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Competition & Eligibility


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)


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.

CCAA Student-Athlete Consent Form
CCAA Coach Consent Form
CCAA Student-Athlete Information Guide

About the PACWEST

Mission Statement: “The Pacific Western Athletic 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.

Cannabis Education

Laws regarding cannabis use in Canada have changed and as such, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) will no longer be registering Adverse Analytical Findings (AAFs) for cannabinoids, and accordingly, no Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) shall occur for student-athletes who participate exclusively within CCAA or U SPORTS.

Please note that this adjustment ONLY APPLIES to student-athletes who participate exclusively within CCAA or U SPORTS. Student-athletes who participate in another jurisdiction’s event (ie: an NSO or FISU event), or those who are included in their sport’s National Athlete Pool (NAP) would be subject to the more restrictive testing protocols, which would include in-competition samples being analyzed for cannabinoids (and all other prohibited substances). 


The following links offer a number of resources for teams and student-athletes:

Safe Sport

To prevent maltreatment in sport, all Sport Canada-funded organizations are required to make safe sport training available to anyone under their immediate authority. Safe Sport Training from the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) meets the minimum standards for this mandated safe sport training. 

Safe and Inclusive Sport

It is mandatory that Student-Athletes take training that covers the topics of consent, bystander, and assault/violence.

As of 2020-21, it is also mandatory that coaches and administrators take Safe Sport Training


The CCES’s True Sport Clean online course is mandatory for student-athletes while coaches and certified personnel are encouraged to take it as well. 

True Sport Clean CCES Online Learning

The CCAA has developed a resource page on its CCAA website specific to COVID-19 that highlights specific CCAA responses to COVID-19 and lists a number of resources that will assist in a safe return to sport.  This site will be updated regularly throughout the year: