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Women's Sport School Special Offer

Tuesday, February, 16, 2016

February 16 to March 16, 2016 is "Refer-a-Friend" special month for the 2016 OFSAA Women’s Sport School conference!

  • If you refer a friend who registers for the 2016 Women's Sport School, you will receive a 10% discount off of your registration!
  • If you have been referred by a friend, they will receive a 10% discount off of their registration.

 

**Please note that both parties must have fully registered (registration and payment) within the time allotted for the special.**

 

The 2016 OFSAA Women’s Sport School will be held May 12 & 13, 2016 at Durham College in Oshawa. The 2016 Women’s Sport School will include many exciting sessions on a variety of topics related to physical education including, Mentoring programs, Battling ropes, How to engage your students, KIN Ball, Yoga and Mindfulness, Coaching in Ontario Schools Certification and much more!

 

THIS IS A GREAT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW AND EXPERIENCED FEMALE PHYSICAL EDUCATORS!!

 

For more information & to register visit: http://www.ofsaa.on.ca/events/conferences/womens-sport-school

 

Please contact Lexy Fogel with any questions at lex@ofsaa.on.ca or at 416-426-7436.

Scoreboard Man/ NEVCO announced as official shot clock of OFSAA

Tuesday, February, 9, 2016

When OFSAA’s representative council elected to transition high school basketball in Ontario to the International (FIBA) system at our AGM in 2015, the most significant change was the incorporation of the 35-second shot clock.

Through intensive research on the feasibility of installation, maintenance, mass availability, and electrical safety, OFSAA was careful with the selection of NEVCO and Scoreboard Man as our official clock.

NEVCO is the oldest and largest privately held scoreboard and display manufacturer in the industry.  Based in Barrie, they installed their first scoreboard in 1934. Paul Leskew and his team at the Scoreboard Man have been in business since 1971, are based in Orillia, and are the NEVCO representatives for Ontario.

Shot clocks will be lent to OFSAA for our Girls’ and Boys’ tournaments (A, AA, AAA) and schools hoping to simulate OFSAA conditions during league play can elect to purchase shot clocks of their own.

OFSAA, NEVCO, and Scoreboard Man have teamed up to provide safe and reliable options for purchase and installation of shot clocks.  We are happy to have partners that believe in the vision of OFSAA and support athletic programming in our high schools.  

For further information please download this PowerPoint prepared by Paul Leskew at Scoreboard Man

Please also download and refer to this document for What To Consider When You're Considering Shot Clocks, and make use of this Checklist and you'll be shot clock ready in no time!

 

OUA Raise Athletic Scholarships

Wednesday, January, 20, 2016

Athletic scholarships offered by the Ontario Universities, also known as Athletic Financial Awards (AFAs), are available for entering student-athletes with an average of at least 80%.

The maximum amount a university is allowed to give a student-athlete has been increased from $4000 to $4500 annually, but the actual amount is up to the discretion of the individual university.

Non-entering student-athletes can receive AFAs up to $4,500 annually provided they attained 70% on all registered course work. Full information from the OUA on athletic scholarships can be found by clicking the linked image below.


In addition to athletic scholarships there are many academic scholarships that student-athletes should be aware of. See OFSAA's list of Scholarships and Awards.

Team Spirit

Tuesday, January, 12, 2016
Adolescents who play team sports are less likely to experience mental illness later in life, study finds

Article from uToronto magazine by Brent Ledger

Regular participation in school sports during adolescence can improve mental health even years later, according to a new study from Prof. Catherine Sabiston of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Exercise has long been known to improve mood and mental clarity. Some research has indicated it could be as effective as medication for certain kinds of depression. But the new study is the first to suggest that the psychological benefits of school sports might be permanent and long-term.

Using data from a large, long-term study of Montreal high school students, Sabiston and colleagues noted students’ participation in such common school sports as basketball, soccer, and track and field (not, however, during phys-ed class or outside of school). Three years later, they assessed the students for symptoms of depression, perceived stress and self-reported mental health. On these measures, students who consistently participated in school sports were significantly better off than those who did not. And the protective effect persisted, even if the students didn’t continue to be active or play sports. “It’s not about the current levels of physical activity,” says Sabiston. “It comes back to what they got from that experience during adolescence. This is what is really impactful for mental health.”

Mental health problems often originate in adolescence and continue into adulthood so it’s important to identify strategies to slow or block their development, says Sabiston.

In a related study of team versus individual sports, Sabiston and colleagues found that only team participation provided protection against depressive symptoms. The reasons for this aren’t clear, although Sabiston suggests that team sports provide feelings of connection, moral development and a bond with an adult who is not your parent. All of which “we are seeing emerge in the literature as protective factors for mental health problems.”


Get Your Copy of OFSAA's Winter 2016 Bulletin

Tuesday, January, 12, 2016

OFSAA's Bulletin magazine is sent to schools across Ontario three times a year. Click the cover image below to download your own PDF version of the Winter 2016 Bulletin.

In this edition

  • Recaps of OFSAA Fall 2015 Championships and Festivals
  • 2015-16 Championship Calendar
  • Coaching courses available
  • Scholarships for student-athletes
  • OFSAA 2016 Women's Sport School conference news
  • Contests and promotions with OFSAA's sponsors
  • Coaching tips, sports stories, and more!

OHF Bursary Available

Monday, January, 11, 2016
OHF Bursary Program

Since its establishment in 1996, the OHF Bursary Program has distributed more than $300,000 to over 300 post-secondary students across Ontario. The program was established to provide financial assistance to registered participants including players, coaches, trainers, and officials to help offset the cost of post-secondary education.  Each year, the OHF awards bursaries to outstanding young people who display an incredible amount of commitment both at the arena and in the classroom. The bursary recipients are determined on the basis of hockey involvement, community involvement and academic achievements.

This year, the OHF Bursary Program will provide $29,000 in financial assistance; all students who are enrolled or plan to enrol in a Canadian post-secondary institution and who are members of the OHF are eligible to receive bursary funds. OHF members include those participating in the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario (ALLIANCE), Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA), Ontario Hockey Association (OHA), Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA), and Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA).

Please find eligibility requirements, and required documentation in the form attached below.

How to Apply

 

  1. Complete application form
  2. Submit all required documentation (all documents must be one-sided, unstapled, unbound and placed in order listed above) no later than 4:30pm on April 29th, 2016.
  3. Applications should be sent to the OHF Office:

 

OHF Bursary Committee
400 Sheldon Drive, Unit 9
Cambridge, Ontario
N1T 2H9


OFSAA Football Bowls Results 2015

Sunday, December, 20, 2015

OFSAA Football rumbled through Hamilton for the 2015 Bowl Games series with a newly formatted schedule fit for a newly minted stadium at Tim Horton's Field.

At a press conference announcing the Bowl Series, representatives from OFSAA, the City of Hamilton, McMaster University, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats spoke to the values of high school sports while members of the CFL, Fox 40 and radio and television news media attended.

Starting 2015 OFSAA has brought back the Bowl Game names; Metro Bowl, National Capital Bowl, Weatern Bowl, Northern Bowl and Golden Horseshoe Bowl. In addition to the return of these traditional Bowl Game names played since 2000, OFSAA has named its other four Bowl Games. In 2013 OFSAA Football Bowls expanded from 10 to 18 teams and from one day to three days to incorporate representatives from each region of OFSAA's athletic associations. The new bowls will be called; Eastern Bowl, Independant Bowl, Simcoe Bowl, and Central Bowl.

Two associations' teams represent each Bowl Game region. For example the Metro Bowl has TDSSAA and TDCAA teams. Each year the two teams will rotate for their chance to capture and defend their own association title. Their challenger is drawn at random. The other team not chosen to defend the title of their own Bowl game will have the opportunity to play against another association at random to capture their title. Kind of like "Capture the Flag."

RESULTS

Eastern Bowl

Paul Dwyer CHS (LOSSA) 35 vs St. Joan of Arc (GBSSA) 7 : game summary Active

Golden Horseshoe Bowl

 Chaminade (TDCAA) 8 vs Thomas More (GHAC) 49 : game summary Active

Independent Bowl

Cardinal Newman (GHAC) 14 vs A.N. Myer (SOSSA) 16 : game summary Active

 


Simcoe Bowl

Superior Heights (NOSSA) 0 vs Huron Heights (YRAA) 48: game summary Active

Western Bowl

St. Peters HS (NCSSAA) 7 vs Catholic Central (WOSSAA) 40 : game summary Active

Metro Bowl

Resurrection (CWOSSA) 31 vs Etobicoke CI (TDSSAA) 8 : game summary Active

 


Northern Bowl

Westdale (SOSSA) 26 vs St. Ignatius HS (NWOSSAA) 17 : game summary Active

National Capital Bowl

W. F. Herman (SWOSSAA)  56 vs Frontenac (EOSSAA) 3 : game summary Active

Central Bowl

Adam Scott (COSSA)  7 vs St. Roch (ROPSSAA) 20 : game summary Active

 

 

See more photos on the OFSAA Facebook page

QUOTES FROM THE PRESS CONFERENCE

"I'm really excited to have this here finally and see the looks on the kids faces when they see the stadium." - Ward Dilse, City of Hamilton Sports & Entertainment Facilities

"On behalf of the city council and mayor I'm excited to make this announcement. The city's spirit in supporting sports will be clear." - Matthew Green, City Councillor (Ward 3)

"For high school students it's very special and something they won't forget and we want to give them this life experience for education through school sport. We love this facility and excited to use it." - Peter Morris, OFSAA Football Coordinator

"It's a great opportunity for these kids to have this experience and also showcase what they can do on the next level" - Jon Behie, McMaster Assiatant Coach

"It reminds me of my best friends, the guys I played football with in high school and its efforts like these that OFSAA puts on to provide these experiences that these young guys will remember forever" - Brian Bulcke, Hamilton Tiger-Cats Defensive Lineman

 

For further information please refer to the OFSAA Football website for information as it becomes available or contact;

Devin Gray
OFSAA Communications Coordinator
416-426-7437
devin@ofsaa.on.ca 

OFSAA Keeping Football Safe Contest Winners

Saturday, December, 12, 2015

OFSAA, in partnership with Spalding Canada, is excited to announce the winners of our Keeping Football Safe contest! Congratulations:

  • West Ferris Intermediate SS (North Bay) and Head Coach Mark Robertson
  • Kitchener-Waterloo C&VS (Kitchener) and Head Coach Kevin Horn

Thank you to all who applied and completed the courses to keep football safe on the fields at our schools!

WHAT’S THE PRIZE?
2 Prizes of $3,500 of in-kind product from Spalding/Russell Athletic to support high school football programs (football, uniforms, football pads, etc.).  Each school will select what product they believe is needed most!  

HOW IT WORKS
Any school who successfully completes (or has already completed) all the identified best practices as indicated below and submits the completed entry form, which can be downloaded by clicking this link, will be entered into a draw to win one of the two (2) prizes.  Limited to one (1) entry per school. Past prize winners are not eligible.

 

REQUIREMENTS/BEST PRACTICES
All of the following must be completed in order to be eligible for the contest. 

The purpose of the contest is to reward and encourage best practices when it comes to high school football safety. 

1)    All football team coaches must have completed a concussion awareness course/workshop within the past 3 years.  These may include but are not limited to the following:

-        Making Headway in Sport (Generic or Football specific) (NCCP course offered online at www.coach.ca, free for a limited time)

-        Concussion in Sport- What you need to know (NFHS course offered free at www.schoolcoach.ca) 

-        Concussion Management Workshop (taken at a conference, school board, etc.)                                                                                                                                      

2)    One (1) coach must have completed the NCCP Football Introduction to Competition (position coach trained) course. Information can be found at http://ontariofootball.ca/page.php?page_id=59443

3)    The team must complete a minimum of one (1) practice (within the current season) specifically focused on safe contact/tackling.  All team athletes must have participated in the safe contact/safe tackling practice/clinic.

DEADLINE

All requirements must have been completed and applications received in the OFSAA Office no later than December 7, 2015.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS

The draw will take place during the OFSAA Representative Council in November, 2015 with a public announcement made at the OFSAA Football Bowls in December, 2015.

 

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