Canadian Interuniversity Sports
Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) baseball is a university baseball league operating in eastern Canada. It is made up of the varsity baseball teams from select member schools. The league was founded in 2017.
The league is composed of 20 teams from four Canadian provinces: Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. To be eligible to play, players must be between 18 and 22 years old.
The first championship team were the York Lions, the team for York University, in Toronto.
Real-life university baseball in Canada
The CIS has been fictionalized for the Bull Baseball League. In real life, baseball is not considered by many schools to be a varsity sport, and many Canadian schools do not have a baseball team, although some schools play in U Sports (formerly Canadian Interuniversity Sports), and others in the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association. In reality, there is no one governing body for all Canadian university baseball, and the different groups of schools do not play for a national championship.
Structure and season
The CIS is divided into two regional conferences. The OUA (Ontario University Athletics) conference is made up of only schools from Ontario, and is divided for scheduling purposes into an east and west division. The CCBA (Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association) is made up of schools from Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Ontario as well (but only the two Ottawa schools).
The conferences play different length schedules, owing to the geographical considerations of each regional conference. In the OUA, all teams play each other team two times, for a total of 18 games. In the CCBA, the teams only play the four other teams within their division. Thus, they will play each team four times, for a total of 16 games.
In the CIS, the season starts in the first week of September and ends in mid-October, with most games played on weekends.
Championship and interconference play
At the end of each season a three-round playoff is held. The division leaders and two wild cards from each conference face off in a single-game conference semi-final, followed by a single-game conference final to determine the OUA and CCBA champions. Finally, the conference champions will face eachother in a best-of-three CIS championship called the Canada Cup.
Other interleague play involves the CIS All-Star Game, which occurs before the regular season begins, in late August.
|Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association|
|Atlantic||Acadia Axemen||Acadia University||Wolfville, NS|
|Dalhousie Tigers||Dalhousie University||Halifax, NS|
|Saint Mary's Huskies||Saint Mary's University||Halifax, NS|
|St. Francis Xavier X-men||St. Francis Xavier University||Antigonish, NS|
|UNB Cougars||University of New Brunswick||Fredericton, NB|
|Northern||Carleton Ravens||Carleton University||Ottawa, ON|
|Concordia Stingers||Concordia University||Montreal, QC|
|McGill Redmen||McGill University||Montreal, QC|
|Montréal Carabins||Université de Montréal||Montreal, QC|
|Ottawa Gee Gees||University of Ottawa||Ottawa, ON|
|Ontario University Athletics|
|East||McMaster Marauders||McMaster University||Hamilton, ON|
|Queen's Gaels||Queen's University||Kingston, ON|
|Ryerson Rams||Ryerson University||Toronto, ON|
|Toronto Varsity Blues||University of Toronto||Toronto, ON|
|York Lions||York University||Toronto, ON|
|West||Brock Badgers||Brock University||St. Catharines, ON|
|Guelph Gryphons||University of Guelph||Guelph, ON|
|Waterloo Warriors||University of Waterloo||Waterloo, ON|
|Western Mustangs||University of Western Ontario||London, ON|
|Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks||Wilfred Laurier University||Waterloo, ON|
|2||Concordia Stingers||CCBA||2021, 2023|
|2||Guelph Gryphons||OUA||2019, 2022|
|1||Saint Mary's Huskies||CCBA||2024|
The CIS recognizes outstanding players after the end of each season.
Larry Walker MVP Award
Named for former (real-life) Canadian baseball player Larry Walker, the Larry Walker MVP Award recognizes the top position player in each CIS conference every year.
Although Walker never played collegiate baseball during his amateur years, and in fact had originally taken an interest in hockey, not baseball, Walker was scouted and signed to the MLB Montreal Expos and went on to have a successful 17-year professional career, paving the way for Canadian players in baseball thereafter.
|2017||Johnny Rankin||Carleton Ravens||Brian Peck||Waterloo Warriors|
|2018||Nick Renard||Montréal Carabins||Fred Ferris||Queen's Gaels|
|2019||John Freeman||Saint Mary's Huskies||Jesse Hynes||Brock Badgers|
|2020||Herbert Mathews||Montréal Carabins||Fred Ferris (2)||Queen's Gaels|
|2021||Al Zuwiski||Concordia Stingers||John Makeever||Queen's Gaels|
Ferguson Jenkins Pitcher of the Year Award
The CIS Pitcher of the Year Award is named for Ferguson Jenkins, a real-life Canadian baseball pitcher and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Again, like Walker, Jenkins did not play baseball at the college level, but was mentored and eventually recruited by the MLB's Philadelphia Phillies. He is one of the first modern era Canadians to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
|2017||John Elliott||Dalhousie Tigers||Steve Dos Santos||Waterloo Warriors|
|2018||Mike Field||Montréal Carabins||Loïc Giraud||Toronto Varsity Blues|
|2019||Russell Terwilliger||McGill Redmen||Bruce Follett||Ryerson Rams|
|2020||Bryant Ford||Montréal Carabins||Mike Dell||Waterloo Warriors|
|2021||Walt Leew||Dalhousie Tigers||Jack Stackhouse||Western Mustangs|
CIS also awards the best position players at each position, in both conferences, with a Great Glove Award annually, as well as a rookie of the year award.
CIS players are eligible for the Bull League amateur draft once they have reached age 21 or older.
For OOTP commissioners wishing to add CIS teams, uniforms and schedules in their own leagues, this section includes the files necessary. Click on the link to download the file.
- Schedule: CIS 2017 schedule (.lsdl file) (9 KB)
This schedule works best with a 2-subleague, 4-division configuration. Subleague 1 should be the CCBA teams, as these teams play only within their own division, a total of 4 games per opponent, 16 games total. Subleague 2 should be the OUA teams, which play in and outside of their own division (the real OUA is not divided into divisions). Each team plays 18 games, either 2 home or 2 away against all 9 opponents.
- CCBA Ballcaps and jerseys ccba-uniforms.zip (2 MB)
- OUA Ballcaps and jerseys oua-uniforms.zip (1.9 MB)
- York Lions win CIS Championships. BNN. http://bullleague.org/college/york-lions-win-cis-championships/. 18 Octboer 2017. Accessed: 25 January 2018.