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2023 University Games Expression Notice

July 29, 2022

Universiade 2023 


The 31st Winter Universiade will take place in the city of Lake Placid, New York, USA from Jan 10th– Jan 22nd, 2023.  Parallel Giant Slalom (PGS), Parallel Slalom (PSL), Snowboard Cross (SBX), Slopestyle (SBS), and Big Air (BA) are all  included within the schedule. 

Athletes must satisfy the following criteria to be eligible to participate: 

  • a) Be a member in good standing of Canada Snowboard, as that term is understood in Section 1.1(f) of  the Canada Snowboard Bylaws, applied mutatis mutandis 
  • b) Be at least 18 and less than 25 years of age on December 31st, 2023. Athletes must be born between  January 1st 1998 and December 31st 2005. 
  • c) Students who are currently officially registered as proceeding towards a degree or diploma at a  Universiade or similar institute whose status is recognized by the appropriate national academic  authority of Canada or a former student of the institutions mentioned who have obtained their  academic degree in the year preceding the event. 
  • d) Have a valid FIS license, Canada Snowboard membership, Advanced Competitor’s provincial/territorial  snowboard association membership and Level 1 or Level 2 SAIP Insurance coverage. If no SAIP  coverage is active, athletes must purchase at minimum SAIP 2 if selected. 
  • e) Be a national of the country they represent. 
  • f) Athletes participating in FISU Sport Events must represent the same country as in events of their  respective International Federation, changes of sport nationality must follow respective IF rules.  
  • g) No athlete or official under a current suspension from FISU, IF or the National Federation of his/her  country may take part in the Winter Universiade. 

A detailed description of the eligibility rules and confirmation of eligibility forms may be found at: https://usports.ca/en/international/universiades/winter-2023 

The Canada Snowboard selection criteria are as follows, with a maximum of four (4) spots per discipline per gender  (Eg. Men’s Alpine): 


(PGS, PSL, SBX): Speed athletes will be ranked in descending order of their FIS PAR or FIS SBX points on the most  recent FIS point list as of the selection deadline.  


(SBS, BA): Style athletes will be selected based off of their ranking on the World Snowboard Points List as of the  selection deadline 

*If Canada Snowboard does not receive a minimum of 3 athletes per discipline Canada Snowboard holds the rights to choose not to send a  team.  


  1. Each national association recognized by the FISU may enter a maximum of athletes in the Universiade  Games, with the following restrictions: a) A maximum of 4 athletes per discipline per gender (e.g. Men’s Alpine).  
  2.  Slopestyle and Big Air are considered one discipline, however; selection will be based off the Slopestyle  World Snowboard Points List 

PGS and PSL are considered one discipline and selection will be based off the Parallel FIS Points List. SBX selection will be based off the Snowboard cross FIS Points list.  


Coaches must adhere to the U Sports Coaching Certification Standards Policy as outlined below: 

Full National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Competition Development certification, is required for all  coaches representing Team Canada at the Summer and Winter Universiade. 

Exemptions Competition-Development qualifications are possible in exceptional cases as determined by the  Manager, Sport and International Programs or the CIS International Committee. 

  • a) An exemption will be considered only if a coach has obtained Competition – Development In-Training status. 
  • b) A coach may be granted a maximum of one exemption in his/her coaching career per sport. 
  • c) An exemption may be granted on the premise that the coach plans to advance to full Level 3 or Competition Development certification within two years. 
  • d) Exemption requests must be officially submitted to U SPORTS at least 60 days prior to the start of the  Universiade. 

Athletes may be recognized and eligible for selection, however, they will only be registered upon commitment to  attend this self-funded event and upon submission of a deposit in advance of the event.  

All selected athletes are responsible for cost-sharing the expenses of the team doctor and /or physio, team leader  and/or the nominated coach(es) for their respective discipline(s).  

U SPORTS has estimated the following expenses:


Travel to Lake Placid (Inclusive of  travel / medical insurance) 

$500 - $900*

Games Fee 

Inclusive medical and mission staff  support, Team Canada kit, FISU  entry/ registration fee, operations /  admin cost, on-site logistics and  Team Canada activities 


Accommodation Costs 

95 USD (~$130 CAD) per night per  person inclusive of accommodations and meals 

(Based on max length of stay 15 nights) 


Coaching Costs 

Individual cost of sending coaches  to event


*Costs are approximate and will vary depending on the departure city, date of travel, exchange rate, visas, numbers attending etc.  

Eligible athletes and coaches are required to submit their interest in the Universiade to Austin White, Sport  Pathway Coordinator by August 31, 2022  nhfgva.juvgr@pnanqnfabjobneq.pn  

For information on the selection protocol please refer to our Selection Protocol on the Canada Snowboard  “Document Center”: https://www.canadasnowboard.ca/files/2023%20Selection%20Criteria_RATIFIED.pdf


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