Fall Jr. Heat Training program schedule announced

Girls born in 2000 throughout the Okanagan Valley may attend the fall training sessions [Download PDF]. Players may attend the full program, Tuesday sessions only or Sunday sessions only. Players are also welcome to attend on a ‘drop-in’ basis if needed. The program begins Tuesday Oct 9th.

To register contact Head Coach Rob Mitchell robmitchell100@yahoo.com

Please print off and complete the attached Player Application form and bring to your first session. Please bring a size 6/28.5 basketball and water bottle to each session.


Fall Junior Heat Training Program Announced – Girls born in 2000 (2001 may try out)

The UBC Okanagan Junior Heat Basketball program is providing a fall training opportunity for girls born 2000 (2001 may try out). This program will cater to athletes wishing to further their individual skill development and improve their overall basketball IQ. The program will physically and mentally challenge athletes to improve their shooting, individual skills and team offensive and defensive concepts. The program will run from October 9th to November 25th.

At the conclusion of the fall training program, a Junior Heat U13 Girls (2013) club team will be selected to train throughout the winter and will participate in exhibition games/tournaments in Kelowna. The team may also enter tournaments in the Lower Mainland or Washington State. The program will conclude at the exciting Basketball BC, club team championships in Richmond, BC - April 5-7th.

About the Junior Heat

The mandate of the Jr. Heat basketball program is to develop basketball players and to assist them in reaching their potential. The vehicle used to achieve this goal is the creation of age-specific club teams selected on the basis of talent, potential and attitude. More information can be found at https://news.ok.ubc.ca/juniorheat/

About the coaches

Rob Mitchell will be the head coach for the program. Rob is trained in the new NCCP coaching certification - ‘Competition Introduction – Advanced’ (similar to the old Level 2) and has been coaching boys and girls youth basketball for over 10 years in both Chilliwack and Kelowna minor basketball systems. He has also coached at the high school, club and Basketball BC Regional team and Regional Training Centre levels.

His philosophy is to teach players how to space, read the defense, take all good shots and create space for your teammates. This is accomplished by applying sound fundamentals such as proper footwork, ball handling, shooting, and on court communication.

Assistant coaches for the fall session will be from the UBCO Women’s team and will be attending on a regular basis.

UBCO Women’s Head Coach Heather Semeniuk oversees the Junior Heat Girls basketball club programs.

From the Daily Courier: Junior Heat to host weekend exhibition tournament




Many of the top high school and university basketball players in the Okanagan will be featured at the first UBC Okanagan Heat tournament at Immaculata High School this weekend.
The UBCO Junior Heat, made up of under-17 and U-18 players, will play host to four other squads in a round-robin format Saturday and Sunday.
Mitch Goodwin (Kelowna Owls) and Dario Gini (Immaculata Mustangs), among the UBCO Heat's newest recruits for the 2012-13 CIS Canada West season, will lead the UBCO Junior Heat Red team [click the link and subscribe to the Daily Courier to read the rest of the article]

From the Daily Courier: Junior Heat show well in Calgary



Winning four games in less than 24 hours, the UBC Okanagan Junior Heat girls basketball team earned top spot at an under-13 tournament in Calgary recently.

Made up of Grade 6 and 7 players from throughout the Okanagan, the Heat came from behind to win their opening game and breezed to victory in their next two.

Up against the top-ranked Alberta team in the final, the junior Heat, spurred on by the support of the U-15 and U-17 teams in attendance, cruised to a 16-point win.

The Heat played a solid defensive game throughout the weekend, while Alley Corrado and Ashlyn Day led the team offensively in each match.

In under-17 play, the Heat won two of three games. Down by more than 20 points in the third quarter, the Okanagan representatives put on a late charge, but fell 69-60.

The Heat pulled together in their final two games, winning 81-53 and 60-50.
The under-15 girls placed third. They defeated the regional Basketball Alberta team 50-41 and downed the Saskatoon Slam 69-37 before losing 82-57 to the Elite Calgary Cobras.

Outstanding rebounding came from Brettelle Ellerton, Danielle Maclennan, Jordan Koral and Megan Admussen-Blair, while Alexis Percival and Maggy Corrado contributed stellar efforts with their shooting from the outside and superb defence.

Avery Watson came through with several blocked shots and Kiana Ajamzedeh used her speed to steal the ball on a consistent basis.

Identification camps for the teams were held in February and tryouts in March under the watchful eye of UBCO's Heather and Darren Semeniuk.

The program is intended to have an Okanagan-wide flare and produce the quality and depth that will allow the teams wearing the familiar UBCO blue and gold jerseys to compete with Lower Mainland and Alberta summer teams.

All three girls teams will travel together later this month to compete in the Great Western Shootout in Edmonton on the 10-court fieldhouse on the University of Alberta campus.

2012 JR. Heat U13 Girls

Photo contributed.

The Junior Heat U13 girls in their first tournament of the year did extremely well in Richmond at the 2012 U13 Girls Provincial Club Championships, hosted by Basketball BC.

Coach Jay Corrado and his team finished third at the two day, 18 team tournament held April 6-7, 2012 at the Richmond Oval.

Visit the recap at the tournament website: http://www.basketball.bc.ca/clubchampionships/index.php/component/k2/item/54-u13-girls-club-championships-recap