About Student-Athlete Info

Student -Athlete Info

All You Need to Know

Below you will find resources for student-athletes including; forms, LOI's, and information on U SPORTS Central. 


The health and safety of all Student-Athletes, Coaches, Officials, Delegates and Host Committee members are our top priority at our U SPORTS National Championships.

We are working with our Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Taryn Taylor as well as other CMOs and Medical Teams at all our U SPORTS National Championships regarding sanitary precautions and risk assessment of each of our championships as well as providing on-going communications updates to the U SPORTS membership – Athletic Directors & Coaches, conference offices, officials, delegates and Host Committees.

U SPORTS is in regular contact with all Host Committees, National Championship Participating Teams, Technical Delegates and Officials as it pertains to monitoring COVID-19.

U SPORTS and its medical teams are monitoring the risks via Public Health Agency of Canada, Airline Websites and Local Government websites.

For more information, click here

Cannabis in Sport

The Government of Canada legalized cannabis on Oct. 17, 2018. Athletes subject to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) must be aware that as of Aug. 20, 2020, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) has made changes to how cannabis anti-doping rules are applied for student-athletes who compete only in U SPORTS or Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) events.

While cannabis remains a substance that is prohibited in competition under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List, for these athletes only, the CCES will not analyze samples for cannabinoids. Accordingly, these athletes will not receive an adverse analytical finding – AAF, or positive test – for cannabis. For more information, click here for the full CCES release. 

For information on Cannabis in Sport visit:

CCES Cannabis in Sport toolkit

U SPORTS Central

This is a major U SPORTS initiative that will allow our organization to better understand our student-athletes and be better informed when making decisions that affect them. U SPORTS Central will eventually streamline processes relating to athletic and academic awards, student-athlete and member communications, letters of intent, international programs, Athletic Financial Awards, CCES anti-doping education, and more. The site will be used to gather information and improve U SPORTS’ understanding of its current student-athletes and to track and monitor the football recruiting process for prospective U SPORTS student-athletes.


U SPORTS Letter of Intent Program and Registry

The Letter of Intent (LOI) is a national initiative that is designed to reduce and limit the recruiting pressures on prospective student-athletes, to educate prospective student-athletes on the most applicable U SPORTS regulations, and to assist coaches in their recruiting efforts.

The Letter of Intent should not be confused with a letter of admission from a university, as the Letter of Intent is related only to a prospect’s expressed intention to participate at a specific university in U SPORTS. It should also be noted that a prospect does not need to sign a Letter of Intent if they wish to play a U SPORTS-sanctioned sport. The Letter of Intent is a voluntary system that a prospect can choose to enter into and that is respected by all U SPORTS member schools.

Frequently Asked Questions for the Letter of Intent: (PDF)

To review the full text of the rules and forms regarding Eligibility click here.

LOI Registry

Part of the Letter of Intent program is the Letter of Intent Registry, which lists the name, school, and sport of all prospective student-athletes who have signed a Letter of Intent. Although the Registry is primarily a reference for university coaches and administrators to review prior to recruiting a prospective student-athlete, it also serves as a reference to other prospects, parents, and fans of university sport.

Click here for more information.