Sports Excellence

The Sports Excellence program provides student-athletes with an opportunity to practice and train for their chosen sport, within their school day. Heritage offers concentration programs in basketball, gymnastics, hockey, soccer, swimming and track and field. The main goals of the program are to promote academic success through athletic participation and to provide student-athletes with high-level training to develop them to their potential in their selected sport.

For more information on this program, please contact:

Nicholas Broad
Sports Excellence Program Coordinator
Email: nbroad@rsb.qc.ca
Tel: 450 678-1070 EXT. 7087

Admissions

​Grade 6 students

Grade 6 students wishing to apply to the program for the 2023-2024 academic year may do so as of September 12th until October 7th, 2022 directly form the Application Procedure Page or you may use the following link: https://www.hrhs.rsb.qc.ca/admissions/concentration-program-registration/ 

Admission into the Sports Excellence program is limited and based on a competitive selection process determined by a combination of academic and athletic performance. The application process begins in mid-September of their grade 6 year. Grade 6 applicants are assessed using their final grade 5 report cards. In addition, an athletic evaluation is held for the sport your child is applying to. Parents must register online to have their children take part in the application process. Please see the dates and times below for the grade 6 evaluations. 

Athletic Evaluations for Sports Excellence

For current Grade 6 Students

Basketball: Thursday, October 13th at Heritage Regional High School’s gymnasiums. Please arrive at 10h30 and ensure your child has a water bottle. 

Swimming: Date and time to be determined.  Please note that applicants must be experienced swimmers and will be evaluated in the four major swimming strokes. 

Hockey: Thursday, October 13th from 13h00 to 15h00 at Arena Rosanne Laflamme (located beside Heritage at 7405 Terrasse du Centre, Saint-Hubert). Please ensure your child has a water bottle. 

Soccer: Friday, October 14th on the synthetic soccer field located behind Heritage. Please arrive at 13h with all required outdoor soccer clothing and a water bottle.  The evaluation should take approximately an hour and a half. 

Track and Field: Tuesday, October 18th at 16h15. Please meet at the Track beside the school. Please note students will be asked to take part in jumps, sprints and run an 800m (2 laps of a track). The majority of the evaluation will take place outdoors. Please ensure your child has a water bottle. 

Gymnastics: To be announced.

Secondary 2 to 5 students 

Students entering secondary 2 to 5 who wish to join the program in September 2023 must contact the program coordinator to apply. We begin accepting applications as of October. The application deadline is March 31st, 2023.  Applicants will be contacted at the end of March to set-up their athletic evaluation sessions, which will take place during April (Hockey) and May. 

Program Overview

Heritage Regional High School’s Sports Excellence program is a sports concentration program designed with two main objectives. The primary purpose is to promote academic success through athletic participation. The secondary objective is to provide high-level training in order to develop student-athletes to their athletic potential within their specific sport. Students in the program have a reduced academic day to allow for two-hours of sports training per day, 4 days per week. The students follow the same curriculum as the student in our General Studies program, but with approximately 70% of the class time. The training days are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, where their academic day ends at 13h50 instead of having four 73-minute periods and ending at 16h. On Wednesdays, the concentration students follow this regular school day model and do not have any training time built into their academic day.

​Please note that, with the exception of our boys hockey teams, the Sports Excellence program is a separate program from the Huskies Interscholastic teams, which are offered to all Heritage students.

Disciplines

The sports offered in the program are: 

Basketball
Students in the Basketball program train with Heritage Huskies coaches on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 14h to 16h. They have 3 basketball sessions which focus on skill development drills that they can apply when playing with their outside teams. They also have one fitness session per week, which focuses on basketball specific conditioning and strength development. Students in the program are expected to be actively playing on a competitive basketball team, either our interscholastic school teams and/or for their respective communities. 

Gymnastics
Students in the Gymnastics program leave Heritage Regional High school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 14h and are taxied to Club Gym Richelieu’s main training location located at 3600 1er Rue in St-Hubert. They train until 17h00 and parents are to pick their children up directly at the gym after the training sessions. Additional training is also available with Gym Richelieu and can be organized directly with them. Students in the program are expected to be at a competitive level and must be actively competing during their time in the program. Please click on the following link if you need any more information on Gym Richelieu: http://www.gymrichelieu.com/

Hockey

Students in our program train 4 days per week (3 on-ice and 1 off-ice training).  They are divided into 3 groups (Hockey 1, Hockey 2, and Hockey 3) based on their skill level as determined by our coaching staff.  Sessions are from 14h to 16h on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  They are held at either Rosanne Laflamme Arena or the Complexe Sportif Bell in Brossard’s Dix30 (travel via bus).  Off-ice training is designed to focus on hockey-specific conditioning and strength development.  At times students may have practices that extend past regular school hours.   

The hockey evaluations for students entering secondary are held mid-October (see the concentration program registration page).  Selected students will then be assessed again in April and the U13 team will be finalized in May to June.  

For students who are already in high school, the application deadline is March 31st.  Applicants will be invited to try-out in April/May.   

Our teams will be finalized in June and both new and returning students will be informed of their child’s placement at that time.  All of our school teams consist only of selected sports excellence hockey players.  They must play exclusively at Heritage if selected and are not permitted to double card (RSEQ rule).  Selected Sports Excellence players will be registered in the Metropolitan Section of the RSEQ (Hockey Scolaire).  Students who are in the program but were not selected for a school team may remain in the program and are encouraged to play for their community.  

It is important to note that students in the program are not permitted to travel on public school buses with their hockey bags or sticks to and from school. They may leave their equipment in our locked hockey storage rooms overnight.  

For more information specific to the Sports Excellence Hockey program you may contact Mr. Joshua Mitchell at jmitchell@rsb.qc.ca.  

​​Soccer
The soccer program is organized and operated by the Association de Soccer de la Rive-Sud (ARSRS). This year, Heritage’s program is overseen by the ARSRS technical director, Marcelo Corrales.  Students in the program finish their academic day at 13h50 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays so they can train with staff from the ARSRS after class until the end of the school day. The training sessions take place on one of Heritage’s turf fields until mid-November and again in April. During the winter months the students are bussed to and from the Complex Sportif Bell in Brossard’s Dix30 for indoor training. Students in the program must be actively playing competitive club soccer. Grade 6 applicants should already be playing competitive soccer at the U11A level. 

Swimming
The Sports Excellence swimming program is operated by the Club de Natation Hippocampe, with Guy Dorion as the head coach. This is a competitive swimming program and student-athletes must actively compete if they are members of the program. Students in the program finish school at 13h50 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and train from 14h00 until 16h00 and senior level students train until 17h00.  Since those sessions end later than our school hours, the athletes must organize their own transportation home. Students in the program must train for an additional session outside of school hours on Wednesdays, either from 6h00 to 8h00 or afterschool from 17h00 to 18h30. For more information on Club de Natation Hippocampe please see their website here: http://www.clubhippocampe.com/

Track and Field
Students in the Sports Excellence Track and Field program train on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 14h00 to 16h00. They have three training sessions dedicated to their respective track and field disciplines and one day of strength and conditioning. Students in the program must compete in the scolaire (SSIAA and RSEQ) cross-country and track and field circuit. Students looking for more competitions and who want to continue training throughout the summer months may do so by joining the Club d’Athletisme Rive-Sud (CARS), which is affiliated with our program with Heritage Sports Excellence coaches. Our students train using the 400m track, long and triple-jump pits, our cross-country course and one of our weight rooms. During the winter months the group is bussed to and from the Complexe Sportif Bell in Brossard’s Dix30 for their training sessions.

​Other Sports
Students that train and compete in sports that we do not offer may also apply to the Sports Excellence program. To be considered for the program, they must be a recognized “athlète de haut niveaux” by their respective sport federation, training 15 or more hours per week with a recognized program by the “Minstère de l’Education et de l’Enseignement Supérieur”. These student-athletes complete their academic days on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 13h50 to allow them to leave early in order to attend their afternoon training sessions. On Wednesdays, all students have a full school day with four academic courses which end at 16h05.

Athletic Therapy

We have an athletic therapist available to all students in the Sports Excellence program during the afternoon training hours. Students simply need to sign-up and make an appointment if they need to be treated by the therapist. There is no additional charge for this service. 

Please note that, with the exception of our boys hockey teams, the Sports Excellence program is a separate program from our interscholastic teams. The interscholastic teams are available to all Heritage Regional High School students not only those in the Sports Excellence program. 

Concentration and IB program registration for
incoming students (2023-2024) is now open!

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