YMCA of Reading and Berks County

Participation and Payment Policies

The YMCA is a membership organization open to all. Everyone is welcome to apply regardless of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, economic level or disability. If you can’t afford the full cost of membership, Financial Assistance is available to the extent possible. Please ask for a confidential Financial Assistance application. Participants needing other accommodations should contact their local YMCA.

YMCA reserves the right to cancel membership, end program participation, and remove visitation access.

 

I agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the YMCA, which are designed for the enjoyment of all its members. The protection of members and guests who are utilizing the YMCA is of paramount concern to the YMCA. We reserve the right to deny access of membership to any person whose behavior is determined to be in conflict with the welfare and safety of other members and/or staff. This includes a person who is a registered sexual offender; has plead guilty to or been convicted of any crime involving sexual abuse; or a crime against persons such as a child, spousal or parental abuse. It will also include any offense related to the sale or transportation of illegal, habit forming or dangerous drugs; is presently clearly under the influence of intoxicating beverages or behavior modifying drugs. This code of conduct does not permit language or any action that can hurt or frighten another person or that falls below a generally accepted standard of conduct. This includes inappropriate attire, angry or vulgar language, physical contact with another person in an angry or threatening way, any demonstration of sexual contact or activity, harassment or intimidation by words, gestures, body language or any other menacing behavior, theft or behavior resulting in destruction of property. Parents are held responsible for the behavior of their children.

INFORMED CONSENT/LIABILITY WAIVER AGREEMENT

 

I/We, the undersigned, realize that there may be medical risks associated with physical exercise, the use of this facility, or use of equipment within the facility. I/We also recognize that the YMCA cannot evaluate my/our physical abilities and medical limitations as they pertain to participation in programs, to use the facilities, or use of equipment within the facility. I/WE THEREFORE ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR HAVING A THOROUGH MEDICAL EXAMINATION PERFORMED, BY A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER OF MY/OUR CHOICE, BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN ANY PROGRAMS AND PRIOR TO USING THE FACILITIES OR EQUIPMENT WITHIN YMCA FACILITIES.

 

Furthermore, in consideration of my/our participation in the activities of the YMCA and its respective officers, employees and members, including but not limited to its or their own negligence, and do hereby for myself/ourselves, heirs, executors and administrators, waive, release and forever discharge any and all rights and claims for damages which I/We may have or which may hereafter accrue to me arising out of or connected with my participation in any of the activities of the YMCA, use of its facilities, or use of equipment within its facilities; provided, however, that the hold harmless agreement, and waiver, release and discharge contained in this paragraph shall not apply to my/our participation in any of YMCA’s childcare services.

 

By participating in the YMCA Nationwide Membership Program, I agree to release the National Council of YMCAs of the United States of America, and its independent and autonomous member associations in the United States and Puerto Rico, from claims of negligence for bodily injury or death in connection with the use of YMCA facilities, and from any liability for other claims, including loss of property, to the fullest extent of the law.

PHOTO RELEASE:

 

I consent to the taking and use of still photography and/or motion pictures of me or my family for use of magazines, television, newspapers, etc. and to the non-commercial use of such photographs or motion pictures. I understand that the YMCA has no control over and is not responsible for the content in such publications and broadcasts.

 

I hereby waive payment or royalties for the exhibition or showing of photographs or motion pictures and/or the use of information provided by me. The YMCA will post signs when professional photographers or TV crews are on site so members have the option to avoid their images being utilized.