2014 AUS winter meetings wrap up in Halifax

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by Jess Burns

February 3, 2014, HALIFAX, N.S. (ISN) – Atlantic University Sport wrapped up its annual winter meetings this past week at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax, N.S.

Phil Currie, executive director of Atlantic University Sport, chaired the meetings which were attended by representatives of all 11 member institutions.

“These meetings are always such a positive and productive time for AUS,” said Currie. “As a group, we continue to work towards our common goal of creating Canada’s ultimate student-athlete experience. Now that we are into the second year of our strategic plan, it is great to have these opportunities to meet as a membership, review our successes and continue to find things to improve upon.”

The work that takes place at these meetings typically includes receiving reports from the various AUS committees, approving the 2014-15 AUS budget, working on the development of the 2014-15 playing schedules and reviewing motions that come from coaches associations of the fall sports.

In addition to the above, highlights of other items discussed at these meetings are as follows:

2015 Subway AUS women’s basketball championship:

In 2015, the Subway AUS women’s basketball championship will be hosted by the AUS office at the Halifax Metro Centre in conjunction with the Subway AUS men’s basketball championship.

The two championships will be held at this common venue on the same weekend. Brought forward as a potential pilot project by the AUS scheduling committee, the membership agreed to test this new format for the 2015 championship season.

“Our thinking here is that this will not only help to elevate the profile of AUS women’s basketball, but it will bring a whole new dimension to this event and better both the student-athlete and the fan experience,” said Currie.

AUS football game-day dress roster increased

Effective for the 2014 season, the game-day dress roster for Atlantic University Sport regular season and post-season games has been increased to a maximum of 48 players per team. Previously, the limit had been set at 45 except for interlock play with RSEQ teams, where each team could dress 48 players.

This was a motion forwarded by the football coaches to the sport committee and agreed to unanimously by the football schools.

Note: The RSEQ dress limit is currently 48 and the OUA limit is 47. Canada West has a regular season maximum of 42 for visiting teams, 50 for home teams and 45 for post-season play.

AUS market-driven sports strategy

At the 2013 AUS management council meetings, AUS market-driven sports were identified as football, men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s hockey, based on the rationale that they have a higher profile, the potential to generate revenue for universities and are in highest demand from fans, sponsors and media.

Moving forward with the development of a new conference-wide marketing strategy, AUS will now be developing marketing strategies specific to each market-driven sport.

These will be discussed and finalized at the AUS Annual General Meetings in May, also hosted in Halifax. Their implementation will help set a conference-wide standard for hosting and better the student-athlete and fan experience at AUS events.

2014 Fall AUS championship hosts announced:

As the scheduling process for the 2014-15 season progresses, the following dates and locations have been confirmed for the fall AUS championship events:

  • Saint Mary’s University will host the 2014 cross country championship on Oct. 25, 2014.
  • Acadia University will host the 2014 women’s rugby championship on Oct. 24-26, 2014.
  • Memorial University will host the 2014 men’s soccer championship on Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014.
  • Dalhousie University will host the 2014 women’s soccer championship on Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014.