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Field Hockey Results 2016

Wednesday, November, 9, 2016
Medal Standings:

Gold Medal: Bluevale Collegiate Institute

Silver Medal: Resurrection CSS

Bronze Medal: Dr Frank J Hayden

Antique Bronze Medal: St John's Kilmarnock


Championship Results:

Gold Medal Game 12:30PM RIM 1 Resurrection CSS (1) - Bluevale CI (1)* win on penalty strokes

Bronze Medal Game 12:30PM RIM 2 Frank J Hayden (3) - St John's Kilmarnock (0)

Semifinal 9:30AM RIM 1 Resurrection CSS (1) - St John's Kilmarnock (0)

Semifinal 9:30AM RIM 2 Bluevale (2) - Frank J Hayden (0)

Quarterfinal 2:30PM Woodside 1 Bluevale (4) - Goderich (3)

Quarterfinal 2:30PM Woodside 2 Pickering HS (1) - St John's Kilmarnock (2) 

Quarterfinal 1:00PM Woodside 1 Resurrection CSS (4) - Holy Cross (0)

Quarterfinal 1:00PM Woodside 2 Frank J Hayden (3) - Nepean (2)

Results: Details

Requests for OFSAA sanctioned events now online

Thursday, November, 3, 2016

Schools who wish to host an OFSAA-sanctioned event or attend an invitational event outside of Ontario must complete the appropriate forms, now available online through OFSAA's webforms setup.

The two forms can be found here - http://www.ofsaa.on.ca/events/sanctioned-events

Please also speak with OFSAA Special Projects Coordinator Diana Ranken (diana@ofsaa.on.ca) for details.

Why obtain OFSAA sanction when hosting an invitational event?

  • Some schools are only allowed to attend sanctioned events
  • School athletes compete against school athletes
  • All students are OFSAA-eligible, so it is a fair playing field
  • Teacher supervision regulations are in place
  • The event is conducted with OFSAA regulations as a guideline for competition

Why attend sanctioned events?

  • All schools participating are member schools in good standing of their provincial/state association
  • All students meet the eligibility requirements of their home province/state
  • Event will be conducted using host association regulations as a guideline or as the official rules
  • There is teacher involvement in the convening of the event

OFSAA in the Media

Thursday, November, 3, 2016

We have a number of exceptional partners at media outlets across Ontario who do an excellent job covering regional meets, association qualifiers and OFSAA Championships.

If you follow us on Twitter (@OFSAA) we regularily tweet out some of the best stories, but if you want to find them all check out the PRESS section of our website.

Please enjoy the stories of amazing student-athletes and teacher-coaches from across the province and if you have a story to share let us know on social media!

Here are some of the latest OFSAA stories. Click the link above to see the latest in the Press section.

23 - http://www.recorder.ca/2016/11/23/rideau-lions-double-down-at-ofsaa-this-week-2


22 - http://www.wallaceburgcourierpress.com/2016/11/22/tartans-seeded-second-at-ofsaa






20 - http://www.therecord.com/sports-story/6977258-brantford-s-eagles-heading-to-ofsaa-hoops-championship/



19 - http://www.recorder.ca/2016/11/19/putting-it-all-on-the-line



18 - http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2016/11/18/golden-hawks-off-to-17th-straight-ofsaa







OFSAA Golf Results 2016

Tuesday, October, 11, 2016

OFSAA Boys' Golf Championship

October 12-13, Port Elgin

view full results leaderboard here

story on winners from Peterborough Examiner


GOLD - Luke Gavin, St. Peter CSS - 142 (-2)

SILVER - Peyton Callens, Holy Trinity CHS - 146p (+2)

BRONZE - Brendan Dunphy, Sinclair SS - 146 (+2)



GOLD - St. Peter CSS, COSSA - 449 (+17)

SILVER - Sinclair SS, LOSSA - 461 (+29)

BRONZE - St. Mary CSS, COSSA - 469 (+37)


OFSAA Girls' Golf Festival

October 12-13, Windsor

results and recap from the Windsor Star


GOLD - Jasmine Ly, Holy Names - 141

SILVER - Hailey Katona, Centennial - 145

BRONZE - Emily Ward, A.N. Myer - 151p



GOLD -  Rachel Bauer, Holy Trinity - 178   

SILVER - Sophia Fallea, St. Thomas of Villanova - 179   

BRONZE - Victoria Gates, Huron Heights - 180  





** ED note: p= playoff

OFSAA Football Bowl 2016 Matchups

Friday, September, 30, 2016

A draw today has determined the matchups for the 2016 OFSAA Football Bowl series to be held Nov 28-30 at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton.

The OFSAA Football Bowl Games series' new Festival format debuted last season. Associations take turns defending their regional title so in 2016 the teams that were not drawn to play for their own bowl last year will have the chance to do so. The remaining nine associations who hosted games last year were drawn to determine their pairing.

Bowl Games
Western Bowl – SWOSSAA/ WOSSAA
Golden Horseshoe Bowl – GHAC/ SOSSA
Metro Bowl – TDCAA/ TDSSAA
Central Bowl – CWOSSA/ ROPSSAA
Simcoe Bowl – GBSSA/ YRAA
National Capital Bowl – NCSSAA/ EOSSAA
Northern Bowl – NOSSA/ NWOSSAA
Eastern Bowl – LOSSA/ COSSA
Independent Bowl – CISAA/ 2nd Entry

so for 2016 the matchups ARE...

Monday November 28

Game # 1 @ 10:00 - Eastern Bowl - LOSSA vs GHAC #2

Game # 2 @ 1:00 - Metro Bowl - TDCAA vs NCSSAA

Game # 3 @ 4:00 - National Capital Bowl - EOSSAA vs COSSA

Tuesday November 29

Game # 1 @ 10:00 - Golden Horseshoe Bowl - GHAC #1 vs ROPSSAA

Game # 2 @ 1:00 - Simcoe Bowl - GBSSA vs NWOSSAA

Game # 3 @ 4:00 - Independent Bowl - SOSSA (West) vs WOSSAA

Wednesday November 30

Game # 1 @ 10:00 - Central Bowl - CWOSSA vs SOSSA (East)

Game # 2 @ 1:00 - Northern Bowl - TDSSAA vs NOSSA

Game # 3 @ 4:00 - Western Bowl - SWOSSAA vs YRAA

CIAAA Conference Coming to Ontario

Wednesday, September, 28, 2016

April 20-22, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto

OFSAA is pleased to be partnering with the Canadian Athletic Administrators Association (CIAAA) to hold, for the first time ever in Ontario, the CIAAA Athletic Directors and School Coaching Conference! This conference is a great professional development opportunity for new, experienced and aspiring athletic directors, and teacher-coaches.

The conference will feature 10 Leadership Training Program courses (including two new courses offered for the first time in Canada), 10 Athletic Director workshops, 10 coaching workshops, a keynote address, conference luncheon, vendor trade show and several social functions. CLICK HERE to access a Save-the-Date containing all of the basic information.

Conference registration fees include all scheduled activities and functions, except for the Leadership Training Program courses, which have additional fees. Price is $250 before Feb. 28 and $350 before final deadline of April 13, 2017.

Registration opens October 1st at CIAAA.ca (1-888-618-4530). 

For the full brochure with all of the information you need CLICK HERE

Teachers Honoured for Coaches Week

Tuesday, September, 20, 2016

The second annual National Coaches Week officially kicked off here in Ontario this past Saturday, September 17th 2016, as eleven outstanding coaches from across Ontario were recognized and celebrated at the 2016 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards.

Athletes, fans and family members eagerly lined up to see their favourite coach walk the red carpet at the sold out screening of the 2016 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards, hosted by CBC Sports Brenda Irving. As they watched their coaching story unfold on the big screen, one by one the coaches gave a heart-felt acceptance speech, thanking their families for the support to pursue their passion. View photos from the event HERE.

For ten years, the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards Program has been celebrating the dedication and commitment of exemplary individuals who inspire, innovate and share knowledge of sport with others. The Awards recognize the importance of leadership, performance and the value of human insight which are all integral to great coaching. Two teacher-coaches are selected with the help of OFSAA to recognize the outstanding contributions of coaches in our schools. Congratulations to Ken McDonald and Jo-Anne Dexter!

The event also marks the start of National Coaches Week (September 17-25), a week-long celebration of the tremendous positive impact coaches have on this nations’ athletes and communities. The week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying #ThanksCoach. The evening was highlighted by the City of Toronto sign and CN Tower lighting up in red, yellow and blue in support of Ontario’s and Canada’s coaches for National Coaches Week.


How physical exercise makes your brain work better

Monday, September, 5, 2016

As OFSAA's 2015-16 season runs to the finish line and summer looms on the horizon, we encourage you to spend #Summer16 staying active and living healthy.

As proud proponents of Education Through School Sport we believe in the power of athletics to develop students' character both on the field and in the classroom.

The following excerpted article by neuroscientist Ben Martynoga the The Guardian puts research and facts behind the OFSAA philosophy:

"The brain is often described as being “like a muscle”. It’s a comparison that props up the brain training industry and keeps school children hunched over desks. We judge literacy and numeracy exercises as more beneficial for your brain than running, playing and learning on the move.

But the brain-as-muscle analogy doesn’t quite work. To build up your biceps you can’t avoid flexing them. When it comes to your brain, an oblique approach can be surprisingly effective. In particular, working your body’s muscles can actually benefit your grey matter.

Scientists are showing that the runner’s high and the yogi’s tranquility have profound effects on your brain. Moreover, specific physical activities can markedly alter its structure in precise ways.

A wave of studies exploring the unexpected links between mental and bodily fitness is emerging from labs. This research might give you the impetus to get more active. It can also help you choose the best ways to prepare physically for mental challenges such as exams, interviews and creative projects.

Boost your memory

The part of the brain that responds strongly to aerobic exercise is the hippocampus. Well-controlled experiments in childrenadults and the elderlyshow that this brain structure grows as people get fitter. Since the hippocampus is at the core of the brain’s learning and memory systems, this finding partly explains the memory-boosting effects of improved cardiovascular fitness.

As well as slowly improving your memory hardware, exercise can have a more immediate impact on memory formation. German researchers showed thatwalking or cycling during, but not before, learning helped new foreign language vocabulary to stick. So exercise while you revise. Don’t push it too hard, though: vigorous workouts can raise your stress levels, which can scupper your memory circuits.

Improve your concentration

Besides making memories stickier, exercise can help you focus and stay on task. The best scientific evidence comes from testing school children, but the same most likely applies to us all. Interspersing lessons with 20-minute bouts of aerobics-style exercise improved the attention spans of Dutch school pupils. Meanwhile, a large randomised controlled trial in the US looked at the effects of daily after-school sports classes over a school year. The children, of course, got fitter. Less predictably, their executive control improved. They became more adept at ignoring distractions, multitasking, and holding and manipulating information in their minds.

And if that all sounds like hard work, you may not have to get out of breath to reap the attention-honing effects of exercise. Just 10 minutes of playful coordination skills, like bouncing two balls at the same time, improved the attention of a large group of German teenagers.

Improve your mental health

Love it or hate it, bouts of physical activity can have potent effects on your mood. The runner’s high – that feeling of elation that follows intense exercise – is real.Even mice get it. It may not be due to an “endorphin rush”, though. Levels of the body’s homemade opiate do rise in the bloodstream, but it’s not clear how much endorphin actually gets into the brain.

What about yoga? Does it really help with stress? When anxiety levels rise, you tense up, your heart races and your attention narrows to a slit. This shift to “fight or flight” mode is automatic, but that doesn’t mean it’s wholly out of your control. Yoga teaches the deliberate command of movement and breathing, with the aim of turning on the body’s“relaxation response”. Science increasingly backs this claim. For example, a 2010 study put participants through eight weeks of daily yoga and meditation practice. In parallel with self-reported stress-reduction, brain scans showed shrinkage of part of their amygdala, a deep-brain structure strongly implicated in processing stress, fear and anxiety.

Exercise is also emerging as a promising way to overcome depression. A 2013 meta-analysis cautiously reported that exercise – both aerobic and resistance – was “moderately effective” in treating depressive symptoms. Strikingly, exercise seemed as effective as antidepressant drugs and psychological treatments. The study’s authors identified it as an area crying out for more rigorous investigation.

Enhance your creativity

Thoreau, Nietzsche and many other creative types have claimed that walking gives wings to the imagination. Last year, psychologists gave this empirical support. Walking, either on a treadmill or around Stanford’s leafy campus, bolstered divergent thinking: the free-roaming, idea-generating component of creative thought. It didn’t help convergent thinking, though. So if you’re struggling to home in on a single solution, an idle stroll may not be what you need.

Slowing cognitive decline

The evidence that staying physically fit keeps your brain healthy into old age is especially compelling. Most concrete is the link between aerobic fitness and cognitive preservation. Workouts needn’t be extreme either: 30-45 minutes of brisk walking, three times a week, can help fend off the mental wear and tear anddelay the onset of dementia. It pays to get used to regular exercise early, though.The protective effects are clearest before the cognitive signs of old age kick in.

Nor is it all about your heart and lungs. Exercises to improve balance, coordination and agility made a clear impact on the brain structure and cognitive function of a large group of German elderly people. Twice weekly sessions ofweightlifting can have a visible neurological impact. Dancing may also be restorative for ageing brains. Just an hour of dance a week, for six months, did little for elderly participants’ aerobic capacity, but the physical and social stimulation bolstered their cognitive wellbeing.

Researchers are still teasing out the critical factors that make exercise such a potent brain tonic. Prime suspects include increased blood flow to the brain, surges of growth hormones and expansion of the brain’s network of blood vessels. It’s also possible that exercise stimulates the birth of new neurons. Until recently, few believed this could happen in adult human brains.

Don’t sit still

The cognitive spillover from exercise reminds us that our brains don’t operate in isolation. What you do with your body impinges on your mental faculties. Sitting still all day, every day, is dangerous. So don’t dither about what form of exercise you do. Find something you enjoy, then get up and do it."

2016-17 Transfer Appeal Meeting Dates

Tuesday, August, 23, 2016

To appeal an association decision, please call the OFSAA office and give the name of the student and school, as well as the name of the principal. Please see the deadline dates posted below.

A letter will be sent to the student c/o the principal, stating the date, time, and location of the appeal hearing. The letter will outline what information the student must provide prior to the meeting date.

Meeting Date

Deadline for Applications

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


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