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Athletics Programme

The athletics programme at St. Michael’s College School features 20 different inter-school sports and fields 56 competitive teams.

In addition to competitive sports, students also have the opportunity to participate in many different intramural sports offered throughout the year.


Philosophy

“Sport comprises part of the spectrum of human activity where God-given talents may be fully developed.” – Cardinal George Flahiff, renowned professor of history, and Superior General of the Basilian Father

Consistent with the philosophy and tradition of the Basilian Fathers, we believe that all students should experience athletics as an integral part of a well-rounded education. The school motto of ‘Teach me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge’ is at the heart of student life at St. Michael’s College School, and athletics forms a large component.

The programme remains faithful to its four key pillars of Respect, Commitment, Integrity, and Excellence.

Our membership in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA), allows our teams to compete with students in like-minded schools. The season schedule is undertaken in addition to each team’s tournament and exhibition games. We strongly encourage each SMCS student to participate in the interscholastic or intramural athletics programmes.

For more information on any of our athletic programmes please contact our Director of Athletics.

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Competitive Sports

Educating the whole student means providing opportunities for excellence in athletics as well as academics. Our premier interscholastic athletics programme dates back a century, and works to build character, instill team values, and foster a lifelong commitment to positive physical and emotional habits.

Star athletes, developing players, health and wellness enthusiasts, and those simply seeking to be part of a spirited community will find their place in our athletics programme. With more than 50 teams across 20 interscholastic sports, students can pursue a myriad of options that align with their strengths and interests.

Competitive Sports

Alpine Skiing

SMCS Athletics | Alpine Skiing

SEASON

  • Winter (December to March)

TRY-OUTS

  • Late November / Early December

TRAINING

  • 1-2 weekdays after school
  • Dryland and Hill

AGE GROUPS

  • U14 (Grades 7 & 8) 
    All students compete in the same division regardless of previous training
  • Varsity Div. I (Grades 9-12) 
    ‘High School Division’ - No Ski League Affiliation beyond U12
    ‘Open Division’ - Ski League Affiliation and Race Training beyond U12

COMPETITION

  • Weekly races around the province (e.g. Mansfield, Devil’s Glen, Alpine, Osler Bluff, Craigleith) 
  • Events: Slalom & Giant Slalom
  • CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association)
  • OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association)

Archery

SMCS Athletics | Archery

SEASON

  • Late October to May

TRY-OUTS

  • Team selection late October / early November

TRAINING

  • Mondays after school

AGE GROUPS

  • Open (Grades 7 to 12)

COMPETITION

  • CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association)
  • OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association)
  • Local tournaments

Badminton

SMCS Athletics | Badminton

SEASON

  • Spring (March to June) 
  • Singles, Doubles, and Mixed-Doubles (with Bishop Strachan School)

TRY-OUTS

  • Team selections late March

TRAINING

  • Weekdays after school (late March to June)
  • Morning sessions (January to early March)

AGE GROUPS

  • Junior (Grades 9 & 10) 
  • Senior (Grades 11 & 12)

COMPETITION

  • CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association) 
  • OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association)

Baseball

SMCS Athletics | Baseball

SEASON

  • Spring (late March to June)

TRY-OUTS

  • Late March

TRAINING

  • Indoor winter training – Field Dome (January to March)
  • Outdoor spring practices - Cedarvale Park

AGE GROUPS

  • Varsity Div. I (Grades 9-12) 

COMPETITION

  • CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association) 
  • OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association)
  • Ontario tournaments and overnight travel

Basketball

SMCS Athletics | Sr. Basketball

SEASON

  • Winter (November to early March)

TRY-OUTS

  • Early workouts begin in September for student-athletes who are not participating in fall sports
  • Team selections late October

TRAINING

  • Weekdays
  • Morning skill sessions and after school practices

AGE GROUPS

  • U14 (Grade 7 & 8)
  • Junior (Grades 9 & 10)
  • Senior (Grades 11 & 12)

COMPETITION

  • CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association)
  • OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association)
  • Ontario, U.S. tournaments, and overnight travel at the junior and senior levels

Cross Country

SMCS Athletics | Cross Country

SEASON

  • Fall (September to early November)

TRY-OUTS

  • None

TRAINING

  • Weekdays after school
  • Local Training Trails:
    • Kay Gardner Beltline
    • Cedarvale Ravine
    • Nordheimer Ravine
    • Roycroft Parklands
    • Sir Winston Churchill Park

AGE GROUPS

  • U13 (Grade 7)
  • U14 (Grade 8)
  • Novice (Grade 9)
  • Junior (Grade 10)
  • Senior (Grade 11 and 12)

COMPETITION

  • CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association)
  • OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association)

Curling

SMCS Athletics | Curling team

SEASON

  • Winter (November to March)

TRY-OUTS

  • Early November

TRAINING

  • 1-2 weekdays after school
  • Venue: Leaside Curling Club for practices and home games

AGE GROUPS

  • Varsity Div. I (Grade 9-12)
  • Varsity Div. II (Grade 9-12)

COMPETITION

  • CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association) 
  • OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association)

Football

SMCS Athletics | Football

SEASON

  • Fall (September to early November)

TRY-OUTS

  • Junior and Senior training camps begin the Monday prior to Labour Day weekend 
  • U14 Flag - late September

TRAINING

  • Weekdays after school

AGE GROUPS

  • U14 Flag (Grades 7 & 8)
  • Junior Contact (Grades 9 & 10)
  • Senior Contact (Grades 11 & 12)

COMPETITION

  • CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association) 
  • OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association)

Golf

SMCS Athletics | Golf

SEASON

  • Fall (September to early November)

TRY-OUTS

  • Fall: September
  • Spring: April

TRAINING

  • Winter indoor training – Field Dome (January to March)
  • Weekly practice rounds as competition schedule permits

AGE GROUPS

  • Junior (Grades 9 & 10)
  • Senior (Grades 11 & 12)

COMPETITION

  • Weekly tournaments around the province (e.g. Osprey Valley, Dalewood, Deer Creek, Legends Niagara) 
  • CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association) 
  • OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association)

Hockey

SMCS Athletics | U14 Hockey

TRY-OUTS

  • Senior
    Tryouts – Typically April/May
  • Junior & U14
    Team tryouts and selections mid to late October 

TRAINING

  • Weekdays after school practices 
  • Morning skill sessions for skaters (open to all age groups) two times per week with the senior hockey staff
  • Morning skill sessions for goalies one time per week - facilitated by ‘Armour Goaltending’ Academy

AGE GROUPS

  • U14 (Grades 7 & 8) 
    2 teams 
    Evenly split (‘White’ & ‘Blue’) compete in the same division within the CISAA Division I League (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association)
    Local tournament competition
    Season - Winter (November to March)
  • Junior (Grades 9 & 10)  
    2 teams 
    Team ‘Blue’ competes in a GTA select league with other top programmes
    Team ‘White’ competes in CISAA Division I league
    Local tournament competition
    Season - Winter (November to March)
  • Senior (Grades 11 & 12)
    CISAA Division I League
    National Independent School Invitational Championship
    Ontario, Quebec, and U.S. tournaments and overnight travel
    75+ game schedule
    Season – Fall & winter (August to March)

Lacrosse

SMCS Athletics | Lacrosse

TRY-OUTS

  • U14 (late March)
  • Junior (late February)
  • Senior (late February)

TRAINING

  • Fall morning skill sessions (Grades 9-12) – 2 times per week
  • Winter indoor training – Field Dome (January to March)
  • Spring – Weekdays after school practices

AGE GROUPS

  • U14 (Grades 7 & 8) 
    CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association)
    Local tournament competition
    Season - Spring (late March to late May)
  • Junior (Grades 9 & 10)  
    Exhibition: Ontario & U.S. games, tournaments, and overnight travel
    Season - Spring (late March to late May)
  • Senior (Grades 11 & 12)
    CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association)
    OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association)
    Ontario and U.S. tournaments and overnight travel
    Season – Spring (late March to late May)

Rugby

SMCS Athletics | Rugby

TRY-OUTS

  • U14 (late February)
  • Junior (late February)
  • Senior (late February)

TRAINING

  • Winter indoor training – Field Dome (January to March)
  • Spring – Weekdays after school practices

AGE GROUPS

  • U14 (Grades 7 & 8) 
    CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association)
    7s - Non-Contact
    Season - Spring (late March to late May)
  • Junior (Grades 9 & 10)  
    CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association)
    7s - Contact
    Season - Spring (late March to late May)
  • Senior (Grades 11 & 12)
    CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association)
    7s - Contact
    Season - Spring (late March to late May)

Snowboarding

SMCS Athletics | Snowboarding Team

SEASON

  • Winter (December to March)

TRY-OUTS

  • Late November / Early December

AGE GROUPS

  • U14 (Grades 7 & 8)
  • Junior (Grades 9 & 10)
  • Senior (Grades 11 & 12)

COMPETITION

  • Weekly races around the province (e.g. Craigleith, Devil’s Glen, Alpine, Blue Mountain, Mt. St. Louis) 
  • Events:
    • Giant Slalom (Race)
    • Slopestyle (Terrain Park)
    • Boardercross (Team Pursuit)
  • CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association) 
  • OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association)

Soccer

SMCS Athletics | Soccer

SEASON

  • Fall (September to early November)
  • Spring (Additional exhibition and provincial championships at the Senior level) 

TRY-OUTS

  • Training camps begin the Tuesday prior to Labour Day weekend

TRAINING

  • Weekdays after school

AGE GROUPS

  • U14 (Grades 7 & 8)
  • Junior Div. I (Grades 9 & 10)
  • Senior (Grades 11 & 12)

COMPETITION

  • CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association) 
  • OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association)
  • Ontario tournaments at the Junior & Senior levels
  • Overnight travel at the Senior level 

Softball

SMCS Athletics | Softball

SEASON

  • Spring (late March to late May)

TRY-OUTS

  • Late March

TRAINING

  • Weekdays after school
  • Cedarvale Park Diamond

AGE GROUPS

  • U14 (Grades 7 & 8)

COMPETITION

  • CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association)

Swimming

SMCS Athletics | Swimming

SEASON

  • Winter (November to March)

TRY-OUTS

  • Late October

TRAINING

  • 2 times per week
  • Joseph Piccininni Centre (St. Clair – West of St. Michael’s College School)
  • Bishop Strachan School (Lonsdale - East of St. Michael’s College School)

AGE GROUPS

  • U14 (Grades 7 & 8)
    • All students compete in the same division regardless of previous training
  • Junior (Grades 9 & 10)
    Varsity Div. I (Grades 9-12)
    • ‘High School Division’ - For swimmers who have had no affiliation (training, competition, registration) with a Swimming Canada club in the previous 12 months
    • ‘Open Division’ – For swimmers who have had trained, competed, or have been registered with a Swimming Canada club in the previous 12 months

COMPETITION

  • CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association) 
  • OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association)
  • Ontario tournaments at the Junior & Senior levels
  • Overnight travel at the Senior level 

Tennis

SMCS Athletics | Tennis

SEASON

  • Spring (late- March to June)

TRY-OUTS

  • Late March

TRAINING

  • Once per week
  • Mayfair Clubs - West (Downsview Park)

AGE GROUPS

Varsity Div. I (Grades 9-12)

  • ‘Open Division’ – For players with specific experience in the OTA, USTA, or European Equivalent
  • ‘High School Division’ - For players who do not meet the above criteria

COMPETITION

  • Weekly meets – Singles, Doubles, Mixed-Doubles (with Bishop Strachan School) 
  • CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association) 
  • OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association)

Track and Field

SMCS Athletics | Track & Field

SEASON

  • Spring (March to June)

TRY-OUTS

  • None

TRAINING

  • Winter indoor training - University of Toronto
  • Spring outdoor training – Weekdays after school

AGE GROUPS

  • U13 (Grade 7)
  • U14 (Grade 8)
  • Novice (Grade 9)
  • Junior (Grade 10)
  • Senior (Grades 11 & 12)

COMPETITION

  • CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association) 
  • OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association)
  • Ontario meets

Ultimate

SMCS Athletics | Ultimate

SEASON

  • Spring (late March to June)

TRY-OUTS

  • Late March

TRAINING

  • Indoor winter training – Field Dome (January to March)
  • Outdoor spring practices – Weekdays at  St. Michael’s and BSS

AGE GROUPS

  • Varsity Co-Ed (Grades 9-12)
  • Partnered with Bishop Strachan School (BSS)

COMPETITION

  • CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association) 
  • OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association)
  • Ontario Tournaments

Volleyball

SMCS Athletics | Volleyball

SEASON

  • Fall (September to early November)
  • Spring (Additional Junior exhibition season)

TRY-OUTS

  • Early September

TRAINING

  • Weekdays after school

AGE GROUPS

  • U13 (Grade 7)
  • U14 (Grade 8)
  • Junior (Grades 9 & 10)
  • Senior (Grades 11 & 12)

COMPETITION

  • CISAA (Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association) 
  • OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association)
  • Ontario Tournaments at the Junior & Senior levels 
  • Overnight Travel at the Senior Level

Student Athlete University Commitments

St. Michael’s College School recognizes and honours those student athletes, whose athletic accomplishments have been of the highest caliber, brought pride to the school, and have taken them to the next level of competition.

Athletic Therapy Clinic

Our Athletic Therapy Clinic specializes in musculoskeletal injuries and provides a range of support services for all SMCS students.

Clinic Services Include:
  • Prophylactic and post-injury taping
  • Emergency care coverage for all on-campus sports and activities
  • Referral of student-athletes to external sports medicine specialists when necessary
  • Comprehensive injury rehabilitation including manual therapy, modalities, and exercise prescription
  • Pre-operative and post-operative rehabilitation for sports-related injuries
  • SCAT5 assessments for concussions and refer when necessary to the University of Toronto's MacIntosh clinic for follow-up care per our Return-to-Learn programme
  • Progressive return-to-play protocol for student-athletes returning from a concussion
  • Personalized rehabilitation programmes for students recovering from an injury based on their individual injury needs


Athletic Therapists:

Justin Woods R. Kin., BAHSc., CAT(C)
Head Athletic Therapist
416-653-3180 ext. 433
jwoods@smcsmail.com

SMCS Justin Woods R. Kin., BAHSc., CAT(C)

Eliza Butler, R. Kin., BAHSc., CAT(C)
Athletic Therapist
416-653-3180 ext. 433
butler@smcsmail.com

SMCS Eliza Butler, RKin, CAT(C), BSc, BAHSc

Certifications:

Registered Kinesiologists (R.Kin)
Certified Athletic Therapists (CAT(C))
Red Cross First Responder certified

Also see our Academics Programme

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