UCC Lancers Will Play In Basketball’s National Junior Circuit
The UCC Lancers Junior Girls basketball team will take on new challenges next season, as they have entered into the National Junior Circuit.
“The last few seasons we have been very competitive and we hope to be again this year,” said UCC head coach Dureck Culverwell”
“The NJC invited us to enter their league this year and we have opted to enter one tournament. This will give the opportunity to the UCC Junior Girls to compete against top talent from across the Province as it is our understanding that we have the chance to play Prep Schools as part of the Circuit.”
The National Junior Circuit launched last year with a Junior Boys division, and will add Junior girls this season. According to Tony House, Founder of the National Junior Circuit (NJC), the NJC identified UCC early on as a top program they wanted involved.
“The NJC is first off very strategic and selective in order to ensure it is an elite platform for high-performance Jr. HS and Prep athletes/programs,” House wrote CKSN. “We have Board of Directors for both the Jr. Boys and Girls Divisions and UCC was initially identified as the top program in your region.”
The Circuit will host multiple weekends, bringing together the top Junior basketball programs from all regions school types to compete in centralized competition.
According to House, this is specifically important for school’s looking for elite competition because there is no OFSAA competition for Junior basketball.
“It will give them a chance to gauge where they are at as players/teams with the best across the country. Specifically there is no OFSAA at the Jr. HS level so it becomes the only way to compete against the premier teams in Canada.”
The Lancers will begin competition in the National Junior Circuit, along with their normal regional play, in the 2019-2020 season.