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About Amateur Sport

This category looks at amateur sport in Canada and the United States of America and what it's like to work in it.

Amateur sport is synonymous with non-profit sport. Non-profit sport organizations primary purpose is to provide social services without interest in making a profit.

Non-profit sport organizations consist of three types.

Firstly, single-sport organizations are those responsible for one sport (ex. BC Diving Association, Athletes Canada, Timber Ridge Ski Club). Second, multi-sport organizations are responsible for several sports (ex. Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Colleges Athletics Association, Canada Games Committee). Third, multi-service sport organizations are responsible for providing services to single sport and multi-sport organizations (ex. Canadian Centre for Ethics and Sport, Athletes Canada, Coaching Association of Canada).

Moreover, there are a four levels of non-profit sport organizations.

International Sport Organizations

Firstly, International Federations (IFs) govern sport at a world level (ex. International Olympic Committee, International Basketball Federation and The Fédération Internationale de Football Association).

National Sport Organizations

Secondly, National Sport Organizations (NSOs) in Canada provide programs and services to national-level athletes and provide leadership to their member organizations. NSOs, pronounced “enessows” are commonly mentioned in Sport Management classes. Examples of "enessows" include Wheelchair Basketball Canada, Cricket Canada and Canada Soccer.

Provincial Sport Organizations

Third, Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) provide programs and services to provincial-level athletes and provide leadership to their member organizations. Likewise to NSOs, PSOs are pronounced “pee-s-ows” and are mentioned in Canadian Sport Management classes so much. Examples of “pee-s-ows” include Ontario Volleyball Association, British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association.

Community Sport Organizations

Finally, Community Sport Organizations (CSOs) provide many of the recreational and competitive sport opportunities we enjoy in our communities. CSOs, pronounced "see-s-ows" are another common buzz word around Canadian Sport Management campuses. Examples of these include the Erin Mills Soccer Club.

This category highlights people working within all the above types of amateur sport organizations.

In addition, government sport is discussed here with attention to the Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels.

Amateur sport consists of all sports in which athletes do not get paid for playing. This differs from professional sport. So here you will find articles relating to the OCAA, U SPORTS, youth sport, Indigenous sport, ParaSports, and the Olympic and Paralympic movement. There's more than that too! Also, if an article touches on the government's funding or lack thereof, towards amateur sport, you'll find an article about that here.

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