Campus Recreation

University of Mississippi

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

ESports and Online Gaming

Ole Miss Intramural Sports has the following FREE Esports and online gaming opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to stay connected and engaged while at home! Register at www.IMLeagues.com/OleMiss or on the OleMissCR App (download on the Google Play Store or Apple Store)

All tournaments are single elimination and players will have 48 hours to complete each round of the tournament.

FIFA

Platform(s): PS4 & XBOX
Registration Deadline: 3/26/2020 @ 12PM
Tournament Dates: 3/29/2020-4/4/2020

8 Ball

Platform: iPhone
Registration Deadline: 3/26/2020 @ 12PM
Tournament Dates: 3/29/2020-4/4/2020

League of Legends

Platform: PC
Registration Deadline: 4/2/2020 @ 12PM
Tournament Dates: 4/5/2020-4/11/2020

NBA2K

Platform(s): PS4 & XBOX
Registration Deadline: 4/2/2020 @ 12PM
Tournament Dates: 4/5/2020-4/11/2020

Checkers

Platform: iPhone
Registration Deadline: 4/2/2020 @ 12PM
Tournament Dates: 4/5/2020-4/11/2020

If you would like to see a game offered that is not listed above, please contact imsc@olemiss.edu.

Join our Discord Channel! Through the app, all players in the tournaments will be able to communicate with players in all leagues.

 

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:

Free Virtual Platforms

Fit Pass, RebelWell Fit Pass, Climb Pass, and Play Pass holders, stay connected with Ole Miss Group Fitness by attending virtual classes through ZOOM! You do not need to create an account, but will be prompted to download ZOOM the first time you attend if you do not already have it. Please check your email for information about how to join our private Facebook Group! We will utilize this group to deliver all future fitness content.

ZOOM Group Fitness Class Schedule: March 30 – May 8
Monday’s at 12 noon (CST) Strength Format
Wednesday’s at 12 noon (CST) Cardio Format
Friday’s at 12 noon (CST) Mind Body Format

To better serve our pass holders, a weekly schedule will be released every Thursday. This will assist with the demand of class formats, and options for pass holders. Check the private pass holder facebook group for the weekly zoom class schedule!

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 Erin Cromeans at elmurphy@olemiss.edu for more details!


Outdoor Recreation  

Social Distancing Outdoors

This is a wonderful time to get outside and enjoy individual outdoor activity and recreation in accordance with Executive Order 1466 issued by Govenor Reeves on April 1, 2020.  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: https://lnt.org/the-leave-no-trace-recommendations-for-getting-outside-amidst-covid-19/

Ole Miss Campus Recreation Outdoor Facilities

Blackburn-McMurray Outdoor Sports Complex
Located at Insight Park Ave, University, MS, 38677

  • Disc Golf Course: Disc golf is a great activity to enjoy on your own. Check out our 23-hole disc golf course; hole 1 is located near the outdoor sports complex shed.
  • Intramural Sports Fields: Utilize this open grass area to exercise or enjoy one of your favorite sports while still practicing social distancing. Large groups (no more than 10 people) are prohibited in these areas so organized games and/or scrimmages are not permitted. Social distancing (at least 6 feet between patrons) must be observed.

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.
  • Please be courteous of others by maintaining at least 6 feet of distance at all times.

Virtual 5k: Apart Together

Join Ole Miss Campus Recreation & Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce for a Virtual 5K on April 25th! Run, Walk, or Roll Your Way to a 5K! Wherever you are, however you can. Everyone in the Lafayette/Oxford/University Community is invited to this fun and free event. We can keep our fitness levels high while practicing social distancing. We are apart, together. Click here to register!

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, Backcouintry, 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.  
  3. 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. 
  4. 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!