About Canada West Universities Athletic Association
Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year, 1997 to 2010. Comprised of 16 schools, from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, the CWUAA produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in pro leagues or events such as Olympics, Paralympics or Universiade Games. "cwuaa" on Twitter / www.canadawest.tv
Men’s and women’s basketball are the only sports in which all 16 active schools participate. One school – Calgary - takes part in all varsity competition offered by the conference.
Men’s and women’s basketball currently use a two-division format. In 2010-11 Trinity Western added men’s and women’s cross country, track& field and swimming and in 2012-13 Winnipeg added soccer to its list of programs. Men’s and women's hockey each have one, eight-team division.
In 2012-13, women's soccer went to a one-division format, with eight teams making playoffs, while men's soccer remains in a divisional form - Prairie and Pacific - with the top three on each side qualifying for playoffs.
Since 2009-10, women’s rugby has adopted a league format instead of a rotating tournament format. Some Canada West schools take part in curling, where Regina has won both a men’s and a women’s CIS title and Alberta has one men's championship during the sport’s short history as a recognized national championship.
Canada West is one of four conferences within Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), the others being Ontario University Athletics (OUA), Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) and Atlantic University Sport (AUS). Schools representing each conference compete annually for national supremacy.
Schools, team officials and individual student-athletes must abide by posted Canada West and CIS policies, including bylaws, regulations and eligibility requirements.
Overall, Canada West schools compete for 19 conference championships and 21 national varsity titles, though schools may participate in as few as four each (two women’s, two men’s). Canada West has no formalized league competition in curling.
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