The Department of Recreational Sports develops and conducts programs through which students, faculty members, and staff members may participate in recreational activities. Intramural tournaments and events are scheduled throughout the year for individual, dual, and team participation. The tournaments and events are organized to provide separate competitions among coeducational teams, teams for men, and teams for women. Sport clubs provide an opportunity to participate in a single sport on a continuing basis. About forty clubs, ranging from aikido to lacrosse to sailing, are active each semester. Outdoor Recreation provides equipment rental, an indoor Climbing Wall and supervised trips in a variety of activities such as backpacking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, nature hiking, and rock climbing. Opportunities through Fitness and Wellness include group fitness classes, clinics and series, and personal training. The Instructional Program provides safety education, swimming and sport skills classes. The Civic Engagement Program creates opportunities for students to volunteer for service projects that address unmet needs in the community.
In addition to structured sports programs, the department promotes the concept of informal recreational use of its facilities through the Informal Recreation Program. A reservation service is available for most activity areas, and facilities are supervised to enhance the enjoyment of participants.
Programs, activities, and facilities are open to all currently registered students as well as faculty members, staff members, and the spouses and children of students, faculty members, and staff members who purchase membership in Recreational Sports. Facilities are available to children at designated times only.
Participants may check out sports equipment at the Recreational Sports Center, Gregory Gymnasium and other RecSports facilities. Gregory Gymnasium provides an additional service to participants by renting outdoor equipment at the Outdoor Center.
Other services offered at Gregory Gym are an Amazon pickup location, offering the campus community a convenient location to pick up and return Amazon orders; Shake Smart, a purveyor of freshly-blended protein shakes, cold brew coffee, and healthy on-the-go foods; and a campus location of University Federal Credit Union.
Membership and Guest Services manages recreation facility access systems and provides amenities to students, faculty, staff, and others affiliated with The University of Texas at Austin. Access is provided through membership, and amenities include locker and towel service and massage therapy.