St. Andrew’s has a long history of participation in all four of the Independent School National Tournaments that are offered for boys. The SEAL* tournaments are held at independent schools across Canada on a rotational basis. The competitions occur over three days and often involve sightseeing and cultural events in the host city.
The Sr. Boys Soccer National Tournament began in 1981 at Lower Canada College in Montreal. St. Andrew’s was one of the original 10 charter member schools which blossomed into the current 24- team format. SAC hosted the tournament in 1991 and 2007 and were tournament champions in 1993 and 2005. The upcoming 2010 tournament will be held October 15-17 at Holy Trinity School in Richmond Hill, Ontario. There are 29 schools that regularly participate in this tournament and therefore schools must sit-out of competition once every five years. As such, St. Andrew’s is not participating this year and will instead travel to Buffalo for U.S. exhibition games. The fall 2011 tournament will see the Saints return to compete at Stanstead College in Quebec.
The U13 Boys Soccer National Tournament began in 1976 at Ashbury College in Ottawa. The tournament currently involves 23 schools that compete in a 20-team format. SAC hosted the event in 1998 and co-hosted in 2009. In 2002 the Saints were co-champions with Lower Canada College. The upcoming 2010 tournament will be held October 21-23 at Armbrae Academy and Halifax Grammar School in Nova Scotia.
The U13 Boys Basketball National Tournament began in 1993 at St. George’s School in Vancouver, B.C. The tournament includes 18 schools that compete in a 16-team format. St. Andrew’s hosted the event in 2005 and has participated every year since the tournament's inception. The upcoming 2011 tournament will be held February 3-5 at Holy Trinity School Richmond Hill, ON.
The Sr. Boys Rugby National Tournament began in 1996 at Stanstead College in Quebec. The tournament follows a 16-team format and was hosted in 2009 at St. Andrew’s. The Saints have taken four national titles including 2002, 2003, 2006, and 2007. This year’s event will be held April 15-17 at Appleby College in Oakville, ON.
*SEAL (Standards in Excellence And Learning) is the new national voice for Canadian independent schools, and is the preeminent organization of accredited independent schools in Canada dedicated to educational excellence and organizational leadership.