CISAA Athletics


With a full roster of sports opportunities, kicking off mid-September each academic year, the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) boasts 25 sports, 165 leagues and over 1,500 teams playing almost 3500 games each school year, far exceeding the provincial average. (Despite the acronym, it bears repeating that CISAA is indeed the athletic division of CIS Ontario and membership is required for participation.)

Supported by expert coaches, and cheered on by a committed parent community, our member-school athletes are motivated to perform at the very top of their game.

It’s never just about winning … The CISAA mandate is to provide exciting athletic opportunities and challenging competitive experiences. However, a positive attitude and respect for others is both taught and demanded.

It's the 30th anniversary of CISAA! What's next for the CIS Ontario Athletic Association?


Leadership and excellence in school sport.


Enhance school sport through values and evidence based programming, while striving to embrace an equitable, inclusive, and positive sport culture.


We adhere to strong moral principles of conduct both within and beyond the sports environment.
We honour and value the contributions of officials, opponents, spectators, coaches, teammates, and self.
We foster an environment of accessibility, fellowship, and community that recognizes and honours the diverse demographic that characterizes our association.
We uphold the spirit of the contest while respecting all participants.
We provide a forum for personal and collective growth as global citizens, by fostering a lifelong approach to learning through sport.


  • Four of the oldest independent schools in Canada formed the original conference members, titled “Little Big Four”
  • These original conference rivals are St. Andrew’s College, Aurora, Ridley College, St. Catharines, Upper Canada College, Toronto and Trinity College School, Port Hope
  • The CISAA is a member of the Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic Associations (OFSAA)
  • Many CISAA teams have great success competing in both OFSAA provincial championships and national independent school tournaments.

Associate Memberships

OFSAA The Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations
Football Ontario
Ontario Soccer

School sport is a core educational program and the resulting life skills learned during years of participation are critical to young people developing into concerned citizens able to contribute to the betterment of society as a whole.

Tim White, CISAA Director

CISAA – Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association


Tim White
CISAA Director

Tim White, CISAA Director

CISAA Code of Conduct

First page of the PDF file: CISAA-CISOntario2023-CodeofConduct