August 24, 2017- The start of school is nearing on the UNB Saint John campus and the athletics department is preparing for an exciting season of collegiate sport. Are you interested in joining a team, but don’t know where to start? Our varsity Athletics coordinator has provided answers to the most frequently asked questions from prospective students:

What sports are offered at UNB Saint John?

The Seawolves are proud members of the Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association (ACAA). Student-athletes are able to compete in six varsity sports: men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and basketball. Our cross country and track and field teams competed in AUS (Atlantic University Sport).

What level of experience is the coach looking for?

Coaches are looking for individuals with a high skill set and a strong team mindset. Past experience in a high caliber program is preferred such as:

  • Being a starter on your high school team
  • Playing on another college or university team
  • Playing on a high performance club team
  • Playing on a provincial/national team
  • Playing on a team in the upper division of a city or regional program.

How much time is playing a varsity sport going to take?

There is a significant commitment required to participate in collegiate sport. Our season is follows:

Sport Tryouts Exhibition Regular Season Nationals
Soccer Late Aug. Late Aug. Sept. & Oct. Mid-Nov.
Volleyball Early Sept. Oct. Nov., Jan. & Feb. Late Feb.
Basketball Early Sept. Oct. Nov., Jan. & Feb. Early Mar.

Teams practice three-four times per week for 1.5 hours. Games take place on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Mid-week games are typically played versus teams that are in close proximity.  Time management is essential to student-athlete success. Student Services can be a great tool during the school year.  Visit unb.ca/studentlife/support to discover the support services offered.

How much do I have to pay to play on a team?

Each team has a fee that ranges from $250-$400. This fee covers expenses surrounding non-conference play, specialty training, team apparel and special activities.  This fee can be paid out-of-pocket or donors can be secured through our Adopt-a-Seawolf program.

The athletics department covers the cost of transportation and hotels for league play. In addition, players receive a meal subsidy while traveling out of province to offset food expenses.

When and where are tryouts?

New and returning full-time students are welcome to attend the following training and tryout sessions:

Women’s Soccer- Canada Games Stadium

Aug. 23 & 24- 5:30-7:30 PM

Aug. 25- 6:30-8:00 PM

Aug. 28-Aug. 31- 6:30-8:00 PM

Sept. 1- 4:30-6:00 PM

Sept. 5 & 6- 6:30-8:00 PM

Men’s Soccer- Canada Games Stadium

Aug. 23 & 24- 5:30-7:30 PM

Aug. 25- 5:00- 6:30 PM

Aug. 28-Aug. 31- 5:00- 6:30 PM

Sept. 1- 4:30-6:00 PM

Sept. 5 & 6- 5:00- 6:30 PM

Women’s Basketball- G. Forbes Elliot AC

Sept. 5 & 6- 6:00-7:30 PM

Sept. 11 & 13- 6:00-7:30 PM

Men’s Basketball- G. Forbes Elliot AC

Sept. 4 -6- 6:00-7:30 PM

Sept. 11 & 12 6:00-7:30 PM

Women’s Volleyball- G. Forbes Elliot AC

Sept. 5- 7:00-8:30 PM

Sept. 6- 7:30-9:00 PM

Sept. 11-13- 7:00-8:30 PM

Men’s Volleyball- G. Forbes Elliot AC

Sept. 5 & 6- 7:30-9:00 PM

Sept. 11 & 13- 7:30-9:00 PM

Cross Country and Track & Field- Canada Games Stadium & G. Forbes Elliot AC

Contact the head coach directly for information on training sessions.

What if I have a question that wasn’t answered?

You can contact the varsity coordinator or one of our head coaches:

Varsity Athletics Coordinator:

Natasha Kelly| nkelly@unbsj.ca | Phone: 506.648.5942

Head Coaches:

Men’s & Women’s Soccer: David Vicente

Women’s Basketball: Kevin Munroe

Men’s Basketball: Peter Vincent

Women’s Volleyball: Lauren Hale-Miller

Men’s Volleyball: Kyle Blanchard

Cross Country & Track & Field: Chris Belof

Stay connected with the Seawolves all season by following us on:

Facebook: unbsjathletics

Twitter/Instagram: unbsjseawolves

 

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