BURLINGTON, Ont. – Ontario University Athletics (OUA) announced Friday that women's water polo has been removed from the OUA sport offering as per the OUA Policy for the Sanctioning and Deletion of Competitive Level Sports.
In the OUA Sport Model, a Competitive Level Sport must have a minimum of six (6) of the twenty (20) member institutions participating in the annual OUA Championship. Given that women's water polo falls below the minimum requirement, the OUA Board of Director's confirmed that women's water polo would be removed from the OUA sport offering.
As per OUA regulations, OUA Competitive Level Sports that do not have six (6) member institutions participating in the annual OUA Championship are placed on probation for a period of one (1) year. Women's water polo was first placed on probation on May 28, 2012 and once again on February 4, 2013. Following the 2014 OUA Championship, the sport was placed on probation for a third time on December 14, 2014.
While on probation, other structures and competitive opportunities were explored by the coaches and Athletic Directors in consultation/collaboration with the OUA Sport Committee, however, a viable solution was not found.
Application for the reinstatement of women's water polo back into the OUA sport offering will be accepted following a waiting period of three (3) years, granted that the minimum requirements for competition have been met.
At the May 2016 OUA Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors will review opportunities for a women's sport to be added to the Competitive Level of the Sport Model.