Policies & Guidelines

Policies & Guidelines

Our Membership Organization

When you join the Kearney Family Y, you become part of the world-wide fellowship of members, all interested in the development of Spirit, Mind and Body. The Kearney Family Y is an association of members, and therefore, the responsibility for operation and maintenance of programs and our facilities are yours…the member. The Y is owned and operated by the membership and governed by their elected Board of Directors. Remember, it is your Y. Help keep it in good condition and help the staff with your suggestions and comments.

Personal Conduct

Christian values are at the heart of the Y. Membership privileges may be suspended or revoked for any behavior that jeopardizes the health and safety of Y staff, members, participants, facility

Unsupervised Children / Facility Usage

Children under age 7 should be accompanied by an adult (age 18 or older) who is in the same room at all times, signed into our Child Watch or under the supervision of a Y staff instructing a Y program. IT IS OUR RECOMMENDATION AND BELIEF THAT CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 7 AND 11 SHOULD NOT BE LEFT IN THE FACILITY UNATTENDED BY AN ADULT FOR PERIODS OF MORE THAN 2 HOURS AT A TIME. Prior to leaving your child unattended at the Y, please discuss with them alternate transportation plans in case of an emergency.

Dress Code

The Kearney Family Y reflects a family environment. Appropriate clothing for leisure or fitness is expected to be worn either on site or off site. The Kearney Family Y prohibits any apparel (or lack of apparel) that contains offensive slang, profanity, sexual innuendoes and/or graphics. Members will be asked to change or leave if wearing unacceptable clothing.

Appropriate swimsuits/swim trunks are required when using the pool. (No cutoffs or T-shirts) Swimwear should only be worn in the locker room and pool areas. Members are asked to wear a cover (shirt and shorts) over swimwear whenever entering or exiting the YMCA or in any area outside the locker rooms.

Shoes must be worn in all areas outside the locker rooms and pool areas. Non-marking shoes are required on all court and gym floors. Open toed shoes are not allowed in the weight rooms. Street shoes are not allowed on the pool deck.

Cell Phone Usage (Locker Rooms & Child Care)

Video recorders, cameras, or any other visual recording devices including cell phones are NOT to be used within the Y locker rooms and or Child Development Center. Anyone caught taking pictures within said areas of another person without their permission or knowledge will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law by the Y and may lead to the termination of their membership.

Smoke Free Facility

The building and grounds of the Kearney Family Y are tobacco, alcohol and drug free environments.

No firearms or weapons are allowed inside or at the facility campus.

Snow / Inclement Weather Policy

If the Kearney Public Schools are closed or delayed, we may operate on a delayed opening schedule. In extreme weather conditions, we will announce closing and/or reduced hours on radio, T.V. and on our website www.kearneyymca.org. We will hold classes and programs if roads are passable and safe for staff to get to the YMCA. We recommend that you call before coming to your class or program.

Cancellation Policy

Your Y membership is perpetual and will continue until a cancellation form is completed and signed. Cancellations are NOT accepted over the phone. You may cancel your membership with 30 days notice at any time. Members who have paid on an annual basis will be given a refund for the months following the cancellation notice. Memberships cancelled for more than 30 days will be subject to paying the building fee upon rejoining. Please contact the Service Desk if you have any questions.

Program Refund Policy

If a program is cancelled by the Y, you will receive a full refund. The Y will also provide a full refund for medical reasons if a doctor’s release statement is issued. Programs do not meet on holidays.


It is the responsibility of every individual, parent, or guardian to provide their own accident and health coverage while participating in Y activities. The Kearney Family Y does not provide accident or health coverage for its participants. Please report all accidents to the Service Desk immediately.

Facility Usage

To ensure the safety of all Y participants, we ask that the rules which are posted throughout the building be observed and followed. If rules are not followed, the Y reserves the right to ask individuals to leave the premises.

Swimming Pool

Children must be 8 years old or older and be able to swim to use the pool without direct adult supervision. A youth under the age of 8 years must have adult supervision in the water at all times.

Fitness Center

Children under the age of 13 are not permitted in the cardio or strength training rooms. An exception will be made for youth ages 11-12 that complete our Parent/Child Fitness Center Safety Course. Once this requirement has been met, youth may workout under the supervision of a parent at all times. Photo of youth will be taken, waiver signed and a safety guideline form completed.

Adult Locker Rooms

We ask that members be 18 years of age or older to use the adult side of our locker rooms. The adult locker rooms are equipped with steam rooms. NO children are allowed in the Adult Locker Rooms.

Family (Privacy) Locker Rooms