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To provide exemplary interuniversity sport competition experiences for student-athletes which respect the educational milieu of Ontario Universities and further to provide leadership in fostering sportsmanship and fair-play in the pursuit of athletic excellence.

OUA Student-Athlete Eligibility Requirements

2.3.1 To represent their institutions in OUA competitions, all student-athletes must pay an athletic fee to the institution in which they are enrolled. 

2.3.2 Students are eligible provided they are registered as "full-time" by the academic regulations of their respective institutions, or are registered in a minimum of three full courses (18 credit hours) within the academic year (September – April), or the equivalent of three half courses (or the equivalent: 9 credit hours) in each term (semester) in which they are competing. [Amended July 2006] 

2.3.3 To continue participation in a subsequent year, commencing September 1, students must have successfully completed a minimum of three full courses, or six half course, or 18 semester hours during the previous academic year. [Amended July 2006] 

2.3.4 A student-athlete who, for the first time, enrolls for academic study at any OUA institution in January and who successfully completes a minimum of three half course or nine semester hours prior to the first of September of that year, in eligible for OUA competition. This is a one time allowance. [Amended July 2006] 

2.3.5 Graduate Students are eligible provided they are declared "full-time" by the academic regulations of their respective institutions. In order to participate in the subsequent year, graduate students must be deemed "in good standing" as determined by the academic regulations at their institution. [Amended July 2006] 

2.3.6 A `special needs' student is a student with a disability or deemed so by the institution. This individual is eligible provided their institution stipulates the required workload that is equivalent to three full course, or six half courses, or 18 semester hours within the academic year. [Amended July 2006] 

2.3.7 In OUA sports only, student-athletes may transfer from one institution to another without penalty, provided all other eligibility requirements are met. (Note: CIS student-athletes are held to a different standard as per the CIS Regulations.) A student-athlete who transfers from a post-secondary institution is eligible if that student has achieved a minimum of 60% average on those courses utilized to determine the student’s university admission. This includes CCAA institutions. 

2.3.8 A student playing in two or more different sports shall be registered separately in each sport. 

2.3.9 An official member of a Canadian National Team who wishes to participate in an OUA sport may do so in a succeeding year, provided that the athlete has registered in enough courses to fulfill the minimum requirements of subsection 2.3.2 at a member institution and has successfully completed nine semester hours, three half courses or one and one-half full courses in a preceding year. 

2.3.10 Student-athletes must have an “amateur status” in order to be eligible for participation in OUA sports. [Added July 2006] 

2.3.11 An athlete officially classified by a member institution as an academic exchange student, shall be eligible to participate in OUA competition for one competitive season at the institution they are attending as an exchange student. 

2.3.12 An athlete officially classified by a member institution as a visiting student, shall be subject to all eligibility rules at the institution they are attending as a visiting student. A visiting student is a student who is taking courses at one institution that leads to a degree at another institution.

2.3.13 An athlete who completes a degree during a previous academic year is eligible to participate in OUA competition notwithstanding that the athlete did not, during the previous academic year, successfully complete enough courses to remain eligible. 

2.3.14 Any student-athlete registered in a co-op program and on a recognized work term that i) is a recognized component of their academic program and/or ii) is recognized for university credit, will be eligible to participate for that institution. [Amended July 2006] 

2.4 Exceptions to 2.3 Student-athletes registered in the following programs shall be eligible for OUA participation provided that they satisfy all other eligibility requirements.

2.4.1 Ryerson Students in their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year of any diploma or certificate programmes. 

2.4.2 Students, in their first year of a diploma or certificate program (post secondary), must meet the entrance requirements (or the equivalent) of degree granting programs. 

2.4.3 Students who are enrolled in work-study or co-op programs and are in the work placement section of their program. Verification must be available from the registrar of their respective institutions.

2.4.4 A student athlete may participate with an OUA member institution in an OUA sport while attending a college provided the student is registered in an integrated program between the college and respective OUA member institution. [added 05-12-2004]

Do Ontario Universities offer Athletic Scholarships?

Yes! Universities in Ontario can offer Athletic Scholarships.

What is an Athletic Financial Award (AFA)?

More commonly known as an Athletic Scholarship, an AFA is any award that is conditional to being listed on the Official CIS Eligibility Certificate and administered by the university’s awards office consistent with the awarding university’s calendar. These awards include, but are not limited to, scholarships, bursaries, prizes, leadership awards, merit awards, housing, and all other non-employment financial benefit received by an athlete from their institution.

Who is eligible for an Athletic Financial Award (Scholarships)?

Student-athletes can be eligible for an AFA as either an Entering or Non-Entering student. The requirements to receive an AFA will depend on what category you fall into.

Entering Student – a student will be considered an “Entering Student” for the entirety of the academic year when he/she registers for the first time at any member school in either the fall or winter semesters. Entering student-athletes with an average of at least 80% are eligible to receive up to $4,000 in their first year at their university of choice.

Non-Entering Student – a student is considered a “Non-entering Student” in the academic yearssubsequent to the first academic year that he/she registers for the first time at ay member school in either the fall or winter semesters. NOTE: a non-entering student includes a transfer student that is transferring from another post-secondary institution (excluding CEGEP). Non-entering student-athletes can receive AFAs up to $4,000 annually provided they attained 70% on all registered course work.

Who provides Athletic Financial Awards (Scholarships)?

All athletic-related awards provided to eligible OUA student-athletes must be administered through the university awards office at the university they are attending.

How much can I receive in an Athletic Financial Award (Scholarship)?

The maximum that an eligible student-athlete can receive is $4,000 annually. The amount offered by a university may be less but it cannot exceed $4,000.

Where does the Athletic Financial Award (Scholarship) money come from?

Each university provides the funding for eligible student-athletes. Ontario University Athletics doesn’t provide the funding. Ontario University Athletics administers the policy.

AFA funds are generated by universities in a variety of ways with fundraising being the most common. OUA will support the approval of Athletic Awards at the institutional level based on both the CIS and OUA requirements. These requirements will be adhered to for each award allocated. All awards are administered through the universities’ awards office.

Who should I contact about receiving an Athletic Financial Award? 

For more information regarding AFA contact the university head coach or athletic department. Contact information for OUA universities can be located using the directory.

To Read More Information about Athletic Scholarships in the OUA CLICK HERE

Rule V, Recruitment Regulations

5.0 Rationale for Recruitment Policies Recruitment violations are considered serious. Therefore, they merit being reviewed by the Management Committee or their designates even for a first offense.

5.1 Recruitment Regulations

5.1.1 Student-athletes who participate in a CIS sport must meet all of the CIS recruiting regulations located in CIS Regulation 40.10.7. Further requirements may be placed on such athletes in accordance with OUA principles.

5.1.2 It is considered unacceptable for an Athletic Director or a coach to speak disparagingly of another person or institution in order to attempt to persuade an athlete to come to their institution or enhance the reputation of their institution by comparison.

5.1.3 Enticement of student-athlete from one university to another university by a coach, Athletic Director, or other university officials is an unethical and illegal practice. [Added July 2007]

5.2 Recruiting - High School and CEGEP Student-Athletes

5.2.1 Before approaching a high school or CEGEP student, the Director of Athletics or the coach shall first contact the person in charge of the high schools' or CEGEP’s athletic program or high school coach of the student to inform them of the contact.

5.2.2 In the event the above contact cannot be made and a OUA/CIS coach wishes to speak with a recruit on the day that a prospective student-athlete is competing, contact can only occur after the prospective student-athlebltes final competition of that day and once they have been released by the appropriate institutional authority and leave the dressing and meeting facilities. Recruiting camps are excluded from this rule. [Added July 2007]

5.3 Recruiting – CCAA Student-Athletes (of non-CIS member schools)

5.3.1 When recruiting an athlete at the college level, the initial contact shall be through the Director of Athletics or coach of the college team to inform them. If an athlete from a college team makes an initial contact, the head coach of the OUA/CIS institution must notify the college Director of Athletics or coach. Exception: If the athlete participates at a CIS member school in a non-CIS jurisdiction, Recruiting Regulation applies.

5.3.2 In the event the above contact cannot be made and an OUA/CIS coach wishes to speak with a recruit on the day that a prospective student-athlete is competing, contact can only occur after the prospective student-athlete’s final competition of that day and once they have been released by the appropriate institutional authority and leave the dressing and meeting facilities. Recruiting camps are excluded from this rule. [Added July 2007]

5.4 Recruiting – CIS Student-Athletes

5.4.1 Student-athletes who are already attending a CIS institution shall not be contacted for the purpose of recruiting by a CIS Athletic Department representative. The definition of a student-athlete in terms of identifying them for the purpose of recruiting at the school they are attending is: a) When they have participated in any training or competition, or b) When their name has appeared on an Eligibility Certificate.

5.4.2 In the case of a potential transfer from a CIS institution when the student-athlete initiates the contact, the CIS coach or Athletic Department representative contacted shall immediately notify his/her Director of Athletics who in turn shall inform the Director of Athletics of the CIS institution in which the athlete is enrolled. [Added July 2007]

To Read More Information about Recruiting in the OUA CLICK HERE

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