The ABCs of the YMCA

Adult Locker Rooms

The Adult Locker Room area is for adults age 18 and older only. Children under the age of 18 must use the Youth Locker Rooms. Parents with children must use the Youth Locker Rooms. Please follow the guidelines below for use of the Youth Locker rooms. Family changing rooms are available for adults with children of the opposite gender. Saunas are available to members in the Adult Locker Rooms.

Bank Drafts

The bank/credit card draft plan is a continuous monthly membership plan. The monthly amount is withdrawn on the 15th of each month for the current month. If you wish to cancel membership, you must give the YMCA 30 days written notice prior to the draft date. If you wish to change your membership type, you must complete a membership change form prior to the 1st of the month you wish to change. It is your responsibility to notify the Y in writing of any change to your bank or credit card accounts.

Cell Phones / Electronic Devices

Due to the photographic capabilities of cell phones and other electronic devices (including iPods), they are banned from use in all locker and restroom areas. Video recorders, cameras, or any other visual recording devices are not allowed within the YMCA without the consent of a YMCA Program Director and is limited to their program area only. No such device may be used in any locker room at any time. Anyone caught taking pictures of another person without their permission and knowledge will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law by the YMCA and will lead to the termination of their membership.

Check-In and Screening Procedures

The Y is a membership facility. All members are required to scan in every time they enter the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA. Adults associated with a Youth, Teen, or Program Membership will receive a yellow Y membership card that must be scanned every time they enter the facility.

Our primary concern is the safety of all the individuals, families and children who come to the Y. That is why all YMCAs conduct regular sex offender screenings on all members, participants and guests. All visitors must provide a state or government-issued photo ID to be run through a national sex offender database before entering the building.

If a sex offender match occurs, the YMCA reserves the right to cancel membership, end program participation and remove visitation access.

Please review the check-in procedures for all members, guests and visitors entering the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA.

Child Watch

Child Watch is available to parents with a family membership. While you work out, swim or participate in one of our fitness classes, you can drop off your child, 4 months or older, at our Child Watch room located off the main lobby. Attendance is on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a 1 ½ hour time limit. We will allow 6 children per Child Watch staff member and a maximum of 20 children at a time. The Child Watch area is to be used during scheduled times only.

Class & Program Participation

An active, current YMCA membership (either Full or Program) is required in order to participate in any class or program offered. Some classes are open to community members for a fee, which will be listed in the Program Brochure.

Code of Conduct

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all members, staff, volunteers and guests. We are a not-for-profit organization that embraces the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. By joining the YMCA, you as a member are agreeing to these values. To promote safety and comfort for all, we ask all individuals to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with these values. If at any time your behavior does not support these values, the YMCA has the right to revoke your membership. Please review the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Code of Conduct here.

Creating a Child Safe Environment

Credit / Refund Policy

Membership and program fees are non-refundable.

Requests for credits must be submitted, in writing, 7 days prior to the start of the session using a Credit Request form (available at the Welcome Center).

Upon Program Director’s discretion, credits may be issued for medical reasons when in writing and accompanied by a Doctor’s note. Credits will be prorated based on the number of classes attended.

Credits are not given for closings due to weather or emergency situations.

All credits are subject to a $10.00 processing fee.

Class credits are valid for one year from date of issue.

The YMCA reserves the right to cancel programs due to low enrollment. In the event a program is cancelled, a credit/refund will be available (upon written request).

Please refer to the Child Care, Preschool, School Age Child Care and Camp Program Handbooks for credit information specific to those areas.

Guests

Full facility members are provided 3 complimentary guest passes to the Y per year. Each additional guest will be $10.00 per guest, per visit. Guests 18 and over must be accompanied by an adult member, and present a valid ID and sign a waiver.  Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult member for the duration of their visit. Adult members (18 and over) must also sign a waiver for the guests who are under 18 years of age. Guests are invited to use all areas of the Y with the exception of adult men’s basketball. Members are limited to 2 guests per visit.

Gymnasium

Please check the schedule for Open Gym times – including changes posted on the gym door.  Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent while in the Gym. Children are not allowed in the Gym while parents participate in an Adult Class. Please refer to posted Gym Rules and Responsibilities.

Lockers

All members may use a locker while they are in the building. It is strongly suggested that you bring a combination lock to secure your items in the locker rooms. Tokens for the valuables locker boxes (located in the hall behind the Wellness Center) are available at the Welcome Center. The Y is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.

Make-Up Classes

In order to achieve the maximum benefit from our programs, attendance at every class is highly recommended. Due to the nature of our programs, student to instructor ratios and safety, make-up classes are not available.

Member Code of Conduct

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all members, staff, volunteers and guests. We are a not-for-profit organization that embraces the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. By joining the YMCA, you as a member are agreeing to these values. To promote safety and comfort for all, we ask all individuals to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with these values. If at any time your behavior does not support these values, the YMCA has the right to revoke your membership.

1. Members are expected to comply with all YMCA guidelines as stated on our website and follow facility usage rules posted throughout the building (wellness center, pool, gym, locker rooms, etc.)
2. Respect the rights and dignity of others.
3. Speak in respectful tones. Exclude foul, profane or derogatory language.
4. Appropriate attire is required at all times.
5. Create a safe, caring environment for all.
6. The YMCA conducts regular sex offender screenings of all members and guests. If a sex offender match occurs, the YMCA reserves the right to cancel membership, end program participation, and remove visitation access.

Prohibited Activities:

1. Loaning of your membership card.
2. Engaging in theft or destruction of property.
3. Smoking, possessing alcoholic beverages, firearms or other weapons and any illegal substances in the Y or on any YMCA property.
4. Physical contact with another person in an angry or threatening manner.
5. Any demonstration of sexual activity or sexual contact with another person.
6. Harassment or intimidation by words, gestures, body language or any menacing behavior.
7. Using of video/photography devices throughout the facility except unless authorized by a YMCA staff member.
8. Any other conduct of inappropriate, threatening or offensive nature.

Please honor our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

You can download a copy of this Code of Conduct here.

Membership ID Cards

All members (adults and children) must present their Y Membership cards each time they enter the building. If a lost card is not located after a 10-day grace period (or 3 manual entries, whichever comes first), a new card will be issued for a fee of $5.00.

Adults associated with a Youth, Teen or Program membership will receive a Y Yellow Card that must be scanned every time they enter the facility. A Yellow Card only provides access to enter the building and does not allow use of the facility or participation in classes.

Parking

Safety is everyone’s first concern when it comes to picking up and dropping off your child in the parking lot. The front area is designated for a “stop and drop” and pick-up area. When picking up, please enter through the back of the parking lot (follow the loop all the way to the back). When you see your child at the apron outside, please pull up to the front of the building and pick up, exiting the parking lot straight ahead. If you arrive prior to your child being outside the building, please pull into an established parking spot (not handicapped). Other than drop off or pick up, there is no standing in front of the building.

Please keep in mind that handicapped spaces are only to be used by vehicles displaying official handicapped identification. Park in designated spots only; Illegal parking creates a safety hazard. We reserve the right to tow if necessary.

Pools

For the health, safety and enjoyment of our members, we ask that everyone please comply with the following:

  • Swimmers must circle swim when 3 or more swimmers are present in one lane.
  • Please abide by all lane closure signs.
  • Children wearing flotation must have adult supervision in water and within arm’s reach.
  • All non-swimmers must remain in the shallow end.
  • All swimming children under the age of 8 must have adult supervision on the pool deck.
  • All swimming children ages 8-12 must have adult supervision in the building.
  • Pools and whirlpool will close in the event of an electrical storm.
  • All non-swimmers who cannot touch the bottom of the shallow end of the pool must be in a US Coast Guard approved life jacket.

Returned Payments

If a payment (check, EFT, credit card) is returned for insufficient funds, a $25.00 processing fee will be charged. If two consecutive or three or more payments are returned within a calendar year, payments must be made by cash or money order. Memberships will be canceled if the outstanding balance is not paid within 30 days.

Screening Procedures

Our primary concern is the safety of all the individuals, families and children who come to the Y. That is why all YMCAs conduct regular sex offender screenings on all members, participants and guests. All visitors must provide a state or government-issued photo ID to be run through a national sex offender database before entering the building.

If a sex offender match occurs, the YMCA reserves the right to cancel membership, end program participation and remove visitation access.

Swim Tests

Swimmers wishing to swim in the deep end must pass a swim test. For swimmer safety, the test will be given at the lifeguard’s discretion and only when there is more than one lifeguard on duty. Upon successful completion of the swim test, the swimmer will receive a green wrist band to wear while swimming. Swimmers who have not taken the test must remain in the shallow end.

Transfers

$5.00 will be charged for transfers from class to class for each time a transfer occurs and for each individual transferred.

Weather

During inclement weather, call the Y at 908-889-8880 for updated information or visit our website or Facebook page. You can also download our Daxko Mobile App and subscribe to push notifications to receive facility updates. The Pools and whirlpool will close in the event of an electrical storm.

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is available to Full Members ages 14 and older. Our new Get Fit, Be Fit Personalized Orientation is available to help you get started on your fitness routine. To schedule an appointment,  submit a request online or call Jennifer Donahue at 908-889-8880. Please observe all rules regarding equipment usage and time limits on the cardiovascular equipment. A towel is encouraged at all times. For 12 and 13 years olds, please see Teen and 7th Grade Wellness for more information on Wellness Center usage.

Youth Locker Rooms

Children under the age of 18 must use the Youth Locker rooms; use of adult locker rooms is not permitted

Children age 6 -17 must use the appropriate youth locker room for their gender

Adult females must use the girl’s locker room and adult males must use the boy’s locker room regardless of the child’s gender.

Family changing rooms are available for adults with children of the opposite gender. They are located in the hallway between Pool 1 and Pool 2.

Adults accompanying children in youth locker rooms, must follow these guidelines:

  • Adult female with female child > Girls locker room
  • Adult female with male child age 5 and younger > Girls locker room
  • Adult female with male child 6 and older > Family changing room
  • Adult male with male child > Boys locker room
  • Adult male with female child age 5 and younger > Boys locker room
  • Adult male with female child age 6 and older > Family changing room

All Adults accompanying children in Youth Locker Rooms are required to shower in bathing attire.