Special Events

Come join your fellow Cougs at University Recreation's special events.  Click on any of the events below to expand the selection for more information. 

  • Outdoor Photo Contest

    Outdoor Photo Contest: Deadline October 15

    Show us your skills as you capture the beauty of the outdoors! The Outdoor Photo Contest and Exhibit is an annual event sponsored by WSU’s Outdoor Recreation Center and Student Entertainment Board. This contest is open to any amateur photographers.

    Submissions will be accepted September 15 through October 15 (Images submitted before or after the posted dates will not be accepted). No more than four submissions per participant.

     

    Contact

    Matt Wagner| Coordinator, Outdoor Rental Center

    matt.wagner@wsu.edu

    • Judging Criteria

      The Outdoor Photography Contest aims to highlight human or naturally powered outdoor recreation. The photographs are judged by presentation and appropriateness of category, as well as by technical skill with the camera and visual framing of the subject. Leave No Trace principles will also be considered. The contest organizers reserve the right to refuse entries that do not meet these criteria. All photographs must be entered in a specific category.

       

      The categories are as follows:

       

      • Landscape: Photographs of large-scale scenes of nature as one might see while participating in human/natural powered outdoor recreational activities. No man-made structures.

       

      • Action Adventure: Photographs of people participating in human/natural powered outdoor recreational activities.

       

      • Wildlife; Still-Life: Photographs of wild animals in natural settings or close-up/isolated photographs of small-scale plants or natural scenes in natural surroundings as one might see while participating in outdoor recreational activities.

       

      • Cultural: This category includes adventure travel photographs that illustrate the cultural significance of another society. This category can also include domestic photographs that picture wilderness settings with historically or culturally significant structures.

       

      • Adventures of Yesteryear: We’d like to see photographs from your adventures of years past. The moments that you’ll never forget. The moments that have inspired your or a loved ones next adventure.
    • How to Submit

        • Send your submissions to matt.wagner@wsu.edu
        • Depending on the files size of your images, you may need to send in multiple e-mails
        • Please use only JPEG format images, and rename your image file: artist name – image title – category.jpg
        • Example: matt wagner – mount rainier climb – action adventure.jpg
        • Upload the highest resolution image possible (less than 10MB).
        • The top 5 photographs in each category will be displayed on the ORC Gnome Facebook Page, as well as the Student Entertainment Board Gallery in the Compton Union Building. Winners of each category will be announced after the show is on display. The people's choice award will be announced on the last day of the semester.

       

    • Rules

        • All photographs that you submit must be your own work and you must own the rights to distribute the entry.
        • All eligible entries must have as their subject, the Title of the Photograph, then the First and Last name of the artist.
        • Any entry including a recognizable image/photograph of an individual must be accompanied by a photo release.
        • If your photo is selected you will be required to provide a signed release form for any identifiable individual in your photograph.
        • No more than four total submissions per participant.
        • Image needs to be at least 7 megapixels (3072x2304) in size to ensure quality printing
        • By adding your entry to the 2021 WSU Outdoor Photography contest, you authorize Washington State University to:
          • Use your entry for any educational and informational purposes in perpetuity.
          • Crop or manipulate your photograph or edit your text.
          • Use your name as the creator of the entry and state of residence.
          • While it is our intent to use images for non-commercial, educational purposes and with photographer credit, we make no warranty regarding use or credit once photos have entered the social media stream.
          • Photographers maintain all other rights to your entry.
          • Washington State University is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected or incomplete entries, or technical or submission errors.
          • Judging will be at the sole discretion of Washington State University.
          • Judging is based on image quality and visually expressing the experience of visiting and experiencing the outdoors.
          • The winning image may be used in various contexts and a hi-res image ensures the best quality.
  • Sweat the Stress

    Sweat the Stress

    Attend free fitness classes during finals week to help bust stress! Exercise (and fun!) are proven to concentration and memory. Find options in the Student Recreation Center, Chinook Student Center and online. View the schedule below. 

  • Palouse Throwdown

    Palouse Throwdown has been postponed to spring 2023.

    Check back for details and registration info.

    Heroes Unite: Register by October 16

    Washington State University CrossFit is pleased to present the seventh annual functional fitness competition, Palouse Throwdown VII: Heroes Unite. Rise to greatness and accept the call on a journey where you’ll have chance to cement your name in the history books of the Palouse. Taking the first step on such a journey is always difficult, but we are happy to announce that no hero need do this alone as this year’s event is a mix gender competition (Rx & Scaled divisions only).  Face your foes together and ascend to the title of “Fittest on the Palouse” by conquering three events to make your way to finals for the opportunity to obtain immortality. Additionally, we are happy to announce that this year’s competition will be hosting an adaptive division for our adaptive athletes. 

    Workout Details

    Saturday, October 22

    • Check In: 8:45 a.m.
    • Athlete Meeting: 9:00 a.m.
    • Event: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

    Rx Division

    Mixed Gender Partners

    If signing up for the Rx Division, you should be able to complete the following:

    • Power Cleans (155/105)
    • Double Unders
    • Devil Presses (50/30)
    • Shoulder to Overhead (155/105)
    • Compete a Snatch/Power Snatch
    • Front Squat (155/105)
    • Bar Muscle Ups

    Register for Rx Division

    Scaled Division

    Mixed Gender Partners

    If signing up for the Scaled Division, you should be able to complete the following:

    • Power Cleans (115/65)
    • Single Under Jump Rope
    • Devil Presses (35/25)
    • Shoulder to Overhead (115/65)
    • Compete a Snatch/Power Snatch
    • Front Squat (115/65)

    Register for Scaled Division

    Adaptive Division

    Single Athlete

    If signing up in this division, we will contact you regarding your disability so we can appropriately provide event adaptations. We welcome all athletes with disabilities to join, including:

    • Upper Extremity
    • Lower Extremity
    • Seated Athletes with Hip Function
    • Seated Athletes without Hip Function
    • Neuromuscular
    • Vision
    • Intellectual
    • Short Stature

    Register for Adaptive Division

     

    FAQ

    • Does my partner need to register?

      Your partner does NOT need to register. They will be asked to sign a risk release and photo waiver on the day of the event. You will be contacted prior to the start of the event via email so we can obtain your partner's name and shirt size.

    • What time is check in?

      Check in will start at 8:45 a.m. and we will have an Athlete Meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m. You are expected to be checked in before the athlete meeting.

      Also, please consider that Heat 1 for event 1 will start promptly at 10:00 a.m., so take your warm up time into consideration. Heat assignments will be released a few days after registration closes on October 16.

    • What is the facility like?

      The Chinook Student Center has restrooms and showers on site, including men's, women's, and all gender locker rooms. The closest parking is the WSU library parking structure locate adjacent to the Chinook. This competition will likely span the full day depending on registration numbers, so please bring food, water, etc.

    • Can friends and family come and watch the competition?

      Spectators are able to view the competition without a Chinook membership or fee.  Please inform your friends and family to check in at the front desk on the first floor by the main entrance before coming down to the weight room.

  • ORC Surplus Sale

    November 3rd |  2:00-4:00 pm

    Outdoor Recreation Center

    Come purchase used equipment from the Outdoor Recreation Center! We're selling winter gear including skis, boots, ski poles, helmets, and limited summer equipment like inflatable boats and tents. First come, first serve and in person only.


    *This event is a sale only, NOT a swap.

    All items are sold in as-is condition.

    Contact

    Matt Wagner| Coordinator, Outdoor Rental Center

    matt.wagner@wsu.edu

  • Family Weekend

    Family Weekend: November 11-13

    Whoever your Coug Family is, celebrate Family Weekend with University Recreation! Find the full calendar of events at family.wsu.edu.

    Work out at the Chinook or SRC with your student for for free over Family Weekend! If your student isn't with you, no problem- a day pass is only $10 at the front desk.

    Free Fitness Classes Fri-Sun

    View the Class Schedule

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  • Cougar Classic

    Register by February 14

    Join University Recreation in our fourth annual power lifting competition: the Cougar Classic.  Show us your max effort on the BIG 3: Bench Press, Back Squat and Deadlift.  This is a raw power lifting meet in which a belt, chalk, and knee sleeves are permitted.  A singlet is not required, but feel free to wear one if you would like.  The competition will be based off relative strength using the Wilks Formula so there will be no weight divisions.  There will be divisions for male and female lifters.  

    Winners for each division (male/female) will earn the right to be titled “Strongest on the Palouse” and will be awarded a trophy.  Second and third place for each division will be awarded a medal.  Finally, the individual with the overall highest Wilks score will be awarded the Cougar Classic Championship Belt! 

    Saturday, February 18

    11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Chinook Student Center

    Register to Compete

    Event Info

    • Event Check In

      Check in will start at 10:00 a.m. with an athlete meeting beginning at 10:30 a.m..  Please consider that the competition will start promptly at 11:00 a.m.; take warmup time into consideration. Lifter order will be released on the day of the event.

    • Facility & Parking Info

      The Chinook Student Center has plenty of bathrooms and showers on site, including a locker room. The Chinook has a small parking lot out front in which visitors may purchase an all day pass on weekends for $4. Visitors can access payment for the parking pass via AIMS mobile pay pay app (there are signs posted in the lot) or visit the website at https://aimsmobilepay.com/. When using the app you will be presented a map to select your location to pay for the permit (you can use your location on your phone for this as well).  If not using location on your phone be sure to zoom in on your pinned location and select "Green Thatuna Street" for your parking permit.  Additionally, the next closest parking lot is the WSU library parking structure locate adjacent to the Chinook (hourly parking rate). This competition will likely span the full day, depending on registration numbers, so please bring food, water, etc.

    • Spectators

      Spectators are able to view the competition without a Chinook Membership or day pass.  Please just inform your friends and family to check in at the front desk upstairs by the main entrance before coming down to the weight room.

    • Equipment Requirements

      This is a raw powerlifting meet, which means equipment must meet the following criteria:

      • Knees sleeves must be 7 mm and below
      • Chalk is allowed
      • Wrist wraps are allowed
      • Belts are allowed
      • Lifting shoes are allowed
      • Equipment not allowed for this competition: knee wraps, lifting straps, supportive suits, and supportive shirts
    • Competition Structure

      • Each round is broken up into flights. Everyone will complete their first attempts for squat in the first flight, followed by their second and third attempts. Once all 3 squat attempts are complete, they will move on to their 3 attempts for bench followed by their 3 attempts for deadlift.
      • Lifters can change their opening weight up until 3 minutes prior to their flights start time.
      • Warmups must be done at the lifters discretion. They need to be monitoring their time wisely. If they are on deck and they have not warmed up, they will have to lift without a warmup.
      • Any disagreements on judge scoring must be taken up with the head judge and must be handled in an orderly manner.
    • Squat Criteria

      Commands: SQUAT- RACK

      The lift begins when the spotters finish loading the weight and the head judge states “the bar is loaded.” At this point, the lifter has 60 seconds to execute the lift.

      • Set Up & Execution
        • Grip: Hands can be as wide or as narrow as the lifter desires, but all fingers must be in contact with the bar the whole time. The thumb can either be gripped around the bar or resting next to the pointer finger.
        • Walkout and Stance: The lifter must unrack the barbell then stand erect with their knees locked out until the head judge gives the “squat” command. The judge gives the squat command when the lifter’s feet are set with their knees locked. The judge might say “replace” if they notice something wrong within 5 seconds of unracking. In this case, the lifter reracks the weight, quickly resets, and unracks again. This does not reset the timer. The lifter still needs to execute the lift within the 60 second time frame.
        • Descent: After the squat command is given, the lifter descends into their squat. They can go as fast or as slow as they choose. They are not allowed to double bounce at the bottom. If they bounce once and fail to complete the lift, the spotters will assist the lifter in reracking and they will receive a yellow card. Proper depth is achieved when the top surface of the thigh, at the crease of the hip joint, descends below the top of the knees.
        • Ascent: There is NO up command. Once the lifter ascents out of the squat, they must lock their knees and wait for the “rack” command. As soon as the rack command is given, the lift is over.
      • At this point the lifter has 60 seconds to submit their next attempt. If the lifter does not submit their attempt within those 60 seconds and they executed the lift, their next attempt will be 5 pounds more than their previous weight. If the lifter does not submit their attempt within those 60 seconds and they failed to execute their lift, their next attempt will be the same weight.
      • There will be three judges on the floor (1 head judge and 2 side judges). If the judges say the lifter met the above criteria they will hold up a white card. The lifter only needs 2 white cards for the lift to be considered GOOD.
      • If the lifter receives a red card, it means they failed to meet the depth criteria. If the lifter receives a blue card on squat, it means they failed to lock out their knees at the start and/or the end of their lift. If they receive a yellow card, it means they failed to meet the criteria in any other aspect. The most common examples are adjusting the feet after the squat command is given, double bouncing at the bottom, elbows coming in contact with the quads at the bottom of the squat, or needing spotter assistance.
    • Bench Press Criteria

      Commands: START- PRESS- RACK

      You will have between 2 and 5 spotters. Lifters are NOT required to receive a lift off in which case there would be only 2 spotters.

      • Set up and Execution:
        • Grip: Width may vary, but may not exceed 81 inches (the wide lines on the barbell).
        • Degree of Arch: Lifter can have any degree of arch when executing the bench press, however the feet must remain flat on the ground. The lifter must maintain 4 points of contact (head, shoulders, glutes, and feet) Elevated lifting shoes are allowed. If the lifter is too short to have their feet flat on the ground, they are allowed to use blocks. The lifter may receive the lift off with their glutes off the bench, but after they receive the barbell, they must lower their glutes and set their elected position. This will indicate to the head judge the lifter is ready, at which point they will receive the “Start” command.
        • Contact Point: After receiving the “Start” command, the lifter lowers the barbell to their torso at any speed they desire. They can touch any point on their torso (chest or ribs) but they cannot contact their belt. The barbell must come to a complete stop before given the “Press” command. If the barbell is clearly stopped, the “Press” command will be immediate. If the barbell is moving or bouncing, the head judge will take longer to give the “press” command. There cannot be any downward motion after the “press” command is given.
        • Press: At the top of the lift, the lifter must lock out their elbows. At this point the head judge will give the “Rack” command and the lift is over.
      • At this point the lifter has 60 seconds to submit their next attempt. If the lifter does not submit their attempt within those 60 seconds and they executed the lift, their next attempt will be 5 pounds more than their previous weight. If the lifter does not submit their attempt within those 60 seconds and they failed to execute their lift, their next attempt will be the same weight.
      • There will be three judges on the floor (1 head judge and 2 side judges). If the judges say the lifter met the above criteria they will hold up a white card. The lifter only needs 2 white cards for the lift to be considered GOOD.
      • If the lifter receives a red card on bench, it means they failed to make contact with their chest/torso or they made contact with their belt. If the lifter receives a blue card, it means there was downward motion of the barbell after the “Press” command was given or they failed to lock out their elbows at the top of the lift. If they receive a yellow card, it means they failed to meet the criteria in any other aspect. The most common examples are failing to keep 4 points of contact, heaving the barbell, deliberately making contact with the rack for their advantage, and needing spotter assistance to complete the lift.
    • Deadlift Criteria

      Command: DOWN

      Set Up & Execution

        • Both sumo and conventional deadlift are acceptable in this meet.
        • The lift begins when the spotters finish loading the weight and the head judge states, “the bar is loaded.” At this point, the lifter has 60 seconds to execute the lift.
        • Lifters start with the barbell directly over their feet with their arms in extension.
        • There is no “Up” command. As soon as the lifter is given the ok by the head judge to approach the platform, the lifter can execute the lift as quickly or tediously as they choose, as long as it’s completed within those 60 seconds.
        • Lifters only get one attempt to deadlift the barbell per round. This means that if the lifter chooses to pull the slack out of the bar as they get set (which they are allowed to do) if a single plate leaves the ground, it counts as their attempt and they are done with that round.
        • When they are set, they deadlift the barbell up their shins and quads until their hips come into full extension. This is considered locking out. There is no criteria regarding rounding of the back, however the lifter still has to lockout at the top regardless of how much the back rounds. As long as they come into full extension at the top of their deadlift, they can round as little or as much as they choose.
        • When head judge believes that the lifter is fully extended, they will give the “Down” command, at which point the lifter must lower the bar to the ground with their hands firmly grasped around it. If the lifter drops the barbell, they will receive a yellow card. The lifter can lower the barbell as rapidly as they choose, as long as their hands remain fully grasped.
      • At this point the lifter has 60 seconds to submit their next attempt. If the lifter does not submit their attempt within those 60 seconds and they executed the lift, their next attempt will be 5 pounds more than their previous weight. If the lifter does not submit their attempt within those 60 seconds and they failed to execute their lift, their next attempt will be the same weight.
      • There will be three judges on the floor (1 head judge and 2 side judges). If the judges say the lifter met the above criteria they will hold up a white card. The lifter only needs 2 white cards for the lift to be considered GOOD.
      • If the lifter receives a red card on deadlift, it means they failed to lockout at the top of their lift. If the lifter receives a blue card, it means there was either downward motion of the barbell, the bar rested on their thighs or they were hitching on the ascent. If they receive a yellow card, it means they failed to meet the criteria in any other aspect. Some of the most common examples are dropping the bar at the end of the lift, not waiting for the “down” command, or adjusting the feet after the start of the lift.