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Pottstown Area Police Athletic League (PAL)

Dek (Sneaker) Hockey

NOTE: FALL REGISTRATION IS CLOSED ELECTRONICALLY FOR THE LEAGUE. WE CAN STILL ACCEPT FOR AGES 10 & UNDER BUT EMAIL [email protected]

ALL INFO ON SCHEDULES AND ROSTERS IS AVAILABLE AT THIS LINK: 
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ddtiUviiSZWnS47EiGX7XAPOuCbJ17s5YQvVxWmGmIY/edit#gid=553834959


POTTSTOWN PAL DEK HOCKEY


FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AGES 4 TO 18
(over 300 players, over 30 seasons)

SPRING SEASON
 
(play March to early June, sign-up January & February)

FALL SEASON
 
(play September to November, sign-up July & August)

MORE INFORMATION

Facebook Group 
(for all news) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/624943801180076/
Blogspot (for all files) http://paldekhockey.blogspot.com 
Contact
(for all questions) -
Ian Lawrence, Program Director, [email protected], 484-942-9493



LEAGUE PLAY

 Ages: 6-18 years old, boys and girls. The 2019 fall and 2020 spring birthday 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)

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM

Ages: 4-6 years old, boys and girls, 9/1/2013 to 8/31/2015 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 ABOUT THE LEAGUE

Pottstown 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 PAL Dek Hockey currently serves over 300 children, and it is the largest intramural dek hockey program in Eastern Pennsylvania.

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. Although we try to accommodate other requests, no other requests are guaranteed. 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.

MORE ABOUT INSTRUCTIONAL

For or children in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, Pottstown 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. As mentioned above, each is available to rent for a fee at registration. Rented equipment is returned to the league at the end of each season.  Equipment pickup for rentals happens shortly before practices begin. 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 PAL Dek Hockey team shirt to use for the season and keep afterward.

Pottstown PAL has a partnership with Schuylkill Valley Sports at Coventry Mall, and parents can usually mention PAL to receive a discount during an advertised period.

Financial aid and payment plans are available for Pottstown PAL programs.  Parents must fill out an application form, which can be requested by emailing the Executive Director. 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. Adult volunteers will have to successfully complete the free background check at https://peportal.secure.force.com/eap?packageid=23464

NOT SURE ABOUT 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.
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 unlike for-profit leagues, PAL tries to teach its players “respect for self & others, discipline, leadership, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and giving back to the community.”  


To register for dek hockey, click on REGISTER or LOG IN at the top right of the home page.

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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Contact

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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