Department of Recreational Sports

Mission and Vision


As a public research university, Texas Tech advances knowledge through innovative and creative teaching, research, and scholarship. The University is dedicated to student success by preparing learners to be ethical leaders for a diverse and globally competitive workforce. The University is committed to enhancing the cultural and economic developement of the state, nation, and world.


The university community recognizes Recreational Sports for quality, comprehensive recreational opportunities leading to active, healthy lifestyles


Appreciation, Caring, Cooperation, Courtesy, Dedication, Dependability, Diversity, Effort, Hard Work, Helping Others, Honesty, Humility, Integrity, Learning, Living in Balance, Participation in Regular Physical Activity, Patience, Respect, Service, Teaching by Example, Tolerance, Trust


Recreational Sports has indentified the following Learning Outcomes as relevant and identifiable to programs and activities within the department

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Development
  • Healthy Behavior
  • Social Awareness



Goal 1 – Access and Diversity: Recruit, retain and graduate a larger, more academically prepared, and more diverse student body


  • Increase by 10% the number of international students involved in program
  • Increase number of under-represented student employees within the department of recreational sports by 2% annually over the next three years

Objective1.1 – Create specific programs to minority student organizations


  • Contact minority organizations and services for input on special programs and help with promotion
  • Host a collaborative event with Diversity Relations at the Rec Center
  • Offer fitness classes that appeal to minority/international students
  • Meet with ICC to set up imitative programs for international students

Objective 1.2 – Hire traditionally under-represented student employees


  • Special recruitment efforts and information to minority organizations
  • Utilization of existing minority students to introduce others to employment opportunities

Goal 2 – Human Resources and Infrastructure: Provide the best modern recreation facilities and equipment for student and faculty/staff use.


  • Operational budget for Student Rec Center to increase by less than 5% for FY10 & FY 11
  • Leisure Pool opened and operating by summer 2009
  • Referendum approved by students for satellite recreation facility by 2011
  • Increase departmental technology use by 50%

Objective 2.1 – Review Student Recreation Center’s responsibilities for fiscal accountability


  • Review and evaluate student training(includes CPR) and student meetings
  • Evaluate effectiveness of student responsibilities
  • Review and revise calendar operating hours including Interim, Game day and holidays
  • Determine operational costs and secure necessary funds of new leisure pool

Objective 2.2 – Open leisure pool for first summer session in 2009


  • Determine equipment needs and secure funding
  • Order equipment for early delivery Work with Facility Planning and Western Builders to ensure on-time construction time line.

Objective 2.3 - Receive approval for design of satellite recreation/student union facility near West Rec Soccer Complex


  • Do preliminary planning with Union, Rec Sports
  • Hire architect to do planning schematic and budget preparation
  • Meet with students to gauge interest
  • Determine funding
  • Have referendum on new facility

Objective 2.4 – Use of new technology in departmental operation


  • Implementation of departmental wide software program to assist in class registration, locker and towel rental, equipment check-out, point of sale and program management
  • Improve equipment issue check-out to ID card swipe system
  • Purchase an registration/point of sale system for Fit/Well programs
  • 50% of Rec Center participants use biometric scanner

Goal 3 – Human Resources and Infrastructure: Retain student employees by providing professional/instructional opportunities


  • Increase number of certified Fitness Instructors and personal trainers by 5%
  • Have 5 student employees as NIRSA student members from Rec Sports
  • Provide computer work stations for student assistants
  • Provide a marketing training programs taught by an Adobe Certified Expert

Objective 3.1 – Provide training and developmental opportunities for student staff


  • Provide in-house CEU training for fitness instructors and personal trainers yearly
  • Increase the number of fitness instructors national certified

Objective 3.2 – Involve students professionally


  • Utilize Pro-Rec to inform students of professional opportunities
  • Assist students financially to attend NIRSA activities

Objective 3.3 – Create professional working conditions for top student assistants


  • Evaluate office/computer space and opportunities available
  • Make necessary changes and purchases
  • Create staff/student committee to identify and recognize 3 “best” employees each year

Objective 3.4 Decrease turn-over of student assistant employees


  • Increase student employee salaries above minimum wage increases
  • Identify specialty student positions and pay competitive salaries
  • Focus on departmental expectations during hiring and training
  • Evaluate reasons for high student turnover in Student Rec Center

Objective 3.5 Expand marketing expertise of staff


  • Marketing Assistant Director becomes an Adobe Certified expert
  • Assistant Director trains student staff annually to become certified


Goal 4 – Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional Teaching and Learning: Enhance the undergraduate, graduate and professional student learning experience by implementing recognized standards in all departments, facilities, programs and services


  • One new facility update yearly in Student Recreation Center
  • 5% increase in fitness class participation and fitness special events
  • 95% play rate for all team intramurals

Objective 4.1 - Update physical facility areas within Student Recreation & Aquatic Center


  • Expand boxing area
  • Create outdoor basketball court
  • Create classrooms space at Aquatic Center
  • Replace blue seating carpet in Aquatic Center
  • Purchase a marquee for outdoor promotion and information

Objective 4.2 – Provide additional opportunities through Fitness/Wellness Center


  • Develop a "for credit" personnel training course
  • Develop a "for credit" group fitness training course.
  • Promotional booths across campus
  • Choreographed programs provided around campus

Objective 4.3 - Increase intramural play rate for team sports


  • Market policies and procedures
  • Increase refundable team intramural forfeit fee
  • Improve recreation leagues with more play dates

Goal 5 – Engagement: Increase Sport Club leadership opportunities


  • Increase the number of clubs by 20%
  • Implement a Future Leaders initiative

Objective 5.1 – Providing additional opportunities to sport interested students


  • Pursue each student culture to gage interest and desire to starting sport specific organizations
  • Continue to work with Student Activities in promoting Sport Club wing of Student Organizations

Objective 5.2 – Emphasizing leadership to Sport Club participants


  • Display examples of transition leadership to new club members
  • Require clubs to identify at least one non-officer to enroll in the Future Leaders Initiative
  • Provide leadership meetings, resources and support for all Future Leaders Initiative attendees

Strategic Priorities: Strengthen Partnerships

Goal 6 – Partnerships: Build strategic partnerships and alliances with the local and campus community including but not limited to K-12, community colleges and universities


  • Increased number of new outdoor related courses offered in both the Honors College and Exercise and Sport Sciences Departments
  • Report on development of a cycling advisory board in collaboration with SGA, Traffic and Parking and the TTU Police

Objective 1.1 – Long term partnership with Honors College


  • Maintain positive relationship with NHH program and continue in our role of field support
  • Create leadership seminar for different department on campus

Objective 1.2 – Long term partnership and development of new courses with ESS


  • Maintain positive relations with ESS
  • Work with PF&W to create new adventure based classes

Objective 1.3 – Create a more bike friendly campus and community


  • Assist in developing university cycling advisory board through SGA. Traffic and Parking and Police Department
  • Collaborate with the city to address the need for new and appropriate bike routes and lanes leading to campus