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, skateboarding (Sec 3, 4 and 5 only), 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.
Athletic Evaluations for Sports Excellence
Basketball: Wednesday, October 13th at Heritage Regional High School's gymnasiums. Please arrive at 16h30 and ensure your child has a water bottle.
Swimming: Wednesday, October 13 at 16h30 at Rosanne-Laflamme Sports center (located beside Heritage at 7405 Terrasse du Centre, Saint-Hubert). Please note students should be experienced swimmers and will be evaluated in the four major swimming strokes.
Hockey: Thursday, October 14th from 14h00 to 16h00 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 15th on the synthetic soccer field located behind Heritage. Please arrive at 13h00 with all required outdoor soccer clothing and a water bottle.
Track and Field: Tuesday, October 19th 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.
Sports Excellence Program
Students entering secondary 2 to 5 who wish to join the program in September 2022 must contact the program coordinator to apply. We begin accepting applications as of October. The application deadline is March 31st, 2022.
Grade 6 students wishing to apply to the program for the 2022-2023 academic year may do so as of September 22nd to October 8th, 2021. Registrations for the evaluations (academic and athletic) will be available online via the Application Procedure Page or click on the following link: https://www.hrhs.rsb.qc.ca/admissions .
The academic and athletic evaluations will take place between the middle to the end of October. We will finalize the dates and times once we have more precision with the ongoing Covid-19 health and safety protocols.
Heritage Regional High School's Sports Excellence program is a sport-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 13h56 instead of having four 73-minute periods and ending at 15h55. 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.
Grade 6 students
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 October of their grade 6 year. Grade 6 applicants are assessed on an entrance exam comprised of English, French and mathematics as well as on their final grade 4 and 5 report cards. The entrance exams are used to help ensure that the selected candidates will be successful with the accelerated pace of the academic instruction in their classes. 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 admissions page for more details concerning the application process for grade 6 students.
Secondary 2 to 5 students
Students applying for secondaries 2 through 5 must contact the program coordinator directly and will be assessed using their most recent report card as well as have an athletic evaluation to complete. We begin accepting applications as of October for the following year. All applications should be received by March 31. 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.
The sports offered in the program are:
Basketball (Heritage Regional High School)
Gymnastics (Club Gym Richelieu)
Hockey (Heritage Regional High School)
Skateboarding (SPIN Skatepark Dix30) only available for secondary 3, 4 and 5 students
Swimming (Club de Natation Hippocampe)
Track and Field (Heritage Regional High School and Club Athletisme Rive-Sud)
Students in the Basketball program train with Heritage Huskies coaches on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 14h05 to 16h05. 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 our interscholastic school teams or for their respective communities.
Students in the Gymnastics program leave Heritage Regional High school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 14h05 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/
Students in the hockey program train three days per week on ice and have one off-ice fitness session. The students are divided into three levels (Hockey 1, Hockey 2 and Hockey 3) based on their skill as determined by our coaching staff. Their off-ice training is designed to focus on hockey specific conditioning and strength development. They train from 14h05 to 16h05 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The sessions are held at Rosanne Laflamme Arena or the students take a bus to and from the Complexe Sportif Bell in Brossard’s Dix30. It is important to note that students in the program are not permitted to travel on the public school busses with their hockey bags or sticks to and from school. They may leave their equipment in our locked hockey storage rooms overnight.
The team roster try-outs for the Juvenile, Bantam and Pee-wee teams for the 2020-2021 academic year will take place in April 2020. All incoming secondary 1 students that have already been accepted into the program will be advised of the exact date at the end of March. Parents will be notified of their child's placement in May. Selected Sports Excellence players will be registered into the Ligue de Hockey Interscolaire du Québec (LHIQ). Playing on this team is mandatory for selected Sports Excellence student-athletes. For more information regarding the specifics of the Hockey program please click here.
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 and former women's national team member Cindy Walsh. The coaching staff is made up of Andy Dunwoody and Mher Nahabedian. Students in the program finish their academic day at 13h56 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays so they can train with staff from the ARSRS from 14h05 to 16h05. The training sessions take place on one of Heritage's turf fields until the end of October and again in April. From November until April they are then 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.
Heritage Regional High School is excited to present a new option within our Sports Excellence program - Skateboarding. This option began in August 2017 and is only be available for secondary 3, 4 and 5 students. The training sessions are held entirely at SPIN Skatepark in Brossard's Dix30 area, under the supervision of Stephane Vallee, one of the owners of the skatepark and trained physical education teacher. Students will be transported to the skatepark after their academic classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, to take part in a two-hour training session from 14h30 to 16h30. Please note that parents are responsible for their child's transportation home after their training session. The sessions will focus on physical preparation specific to the sport, technique training, tumbling. falling, trick tips, equipment education, and more. Competitions such as Minor League and Skatefest will be included in the program.
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 13h56 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. They train from 14h05 until 16h30 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Since those sessions end later than our school hours, the athletes must organize their own transportation home. The Thursday sessions are strength and conditioning sessions and end at 16h05, in time for the students to take their school buses home. Students in the program must train for an additional two-hour block at some point during the week. Additional training is available on weekends as well. 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 14h05 to 16h05. 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. Until November and again as of April, our students train using the 400m track, long and triple-jump pits and our cross-country course. During the winter months the group is bussed to and from the Complexe Sportif Bell in Brossard’s Dix30 for their training sessions.
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 13h56 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.
We have an athletic therapist available to all students in the Sports Excellence program twice per week 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.
For more information specific to the Sports Excellence Hockey program you may contact Mr. Joshua Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org.