Transfer & Non-Post Secondary Participation Information

Transfer Information

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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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 

  1. 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).

  2. 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

  3. 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

Non-Post-Secondary Participation Information

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Effective for the 2021-22 Academic Year, Policy will read as follows:

Participation in any other club tackle football league inside or outside of Canada or the United States, subsequent to August 15 of the year an athlete turns 20, is subject to the charging of eligibility.

The policy will apply to student-athletes who were listed on a 2019-20 or 2020-21 Eligibility Certificate, as well as student-athletes entering into U SPORTS for the first time in the upcoming 2021-22 season - which will allow for current and future student-athletes to be transitioned into the updated Participation-based concept.


Relief will be given to U SPORTS Policy and during the 2020-2021 academic year, allowing U SPORTS student-athletes to concurrently participation in amateur ice hockey outside of U SPORTS after January 10, 2021.
More work is being done with respect to the professional league policy, and should a decision be made that impacts the professional league policies, a follow-up email will be sent to the membership.


Current Policy:  - Participation in a regular season or playoff or cup competition in any other league outside of Canada or the United States is subject to the charging of eligibility.
Exemption: An athlete who has participated in any of the leagues prior to August 16 of the year that athlete turns 20 shall be exempt from the application of this rule.
Supported Recommendation: The following student-athletes are exempt from U SPORTS Policy for the 2020-2021 Academic Year:
  1. Student-Athletes listed on a 2019-2020 Official Eligibility Certificate; or,
  2. Confirmed Recruits with an Officially Registered Letter of Intent (LOI) on U SPORTS Central for 2020-21.


Current Policy:  - Within Men’s Volleyball, a student-athlete may not train or compete for the Senior Men’s National Team (of Canada or otherwise) and a U SPORTS institution within the time period of September 1 of one calendar year and March 31 of the subsequent calendar year.
Supported Recommendation: If invited by Volleyball Canada to train with the National Team program during the Fall 2020 semester, men’s volleyball student-athletes who meet the following criteria would be exempt from U SPORTS Policy for the 2020-2021 academic year:
  1. 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,
  2. 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.