policies are approved by the YMCA Board of Directors. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these policies.
Children ages 12 & under may use the facility as long as their parents are in the building.
All children between 10-15 years old must be registered and given a swim test by Y lifeguard staff prior to swimming without a parent.
The Y will permit children ages 18 and older to be considered the “supervising” guardian for their sibling(s) under the age of 13 when using the Y facilities.
Children under the age of 10 are not permitted in the cardio or strength training rooms. Youth ages 10-13, must have parent/guardian supervision in order to use the cardio and strength training rooms. Supervision means that they are with you in the Wellness Center at all times. Youth ages 14 and older are allowed to use the cardio and weight rooms without adult supervision as long as they follow the YMCA Code of Conduct and all policies for the facility.
Cell Phone Usage
Due to the advances in cell phone and video/picture technology and for the privacy of our members and guests: Cell phones, laptops and tablets are only permitted in designated areas of the Y facility. Cell phone and/or camera use in locker room areas and bathrooms are strictly prohibited.
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Code of Conduct
The YMCA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all members and guests. To promote safety and comfort for all, all individuals are asked to act appropriately at all times when in our facility or participating in our programs. We expect persons using the YMCA to act maturely, to behave responsibly, and to respect the rights and dignity of others. Our Member’s Code of Conduct outlines prohibited action, but the actions listed below are not an all-inclusive list of behaviors considered inappropriate in our facilities or programs.
1. Using or possessing alcohol or illegal chemicals on YMCA property or in YMCA vehicles
2. Smoking on YMCA property – the YMCA and its property is a smoke-free environment.
3. Carrying or concealing a weapon or any device or object that may be used as a weapon
4. Harassment or intimidation by words, gestures, body language, or any type of menacingbehavior
5. Physical contact with another person in an angry, aggressive, or threatening way
6. Verbally abusive behavior, including angry or vulgar language, swearing, name-calling,or shouting
7. Sexually explicit conversation or behavior; any sexual contact with another person
8. Inappropriate, immodest, or sexually revealing attire
9. Theft or behavior that results in the destruction or loss of property
10. Loitering within or on the grounds of the YMCA
11. Use of camera cell phones in the YMCA locker rooms is prohibited and may lead tosuspension of the YMCA membership
12. Anyone taking pictures of another person without their permission and knowledge will beprosecuted by the YMCA. This may also lead to the suspension or termination of the membership.
In addition, the YMCA reserves the right to deny access or membership to any person who has been accused or convicted of any crime involving sexual abuse, is or has been a registered sex offender, has ever been convicted of any offense relating to the use, sale, possession, or transportation of narcotics or habit forming and/or dangerous drugs, or is presently or habitually under the influence of dangerous drugs or chemicals, narcotics, or intoxicating beverages. The YMCA conducts regular sex offender screenings on all members, participants, and guests.
Members and guests are encouraged to take responsibility for their personal comfort and safety by asking any person whose behavior threatens their comfort to refrain from such behavior. Anyone who feels uncomfortable in confronting a person directly should report the behavior to a staff person or the Building Supervisor on duty. YMCA staff members are eager to be of assistance. Members and guests should not hesitate to notify a staff member if assistance is needed. In order to be able to carry out these policies, we ask that members and guests identify themselves to staff when asked.
The CEO/Executive Director will investigate all reported incidents. Suspension or termination of YMCA membership privileges may result from a determination by the CEO/Executive Director if in his/her discretion a violation of the YMCA Member’s Code of Conduct has occurred. Wednesday, December
The Y reserves the right to deny access or membership to any person who has been convicted of any crime involving sexual abuse or is or has been registered as a sex offender. The Y also reserves the right to suspend access or membership to any person accused of the above pending the outcome of any charges or court proceedings.
We ask that Y members and guests respect others and dress appropriately at all times while in the facility. We ask that you please wear athletic shoes while in the gymnasium, Wellness Center and Fitness Center. All other workout areas require proper workout shirt, shorts or pants. Clothing must be clean, muddy items are not permitted. Clothing with abusive language or graphics that are offensive is not allowed in the facility at anytime.
Racquetball rackets/balls may be borrowed from the Front Desk. Basketballs & Pickleball equipment may be checked out as well from the gym. If you do not return equipment, you will be charged for replacement.
While the Y will make every attempt to open or remain open in inclement weather, it reserves the right to delay opening, close early, or remain closed if the weather is serious enough to put our staff and members at risk.
For safety, our swimming pools are closed at the first sighting of lightening or sound of thunder, and will remain closed until 30 minutes have passed with no further sightings/sounds.
The Y building will be closed if a citywide weather emergency is declared, in that event, all programs, classes and building operating hours will be cancelled / closed. In the event the Athens City Schools and/or McMinn County Schools close, every effort will be made to run classes and programs. Make-up classes will not be rescheduled due to cancellation factors out of our control, such as inclement weather.
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Guests must complete the guest registration form when visiting and have a form of ID if verification is needed. All guests under the age of 18 years old, must be signed in by a parent/guardian.
Each new visiting guest may utilize one complimentary guest pass. Afterwards, each visit is $10 per visit.
All guests regardless of age are subject to our Member Code of Conduct. If a guest is found in violation of a Member Code of Conduct, they will be asked to leave the facility and will not be permitted to return to the facility on a guest pass.
Lockers are available in our Men's and Women's Locker Rooms. If you would like to rent a permanent locker for the year, please see the Front Desk and we will assist you in finding an available locker. Rentals are $25/year for medium lockers and $35/year for large lockers.
The Y is not liable for any articles damaged, lost or stolen. Please do not leave valuables left unattended.
Y staff members are CPR, First-Aid, and AED (automatic external defibrillators) trained and certified. Please see a staff member immediately if someone needs assistance. We also encourage you to update your Emergency Contact Information in your membership profile at the Front Desk.
Please take a special care in locking up all personal belongings in both the locker room and your vehicle. The Athens-McMinn Family YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. Check with the Front Desk for items of value in the event that the item has been found and turned in.
For your safety and liability, Personal Trainers working with members in the Y facility must be employed by the Athens-McMinn Family YMCA. We work hard to ensure that our Personal Trainers have the proper certifications and meet our quality standards.
Trainers who are not employed by the Athens-McMinn Family YMCA will not be permitted to train other members in the facility, regardless of membership. If a trainer continues to train in the Y facility, his or her membership privileges will be revoked. The CEO of the Athens-McMinn Family YMCA exclusively retains the right to determine whether an individual is training other members and is in violation of this policy.
The Athens-McMinn Family YMCA occasionally video tapes/ photographs its members and participants in various activities. Some of these photos are used in Y marketing materials, ads or brochures. If you do not want your photo used by the Y please step out of the shot or notify the photographer before the picture is taken.
If the Y has to cancel a program, you will receive a full refund. No refund is given unless the program is cancelled by the Y. Races cancelled due to the weather will be handled on a case by case basis.
Suspension/Loss of Membership
Members and guests fighting, using foul/abusive language or other misuse of membership privileges are subject to suspension of membership privileges at the discretion of staff on duty.