Eligibility

CIS Athlete Eligibility

What are the academic requirements for students entering directly from a high school, CEGEP, or CCAA school?
· a minimum 60% average or equivalent on those courses used to determine your university admission.
· specific to CEGEP or CCAA, you must also have maintained your respective academic eligibility in the QSSF or CCAA.

What are the academic requirements to remain eligible?
Canadian Interuniversity Sport student-athletes must:
· be enrolled in a minimum of 3 courses (minimum 9 credit hours or equivalent) in the term in which they are competing.
· successfully complete a minimum of 3 full courses, or 6 half courses (minimum 18 credit hours or equivalent) during the academic year.
· ALWAYS consult your athletic department prior to making any changes to your academic program or course load.

Are there any exceptions?
· exceptions are granted within certain academic programs and circumstances (please consult your Athletic Department).

How do I get charged with a year of eligibility?
· if your team does NOT have an exhibition schedule, you are charged with a year of eligibility when your name appears on the playing roster (or equivalent) of two or more regular season competitions; otherwise if your team DOES play in exhibition, you are charged a year for a single regular season competition with an exception in football and rugby (please consult your Athletic Department).
· for CIS exhibition and playoff competition, CEGEP participation, as well as National Team and Professional participation, please consult your Athletic Department.
· men's basketball and hockey have sport-specific regulations related to non-CIS participation which can result in the loss of eligibility; please consult your Athletic Department.
· within related jurisdictions, such as the CCAA or NCAA, you are charged with eligibility in accordance with that jurisdiction’s rules.

How many years of eligibility do I have?
· Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) allows you to compete for 5 years in CIS.  In the sport of football, those 5 years must be used within an 8 or 7-year period following the earlier of high school graduation or the completion of high school eligibility (for Quebec and non-Quebec high school graduates respectively).
· athletes who have completed their eligibility to participate in another post-secondary jurisdiction, such as the CCAA, are ineligible for CIS competition.
· athletes who have been charged with a year of eligibility or a season of competition in four separate academic years within a non-Canadian post-secondary jurisdiction, such as the NCAA, are ineligible for CIS competition.

Thinking About Transferring?

As a current CIS student-athlete, how soon can I play after transferring to another CIS school?
· one year must pass from your last participation in that sport, subject to all other rules.

Are there any exceptions?
· when either the sport you play or your academic program of study has been discontinued at your school, subject to all other rules.
· if you enroll in a graduate or first professional degree program at a school different from the one you attended the previous year, you may be able to participate immediately in CIS competition (please consult your Athletic Department).
· for academic years 2008-09, 2009-10, and 2010-11, and specific to the sports of swimming, track & field, and cross-country running, a student-athlete can transfer to a CIS institution from any degree granting post-secondary institution without restriction in an immediately subsequent academic year under certain conditions (please consult your Athletic Department).

What else should I know?
· if you contact another school’s coach or Athletic Department representative regarding a potential transfer, the Athletic Director of your present school will be notified.

What if I’m contacted by another coach?
· CIS coaches and Athletic Department representatives are not permitted to contact athletes already attending a CIS school.

As a CCAA student-athlete, how soon can I play after transferring to a CIS school?
· you can participate immediately in CIS competition, unless:
1) you have participated in any game(s) in that semester or term; or
2) you have not achieved a minimum 60% average or equivalent on those college courses utilized to determine your university admission; or
3) you have completed your CCAA eligibility; or
4) you have not maintained your academic eligibility in the CCAA.

As a NCAA or NAIA student-athlete, how soon can I play after transferring to a CIS school?
· subject to all other CIS rules including academic requirements, and provided you have not been charged with a year of eligibility in four separate academic years within the NCAA or NAIA, one year must pass from your last participation.