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New Spalding Basketball for Championships

Friday, March, 1, 2013

Beginning in September 2013, all OFSAA Basketball Championships will be using the NEW Spalding TF-1000 LEGACY Basketball.  The LEGACY basketball replaces the TF-1000 ZK Pro.  Spalding is excited to announce the launch of its LEGACY basketball which was designed based on feedback it received for improvement of the ZK Pro.  Specifically, the LEGACY ball addresses concerns regarding ball slickness.  

The shell of the LEGACY basketball is foam infused which allows for better grip and improved moisture management.  The shell is also built into the bladder which prevents panels from peeling for greater durability.  The channel depth has also been adjusted to find a perfect balance for shooting and dribbling.     

The TF-1000 LEGACY is ready to play right out of the box with no need to “work it in” prior to competition! 

Contact your local retail to order the NEW Spalding TF-1000 LEGACY or contact Kevin Sookram at  Kevin.Sookram@fotlinc.com or 905-607-3865 ext 5414 for any questions you have regarding where you can purchase the new LEGACY basketball. 

Any questions regarding the use of the TF-1000 LEGACY at OFSAA competition can be directed to Michael Suraci at michael@ofsaa.on.ca or 416-426-7440.

OPHEA Opens Safety Guidelines to all Ontario Residents

Thursday, October, 18, 2012

The Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines 

The Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines (Safety Guidelines), available in English and French, represent the minimum standards for risk management practice for physical education, physical activities and sports within school boards. They outline safe practices for physical activities to minimize the risk of accidents or injuries. The Safety Guidelines are a valuable online resource for all school board staff, principals, teachers, coaches and parents in Ontario. 

Historically, the Safety Guidelines have been available on a subscription-only basis. In response to recent student fatalities and accidents associated with school-based sport, and to help ensure the safety of all students of Ontario, as of October 2012, Ophea has received funding from the Government of Ontario to open access to the Safety Guidelines. As a result, the Safety Guidelines website is no longer password-protected, and the Safety Guidelines are now available for all teachers, administrators, coaches, after school providers, public health workers and parents across Ontario to access, free-of-charge. 

To access the Safety Guidelines, please visit http://safety.ophea.net or contact safety@ophea.net 

The Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines have been developed, and continue to be maintained, in partnership with OSBIE, CIRA-ON, OFSAA and OASPHE . 

Les lignes directrices sur la sécurité en éducation physique de l'Ontario 

Les lignes directrices sur la sécurité en éducation physiques de l'Ontario (les lignes directrices), disponibles en anglais et en français, indiquent les normes minimales à intégrer à la politique de gestion des risques pour l'éducation physique, ainsi que pour les activités physiques et sportives offertes par les conseils scolaires. Elles décrivent les pratiques sécuritaires à respecter pour toute activité physique afin de minimiser le risque d'accident ou de blessure. Les lignes directrices constituent une ressource en ligne utile pour les conseils scolaires, les directions d’écoles, les enseignants et enseignantes, les entraîneurs et les parents. 

Jusqu'à présent, un abonnement était nécessaire pour accéder aux lignes directrices. En raison des accidents et des décès d'élèves récents liés aux sports scolaires, et afin d'assurer la meilleure protection possible pour tous les élèves de l'Ontario, Ophea peut, grâce au financement du gouvernement de l'Ontario, offrir libre accès aux lignes directrices sur la sécurité à partir du mois d'octobre 2012. Donc, le site Web des lignes directrices ne requiert plus de mot de passe, et les lignes directrices peuvent dorénavant être consultées par tous les enseignants, les administrateurs, les entraîneurs, les fournisseurs d'activités parascolaires, les professionnels du réseau de santé publique et les parents, partout en Ontario. 

Pour consulter les lignes directrices sur la sécurité, veuillez visiter le site http://safety.ophea.net/fr ou contacter securite@ophea.net 

Les lignes directrices sur la sécurité en éducation physique de l'Ontario ont été rédigées et sont révisées de façon continue en collaboration avec OSBIE, CIRA-ON, OFSAA et OASPHE. 

Baden Named as Official Volleyball of OFSAA through 2017

Tuesday, September, 4, 2012

OFSAA is pleased to announce the extension of our partnership with Baden as the official Volleyball of OFSAA through the 2016-17 school year. The Baden Perfection 15-0 (red/white/navy) will continue to be used at all OFSAA Volleyball Championships. 

Baden has been a strong supporter of high school volleyball in Ontario and has continued to work with OFSAA to provide value added services to schools and enhancement for the student OFSAA experience.      



Offer valid until October 31, 2012

Sports Day in Canada - September 29, 2012

Thursday, May, 24, 2012

Kick off the next school year by joining schools, organizations, and communities in celebrating the third annual Sports Day in Canada on September 29, 2012.

Sports Day in Canada is a national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance levels, in communities across the country. Presented by ParticipACTION, True Sport and CBC Sports, Sports Day in Canada is a great chance to celebrate sport and all the good things it can do for familities, communities, and our national pride!

In the week leading up to and including September 20, more than a thousand organizations, communities, and schools across Canada will host local events. CBC Sports will also air a special broadcast on September 29 to show the power of sport at work in the country.

Here's how you can celebrate:

Create a Sports Day in Canada event
  • Host an event that celebrates sport in your school between September 24 to 28, 2012. It could be a try-it day, a special assembly with athletes, a game, competition, walk, run, or tournament. All school events registered by June 30, 2012 will receive a FREE celebration kit with posters, tattoos and banners.
Register an event you're already doing
  • Register your Olympics Day, fall fair, or your school Terry Fox Run as a Sports Day in Canada event. All school events registered by June 30, 2012 will receive a FREE event celebration kit with posters, tattoos, and banners.
What's in it for your school?
  • All school events registered by June 30, 2012 will receive a FREE event celebration kit. The kits include event t-shirts, Sports Day tattoos, Sports Day banners and posters, plus some great new Sports Day in Canada noisemakers.
  • A Sports Day in Canada prize pack. Register by June 30, 2012 and you'll receive a prize pack to use however you like—as a reward or incentive for your student participants, or maybe as a contest prize.
  • Plus, all schools who register an official Sports Day in Canada event will be entered to win a $500 PRIZE to put towards physical activity equipment or programming at your school!

For more information, go to www.cbcsports.ca/sportsday or contact Megan Sutherland, Projects Lead for ParticipACTION at msutherland@participaction.com or (416) 644-0498.

CAAWS 2012 Stacey Levitt Women & Sport Scholarship

Tuesday, May, 22, 2012

CAAWS is still accepting applications for the 2012 Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Scholarship. The scholarship, valued at $2,500, is awarded annually to a young woman, a girls' team, or a sport organization that exemplify Stacey's ideals and qualities. The scholarship is distributed among five recipients, and each will receive $500.

High school, university and collegiate level women are encouraged to apply. Consideration will be given to the financial needs of the applicant. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2012. The 2012 Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Scholarship recipients will be announced in August 2012.

For more information, please visit http://www.caaws.ca/e/grants/levitt/.

Fun Times at the OFSAA Women's Sport School

Monday, May, 7, 2012

From Thursday to Friday, May 3 - 4, nearly 100 female high school teachers, coaches, and athletic directors attended the 2012 OFSAA Women’s Sport School conference at Brock University in St. Catharines.

Over the course of the two-day event, participants had the opportunity to attend teaching sessions led by experienced professionals. The sessions included Zumba, floorball, badminton, yoga, bullying and sensitive issues, low-organized games, TRX training, body weight foundations, battling ropes, mental health, basketball, volleyball, and many others. The interactive sessions united phys-ed teachers across the province and allowed participants to ask questions, network, and discover new/unconventional sports and teaching methods to pass on to their students.

During the conference, OFSAA hosted a tradeshow, which gave sponsors the opportunity to display and sell programs, products and services, while interacting with conference participants. There were a wide variety of booths to visit, as well as many prizes to be won.

Following the tradeshow, a social was held for all conference attendees, which had the ladies mingling, dancing and doing the limbo.

OFSAA would like to thank all organizers, presenters, participants, and tradeshow vendors for making the 2012 Women’s Sport School so much fun and such a great success!

Thank you also to our supporters: Investors Group, Coaching Association of Canada, Marchants School Sport, CAAWS, and Westmont Hospitality Group.

Keep checking our website for information on the 2013 co-ed Coaching Symposium.

Click here to view all the photos!

OFSAA Volunteer and Sponsor Recognized at Ontario Sport Awards

Thursday, April, 26, 2012

Congratulations to OFSAA teacher-coach Sue Thompson, as well as the Toronto Blue Jays, both nominated by OFSAA to receive Ontario Sport Awards, presented by the Sport Alliance of Ontario in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Sue Thompson from University of Toronto Schools was was the recipient of the Syl Apps Volunteer Achievement Award, given for her outstanding service to OFSAA and school sport. She has been a representative from the TDSSAA on the OFSAA Representatives Council for the past 12 years, and also served for the past five as the Metro regional representative on the OFSAA Executive Council. Sue is chair of the OFSAA Coaching Committee, and a master learning facilitator for the Coaching In Ontario Schools origram, which assists schools with the training of coaches.

Throughout her career, Sue has coached basketball, volleyball, soccer, cross country, track and field, and swimming.

The Toronto Blue Jays received the Corporate Citation Award for their service to OFSAA over the years. The Jays have supported high school baseball in Ontario by sponsoring the annual OFSAA Baseball Championship. They also award the Prentice Cup, which is given to the OFSAA champions and named after former Blue Jay scout Bob Prentice.

The Jays graciously donate the use of the Rogers Centre for the semi-finals and finals, and recognize the championship team by introducing them on the field prior to a Jays game.

Congratulations and thank you to both Sue and the Blue Jays!

Two OFSAA Teacher-Coaches Receive CAO Award

Tuesday, April, 17, 2012

Congratulations to Sheila Siermanchesky from Temiskaming District Secondary School in New Liskeard and Bruce Dyce from Port Credit Secondary School in Mississauga, recipients of the CAO's Coaching Excellence Awards in the School Sport Coach category.

The Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards celebrate the dedication and commitment of exemplary coaches who inspire, innovate and share knowledge of sport with others. They recognize the importance of leadership, performance, and the value of human insight; all integral to great coaching. The school sport coach recipients were selected by OFSAA based on their unique contribution to sport through continuous development. The award recognizes the contributions over a period of years.

Sheila Siermachesky has been teaching for 22 years, and has been the physical education department head for six years at Temiskaming DSS. She oversees all tournaments and athletic events run at the school. Sheila helps new teacher-coaches succeed by simplifying all of the necessary steps, logistics, and paperwork to take a team to a competition or tournament. She dedicates so much of her time to the school, and does everything she can to keep high school athletics streamlined and fun. Sheila is also creative in getting the entire school actively participating in physical education. She organizes the Terry Fox Run and several intramural activities throughout the year. Please click here to view a video on Sheila.

Bruce Dyce is in his 36th year of teaching at Port Credit Secondary School, and has been a coach for the entire duration of his teaching career. Bruce concentrates on each athlete individually, and makes an effort to help younger athletes find their niche. Education through school sport and sportsmanship is paramount to Bruce's coaching philosophy. He is a member of the OFSAA Representatives' Council for ROPSSAA, as well as the Golden Horseshoe football organizer, a track and field meet convenor, and a recipient of the prestigious Pete Beach Award. Please click here to view a video on Bruce.

We are proud to recognize Bruce and Sheila for this award!

Congratulations to Carly Steer and Brett Sontag, OFSAA Character Athletes

Tuesday, March, 27, 2012

Congratulations to Carly Steer from Holy Names Catholic High School and Brett Sontag from Gravenhurst High School, chosen to be the female and male recipients of the OFSAA Character Athlete Award this winter.

Carly Steer was nominated by her coach Jackie Lopez, who says Carly has accomplished so much athletically at such a young age, and is one of the most hardworking and dedicated students she has taught.

Carly has played on her school's senior girls' basketball team since Grade 9, as well as the volleyball team and track events. She has coached the Windsor Valients basketball house league, helped out at her local elementary school, and volunteered in various other capacities in her community.

"Carly is a quiet leader who always looks to help others in any way possible," said Carly's coach Jackie. "She is extremely humble and is a wonderful example of out school motto: allis non sibi, for others not oneself."

OFSAA's male character athlete Brett Sontag was nominated by his coach Stephanie Walker, who says Brett always shows respect for other athletes, and praises fellow competitors for a good play, whether they are on his team or not. At his school, Brett participates in golf, curling, volleyball, hockey, badminton, and track and field.

He is also a member of his school's performing arts club, the Gravenhurst HS "Star-Project", and vounteers to help coach the girls' hockey team.

"Brett it easy to talk to, and often makes friends during competitions," said Brett's coach Stephanie. "He is very respectful of his peers and coaches, and is very dedicated to sport in our school."

Check out an article about Brett and the Character Athlete Award here.

Congratulations to both Brett and Carly! They will both receive a commemorative plaque from OFSAA celebrating their accomplishment.

The Character Athlete Award is given to students who embody OFSAA’s values of leadership, commitment, equity, respect and sportsmanship.
If you wish to nominate a student-athlete for the Character Athlete Award, please visit our Awards section and fill out the application form.

Schools Announced for Nike Grand Prix

Friday, March, 23, 2012

Congratulations to the two schools who will each be sending one team to the Nike High School Grand Prix presented by School Sport Canada.

A girls' track team from JF Ross (Guelph), and boys' team from Lycee Claudel (Ottawa) will be joining schools from across the country on May 10-13 at the event in Toronto, which is an opportunity for Canadian student-athletes to gather together in a cultural, educational, and competitive forum.

Please click here for more details on the event. We thank all schools for applying!


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