The JUEL of Ontario is an independent Provincial League, providing opportunities for Players throughout the entire Province. It’s taken seven years to establish strong Franchises in all areas of the Province. Ideally no player will travel longer than one hour to their practices. This will allow them time to focus on their education as well as personal life away from basketball. We believe that displacing young women at a young age will have negative impacts on their personal growth. As well as adding financial burdens on the family, moneys that could be put towards their College or University education. Our model and its successes have now become the foundation of other upstart leagues throughout Canada.
JUEL is inclusive of all Players because we provide opportunities for everyone exclusive of their financial status. We want the best players to play in our league, not just a selected few who can afford it.
JUEL Prep was created to provide opportunities for Players to develop and transition into JUEL. Part of the initial plan for JUEL was to allow all of our players the opportunity to attend and play at their local High School during each fall, these are said to be the "best years of your life". With this in mind Basketball doesn't become the only focus in a young women's life, they still get the opportunity to be with their non-basketball friends and close to their families helping them become well-rounded.
The Women's game is fortunate that the majority of players are able to excel on the court as well as in the classroom; this is why Regional teams are so successful. They provide the opportunity for each player to represent their Region as part of a stronger group while staying at home.
Players generally want strong Coaching, develop their game so they're ready to step into a role at the next level, practice and compete against the best and give themselves the best exposure. JUEL has provided this since our first game and will continue to do so.
In Ontario alone there are 17 OUA and 18 OCAA Schools competing in Women’s Basketball, if each roster contains 12 Players then there are 420 spots available annually. The OUA and OCAA must be our priority, this is why JUEL has worked hard to establish strong relationships and stressed the importance of our Players playing on their courts. Not only would the Players have an opportunity to play College or University basketball, they will receive a great education in preparation for their lives after basketball.
Over the past seven years JUEL has worked with several OCAA and OUA schools in an effort to have our players play on College and University Courts. OCAA and OUA Coaches act as mentors to many of our teams during the season and assist in team selection during tryouts. JUEL has always provided direct access to all of our Players so they can make the best decision in selecting a school that will give them the greatest opportunity for education and basketball success.
The facts are clear; Players looking to play at the next level are using JUEL as their vehicle. Regular practices with and against the best players in their Region along with games against the best players in the Province have proven to be a recipe for success. JUEL's relationship with the NCAA, CIS and OCAA, has provided our Players with the best exposure and opportunities for Basketball and Academic choices.
Graduates aren't just succeeding on the court, but off the court as well. Every year Players submit, are evaluated and winners are selected for the Dunbar Medical Community Service and Molten All-Academic Awards. The Awards are part of our annual Banquet where we honour all of the hard work done during the season.
Beginning with our first game on December 11, 2010 Therapists have been on site for injury prevention and treatment. This is a service that all of our Players should have access to every game. Dunbar Medical will continue to provide supplies and Dr. Karen Chrobak (Sportside Medical Services) will come on board as JUEL’s Therapist’s Coordinator. With the help of generated past revenues all Therapists will be Certified professionals. Currently some of our teams conduct Concussion baseline testing on their own.
One of JUEL’s main focuses from the beginning has been to provide as many services for the best value. We understand there are financial burdens on families so allocating funds in the right areas is very important. JUEL has operated on a shoe string budget for years as we’re non-for-profit, but this past season we’ve begun to generate some funds to put back into the league. We aren’t collecting money today to pay off past debts. We’ve worked within our means, built the organization and now are starting to see some progress. The cost to play in JUEL is roughly $550 per player; add uniforms, practice time, travel expenses, training and that number could jump to $2,000 per player which is very competitive for the services and opportunities they receive.
Players have to make sacrifices to play at the highest level and give themselves the best opportunity to continue playing at the next level. With this in mind it is important that clubs and/or teams don’t add the burden of travelling more than an hour to-and-from practice twice possibly three times a week (also consider Workouts).
2018 Game Schedule
JUEL believes that we have some of the best Coaches in the Country, but at times they have no choice and must Coach several teams. This makes it very difficult to provide their JUEL or JUEL Prep Players with the highest level of coaching commitment. JUEL is asking for more from our Coaches in 2018 it is strongly recommended that JUEL/JUEL Prep Head Coaches do not coach another team during the season (January-May).
It’s very important to understand the JUEL/JUEL Prep isn’t just for the Players; we are also developing strong Coaches. In fact, a few former JUEL/JUEL Prep Coaches are currently coaching at the next level. JUEL has provided coaching tools (Video access and Krossover) over the years.
Along with the Players, Coaches and Parents, Game Officials are an integral part of competition. JUEL has a responsibility to work with all Game Officials in an effort to contribute to their development as well. A stronger working relationship will be a priority starting in 2018. Included will be pre-season and pre-League Tournament meetings to go over Points of Emphasis and other relevant information so everyone is on the same page.
The 2018 schedule modifications will be made in part to allow Teams and Players more time to train. Along with practicing 2-3 per week, JUEL recommends that all of our Teams provide additional training. Teams currently providing the training must notify JUEL; those who are not must notify JUEL as well. JUEL can assist with training programs if needed.
JUEL/JUEL Prep teams are strongly encouraged to travel to the US during the April and July viewing periods. JUEL provides great exposure to CIS and OCAA schools during the season, but to keep players in our league the expectation is that Players get the best opportunities. JUEL/JUEL Prep teams can no longer just run programs from January to May and expect to keep their players. Any teams not providing maximum services and opportunities will be hard pressed to compete year-after-year.