Policy for Gym Floors, Racquetball, and Tennis Courts in All Recreational Sport Facilities
- Appropriate athletic footwear is required
- Street shoes are prohibited
- No running shoes or shoes with sharp protrusions
- No “turf’ shoe
- No shoes having black waffle bottoms
- No shoes suspected of marking the floor
Q. What is the best all-purpose shoe to wear on the courts?
A. A supportive shoe with a flat non-marking sole is the best choice for court sport (basketball, volleyball, racquetball, tennis and aerobics).
Q. Can “cross trainer” type shoes be worn on the courts?
A. Yes, if they do not have black waffle soles.
Q. What is the difference between running shoes and cross trainers?
A. Running shoes have rugged soles, are highly cushioned and are made for heel to toe running. They offer minimal lateral support and usually feature flared heels. The design of running shoes makes them excellent for their intended purpose but a poor choice for court sports. Many people consider them dangerous for sports requiring rapid lateral movement. They are NOT legal on our courts.
Cross trainers combine the characteristics of court shoes with running shoes. They are marketed as all-purpose athletic footwear. In some cases there is little distinction between cross trainers and running shoes. Cross trainers are illegal on the courts if they have a black waffle sole and/or leave marks on the court. Otherwise, they may be worn.
Q. Can running shoes be worn in the facilities?
A. Yes, just not on the courts in the RPAC and the Jesse Owens Recreation Centers. All running shoes may be worn in the conditioning areas or on the track in Larkins or in the French Field House.
This policy is in effect for all facility users. Adherence and self enforcement of the policy is greatly appreciated. Please take an active role in keeping our facilities free of damage and shoe marks. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. If further clarification is required, please consult a facility manager.