CMU opened the Student Activity Center for the spring semester in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines and opened three new areas.
University recreation has allowed the basketball, football and hockey areas to open for the spring, provided students adhere to mask-wearing and social distancing guidelines.
According to the URec Facebook page, basketball courts are limited to four people (2v2) in half-court. Hockey will allow eight people (4v4) per rink and soccer will allow four people (2v2) per field.
“It (the opening of new areas) feels good,” said Jennifer Nottingham, acting general manager of university recreation and student activities. “It’s kind of that sense of normalcy coming back, isn’t it? It’s exciting to provide wellness and engagement to our students.”
Nottingham said she and her team are always excited when they are able to move forward with developing plans when updated executive orders allow them to, but sometimes they also have to step back.
“We had this just before we left for the semester – just before Thanksgiving – when we had to close all contact sports,” Nottingham said. “We couldn’t allow anyone on the basketball courts to play volleyball, badminton, and those are things that people liked to do…it was weird that those courts were empty.”
The courts were closed from November to mid-January and reopened when University Recreation was able to create a plan for safe interactions for contact and non-contact sports.
Additionally, Nottingham have been pleased to announce the return of select intramural and club sports for the spring. His team researched and contacted college recreation programs in other states to help determine the safest approach to resuming those activities in regards to temperature, practice, contact lists and more.
“For intramurals – it’s fun, we have three-on-three basketball, six-on-six volleyball,” Nottingham said. “I think it’s the social fun that brings people together and has competition, we see great results and a lot of turnouts in the intramurals, especially during the volleyball season.”
University recreation also offers non-contact casual games such as cornhole, euchre, and ping-pong.
The CAS basketball and football courts are open by reservation from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. Hockey will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The fitness center, weight center and swimming pool will remain open under limited capacity with reservations.
The fitness center will be open from 7 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. on weekdays and from 4 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on weekends. The weight center and MAC gyms are open from 4 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. on weekdays and from 4 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on weekends.
In addition, the track, the racquetball courts (2v2 table tennis, 3v3 volleyball, 2v2 racquetball) and the large/small sports forum (6v6 volleyball, 2v2 billiards, badminton) are all open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 4 p.m. at 9 p.m. on weekends.
Students can make reservations to use the Student Activity Center and register for intramural sports at IMLeagues.
Spring semester hours for the Student Activity Center can be viewed at University Leisure Facebook page.