News and Announcements
On Saturday November 4th the Windsor Valiants U15 Developmental Team made their debut playing their first game against the Valiants Major Bantam team. The U15 team is made up of girls from the Valiants house league program and other girls looking to develop their basketball skills. The U15 features girls from: Sandwich Public School, Vincent Massey Secondary School, Walkerville High School, Kennedy High School, St. Anne’s catholic High School, Westgate Public School and Northwood Public School. Girls on the U15 are in grades 7-10 and are just a group of girls who wanted a taste of higher level basketball action.
The Major bantam team showed what makes them one of the best teams in Ontario handling the Developmental Team pretty well. For the developmental Valiants team there were several bright spots during the game. Starting Centre #21 Olivia Austin-Ghrayeb was all over the floor diving for balls, getting rebounds and being the defensive anchor for the Valiants Developmental Team. Austin-Ghrayeb was named player of the game for Developmental Team. Strong point guard play was made by siblings #5 Reem Chebli and #8 Manar Chebli.
Up next for the U15 team is a tournament in Dearborn Michigan at the Turkey Hoops Showcase. We are looking forward to seeing the debuts of #13 Point Guard Nneke Lockhart, #14 Power Forward Nyra Brown-Henderson and #15 Centre Olivia Carter.
We want to thank Ben Scaria and Sean Mei from the Massey Mustangs Basketball Program for officiating this game. Thanks to Coach Wren Dosant and Josh Leeman Executive Director of the Valiants for giving Coach Keith McShan the chance to coach these fine group of ladies.
Great start Valiants!
The Valiants elite academy will be offered Sunday mornings starting the 24th of September. It will be lead by University of Windsor Starting point guard and Captain Mike Rocca along with CFL player and University of Duke Graduate Chris Rwabukamba. The program is very excited to have these two outstanding athletes provide elite training in basketball, strength and conditioning, speed and agility. This 10 week program will help bring out the best in your son or daughter.
In our basketball training sessions we will be focusing on shooting, dribbling, passing, balance, and most importantly decision making! Your child will leave this academy with a strong skill set and improved confidence to lead them into their upcoming seasons! “Mike Rocca”
In our training sessions we will focus on making your child a better overall athlete! The focus will be improving speed, agility, conditioning and explosiveness!!! Together with your child’s hard work and my tested methods, we will unlock your child’s true athletic potential. “Chris Rwabukamba”
The Windsor Valiants Basketball Club are excited to announce that the girls only fall house league program is now open for registration. House league will start on Saturday September 23rd from 9am till 1pm and run until December 2nd and run for 10 sessions. As our house league program continues to grow we are thrilled to announce that grade nine girls have been added to our house league program. The Valiant are happy to see the game of basketball grow and the addition of this age group gives us a chance to keep girls involved with the game of basketball as they enter high school.
Girls in grade 1 through 9 are eligible to participate in house league basketball and all skill levels and abilities are invited to participate. House league this year is $90 and payment can be made via cheque or cash on the first day on September 23rd. Participants will receive a Valiants branded t-shirt. House league forms can be emailed back to email@example.com. Visit www.windsorvaliants.ca to fill out the registration form. No Houseleague on Saturday November 11th in honour of Remembrance Day
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2017-18 Season Tryout Dates:
JUEL – September 11th, 13th and 18th from 7-9pm at Forster Community Hub
JUEL Prep – September 12th, 14th and 19th from 7-9pm at Forster Community Hub
Major Bantam – September 21st, 26th, and 28th from 7-9pm at Forster Community Hub
Bantam – September 20th, 25th and 27th from 7-9pm at Forster Community Hub
Major Atom – October 2nd, 4th and 11th from 5:30-7pm at Forster Community Hub
Atom – October 3rd – 6:30-8:30pm at Begely, October 5th and 12th from 7-8:30 at Forster Community Hub
Novice – October 2nd – 6:30-8:30pm at Begely, October 5th and 12th from 5:30-7pm at Forster Community Hub
The Windsor Valiants are pleased to announce Nikki Vidakovic as the new Head Coach of the JUEL team for the upcoming season. In addition Milica Kulidzan and Cara Weese will also be on board as Assistant coaches. Nikki has been a part of the staff with the 5 time National Championship winning University of Windsor Women’s basketball team, head coach of the Tecumseh Vista High School Sr. Girls and Jr. Boys Team, Serbian Girls Major Midget Travel Team and has had some experience coaching oversees in England.
“We are very excited for the upcoming season! The club is thrilled with the new coaching staff in place for the JUEL team for upcoming season because of their strong community involvement, basketball backgrounds and most importantly they are all strong female leaders. We couldn’t be more excited to bring these three great ambassadors of female sport on board this year!” Josh Leeman, Windsor Valiants Executive Director
We are also pleased to announce that there will be some changes in the JUEL/JUEL Prep schedule this year and that both teams will be traveling to the Chicago Nike Windy City Classic in April and the National Club Championships in BC in August.
There are open gym sessions every Monday night at Forster Community Hub (749 Felix Ave), except August 7th, from 7:30-9:30pm and we encourage any interested players to come out. Tryouts will be taking place the second week of September, days and times will be sent out and posted on the Valiants Website in the coming days. Please feel free to pass along to any players that you think would be interested in playing this season.