Since 1973, the Capilano Blues varsity athletics program has fostered both athletic and academic success for student-athletes. We welcome you to explore what it means to be a Blue, and learn about the services and support that CapU student-athletes receive.
Prospective student-athletes are encouraged to fill out a recruit questionnaire (below) and contact the respective team's head coach.
Are you an international student? The Capilano University website is your home for all information pertaining to international students. Please visit here to learn more about CapU after submitting your prospective student-athlete questionnaire and providing a link to game tape.
Get to know the CapU Blues
Capilano University is a member of the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST), which is the governing body for two and four-year post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. We are also members of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), which governs college sport for 94 member institutions across the nation.
The Blues Varsity Athletics Program employs a qualified, experienced coaching staff who assists student-athletes in developing and refining their skills. The emphasis of our program is on the pursuit of excellence through skill acquisition and personal development.
As coaches and educators, we promote a sense of commitment to both academics and athletics, and motivate our student-athletes towards accomplishments in both disciplines. We are proud of our students' achievements on the playing field and in the classroom; last season, 20 Blues student-athletes were named CCAA National Scholars, and 5 were CCAA Academic All-Canadians. In the Fall of 2018, 55% of student-athletes had a GPA of 3.0 or better. Our goal is to develop student-athletes to be successful in life, and we believe that hard work, commitment, and discipline in the pursuit of these goals will help students become well-rounded individuals. Many fine student-athletes have graced the halls of Capilano University and have gone on to great heights in their athletic, professional, and social endeavors.
The Capilano Blues Varsity Athletic Program has nearly 45 years of history, and it is with great pride that we display our championship achievements and many awards won by our coaches and athletes.
- 14 National Championships
- 59 Provincial Championships
- 2 CCAA Soccer Supremacy Awards (Men’s and Women’s Soccer)
- 3 CCAA Hall of Fame Inductees
- 8 CCAA Players of the Year
- 4 CCAA Coaches of the Year
- 36 Conference Players of the Year
- 21 Conference Coaches of the Year
- 67 CCAA All-Canadians
- 55 CCAA Academic All-Canadians
- 176 CCAA National Scholars
Each Blues varsity team has at least one Academic Advisor to help student-athletes with all academic matters, from course planning to exam prep. Contact info for the Advisors can be found on the Staff Directory.
The University provides specific learning services, including a Writing Centre, Math Learning Centre, Language Resource Centre, and Accessibility Services. CapU also hosts several Student Success Workshops throughout the year, and offers a Student Success Course (USS 100).
Located at 2420 Dollarton Highway, CapU Residence houses approximately 250 students in a mix of shared and single accommodations. The residence provides an environment that is safe, clean and comfortable. It is a supportive student community environment to enhance the student experience at CapU. Students living in residence will have the opportunity to create life-long friendships, connect with the residence community and grow as individuals.
Student-athletes can receive one-on-one career advising, and attend events and workshops on campus to meet with employers. Areas of help include the job search process, figuring out a career path, and creating a smooth transition from school to the workforce.
The Career Development Centre website also has links to a Jobs Board with postings for jobs of all varieties, including part-time, summer jobs, and positions in specific fields.
Writing Centre & Math Learning Centre
The Writing Centre and Math Learning Centre offer drop-in assistance from CapU instructors every weekday. At the Writing Centre, students can also book appointments to meet one-on-one with instructors or with fellow students. The Centres are a valuable resource at any stage of the semester, and also provide study spaces and reference texts.
Peer Support Coach Program
Under the umbrella of the University's Peers Helping Peers mentorship program, the Peer Support Coaches provide support to first-year student-athletes in their transition to university and to life as a student-athlete. Each varsity team has at least two mentors who have undergone training for the role, and they perform check-ins with their teammates throughout the season, in addition to providing general support and mentorship.
The Capilano Blues have a certified Athletic Therapist, Jamie Johnson, who works with all teams throughout the season to help athletes recover from injuries and maintain peak physical performance. Johnson has worked with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Canada Rugby, and Canada Soccer, and during her studies she earned the Excellence in Clinic Award from the Athletic Therapy Association of BC.
Mental Health Resources
CapU Counselling and Learning Support offers free, confidential discussion with trained personal counsellors. There are six counsellors on staff, including one learning support specialist. They are located in Birch 276.
Counsellors offer concrete assistance and emotional support, and talking to them helps students understand problems they might have and how to discover solutions. If you feel that something is wrong but don’t know what, talking with a counsellor is a great first step towards identifying the problem. The counsellors focus on short-term solutions, but will direct the students towards more personalized counselling if the student is interested in more long-term counselling.
All Blues student-athletes can receive massage therapy once a week from registered massage therapists to help keep them in peak shape during the season.
The Weight Room in the Centre for Sport and Wellness is free for all CapU students with their Student ID card. During the fall and spring the weight room is open from 7:00am - 7:00pm Monday to Thursday and 7:00am - 4:00pm on Fridays. The weight room is reserved for varsity student-athletes between 7:00pm - 10:00pm from Monday to Thursday.
Centre for Sport and Wellness
The North Vancouver campus of Capilano University is the site of one of the finest college sports complexes in Canada. The Centre for Sport and Wellness (formerly Sportsplex), which opened in 1991, is ultra-modern in design and features a large, showcase gymnasium with a hardwood playing surface. Seating is provided by individually-molded studio seats, complete with backs and armrests mounted on retractable platforms. The seating capacity accommodates approximately 1,700 spectators and the ceiling height is 30 feet.
The gymnasium includes two full-size regulation basketball courts, including 10 glass backboards, three regulation volleyball courts, eight badminton courts, and two futsal indoor soccer courts. Additionally, the CSW contains athletic training and physical therapy facilities, a brand new weight room (May 2016) and two entirely self-contained team rooms – complete with separate lockers, showers, and washroom facilities for the exclusive use of Blues student-athletes.
CapU Blues teams have access to the latest training techniques with qualified head coaches and staff. Basketball utilizes the Noah shooting system and the Dr. Dish CT shooting machine, volleyball employs Vert wearable technology, and soccer utilizes wearable GPS training technology to improve individual and team performance.
At the conclusion of each season, the Athletics & Recreation hosts an annual Athletic Banquet to celebrate the successes from the past year. The event showcases the success and dedication of all members of the Capilano athletics community, including student-athletes, coaches, volunteers, and academic advisors. Thanks to the generous support of donors and sponsors, many CapU student-athletes receive awards during this evening.
Marketing and Promotion
The Capilano University Blues are promoted both on and off-campus, and receive steady media coverage from the North Shore News, Capilano Courier, and various other media outlets in the Lower Mainland. The Blues website is updated frequently with stories and recaps, and the program has a strong following on social media. The PACWEST and CCAA also promote at the provincial and national levels across all their platforms.
The department Photographer, Paul Yates of Vancouver Sports Pictures, is one of the top sports photographers in the Lower Mainland. Yates has also shot for the BC Lions and Vancouver Canadians, and can be seen on the sidelines of many BC high school tournaments. On the video side, all basketball and volleyball games and the soccer playoffs are livestreamed for free online on PACWEST TV.
About Capilano University
Mission Statement: Capilano University is a teaching-focused university offering a wide range of programs and services that enable students to succeed in their current studies, in their ongoing education, in their chosen careers, in their lifelong pursuit of knowledge and in their contribution as responsible citizens in a rapidly changing and diverse global community.
Our main campus is in North Vancouver, located in a natural environment on the slopes of the North Shore and only a 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. The beauty of the campus and the quality of education attract students from around the world. Capilano University also has a regional campus in Sechelt that serves the community of the Sunshine Coast.
- 8,231 Students enrolled in credit programs
- 99 Programs to choose from
- 29 Average class size
- 93% Alumni satisfied with their education
The following links provide information on the academic credentials offered at Capilano University.
The CapU Program Guide breaks down the areas of study at CapU, providing program descriptions and details on admission requirements.
The 2018-19 Capilano University Viewbook includes details on all of CapU's programs, as well as admission deadlines and fees, statistics, and student testimonials.
The 2019-20 International Student Guide provides info such as English Language Proficiency Requirements, student fees, and steps to becoming a student at CapU.
The university calendar contains academic information, as well as the details of specific courses at Capilano in all programs. There is also a link to the Academic Schedule, which includes important dates for the 2018-19 academic year.
There are several ways to visit and get to know Capilano's beautiful campus in North Vancouver. You can sign-up for a student-led campus tour, register for one of the several Explore Capilano Info Nights held throughout the year, or attend a program's Special Event or Open House.
For information on application deadlines, program requirements, transfer credits, and more, visit the CapU Admissions page.
Follow the link above to the Capilano University online application.
Additional Student-Athlete Info
Capilano University Blues Athletics is a member of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST), and as such follow all the rules and regulations set out by the league.
To be eligible to compete as a Blues athlete, a student must be registered as a full-time Capilano University student and fulfill all CCAA eligibility criteria. The CCAA terms a student in good standing to be the following:
- Registered in 9 credits in each term they are competing
- Successfully complete 18 credits in the academic year they consumed eligibility (September to the following August 31)
While cannabis has been legalized in Canada, CCAA Student-Athletes, who are subject to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), must be aware that this does not affect the status of cannabis in sport.
Cannabis continues to be a prohibited substance and a positive test can still result in a sanction.
The following links offer a number of resources for teams and student-athletes:
- Cannabis in Sport Education Kit
- Medical Marijuana
- Media Releases and Advisory Notes
- References and Resources
About the CCAA
The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association enriches the academic experiences of student-athletes by providing leadership, programs and services that foster development through high-level competitive opportunities in intercollegiate sport.
National competition was initiated in 1971 when colleges in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba formed the 4-West Championships in seven sports. Ontario and Quebec initiated similar competitions in 1972, and in 1974 the CCAA was founded.
Today, CCAA student-athletes compete in seven sports at 10 CCAA national championships, each hosted by a CCAA member institution. Our 94 member institutions include colleges, universities, technical institutes and cégeps located in eight provinces and regionally governed by five member conferences:
PACWEST (Pacific Western Athletic Association) in British Columbia
ACAC (Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference) in Alberta and Saskatchewan
OCAA (Ontario Colleges Athletic Association) in Ontario
RSEQ (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec) in Québec
ACAA (Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association) in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
In addition to governing the national championships, the CCAA also provides national awards and recognition to CCAA student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors and member institutions.
About the PACWEST
Mission Statement: “The Pacific Western Athletics Association empowers member institutions in their quest to provide quality athletic opportunities to enhance the overall educational experience of their students.”
The PACWEST was founded in 1970 as the Totem Conference, and is the governing body for collegiate/institute athletics in B.C. Today there are 10 PACWEST member institutions located across the province. A total of 58 teams compete in five sports for the right to represent BC at the CCAA Nationals.
The PACWEST believes that collegiate athletics should be an integral part of a balanced, holistic, educational program of any institution. It provides laboratory courses on physical, mental and social development, teaching lifelong values of teamwork, discipline, commitment, perseverance, fairness, and respect. Statistics show that student athletes are consistently strong academically, develop positive lifestyles traits, and contribute to community spirit and growth.