Office of Student Life

Recreational Sports

Recreational Sports and COVID-19

Welcome back to Student Life Recreational Sports!

In addition to all available federal, state, local and university guidelines, Student Life Recreational Sports will also follow the guidance of national sports governing bodies to ensure physical distancing practices and other safety protocols are in place. Additional information is available on the university's Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website

The RPAC, JOS, NRC, ARC and OAC are now open. Our hours are subject to change and we encourage you to check our website for updated hours before you visit.  

Please review the following before beginning your workout. We ask that all members follow these guidelines while in our facilities: 

Operations Update - November 19, 2020

Effective Friday, November 20, 2020, Student Life Rec Sports will close all facilities with the exception of the RPAC (except for Saturday, November 21). Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. The North Rec Center will be open on Saturday, November 21 (RPAC will be closed).

Masks must be worn at all times except while swimming. Activities will be limited to individual workouts. Personal training clients will be contacted starting tomorrow about the impact on their sessions. Open recreation basketball reservations will be canceled. Outdoor tennis courts and sand volleyball will not be available for play. Pickleball and badminton will not be available for the remainder of the semester.

Face Mask Required - updated November 13, 2020

  • All members are required to wear a face mask at all times except when in the pool swimming. 
  • Masks must cover the nose, mouth and chin.
  • Members must wear a mask during all activity and should modify their activity level to accommodate wearing a mask.


Physical Distancing

  • Please keep six feet between you and other members.

Basketball by Reservation - CURRENTLY UNAVAIABLE 

Beginning on Monday, October 19 current members can reserve up to one hour a day for singles baskets on a half court in the Tom W. Davis Gym at the RPAC for open rec basketball. Seven courts will be available Monday-Friday 4-10 p.m. (Tuesday 5-10 p.m.), Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sunday from Noon-4 p.m. Reservations are not available when the RPAC is closed. Reservations are available a week out and open at midnight for scheduling, the reservation system will open at Noon on Thursday, October 15 at To see available court times, make sure to click on or after October 19. Log in with your name.# to register. 

Basketball Policies

  • Masks Required at all times by all players
  • Half Court Only
  • Max 2 players per half court, add a player when you make your reservation or second person can just drop in at time of play. 
  • Bring your own ball
  • No 1 on 1 or contact play, shooting only. 
  • 1 hour timeslots
  • 1 reservation per day per member.
  • Buzzer sounds to clear courts at end of each time slot.

Wash Your Hands

  • Hand washing should take place often, including pre and post workout.
  • Restrooms and hand sanitizer are available throughout the facility.


  • Equipment has been moved to facilitate physical distancing. Ask our staff if you can’t find your favorite piece.
  • Wipes and/or spray bottles are available. Please clean your equipment before and after each use.
  • Our staff will be cleaning on increased intervals.
  • Equipment checkout is not available. Please bring your own equipment (yoga mats, locks, etc.).

Modified Activities and Limitations

  • Some activities and spaces may not be available. 
  • In our initial weeks of opening the focus will be on cardio, strength and lap swimming.
  • Please see the Student Life Return to Campus Plan for more details about available activities.


  • Facilities will have capacity limits so please do not linger after you finish your workout.
  • Facilities will have designated entrances and exits.
  • The Scarlet Skyway will be closed.
  • Family Hours are currently paused.
  • Guest passes and new memberships are currently limited for students, facilty and staff.

Contactless Transactions Available

  • Credit, debit or BuckID payments are accepted for reduced contact payment options.
  • Memberships may be renewed online.

If you have had COVID -19 (Coronavirus) it is important to know:  

  • Coronavirus may cause heart muscle inflammation called myocarditis 
  • Vigorous exercise with myocarditis can increase risk for heart rhythm problems
  • Once viral symptoms resolve, it is important to slowly increase the intensity of your exercise being aware of any heart symptoms

If you have heart symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, abnormal heartbeats, near passing out or passing out, please seek medical help.

Please depart the facility after you have completed your workout to help support occupancy levels and access for all members. We appreciate your cooperation and assistance. If you have feedback please email us at