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U Sports is the national governing body of university sport in Canada, comprising the majority of degree-granting universities in the country. Its equivalent body for organized sports at colleges in Canada is The Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA). Some institutions are members of both bodies for different sports.
The original Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) Central was founded in 1906 and existed until 1955, composed only of universities from Ontario and Quebec. With the collapse of the CIAU Central in the mid-1950s, calls for a new, national governing body for university sport accelerated. Once the Royal Military College of Canada became a degree granting institution, Major W.J. (Danny) McLeod, athletic director at the RMC directed the establishment of the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (CIAU) in 1961. Major McLeod ran the CIAU from his office at RMC as the first CIAU Secretary-Treasurer. In the 1960s the CIAU functioned as a voluntary, autonomous, educational sport organization which represented by the various universities from coast to coast. In 1978, the CIAU changed its name to the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union. It changed its name to Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) in June 2001 due to growing misconceptions about the name of the organization since the term "athletic" was associated with track and field and "union" with labour movements.
- 1 Sanctioned sports
- 2 Athletic funding
- 3 Championships
- 4 Members
- 5 Basketball
- 6 Football
- 7 Men's ice hockey
- 8 Women's ice hockey
- 9 Men's soccer
- 10 Women's soccer
- 11 See also
- 12 Notes and references
- 13 External links
The CIS member institutions offer athletic scholarships known as Athletic Financial Awards (AFA); subject to minimum academic requirements. The AFA's are capped and may not exceed the value of the tuition and compulsory fees for the student-athlete. Universities also may provide additional non-athletic awards including academic scholarships and needs-based grants for athletes in addition to this cap, provided the additional awards do not include athletic criteria. In 2008/2009 one in two CIS athletes was receiving an athletic scholarship.
Increasingly, CIS schools are offering booster-support programs, where alumni, parents and/or corporations can donate money to a targeted fund especially designed to off-set a student-athlete's tuition and living costs. The University of Windsor has an Adopt-A-Lancer program, for example. The CIS has no regulations regarding how much each school can provide to teams through private support. The Université Laval's Rouge et Or football team, winner of seven the last 12 Vanier Cups, is so successful with fund raising, the team trains in Florida during the spring.
Canadian Hockey League teams offer financial support for their graduates – who attend school within two years of playing major junior – who choose to play for a CIS school after graduating from major junior hockey. Hockey players who play in the CHL are ineligible for NCAA athletic scholarships, although many attend a CHL training camp. However, they can only stay a max of 48 hours and can not dress in any games.
Week 1 is the 9th Saturday following Labour Day Monday
- CIS women's field hockey championship
- CIS women's rugby championship
- CIS men's soccer championship
- CIS women's soccer championship
- CIS men's cross country championship
- CIS women's cross country championship
Week 1 is the 25th Saturday following Labour Day Monday
- CIS men's swimming championship
- CIS women's swimming championship
- CIS men's wrestling championship
- CIS women's wrestling championship
- CIS men's volleyball championship
- CIS women's volleyball championship
- CIS men's track and field championship
- CIS women's track and field championship
- CIS men's basketball championship
- CIS women's basketball championship
- CIS men's ice hockey championship
- CIS women's ice hockey championship
There are 55 member Universities in CIS.
The 55 member universities of CIS are currently organized into the four following regional associations. In some of these sports, these associations are sometimes referred to as conferences.
- Atlantic University Sport (AUS)
- Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA)
- Ontario University Athletics (OUA)
- Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ)
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In sports with heavy university participation, like basketball, some of the conferences have divisions. CWUAA has two divisions: Pioneer and Explorer; while the OUA has four: North, East, Central, and West. 47 of the 55 member institutions have basketball teams.
The CIS men's and women's basketball teams are organized in the following way:
27 of the 55 member schools participated in the 2014 CIS football season.
The CIS football teams are organized in the following way:
Men's ice hockey
35 of the 55 member schools participated in the 2014-15 Men's Ice Hockey season. The Ottawa Gee-Gees program was suspended for this season.
Women's ice hockey
33 of the 55 member schools participated in the 2014-15 Women's Ice Hockey season.
49 of the 55 member schools participated in the 2014 Men's Soccer season. The CIS has been a stepping stone for some national team players like Pat Onstad.
52 of the 55 member schools participated in the 2014 Women's Soccer season.
- List of universities in Canada
- List of colleges in Canada
- Athletics Canada
- Canada Basketball
- College basketball
- Canadian Soccer Association
- CIS men's soccer
- CIS women's soccer
- College soccer
- Football Canada
- CIS Football
- College football
- Hockey Canada
- CIS women's ice hockey
- College hockey
- Royal Canadian Golf Association
- Canadian Colleges Athletic Association
- International University Sports Federation
Notes and references
- Introducing U Sports, October, 20, 2016.
- Knowles 2000, p. 72.
- History of CIS
- CIS English. English.cis-sic.ca (2013-07-15). Retrieved on 2013-07-24.
- CIS English. English.cis-sic.ca. Retrieved on 2013-07-24.
- Lancer Sports News. University of Windsor (website). "Lancer Football Introduces Touchdown Club" accessed 9 April 2007
- CBC News. Laval's team was profiled during their training camp in Florida. Broadcast before Vanier Cup 2006.
- CIS 5-Year Championship Schedule
- CIS Membership list
- Profile of Royal Military College of Canada – Ontario, Universities in Canada. Canadian-universities.net. Retrieved on 2013-07-24.
- Knowles, Steve (2000), "Canadian University Hockey", in Diamond, Dan, Total Hockey (Second ed.), pp. 69–78, ISBN 1-892129-85-X
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