Ontario University Athletics

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Ontario University Athletics
(OUA)
Ontario University Athletics logo
Association CIS
Members 20
Headquarters Hamilton, Ontario
Website Official website

Ontario University Athletics (OUA) is a regional membership association for Canadian universities which assists in co-ordinating competition between their university level athletic programs and providing contact information, schedules, results, and releases about those programs and events to the public and the media. This is similar to what would be called a college athletic conference in the United States. OUA, which covers Ontario, is one of four such bodies that are members of the country's governing body for university athletics, Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The other three regional associations coordinating university-level sports in Canada are Atlantic University Sport (AUS), the Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA), and Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ).

OUA came into being in 1997 with the merger of the Ontario Universities Athletics Association and the Ontario Women's Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

History[edit]

The first formal organization of intercollegiate athletics in Canada took place in 1906 with the formation of the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union. This organization had four active members: Ottawa College, Trinity College, McMaster College and the Royal Military College. As the years passed, the CIAU expanded until in 1954 the union had nineteen members.

In 1954, the administration of the CIAU was becoming somewhat unwieldy. There was a great variation in the standards of play between institutions, a different philosophy towards athletics between many members and difficulties in agreeing upon common standards of eligibility. It was also felt that the name Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union was not truly appropriate since intercollegiate athletic associations were also in existence in other parts of the country. In 1955, it was agreed by the member institutions that the CIAU (Central Division as it was then called) would reorganize in two sections to be known as the Ontario-Quebec Athletic Association (with nine members) and the Ottawa-St. Lawrence Intercollegiate Association (with ten members).

The original members of the O-QAA had been joined by the Assumption College (University of Windsor) and were joined in 1961 by Waterloo and 1968 by Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. In 1968, the O-QAA was divided into Eastern and Western Divisions in order to facilitate the scheduling of events.

In 1971, the Quebec-based universities in the O-QAA withdrew from the Association. Laval, McGill and Montreal elected to pursue their future athletic endeavours in the newly formed Quebec Universities Athletic Association.

In the resulting reorganization meetings, the remaining members of the O-QAA, (Carleton University, University of Guelph, McMaster University, University of Ottawa, Queen's University, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario and University of Windsor) voted to change their name to the OUAA (Ontario Universities Athletic Association). Invitations were extended to all Ontario universities to participate in the reorganization meeting.

As part of the reorganization, it was decided that all the trophies, records, etc. of the O-QAA would remain with and be recognized by the OUAA.

The Ontario Women's Interuniversity Athletic Association was founded in 1971, which provided athletic competition for women students in the universities of Ontario. The OWIAA was unique in North America in both its longevity and singleness of purpose. Formed by the amalgamation of the Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Union (WIAU), which was founded in 1923 and the Ontario-Quebec Women's Conference of Intercollegiate Athletics (O-QWCIA), the OWIAA continued the heritage of 50 years of women's interuniversity competition. This coalition was the only association for women's athletics to have survived through 60 years of commitment to women athletes in Ontario universities.

In the spring of 1972, the following institutions were admitted as full members of the OUAA: Brock University, Laurentian University, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Trent University, Waterloo Lutheran University and York University.

The Royal Military College of Kingston was admitted to the OUAA in 1973. Also in 1973, Waterloo Lutheran University changed its name to Wilfrid Laurier University. The continuing evolution of the OUAA saw three Quebec-based universities (Bishop's, Loyola (now Concordia) and McGill) receive "playing privileges" in the OUAA football league in 1974.

In 1980, football was reorganized so that the teams of the Ontario-Quebec Intercollegiate Football Conference- West Division would form the new OUAA Football League. The OQIFC East teams: Ottawa, Carleton and Queen's would join the three Quebec schools in the new OQIFC. In 1987, the OUAA awarded playing privileges in hockey to three Quebec schools, McGill, Concordia and Trois Rivieres.

In 1988, Lakehead University was admitted to full membership while McGill, Concordia and Bishop's were granted playing privileges in basketball due to the folding of the Quebec Universities Athletic Association.

Nipissing University was admitted in 1993 with full membership.

July 1, 1997 marked a new era of university sport in Ontario. Both the OUAA and the OWIAA amalgamated to form one association, Ontario University Athletics. In November, 1997 the OUA hired the organization’s first Executive Director.The “new” OUA office opened on September 1, 1998 in Hamilton.

In 2001, the Queen’s Golden Gaels and the Ottawa Gee Gees football teams rejoined the OUA from the OQIFC, expanding the OUA Football Conference to ten teams.

The 2004-05 season saw Royal Military College enter completely into the OUA. In the past, the Kingston school had competed in both the OUA and OCAA, but withdrew from OCAA competition entirely.

In January of 2006, the OUA welcomed its 19th member to the fold as the University of Ontario Institute of Technology was granted membership in a unanimous vote by the league's Board of Directors. The Oshawa-based school began competition in the 2006-07 season, participating in rowing and tennis, while joining men's and women's hockey in 2007-08.

Member schools[edit]

Institution Nickname City Province Founded Affiliation Enrollment Endowment Joined Division
Algoma University* Thunderbirds Sault Ste. Marie ON 1967 Public 1300 --- 2013-14 East
Brock University Badgers St. Catharines ON 1964 Public 17,000 [1] --- 1972-73 West
Carleton University Ravens Ottawa ON 1942 Public 20,901 $230M 1968-69 East
University of Guelph Gryphons Guelph ON 1964 Public 19,408 $164.2M 1955-56 West
Lakehead University Thunderwolves Thunder Bay ON 1946 Public 8050 $32.1M 1988-89 West
Laurentian University Voyageurs Sudbury ON 1960 Public 7758 $143M 1972-73 East
McMaster University Marauders Hamilton ON 1887 Public 25,688 $498.5M 1955-56 West
Nipissing University Lakers North Bay ON 1909 Public 6300 --- 1993-94 East
University of Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks Oshawa ON 2003 Public 5000 --- 2006-07 East
University of Ottawa Gee-Gees Ontario ON 1848 Public 35,548 $128.4M 1968-69 East
Queen's University Golden Gaels Kingston ON 1841 Public 20,566 $657M 1955-56 East
Royal Military College of Canada Paladins Kingston ON 1876 Public 1268 --- 1973-74 East
Ryerson University Rams Toronto ON 1948 Public 32,670 --- 1972-73 East
University of Toronto Varsity Blues Toronto ON 1827 Public 73,185 $1.823B 1955-56 East
Trent University Excalibur Peterborough ON 1964 Public 7160 $21.2M 1972-73 East
University of Waterloo Warriors Waterloo ON 1957 Public 27,978 $172M 1961-62 West
University of Western Ontario Mustangs London ON 1878 Public 30,000 $266.6M 1955-56 West
Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks Waterloo ON 1911 Public 12,394 --- 1972-73 West
University of Windsor Lancers Windsor ON 1857 Public 13,496 $32.5M 1961-62 West
York University Lions Toronto ON 1959 Public 42,400 $306M 1972-73 East

* - Algoma will begin OUA conference play starting on July 1, 2013.

Sports[edit]

2012 men's hockey playoffs, Windsor Lancers vs. York Lions at Windsor Arena (February 16, 2012).
The Ottawa Gee Gees taking on the Windsor Lancers at the 2013 Wilson Cup semi final.

Member Universities of the OUA compete in a variety of sports at both the varsity and club levels.

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
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Baseball
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Basketball
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Cross Country
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Curling
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Fencing
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Field Hockey
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Figure Skating
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Football
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Golf
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Ice Hockey
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Lacrosse
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Nordic Skiing
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Rowing
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Rugby
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Soccer
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Squash
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Swimming
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Tennis
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Track and field (indoor)
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Volleyball
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Water Polo
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Wrestling
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The OUA awards the Queen's Cup to its men's ice hockey champion, the Yates Cup to its men's football champion and the Wilson Cup to its men's basketball champion . Winners of OUA championships generally go on to compete in the national CIS competition, against the champions of the other three conferences.

Facilities[edit]

Canadian athletic facilities are often listed by their "maximum capacity", which is often an estimate of their largest recorded crowd in the facility. These maximum capacities can and often do include standing room patrons and attendees seated on grass surrounding a playing field. Seated Capacity is the actual number of permanent seats, be they grandstands or permanently in use bleachers. This is why you will sometimes see larger capacities listed for these sites when searching for them on line. When capacity numbers have mismatched on source sites, unless the larger capacity could be confirmed as a seated capacity, the smaller capacity number has been listed here.

Please update with verified "seated capacities" only when the institutions release more accurate official seated capacities.

Facilities
Institution Football
Stadium
Seated
Capacity
Basketball
Arena
Seated
Capacity
Hockey
Arena
Seated
Capacity
Soccer
Stadium
Seated
Capacity
Carleton Keith Harris Stadium 2500 Raven's Nest 1500 Ice House 500 Keith Harris Stadium 2500
Ottawa Frank Clair Stadium 26,559 Montpetit Hall 1000 Sports Complex Arena 850 Sports Complex Field-W 750
Toronto Varsity Centre 5000 Sports Gym 800 Varsity Arena 4100 Varsity Centre 5000
Ryerson No Football -- Mattamy Athletic Centre 1000 Mattamy Home Ice 2800 Lamport Stadium 9600
Queen's Richardson Memorial Stadium 10,258* Bartlett Gymnasium 1785 Kingston Memorial Centre -- yes
York York Stadium 2500 Tait McKenzie Centre 1,200 Canlan Ice Sports-York 1700 York Stadium 2500
Laurentian No Football -- Ben F. Avery Gymnasium 1200 No Hockey -- Laurentian University Soccer Field 500
RMC No Football -- No Basketball -- Constantaine Arena 1500 Navy Bay Soccer and Rugby Fields 2500
Trent No Football -- No Basketball -- No Hockey -- Trent University Main Playing Field 1000
Nipissing No Football -- No Basketball -- Memorial Gardens 4025 Nipissing University soccer pitch 200
UOIT No Football -- No Basketball -- UOIT Campus Ice Centre 800 No Soccer
Western TD Waterhouse Stadium 8000 Alumni Hall 2400 Thompson Arena 3615 yes
Windsor University of Windsor Stadium 2000 St. Denis Centre 2500 Windsor Arena-M
South Windsor Arena-W
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McMaster Ronald V. Joyce Stadium 6000 Burridge Gymnasium 2800 No Hockey -- yes
Guelph Alumni Stadium 5100 W.F. Mitchell Athletics Centre 2200 Gryphon Centre Arena 1400 yes
Waterloo Warrior Field 1100* Physical Activities Complex 4500 Columbia Ice Field 1000 yes
Laurier University Stadium 6500 Athletic Complex 2500 Waterloo Recreation Complex 3400 Wilfrid Laurier Alumni Field
Brock No Football -- Bob Davis Gymnasium 2400 Seymour-Hannah Sports & Entertainment Centre 1400 yes
Lakehead No Football -- C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse 2000 Fort William Gardens 3710 No Soccer

Queen's has plans to relocate Richardson Stadium and reduce the permanent seating to 8000.[1]

The city of Ottawa is currently negotiating with Jeff Hunt on refurbishing Frank Clair Stadium.

(*Waterloo's new Warrior Field is often listed with a capacity of 5000, but that includes viewers standing and sitting on the grass. The seated capacity is 1100.)

(Data mined from the CIS homepage's member directory[2] and WorldStadiums.com.[3] The members directory numbers seem to be ballpark figures in some cases.)

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