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Recreational Sports announces COVID-19 impacts on facilities and programs

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Update: September 2, 2020: 6:00 a.m.

Beginning September 7, pre-registration will be required at all times for exercise at McComas Gym. Between now and September 7, pre-signup policies will remain as originally implemented, only being required from 3:00pm-close Monday-Friday.

Beginning September 7, McComas Hall Gym will require pre-registration for exercise throughout the entirety of its open hours. Extending pre-registration to the entire day will continue Rec Sports’ commitment to minimizing excessive lines and congestion.

Patrons can pre-register for a time slot up to three days in advance. 75 exercise time slots are available every 30 minutes throughout the entirety of the facility’s open hours. Time slots dictate check-in times and do not require patrons to leave at a predetermined time. Rec Sports staff will continue to monitor occupancy to ensure adequate physical distancing.

If schedule conflicts arise and participants cannot fulfil their reservation, cancelation of pre-registered timeslots are allowed and encouraged. Walk-in opportunities still exist and will be available if blocks of exercise times do not fill.

Other areas impacted by updated policies include:

McComas Pool

Patrons who wish to swim should pre-register for a timeslot in the portal created specifically for McComas Pool. 8 spots will open every 30 minutes during the pool’s operational hours. Cancelations are allowed up to 15 minutes prior to check-in. 

Group Exercise

Group Exercise members pre-register for classes up to three days in advance and check in at the entrance of their respective studio. Members can register as late as 30 minutes prior to the class’ start. Cancelations are available and encouraged if the member has decided not to attend a class in which they pre-registered for.

For more information, please email

Update: August 12, 2020

McComas Hall will reopen for the fall semester August 18 at 3:00 p.m. Our plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities, newly-implemented precautions, and FAQs are detailed throughout our 'ready' landing page.

Update: July 9, 2020

Recreational Sports is committed to providing clean and safe services, programs, and opportunities for the fall semester. As final logistics are being decided that comply with our university and Governor Northam’s guidelines, further details regarding memberships, registration, and participatory details will be announced in early August. Below is an overview of Rec Sports’ in-person and virtual operations plan for the fall semester:

Indoor recreation facilities: McComas will be open with several changes to enhance cleaning procedures, to allow for physical distancing, and to promote public health and safety measures. Available spaces include 8-lane pool, cardio and weight rooms, an indoor walking/running track, fitness studios, and locker rooms. War Memorial Hall will be closed for the year for major renovations.

Field House and Outdoor Spaces will be open for a combination of walk-up open recreation and scheduled programs. These spaces include recreation turf fields (”lower fields”), natural grass fields (“upper fields”), Marching Virginians field, Prairie Quad Fitness Park, Golf Course, Venture Out Challenge Course and the Washington Street Tennis Courts. All spaces may be used with proper physical distancing.

Fitness Programs: Group exercise classes will have in-person, on-demand, and live stream options to meet the needs of all group exercise members. Classes such as yoga, cycling, BODYPUMP, and HIIT will be offered. Personal training and small group training are also available in-person as well as virtually. Schedules for small group training and group exercise classes will be available in August.

Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs: Intramural Sports will begin with a series of self-report leagues and special events with skill competitions. Self-report leagues will include activities such as tennis, golf, disc golf and geocaching. Skill competitions will include activities such as football, soccer, and basketball skills. Other tournaments such as volleyball, pickleball and badminton will be scheduled with proper safety precautions. Sport clubs may practice if able to follow safety protocols. However, sport clubs will not travel or host competitions on-site during the Fall. Some sports have developed virtual competitions so clubs can compete without traveling.

Venture Out: Outdoor rec offerings will include rentals for gear such as canoes, camp stoves, SUPs and bikes that can be thoroughly cleaned between uses. All gear rental will be appointment based with curb-side pickup. Adventure trips will be “park and play” style which means we will meet you there with equipment and limited instructional elements. The Challenge Course will be open for small group registrations.

Student Employees will be critical to providing recreation facilities and programs. All staff will wear masks while in high traffic areas and when unable to be physically distant. Plexiglass barriers have been installed at the service desks for all facilities. Student employee roles include facility monitors, facility supervisors, lifeguards, membership service attendants, health and safety instructors, intramural sport scorekeepers and supervisors, graphic designers, fitness instructors, personal trainers, Venture Out trip leaders, and office assistants.

Final decisions and further details will be communicated at the beginning of August. With questions, please email


Update: June 22, 2020

McComas Hall’s recreation space will reopen to summer on-campus student residents and employees with an active rec membership on June 22 to pilot procedural modifications and safety measures.

Operational hours will be Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. To comply with Virginia’s phase two guidelines, modifications include navigational flow, spacing of equipment and participants, self-scanners, enhanced sanitization strategies, and more.

At this time, no new memberships will be sold and students not living on campus in the summer months will not be eligible. Rec Sports is working toward a safe reopening to all participant groups for the fall and appreciates your patience as they plan, practice, and train diligently with their staff.

Those that wish to receive direct communication for status updates should complete this form.

Update: March 18, 2020 - 8:45 a.m.

McComas Gym Closure Effective March 17

Given the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, McComas Gym and War Memorial Gym will close effective immediately. These are preventative measures that both Governor Ralph Northam and Virginia Tech are taking to prevent additional spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and to minimize health and safety risks to our students, staff and the Blacksburg community.

Staying fit and active is a great way to build a strong immune system and stay healthy. While our facilities are closed, we will continue to provide healthy exercise alternatives that encourage safe social distance. These opportunities include: 

  • Les Mills On Demand: 95 free digital home exercise classes across eight categories

  • Hokie Fit: Rec Sports online training program, which includes a free 2-week kickstart plan and exercise tutorial videos

We will continue to monitor the situation and review recommendations from public health officials.

All questions are encouraged to be submitted to the Rec Sports business office by email ( or phone at 540-231-6856.

Updated: March 13, 2020

Programs and Events

Our efforts are motivated in the spirit of containing the spread of COVID-19 and prioritizing public health by reducing the density of our campus population.

Rec Sports events impacted by these efforts include the cancellation of the 3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance, Body Matters Week, and the Golf Course’s Four-Ball Championship Tournament. Those who have completed purchases will receive direct communication about the processing of refunds.

Aquatics and Health & Safety will cancel private swim lessons, group swim lessons, and certification courses. Refunds will be offered and those who have completed purchases will be communicated with directly.

All group exercise classes will be cancelled for the remainder of the semester. Refunds will be offered and group exercise members will be communicated with directly. Personal training sessions will not be held at this time. Those with remaining sessions will be communicated with directly. Happiness Groups will become online-based and members will be contacted directly.

Intramural Sports will cancel all sports, leagues, and tournaments. Those who qualify for intramural membership refunds will be communicated with directly.

Sport Clubs has suspended all athletic-related activities including competitions, formal and organized practices through the semester. 

Venture Out will cancel trips, challenge course programs, gear rentals, and portable initiatives through April 30. Refunds will be offered and communicated with those who have completed purchases.

Reservations occurring between now and April 30 will be cancelled. Future requests can still be submitted via our website

We encourage all questions and information to be submitted by email or phone at 540-231-6856.