The UNBC Timberwolves basketball and soccer programs will be playing fewer games this season.

Canada West announced its revised regular-season sport formats for the upcoming season Monday, as the conference works towards an eventual return to play during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Men’s and Women’s soccer both varsity teams will play ten games each.

Under previous years, the men’s schedule consisted of 15 games while the women played a 14-game regular season.

In basketball, UNBC will play a 16 game slate (both men’s and women’s), a slight reduction from the 20-game schedule they are accustomed to.

The new formats will feature less travel in response to the ongoing pandemic, which has resulted in significant disruptions to member finances.

Ultimately a determination on the season will be contingent on clearance from health authorities in all four Western provinces, students returning to campuses for face-to-face instruction, and the availability of venues.

MEN’S SOCCER (13 teams)

Regular season:
10 games per team
2 divisions
Pacific Division (7 teams): 2 games vs. 4 teams + 1 additional game vs. 2 teams
Prairie Division (6 teams): 2 games vs. 5 teams

WOMEN’S SOCCER (16 teams)
Regular season:
10 games per team
3 divisions
B.C. Division (7 teams): 2 games vs. 4 teams + 1 additional game vs. 2 teams
Alberta Division (5 teams): 3 games vs. 2 teams + 2 games vs. 2 teams
Sask. / Manitoba Division (4 teams): 3 games vs. 2 teams + 4 games vs. 1 team

MEN’S & WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (17 teams)
Regular season:
16 games per team
Three divisions
B.C. Division (7 teams): 3 games vs. 4 teams + 2 additional games vs. 2 teams
Alberta Division (5 teams): 4 games vs. 4 teams
Sask. / Manitoba Division (5 teams): 4 games vs. 4 teams