CIS changes rules to deter US-bound athletes

December 10, 2013

Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) has announced a new pilot project to discourage Canadian athletes from leaving to study and play in the US, which will allow CIS women’s hockey programs to offer a more flexible scholarship package, money beyond tuition and compulsory fees, and paid room and board. University of Saskatchewan Huskie Athletics Director Basil Hughton says the move is part of a 5-year CIS strategic plan that was "ratified almost unanimously by vote.” The strategic plan also includes a new rule that allows Canadian athletes from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to transfer to CIS universities without penalty. Previously, these athletes would have to sit out for a year before becoming eligible to play at the CIS level. Star Phoenix