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CANADA WEST YEARBOOK 43
1: What are the academic requirements to enter directly from a
high school or CCAA school?
You must have a minimum 60% average or equivalent on those courses used
to determine your university admission. Speci c to CCAA, you must also have
maintained your respective academic eligibility in the CCAA and successfully
completed a minimum of 18 credit hours.
2: How many years of eligibility do I have in Canada West?
You will receive ve years of eligibility. In the sport of football, those ve
years must be used within a seven-year period, following high school
graduation. You must also be 24 years old or younger on October 31st of the
year you are playing.
Athletes who have completed their eligibility while participating in another
post-secondary jurisdiction, such as the CCAA, are ineligible for U SPORTS
competition. Athletes who have been charged with a year of eligibility
or a season of competition in four separate academic years within a
non-Canadian post-secondary jurisdiction, such as the NCAA and NAIA, are
ineligible for U SPORTS competition.
3: How do I get charged with a year of eligibility?
If your team does NOT have an exhibition schedule, you are charged with
a year of eligibility when your name appears on the playing roster (or
equivalent) of two or more regular season competitions. Otherwise, if your
team DOES play in exhibition, you are charged a year for a single regular
season competition with an exception in football and rugby (please consult
your Athletic Department). Log on to USPORTS.ca and read the Student-
Athlete’s Guide for details.
4: With regards to recruiting, are there any restrictions to who I can
Unless you have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI), or you are already a U SPORTS
student-athlete, there are no restrictions to who you can contact. If you have
signed an LOI, you are not permitted to initiate or respond to contact with
another school for the purpose of competing for that other school.
5: Is there a limit to the value of athletic scholarship that I can
Tuition and compulsory fees is the maximum amount you can receive in an
academic year, including athletic-related bursaries. For women’s hockey, you
can receive a “full-ride” scholarship. See the story in this magazine on the
women’s hockey pilot project.
6: When can I receive an athletic scholarship?
You are eligible to receive an athletic scholarship at the beginning of your rst
year at a university (September) if you have a minimum entering average
of 80% or equivalent. Alternatively, where applicable, you are eligible to
receive an athletic scholarship at the end of your rst year at a university
(spring or summer) if you satisfy U SPORTS academic requirements with at
least a 65% average or equivalent.
7: As a NCAA or NAIA student-athlete, how soon can I play after
transferring to a Canada West school?
As a Canadian, you are eligible to play in the immediate season following
8: What do I have to know about recruiting trips, travel, and
You are limited to one funded visit within an academic year, in whole or in
part, to a Canada West campus, although you are not limited to the number
of unfunded visits to a campus or to the total number of schools you visit.
A Canada West school, inclusive of its alumni and boosters, is limited to
providing you with product and/or services valued at $50 or less.
9: What is the U SPORTS Doping Control Program?
U SPORTS, in cooperation with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES),
coordinates a doping control program that incorporates both “in-season”
and “out-of-season” testing. Student-athletes are tested in accordance with
the rules of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) and can be tested
anytime, both in and out of competition, throughout the year.
10: In regards to the Doping Control Program, what’s permitted and
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List is applied
in Canada by the CADP. The Global Drug Reference Online (DRO), at
www.globaldro.com, provides athletes and their support personnel with
information about which prescription and non-prescription medications are
prohibited or not by WADA.