Code of Conduct & Age Guidelines

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  • Care for all who enter the Y’s doors.
  • Provide leadership to help those around you who are unfamiliar with the facility and equipment.
  • Be responsible for how you act and what you say.
  • Empower yourself to remind others gently, if need be, about appropriate behavior at the Y.
  • Honesty is always the best policy.


  • Disrespectfulness of others, the facility or equipment.
  • Derogatory actions or demeaning remarks about race, creed, gender, or appearance.
  • Theft or destruction of Y property.
  • Public displays of affection other than holding hands.
  • Swearing
  • Fighting
  • Spitting
  • Smoking anywhere on the Y campus is prohibited.
  • Use of drugs or alcohol anywhere on the Y campus is prohibited.
  • Clothing that portrays graphic violence or language or is offensive. Proper attire must be worn throughout the Y.
  • Activity or behavior that could be interpreted by staff as having gang affiliation.
  • Other behaviors deemed inappropriate.
  • Carrying or concealing any weapons, devices, or objects which may be used as weapons.


  • Youth ages 14-17 are required to have their hand stamped to be on the fitness floor and use the whirlpool. Youth ages 14-17 must present their membership card or ID to receive stamp when checking in at the Welcome Center.
  • Children must be 8 or older to be in the building without the direct supervision of a parent or a responsible person of at least 14 years of age.
  • Children 7 and younger must either be under the direct supervision of a parent or a responsible person of at least 14 years or older.


  • Youth ages 12 or older may use the courts without supervision.
  • Youth ages 8-11 may use the courts under the direct and constant supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Children 7 and under are not allowed on or in the courts.


  • Youth age 14 and older are allowed on the fitness floor unsupervised and may also participate in fitness classes.
  • Youth ages 10-13 along with a parent/guardian may attend Parent/Child Fitness Orientation. Youth will then be able to use the main fitness equipment and take group fitness classes. Parent/guardian must accompany the 10-13 year-old and remain with them at all times.


  • Youth ages 14 and older may use the track unsupervised.
  • Youth ages 8-13 may use the track only under direct supervision of a parent/guardian.


  • Children under age 8 must have supervision in the pool area by someone age 14 or older.
  • Children under age 6 must have active supervision in the water by someone age 14 or older.
  • A one-time swim test is required for all youth under age 18 to determine swim ability.
  • All swimmers must wear swim suits in all pools and spa. Clean shorts or shirts may be worn over the suits, no cut-offs.
  • All toys or flotation aids must be approved by lifeguard.
  • Rough play/horse play not allowed.
  • Persons with contagious skin conditions should not enter pool or spa.
  • Persons with medical conditions, including pregnancy, should abstain from spa or slide use.
  • Must be 48 inches tall to use the water slide.
  • No goggles, flotation devices and shorts with rivets allowed down the waterslide.
  • In accordance with State of Iowa pool and spa code, patrons should only use spa for 10 minutes at a time.
  • Must be 14 or older to use the spa when a lifeguard is present in the Rec Pool area.
  • Must be 18 or older to use the spa when no lifeguard is on duty in the Rec Pool area.
  • Cameras or recorders of any kind not allowed unless approved by management with the exception of competition events.

Locker Rooms

Adult Locker Rooms

Only members/guests ages 18 and older may use the women’s and men’s locker rooms.

Men/Boys and Women/Girls Locker Rooms

No age restrictions

Family Locker Room

Parents with children who are 8 or under and people with special needs may use the Family Locker Rooms.

Membership & Admission Policy

Membership at the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA and admission to its facilities and programs is a privilege, not a right. 
The Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA reserves the right to deny membership, suspend or revoke the membership of any person whose behavior, whether on or off the Y premises, is judged by the Executive Staff and Board of Directors either to be in conflict with the welfare of the Y patrons or staff, or in violation of the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA mission, as expressed in the mission statements found in the Y’s seasonal brochures, on the Y’s website and in the by-laws.