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Pottstown Area Police Athletic League (PAL)

Dek (Sneaker) Hockey

SCHEDULE, STANDINGS, AND STATS FOR 2019 SPRING DEK HOCKEY 
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14f7EuIVFlpkEhQariYAcIr2GD1sdKgtuSUx1KK5pKHQ/edit?usp=sharing

ROSTERS FOR 2019 SPRING DEK HOCKEY
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1L5t1ouW0_b5B-CyOr1KGdiPrtewmncwIETboT65NGFY/edit?usp=sharing

BLOGSPOT FOR ALL DEK H
OCKEY FILES 
http://paldekhockey.blogspot.com

FACEBOOK GROUP FOR ALL DEK HOCKEY NEWS  
https://www.facebook.com/groups/624943801180076/

CONTACT FOR ALL DEK HOCKEY QUESTIONS
Ian Lawrence, Program Director, [email protected], 484-942-9493


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PAL DEK HOCKEY OFFERS:
SPRING SEASON
 (March-June, registration starts January) &
FALL SEASON (September-November, registration starts July)

LEAGUE PLAY

Ages: 6-18 years old, boys and girls, divided into divisions by age. The 2018 fall and 2019 spring breakdown is listed below. Players may choose to play up a level.

Division
Oldest Birthday
Youngest Birthday
Natural Grades
Teenage
September 1, 2000
August 31, 2004
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Cadet
September 1, 2004
August 31, 2007
6th, 7th, 8th
Beaver
September 1, 2007
August 31, 2010
3rd, 4th, 5th
Penguin
September 1, 2010
August 31, 2012
1st, 2nd
Chipmunk
September 1, 2012
June 30, 2015
Pre-K, Kindergarten


Cost:
$75 registration fee

Additional costs: Any equipment that is purchased: hockey stick, suitable helmet w/ cage, elbow pads, leg pads, and gloves are all required; each is available to rent at checkout for a fee except sticks

Practices: One night a week, varies by team

Games: Saturdays and Sundays at dek outside

Location for all weekend activities: West Pottsgrove Elementary School, 25 Grosstown Road (in Stowe)

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM

Ages: 4-6 years old, boys and girls

Cost: $55 registration fee

Additional costs: Any equipment that is purchased: hockey stick, suitable helmet w/ cage, elbow pads, leg pads, and gloves are all required; each is available to rent at checkout for a fee except sticks

Instruction times: Two nights a week, Tuesday and Thursday

Location for all sessions: New Hanover Township Community Park, 2766 Gail Drive (off Route 663 and Kleman Road)

Instructional factiliator: 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 $20 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 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 15-20 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 free one-piece stick.

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.”  

UPCOMING DATES FOR 2019 SPRING

Email sent with schedules and rosters
Wednesday, March 6, late evening

First practices for teenagers, cadets, beavers
Saturday, March 9

Evaluations for all penguins
Saturday, March 9, 5 to 6 pm - email will be sent splitting up group, only come to one date
Sunday, March 10, 5 to 6 pm - email will be sent splitting up group, only come to one date

First weeknight practices -
Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 15

First chipmunk instructional session at New Hanover -
Thursday, March 21 - email will be sent with details from facilitator Steve Rowe

Preseason weekend
Saturday, March 16 - Sunday, March 17

First regular season games weekend
Saturday, March 23 - Sunday, March 24


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

Field Directory

Locations

Pottstown High School FIeld House

750 N. Washington St. Pottstown Pennsylvania United States 19464

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1455 Chestnut Grove Rd Upper Pottsgrove Pennsylvania United States 19464

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West Pottsgrove Elementary School

25 Grosstown Rd Pottstown Pennsylvania United States 19464

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New Hanover Community Park

2798 Gail Drive Gilbertsville Pennsylvania United States 19525

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Contact

Pottstown Area Police Athletic League (PAL)

146 King St, P.O. Box 176
Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464

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

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Pottstown Area Police Athletic League (PAL)

146 King St, P.O. Box 176
Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464

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

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