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SPRING 2020 REGISTRATION LIVE NOW!

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION

https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/222216


* Note - Do not use the Sports Connect blue button in the top right anymore *


SPRING 2020 DATES
Sat 1/11 - Registration opens online
Sat 2/22 & Sat 2/29 - 9:00 - 10:30 - Equipment rental handout at 146 King St Office
Sat 2/29 - 9:00 - 10:30 - Evaluations for new beavers, cadets, and teenagers at West Pottsgrove Dek
Sun 3/1 - Time TBD - Evaluations for all penguins at West Pottsgrove Dek
Mon 3/2 - Registration closes online
Thu 3/5 - Team rosters and schedules emailed out
Sat 3/7 - Practices begin
Sun 6/7 - Championships end




POTTSTOWN AREA PAL DEK HOCKEY


FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AGES 4 TO 18
(entering our 25th year, served over 400 players in 2019)

SPRING AND FALL SEASONS
 
(Spring - play March to early June, sign-up January & February) 
(Fall - play September to November, sign-up July & August)

RESOURCES
Registration (for all signups) - https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/222216
Contact (for all questions) - Ian Lawrence, Program Director, [email protected], 484-942-9493
Facebook Group 
(for all news) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/paldekhockey
Instagram (for pics) - https://www.instagram.com/paldekhockey/
Blogspot
(for all file links) http://paldekhockey.blogspot.com 

LEAGUE PLAY
Ages: 6-18 years old, boys and girls. The 2019 fall & 2020 spring age breakdown is listed below. Players may choose to play up a level.
Teenage - 9/1/2001 to 8/31/2005 birthdays - mostly 9th-12th graders
Cadet - 9/1/2005 to 8/31/2008 birthdays - mostly 6th-8th graders
Beaver - 9/1/2008 to 8/31/2011 birthdays - mostly 3rd-5th graders
Penguin - 9/1/2011 to 8/31/2013 birthdays or younger - mostly 1st-2nd graders
Cost: $75 registration fee
Practices: one night a week, varies by team
Games: Saturdays and Sundays 
Location: West Pottsgrove Elementary School, 25 Grosstown Road (in Stowe)
More Information: 
Pottstown Area PAL Dek Hockey is a variation of ice hockey in which players run on sneakers instead of skates.  It is played on blacktop, using a ball instead of a puck. Operating continuously since 1996, Pottstown Area PAL Dek Hockey is the largest intramural dek hockey program in Eastern Pennsylvania, growing from 100 players and only 1 season a year a decade ago to now 350 players each spring and 250 players each fall.
Players are placed on competitively-balanced teams and we attempt to vary the coaches your child will take instruction from from season to season.  All players are eligible to play in an older age division or pay an additional $25 to play in two age divisions (their natural division and the next division up).
At registration, players have the option of opting to try the position of goaltender on a full-time or part-time basis.  The league has equipment and jerseys available for these purposes which stay at the rink.
Older levels have games in the morning, going in descending age order to the youngest level in the afternoon.  Games take an hour.  All teams play a slate of at least 10 regular season games, and all qualify for the double-elimination playoff tournament of series which follows.  Seasons end with a parent-kid game and pizza party.
Parents can request at registration to have their child not practice a certain night due to conflicts.  Siblings in the same division are placed on the same team. No other requests are guaranteed. We will try to accommodate all players with special health, developmental, and learning considerations, as we strive for a low-key environment and team atmosphere.
Players brand new to the league will be contacted about a low-key evaluation session prior to the season, and shortly after that, all players are notified of their team and schedule.

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM
Ages: 4-6 years old, boys and girls, 9/1/2013 to 6/30/2016 birthdays
Cost: $55 registration fee
Instruction times: two nights a week
Location: New Hanover Township Community Park, 2766 Gail Drive (off Route 663 and Kleman Road)
Instructional facilitator: Steve Rowe, head coach of Alvernia men's team and USA Hockey Level 5 certified coach
More Information: 
For or children in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, Pottstown Area PAL holds an instructional program rather than competitive leagues, at New Hanover Community Park.
Hour-long sessions are held two nights a week, resulting in 15 sessions by the end of the program.  There is no weekend commitment, and there are no games. The sessions feature drills, groups, and scrimmages under the instruction of multiple on-rink coaches.  The focus of this instructional program is to teach basic skills and to get acclimated to the sport.
More experienced five-year-olds, or those turning six, have the option of playing up in the regular league at the parent’s determination. They may also play in both the instructional program and the league. All new players in the instructional program receive a one-piece stick from PAL.

COSTS AND EQUIPMENT
The cost of registration covers the expenses of administration, officiating, equipment and rink supplies, rent and facility upkeep, among other necessities.
The required equipment to participate includes: (1) a helmet with cage, (2) gloves, (3) elbow pads, and (4) leg pads that cover the knee and shin. These four pieces of equipment are able to be rented from PAL. There is a $5 or $10 fee for each item, and you can select the option at the registration website. Sizing and pickup happens shortly before practices begin, and you will receive an email notification.
All players must possess their own stick, either a one-piece composite or a two-piece with a wood shaft and plastic blade. Players receive a Pottstown Area PAL Dek Hockey team shirt to use for the season and keep afterward.
Pottstown Area PAL has a partnership with Schuylkill Valley Sports at Coventry Mall, and parents can mention PAL to receive a 10% discount.
Financial aid and payment plans are available for all Pottstown Area PAL programs.  Parents must fill out an application form, which can be requested by emailing the Executive Director Seth Lawrence at [email protected] Aid is offered if available at the time of inquiry and if the participant’s family qualifies.

COACHING & VOLUNTEERING
Also at registration, parents have the option of selecting to volunteer, either for coaching or for the league.  Coaching assignments are not guaranteed but decided by the program director. All adult volunteers will have to successfully complete their PA Criminal Background Check (free online at https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp) and PA Child Abuse History Check (accessed here at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS/Public/ClearanceLearnMore; you will have to create a unique log-in but will be reimbursed by PAL). These files must then be emailed to the league office at [email protected]

NOT SURE ABOUT DEK HOCKEY?
Many kids end up preferring the speed and teamwork of hockey to other activities, if only they get a chance to be exposed to it.  League games take 30 timed minutes, and players change on and off the rink after every two minutes or so. All players are guaranteed equitable playing time, as far as is possible.  And while all sports carry the risk of injury, dek hockey is a closely regulated sport. Two trained referees are on hand to call penalties to keep games safe. Checking is not allowed in dek hockey.
To inquire more about the sport, our house rules are here https://docs.google.com/document/d/13jjEFbEoEXZvjg8UaF2pqo4cN-BZE65QsuDKW33xRyI/edit?usp=sharing and the American Street Hockey Rulebook is here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1f6Isn4gGNttH1DIS4DIlO3IqaXfkle3ibzP2kdaktxE/edit?usp=sharing 
Unlike ice hockey, PAL is not expensive and does not require a great deal of experience, and the game can be learned at any age.  Unlike travel programs, PAL tries to be a low-key time commitment, in that many children play and are still involved in other activities. And as a nonprofit serving this community for over 3 decades, PAL tries to teach its players “respect for self & others, discipline, leadership, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and giving back to the community.” 

Field Directory

Locations

PAL Sports Complex

1455 Chestnut Grove Rd Upper Pottsgrove Pennsylvania United States 19464

Baseball, Football & Cheer

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West Pottsgrove Elementary School

25 Grosstown Rd Pottstown Pennsylvania United States 19464

Dek Hockey League (5-18 years)

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New Hanover Community Park

2798 Gail Drive Gilbertsville Pennsylvania United States 19525

Dek Hockey Instructional (4-5 years)

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Pottstown High School FIeld House

750 N. Washington St. Pottstown Pennsylvania United States 19464

Wrestling Practices - Mon-Thurs, 6:00-7:30

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Pottstown Area Police Athletic League (PAL)

146 King St 
Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 610-327-0527

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Pottstown Area Police Athletic League (PAL)

146 King St 
Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 610-327-0527

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