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Update

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

Pre-registration is now required at all times for exercise at McComas Gym.

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 recsports@vt.edu.

  1. Navigate to connect.recsports.vt.edu
  2. Click on "Log In" in the upper right corner
  3. Once logged in, click on the menu bar in the top left corner - or click the "McComas Pre-Registration" icon
  4. Click on "McComas Pre-Registration"
  5. Choose the desired day/time that you wish to reserve
  6. Click on the "register" button
  7. If you have completed adding your desired days/times, click the "Checkout" button
  8. You can continue shopping and add additional days/times into your cart
  9. Click the "Checkout" button to complete your registration. Once completed, you should be prompted with a message on the screen saying "Your order was processed successfully"
  • Login to your account at connect.recsports.vt.edu
  • At the top right-hand corner, click on your profile
  • On the left-hand side of the screen, click Programs
  • On the right side of each registration, you will see three orange dots
  • Click the dots and select “Cancel Registration” and complete the cancellation but clicking the orange bottom labeled “Yes, Cancel My Registration”
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Our "Rec Sports' Standard of Clean" video outlines many of the procedural modifications and safety measures implemented at McComas Hall.

Our plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities, newly-implemented precautions, and FAQs are detailed throughout this page.

We are deeply commited to providing a safe and clean exercise environment at our recreation facilities. Our plan also relies on you, the patrons, to help us stay clean and safe together.

  • Patrons must self-screen prior to admission into the facility using the Hokie Ready App. A temperature kiosk will be available for patrons to check their temperature.
  • Patrons will be asked to practice respiratory and hand hygiene while utilizing the facility.
  • Face Coverings will be required while utilizing McComas Hall.
  • McComas will operate with limited occupancy - Patrons are required to pre-register for an exercise time prior to admittance:
    • Monday-Friday from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. the facility will be closed for a deep cleaning of restrooms, locker rooms and high touch areas.
  • Limited showers will be available for use by patrons.
  • Fitness and exercise equipment has been spaced to ensure physical distancing. 
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols are in place, with special attention paid to high-contact surfaces and in accordance with state and federal guidelines. 
  • Disinfecting gym wipes are available for patrons to sanitize equipment before and after use.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be at the entrances and exits of all open indoor activity spaces.

Frequently Asked Questions:

August 22 - November 20, 2020

McComas Hall

Monday-Friday

  • 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
  • CLOSED for cleaning 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
  • 3:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Saturday

  • Open 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sunday

  • Open 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

McComas Pool

Monday-Friday

  • Open 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • CLOSED for cleaning 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Open 3:00 - 7:45 p.m.

Saturday

  • Open 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sunday

  • Open 2:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Please have your Hokie Passport and your Hokie Ready App available to present as you enter the building
  • A water bottle: Water fountains are shut off, but water bottle filling stations are available for use
  • A face covering that covers your nose and mouth. If you are unable to wear a face covering, face shields will be available
  • If you plan to exercise from 3:00 p.m. until close Monday-Friday, you must register in advance for a pre-determined timeslot

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.

  1. Navigate to connect.recsports.vt.edu
  2. Click on "Log In" in the upper right corner
  3. Once logged in, click on the menu bar in the top left corner - or click the "McComas Pre-Registration" icon
  4. Click on "McComas Pre-Registration"
  5. Choose the desired day/time that you wish to reserve
  6. Click on the "register" button
  7. If you have completed adding your desired days/times, click the "Checkout" button
  8. You can continue shopping and add additional days/times into your cart
  9. Click the "Checkout" button to complete your registration. Once completed, you should be prompted with a message on the screen saying "Your order was processed successfully"
  • Login to your account at connect.recsports.vt.edu
  • At the top right-hand corner, click on your profile
  • On the left-hand side of the screen, click Programs
  • On the right side of each registration, you will see three orange dots
  • Click the dots and select “Cancel Registration” and complete the cancellation but clicking the orange bottom labeled “Yes, Cancel My Registration”
  • Wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth. If you are unable to wear a face covering, face shields will be available
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from other masked people and 10 feet from anyone that is unmasked.
  • Assume that surfaces might be contaminated and do not touch your own face until you have either washed your hands thoroughly or disinfected with a disinfectant solution containing at least 60% alcohol. COVID-19 is not transmitted through sweat.

We will host 90 in-person group exercises classes a week with class offerings hosted Monday-Sunday. New to this year, a virtual membership option is available for those that wish to have access to the 20 classes we'll live-stream each week.

In order to ensure proper physical distancing, in-person group exercise classes will be limited to 15 members per class. Group Exercise members will need to register in advance for both in-person and virtual classes. 

Here's how to register:

  1. Navigate to connect.recsports.vt.edu
  2. Click on "Log In" in the upper right corner
  3. Once logged in, click on the menu bar in the top right corner
  4. Click on "Group Exercise Pre-Sign Up"
  5. Choose your desired group exercise format, choose the desired day/time of the format you wish to take
  6. Click on the "register" button
  7. If you have completed adding your desired group exercise days/times, click the "Checkout" button
  8. You can continue shopping and add additional days/times into your cart
  9. Click the "Checkout" button to complete your registration. Once completed, you should be prompted with a message on the screen saying "Your order was processed successfully"

How to cancel a reservation:

  1. Login to your account at connect.recsports.vt.edu
  2. At the top right-hand corner, click on your profile
  3. On the left-hand side of the screen, click Programs
  4. On the right side of each registration, you will see three orange dots
  5. Click the dots and select “Cancel Registration” and complete the cancellation but clicking the orange bottom labeled “Yes, Cancel My Registration”

All outdoor facilities are open and ready for use. They include:

  • Prairie Quad Fitness Park - Masks required
  • Sand volleyball courts - Masks are required at all times, and no more than 4 players per side
  • Basketball courts - Closed at this time
  • Washington St. Tennis Courts - Limited to tennis only
  • Turf Fields - Masks are required at all times, with the exception of independent exercise when at least 10 feet of physical distance will not be compromised.
  • Challenge Course - Pre-signup required
  • 9-Hole Golf Course - Pre-signup required
  • The Rec Sports Field House - now open for intramural sports, sport clubs, and reservations, and open recreation.

Intramural Sports will begin with a series of self-report leagues, a select few team sports 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.

Intramural Sports Schedule

Registration for team sports will be open August 24-September 3. Competition will begin September 14.

Team sports include:

  • 4v4 Volleyball
  • 2v2 Pickleball
  • 2v2 Badminton

Looking for competition or a chance to just get out and play? Join one of our self-report singles leagues and get in the game! Registration will open August 24, and sports include:

  • Golf
  • Disc Golf
  • Geocaching
  • Fantasy Football
  • NCAA Football Pick'em

New to our intramural offerings are Skill Competition Nights, which will occur across six Wednesday nights throughout the fall semester. Each night will showcase a different sport, and participants can register in advance for any events of their choosing. Sports and dates include:

  • September 2: Flag Football Skills Challenge - punt/pass/kick
  • September 9: Soccer Skills Competition - penalty kick and crossbar challenge
  • September 16: Softball Skills Competition - home run derby and timed bases run
  • September 23: Ultimate Frisbee Skills Competition - Distance competition and target practice
  • September 30: Basketball Skills Competition - free throw and 3-point shooting contests
  • October 7: Volleyball skills competition - serving and self-pass challenges

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.

Open Recreation: Badminton, Pickleball, and Volleyball

The Rec Sports Field House will offer open recreation opportunities to VT students and members with a Rec Sports Membership (VT employees).

Open Rec Schedule

  • Monday-Thursday: Noon-2pm
  • Friday: Noon-2pm; 3-11pm

No pre-registration is required for these open recreation times and they are first-come first-served.

Intramural Sports

Select team sports (4v4 volleyball, 2v2 pickleball, 2v2 badminton) will be offered as intramural sports and hosted at the Rec Sports Field House

Small Group Training

Small Group Training formats will be hosted in the weight training area of the Rec Sports Field House. More info coming soon!

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Wearing a face covering is most important when physical distancing cannot be maintained and when exercise type and intensity allow. Therefore, face coverings are required in McComas Hall in all spaces except the pool, in supervised fitness studios, and on our cardio machines that have been placed 10 feet apart. McComas Hall has staff monitoring all activity spaces.

Photos of McComas Hall demonstrating procedural modifications to ensure proper physical distancing and safety measures are maintained.