ONLINE MEMBER HANDBOOK

Welcome to the Y's online member handbook! This handbook documents all of the rules, policies and guidelines that are in place and upheld in our Y family centers for the health, safety and well-being of Y members, volunteers, guests, and associates.

By becoming a Y member and/or participating in Y programs, services and events, you are agreeing to follow all Y in Central Maryland rules, policies and guidelines posted in this online handbook.

The Y in Central Maryland may amend, alter, add, or change any policy with or without notice to ensure the safety and comfort of all. Annually, members will be notified to review the online member handbook for changes.

Thank you for your engagement in the Y community!


THE Y COMMUNITY

The Y is a charitable organization in central Maryland dedicated to developing the full potential of every individual through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

No matter where or how you encounter the Y, you will encounter a Y associate team and charitable mission focused on belonging, inclusion and supporting the Y community. Providing a caring network of people where everyone belongs and feels valued is essential to well-being. It fosters feelings of self-worth and connectivity that are healthy for each individual and for the community as a whole.

Y in Central Maryland membership is open to all regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, gender identity, disability, economic status, and other diverse backgrounds. 

We respect the dignity of all people and ask that our members, guests and associates treat each other with respect while in our Y facilities. 

We reserve the right to revoke membership and/or program participation at our discretion for behavior which violates these principles.

Our long-standing core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility guide all we do. They are fundamental to what we expect of ourselves, what Y associates are trained to model and teach, and what we ask our members, guests, and participants to reflect as well.

The Y Campaign For a Better Us raises funds for our Open Doors Savings program to help offset program costs and make participation in the Y community as affordable and accessible as possible. 

Throughout the year, you will be asked to consider contributing. Please give if you can. Ask for help if you need it.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.

Y Open Doors Savings is an opportunity to lower the cost of Y programs and services, including membership, camp, preschool, and before & after school enrichment by 25% - 75%. Open Door Savings applications are available at ymaryland.org/opendoors and at Y family centers.

The Y is dedicated to facilitating deep community engagement to help build strong communities. One of the ways we accomplish this is through our Community Leadership Boards made up of volunteers from each community we serve.

Community Leadership Board member involvement is fundamental to our ability to provide much-needed Open Doors Savings and support for those in Y communities who otherwise cannot afford Y services and programs. Community Leadership Board members plan various fundraising activities and undertake a variety of volunteer activities which advance the Y mission.

We invite your active participation. Those interested in serving on the Community Leadership Board for their community are encouraged to contact SuzanneGreen@ymaryland.org.

In addition to healthy activity and fun, there are countless ways for children, youth, families, adults, and seniors to get connected with the Y, each other, and their community! They include, but are not limited to:

  • Y Preschool Early childhood education for young children ages 6 weeks - 5 years.
  • Y Head Start/Early Head Start Early learning program for ages 0-5 that provides qualifying families with educational, health, and family services - all at no cost to parents!
  • Y Camp A variety of summer fun options for ages 4-16 including day, overnight, teen, and specialty camps.
  • Y Before & After School Enrichment Conveniently located in elementary schools, kids get homework help and fun activity choices while parents are at work.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Y A purposeful, effective and rewarding way to have a direct and lasting impact on a child’s life through mentoring.
  • Y Community Schools Community Schools are public schools located in areas with a high concentration of poverty. The Y works with stakeholders to bring resources to the school to help remove barriers to learning, student success, strong families, and healthy communities.
  • Y Out-of-School-Time (OST) Programs Enrichment programs located in Y Community Schools. Students receive the safety and support needed to stay positively engaged during the summer and the critical hours after school.
  • Y Youth & Government A unique program designed to give high school students hands-on experience about the legislative process and how government works, inclusive of a 3-day mock legislative assembly at the MD State House in Annapolis.
  • Y Leaders’ Club A program where teens can strengthen their leadership skills as they thrive in a fun environment of support, activity and community involvement.
  • Healthy Kids Day A free, annual community event celebrating healthy youth development and kids being kids! Enjoy games, music, crafts, and more.
  • Food Pantries The Y provides reliable access to healthy food through four Y community food pantries: the Michelle Becote-Jackson Y Fresh Mart located at the Y in Druid Hill and the Y Fresh Marts located at the Y in Pasadena, the Y in Parkville, and the Hill Y in Westminster. Healthy food is also distributed through Y Head Start locations and through our Y Community School food pantries. We are deeply appreciative of the generous partners and funders who support this critical community work.
  • Send a Kid to Camp Campaign Every spring, we raise funds specifically to help families who otherwise couldn’t afford it, send their children to Y Camp to learn new skills, make lifelong friends, and experience the great outdoors.
  • Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K You’re invited to join the Y and a few thousand of your closest friends every Thanksgiving morning for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K! Proceeds support Y Open Doors Savings which help offset the cost of participation in Y membership and programs.
  • Volunteer Opportunities Volunteers are critically important to the Y’s mission to help families and communities thrive. Numerous volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year, including: become a mentor; support Y food pantries; join Togetherhood, our member-led community service program; be a volunteer coach; volunteer for Y special events; and much more.

To learn more about these and other ways to get involved in the Y community, please peruse our website, stop by a Y family center or submit a Contact Us form.

We are 100% dedicated to providing a superior membership experience and we realize that starts with listening. Please share your comments, ideas and concerns with us. Member surveys are provided regularly. You may also submit a comment using our Contact Us form. Please also feel free to share any comments directly with your Y family center Leader on Duty.

PROGRAMS, AMENITIES AND SCHEDULES

Activity schedules show the days and times when activities are available, such as group exercise, lap swim, family swim, water exercise, open gym, rock wall, and other member benefit activities that generally do not require registration. Schedules are posted online at ymaryland.org/schedules and are also accessible from “The Y in Central Maryland” app (download from the App Store or Google Play). Schedules may also be available in Y family centers. Activity schedules vary by location and are subject to change without notice.

  • Ages 5 and up may use the climbing walls.
  • Children ages 9 and under must have a legal guardian remain in the observation area during the child’s use of the climbing wall.
  • Children ages 10-12 must have a legal guardian remain in the Y family center at all times.
  • Climbing walls are only available under the supervision of a Y associate belayer.
  • Climbing begins with the approval of a Y associate belayer.
  • Y associate belayers must complete a Belay Check for all climbers.
  • Only belayers and climbers are permitted in the climbing area.
  • All climbers must use properly fitted Y in Central Maryland equipment and must wear sneakers or climbing shoes.
  • Climbers ages 12 and under must be signed into the climbing area by a legal guardian.
  • Climbers ages 12 and under must wear a helmet when on “top rope” and meet equipment weight guidelines.
  • Traversing is permitted only while the wall is open and under the supervision of a Y associate belayer.
  • Only climbers at a 5.8 climbing grade or higher are permitted to traverse during open climb.
  • Y associate belayers have the authority to refuse climbing privileges to anyone based on misconduct.
  • Food or drink is not permitted in the climbing area.

Family game rooms are fun, dedicated spaces in our Y family centers where families (and individuals) can play ping pong, air hockey, foosball, board games, and more. Family game room activities may vary by location.

  • Children ages 9 and under must always be directly supervised by a legal guardian while in the family game room.
  • Children ages 10-12 may use the family game room, however a legal guardian must remain in the Y family center at all times.
  • Children ages 13 and older may supervise a younger sibling in the family game room, however a legal guardian must remain in the Y family center at all times.
  • Be respectful of one another. Rough play, offensive language or fighting is not permitted.
  • Return all toys and games to their appropriate storage location after use.
  • TV and electronic games can only be used under the direct supervision of a Y associate.
  • Food and drink are allowed in the family game room. Please clean up after yourself.
  • Take a Book, Share a Book! The "Lending Library" is available for all at participating centers. You are welcome to borrow a book or leave a book to share.

Cozy fireplaces are just what the doctor ordered on those chilly winter days. Surrounded by comfortable seating, our warm fireplaces are great for de-stressing after a long day, reading a good book, or just sitting and relaxing with friends and neighbors.

Fireplaces may be lit between October - April. Please ask a Y associate for assistance if you would like the fireplace to be lit.

  • Ages 7 and under are not permitted in the fitness center.
  • Ages 8 and up may use the fitness center. To ensure a proper and safe fit of the cardio equipment, you must be at least 52” (4'4") tall to use the treadmills and rowers. You must be at least 58” (4'10") tall to use all other cardio equipment.
  • Children ages 8-9 must be directly supervised by a legal guardian at all times.
  • Children ages 10-12 must have a legal guardian remain in the Y family center at all times.
  • Children ages 8-12 are permitted to use the cardio equipment provided they have successfully completed the Kids Cardio class (indicated by a yellow wristband) and they fit the equipment properly.
  • Teens ages 13-15 are permitted to use the cardio and strength equipment (excluding free weights) without adult supervision provided they have successfully completed the Teen Quest class (indicated by a blue wristband) and they fit the equipment properly.
  • Teens ages 13-15 are permitted to use free weights without adult supervision provided they have successfully completed the Teen Quest 2.0 class (indicated by a purple wristband) and they fit the equipment properly.
  • Teens ages 16 and up are permitted to use all fitness center equipment without restriction, provided they fit the equipment properly.
  • Gym bags, coats and other large personal belongings are not permitted on the fitness floor. Please secure your belongings in a locker and use a lock.
  • Non-Y fitness equipment is not allowed on the fitness floor, including dumbbells and bands.
  • The Y maintains a family-friendly environment. Appropriate exercise attire is required, including proper shoes and clothing (see Dress Policy).
  • Other than water, food and drink are not permitted on the fitness floor.
  • If you are doing multiple sets, please allow members who are circuit training to work through.
  • During peak hours, please limit your cardio equipment workouts to 30 minutes so that others can use the equipment.
  • To prevent the spread of germs, please wipe down equipment after every use.
  • Please be courteous of others and do not talk on your cell phone or use offensive language. Taking photos and videos in the fitness area is not permitted.
  • If you are listening to music during your workout, you must use headphones.
  • Please do not sit on the equipment if you are not actively using it.
  • All personal trainers must be Y associates. Private training led by non-Y personal trainers is prohibited.
  • When using the free weight area, please do not drop the weights. Place them down safely and return them to the dumbbell stand when you are finished with them.
  • When using free weights, always use a spotter. Feel free to ask a Y Fitness Coach to spot you.
  • Only deadlifts and cleans are permitted on the lifting platform. You must maintain control throughout your entire movement. No overhead lifts or drops are permitted.
  • Designated olympic bar and bumper plates are for use on the lifting platform only.

The Y offers indoor, virtual, and water exercise classes to Y members. Classes vary by location and are open to all fitness levels, ages 13 and up. 

Select classes in high demand may require tokens to help manage member participation. If this is necessary, tokens are available at Y family centers after you scan in. They are distributed no earlier than 30 minutes before class and should be given to the class instructor.

A wide variety of strength, cardio, and mind/body exercise classes are available, including but not limited to:

  • Barre
  • BODYPUMP
  • Cardio Dance
  • Cardio Kickboxing
  • Cycling
  • Deep Water Jog
  • Everfit
  • Pilates
  • Water fitness
  • Yoga
  • Zumba

Group exercise and water exercise schedules are available online at ymaryland.org/schedules and in “The Y in Central Maryland” app. Schedules may also be available in Y family centers.

  • Children ages 9 and under must always be supervised in the gym by a legal guardian.
  • Youth ages 10-12 may use the gym as long as a legal guardian remains in the Y family center at all times.
  • Teens ages 13 and up may supervise younger siblings in the gym, however a legal guardian must remain in the Y family center at all times.
  • Rough play, throwing balls at windows, offensive language, profanity, or fighting will not be tolerated. Misconduct may result in dismissal from the gym and/or the Y.
  • Members are expected to self monitor their behavior as well as their guests at all times. Y associates and Leaders on Duty will help in the regulation of behavior during all open gym times.
  • Shirts and non-marking athletic shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Besides water, food and drink are not permitted in the gym.
  • Only Y associates are permitted to adjust the basket hoop height and gym dividers.
  • Keep children away from equipment when it is being adjusted.
  • Gym bags, coats and other large personal belongings are not permitted in the gym.
  • Please secure your belongings in a locker and use a lock.
  • During Open Gym, the gym is available to all members and their guests for unstructured play and activities. Full court games are not permitted.
  • During Family Gym, the gym is available to Y family members and their guests to spend time together enjoying unstructured play and activities.
  • Open Gym and Family Gym are available on a first come, first served basis. Please be considerate of others when using open and family gym times so that everyone has an opportunity to participate.
  • Designated times for pick-up sports are available at participating Y family centers. Pick-up pickleball and volleyball are available for ages 16 and up. Pick-up basketball and indoor/outdoor soccer are available for ages 18 and up. During pick-up basketball, full court games are available. Dunking is not permitted.
  • Up to date gym schedules are available online at ymaryland.org/schedules and in “The Y in Central Maryland” app. Schedules may also be available in Y family centers.
  • There is no open play when instructional classes are taking place in the gym.

The Y is committed to being a place for everyone where the rights and dignity of every member of our diverse community are respected. All members and guests are welcome to choose the locker room and restroom that aligns with their gender identity, which is in accordance with state law. Most Y family centers have private changing rooms available for anyone who prefers privacy. 

As always, the Y reserves the right to assess and address disrespectful behavior that occurs on Y property at any time by any member, associate or guest.

  • All members and guests may use locker rooms and restrooms that align with their gender identity. Children under age 7 must be accompanied by a legal guardian or caregiver.
  • All swimmers must shower before entering the pool.
  • For the courtesy and privacy of all, cell phone conversations and taking photos or videos is not permitted in locker rooms, restrooms, or changing areas.
  • The Y is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Secure your belongings in a locker and use a lock.
  • Lockers are for daily use only.

    Y family centers have multi-purpose rooms which are used for a variety of activities, including programs, internal Y meetings, birthday parties, community meeting space, and more.

    These rooms may be reserved via a facility rental or other agreement. Room availability varies by location.

    Please contact the Executive Director at your Y family center for more information.

    Your Y membership gives you access to more than 2,400 Ys around the country. Because each Y association is autonomous, local policies vary on the use of equipment, programs and services by visiting Y members. If you plan to visit another Y outside of Central Maryland, please call that Y regarding their visiting member policies.

    General guidelines for Y members visiting from outside of the Y in Central Maryland are:

    • Visiting members must maintain the majority of their visits (per month) at their hometown Y.
    • There is no entry fee for visiting members.
    • Use of Y family centers, services, and equipment are available to visiting members; however discounts on programs and services may vary.
    • All Y in Central Maryland locations are part of one association; therefore, a visit to one location counts as a visit    to all Central Maryland locations.

    OUTDOOR PLAYGROUNDS

    • Children ages 9 and under may use the playground. Children must be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times.
    • Bikes, skates, roller blades, scooters, and similar items are not permitted.
    • Pets and glass containers are not permitted.
    • Be respectful. Fighting, rough play, throwing objects, profanity, and offensive language are prohibited.
    • Throw all trash in trash cans.
    • Playgrounds may be closed at any time for Y sponsored activities and programs (ex. summer camp).

    Y family pools and lap pools are available for healthy activity and fun including lap swimming, family swim, water walking, water exercise classes, and more. The available times for these activities are posted on our activity schedules and in “The Y in Central Maryland” app. Schedules may also be available in Y family centers.

    All members and guests must follow our swim test, pool rules and lap swim guidelines.

    SWIM TEST GUIDELINES

    Any youth ages 17 and under who wishes to swim in our pools must take a swim test to determine their swimming ability. Once a swimmer performs the test, they are issued an appropriate color necklace which determines where they are allowed to swim in the pool and what level of adult supervision is required. The necklaces are checked at the membership desk as participants enter the Y family center. The Y reserves the right to swim test anyone at any time.


    SHALLOW WATER TEST (YELLOW NECKLACE)

    This swim test must be completed by anyone ages 17 and under. To pass, swimmers must successfully complete all shallow water test requirements.

    Test Requirements

    • Swim 15 yards
    • Must be able to lean back, allowing your feet to rise off the bottom of the pool, then return to a standing position
    • Jump feet first into water that is over your head and return to the surface
    • Tread water for 30 seconds

    Test Results

    • If you pass the shallow water test, you will receive a yellow necklace.
    • Children ages 10 and under who receive a yellow necklace must always be supervised by a legal guardian who is on the pool deck.
    • Children ages 11-12 who receive a yellow necklace must have an adult remain in the Y family center.
    • Teens ages 13-17 who receive a yellow necklace may swim without adult supervision in the Y center.
    • If you are unable to pass the shallow water test, you will receive a red necklace. Children under age 13 who have a red necklace based on their swim test must have an actively engaged adult in the water within arm's reach at all times and (the adult) must be in water below armpit level; OR they must wear a US Coast Guard approved personal floatation device and be directly supervised by a legal guardian on the pool deck.
    • Teens ages 13-17 with a red necklace do not require an adult in the water as long as the teen wears a US Coast Guard approved personal floatation device.

    DEEP WATER TEST (GREEN NECKLACE)

    This swim test must be completed by anyone ages 17 and under who wishes to swim in water above armpit level. To pass, swimmers must successfully complete all deep water test requirements.

    Test Requirements

    • Swim one length (25 yards) using any stroke without stopping and without  swimming entirely underwater
    • Tread water for 1 minute without touching any surface (walls, stairs, lap lines, etc.)
    • Jump feet first into water that is over your head and return to the surface
    • Perform a back float

    Test Results

    • If you pass the deep water test, you will receive a green necklace.
    • Children ages 10 and above who receive a green necklace are permitted in the pool without adult supervision, however youth ages 10-12 must have an adult remain in the Y family center.
    • Teens ages 13-17 who receive a green necklace may swim without adult supervision in the Y center.
    • If you are unable to pass the deep water test, you can not swim in water above armpit level.

    POOL RULES

    • The lifeguard is the final authority in all pool areas.
    • During inclement weather, our pools and pool decks close for thunder and lightning until 30 minutes after the last occurrence. This policy is enacted if thunder and lightning is detected within 6 miles of our indoor pools or 8 miles of our outdoor pools. Y family centers will not send text alerts for weather-related pool closings. If it appears that a storm may be entering your area, or you want to check another area, visit weatherbug.com to determine the distance for the nearest thunder and lightning. You may also call your Y family center for the most accurate information concerning pool closings due to inclement weather.
    • All swimmers must shower before entering the pools.
    • Swimmers of any age may be asked to take a swim test in order to use the pool (see Swim Test).
    • Children under age 13 who have a red necklace based on their swim test must have an actively engaged adult in the water within arm's reach at all times and (the adult) must be in water below armpit level; OR they must wear a US Coast Guard approved personal floatation device and be directly supervised by a legal guardian on the pool deck.
    • Teens ages 13-17 with a red necklace do not require an adult in the water as long as the teen wears a US Coast Guard approved personal floatation device.
    • Swimmers who are not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper and/or rubber pants with a swim diaper.
    • The Y maintains a family-friendly environment. Appropriate  swim attire is required (see Dress Policy).
    • Only pool equipment and materials approved by the US Coast Guard and/or the Y are allowed in the pool. Mermaid tails and full-face snorkeling masks are not permitted in our pools. If a medical condition makes swimming with a face mask unsafe, a doctor’s note must be provided to our Executive Director of Swim Operations.
    • Kickboards, barbells, float packs, and pool buoys are to be used for lap swim, water exercise and instructional swim only.
    • Diving is allowed in designated areas only.
    • For your safety, running or excessive horseplay are not permitted.
    • Food and glass containers are not permitted on the pool deck.
    • Inappropriate behavior or offensive language may result in dismissal from the pool area and/or the Y.

    All pool guidelines are at the discretion of the Lifeguard, Swim Director or Leader on Duty.

    LAP SWIM GUIDELINES

    • Lap lanes are for continuous lap swimming only.
    • All swimmers, regardless of age, may participate in lap swim, provided they engage in continuous lap swimming.
    • Always notify other swimmers before joining their lane.
    • Refrain from butterfly swimming when more than one swimmer is in a lane.
    • When 3-5 swimmers are in a lane, please swim in a counterclockwise loop.
    • A maximum of 5 swimmers are permitted in a lane.
    • Lap lanes are arranged from fastest to slowest from the inside out. Use the lane that best suits your pace.
    • Please allow faster swimmers to pass. Always pass to the left of the swimmer at the end walls.
    • Please do not rest at the end walls for extended periods of time.
    • Use of a snorkel and mask requires written medical certification and must be approved by the Swim Director.

    Y membership is required to participate in Y programs. Y membership includes a wide variety of member-only programs at no additional cost. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Adult pick-up sports
    • Familyhood
    • Funshops
    • Family events
    • Group exercise classes
    • Leaders' Club
    • Parents' Night Out
    • Water exercise classes
    • Youth sports classes

    Members can register for programs online at ymaryland.org/register or in person at any Y family center. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is not required for group exercise, water exercise or adult pick-up sports.

    Y swim lessons, youth and adult sports leagues, small group training, and personal training have a nominal added fee. Payment is due in full at the time of registration. Credit card or EFT payment is required for online registration; otherwise, payments can be made by cash (exact change only), check, charge or money order. Please make checks payable to the Y in Central Maryland. A charge of $25.00 will be assessed for any check or EFT not honored by a member’s bank due to insufficient funds or closed accounts.

    There are six program sessions: Winter, Spring I, Spring II, Summer, Fall I, Fall II. Programs range from 1-day activities such as Parents’ Night Out to multi-day classes such as swim lessons, martial arts, youth sports, etc. Please note: all program sessions include 7 classes with an additional class reserved as a makeup only, should the Y need to cancel a class. 

    Program session and registration dates are posted online at ymaryland.org/register. Program availability varies by location.

    • Ages 16 and up may use the sauna.
    • A shower must be taken before and after use of the sauna.
    • The Y maintains a family-friendly environment. Appropriate attire is required (see Dress Policy).
    • Remove all jewelry before using the sauna.
    • Pregnant women and people with respiratory or cardiopulmonary concerns should not use the sauna.
    • Extended sauna exposure may be harmful to your health. Please limit use to no more than 10 minutes per hour.
    • Only Y associates may adjust the temperature.
    • Please sit on a towel when using the sauna.
    • Do not pour water on the rocks or attempt to exercise or dry your belongings in the sauna.
    • Respectfully, keep talking to a low volume.
    • Use of body oils is not permitted.
    • Smoking, food, alcohol, drugs, or medications are not permitted.
    • Please report improper conduct to a Y associate.
    • Children ages 7 and under must always be supervised by a legal guardian who is actively engaged with them on the splash pad.
    • Children ages 8-9 must always be supervised by a legal guardian on the splash pad patio.
    • Children ages 10-12 must have a legal guardian in the Y family center at all times.
    • The Y maintains a family-friendly environment. Appropriate  swim attire is required (see Dress Policy).
    • Children who are not toilet trained must wear swim diapers.
    • For your safety, running is not permitted.
    • Please do not sit or climb on the splash pad apparatus or sit directly over waterspouts.
      Please do not drink the splash pad water.
    • Rough play, inappropriate behavior and offensive language is prohibited.
    • Inflatable pool toys, balloons, athletic or recreational equipment, and similar items are not permitted.
    • Food, candy, gum, snacks, glass containers, soaps, detergents, and shampoos are not permitted.
    • The Y is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Secure your belongings in a locker and use a lock.

    YOUTH SPORTS

    Y youth sports programs focus on skill development, all-inclusive game play, sportsmanship, teamwork, and safety.

    Youth sports instructional classes are included in Y membership at no additional cost. Regional youth sports leagues are available in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties. Sports classes and leagues vary by location.

    Sign up for a youth sports class or league at ymarland.org/register.

    ADULT SPORTS

    Adults can relive their glory days with pick-up sports and adult leagues.

    Pick-up sports are included in Y membership and are great for those who want to play but aren't able to commit to a league. Pick-up sports vary by location. Availability is posted on the activity schedules under the 'gym' category.

    Regional adult sports leagues are available in Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties. Leagues may vary by region.

    Children ages 6 weeks - 10 years who are part of a Y membership can be dropped off at Stay & Play for supervised fun while parents exercise. Stay & Play is only open and available when a Y Stay & Play associate is on duty during the designated Stay & Play hours.

    Stay & Play can be used only while parents are participating in activities within the Y family center. Parents may leave their child(ren) with Stay & Play Y associates for a maximum of 1.5 hours. If you use Stay & Play during peak hours, please plan your arrival time accordingly so you are not inconvenienced.

    Stay & Play Drop-off and Pick-up Policy
    • Membership cards will be required when using Stay & Play.
    • Parents must sign their children in when dropping them off.
    • All children will receive a name tag.
    • Parents must sign their children out when picking them up.

    For safety precautions, children will not be released to other parents, members, siblings, friends, or family members. We will work hard to sign you in and out in a timely manner.

    For more information, please view our Stay & Play Parent Handbook.

    • Parents are encouraged to observe swim lessons from designated areas.
    • No one may observe swim lessons from the edge of the pool.
    • Other than parent/child classes, parents are not allowed in the pool during their child’s swim lesson (unless approved by the Swim Director).
    • Children ages 12 and under must have a legal guardian remain in the Y family center at all times.
    • In order to have a smooth transition from class to class, all participants must exit the pool when their swim lesson has ended.
    • Participants may be removed for discipline or safety reasons.

    Y members are encouraged to make YMARYLAND.ORG one of their browser favorites. The Y website includes information about membership, programs, community opportunities, volunteering, activity schedules, Y family center information, and more. The Y family center location pages include hours of operation, holiday hours, Y family center leadership teams, personal trainers, and more.

    “The Y in Central Maryland” app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play. The app allows you to view hours of operation and activity schedules, register for programs, and scan into Y family centers.

    Safety, Policies and Procedures

    Safety is our highest priority and we have taken many precautions to provide for your safety while you participate in activities at the Y. Because many of the activities at the Y involve physical exercise, it is strongly recommended that all adults, ages18 and over, consult their physician prior to beginning or continuing an exercise program or activity at the Y. Safety guidelines have been posted in several locations throughout Y family centers. Please adhere to these rules. Notify a Y associate if you have a safety concern and please report all incidents or injuries to the Y family center Leader on Duty.

    In situations where talking directly to a Y associate is not conducive, you may also submit concerns or give feedback through Speakfully, an online platform where we manage identified safety concerns. If you have policy concerns, questions about safety, witnessed suspected child abuse, or there's something you see that just doesn't look right, you can report it to us via Speakfully in two ways:

    • Visit ymaryland.speakfullynow.com
    • Call 1-800-729-5022

    You can identify yourself or choose to remain 100% anonymous. After submitting a concern, you can also track updates on your submission. 

    • FAMILY Up to four adults plus all dependent children age 26 and under residing at the same address. (Ten person limit)
    • INDIVIDUAL Any person ages 13-26 
    • INDIVIDUAL Any person ages 27-64
    • TWO PERSON HOUSEHOLD Any two people, at least one age 18 or older, residing at the same address.
    • SENIOR ADULT Any person age 65 and older.
    • SENIOR TWO PERSON HOUSEHOLD Any two people, at least one age 65 or older, residing at the same address.
    • SENIOR FAMILY Up to four adults, at least one age 65 or older, and all dependent children age 26 and under residing at the same address. (Ten person limit)

    We reserve the right to request proof of dependent children by way of 1040 tax forms or other means when signing up for membership or adding new family members to your membership.

    Y in Central Maryland joining fees and membership fees are established by the Association Board of Directors based on a 51-week period (one week is devoted to major maintenance and repairs).

    A one-time joining fee is due at the time of sign up for new members. “New” is defined as not having a Y membership in the last 30 days. All joining fees and membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

    Membership rates are subject to change. Advanced 30 days notice will be provided prior to any rate increase. Effective 1/1/24, rate information will only be communicated by email and posted on our website. A current email address is required of all members. To add or update your information, please contact customerservice@ymaryland.org or your Y family center. 

    Association-wide memberships provide access to all Y in Central Maryland family centers. Membership is continuous. Membership fees are paid by either a 12-month annual payment or by an automatic monthly electronic fund transfer (EFT) via your bank checking, savings or credit card account. A charge of $25.00 will be assessed for any EFT or check not honored by a member’s bank due to insufficient funds or closed accounts. If an EFT withdrawal is not honored, the member will be required to pay the past month’s dues and the $25.00 service charge by cash, charge or certified check.

    A center-specific membership option is available at Y Swim Center locations only, as they are pool-only Y facilities. A center-specific membership provides access to the Y Swim Center where the membership was purchased. Membership is continuous. The same payment options and charges stated above apply.

    All members are required to show or scan a valid membership photo keytag when entering any Y family center (each time you enter, even if you enter multiples times in one day). Photos of each individual included in the membership are required. These photos are used to identify and confirm membership type for internal programming purposes and/or to identify an individual in the event of an emergency. Please be assured that the Y takes your privacy very seriously. All photos are uploaded to a secure server with password-protected access.

    A valid email address for at least the primary member is required for Y membership. We must have an active email address on file for communication purposes, including emergency communications, and it is necessary to access your Y account online or participate in online registration. If you receive a communication from the Y that you do not want, you are able to opt out of that communication at any time.

    Participants enrolled in the Y early childhood, school-based and enrichment programs listed below automatically receive a Y family membership as a part of their program enrollment. The membership includes everyone in your household (up to four adults and all dependent children age 26 and under). The Y family membership continues at no added cost, even during school holidays and the summer months, provided you re-enroll your child in the program each year by the specified dates below:

    • Y Preschool Y membership continues annually as long as your child is enrolled in the program.
    • Y Head Start/Early Head Start Y membership continues annually provided you re-enroll each year by June 1st.
    • Y Before & After School Enrichment Y membership continues annually provided you re-enroll each year by June 1st.
    • Y Out-of-School-Time (OST) Program Y membership continues annually provided you re-enroll each year by June 15th.
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Y mentor and mentee families will maintain their Y membership throughout the duration of their program participation.
    • Y Youth & Government Y membership continues at no cost throughout the duration of your program participation.

    Additionally, students and families participating in Y Community Schools in Baltimore City have the option to participate in Y family membership at the significantly reduced rate of $15/month. See a list of our Y Community Schools.

    • Children ages 9 and under must be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times (unless in Stay & Play) and are allowed to participate in the following program areas:
      - pool (safety restrictions apply pending required swim test; see Swim Test)
      - splash pad
      - Stay & Play
      - playground
      - climbing wall (ages 5 & up only)
      - family game room
      - gymnasium
      - fitness centers (ages 8 & up only; safety restrictions apply, see Fitness Centers & Equipment)
    • Youth ages 10-12 are allowed to participate in the following program areas without an adult, provided a legal guardian remain in the Y family center at all times:
      - pool (safety restrictions apply pending required swim test; see Swim Test)
      - splash pad
      - Stay & Play (age 10 only)
      - climbing wall
      - family game room
      - gymnasium
      - fitness centers (safety restrictions apply; see Fitness Centers & Equipment)
    • Teens ages 13-15 can be in a Y family center without an adult and may participate in the following program areas:
      - pool (safety restrictions apply pending required swim test; see Swim Test)
      - splash pad
      - climbing wall
      - family game room
      - gymnasium
      - fitness centers (safety restrictions apply; see Fitness Centers & Equipment)
      - group exercise classes
    • Teens ages 16-17 are permitted to use the Y without restriction. The only exception is in the pool. Safety restrictions apply pending a required swim test (see Swim Test).

    For details regarding age and safety requirements in specific spaces, review the section above titled Programs, Amenities and Schedules.

    The Y in Central Maryland is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all. We ask that everyone using Y services behave in a responsible manner and respect the rights and dignity of others. We expect parents/legal guardians to monitor the behavior of their children and guests. 

    Our Code of Conduct outlines prohibited actions. The list is not inclusive of all inappropriate behaviors.

    • Inappropriate attire is not permitted (see Dress Policy).
    • Vulgar and offensive language, including profanity, name-calling and shouting is prohibited.
    • Physical contact with another person in an aggressive or threatening manner is prohibited. Fighting will not be tolerated.
    • Any demonstration of sexual activity or sexual contact with another person is prohibited.
    • Harassment or intimidation by words, gestures, body language or any menacing behavior is prohibited.
    • Theft or behavior that results in the destruction of property is prohibited.
    • Carrying or concealing any weapons, devices, or objects that may be used as weapons is prohibited.
    • Using or possessing illegal chemicals or alcohol on Y property, in Y vehicles, or at Y sponsored programs/events is prohibited.
    • Any other conduct of an inappropriate, threatening or offensive nature is prohibited.
    • Lying or misrepresentation in order to gain access to Y programs/services/facilities is prohibited.
    • Loitering is not permitted in or outside Y facilities.
    • For the courtesy and privacy of all, cell phone conversations and taking photos or videos is not permitted in locker rooms, restrooms, changing areas, or the fitness center.
    • The Y maintains a smoke-free environment. The smoking or consumption of any substance, including Cannabis, is not permitted in/on Y property or at Y events and programs.
    • The Y in Central Maryland conducts regular sex offender screenings on all members, participants, and guests. If a sex offender match occurs, the Y reserves the right to cancel membership, end program participation, and remove visitation access.

    Additionally, the Y reserves the right to deny access or membership to any person who has been accused or convicted of any crime involving sexual abuse; is a registered sex offender; habitually or excessively uses narcotics or dangerous drugs; has ever been convicted of any offense relating to the use, sale, possession, or transportation of narcotics or habit forming and/or dangerous drugs; or continuously or excessively uses intoxicating beverages. Members and guests are encouraged to be responsible for their personal comfort and safety and to respectfully ask any person whose behavior threatens their comfort to refrain. If a member or guest feels uncomfortable in confronting the person directly, they should report the behavior to a Y associate or the Leader on Duty.

    Y associates are eager to be of assistance. Members and guests should not hesitate to notify a Y associate if assistance is needed. In order to be able to carry out these policies, we ask that members and guests identify themselves to Y associates when asked. The Y management team will investigate all reported incidents. Suspension or termination of Y membership or participation privileges may result from a determination by Y management at their discretion if a violation of the Y’s Code of Conduct has occurred.

    We strive to create a family-friendly environment that is safe and welcoming to all. In order to respect the comfort and safety of everyone at the Y, we ask that all members and guests wear appropriate attire and follow our dress policy. 

    • For your safety, closed-toed athletic shoes must be worn by participants in all program areas, except in the pool, sauna and locker/changing rooms. Flip flops/slides may be worn in the pool area, sauna and locker/changing rooms.
    • The Y maintains a family-friendly environment. Appropriate clothing must be worn at all times including, but not limited to:
      - Shirts must be worn except for those areas where swim attire is acceptable (see below). 
      - Exercise shorts and pants must fully cover your underwear and buttocks at all times and during all exercise movements.
      - Clothing that expresses profane or discriminating messages are prohibited.
      - Undergarments, swimwear or sleepwear are not allowed to be used as outerwear.
      - Swim attire can only be worn in the pool area, splash pads, saunas, or locker/changing rooms. 
      - Swim attire must allow individuals to participate safely in the pool. 
      - Proper swim attire includes one-piece swimsuits, two-piece swimsuits, rash guards, and swim trunks.
      - Improper swim attire is prohibited, including thong swimsuits and bottoms, undergarments, and cut-off shorts.
      - T-shirts worn over swimsuits and swim trunks are permitted in the pool, provided they do not create a safety hazard.
      - Children who are not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper and/or rubber swim pants with a swim diaper.
      - Outdoor shoes are not permitted in the shower or pool areas.
    • When using the pool, all swimmers must change from street clothes to swim attire. Please do not arrive and walk through the Y in swim attire.
    • After using the pool, all swimmers must change back into street clothes. Please do not walk through and exit the Y in swim attire.
    • Accommodations for attire due to religious beliefs will be respected. The Y reserves the right to make final decisions on what is or is not appropriate and safe attire.

    Mothers who wish to breastfeed at the Y are welcome to do so.

    • The Y in Central Maryland is not responsible for lost or stolen property. We recommend that you do not bring valuables with you to the Y, nor should you leave your purse, wallet, or other valuables in your car.
    • Store the belongings you need in a locker and use a lock. Lockers are provided for daily use only. You must provide your own lock.
    • For courtesy and safety, locks can not be left on lockers overnight. If a lock is found on a locker at closing time, it will be cut off and the contents of the locker will be placed in the lost and found. The Y is not responsible for locks left on lockers or items found in lockers at closing time.
    • Lost and found items will be held at the Y. If these items are not claimed within one week, they will be donated to a local charity. The Y in Central Maryland is not responsible for lost and found items.
    • Gym bags and other large personal belongings are not permitted in program areas. Please secure your belongings in a locker and use a lock. 
    • Members and guests must provide their own towels.

    The Y in Central Maryland is a drug, alcohol and smoke-free zone. The smoking or consumption of any substance, including Cannabis, is not permitted in or on Y property or at Y events and programs.

    Unplanned cancellations, closings and delays are announced via our text alert system. 

    We strongly recommend that all Y members sign up for Y text alerts. You can sign up for alerts that impact an entire Y family center or a specific program. Set your alert preferences at ymaryland.org/ymdalerts.

    Alerts are also posted on Y family center Facebook pages.

    Y family centers may open late, close early, or be closed entirely on the holidays listed below. Holiday hours vary depending on whether they fall on a weekday or weekend.

    All holiday hours are posted on our website on the Y family center location pages. Hours may vary by location based on facility demand during holidays. Please see your Y family center location page to view their posted holiday hours.

    • New Year's Day
    • Easter (all Y family centers, programs and services are closed)
    • Memorial Day
    • Juneteenth
    • 4th of July
    • Labor Day
    • Thanksgiving
    • The day after Thanksgiving
    • Christmas Eve
    • Christmas Day (all Y family centers, programs and services are closed)
    • The day after Christmas
    • New Year's Eve 

    All Y family centers will temporarily close their pools annually, usually at the end of summer, for annual preventive maintenance, cleaning, pool draining, and revitalization. 

    Y family centers with outdoor pools will temporarily close their pools twice a year for the installation (fall) and removal (spring) of their pool domes.

    Pool closures due to maintenance will be communicated in advance.

    To ensure prompt and convenient entry into Y family centers, each member is given a membership photo keytag. All members are required to scan a valid membership photo keytag when entering any Y family center. Photos of each individual included in the membership are required. These photos are used to identify and confirm membership type for internal programming purposes and/or to identify an individual in the event of an emergency. Please be assured that the Y takes your privacy very seriously. All photos are uploaded to a secure server with password-protected access.

    Members may also use “The Y in Central Maryland” app (available in the Google Play or App Store) for entry.

    There is a $5.00 replacement fee for lost or stolen keytags.

    Each membership unit receives a set amount of complimentary guest passes per calendar year to share the Y experience with friends and family. Additional guest passes are not available for purchase. All guests must be accompanied by a Y member. A per visit fee to access the Y is not available. 

    All Y family centers have guest hours and may restrict guest usage to ensure the safety and comfort of our members. We highly encourage members to contact the Y prior to visiting with a guest to inquire about guest restrictions due to demand on the facility.

    Members who choose to pay their membership fees via automatic monthly EFT are on a no contract, continuous membership plan. This membership will remain in effect until you initiate its termination by filling out a Y in Central Maryland membership cancellation form. Cancellations must be submitted 30 days in advance of your EFT draft date. Failure to do so will result in that month’s dues being drafted and your membership remaining valid for an additional month.

    Membership fees paid annually, 12 months in advance, expire after the end of the 12 month period. You have the option to renew at that time.

    Joining fees and membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

    The Y in Central Maryland reserves the right to terminate or revoke membership in cases of misconduct or policy violations.

    Expired memberships may be reinstated within 30 days of termination/expiration without repaying the joining fee. Those individuals who wish to reinstate their membership after the 30-day grace period will be required to repay the joining fee.

    • If the Y cancels a fee-based class/program before the first class meeting, the participant will be issued a full credit/refund.
    • If the Y cancels a fee-based class/program after the first class meeting, a proportionate credit will be applied to your Y account.
    • If a participant cancels a fee-based class/program in writing or via email to customerservice@ymaryland.org more than 7 days before the start of the class/program, a full credit/refund will be issued. Cancellations requested less than 7 days before the start of a class/program are not eligible for credit/refund.
    • In cases of misconduct, credit/refunds may be issued on a case-by-case basis.
    • The Y does not provide credit/refunds for classes canceled due to inclement weather.
    • All credits/refunds will be processed through the Y Customer Service team.
    • Credits can be applied to monthly membership drafts upon request.
    • Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
    • Credits are valid for one year from the date issued.

    This credit/refund policy does not apply to Y early childhood, school-based and enrichment programs. Please refer to the appropriate program handbook or contact the program director regarding these programs.

    THANK YOU!