Recreational Sports Limited Capacity and Space Reservations

  • Students and members will need to make reservations in advance to participate in swimming, climbing and tennis court reservations.
  • Space becomes available at midnight for the calendar date two days later. For example, reservations for Wednesday can be made Monday at 12:01 a.m. 


Click the button to make a reservation to make reservations for swimming and climbing in Dixon and for the tennis courts. 

Make a Reservation

  • Reservation No Show - First offense leads to a warning. Second offense leads to short-term reservation suspension. 
  • Tardy Arrival - Reservations are forfeited for members that arrive 5 minutes late or later to their reservation. 

Availability & Access

  • Recreational sports facilities are open with a limited capacity. Reservations must be made for swimming, climbing and the tennis courts. 
  • Maintaining physical distance between participants prohibits body-contact sports and the use of shared equipment.
  • Facility capacity is posted throughout the building.
  • Access will be afforded on first-come, first-served basis and managed through self-regulation.

Enter from the west (26th street) and tap your OSU ID proxy at the West entry desk to verify membership & reservation. Entries are recorded and may be provided to public health officials. Participants will be asked to answer questions about presenting symptoms. Please request an accommodation at any service desk if masks present a barrier to service.

Exit to the east, near Goss Stadium.

Thank you for your partnership in navigating safe transitions. Signage is posted throughout available facilities to guide the flow of foot traffic and minimize face-to-face engagement.

  • Rec Sports will be providing free day-use outdoor sports and fitness equipment rental for Rec Sports members via Dixon’s Equipment Issue located at Dixon’s West Entry during the following hours.
  • Members interested in checking out equipment will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before proceeding to Dixon’s equipment issue desk. 
Sports Based Equipment
  • Tennis racquets and balls 
  • Soccer Balls 
  • Footballs
  • Jumprope 
  • Frisbees

Dixon Recreation Center  

Student Legacy Park:  Outdoor Tennis Courts, Fields, Track and restrooms

Dixon Recreation Center: Indoor Volleyball Courts, Sand Volleyball Courts, Saunas, Diving Board, Hot Tub, Racquetball and Squash courts, Track.

Student Legacy Park: Basketball Court, Pavilion Canopy (bathrooms will remain open per Student Legacy Park hours)

Facility Entrance Requirements

Anyone who enters Dixon Recreation Center, including all Recreational Sports staff, will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and other heightened pandemic-related risks, which involves having their temperature taken and responding to the following questions: 

  1. Do you have any of the following? Fever or feeling feverish (such as chills, sweating), cough, mild or moderate difficulty breathing, sore throat, muscle aches or body aches, vomiting or diarrhea, or a recent loss of taste or smell.
  2. In the past 14 days, have you been in contact with a person known or suspected to have COVID-19?
  3. Have you been told by a health care provider, a county health authority or an OSU official that you or someone in your household should be in isolation or quarantine?
  4. Are you scheduled to receive a medically recommended test for COVID-19 or are your results pending?
  5. Do you have a temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit or 38 Celsius or higher?
  • Anyone, including Recreational Sports employees, that answers “yes” to one or more of these screening questions or does not meet the temperature criteria, will not be allowed to enter Dixon Recreation Center.
  • Anyone that answers “yes” to questions 1, 2, 3 and 5 will be instructed to self-isolate and contact Student Health Services or their medical provider to report their wellness condition.

The results of the screening information will not be collected, nor retained by the university. 

Please be aware

COVID-19 symptom screening will not identify those who are infected and do not display symptoms of COVID-19. People who have COVID-19 may not have symptoms, may have very mild symptoms or may not yet be showing symptoms. This means that people in Dixon may be contagious with COVID-19 so it is very important that members continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by maintaining physical distance, washing hands often, cleaning high-touch surfaces frequently and wearing face coverings. Additionally, they should know COVID-19 symptoms and monitor their health with daily self-screenings, as well as familiarize themselves with OSU’s Face Covering and Physical Distancing policies

  • Participants are required to wear face masks at all times (with the exception of in the showers and while swimming).


  • Every-other station is open for use.
  • As always, preventative maintenance will ensure ongoing high performance of all equipment.
  • Signs and orange cords distinguish what is and is not available at any specific time.
  • The Challenge Course is open with public health modifications and is accepting reservations
  • Face coverings are required for outdoor classes when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Participants must wash/sanitize hands routinely during the program.
  • There is a maximum total group size of 30. Larger groups will be subdivided into groups of 10 during the program.
  • Ten stationary bikes are available for drop-in use, spaced for social distancing.
  • Drinking fountains are enabled for touch-less filling water bottles only.
  • This studio is open to two users at any one time.
  • Participants should self-moderate for social distancing.
  • There is a maximum of two participants per basket.
  • No activities with physical contact are permitted.
  • Badminton, Table Tennis and Pickleball are limited to singles play only.
  • Participants should maintain physical distancing. 
  • No Volleyball will be available to maintain physical distancing. 
  • The Dixon Indoor Climbing center is open with reduced capacity; reservations are required to allow for physical distancing.  
  • Climbers must maintain physical distancing by staying within their designated section.
  • Climbers must wear a face mask at all times during their session.
  • A hand-washing station has been installed in the climbing center, and hand-washing is required before and after climbing.
  • The climbing center has implemented enhanced cleaning operations and protocol.
  • Participants should self-moderate access to sinks and toilets to allow for appropriate social distancing. Lockers available - participants please sanitize before and after use.
  • This studio is open to four users at a time.
  • Participants should self-moderate for social distancing.
  • One speed bag, one heavy bag and two Olympic lifting platforms are open for drop-in use. 
  • Face coverings required when physical distancing can not be maintained.
  • Maintain six feet of physical distancing.
  • Maximum of ten people in a group.
  • No games with physical contact.
  • No spitting.
  • Face coverings required.
  • Maintain six feet of physical distancing.
  • Maximum of six people in a group from no more than two households.
  • No games with physical contact.
  • No spitting.
  • Lanes 1-6 can be reserved online [2 days in advance] for 60 minute workouts.
  • Lanes 7 & 8 for 60 minutes of family swim during all pool hours of operation.
  • If a lane is not reserved in advance, it is open on a first-come, first serve basis. The dive well will be limited to 5 participants that maintain social distancing. Spa is closed.
  • Maintain six feet of physical distancing. 
  • No spitting. 
  • Weight rooms are open with a reduced number of weight training stations.
  • To assist with physical distancing some equipment has been removed and/or marked for non-use.

Programs and Services

  • The ALI Service Desk is open via the Bike shop near Dixon's East Entry. 
  • Service desk staff have deployed an enhanced cleaning protocol.
  • Bike maintenance stations have been moved outdoors.
  • Outdoor teaching space is utilized when possible.
  • Lower capacity on classes to help with physical distancing.
  • Additional PPE required, depending on the activity.
  • Face coverings are required for all in-person classes.
  • To ensure physical distancing, participants must pre-register and check in to classes. Visit the Group Fitness schedule to begin the pre-registration and check-in process. 
  • Classes have a maximum capacity of 10 participants. 
  • Class participants must clean all equipment they touched. Instructors clean all equipment before the start of each class. 
  • Participants must bring their own mats for Yoga.
  • There are no circuit-style classes (utilizing singular equipment among multiple participants).
  • Face coverings are required for all in-person activities.
  • Spectators are not permitted.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained at all times (when possible).
  • Specific sport rules will be modified, if possible, to limit physical contact.
  • Staggered arrival and departure times are assigned to staff and participants to minimize interaction between groups. 
  • Roster sizes may be capped to help limit the number of participants in program space. 
  • Intramural Sports will follow OHA and OSU guidance on gathering capacities along with any facility-specific regulations.
  • Participants should refrain from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps and group celebrations.
  • Face coverings are required for all in-person personal training sessions.
  • Appointments are made exclusively online and must be reserved two days in advance. 
  • The client and the trainer will clean all equipment before transitioning to the next apparatus.
  • Workshops held in Dixon Recreation Center studios are limited to five participants; the rest of the space will be closed to non-participants. 
  • Face coverings are required for all in-person activities.
  • Spectators are not permitted.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained at all times (when possible).
  • Each Sport Club will have a public health modifications plan specific to their sport.
  • Sport Clubs will follow OHA and OSU guidance on gathering capacities along with any facility-specific regulations
  • Participants should refrain from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps and group celebrations.
  • Face coverings and gloves are required for all trainings. Gloves are provided.
  • All certification training programs occur in a blended-learning format (online instruction + in-person skill/test).
  • To maintain physical distance, classes have a maximum capacity of 10 participants. 

User Etiquette

  • Please observe one-way traffic flow and facilitate quick transitions from space to space to minimize face-to-face exposure or collecting in groups.
  • Facilities and equipment are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Reference the posted room capacities to self-moderate for social distancing, whether active or waiting for access.
  • To help protect yourself and others, please wash your hands and wipe down equipment before and after workout.
  • If you are not feeling well or have COVID-19 symptoms stay home.
  • If you are part of a high-risk population, as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), we encourage you to stay home and take advantage of our remote programming.

Cleaning & Sanitation

  • Sanitizing solutions include: Waxie 730 HP disinfectant solution, Waxie 243 all-purpose cleaner, Bru-tab disinfection tablets and Athletix and Health E disinfectant wipes.
  • Our repeatable cleaning routine ensures continuous disinfection of touch points and high-traffic areas during all hours of operation. After-hours, nightly cleaning continues.
  • Our restrooms are cleaned, disinfected and restocked at least twice daily.
  • You will find eighty sanitation stations throughout Dixon Recreation Center are stocked with Entire 80% fragrance-free, antiseptic hand sanitizer and Health E antiseptic disinfectants wipes. An additional station is available in the Indoor Tennis pavilion.

Additional Tips

Further control exposure by:
  • Visiting during lower-use times (mid-morning or mid-afternoon).
  • Work out with roommates rather than extended social circles.
  • Fill your water bottles before leaving home.