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All you need to know about U Sports Centra

All you need to know about U Sports Centra

What is U Sports?


With its massive network of sporting excellence, the U Sports is Canada’s national governing body of university sport. As of 2019, More than 50 universities are the members of U Sports such as University of the Fraser Valley and Trinity Western University. You can check all the participants here. If you are a university student and are a fan of athletic sports such as hockey, basketball, football, etc. you should consider registering for U Sports’ Central and join one of your University’s sports teams. Here is a list of the sports which are part of this program:

  • Basketball
  • Cross-country
  • Curling
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

U Sports Central


The U Sports Central is an initiative that allows U Sports to better understand and recognize student-athletes and university sports. Hence why the project’s main goal is to streamline processes relating to athletic and academic awards, student-athlete and member communications, anti-doping education, letters of intent, international programs, and more. Thus if you are an athlete it is a great idea to apply for this program as there are many success stories such as Regan Yee’s immense athletic achievements.

Recruitment Process


To register as a student-athlete in the U Sports you will first need to be a member of a University sports team or have had participation in at least one sports league or team. Afterwards, you may begin registering online at the U Sports’ official website. In order to register, you will need to prepare a list of information ahead of time which includes:

1. Permanent mailing address (where you file your income taxes; which is your home address in your country of origin)
2. Local mailing address (where you live during the school year)
3. A list of post-secondary institutions that you have attended as well as the years that you attended (this includes CEGEP, JUCO, CCAA, NCAA)
4. A list of sports teams and leagues that you have played in as well as the years that you participated
5. A MasterCard, MasterCard Debit, VISA or VISA Debit card in order to pay your $50 registration fee

After filling in the information, a confirmation email will be sent to you which will include your registration code. Input the confirmation code and continue to fill in the remaining information asked. Last but not least, input the top three sports fields you would like to register for.

Eligibility Factors


Whether you are eligible for the U Sports or not depends on a variety of aspects. The most important ones include previous post-secondary participation, professional league participation, international club participation, etc. And keep in mind, your previous teams and leagues activities can greatly boost your application chances. Thus depending on such factors, the staff will determine your year of eligibility.

What is considered as Recruitment


A student-athlete is recruited by U Sports’s athlete program when the institution’s representatives:
a) Financially assist the student-athlete with an official on or off-campus visit.
b) Have an arranged, in-person, on or off-campus meeting with the student-athlete or the prospective student athlete’s parents, legal guardian, relatives or coach(s).
c) Issue a U SPORTS Letter of Intent.
d) Issue an institutional offer of Athletic Financial Awards to the student-athlete.


Athletic university students are often unaware of the numerous opportunities they can seek through programs available such as the U Sports Central. If you are an athlete currently or was part of a league in the past you should consider the U Sports Central since this program offers financial assistance for students in many sports such as baseball and hockey.
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