Facility Guidelines and Age Restrictions


The Joplin Family YMCA has the following guidelines in place to keep our members and participants safe while visiting us and participating in programs. Every member, guest and participant is required to follow these guidelines at all times.  


YMCA CHECK-IN  |  YMCA members (including Nationwide) and community participants are required to have their membership card, app, or photo ID to enter the facility; they must also have their photo taken at the Membership Desk for their account to ensure safety and security for all. Members are required to check in each visit to verify current membership, and community participants must sign a nonmember liability waiver for the Y to keep on file.

FACILITY USE: | No one under the age of 16 is allowed in the facility without being accompanied by a paying adult (ie: Day Pass) or a member who is at least 16 years old.  Facility areas include the lobby, restrooms, community room, basketball court, walking track, etc.

CHILD WATCH SERVICES: | Services available for members with a Family Membership type.  Children must be 3 months to 12 years, with their parent or guardian in the facility.  Limited hours.  

SAFETY | The Y uses these measures and more to ensure your safety:

  • on-site AEDs (automated external defibrillators) and O2 (oxygen) tanks
  • staff certified in CPR, First Aid, & AED 
  • certified lifeguards on duty
  • frequent and random walk-throughs of locker rooms and key areas
  • background checks conducted on all Y staff and volunteer coaches before allowing them to work with children.
  • Individuals on the National Sex Offender Registry are not allowed on YMCA premises at any time.
  • video surveillance is used in all public spaces.

WEAPONS |  No weapons or firearms are allowed in YMCA facilities.

SMOKING/TOBACCO PRODUCTS |  This policy covers the smoking of any tobacco product, including electronic cigarettes and the use of smokeless (or spit) tobacco. To protect and enhance our air quality and to contribute to the health and well-being of all guests, members, and employees the YMCA shall be entirely smoke free. The use of all tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, is banned from the YMCA campus.  This shall include all areas in and around shared property. 

DAY PASS PRIVILEGES  |  Community members and guests may utilize our facility by purchasing a day pass. 
All day passes are $15 per day per person.

NATIONWIDE MEMBERSHIP  |  When you join the Y, you join a nationwide association of people. You’re warmly welcomed by more than 2,000 Ys across the nation. This usage is unlimited; however, it is expected that you join in the community where your home residence is.

EXPECTED BEHAVIOR  |  The YMCA is an inclusive, family-friendly organization. We expect all members and guests to model four core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility-in their conduct and language. The Joplin Family Y reserves the right to suspend or cancel a membership at our discretion if actions or behaviors are not deemed in the best interest of the organization.

PERSONAL TRAINING  |  Personal, partner, and group training are member services. Outside trainers are not allowed in our facility; this will result in a termination of membership privileges for these individuals. 

ATTIRE | The YMCA is a family-friendly facility; please dress appropriately. Athletic shoes must be worn on gym floors. Proper swimsuits must be worn in pool areas. Shirts and closed-toe shoes are required in the fitness centers and group exercise classes.

LOCKER ROOMS AND LOCKERS  |  Lockers are available upon request.  Must exchange collateral (keys, scan card, etc) for the locker key as a reminder to return it to the desk.  Family changing rooms are available in the pool area.    Must be 16 years or accompanied by a parent or guardian to use the men’s and women’s locker rooms. Children 5 and up are not allowed in the locker room of the opposite sex.

TOWEL SERVICE  |  Towel service is available for a small fee.  Punch cards are available. Contact the member services desk for more information. 

LOST AND FOUND  |  The Joplin Family Y is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Lost and found items are kept for two weeks. Inquiries about lost items must be made in person; items not claimed after two weeks will be donated to a local charity.

CELL PHONES  |   Use of electronic devices, cameras or video recording devices is prohibited in the locker rooms and restrooms. Using electronic devices in the these locations for the above use will result in a termination of membership and expulsion from the property. Members may not take videos or photographs of anyone in any other area throughout the facility without direct consent from that person.  

SOLICITATION |  No one outside of YMCA staff may conduct business on YMCA property.

SUPPLEMENTS  |  The Joplin Family Y adopts the policy of the YMCA of the USA that supplement preparation is not allowed on YMCA premises.

FOOD & DRINK  |   Limit food and/or drink to designated areas only.  No food or drinks allowed in the pool, locker rooms, gym, Child Watch areas, strength area/cardio center, or studios with the exception of a covered water bottle. 


  • Sanitize machines after use.
  • Return weights to proper storage area/position when finished.
  • Keep the strength line flowing by rotating to the next machine as quickly as possible.  Be mindful of others waiting.
  • Preserve our equipment, free weights and dumbbells by raising and lowering in a smooth motion. 
  • Help us to better serve you by notifying the front desk of any equipment malfunction.


  • Due to liability restrictions, children 10 and under are not permitted upstairs.  
  • Children must be 13 years old and accompanied by a member at least 18 years of age.  
  • Children 11 and 12 years old may use Tween-approved equipment only after passing Tween Orientation AND only when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Respect the “walking” and “running” lanes on the walking track.  No standing in place to visit on the track.  
  • No spectating permitted over the railing.

Pool Policies 

  • Children between the ages of 10 to 15 are allowed in the pool area only if they have a parent or guardian in the facility.
  • Children 9 years old and younger are allowed in the pool area only when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • At the lifeguard’s discretion, if space allows, properly used flotation devices are allowed.
  • Children using any flotation device must remain in the shallow end of the pool.
  • No gum, food or drink is allowed in the pool area.
  • Public appropriate and proper swim attire must be worn.
  • No diving, running, pushing, dunking, splashing or horseplay allowed.
  • No timed holding breath under water.
  • Swimmers are required to shower before entering the pool.
  • Swim diapers are required for children who are not toilet-trained.
  • Only lifeguards are allowed on the lifeguard island.
  • If a swimmer age 13 years or under wants to use a lap lane, the lifeguard on duty will administer a swim test.  If the lifeguard does not feel the individual is an adequate swimmer, he/she reserves the right to ask the individual not to be in the lap lane area.
  • Maximum number of swimmers per lap lane is 3.
  • Circle swim is required when sharing a lap lane.
  • No hanging on the lap lane ropes.
  • No slapping pool noodles on the water.
  • On a limited basis Joplin Family Y programming may require the use of all 3 lap lanes.  It is our desire to keep one lap lane open at all times.  Please see General Pool Hours.

Thank you for choosing the Joplin Family Y where we live out our commitment to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility by following the YMCA’s four core values-caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.