Voting is open for the CIS – UFRC Top 10 pre-season poll

Voting is open for the CIS/UFRC Top 10 pre-season poll.

Voting closes Monday, August 24 by Noon Eastern time.

The first Top 10 will be released Tuesday, August 25 by the UFRC and CIS. More detailed breakdowns of the vote will be available at at the time of release.

The poll featues a weighted vote involving a national Top 10 panel, CIS coaches and the UFRC membership at large.

Your Top 10 should be submitted via e-mail to


First Top 10 Ballot

The first Top 10 Ballot will be sent out via e-mail to all members and coaches August 14th for a pre-season poll.

Ballots will need to be returned By August 18.

Panels set for UFRC Media/Coaches Top 10

The UFRC/AJFUC has completed the compilation of the two Top 10 panels for the 2009 season.

All of the 27 coaches have been notified, and thier staffs have been encouraged to participate on a weekly basis.

Twenty-seven journalists across the country have also been appointed to the panel.


The coaches shall vote in three regions:

Western Canada

The process:

A) The votes will be compiled by region.

B) Each region shall submit their own Top 10 list based upon the votes. Those Top 10 lists will be available at

C) Each region’s Top 10 shall be multipled by three to represent the value of each 27 member vote.

D) Each region shall then have their ballot multiplied by nine, to enable each of the three regions to be represented equally.

E) The value of the top 10 shall be as follows:

1 = 270 points, 2 = 253 points, 3 = 216 points
4 = 189 points, 5 = 162 points, 6 = 135 points
7 = 108 points, 8 = 81 points, 9 = 54 points
10 = 27 points.


Each reporter panel vote shall be multipled by three.

1 = 30, 2 = 27, 3 = 24, 4 = 21, 5 = 18
6 = 15, 7 = 12, 8 = 9, 9 = 6, 10 = 3

Each UFRC non panel vote shall stand as one vote:

1 = 10, 2 = 9, 3 = 8, 4 = 7, 5 = 6,
6 = 5, 7 = 4, 8 = 3, 9 = 2, 2 = 1.

Top 10, Players of the Week to be administered by UFRC

The CIS has handed the reigns of the National Top 10 poll to the University Football Reporters of Canada.

A UFRC panel will also be responsible for selecting the CIS players of the week.

For the first time coaches will participate in the vote with the media. All members of the UFRC will be elligible to vote in the national poll.

The poll is weighted to allow for equitable representation from the different regions of the country. The poll will also weigh in favour of more experienced voters versus newer votes. This will allow for maximum participation, and the most accurate vote possible.

More information is available on this site on the process by hitting the top tab “UFRC/CIS Top 10”.

A new way of selecting the Top 10

So many folks have complained about the CIS Top 10, but few have suggested an equitable and somewhat accurate alternative.

The UFRC is proposing to the CIS a new way of voting for the top 10. Along with a media panel, CIS coaches will participate along with other active members of the media who are members of the UFRC.

For the record, here’s the draft version of the proposal:

The UFRC/CIS Canadian Top 10

i.) The UFRC shall be responsible for the weekly polling and tabulation of the “UFRC/CIS Canadian Top 10”.

i.) The voting shall be tiered into two levels;

a.) Top 10 committee and 27 CIS coaches.

b.) All other members in good standing of the UFRC.

ii.) The voting shall be valued as:

a.) Each ballot from the Top 10 committee and 27 CIS coaches shall be valued as three ballots.

b.) Each ballot from a UFRC member shall be valued as one ballot.

iii.) The Top 10 committee shall be comprised of:

a.) Six voters from Western Canada.
b.) Six voters from Ontario.
c.) Six voters combined from Quebec and the Maritimes.
d.) Six voters from national media organizations.
e.) Three voters selected by the UFRC at large.
The total number of voters shall not exceed 27.

iv.) Coaches voting committee.

a.) Each head coach of an active CIS team, or designate shall submit a Top 10 vote that shall not include a vote for his team.
The total number of voters shall not exceed 27.

v.) Ballots:

a.) A choice of the top 10 shall be submitted by eligible members to an e-mail address accessible to the tabulator of the Top 10 committee by 4 p.m. AT, 3 p.m. ET, 2 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. MT, or Noon PT on the Monday following the week of games in the CIS. This shall be extended to Tuesday on the weeks where Monday games are played.

b.) Voters may select as many teams who they think can qualify for recognition in a top 10, not exceeding 10.

c.) The results will then be sent to the CIS Sports Information Office before the Monday at 23:59 ET.

d.) The CIS shall release the poll the following day.


i.) Results shall be ranked via points, since the ballots are weighted.

ii.) It will be noted on all releases that;
– “The poll is selected by the University Football Reporters of Canada Top 10 committee, CIS Head Coaches, and the UFRC membership by a weighted ballot.”

iii.) Reporting times:

a.) The Pre-Season Top 10 shall be selected on the week leading to the first full weekend of competition in at least two out of the four competing conferences.

b.) The weekly Top 10 shall vote week-to-week until the completion of the first week of playoffs in at least two of the four competing conferences.

We’re open to suggestions. There are some details that may change in this proposal as things develop.