The Recreational Sports Facility is the University’s largest fitness center, housing many of the activities you love.
The Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) holds over 100,000 square feet of activity space. The vast space allows the pursuit of a plethora of interests and pastimes; if you’re looking for it, we’ve got it! RSF accommodations include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, 3 weight rooms, seven basketball courts, seven racquetball/handball courts, six squash courts, treadmills, elliptical trainers, stairmasters, rowing machines, and stationary bikes. Additionally, there is space reserved for volleyball, badminton, group exercise classes, martial arts, and table tennis. The possibilities are endless!
Who Can Use It?
The RSF facilities are open to all Rec Sports members. Be prepared to present proof of membership or purchase at the front desk.
Explore the possibilities today at:
2301 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720
Parking is available along Bancroft Way and in the public spots in the RSF garage.
Please visit our Schedules page.
Customer Service & Passport Center
The Rec Sports Customer Service Center is the place to go for membership sales, passport services — yes, we’re an official passport distributor — and information about all of our classes, camps and other program offerings. You can find it on the right when you first enter the RSF.
|Monday – Friday||
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
March 29 (Cesar Chavez Day): Closed
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.*
No new passport applications will be accepted after 2 p.m.
Pro Shop Cafe
For the convenience of our guests, the Pro Shop sells a wide variety of drinks, salads, sandwiches, snacks, and sundry items. Managed by Cal Dining, the café has a small eating area with a view of Spieker Pool and two satellite television monitors for watching your favorite sports channels.
The cafe is located in the lobby of the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF). If you are entering the building, it is past the Customer Service Center on the right.
A stretching area is available in Court 3 or Court 4 on the right of the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) Atrium. The stretching room, which rotates monthly between Courts 3 and 4, is equipped with mats and swiss balls for all your recovery needs. The rooms are available for stretching during all RSF open hours.
We’ve got treadmills, stairmasters, elliptical trainers, rowing machines, stationary bikes, and more. Our machines – over 100 and counting – are there for you in the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) Atrium and on the second floor (up the stairs at the left of the Atrium) whenever the RSF is open.
Indoor Racquet Courts
Racquetball, Handball, Squash, or Table Tennis: whatever the racquet, we’ve got a court for you. Located to the right of the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) Atrium with entrances between cardio machines, all courts are available during regular RSF hours. Court reservations can be made at the RSF locker room or by calling (510) 642-8345.
Our three Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) weight rooms total 8,500 square feet and are equipped with Cybex machines, Cybex VR2 stations, a complete free weight set-up, Iron Grip and Tri Bar dumbbells, adjustable benches, Olympic squat racks, Gravitron pull-up stations and much, much more.
Find the weight rooms in the first opening on the left of the Atrium and visit them during regular RSF hours to experience the variety!
If you’re on the lookout for some new friends who love to play pick-up as much as you do, you can find them in the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) Field House. The Field House holds three courts reserved for Open Recreation basketball, volleyball, badminton, and more! Check out our Open Recreation schedules to find out when you can play.
The Field House can be found at the end of the RSF Atrium. Once you enter the Atrium, continue straight, past all of the cardio machines, until you reach a large space holding three basketball courts. If you come across the courts, you’re in the Field House!
Our expansive Combatives Room hosts a number of our Group Exercise and Instructional Classes. The bounty of space is ideal for all of the moving and grooving our instructors will have you doing.
To locate the Combatives Room, enter the Atrium, the large area where the cardio machines can be found on the left side of the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF), and keep going until you encounter the second opening on the left. You will find two large rooms. The Combatives Room is the left room.
The Field House isn’t the only place in the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) where you can shoot some hoops or start a volleyball rally. The Blue Gym might become your new favorite venue for a pick-up game! Check out our Open Recreation schedules for open hours.
The Blue Gym is located on the third floor of the Recreational Sports Facility. To access it, face the RSF Atrium and find the stairs on the left. Walk up the two sets of stairs until you find two doors opening onto basketball courts on your left. The Blue Gym is on the left side. There is also an elevator on the left of the RSF, across from the Pro Shop Cafe, that can provide an ADA accessible entrance to the third floor. Once you reach the third floor, a staff member will need to assist you in entering the Gym.
The Field House isn’t the only place in the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) where you can shoot some hoops or start a volleyball rally. The Gold Gym might become your new favorite venue for a pick-up game! Check out our Open Recreation schedules for open hours.
The Gold Gym is located on the third floor of the Recreational Sports Facility. To access it, face the RSF Atrium and find the stairs on the left. Walk up the two sets of stairs until you find two doors opening onto basketball courts on your left. The Gold Gym is on the right side. There is also an elevator on the left of the RSF, across from the Pro Shop Cafe, that can provide an ADA accessible entrance to the third floor. Once you reach the third floor, a staff member will need to assist you in entering the Gym.
Olympic Lifting Center
The basement of the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) is a hidden gem that houses multiple racquetball courts, two of which are home to our Olympic Lifting Center. Take an Olympic Lifting or CrossFit class or purchase Olympic Lifting Drop-In Hours to take advantage of the top-notch equipment that will help you reach all of your strength and fitness goals.
If you are just entering the RSF, the door to the RSF basement can be found across from the Customer Service Center on the left, just before reaching the RSF Atrium. Once you find it, ask one of the front desk staff to open the door for you. To locate the Olympic Lifting Center, continue down both flights of stairs to the basement. Once you reach the bottom, continue straight ahead until you find Court 14.
Because we want to ensure that everyone has a positive workout experience with as much room as possible, we don’t allow bags beyond the front desk of the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF). Thankfully, we have spacious and accommodating locker rooms where you can store your belongings while you sweat it out.
The locker rooms are located in the back of the RSF. If you are entering the building, keep going straight until you pass the Pro Shop and continue through the hallway straight ahead. The locker rooms will be on the right at the end of the hallway and the smiling faces of our staff will welcome you and lend you a lock for the day.
- Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) Building Policies
We value your membership and are committed to providing a safe and friendly environment for your fitness needs. Rec Sports staff reserves the right to amend facility guidelines and has the final say in rule enforcement. Failure to comply with rules may result in temporary or permanent loss of membership and legal action.
Building policies and rules are applicable to all activity areas, offices, and public areas. Some areas have additional policies, listed below.
Bags and Personal Belongings
All backpacks, bags, and personal items must be placed in a locker. These items are not allowed in the activity areas.
Bicycles, Umbrellas, and Pets
Bicycles, mopeds, rollerskates/blades, umbrellas, skateboards, or animals — other than mobility guides for the disabled — are not allowed within our facilities.
Children under seventeen (sixteen during the summer) are not allowed in the RSF unless they are participating in Department sponsored programs.
Photography and Video
Photography or video shooting is prohibited at all Rec Sports facilities without prior department and campus approval. This rule is in place to protect the privacy of our members.
Proper attire and footwear are required in activity spaces. Bare feet are prohibited except as specified by management.
Smoking is not permitted within any CRC facility at any time. Drinking and eating are permitted only in the RSF Pro Shop area.
All persons using the facilities are subject to the rules and regulations of the University of California and Rec Sports. Violators will be removed and access revoked.
There is a 30-minute time limit on all cardio equipment including set-up, cool down, and cleaning. All equipment is available on a first come, first served basis except Treadmills and Precors.
All beverages must be in a sports topped or re-sealable container.
Shirts or sport tops and closed-toe rubber soled shoes must be worn at all times.
Only appropriate athletic footwear is allowed. Open-toe shoes and hiking boots are not permitted. Bare feet permitted for yoga class; walking barefoot to and from the locker rooms or the restrooms is prohibited.
Please re-stack mats after use.
Blue Gym, Gold Gym & Field House
Only non-marking athletic shoes are allowed. Check black-soled athletic shoes to ensure that they are non-marking. Hard-soled shoes will damage the floor and are not permitted. For safety reasons, open-toe shoes (sandals) are also not permitted. Barefooted running or exercising and stretching without proper footwear is prohibited.
Throwing ball against the walls is not permitted. Hanging from the basketball rims and slam dunking is not permitted.
Beverages of any kind (except water bottles) are not permitted in the Gyms or Field House.
Efforts to keep the limited space around the playing courts “clutter-free” are appreciated.
Spirited competition and hard-play are encouraged, but please refrain from using profanity and always show the same courtesy and respect for those around you that you would expect in return. Fighting and/or inappropriate behavior will lead to immediate removal from the building.
Equipment Set-Up and Take-Down
RSF supervisors and employees will be responsible for set-up and take-down of volleyball, badminton, table tennis, and basketball equipment. Only authorized personnel will be permitted to access the equipment.
When players are waiting, the following rules apply on all indoor basketball courts:
- Games are played to 12 points, with each basket being worth 1 point.
- Winning teams may remain on the courts until they lose.
- Full-court games take precedence over half-court games; however, if a half-court game is in progress, full court games must wait for the current game to finish before taking the court. If the winning team of a half-court game does not wish to play full-court, they must leave the court.
For all rec play, no dunking or hanging from the baskets.
Racquetball, Handball & Squash Courts
- Eyeguards are recommended on all racquetball, squash, and handball courts.
- All metal, aluminum, and wood racquetball racquets must have protective guards.
Black racquetballs, handballs, and squash balls are not permitted for use on the courts unless they are official non-marking balls.
- Reservations should be made through the Guest Services Counter in the RSF locker room. Courts can be reserved up to one calendar day in advance.
- These courts can only be reserved for handball, racquetball and squash. Drop-in use is OK for activities other than handball, racquetball or squash, as long as that activity does not damage the courts. For example, only non-marking shoes can be used on the courts. If our staff determines that the activity could damage the floors, you will be asked to stop or to move to another location. Lastly, priority for use of the courts will be given to handball, racquetball and squash players.
- This means that drop-in users, or users with a reservation, who are doing something other than handball, racquetball or squash can be bumped by handball, racquetball or squash players, even if they don’t have a reservation.
Only eligible RSF users (Rec Sports members, UCB students, Day Pass & Guest Pass users) are able to use the Rec Locker Room and GSC services.
Long-Term locker assignments are available to registered UC Berkeley students and Rec Sports members with valid memberships. Lockers can be purchased at the Customer Services Center.
Shoes are to be worn on the hardwood floor within the room; walking barefoot to and from the locker rooms or the restrooms is prohibited. No shoes are allowed on the mats within the Martial Arts Room.
Weight Room & Fitness Areas
Please ask a Fit Staff member for assistance if you have any questions or need a spot.
There is a 30-minute limit on all cardio equipment when participants are waiting, unless stated otherwise. Sign-up is required for certain pieces of cardio equipment throughout the day. See sign-up table before beginning your work out.
- Safe and proper use of equipment is required at all times.
- The following exercises are prohibited: Olympics lifts (snatches, cleans, jerks, or versions of these exercises) or any exercise where there is no control of the movement. Staff reserve the right to prohibit any exercise based on safety concerns. RDL’s and controlled push presses are permitted.
- Please keep all dumbbell racks free from obstructions and stand away from mirrors.
- All weight plates, dumbbells and other equipment should be returned to their proper location after use.
- There is no dropping or slamming of weights or other equipment. Please ask a Fit Staff employee for a spot when necessary.
- Exercise equipment must not be altered and must be used in accordance with its intended purpose.
- Exercises performed while standing on exercise benches are not allowed.
- Collars must be used on all Olympic and curl bars at all times. The use of chalk is not allowed in the facility. Please use a spotter when necessary.
Allow participants to “work-in” on equipment. Be courteous to other participants and wipe down equipment after use. Please restrict any floor work (stretching, abdominal exercises, etc.) to designated areas.
Backpacks, gym bags, basketballs, and other personal items are not allowed in the weight rooms or atrium and must be stored in a locker.
The use of devices such as cameras, cell phones, PDAs, and other recording devices are not permitted within the activity spaces.
Food and glass containers are not allowed in the fitness areas. Only water in a re-sealable, plastic container is permitted within activity spaces.
Shirts or sport tops, and close-toed, rubber-soled, standard athletic shoes must be worn at all times. Street clothes (jeans, khakis, etc.) and street or casual shoes are not permitted in the weight rooms or on cardio equipment – only athletic gear may be worn in the fitness facilities.
Entry and Exit
All participants must enter and exit through designated doors. Please keep all fire lanes and walkways clear from obstructions.
Verbal or physical abuse, to participants or staff, and physical abuse to property are not allowed. Aggressive behavior will result in immediate dismissal from the facility and can result in loss of membership privileges and legal action.
Only authorized Rec Sports personnel are allowed to personal train within the recreational facilities.
Rec Sports staff reserves the right to amend facility guidelines and has the final say in rule enforcement. Failure to comply with any rules may result in temporary or permanent loss of membership and legal action.