An update has been made to the Recruiting Moratorium - which includes all in-person recruiting visits as well as the scheduling and rescheduling of any future in-person recruiting; no travel arrangements can be made with prospective student-athletes during the moratorium.
An exception to the Recruiting Moratorium will be when a prospective student-athlete is attending a campus tour through the admissions department (or equivalent). So long as the institution and local health authority allows it, athletic department Institutional Representatives (coaches, etc.) are permitted to meet in person on-campus in an unofficial recruiting visit capacity. No costs, in whole or in part, may be covered by the athletic department.
Recruitment by non-in-person mediums are permitted to continue during this blackout.
Any U SPORTS student-athlete who receives an Athletic Financial Award (which requires being listed on the Eligibility Certificate) during the 2020-2021 academic year is subject to a transfer restriction (sit-out) until the conclusion of the regular season of the sport in question’s 2021-2022 athletic season.
Student-athletes who return (or otherwise have the payment of their AFA reversed, as considered by the financial aid, or equivalent, office) their AFA by 11:59 PM (local) on May 15, 2021, are NOT subject to that bridge transfer policy. Accordingly, those who return their AFA prior to that deadline would be permitted to transfer unencumbered. The Transfer Verification Form will be updated on the U SPORTS website in order to account for this question.
- Student-Athlete A accepts an AFA for the 2020-2021 academic year. Regardless of their participation, they’re required to sit out the entirety of the 2021-2022 season should they chose to transfer.
- Student-Athlete B does not accept an AFA for the 2020-2021 academic year, and is free to transfer for the 2021-2022 season. They are eligible immediately.
- Student-Athlete C accepts an AFA, but graduates. Student-Athlete C then goes on to a Master’s program at another institution. This student-athlete is eligible immediately, because they’re accessing the Master’s exemption.
Student-athlete D received $4,000 AFA from University A. Prior to May 15, 2021, they re-pay their AFA in full. This student-athlete is immediately eligible to be listed on an Eligibility Certificate at a new U SPORTS institution in 2021-2022 (pending all other U SPORTS eligibility regulations).
Student-athlete E received $4,000 from University B. Prior to May 15, 2021 they meet with their Financial Aid office and request to have their AFA reversed. The student-athlete now has a balance owing of $1,000 on their account. They re-pay it three weeks into the Summer Semester so that their transcripts can be released. This student-athlete is immediately eligible to be listed on an Eligibility Certificate at a new U SPORTS institution in 2021-2022 (pending all other U SPORTS eligibility regulations). This is because the return of the AFA was completed prior to May 15, 2021.
Student-athlete F received an AFA of $4,000 from University C. On August 1st, 2021, during the Summer Semester, the student-athlete meets with the Financial Aid office and repays their AFA. This student-athlete is subject to the Bridge Transfer Policy and its sit-out period, as they did not meet the deadline to return their AFA
- Student-Athletes listed on a 2019-2020 Official Eligibility Certificate; or,
- Confirmed Recruits with an Officially Registered Letter of Intent (LOI) on U SPORTS Central for 2020-21.
- A student-athlete who was listed on an Eligibility Certificate in 2019-2020 and is returning back to that same institution for the Winter 2021 semester; or,
- A Confirmed Recruit who has signed an official U SPORTS Letter of Intent (LOI) or accepted an offer of admission for the 2020-2021 academic year and is entering into that U SPORTS institution for the Winter 2021 semester.
On June 8, 2020, U SPORTS announced a series of decisions pertaining to sports scholarships (officially known as Athletic Financial Awards or AFAs) and eligibility for the 2020-2021 year including:
- Clarification on qualification for AFAs for returning students taking into consideration pass-fail grades assigned to students in the winter 2020 semester;
- Modifications to the Academic All-Canadian criteria to accommodate pass-fail grades;
- Permitted AFAs to be awarded in the event that 2020-2021 U SPORTS championships are cancelled;
- That there will be no consumption of eligibility in the event that the 2020-2021 U SPORTS championships are not offered;
- The maintaining of all current regulations for eligibility and AFAs for first time entry and transfer students from other jurisdictions;
- The maintaining of Academic Standing regulations for the 2019-2020 academic year
Any questions that student-athletes have pertaining to eligibility and AFAs should be addressed to their university athletic departments.
U SPORTS is beginning its consultation process with member universities and stakeholders to review its football eligibility policies.
“After discussions with our membership, we have determined that it’s an appropriate time to explore ways to improve the current safety and participation policies in football with an anticipated completion date of February 2021,” said Dick White, U SPORTS’ Interim Chief Executive Officer. “Although there are many negative impacts of the COVID pandemic, there are also opportunities to make some changes.”
As a result of the timeframe required to conduct the review, U SPORTS will provide a one-time exception to Policy 126.96.36.199.1.1, thereby permitting all currently eligible student-athletes to participate in the 2021 football season, even if they exceed the current policy before the start of the 2021 campaign.