BURLINGTON, Ont. — The OUA (Ontario University Athletics) has released the 2017-18 league-based sport schedules.

As well as the release of the schedules, the OUA also announced format changes for Men’s and Women’s Basketball, returning to an East and West conference alignment. Under the new alignment, each team will play home and away in addition to a single game, which rotates home and away annually, against each team in the opposing conference. The new format totals 23 regular season games in the East and 24 in the West.

The 2017-18 playoffs will see the removal of the RPI ranking system, and playoff qualifications will once again be determined by team records. The top six teams from each division advance to the playoffs, with the top two seeds receiving a bye to the quarter-final round. Teams remain within their conferences for the first two rounds of the playoffs, where the semi-finals will feature division crossover matchups.

The playoff format will also move away from a Final Four concept to two single game semi-finals. The championship game host is determined by annual division rotation unless two teams from the same conference were to advance from the semis, resulting in the highest seeded team hosting the Wilson or Critelli Cup Final.

The annual division rotation for 2018 is:

Gold Medal
East – Men
West – Women

Bronze Medal
West – Men
East – Women


2017-18 OUA Men’s Basketball
2017-18 OUA Women’s Basketball
2017-18 OUA Men’s Hockey
2017-18 OUA Women’s Hockey
2017-18 OUA Men’s Volleyball
2017-18 OUA Women’s Volleyball
2017 OUA Men’s Soccer
2017 OUA Women’s Soccer
2017 OUA Men’s Rugby

2017 OUA Women’s Rugby

Schedules for the remaining OUA sports will be released in the coming weeks.

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Adam Jenkins is the Founder and President of the Canadian University Sports Network. Within the CUSN team, Adam's primary portfolio involves serving as Webmaster for and helps lead the business affairs of the organization. Adam is also an editor and contributor of CUSN's women's basketball coverage, as well as the editor of our CUFLA lacrosse coverage. Currently enrolled in his fourth year of Ryerson University's Radio and Television Arts, Sport Media program, Adam is the play-by-play announcer of the Rams women's basketball team. Along with his commentary duties, Adam serves as a Digital Content Assistant with Ryerson Rams Athletics.


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