Additions bring changes to OUA schedules

The Ontario University Athletics Board of Directors met on Oct. 17 and 18 to determine scheduling, structures and formats for a number of OUA sports. The changes will be in effect for the 2013-14 season.

The changes were necessary due to the additions of Algoma University in men’s and women’s basketball; Carleton University in football, Laurentian University in men’s and women’s hockey; and Nipissing University in men’s and women’s volleyball and women’s hockey.

An 11 team scheduling structure was developed for football. Each team will still play a total of eight games, with four games to be played at home and four to be played on the road.

Each team will have one bye week during the season and two non-combatant opponents. One of the non-combatants will be determined based on prior season seeding and the other will be determined at random. In order to accommodate the bye week, OUA football training camps will open a week early and the season will officially kick off with five games on Sunday, August 25th. Week two of the regular season will be played on Labour Day Monday.

Carleton University will enter the league as the 11th seed for 2013 OUA scheduling.

The 2013 OUA football schedule will be released in early December.

In OUA basketball, the Algoma Thunderbirds will join the OUA east division. The schedule will remain at 22 regular season games for both men and women.

With the addition of Nipissing in men’s volleyball, each OUA team will play two additional regular season games, to a total of 20 games. The top six teams will make the playoffs, with the top two teams receiving byes to the final four championship, which will continue to be hosted by the No. 1 seed.

After a two year hiatus, an east and west division will be reintroduced in OUA women’s volleyball as the Nipissing Lakers join league play. Each team will play 19 regular season games. The playoff format will remain the same.

OUA women’s hockey remains a single division, with a 24 game home-and-home schedule.

The format for OUA men’s hockey has yet to be determined and will be announced at a later date.