COVID-19 Activity Resources: Online Programming, Virtual Content, & Outdoor Recreation Opportunities
Listed below are opportunities to stay active at home and engaged with Ole Miss Campus Recreation by participating in online programming, interacting with virtual content, and utilizing outdoor recreation facilities.
We encourage you to refer to the CDC website for information regarding COVID-19.
Click here for University of Mississippi COVID-19 updates.
Online Programming & Virtual Content
“Best In Mississippi” ESports Competition
Ole Miss Intramural Sports, in collaboration with Mississippi State and Southern Miss Intramural Sports, are co-hosting a state-wide ESports competition. Registration for the competition is FREE! We encourage you to join with friends at universities from across the state. Register at http://www.imleagues.com/Best-In-Mississippi.
Platform: PS4 & XBOX 1
Registration Deadline: 5/25/2020
Competition Begins: 5/27/2020
2v2 Rocket League
Registration Deadline: 5/25/2020
Competition Begins: 5/27/2020
Virtual Fitness Content
Ole Miss Fitness has compiled a list of free virtual fitness platforms for you to take advantage of to stay active while at home. Access the link below:
Ole Miss Fitness would like to thank you for a fantastic spring semester! Moving forward, we will be offering two fitness classes and two at-home workouts per week. The classes will come as pre-recorded videos that will be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays, along with the at-home workouts posted on Mondays and Wednesdays in our private Facebook group. Once posted, you will have unlimited access to these videos. This schedule will begin on Monday, May 11th and continue through Friday, June 26th.
In addition, the private Facebook group will be open to join for ALL Ole Miss faculty, staff, and students. Feel free to invite your UM Facebook friends to the group! We are excited to help you continue reaching your fitness goals from home! Click here to join.
We appreciate your patience as we work to approve join requests. Please allow 24 to 48 business hours to approve Facebook requests to the Ole Miss Virtual Facebook group. We will cross reference the University’s directory to ensure affiliation prior to granting access.
William Magee Center for Wellness Education: Collegiate Recovery Community Virtual Lounges and Meetings
The Collegiate Recovery Community has created virtual lounges and virtual 12-step meeting services to support our students. If you need access to these virtual spaces, please email the Collegiate Recovery Community at email@example.com.
Social Distancing Outdoors
This is a wonderful time to get outside and enjoy individual outdoor activity and recreation in accordance with Executive Orders issued by Governor Reeves. To safely enjoy activities in nature, be sure to maintain at least 6 feet between you and other people and avoid touching surfaces that are frequented by others, including rails, trash receptacles, signs, etc. Bring hand sanitizer with you everywhere you go so you can clean your hands afterwards if you must touch common surfaces. Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds after recreating. For safety reasons, it is still advised to enjoy remote outdoor activities with someone in your immediate household and to continue to be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Social distancing practices should be followed during all outdoor activities. The virus spreads mainly from person-to-person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of nearby people. Therefore, it is recommended to give each person a wide berth even when recreating outdoors.
Also, the Leave No Trace website offers some great tips about safely exploring outside.
Ole Miss Campus Recreation Outdoor Facilities
Blackburn-McMurray Outdoor Sports Complex
Intramural Sports Fields & Sport Club Fields
Activities should be limited to 20 patrons per field space. Patrons shall follow social distancing guidelines (6’ distancing).
Disc Golf Course
Patrons shall follow social distancing guidelines (6’ distancing).
The Fit Rig remains closed at this time
Turner Center Tennis Courts
Patrons shall follow social distancing guidelines (6’ distancing). No congregating while waiting for an open court.
South Campus Rail Trail
The South Campus Rail Trail is an old gravel railroad bed located just south of Highway 6 and just west of Chucky Mullins Drive. Click here for a Google map link. Parking is available along the Chucky Mullins Drive and at the South Campus Recreation Center parking lot.
- The marked rail bed trail is 5 miles round trip (2.5 miles out and 2.5 miles back). Mile markers are placed every half mile. Click here to view the trail map.
- Water is not available on the trail at this time so please bring your own reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.
- The fit stations (pullup bars) are closed until further notice.
- Patrons shall follow social distancing guidelines (6’ distancing)
Camp at Home
There are a variety of outdoor recreation disciplines that you can enjoy while practicing social distancing. This is an excellent time for you and the persons currently living with you to learn how to camp. You can practice camping in your backyard if you’ve never done it before now. Our gear rental office is currently closed, but there are several online retailers from which you can buy basic equipment, including REI, Backcountry, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and MooseJaw.
If you’ve never been camping before, it’s best to stay near home in case you need to pack up and return indoors quickly. Here are the steps to take when planning your camping experience:
- First, you’ll want to consider the gear you’ll need. You’ll need four main items: a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and flashlight or headlamp. The sleeping pad creates a barrier between you and the ground; the ground is colder than you and can pull body heat out of you. The sleeping bag provides warmth and comfort as you sleep and should be rated for the coldest temperature possible for your area. The tent provides shelter and should have good ventilation and a rain fly. The flashlight or headlamp provides light so you can see in the middle of the night in case you need a bathroom break or snack.
- Next, consider the clothing you’ll need overnight. You should dress in layers so you can remove or put on items depending on the temperature. You may want to consider wearing socks to bed and a knit hat to keep your head warm.
- Finally, you’ll need enough water and enough food to stay hydrated and happy. Consuming food also helps keep you warm by raising your body temperature. Choose snacks that are easy to open and consume, like granola bars, energy bars, and trail mix. Pack your hand sanitizer so you can quickly disinfect before touching your food.
- Once you have your gear and supplies, you are ready for your backyard camping adventure. Choose a spot in that is relatively flat and free of rocks, sticks, and debris. Lay the tent footprint (if it has one) or just place the tent on the ground and set it up according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once your tent is pitched, place your sleeping pad then sleeping bag inside. Once you are ready for bed, zip up your tent, slide into your sleeping bag, and enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature!