We offer tryout dates specific to your request. We will send you a "Tryout Pass" via email that gives you access to the recreation facility for Masters practice. For times and information, please email Seth Huston.
We offer a fall, spring and summer session. Each session is approximately four months in duration. New members can join in the middle of a session and fees will be prorated (see below).
To register for Rice Aquatics Masters, please start by filling out the online registration forms completely and legibly.
If you are registering mid-session, please email Seth Huston prior to choosing the online registration for any changes/pro rate in fees. We will prorate mid-session additions on a monthly basis as follows: 100% (full rate) any time during the first month, 80% any time during the second month, 60% any time during the third month, and 40% any time during the fourth month.
Each Masters swimmer must go to the RUPD station and get a Rice ID badge after joining. Once you join, we send your information over to RUPD. The cost of a Rice ID card is $10. The RUPD station is on campus, at the corner of University and Stockton. With the ID, you will be able to access the recreation center during our practice times for the remainder of the session.
Registration Check List :
- ___ Fill out Registration Information Online
- ___ Register online with USMS
- ___ Register Online and pay by CC/ACH (or coach on last try out date if paying by check)
- ___ Print Success/Confirmation Receipt and Go to RUPD and get photo ID
- ___ (Optional) Go to RICE Parking and purchase parking pass (cash or check only)
- ___ Begin Swimming
At the end of the online registration process you will be able to input payment options. Once completed your will see a confirmation page that states "pending approval". Print this page to gain access the first couple of days of practice. You will also be able to go to the RICE University Police Department (RUPD) and get a RICE Masters ID Photo (read below) once payment is complete. You will now be able to have access to the recreation Center during our practice times for the remainder of the session.
If you are registering mid-session please email Seth Huston prior to choosing the online registration for any changes/pro rate in fees. We will prorate mid-session additions on a monthly basis as follows: 100% (full rate) any time during the first month, 80% any time during the second month, 60% any time during the third month, and 40% any time during the fourth month.
Returning Masters Swimmers
In advance of the upcoming session RICE Aquatics will send out an email for re-registering. Swimmers must chose to "attend this event" through the registration event page if you plan to swim the next session. Once the new session has begun, non renewals will have their ID's deactivated upon completion of the current swim session. If you renew after the registration period there will be a $25 reactivation fee. Once the re-registration period has ended you must email Coach Seth and Coach Jason directly with your intent to swim. If you ID is deactivated for failure to complete the registration it may take up to 72 hours to get it active once registration is completed. Please print your completed payment page from the website to gain access to the rec center until your ID is reactivated.
We encourage all members to pay through our website through the registration process. If you prefer to pay by check or cash your payment must be received before or during the first week of the new session. If you miss the deadline your ID will be deactivated and you will have to pay a $25 reactivation fee.
A couple notes on payment options
- Paying by Check
- You still have to register online through the website and choose pay by check as your payment option.
- Dropping off a check at the pool prior to or in place of registering online will not allow you to gain access to our practices.
- Please make it out to RICE Aquatics Masters. If you give a coach a check please follow up with an email to email@example.com so we can ensure your check is registered quickly in our system.
- Paying by ACH or CC
- We are no longer doing re-occurring invoices for our Masters registration. This means you will need to log in and enter your CC info with each registration to ensure you are billed properly.
- CC should be an instant payment and ACH can take up to 3 business days to clear your bank.
- Questions about Registration
- If you have any questions please send firstname.lastname@example.org an email prior to registering online.
Recreation Center Use
Your Rice Aquatics Masters membership gives you access to the pool and locker room facilities for our scheduled practices. The recreation center has a limited number of community memberships available for use of the whole center at anytime. Our use of the aquatic center is a privilege. We ask that you keep your use of the facility limited to our practice times.
All of our Masters swimmers need to be USMS registered in order to meet liability standards. You can find the link to the USMS online registration page on our registration link (and below). USMS registration is $35 for the calendar year.
Parking on the Rice campus is at a premium. You can pay as you go in the central parking garage across the street from the recreation center for $1 per 12 minutes (cash or credit card), or at North Lot at entrance 20 off Rice Blvd. for $1 per 12 minutes (credit card only), or at the West Lot 1 in front of the Alice Pratt Brown Building for $1 per 20 minutes (credit card only). Click here for a map of campus.
Once you have received your photo ID from RUPD, you will be able to purchase an Early Bird/Late Bird parking pass for use in West Lot 3 ($112 for 6 months, $209 for one year). Parking permits are available in the central garage offices across the street from the recreation center. There is a $30 proxy card purchase at the time of registration for a parking pass. Rice Parking Services only takes cash or check when purchasing a parking pass.