BHSU Young Center


The Young Center is unable to hold the March/April 2020 Session for swim lessons due to continued health concerns regarding Covid-19. The health and safety of our students, patrons, and community members are our priority and we appreciate your understanding as we make decisions to honor that. Please contact for further information on registrant refunds.

Aquatic Center

Aquatic Center is open to Aquatic and Combo Young Center members, students, and for day users:

Academic hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (except state holidays and other events.)

Young Center day passes are $5.00 per person per day.  A Young Center day pass does not give you access to the Aquatic Center during times of rental (Black Hills Gold Swim Team or Spearfish Aquatics Club).

The Donald E. Young Center houses an Aquatic Center that is available to students and members of the community.  There is a large pool for lap swimming and a smaller pool for exercises.  The operation of the pools in the Aquatic Center must meet the needs of a diverse group of users. To meet this goal, a middle of the road approach has been selected for water temperatures. The small pool is approximately 89º-93º, large pool is 78º-82º and air temperature is 85º.

Young Center PoolThe Aquatic Center contains:
6-lane 25-meter pool containing 200,000 gallons of water
3-lane 50,000 gallon instructional pool with hydraulic moveable floor
350 seating capacity  

Adults and seniors may swim laps in the large pool or exercise in the small pool during lap swim. Youth may swim laps if accompanied by a parent/guardian. Rec swim is for all ages.

Call 605.642.6096 for information.

Pool Hours of Operation

  • 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Monday through Thursday
  • 10:00am to 2:00pm Saturdays
  • Closed Sundays and state holidays
  • Hourly rental times are available
  • Hours are subject to change
  • Pools are subject to closures

    The Young Center closes at 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5:00 p.m. weekends. We respectfully request users do what is necessary (shower, change, etc.) to accommodate the building closure hours.

Check out Pool Rules.

Black Hills Gold Swim Team
If you are between the ages of 5 and 18, plunge into the Young Center pool for swim team practice. Coaches work intensively with the four groups (developmental, advanced, junior varsity, and varsity) on improving stroke technique, building endurance, setting goals, and preparing for competition. If you are comfortable swimming in a swimming pool or have prior swimming experience, and you want to learn more about swim team, please stop by the pool during swim team and visit with Coach Brenda Hendricks.  During the summer Swim Team meets Monday through Friday, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. and during the academic year 3:45 - 5:15 p.m.  For info call Brenda Hendricks, 605.645.5101.

Spearfish Aquatics Club

The Spearfish Aquatics Club now has a ONE-TIME use day pass for those who want to "tryout" the pool during their swim times. The cost of a day pass is $3.00 per person.  Checks are preferred and made out to Spearfish Aquatics Club, but cash is acceptable.

The Spearfish Aquatics Club is a community group that is renting the Young Center Aquatic Center.  Membership dues are $25 a month and are due on the first of each month by check.  You can pay the lifeguards or mail a check to Spearfish Aquatics Club, P.O. Box 1404, Spearfish, SD 57783.  As more people join the Spearfish Aquatics Club, the club will look at renting the aquatic center more hours.  For more information, daily announcements, and specific swimming hours please visit the Spearfish Aquatics Club web site at or contact them at


American Red Cross Swim Lessons

Group Swimming Lessons- Starting October 2018 (Schedule to be released September 1st)

Private lessons are available with prior scheduling.

Register at the information desk, or by phone at 605-642-6096.

  • $50 Per Swimmer (8-10 total lessons)
  • $25 for each private lesson (30 minutes)
  • Private lessons can be can be scheduled during Young Center Hours of Operation

Fall 2019 Swimming Lessons Schedule:

Mondays & Wednesdays, Sept 30th – Oct 23rd 

6:10-6:40 p.m. Parent & Child (Hannah)

6:10-6:40 p.m. Pre-Level (Julette)

6:45-7:15 p.m. Level 1 (Adrienne)

6:45-7:15 p.m. Level 2 (TBD)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, Oct 1st – 24th 

6:10-6:40 p.m. Level 3 (Kennedy)

6:45-7:15 p.m. Level 4 (Austin)

6:45-7:15 p.m. Levels 5 & 6 (Chelsea)

6:45-7:15 p.m. Adult (Kennedy)

Contact the Young Center Front Desk at 605-6096 for more information.

Athletic Fitness Room

The Athletic Fitness Room is built specifically for the exclusive use by BHSU Yellow Jacket Athletes. This room is geared towards the strength and speed development of the athletes through the use of Olympic Lifts. Just outside the Athletic Fitness Room is the balcony floor which can be utilized for core circuit training, footwork & agility training, as well as jump training.

Each sport's team is scheduled to use the room periodically throughout each day from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.  Varsity student-athletes are also allowed to lift on their own as long as there is a coach present to supervise.

The following equipment can be found in the Athletic Fitness Room:

Fitness Center
  • Over 4500 lbs Troy Barbell Olympic Free Weight Plates
  • 1 Neck Machine 
  • 1 Free Weight Flat Bench Press
  • 3 Squat Racks
  • 3 Clean Platforms
  • 3 Pro Maxima Power Racks 
  • 5 Adjustable Auxiliary Benches
  • 14 Power Barbells 
  • Pro Maxima Lat Machine w/Low Rise
  • Pro Maxima Cross-Over Machine
  • Pro Maxima Jammer 
  • 2 Glute-Ham Machine
  • Body master Leg Extension Machine
  • Body Master Leg Curl Machine
  • Pull-up and Dip Station
  • 4 Auxiliary - Curl Bars
  • 23 pairs (10 lbs to 120 lbs) Troy Pro-style dumbbells
  • 24 Kraiburg Solid Rubber Bumper Weightlifting Plates
  • 4500 lbs Troy Barbell Olympic Free Weight Plates
  • Assorted Power - Medicine Balls
  • 7 Air Dynes


Academic classes are scheduled during the academic day. Classrooms are available for reservation for meetings, clinics, lectures, etc.

Have your birthday party at the Young Center. The $50 fee includes a class room for 2 hour, swimming for 10 for 1 hour; $5 per additional swimmer if you have more than 10. Reservations are required, call Brock Anundson at 605.642.6882.

Reserve a room for your graduation reception at the Young Center. Six different class rooms are available. The location is very convenient for family and friends to join you after the ceremony.

The following rooms are available: 

  • 206, 212, 213, 214, 216 - Smart Classrooms, Computer, Elmo Document Camera, VCR, DVD, audio amplifier, stereo speakers, touch screen equipment controller, whiteboard, 2½ ’ x 8’ tables and folding chairs available, and an LCD ceiling- mounted projector   

206 - Classroom, 8 tables, 24 chairs, window, sink 
212—Classroom, 40 desks 
213—Classroom, 8 tables, 32 chairs, window 
214—Classroom, 100 desks, window
216—Classroom, 40 desks, sink 
215—Wellness Lab, Study Hall, window 
227—Balcony, 32 desks, 28’ x 60’ wood dance floor, mirrors

Field House

The 54,000 sq. ft. BHSU Young Center field house is open Mondays through Thrusdays 5:00 am to 10:00 pm, Fridays from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm, and weekends 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  BHSU students with a Buzz Card and

Young Center Members

are welcome to use the field house.  

  • Reserving the Field House:

If you are interested in reserving the field house for your next event click here. Contact Brock Anundson at 605.642.6882.

Some of the features of the field house include:
  • 6-lane, 200-meter rubberized track  (8 laps = 1 mile)
    • Runners - outside lanes
    • Walkers - inside lanes
  • pole vault pit (University use only) 
  • batting/golf cage 
  • 3 regulation size tennis courts 
  • 6 basketball backstops 
  • 3/16” Pyramid spikes only - no needle points
  • Rock Climbing Wall: come and enjoy the 16' high, 20' long, 100 holds rock wall!.    
    • Currently, the wall is only available for scheduled BHSU classes and group events.
    • In Spring 2015, Student Open Rock Wall night will be Friday, January 30 from 7:00 – 9:00. There is no charge for BHSU students, although a donation is accepted
    • Groups or birthday parties may schedule their own 1-2 hour rock wall program led by students in the Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program. The cost is $75 per hour for groups of 5-12; an adult must be present to supervise youth. This fee does not include access to other Young Center facilities; to access the pool or gym you need to pay the day or monthly use fee. This is only available during the spring and fall semesters.
    • Contact Chris McCart at or 605.642.6027 for information.
  • Tennis Challenge Court
    • Singles or Doubles
    • Play a set of 6 games
    • Winner plays challenger
    • Winner may win 3 sets, than must forfeit court


The Young Center is open this academic year from 5:00 am - 10:00 pm on Mondays through Thursdays, 5:00 am - 8 pm on Fridays and 8:00 am - 5:00 pm on weekends.

  • BHSU Athletics has priority from 3:00 - 5:00 pm through December, then 3:00 - 7:00 pm January - May. Young Center Members may not use it during this time. Please walk our hallways when the athletic teams and other groups are using the field house.
  • On inclement weather days, BHSU football, BHSU softball, BHSU and SHS track and/or cross country, SHS tennis team will use the field house as needed. 


The gymnasium in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center is a great recreational place for students and community members.  With 3 college size volleyball courts, 2 college size basketball courts, and 6 basketball baskets, the gymnasium provides recreational opportunities for diverse users.

  • 18,000 sq. ft.
  • 2 college size basketball courts 
  • 6 basketball baskets
  • 3 college size volleyball courts
  • 3,800 maximum seating capacity
  • The floor is made of maple, 2 layers of plywood with rubber bumpers and layers of plastic buffers.


The Young Center is open Mondays though Thursdays from 5:00 am - 9:00 pm, Fridays from 5:00 am - 8:00 pm, and  on Weekends from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

  • The gym is not open during academic class time, athletic events or scheduled activities
  • BHSU volleyball, men's basketball and women's basketball teams practice on academic days from 3:00 - 7:00 pm. Teams may practice during the early morning as needed.
  • Gym Schedule - Users may not use the gym when it is occupied by a class or athletics.


Lyle Hare Stadium

The Lyle Hare Stadium hosts the BHSU Football and Track programs, as well as the Spearfish High School and junior varsity football and track programs. Lyle Hare consists of a 4,200 seat lighted stadium with a recotan surface 400 meter track, two D-zones, two runways, four long jump pits, three pole vault pits a caged shot put area, long jump pit and press box with 11 separate areas, concessions and restrooms.

Lyle Hare Stadium at Black Hills State University will open weather permitting, to accommodate those walkers who wish to use the new track surface. To protect the new football field surface, only varsity high school football games and college football games will be allowed on the field for competition. No other games or activities, including public school activities and Sunday pick-up games will be allowed on the field.

For more information on the new Lyle Hare Stadium policy, contact Athletic Director Jhett Albers at 605.642.6885.