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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Campus Recreation Services

1115 Eppley Recreation Center
301-405-PLAY (Information)

Campus Recreation Services (CRS) offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities to enhance the quality of life for members of the University of Maryland community.

Membership to CRS is included in the mandatory student fees paid by currently enrolled students. The student’s University ID serves as their access card and is swiped upon entering CRS facilities.

CRS has some of the most advanced recreation, sports, and fitness facilities in the nation. Indoor CRS facilities include the Eppley Recreation Center (ERC), Ritchie Coliseum, Reckord Armory, and the weight and fitness areas in the School of Public Health (SPH) building. Outdoor CRS facilities include La Plata beach, fraternity row field, engineering fields, turf fields and Cole tennis courts.


The Eppley Recreation Center offers exceptional aquatic facilities. The Natatorium (indoor pool) consists of two pools; a 50 meter Olympic-sized pool and a shallow, instructional pool. The Outdoor Aquatic Center houses a 25 yard by 25 meter recreational pool and a splash pool.

The CRS aquatic program also offers quality instruction in lifeguard training, pool operations, water safety, and group and private/semi-private swim lessons. Campus Recreation Services is home to the University of Maryland Aquatic Club (UMAC) – an inclusive, year-round community aquatic program for all swimming abilities.

Fitness Programs

CRS informal recreation programs allow students to enjoy their favorite activity at their leisure, whether it is using cardiovascular equipment, lifting weights, jogging, or playing racquetball, volleyball, basketball or wallyball. Students have access to state-of-the-art weight rooms and fitness centers located in the ERC, Ritchie Coliseum, and SPH. The fitness centers feature stairclimbers, stationary bikes, rowers, total body conditioners, arc trainers, and treadmills. Weight rooms have a variety of free-weights and weight machines. The ERC also features the Functional Training Studio which includes independent fitness tools including stability balls, kettlebells, medicine balls, and TRX® suspension trainers.

CRS offers a wide variety of group fitness classes including Zumba®, BODYPUMP®, cycling, yoga, and bootcamp classes. Classes are at no additional cost and are drop-in only. Students can also take advantage of reasonably priced personal training sessions offered through CRS to meet fitness goals and boost motivation to exercise regularly.  

Sport Programs

Students looking to play team or individual sports or take part in special sporting events have the opportunity to participate in CRS intramural sports or join a student-run sport club.

Intramural sports are structured activities that are open to all students, faculty and staff from the campus community. Participants can select their own level of competition and play in men's, women's, grad/fac/staff or co-ed leagues. Students can participate year-round in team and individual sports through the intramural program. Team sports include basketball, flag football, and soccer. Individual and dual sports include golf, table tennis, and racquetball.

The sport club program offers students the opportunity to participate in competitive sport activities, learn new skills, and enjoy the recreational and social fellowship derived from sports involvement.  Sport clubs are student-lead organizations that may be oriented toward competition, teaching, recreation, or any combination of these.  There are 45 sport clubs, including ballroom dance, lacrosse, black belt, wushu, and soccer.

Maryland Adventure Program

The Maryland Adventure Program (MAP) is located in the northwest corner behind the Eppley Recreation Center. MAP offers outdoor adventure trips and clinics throughout the year. Take a backpacking trip, learn how to rock climb, or try white-water kayaking. The climbing wall and challenge course are two features of MAP where students may challenge themselves both physically and mentally, increasing interpersonal skills and self-confidence. MAP also offers equipment rentals and a resource library for planning your own trips.

The Campus Bike Shop, operated by MAP, is a one-of-a-kind bike shop. All maintenance services are free, and in true DIY-fashion, the mechanics on staff will teach you how to fix your bike, or you can do it yourself with our tools. The bike shop also offers daily, weekly, and semester bike rentals at affordable prices. The bike shop is conveniently located in Cole Fieldhouse on the north end, lower level - near the tunnel entrance.

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