Who will register?

The competition is open to undergrad students at Canadian universities and is recognized as the largest of its kind in Canada. Its main purpose is to bridge the gap between the practice of kinesiology and academic worlds, which ultimately enriches students, professors, researchers and practising kinesiologists. Up to 24 teams from provinces throughout the country participate in the week-long event. The competition offers participants great opportunities to meet new people and network with practising Kinesiologists, academics, researchers and prominent business people attending the competition either as judges or sponsors.

A team is to include at least three students from the same university, one professor (acting as a mentor/coach), one practising Kinesiologist and one researcher (acting as consultants). The practising Kinesiologist and researcher may be different from case to case.

Qualifying teams: From all registered teams received by November 10, 24 teams will be selected by the jury in priority according to these criteria, provided all teams include the required individuals: one team per province, one team per university and then the best of the remaining teams.

Why enter?

Entering this case competition is a great way for students to boost their resumes and advance their careers. The event is especially popular among undergraduate students who want to add valuable extracurricular activities to their resumes. Top reasons to enter the competition include the following:

Learn new skills Build confidence Win cash prizes
Develop leadership skills Make new friends Improve your resume


Who will attend?

The Live presentations in the semi-final and final can be watched by anyone - teammates, friends, fellow students, Kinesiologists, professors, and faculty members who have registered as spectators.

What format?

The format is a round-robin tournament consisting of four kinesiology cases. Three of these cases are live presentations about a real-life kinesiology-related challenge. With 24 hours to prepare, teams of three students analyze and evaluate unpublished cases using the skills, knowledge and experience they have acquired from their respective kinesiology curriculums. Students create a presentation that demonstrates their ability to dig into the problem and develop a feasible solution. A panel of judges grade the presentations according to a set list of criteria, using their unique backgrounds, experience and perspectives to critically assess the participants’ presentations. Teams are judged on creativity, insight, substance and plausibility of implementation. All teams rely on the live presentation, a brief question period, and supporting materials (provided by organizers, the practising Kinesiologists and the researcher on their team) to build their presentation for evaluation. The final round includes one case with 24 hours of preparation time and a final case with only 15 hours of preparation. Winners receive bursaries and recognition from the kinesiology community.


What Cases?


  • Four cases will be written by a delegate of the CKA Communications Committee.
  • Cases will cover realistic current cases in practice.
  • Cases will cover diverse fields of study.
  • Judging criteria will be drafted by the writer of each case, and additional regular criteria will be added, such as respect of presentation time, problem-solving ability, clarity of speech, etc. The list of criteria will be included in each case.

Case presentations:

To submit: by electronic means to be confirmed (e.g., WeTransfer, Google Drive, Dropbox)

  1. Qualifying round: Solutions to be received no later than 11:00 a.m. ET, Nov. 19 (5-minute video plus PowerPoint and/or documents)*
  2. Semi-final and final rounds: Solutions to be received no later than set deadline (PowerPoint and/or documents)

To present in semi-final and final rounds:

  1. Each team will have 5 minutes maximum to present its solution as per material received by the deadline. No extra material will be allowed.
  2. The team’s solution must be presented by a student on the team.
  3. The jury may ask questions to be answered immediately by one of the student on the team.

* More information on material to be submitted:

  • Teams are expected to prepare a video presentation of approximately 5 minutes that highlights and summarizes their solution to the proposed issue. Ensure that the video is of adequate quality and that any necessary COVID precautions are adhered to.
  • It is highly recommended that each team member speak for a relatively equal time during the presentation. Participation in the video, while not mandatory, is very highly encouraged.
  • A slide-deck presentation should be used to complement your presentation.
  • When submitting the video, do note that higher-quality videos may take longer to upload to YouTube; therefore, it is suggested you plan for this accordingly to respect deadlines.
  • Ensure that the video is unlisted on YouTube. It is recommended that the name of the team and its members be added in the description of the uploaded video.
  • Submissions should be received as:
    • an email including the name of your team, the case number, the link to your video and, as an attachment, all material you wish to submit (e.g., slide deck) or
    • a link to the video submitted via this form (TBA), as well as an uploaded video to YouTube for other participants and judges to view.


When & How much?

Since there are different time zones in Canada, the case deadlines are announced in the three main time zones. 

It all begins on November 12 2021 at:

PT: 08 a.m.    ET: 11 a.m.    AT: 12 p.m.


Registration begins on August 16 2021

The registration fee structure has been built to be inclusive and affordable for participants. This will give everyone the opportunity to also access the 2021 Kin Can Conference at a very reasonable price, experience our new virtual series event and connect with each other.  

Register as a team:

Students: $20 / pers.
Consulting Resources (e.g. Professor-Mentor, Kinesiologist, Researcher) : $20 / pers.

The registration process will require you to have read and accept this waiver.

Register as a spectator:

                    CKA Members:         Students:         Non-CKA Members:
     $20 until Oct. 31st            $20                  $125
    $50 from Nov. 1st                                           

N.B. All registration fees include access to the 2021 Kin Can Conference



What to Win?

Winners of final round cumulative score and others: over $2,500 in prize to win by students only

Outstanding Team (qualifying round)*:   3 x $25
Outstanding Team (semi-final)*:      3 x $50
3rd place (final):    3 x $100
2nd place (final):    3 x $250
1st place (final): 3 x $500

* “Outstanding” definition is at the jury’s discretion. It could be for the best effort, the most creative, the most innovative, etc.


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