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Facility Guidelines

first & foremost, PLEASE BE...

  • Caring – Be kind. No fighting, physical or verbal confrontation is allowed in YMCA programs or facilities. Refrain from abusive or profane language.
  • Honest – You are expected to be honest and professional with other members and staff.
  • Respectful – Treat others how you would like to be treated. Intentional damage to another person’s property or YMCA property will not be tolerated. Mistreatment or harassment of YMCA members or staff is strictly prohibited.
  • Responsible – You are responsible for your behavior. If you have a concern or problem, please contact a YMCA staff person.
  • Healthy – Unsafe or dangerous behavior will not be tolerated. Your YMCA is a safe zone. Use or possession of drugs, alcohol, or weapons is not allowed in YMCA programs or facilities. No tobacco is allowed in YMCA facilities, or on the premises.

VALUABLES

The Y is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please use one of the lock boxes available at the front desk in Olean or give items to the front desk in Bradford or Wellsville or if possible, leave your valuables at home.


INSURANCE

The Y strongly recommends that all members carry their own health insurance in case of accidental injury. We are not responsible for any claims caused by participation.


SUGGESTIONS OR COMMENTS

If you have a suggestion or a comment, we would like to hear it. Please stop by the front desk and let us know your suggestions, concerns or compliments by filling out a commend card and giving it to one of our staff or drop it into the mail.


ymca of the twin tiers Facility Guidelines

Printable MEMBER CODE OF CONDUCT

The YMCA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all members and guests. Conduct of members and program participants should reflect and support the YMCA mission or values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, health and community.

We expect persons using the YMCA to act maturely, to behave responsibly, and to respect the rights and dignity of others. Our Member 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. 

  • Using or possessing alcohol or illegal chemicals on YMCA property, in YMCA vehicles, or at YMCA sponsored programs 
  • Smoking on YMCA property - the YMCA and its property is a smoke-free environment 
  • Carrying or concealing a weapon or any device or object that may be used as a weapon 
  • Harassment or intimidation by words, gestures, body language, or any type of menacing behavior 
  • Physical contact with another person in an angry, aggressive, or threatening way 
  • Verbally abusive behavior, including angry or vulgar language, swearing, name-calling, or shouting 
  • Sexually explicit conversation or behavior; any sexual contact with another person 
  • Inappropriate (including rubber exercise or sauna suits), immodest, or sexually revealing attire 
  • Theft or behavior that results in the destruction or loss of property 
  • Loitering within or on the grounds of the YMCA 
  • Using picture cell phones or cameras within or on the grounds of the YMCA or its Child Care Centers without permission 

 
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. Proper ID is required for entry into our facility and checked against the Registered Sex Offender List.

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.

The Branch Executive Director will investigate all reported incidents. Suspension or termination of YMCA membership privileges may result from a determination by the Branch Executive if in his/her discretion a violation of the YMCA Member’s Code of Conduct has occurred.


appropriate clothing

To perform at the optimum level safely during exercise, participants in YMCA programs should do the following when it comes to clothes and footwear:

  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows adequate ventilation. Clothing that is too tight or rough can irritate the skin, causing blisters, rashes or even abrasions.
  • Clothing should also be made of material that breathes to allow sweat to evaporate, which allows the body to cool.
  • Use of Rubber Exercise Suits (Sauna Suits) in the YMCA is prohibited.
    • Wearing vinyl or rubber suits (sauna suits) in an attempt to lose weight prevents sweat evaporation and causes the body's internal temperature to rise.
  • Inducing sweat is dangerous and it makes no contribution to fitness.
  • Wear comfortable, supportive, clean indoor footwear.
  • Sauna/Steam Room Guidelines: 
    • No long-sleeved shirts, hoodies, knit caps or long pants permitted in the Steam Room or Sauna. Covering your extremities prevents sweat evaporation & raises your core temperature to a dangerous level.

LOCKER ROOM POLICY

  • The Men's and Women's Locker Room is for adults 19 years of age and older.
    • Women may bring their preschool (5 years and under) daughters.
    • Men may bring their preschool (5 years and under) sons.
    • Parents changing their opposite gender children must use the Family/Special Needs Locker Room.
    • Parents changing their same gender children older than 5 years must use the Girls' & Boys' or Family/Special Needs Locker Rooms.
  • The Girls' and Boys' Locker Rooms are for youth in grades K-12.
  • The Family/Special Needs Locker Room is for people who have special changing needs: parents with small children or people with disabilities requiring the handicap shower and changing facility.

Swim BanD Policy (pdf)


LAP SWIM GUIDELINES

  • Need: If there are no open lanes, swimmers are expected to share lanes with others.
  • Speed: Gauge the speeds of each lane and join the lane where the swimmers swim at your speed.
  • Share: If there are two of you in a lane, you can stay on sides. Three or more swimmers in a lane must circle swim. Always discuss with the other swimmer what the plan for sharing is.
  • Care: At all times be aware of what is going on within your lane.
  • A lifeguard typically knows the best lane for you to enter, so please ask the lifeguard for assistance or any other questions.
  • The open area of the pool is typically for open swim and water exercise/water walking, but can be used for lap swim if the lanes are full.
  • Smile and enjoy your workout. When we work together, lap swimming can be a wonderful experience for all levels of fitness.

Wellness Center Guidelines

  • This center is available for use by YMCA members and guests only.
  • Use equipment at YOUR OWN RISK. If you are unsure of how to operate a piece of equipment safely, please ask!
  • Please follow equipment directions carefully. If you have not had an orientation, inquire at the reception desk.
  • Please report faulty or damaged equipment to a staff member.
  • Know your physical limitations.
  • Please be watchful of your belongings. The Y recommends that you leave valuables at home. Lockers are available for daily use only.
  • Please be respectful; keep cell phones on vibrate.
  • No food, alcohol, glass containers, smoking, or horseplay is permitted in this facility. Water bottles are permitted.
  • Proper athletic attire is required. Shirts and closed-toe athletic shoes must be worn at all times.
  • If you are using cardio equipment and someone is waiting, please be considerate and limit your workout to 30 minutes.
  • Be courteous and wipe down equipment after use. Disinfectant wipes are provided.
  • Please use personal headsets to listen to music.
  • Management reserves the right to refuse entry if protocol is violated.

WELLNESS area youth guidelines

  • Wellness Center (Cardio & Weights)
    • Grades 6-8
      • Must be with Y staff to participate without a parent. Youth in grades 6-8 can sign-up in the Activity Center for designated times and days offered.
      • Must be accompanied by parent who is in the Wellness Center along side the youth at all times unless participating in a program with Y staff.
      • Youth must attend the Parent/Youth Orientation to learn appropriate exercises and equipment to use when working out in the center.
      • Youth can only perform exercises approved by Y Personal Trainers in the Parent/Youth Orientation.
    • Grades 9-12
      • Must be trained prior to using any equipment. Sign-up for training at the front desk.
      • May use the Wellness Center at anytime providing behavior is in accordance with the YMCA Code of Conduct.
  • Virtual Fitness System:
    • Move Me classes can be used by youth in Grade 6 and above as long as a parent is present.
    • Other class formats can be used according to the above policies for Wellness Areas.
  • Racquetball Court:
    • Youth in grades 6-8 must be with a Y staff member to participate without a parent. Please sign-up in the Activity Center for designated times and days offered.
    • Youth in grades 6-8 must be accompanied by a parent in the Racquetball court at all times unless participating in a program with Y staff.
  • Indoor Walking/Running Track:
    • Youth in grades 6-8 must be with Y staff  to be on the track without a parent. Please sign-up in the Activity Center for designated times and days offered.
    • Must accompanied by a parent who is along side them on the indoor track at all times unless participating in a program with Y staff.
  • Youth in grades 6-8 cannot use the Wellness Areas when visiting on a day pass or guest pass.
  • Youth can be asked to leave the Wellness Areas at anytime by any staff if the Code of Conduct and expectations/behavior plan is not followed.
  • View/print Expectations/Behavior Plan HERE.

Olean ymca therapy pool rules & regulations

  • Please use the Therapy Pool at your own risk. Lifeguards are not supervising.
    • The lifeguards are focused on supervising the bathers using the main pool. Their attention is NOT focused on the Therapy Pool.
  • OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING RULES FOR THERAPY POOL USE:
    • DO NOT USE ALONE
    • Those suffering from heart disease, diabetes, high or low blood pressure, should avoid using the Therapy Pool.
    • Patrons must be a minimum of 19 years old to use the Therapy Pool. Individuals less than 19 years of ages who wish to use the Therapy Pool must be accompanied by a qualified Therapist responsible for their safety and behavior while using the Therapy Pool.
    • Do not use the Therapy Pool while under the influence of alcohol, anticoagulants, antihistamines, vasoconstrictors, vasodilators, stimulants, hypnotics, narcotics or tranquilizers.
    • Observe a reasonable time limit (e.g., 15 minutes), then shower, cool down and if you wish, return for another brief stay. Long exposure may result in nausea, dizziness or fainting.
    • Shallow Water - NO DIVING
    • IN AN EMERGENCY OR IF YOU REQUIRE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE, NOTIFY ONE OF THE LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY (and PUSH the RED BUTTON on the wall.) Although the lifeguard is not supervising the Therapy Pool, in the event of an emergency, they may be contacted for assistance.

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