Séminaire Saint-François has decided that its best basketball players will play next fall in the new elite basketball circuit (CBQ) initiated by the Basketball Association of Quebec (FBQ). An important change for the best coaching for the private institution, which leaves the Student Sports Network of Quebec (RSEQ) with the same truth.
“This is the choice we have made in order to provide the best possible development for our athletes. We believe we have a more competitive schedule as such. We also believe we will provide a better opportunity for the top athletes to shine and be known south of the border,” said David Levasseur, director of basketball at Séminaire Saint-François. “.
The Blizzard Premier League will also tour the US twice, in addition to participating in matches on the new Elite CBQ Arena.
“The calendar brings together six matches against Quebec teams and eight more matches against Ontario teams. The series will be disputed among the Quebec squads. This is not a disclaimer from RSEQ. We still have 25 teams in the grid and we think we have enough depth in our program for our second girls’ team to play in the Section 1 of the RSEQ. It is clear that we will reconsider our plans if the border with the United States remains closed.”
alone from the area
For Georges Germanos, Project Coordinator at FBQ, Séminaire Saint-François is far from being privileged by being the only school in Capitale-Nationale for a new elite circle accepted into this network of regional regrouping. The only other RSEQ institution is Jeanne-Mance High School in Montreal, also known as a strength in women’s basketball.
We want to put girls on the map with this new initiative. We want to have the top 84 girls from high school 4 and 5 playing against each other, and there is a lot of female talent in Quebec.
The CBQ program started four years ago, and this year we are adding an elite component. There are a number of conditions that must be met, including a minimum percentage of representation on regional star teams and provincial teams. It’s not a birthright, you have to perform to be part of the circle. The agreement is good for two years and there will be a re-evaluation after that time,” explains Mr. Germanos.
The importance of the dream
With this new project, David Levasseur also hopes to change the perspective of his top players.
“It’s not for everyone, but I want the girls to be able to fulfill their ambitions. I don’t want our players to hold back due to a lack of vision for our organization. We want to keep our dream of developing in top American universities and even in the professional ranks in the WNBA or elsewhere. If they are They want to come back to play in Quebec, no problem either, but they will have a choice. Gone are the days of just playing to win streams, and you have to develop the player to his full potential.”
A 100% vision shared by the Principal of the School, Luke Savoy.
“We don’t get into this backwards. We want to stay there for the long haul and we think we have the depth through our program to do that. It is thought to be beneficial for women’s sports, which often lacks role models to nurture aspirational athletes.”
Caution in student sports
RSEQ’s senior director, Gustave Roel, was still waiting for feedback from FBQ about the project’s development.
There are inconsistencies between what we received as a presentation of the Federation and what appears to be the reality on the ground. My perception is that the players who will play in this circle will also play in Division 1 of our league. The goal is to slow the talent drain and not do the opposite. “