Frequently Asked Questions - You asked and we answered!

I am both a faculty/staff and a student, do I need to purchase a membership?

As a full-time employee, taking part in the employee tuition assistance program, you are not assessed the Recreation Center fee. Therefore, full-time faculty/staff must purchase a membership at that rate.

Can people not affiliated with UAB join the Rec Center?

UAB Campus Recreation is open exclusively for UAB students, employees, alumni, members of their immediate household and affiliate groups.

Can I join the Rec Center for just a few months instead of the annual membership?

Yes! The UAB Campus Recreation Center now offers two different short-term options at 1-month and 3-month minimum contracts in addition to the 12-month contract. As a member driven facility consisting of UAB students and the UAB community, the efficient and effective management of memberships is critical to the successful operation of Campus Recreation facilities and programs. To better offer these services it is imperative that we hold a consistent membership base.

Do you have to be a member to sign up for swim lessons?
No. A CRCT membership is not required. There is member and non-member pricing

How do I register for classes?
You can register in person or online at

How do I know which class to sign up for?
Take the placement quiz at

Do you offer private lessons?
Yes we do. To get more information go to

What is the dress code for the pool and spa?
Appropriate swimming attire (swimsuit) must be worn.  Gym shorts, cut-off shorts, sports bras, thongs etc. are prohibited.  A clean t-shirt may be worn to cover the upper body if desired.

Can my child use the spa?
Children 5 and under are not allowed in the Spa due to the risk of overheating and dehydration as their bodies cannot regulate body temperature like adults. In addition children of this age are not always able to maintain their bodily functions causing an unsanitary situation for others using the Spa.

How deep is the pool?
Three feet - four and a half feet

Are there camp opportunities throughout the school year, or just over the summer?
We offer an extensive day camp program throughout the school year. Many of the holidays when school is out, our camp is open here at UAB!

Do UAB affiliates get a discounted rate on camp programs?
Yes we offer two rates for our camp program, with the lower rate for those affiliated with UAB.

What is the age range of campers permitted?
All of our camps are open to children aged 5-16.

Club Sports

What is the difference between club sports and intramurals?
club sports are student-run organizations that compete at a higher level in local, regional, and national tournaments, as well as against other university clubs teams.

Who can participate in a club sport?
Any current student enrolled at UAB.

How do we start a club sport?
If we do not currently have a club sport that you would be interested in, and you would like to get one started, please contact the Assistant Director of Competitive Sports and Camps at

Community Leagues
Who can participate in community leagues?
Anyone in the Birmingham area who is at least 18 years of age or older.

What types of sports are offered as community leagues?
We offer basketball, volleyball, and soccer community leagues. But if you have a team interested in another sport, please email us at and we can work to get it on our future schedule.

How can I register a team for community leagues?
You can register a team by visiting our membership desk here in the facility. You can also contact the Assistant Director of Competitive Sports and Camps at for more information.

What food and drinks are allowed in the facility?

All food and drinks are welcomed in our lobby, but once you pass through the turnstiles, the facility only allows water in a clear, plastic, resealable container.

Do you have a facility dress code?

Workout attire is required to utilize any equipment in the Fitness Center. Workout attire consists of: workout pants/shorts, full t-shirt that covers the entire back, shoulders and torso; and closed-toed athletic shoes. The following attire is prohibited: jeans; cargo pants/shorts; sports bras; t-shirts that do not cover entire back; shoulders and torso; and any open-toed footwear.

How do I purchase a locker?

You may see the Membership Services office to purchase a locker. Half Locker $60, Full Locker $72, we have various day use lockers throughout the facility that members can bring their own lock to use while they are here and take with them when they leave. All locks left on the day use lockers over night will be cut and the content will be stored for 1 week until given to charity. Lockers are not prorated, cannot be payroll deducted and are all renewed at the same time regardless of when purchased.

Intramural Sports

Who can participate in intramural sports?
Any current student, faculty, or staff member with a valid One Card.

How much does it cost to play an intramural sport?
League sports are $5/player while some short-season and individual sports are just $3. We also runa variety of events throughout the semester that are free for all participants.

How do I sign up for an intramural sport?
Registration for any fee-based intramurals can be done on There is no registration for anyof the free events offered.

Where can I find out if Intramural events have been cancelled due to weather?

For information on intramural events, call the weather line at 996.4884.

Can spouses of UAB faculty/staff/students play intramurals?

During summer intramural events spouses are welcome to participate.

Can non-CRCT members watch intramural events inside the facility?

Non-members are welcome as spectators, however, gym bags are not allowed and these viewers are not allowed to participate in any activities or workout in the facility. There is a spectator fee of $10.

Home School PE
Do you have to be affiliated with UAB to attend the Home School PE program? 
No. The Home School PE program is open to any families in the Birmingham community.

What kinds of activities will children be doing during the PE sessions?
Children will get instructional swim lessons, free pool time, then instructional physical education and fitness time in our gym. Activities range from exercises and stretches to sports and obstacle courses.

Do you have to register for all sessions during a semester?
No. You can register for as many sessions as you would like. There is no minimum number to participate in this program.

Are there fees for UFit classes?

All UFit group exercise classes are free except for cycling. We sell single class passes for $1/$2 and 10/25 option punch passes. We also offer instructional classes to challenge our patrons even more for a small fee. View the UFit page to see the instructional class line up and email for more information on how to register for an instructional class or learn more about it.

How do I get a personal trainer?

Simply email or call 996-6994 to solicit a personal trainer. We have both male and female trainers available.

Are Nutrition Services available?

Nutrition assessments, counseling and body fat percentages are available for a fee. Contact or 996-4885 to set up an appointment today!

Do you offer massage services?

Yes, we now offer 30/60 minutes massages through our licensed massage therapists. Email to reserve your spot today!

How do I get a tour of the weight room facilities?

You can purchase Fitness Orientations with Membership Services at the Welcome Desk for $10.00 and schedule a detailed tour of the facility as well as, a tutorial on how to use the fitness equipment and machines. Email or call 205-996-5038 for more information. 

How can I become a personal trainer or group fitness instructor?
You must obtain a nationally recognized certification in the field you are interested or contact the us at

Why do we not have Olympic lifting platforms or not allow the dropping of weights?
The CRCT is a general fitness facility that promotes health and wellness for all patrons. We do not allow dropping, throwing or any other form of quickly decelerating weights to the floor because we are aware of the damage it does to our equipment and the resources around it.

Outdoor Pursuits

Who is eligible to go on a trip?
UAB students, staff, faculty, alumni, and people not affiliated with UAB. UAB students have priority for all trips. A CRCT membership is not required. General public can only register for a trip the month after fall classes start. Participants not associated with UAB pay a higher rate to be involved on these trips. All participants must be available for the scheduled pre-trip meetings.

How do I sign-up?
To register for a trip participants must complete a trip wavier and pay the registration fee. The registration fee for a trip is the full cost of the trip, or a minimum $250 deposit. The balance is due at the pre-trip meeting. Trip sign up is in room 290 of the Campus Recreation Center or call outdoor pursuits office 205-996-4913.

If I need to cancel from a trip, is there a refund policy?
Because reservations are made in advance and deposits are paid often well in advance, reductions in trip numbers may cause the loss of deposits or cancellation fees. In addition there is administrative cost in having a University check cut.
75% of trip payment will be refunded to participants 14 days or more prior to trip departure
50% of trip payment will be refunded to participants 5-13 days or more prior to trip departure
NO REFUND will be provided to participants less than 4 days prior to trip departure
NO REFUND will be provided to participants after the pre- trip meeting on a trip over $250 
Should a trip get canceled by UAB Outdoor Adventures, then a full refund or trip credit will be issued to the participant.

Why go on a trip?
Individuals participate for a variety of reasons. Reasons vary from a break from school to doing something different, or meeting different people, to learning new skills. A highlight for most people on our trips is interacting with other individuals in the group. Many friendships have begun on these trips.

How physically demanding are these trips?
Most of our trips are geared towards the beginner enthusiast. Mental preparation is just as important as physical preparation. We cannot understate the physical nature of the trips. Day hikes are a great introduction to the trip program and also speaking to the trip leaders will give you a better idea of the physical preparation needed for each trip. Being physically prepared adds to the overall enjoyment of the trip.

When are the pre-trip meetings scheduled?
Pre-trip meetings are typically scheduled at 6 PM on the Tuesday night before the scheduled departure of the trip. All meetings will be held in CRCT290. Longer and more involved trips may meet on an earlier Tuesday. Pre-trip meetings are very important for the success of the group. Please make arrangements so you can be at the pre-trip meeting.

What is included in the trip fee?
The trip fees are intended to pay for: transportation, camping fees, park entry fees, maps, misc. supplies, use of group gear (sleeping bags, tents, stoves, water filters, first aid, and cook kits) and activity equipment (kayaks, canoes, backpacks, climbing gear). Our ski trips that include airfare do not include ski rental. Personal clothing and food are not included.

What is the Campus Rec Member price policy?
Current CRCT members (household members, excreta) receive the student price for each trip. Unless listed as open only to specific student groups.

How do I know what to pack?
Trips include most personal and group technical equipment. All you need to provide is your personal clothing and boots for hiking trips. Pack list are provided at the pre-trip meeting. 
Download a pack list checklist

Who leads your trips?
Our trips and workshops are lead by students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have a passion for the outdoors and a desire to share it. UAB Outdoor Pursuits Trip leaders are experienced and trained to provide educational and exciting skill building adventures.

How do you travel to the trip location?
Travel is generally in University owned 12 passenger vans. The driving is the sole the responsibility of the trip leaders. Trips requiring airfare will include mini-van rental or shuttle service.

Additional Forms
Outdoor Adventures Waiver form
Indoor Climbing Wall Waiver form
Rental Agreement form

Each participant is required to review and acknowledge the risks of being involved in outdoor adventures. A Release of Liability Form must be completed by every participant prior to an excursion or activity. There will be no exceptions for individuals who have not completed a Release of Liability Form. In the event that a participant is a minor, they must have the Release of Liability Form completed by their parent or legal guardian.

UAB Outdoor Pursuits seminars and workshops have inherent risks of injury or death. These risks help create the adventure. As a trip participant you are responsible for your own safety. UAB, the Outdoor Pursuits Center and its employees assume no liability for any damages arising from your elective involvement in an outing. UAB is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items. Have fun, meet new people, learn lots, but most importantly be careful!