Ontario Premier Doug Ford recently announced new restrictions on sports activity. This ban covers all amateur and professional sports activity in the province until Jan. 27. Which leaves professional leagues like the NHL and the Ontario Soccer Association (OUA) on the sidelines. But it doesn’t stop high school basketball or hockey from playing.
The OUA is one of the province’s top amateur sports organizations, but it’s not in the elite amateur circuit. The government’s “return-to-play” framework excludes the OUA, which develops athletes for university games. It also exempts athletes who are training for the Olympics. Ontario University Athletics, which is not an elite amateur sport, is also exempted.
The decision to suspend winter sports is disappointing for some, but some people are optimistic. Brendan Bornstein, an athlete at the University of Toronto, plays hockey. He doesn’t see a glimmer of hope for championship weekend or even a National Championship in March. Still, Ontario is doing everything it can to avoid a potential epidemic.
The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health has approved a framework for return-to-play protocols for elite amateur sports. It contains minimum requirements that professional and elite amateur sports leagues and events must follow. The framework also includes protocols and return-to-play plans for foreign participants. These plans must meet the requirements of the federal quarantine act. The guidelines also state that elite amateur sports leagues and events must develop detailed protocols to ensure the health and safety of their participants.
While many people are surprised to find out that professional and amateur athletes compete in many professional sports, it’s important to remember that amateur athletes are still considered amateur. In fact, some sports have a separate definition for professionals and amateurs. It can be difficult to define the line between amateur and professional, but amateurs and professionals are both accepted in major competitions.
Elite amateur sports are not just about winning, but also about competition. These tournaments provide a unique opportunity for athletes to compete against other teams from across the country. It’s a great way for them to showcase their skills and show their team sportsmanship. They provide a platform to compete in national and international competitions. They also offer youth with affordable access to multi-sport activities and well-trained coaches.
The Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association provides high school basketball student-athletes with exposure and elite competition at the highest level. They also help to raise the standards of the sport in Ontario and Canada. However, the competition was suspended after the Final 8 tournament in March 2020. Ontario Basketball is grateful to the Ministry for recognizing it as an elite amateur sports league and for developing a specific reopening framework. It will announce more details about the plan later this summer.
Historically, athletic clubs were socially exclusive and were largely made up of high-status members. Later on, however, athletic clubs began to make their membership requirements more socially diverse. They began to restrict the membership of athletes who were not well-off or had a lucrative profession. They also screened applicants, charging initiation fees and annual dues. A new generation of athletic clubs emerged in the 1880s that sought to create a more inclusive and diverse group.