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JUEL - Ontario U19 Junior Women's Elite Provincial League

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Ontario U19 Junior Women’s elite provincial league (JUEL) will commence play in December 2010.

The JUEL, the newly formed Ontario Junior Women’s (U19) elite league will commence play, province-wide in December 2010. JUEL will feature 22 franchises that have been awarded by the league’s Board of Directors, in conjunction with Ontario Basketball. The league is intended as the place where the top 264 U19 players in the province will compete. JUEL is intended to provide the best possible preparation for Ontario female high school age players who intend to continue their careers at the college or university level in Canada or the United States. All JUEL regular season and league championship competition for 2010 -2011 has been sanctioned by Ontario Basketball.

The JUEL concept is the brainchild of its Commissioner, Fergy Neves. Neves is the founder of the successful Sultan Prospects club programme based in Mississauga. Neves, along with Deputy Commissioner Bryan Davies of the Durham Basketball Association (Whitby) and Ontario Basketball’s Club and League Development Manager, Shawn McPhee are the JUEL executive committee. The executive committee and the four league directors, representing each of the four JUEL divisions, will provide a wealth of experience in Ontario basketball to help guide the new league.

West
Central West
Central East
East
Ingersoll X-Plosion Blessed Sacrament Advantage Titans Durham Eclipse
KW Lightning Brantford Briers Barrie Royals Kingston Impact
London Ramblers Hamilton Transway Brampton Warriors Ottawa East
Sault Titans Niagara Falls Red Raiders Etobicoke Storm Ottawa West
Windsor Valiants Oakville Venom North Toronto Huskies Scarborough Blues
  Tri-County Blues Toronto  

The JUEL is constructed on the principle that the interests of the players come first. As the league develops, it is anticipated that each JUEL franchise will attract players on a regional basis, where prior club affiliation is not a determining factor in whether a player makes a JUEL roster. Each JUEL team will play a 21 game regular season schedule. Games will be played on seven weekends at various Ontario sites between early December 2010 and April 2011, with the JUEL championship tournament and players’ banquet scheduled for May 6-8, 2011 in Kitchener/Waterloo. Centralized weekend competition sites are intended to more effectively promote JUEL players to interested college and university coaches. Consistent with the Long Term Athlete Development models employed by Ontario Basketball and Canada Basketball in their elite programmes, the JUEL format encourages a favourable practice time to game ratio and increased skill development.

The JUEL has attracted significant sponsorship interest as the inaugural tip-off approaches. As the 2010-2011 season moves forward, the JUEL Board and its member franchises will determine a promotion / relegation policy consistent with the desire to stimulate the best possible Ontario basketball competition for its U19 junior women.

Please contact JUEL Commissioner Fergy Neves at fergy@sultanprospects.com or Deputy Commissioner Bryan Davies at bdaviesis@rogers.com with any questions or queries concerning league operations in 2010-2011 and beyond.