Coming in April, 2011: The Public vs. Private High School Basketball All Star Games

Tony Rossignol has heard the arguement for years: which has better basketball programs – public or private schools?

The director of basketball operations at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. is married to the school’s varsity girls basketball coach, and Mary Rossignol has coached at both public and private schools. While she doesn’t see a significant difference, others feel differently.

“I have always listened to the complaint that private schools do this and public school can do that,” Tony Rossignol said. “I thought let’s have some fun and let the players represent themselves.”

Enter Rossignol’s brainchild: a public versus rivate High School all-star game. And JSerra is hosting. Here’s how the flyer will look………

Event: The Public vs. Private High School Basketball All Star Games
Date: April 23, 2011
Location: JSerra Catholic High School, 26351 Junipero Serra Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Format: There will be eight teams and four games

Game Times:

10 a.m. Girls Underclass Public vs. Girls Underclass Private
12 p.m. Girls Senior Public vs. Girls Senior Private

4 p.m. Boys Underclass Public vs. Boys Underclass Private
6 p.m. Boys Senior Public vs. Boys Senior Private

Game length: There will be four 10-minute stop time quarters.

Player Selection Format:

i. 25 players from each category will be nominated to participate from each respective group (Boys Senior Public selects 25, Girls Underclass Private, etc).

ii. 20 of those players will be invited to participate in a practice session.

iii. Of the 20 selected 15 will be selected to represent their respective group.

iv. Selected payer must have played in at least 15 C.I.F. sanctioned events within the last 6 months and be academically eligible by CIF guidelines.

Areas represented:




Rossignol is entertaining ideas in how to select participant athletes.

He thought of one scenario: to set up a site and let athletes, parents and coaches vote for who they want on their respective teams. The top 10 vote-getters would get automatic invites. Rossignol is open to including sports writers, and he’d like to keep the entire process simple.

“I do not want it to be a political selection process,” he said.

Rossignol is accepting athlete nominations that include the name of the nominator, their relationship to the nominee, and all pertinent information about the nominated athlete. Rossignol is also open to other ideas in how to select the athletes for this game. His email address is:

“I want this to be a fun event,” Rossignol said.

So what are you waiting for? Contact him!