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Hutchinson, Brian. "As the Pros went Sour, Alberta turned to Amateur Sport." The Boom and the Bust [1910 – 1914] . (Alberta in the twentieth century, v.3). Ted Byfield. ed, 82-85. Edmonton: CanMedia, Inc, 2006.

AB: This detailed article outlines early amateur sport in Alberta from 1910 to the early 1930's. By 1910, professional sport was waning in Alberta due to corruption and bribery tainting its reputation. During this same period, amateur sport became popular with memberships in associations such as the Young Men's Christian Association and the Alberta Amateur Athletic Association.  By 1913, Calgary boasted seven amateur baseball leagues and over thirty amateur hockey teams. Sports such as wrestling, curling and bowling became popular among the locals. "Canadian-style" football, a hybrid of British rugby and American football. attracted a large following after the Calgary Tigers beat the Winnipeg Rowing Club capturing the 1911 Western Canadian Championship. A strict "residence rule" was adopted by the A.A.H.A which stipulated that a player had to be a bona fide resident of the city in which he plays, leading Fred Gravelle, then-manager of the Calgary Athletic Club, to form the Southern Alberta Hockey League allowing unfettered access to players from across the province. As well, the war in Europe in 1916 made it difficult to recruit male athletes over the age of 18, causing the A.A.A.U. to relax its previously strict standards allowing for the intermingling of professional and amateur athletes in the leagues.


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