Open Recreation Program

Open Recreation Program Offerings and Policies


Athletic teams have priority Monday through Friday from 6:00am-6:30pm. If the area is unused by Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs or Student Organizations it can be used for the following activities:

  • Soccer
    • Must be played inside the gym dividers
    • Soccer goals can be unlocked by the building manager
    • After use, soccer goals must be returned to their designated area
  • Basketball
    • Basketball courts may be designated half court during heavy usage periods
    • No hanging on basketball rims
    • No informal dunk contests (i.e. not part of a formal program)
    • All games to be played using the challenge system
  • Volleyball
    • Crank can be rented out at the Information Center (UWM ID will be needed)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Must be played inside the gym dividers
  • Football
    • Tackling or hitting is not allowed
  • Running
  • All other activities must be approved by UREC Administrator or Building Manager on duty.
Engelmann Gym

The Engelmann Gym is managed by the department of University Recreation (UREC). University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee courses, leagues, tournaments, and scheduled programs and practices have priority. Open Recreation times are only available for current segregated fee paying UWM students and UREC members. Guest passes will not be allowed in this space.

Field Usage Rules

  • All participants entering the facility must have a valid UWM ID or hand geometry scanned to enter the facility (NO ACCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE).
  • SLIDE TACKLING IS NOT ALLOWED (including goalies).
  • Field etiquette should be adhered to at all times.
  • Soccer is the primary activity that is allowed in this space during open recreation. If there is no interest in soccer, the UREC staff person has the discretion to allow alternate activities appropriate for the space.
  • When your field time/turn is up please leave the field as soon as the next team/players arrive.
  • NO Food, Gum, Smoking, Chewing Tobacco, Alcoholic beverages and/or drinks are allowed in the gym. (ONLY WATER IS ALLOWED IN THE GYM)
  • Private instruction for personal gain is not allowed.
  • No sport activities or bouncing balls in the hallways.
  • UREC staff has full authority to ask participants to leave the facility.

*Activities or behavior not covered in the Field Usage Rules will be interpreted at the management’s discretion. In the absence of an Administrative Staff Member, the Building Supervisor will make all interpretations.

Facility Equipment/Attire Regulation

  • Turf shoes, indoor shoes and/or tennis shoes are required to play in the facility (NO OUTDOOR CLEATS ALLOWED).
  • Goals will be provide by the department.
  • Soccer balls and pinnies are available for check-out at the entrance.
  • Shin guards are not required but recommended. If shin guards are worn, socks must be worn and must completely cover the shin guard.
  • Proper attire, according to UREC Attire Policy, required at all times. This includes proper shirts and shorts/pants.

Field Etiquette

  • A team is made up of 5 or 6 field players and a goalie (6v6 or 7v7)
  • A challenger must place his or her name/team name on the Challenge Field sign-up board to be eligible for a challenge game.
  • A challenge game is won by winning one games.
  • The game is played first team to 3 goals or 10 minutes (whichever one comes first).
  • The winner of a challenge game may play a second challenge match, but must leave the field, win or lose, after the second game.
  • If a waiting player/team is not present at the end of a game, they will lose their place to the following player/team.
  • There are no referees (players control the rules themselves)
Fitness Center
  • All personal belongings must be secured in a locker or placed in the Fitness Center cubbies. UREC is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
    • Note: Items placed in the Fitness Center cubbies are done so at your own risk. This is not a secured area.  It is strongly recommended that members not bring valuables into the KCP.
  • No food, drink, gum, tobacco or anything comparable allowed in the Fitness Center, except water in a shatter resistant, spill proof container.
  • The following proper athletic attire must be worn at all times:
    • Full-length shirt with sleeves that fully covers the back/shoulders/chest/stomach/sides
    • Athletic pants or shorts of a modest length which fully cover the backside
    • No jeans or other items with rivets, buttons or zippers
    • Shoes must be non-marking, rubber-soled, athletic style shoes, closed toe/heel
  • All Fitness Center equipment must remain in the Fitness Center.
  • All Fitness Center equipment must be returned to the appropriate location. All weights must be re-racked.
  • All bars must remain within racks or on benches.
  • No equipment may be brought in from other areas (such as basketballs, racquets).
  • No personal equipment may be brought into or used in the Fitness Center.  Safety equipment (i.e. weight lifting belts, gloves or wrist straps) is permissible.
  • No chalk is allowed in the Fitness Center.
  • Do not move machines or modify equipment in any way. Use equipment in the intended manner and do not add more than the recommended amount of weight to any piece of weight equipment.
  • Collars must be utilized on all free weight bars.
  • Do not drop or bang weights. Always maintain control while exercising.
  • Do not throw medicine balls against the walls. They may be thrown against the floor in the weight room stretching area if maintaining control.
  • Do not sit on the machines between sets.
  • Observe a 30-minute time limit on all cardiovascular machines when others are waiting.
  • Wipe down equipment with towel and disinfectant spray after use. Human perspiration is highly corrosive; please help ensure the long life of the equipment and upholstery by wiping-off the machines with a provided towel. This also helps with personal hygiene, to slow the spread of disease transmission, and as a courtesy to other patrons using the same equipment.
  • Respect the facility, equipment and staff. Be courteous and considerate of fellow Fitness Center users.
  • Use of unnecessary noises, obscenities, insulting language, swearing, or profanity is prohibited.
Pavilion Gym

  • The Pavilion Track can be used when the facility is open.
    • The track is intended for jogging/walking use only
    • Give right of way to people passing on the track
    • Do not jog/walk more than 2 abreast
    • The track is not an observation area, standing or blocking lanes is not allowed
    • Shoes with spikes are not permitted on either track
  • Basketball courts may be designated half court during heavy usage periods.
    • No hanging on basketball rims
    • No informal dunk contests (i.e. not part of a formal program)
    • All games to be played using the challenge system
  • Volleyball priority usage schedule may be enforced.
    • Crank can be rented out at the Information Center (UWM ID will be needed)
  • Any additional equipment or activity usage must be cleared through Building Manager on duty.
Racquetball Courts

  • Approved eye guards must be worn over eyes at all times.
  • Any activity other than racquetball, handball or wallyball must be pre-approved by an UREC administrator.
  • Not responsible for lost or stolen items left unattended outside racquetball courts.
PAR 104 & 110

Room 104 and 110 is scheduled for Cycle Classes, Sport Club practices, Group-X classes, Sport & Rec classes, student organizations and other rental groups.  Patrons may request to utilize the room when not reserved on a first come first serve basis.  The request will need to be done in person at the University Recreation Information Center in the Klotsche Center and Pavilion.

  • Must have a minimum of two people to use the space.
  • No street shoes, must wear clean, non-marking shoes or shoes that are appropriate for activities.
  • Pants/shorts and shirts are required.
  • Individuals with skin infections, open lesions, or open cuts are not allowed.
  • If there is blood on the mat or floor, activity must stop. Notify UREC staff member for proper clean-up.
  • Any combative activities must be pre-approved in advance and supervised by current UREC or UWM instructor or an approved coach. Activity approval may not be immediate.
  • The in-house audio system may only be used by a properly trained UREC staff person who is participating in the activity. All other participants must provide their own sound equipment.
  • Equipment in multipurpose room may only be used by properly trained UREC staff.
  • Please report any broken equipment to UREC staff. Broken equipment will be evaluated and may be charged to proper individual/group at the discretion of UREC administrative staff.
  • Activities that could damage the mirrors or ceiling tiles are strictly prohibited (i.e. balls, batons, etc.).
  • Personal equipment is not allowed unless pre-approved in advance by UREC administrative staff. Equipment approval may not be immediate.
  • UREC guests are not allowed to use these rooms unless accompanied by their sponsor who is a current UREC member.
  • No food, drink, gum, tobacco or anything comparable allowed in the room, except water in a clear, plastic, spill proof container.
  • The space reservation must be made at the Information Center in person the day of the activity, no advanced booking will be allowed.
  • If others are waiting to use the room, we ask that you limit your activities to one hour.
  • Before using the space, please inspect the area and report any broken items to the Building Manager.
  • After use, please make sure to return the room to its original condition and inform the UREC Information Center staff that you are finished using the room.

Anyone that violates these rules will be required to meet with UREC Administrative staff.

PAR 111

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New Functional Fitness Studio

Swimming Pool

  • Pool may not be used unless a certified lifeguard is present on deck.
  • Do not enter the pool if you have a communicable disease or an open cut/wound.
  • Do not bring food, drink, gum or tobacco into the pool.
  • Shower before entering the pool and after use of toilet facilities.
  • Do not run or engage in rough play in the pool area.
  • Do not bring animals into the pool area (service animals are allowed).
  • Diaper changing on the pool deck is prohibited.
  • Glass and breakable items are prohibited in the pool area.
  • Proper swim attire required (no cut offs, gym shorts, or T-shirts unless approved by staff).
  • Bathing caps are recommended, but not required.
  • No inflatable toys allowed, unless approved by the lifeguard.
  • All personal belongings are to be left in lockers.
  • No street shoes on deck.
  • No hanging on lane lines or safety lines.
  • Lifeguards regulate the diving area and board. Use of the 3 meter board is strictly prohibited.
    • One person on diving board at a time and only one bounce on diving board.
  • No Diving in Shallow End.
  • Patrons may not use the diving blocks at any time.
  • Use of unnecessary noises, obscenities, insulting language, swearing, or profanity is prohibited.
  • Lifeguard has complete authority in and around the pool area.
  • University Recreation Administration may revise rules when deemed necessary.