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Campus Recreation

University of Mississippi

Fall 2020 Operational Plans

Campus Recreation facility operations will be conducted based upon national, state, local, and university guidelines. Operational procedures outlined below will be revised as guidelines are updated. 

The health and safety of our patrons will be at the forefront of our operations, and your assistance in abiding by operational guidelines will be essential for service delivery. 


Hours of Operation: 

Click here to view Campus Recreation facility hours for August 24th-November 24th.

Click here to view Campus Recreation facility hours for the December Holiday Break. 

Patrons must reserve their time slot by registering on the OleMissCR App or at www.IMLeagues.com/OleMiss. It is expected that patrons create their IMLeagues account and register for time slots prior to arriving to the facility. Please see instructions below (Facility Access section).


Available Facilities 

South Campus Recreation Center 

The South Campus Recreation Center will accommodate up to 68 patrons for each session. Each session is 60 minutes in duration. Patrons may register for one fitness session and one climbing session per day.  

The South Campus Recreation Center basketball courts, multi-activity court (MAC), group fitness studios, and personal training suite will remain closed. Top rope climbing will not be permitted.  

The South Campus Recreation fields are open for use.  Social distancing (6’ distancing) is expected. Fields may be reserved for nightly Sport Club practices and will be offline for general use while clubs are practicing. No more than 20 patrons per field. 

Locker rooms will be closed. Patrons should arrive dressed to participate in their selected activity. 

Day use lockers will not be available for use. Patrons are asked to limit personal items that they bring to the facility and will be expected to keep all of their belongings in a personal bag that will remain with them at all times.  

Patrons can register for one of 6 zones listed below: 

Zone   Name   Details  Max Capacity  
  1st Floor Cardio/Weights   Treadmills, Ellipticals, Bikes, StairMills, Cable Machine, Free Weights, and Pin-Selectorized Weight Machines   13
  1st Floor Strength/Turf   Cable Machine, Plate Loaded Weight Machines, Power Racks, Free Weights, Olympic Rig, SkiErgs, Rowers, Med Balls, and Indoor/Outdoor Turf  20
  2nd Floor Fitness Loft   Treadmills, StairMills, Water Rower, Free Weights, Spin Bikes, and Synergy Rig    
  Track   Indoor Track use only    
  2nd Floor Cardio   Treadmills, Ellipticals, Water Rower, and Bikes — Inside of track, overlooking courts   14  
  Bouldering   Bouldering wall and climbing tower used for bouldering only   7
Facility Total Maximum Capacity    67

 Click here for a map of the fitness zones shown above.  

Turner Center Fitness Center & Court 4

The Turner Center fitness areas will accommodate up to 40 patrons for each session. Each session is 60 minutes in duration. Patrons may register for one fitness session per day. 

Patrons will have the ability to register for fitness sessions taking place in the Turner Center Fitness Center or on Turner Center Court 4. Some fitness equipment has been moved from the Fitness Center to Court 4 in order to promote physical distancing.  

All registered patrons for fitness sessions will be checked in on Court 3 of the Turner Center Gymnasium. 

Name    Details Max Capacity   
Fitness Center  Cable Machines, Free Weights, Pin-Selectorized Weight Machines, Stair Mills, Treadmills, Ellipticals, Rowers, Bikes, Med Balls, & Kettle Bells 20 
Court 4  Treadmills, Ellipticals, Bikes, Rowers, & Stair Steppers  20 

Click here for a map of the fitness spaces shown above.

Turner Center Pool 

The Turner Center pool will accommodate up to 16 individual swimmers (1 per lane), 2 same household groups in quadrants within the shallow area, and 2 individuals in quadrants within the shallow area for each session. Each session is 45 minutes and patrons may register for one swimming session per day. 

Patrons can register for one of 4 sections listed below:

Section of Pool  Details  Max Capacity 
Deep End Lanes  1 individual per lane  8 
Lap Swim Lanes  1 individual per lane  8 
Shallow End Quadrants (Family)  1 same household group per quadrant  2 
Shallow End Quadrants (Individual)  1 individual per quadrant  2 

Turner Center Tennis Courts 

The tennis courts are open for use.  Social distancing (6’ distancing) is expected.  The lights can be turned on by the button near the entrance gate.  The lights will shut off at 10pm. 

South Campus Rail Trail 

The South Campus Rail Trail is located just south of Highway 6 and just west of Chucky Mullins Drive. Click here for a Google map link. Parking is available along Chucky Mullins 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 on the main trail. Click here to view the trail map. 
  • The bike trails are open. 
  • Patrons should follow social distancing guidelines (6’ distancing) at all times. 
  • 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 open for use, with the following guidelines: 
    • Patrons must maintain at least six feet of distance from others when using the equipment.  
    • The outdoor equipment is not being sanitized by employees; therefore, it is highly recommended that patrons bring hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes with them. Patrons should use hand sanitizer before and after using the equipment, and wipe the equipment with sanitizing wipes before and after using the equipment. 

Blackburn-McMurray Outdoor Sports Complex 

Intramural Sports Fields 

The intramural fields are open for use.  Social distancing (6’ distancing) is expected. No more than 20 participants per field.  

Disc Golf Course 

The disc golf course is open for use.  Social distancing (6’ distancing) is expected. There should be no more than four participants per group. 

Fit Rig 

The Fit Rig fitness stations and equipment are open for use, with the following guidelines:

  • Patrons must maintain at least six feet of distance from others when using the equipment.
  • The outdoor equipment is not being sanitized by employees; therefore, it is highly recommended that patrons bring hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes with them. Patrons should use hand sanitizer before and after using the equipment, and wipe the equipment with sanitizing wipes before and after using the equipment.

Facility Access 

Patrons must reserve their time slot by registering on the OleMissCR App or at www.IMLeagues.com/OleMiss. It is expected that patrons create their IMLeagues account and register for time slots prior to arriving to the facility.  Please see the detailed “How To” below. 

**Community Members: To avoid any delays in your ability to register for upcoming activity sessions, please create your account as soon as you are able. Non-university affiliated accounts require administrator approval before you are able to start using your account. 

Patrons will still need to use their ID card to swipe in for facility access to ensure active membership. 

Staff will be available to assist patrons on-site with registration if they have already created an account. Please have your smartphone with the OleMissCR App already installed. If patrons prefer to use the desktop site to create their account/register and need assistance or are having trouble creating their account on the OleMissCR App, please call 662-915-4079 during operational hours or email campusrec@olemiss.edu. 

How to Sign Up for Fitness, Climbing, and Swimming

Click here to view a detailed guide on how to sign up for fitness, climbing, and swimming. 

Waitlist Information 

If a time slot has reached maximum capacity, patrons will have the opportunity join the waitlist for that given session. If any registered patrons leave a session, individuals on the waitlist will be automatically moved into the session in the order that they joined the waitlist and will receive an email confirmation. 

Individuals on the waitlist are welcome to arrive for the given session to attempt to be moved into the session if registered individuals do not show up. Registered patrons will be given a 5-minute grace period to arrive for their session. After the 5-minute grace period, individuals on the waitlist that are present will be moved into the session in the order that they joined the waitlist.  

Participation Requirements 

Patron cooperation will be essential in providing a safe and healthy facility environment. We will need your help with cleaning equipment, demonstrating appropriate hygiene, and cooperating with social distancing. 

  • Per Mississippi Executive Order 1480, all patrons must be screened for illness prior to entering the facility. 
  • Patrons should plan to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the beginning of their exercise time slot. There will be a five-minute facility access grace period after the beginning of the exercise time slot. Facility access will not be permitted after the five-minute grace period. 
  • Patrons must wear a face covering when entering/exiting the facility, moving to/from exercise stations, and maintain physical distancing of at least 6’.
  • All patrons must adhere to social distancing guidelines (6’ minimum between patrons/staff). 
  • Patrons must use designated facility entry/exit locations. 
  • Patrons should bring their own water bottles. Water bottle filling stations will be available, however, drinking fountains will be closed. 
  • Guests will not be allowed access to the facilities. Only valid UM ID holders and Campus Recreation members will be allowed facility access. 
  • All indoor common areas will be closed (i.e. SCRC atrium, Turner lower level lobby, Turner game room). Basketball courts and Multi-activity Court (MAC) at SCRC will also be closed. Turner Center racquetball courts are closed. 
  • Equipment will not be available for checkout. Patrons should bring their own personal equipment (i.e. resistance bands, weight belts, exercise mats, kickboards, goggles). 
  • Equipment will be marked with cones and/or signs to show being offline to maintain safe social distancing during operating hours.  
  • Restrooms will be available. Locker rooms and shower areas will be closed at the SCRC and open at the Turner Center. 
  • Day use lockers will be closed and locked. If you require a bag for your personal items, please be mindful of the size of your bag and item. Keep your bag and personal items with you during your activity session, as day lockers will not be available. 
  • Spray bottles and towels will be provided to each patron upon entry. Patrons will be expected to spray and wipe each piece of equipment before and after use. There is a 45 second “kill time” for the disinfecting spray. Patrons should return the towel and spray bottle to the control desk before departing the facility. 
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the facility and should be used upon entry and exit of the facility and when moving between exercise equipment. 
  • Patrons may register for one session a day for each activity. This means that patrons may register for one fitness session, one swimming sessions, and one climbing session in a given day.

Memberships 

All Campus Recreation members who had active memberships as of March 13, 2020 will have their membership extended for five additional months. Campus Recreation is extending memberships for the four months that facilities were closed for COVID-19 and will be adding one additional month free of charge since there will likely be limitations on facility access through at least the fall semester. Locker/towel service at Turner Center will also be extended.  

All paperwork/payments must be done online through our website. Campus Recreation will not conduct cash transactions. 

For new membership inquiries or questions pertaining to your current membership, please email memberservices@olemiss.edu. More information regarding memberships can be found here.


Aquatics 

Use of the Pool 

  • Patrons must reserve their time slot by registering on the OleMissCR App or at www.IMLeagues.com/OleMiss. It is expected that patrons create their IMLeagues account and register time slots prior to arriving to the facility. 
  • Patrons are required to present their University issued ID to a staff member upon entry to the facility. 
  • Patrons can reserve a 45 time slot to swim during the following hours: 
    • Monday-Friday: 6am-8am, 11am-7pm
      • The deep end will not be able to be reserved from 3pm-7pm, Monday-Friday.  
    • Saturday-Sunday: 2pm-4pm 
  • Patrons should plan to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the beginning of their exercise time slot. There will be a five-minute facility access grace period after the beginning of the exercise time slot. Facility access will not be permitted after the five-minute grace period. The access doors will be closed until the 45-minute reservation period is over.  
  • Individuals can sign up for one lane per day. There will be eight lanes available in the Deep End and the Lap Lane section (middle section) of the pool.  
  • There will be two individual use quadrants available in the Shallow End. 
  • Family units who have family memberships will be allowed to sign up for one quadrant in the Shallow End. Only two quadrants in the Shallow End will be available each session.  
  • Patrons will be required to enter through the rear entrance doors of the Turner Center, which will be clearly labeled. 
    • Beginning Monday, August 31, members utilizing the Turner Center pool should enter the facility through the main entrance doors on All-American Drive. Check-in for swimming sessions will take place at the Turner Center control desk. Facility usage density at the Turner Center is low and we are able to manage access from our main entry. Thank you for your flexibility as we adapt our operating procedures to our current campus environment.
  • Patrons are required to wear face coverings when entering and exiting the Turner Center. Individuals will be required to keep the face covering on until they have reached their reserved lane. 
  • The diving board will be off limits during this time.  
  • Locker rooms will be available. Patrons should maintain social distance while utilizing locker rooms space. 
  • Storage space will be clearly marked on the pool deck. Individuals will be able to store items on the pool deck while they swim, en lieu of lockers. 
  • Guest passes are not available at this time.  
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed around the pool deck.  
  • Patrons are allowed to leave at any time during their 45-minute reservation. At the end of the 45-minute reservation, a lifeguard will blow a whistle informing individuals that the pool should be cleared.  
  • Patrons will exit through clearly labeled doors leading to the back of the Turner Center.   

Equipment Usage 

  • Patrons should bring their own personal equipment (i.e. kickboards, goggles). No equipment will be available for checkout. 
    • All items that are left at the end of each shift will be thoroughly cleaned and placed in a lost and found box.  

Swim Lessons 

  • Swim lessons will not be offered by Campus Recreation at this time. 

Lifeguard Courses 

  • American Red Cross lifeguard courses will not be offered by Campus Recreation at this time.  

Towel Service 

  • Towels will be available for patrons who have paid for locker/towel service.  
  • Individuals will be limited to two towels per day.  

Facility Operations 

  • Please see Participation Requirements listed above. 
  • Patrons must wear a face covering when entering/exiting the facility, moving to/from exercise stations, and maintain physical distancing of at least 6’.
  • Patrons must stay in your assigned exercise zone during your selected workout time slot. 
  • Patrons are required to present their University issued ID upon entry of the facility.
  • Spray bottles and towels will be provided to each patron upon entry. Patrons will be expected to spray and wipe each piece of equipment before and after use. There is a 45 second “kill time” for disinfecting spray. Patrons should return the towel and spray bottle to the control desk before departing the facility. 
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the facilities.
  • Equipment checkout will not be available. 
  • Courts 
    • Basketball courts and the Multi-activity Court (MAC) are closed in the SCRC for general use. 
    • Court 1 in Turner will be used for pickleball or badminton 
    • Court 2 and the Gameroom in Turner will be used as rain locations for HESRM outdoor EL classes.  The game room will remain closed if not in use by EL classes 
    • Court 3 in Turner will be a check-in/queuing area for the fitness center and court 4
    • Court 4 in Turner will be a cardio fitness area
    • Racquetball courts are closed 
    • Turner Center track is closed 
  • Restrooms and locker rooms will be available at the Turner Center. Locker rooms/shower will not be available at SCRC. 
  • Day use lockers will be closed and locked. If you require a bag for your personal items, please be mindful of the size of your bag and item. Keep your bag and personal items with you during your activity session, as day lockers will not be available. 
  • Entering and Exiting the facility:  
    • SCRC 
      • Patrons will enter through doors near POD 
      • Please be sure to follow social distancing guidelines.
      • Patrons will exit through the main doors adjacent to the bus loop at the SCRC.
    • Turner 
      • Patrons will enter the main entry doors of the Turner Center if using the fitness areas. Patrons should use the rear doors of the facility for pool access.
      • Please be sure to follow social distancing guidelines. 
    • Patrons will exit via the designated doors for their activity location. 
    • Those in Classrooms 239 and 241 will exit the side stairwell door of Turner that faces the Pavilion
  • Facility space reservations can be submitted beginning August 3.  Limited space will be available. Academic courses have priority when reserving space. 
    • Indoor spaces-limit 10 
    • Outdoor spaces-limit 20 
    • Auditorium 205-reservations not being taken for this area 
  • Turner – The Well 
    • Will be used as a queuing area for classes 
    • Students going to 205 Auditorium will go to the right side of the well. They will enter the front doors of the auditorium and exit through the side door towards the front of the room 
    • Students going to class rooms 239 and 241 will go to the left side of the well. Once class is out they will exit the side stairwell of the Turner Center 

Fitness 

  • Patrons must wear a face covering when entering/exiting the facility, moving to/from exercise stations, and maintain physical distancing of at least 6’.
  • Spray bottles and towels will be provided to each patron upon entry. Patrons will be expected to spray and wipe each piece of equipment before and after use. There is a 45 second “kill time” for disinfecting spray. Patrons should return the towel and spray bottle to the control desk before departing the facility. 
  • Equipment without the ability to be thoroughly cleaned between activity sessions has been removed from the floor space, or marked as offline. 
  • Patrons should bring their own water bottles. Water bottle filling stations will be available, however, drinking fountains will be closed. 
  • Equipment that is marked with an orange cone is offline for cleaning/social distancing purposes. 
  • Offline weight trees and weight horns storing plates are marked with signage and zip ties to prevent removal of plates. Patrons may not remove zip ties or signage to access these weights. Please use weights which are online.
  • Exercise mats are not available at this time. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own fitness mat for stretching or floor exercises. 
  • Small equipment items, such as weight belts, jump ropes, resistance bands, etc., will not be checked out at this time. Please bring your own equipment if needed for your workout. 
  • Spotting is not permitted. Participants are asked to lift only the weight that they can comfortably and safely lift without assistance. 

Group Fitness

  • Group Fitness classes will resume on Monday, August 24th, with both in person and virtual options available. Register for class using the OleMissCR app. Classes will be free the week of August 24-29th, with the full fall schedule beginning on Monday, August 31st. No classes will occur on Labor Day Monday, September 7thClick here for more group fitness schedule information.  
  • Changes to the group fitness program for the fall semester include:
    • The schedule will be released monthly to accommodate the COVID-19 changing policies from state, local and university ordinances specific to exercising/group fitness settings. 
    • In effort to keep our university community safe, in-person group fitness classes will take place outdoors and be limited to 10 or less until further notice. 
    • The MAC (Multi-Activity Court), in the SCRC, will be used for the inclement weather location. 
    • Participants should check in at the SCRC check in area for group fitness classes. Five minutes after the start of the correlating activity session, waitlist participants may be moved into the class. Please arrive early for class. 
    • A face covering will not be required for group fitness classes as adequate social distancing will be maintained.
    • Virtual group fitness classes will be added for the fall semester! Registration will still occur on the OleMissCR app and the Zoom link to access the class will be included in the email confirming you signed up for the class. 
    • Virtual Cycle classes will be offered. Virtual cycle classes will begin 10 minutes after the start time of the SCRC activity sessions. 
      • If you are in need of a bike for a virtual class, participants can reserve a spot in an activity zone with a bike at the correlating time of the same activity time as the class time. The bikes in each zone are available as a first come first serve status within each zone. SCRC activity zones with traditional spin bikes, recumbent bikes, and uprights bikes include: Zone 1, Zone 3, and Zone 5. 
    • The Ole Miss Fitness Virtual Facebook private group from the spring and summer 2020 semesters has been archived until further notice. Current members can still visit the group, but they cannot comment, post or invite new members. This group may be unarchived in the future. 

Small Group Training/Personal Training

  • In-person personal training sessions will resume the first week of the fall semester, beginning as early as Monday, August 24th, 2020. 
  • Remaining sessions from the Spring 2020 semester with current clients will have first priority of resuming sessions. 
  • At this time, there is a waitlist to be paired with a Personal Trainer for Fall 2020. 
  • Policies will be updated as the ordinances from state, local and the University entities change due to COVID-19. We will make the best decisions in continuing in-person Small Group Training, and in-person personal training session in order to keep both our clients and trainers safe.  
  • More information regarding small group training and personal training and be found here. 

Outdoors 

Bouldering

  • Patrons must wear a face covering when entering/exiting the facility, moving to/from exercise stations, and maintain physical distancing of at least 6’. 
  • The schedule of bouldering session reservation times can be found hereClimbers must hold a current Climb Pass and utilize the OleMissCR App to register for a session. Seven (7) “areas” are marked on the Bouldering wall and seven (7) slots are available for an individual or a family to join in each session. 
  • Climbers will enter through the OMOD external door and check in at the office; climbers must wear a face covering at all times. 
  • Climbers will queue at the designated spaces in the office prior to their bouldering session. They will be checked in via staff and educated on policies and procedures. Please keep your belongings with you at all times. 
  • Climbers will begin in assigned bouldering area, but may rotate to another area by raising a hand; an OMOD staff member will direct climbers to an open area. At the conclusion of the bouldering time, climbers will exit through the OMOD exterior door, one at a time, practicing social distancing. 

Gear Rentals

  • Gear rentals are by appointment during operating hours found here; to request gear, patrons must complete the request form here; once the form is submitted, a staff member will email the payment link and directions.  
  • On the day of the appointment, patrons will park behind the SCRC in the designated space, call the office (662-915-6735) and remain in their vehicle. A staff member will deliver the gear curbside (for boats, patrons may assist the staff member while wearing a face mask). 

Trips & Events

  • All Fall 2020 trips and events are located within Lafayette County, MS.  Participants must register online for trips and events; the schedule and registration links can be found here. Participants will attend any pre-trip meetings via Zoom and provide their own transportation to and from all trips and events.  
  • Once participants arrive at the trip/event site, social distancing guidelines and face covering protocols set forth by the University will be maintained during the entirety of the trip/event. 

Challenge Course & In-Person Team Building 

  • The Rebel Challenge Course and in-person team building will not be offered during the Fall semester due to the physical proximity participants must be in to accomplish elements and activities.  

Virtual Team Building 

  • Virtual Team Building will continue to be offered during the fall semester.  Information about this program can be found here 

South Campus Rail Trail 

  • The main rail bed trail and bike trails are open. Trail users must stay at least six feet away from others at all times or wear a mask when/if it is not possible to maintain at least six feet from other people. Water is not available on the trail at this time so please bring your own reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. More information on the trail can be found here. 

Intramural Sports 

Intramural Sports registration will open on Monday, August 24th at 12:00 p.m. The full schedule and instructions on purchasing a play pass can be found here. 

All modifications to facilities, equipment, and sports can be found by viewing the Intramural Sports Participant COVID Guide 

Please email imsc@olemiss.edu with any questions regarding intramural sports. 


Sport Clubs 

Sport Clubs competitions, both home and away, are suspended until further notice. Sport clubs are permitted to practice starting Monday, August 31st with modifications to accommodate for COVID-19 restrictions. 

For more information regarding protocols and procedures for Sport Clubs can be found by accessing the Sport Club Fall 2020 Operations Guide. 

Please email imsc@olemiss.edu with any questions regarding sport clubs. 

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