Revised 2020-21 sport formats approved by CW Board

    Canada West announced revised regular season sport formats for the upcoming 2020-21 season Monday, as the conference works to best position university sport for an eventual return to play.

    By Canada West Communications on May 11, 2020

    EDMONTON – Canada West announced revised regular season sport formats for the upcoming 2020-21 season Monday, as the conference works to best position university sport for an eventual return to play.

    The revised formats were approved by the CW Board of Directors, following more than a month of work by the CW Sport Committee and Board. The new formats will feature fewer games and less travel in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in significant disruptions to member finances.

    The revised formats will also allow for competition to occur in a condensed period of time should COVID-19 restrictions limit, but not eliminate the amount of time available to complete the 2020-21 season.

    Several key principles guided the Board's decision-making process, including:

    - Protecting the health and safety of all involved in university sport.
    - Providing CW members with conference formats that best ensure their short-term financial viability and long-term sustainability.
    - Ensuring that health authorities in all four provinces provide clearance before members resume any competition.

    A full breakdown of the new formats, which will be in place for a one-year period and revisited prior to the 2021-22 season, can be found below.

    Playoff formats, along with conference regular season schedules, will be released at a later date.

    Ultimately a determination on Canada West's 2020-21 season will be contingent on clearance from health authorities in all four Western provinces, member universities permitting sport competition, and the availability of venues suitable for Canada West competition.


    FALL SPORTS

    MEN'S FOOTBALL (6 teams)

    Regular season:
    5 games per team (1 game vs. each team)


    MEN'S SOCCER (13 teams)
    Regular season:
    10 games per team
    2 divisions
    Pacific Division (7 teams): 2 games vs. 4 teams + 1 additional game vs. 2 teams
    Prairie Division (6 teams): 2 games vs. 5 teams


    WOMEN'S SOCCER (16 teams)
    Regular season:

    10 games per team
    3 divisions
    B.C. Division (7 teams): 2 games vs. 4 teams + 1 additional game vs. 2 teams
    Alberta Division (5 teams): 3 games vs. 2 teams + 2 games vs. 2 teams
    Sask. / Manitoba Division (4 teams): 3 games vs. 2 teams + 4 games vs. 1 team


    WOMEN'S RUGBY 15s (5 teams)
    Regular season:
    4 games per team (1 game vs. each team)


    WOMEN'S FIELD HOCKEY (3 teams)
    Regular season:
    8 games per team (two double round-robin tournaments)

    FALL & WINTER SPORTS

    MEN'S & WOMEN'S HOCKEY (9 teams)
    Regular season:
    20 games per team (2 games vs. each team + additional games based on location)
    TWU vs. UBC an additional 4 games
    Alberta & MacEwan (Edmonton) + Calgary & Mount Royal (Calgary)
    2 additional games between members in same city
    1 additional game between each member in other city
    Saskatchewan, Regina, & Manitoba
    2 additional games vs. each other


    MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (17 teams)
    Regular season:
    16 games per team
    Three divisions
    B.C. Division (7 teams): 3 games vs. 4 teams + 2 additional games vs. 2 teams
    Alberta Division (5 teams): 4 games vs. 4 teams
    Sask. / Manitoba Division (5 teams): 4 games vs. 4 teams


    MEN'S & WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL (13 men's and 14 women's teams)
    16 games per team
    Three divisions
    B.C. Division: 5 teams
    Alberta Division: 4 teams
    Sask. / Manitoba Division: 4 teams (men's) & 5 teams (women's)
    Divisions of 5 play each other 4 times
    Divisions of 4 play each other 4 times + 4 additional in-division matches

    CHAMPIONSHIP SPORTS
    All CW championship sports will proceed during the 2020-21 season, with championships planned in: cross country, curling, golf, swimming, track & field, and wrestling.