Game Nights For the 2017-18 Season

A recent question about game nights for the 2017-18 season made me realize that most fall activity planning for children happens during the summer. With that in mind, Here are the nights that our various divisions will play this season. Please remember that the age quoted will be the age that the child will be on April 1, 2018.

Little Guys – Boys 8-10 – Tuesday nights
Little Gals – Girls 8-10 – Thursday nights
Biddy – Boys 11-12 – Monday nights
Girls – Girls 11-14 – Wednesday nights
Graduate – Boys 13-15- Monday nights at Ecole Cathedrale

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Don “Pete” Petersen 2017 Spirit Memorial Award

We have been asked to make the following announcement by the family of Don “Pete” Petersen.

Spread the word …
Don “Pete” Petersen 2017 Spirit Memorial Award
Once again it is time to continue Pete’s Lifetime legacy of giving back to the community. The family has established an award of $1000.00 annually to be given to a graduating student continuing post-secondary education who has a history with the “Pete” Petersen Basketball League formally known as The Knights Of Columbus Basketball League. The successful applicant must possess accomplishments in community volunteer work, school activities, academics, and have promising career aspirations who will make a difference in the lives of others as he did !
Applications can be picked up at any of the area high schools or at Walker-Payne Insurance 1335 Princess St, Kingston, Ontario ,Info also at Facebook ; Don Pete Petersen Spirit Award .
Your application must be emailed / mailed or dropped off to Bridget Walker-Payne C/O Walker-Payne Insurance @ 1335 Princess St., Kingston, Ontario, K7M3E3, or email bridget@bridgetwalker-Payne.com By June 23rd, 2017 @5:00pm.

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St. Pat’s Event

We have been asked to share this upcoming event. Please note that this is not a Pete Petersen Basketball League sponsored event.

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Pete Petersen Memorial Golf Tournament

Our annual golf tournament will be held on Friday June 16 at the Colonnade Golf and Country Club with an 8 am shotgun start. Cost per person is $95 and includes green fees, two golf carts per foursome , a chicken dinner and prize table. Please contact Rick Hollywood or Roland Billings to confirm your team entry. If you want to join us for the meal, the cost is $20.Hope to see you there.

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Garry LaVallee

On March 11 Kingston lost a true sportsman when Garry Lavallee passed away. Garry was the “everyman” that you play sports with. Talking to people who played with and against him, he was a good teammate, a strong competitor and, most importantly, he made you laugh. He was a good friend of our league founder Don Petersen, and was also a cherished husband, father and grandfather. At his celebration of life this week, Garry’s family decided that donations in his memory should come to our basketball league, so that the donations could be used to help support youth sports. We are grateful to Garry’s wife Tish for believing in what we do for children in the community, and to Ron Earl and his wife Brenda for looking after the collection at the celebration of Garry’s life. Our sincere sympathy to Garry’s daughters Tracie and Laurie, and to his grandchildren Noah, Lynus, Esmee, Henry and Zachary. Garry will continue to make an impact in the community through this donation and in the memories that those who knew him share together.

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Golf Tournament Update

Our Annual Golf Tournament Fund Raising Event is coming up on Friday June 16 with an 8 am start at the Colonnade Golf and Country Club. Entry fee is $95 per player and includes green fees, two carts per foursome, a chicken dinner and prize table. This week we also learned that Braden Ford will be supplying a car as a prize for a Hole in One at a par 3 hole to be designated at the event. Our thanks to them for their support of what we do with the league. To enter a team, please contact either Roland Billings or Rick Hollywood before June 1.

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Garry LaVallee

Garry LaVallee was a great friend to Don Petersen, the founder of our league, and his grand daughter played in our program. Garry died on March 11 of this year, and a celebration of life is planned for Friday, May 12th, 2017, from 3:00pm – 6:00 pm
at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 560 at 734 Montreal Street.
Garry was an active sportsman during his playing career, and a strong believer in the benefits participation in sports had for children. When we put together the book of memories for Pete, Garry was quick to send us his memories of life growing up with Pete. Our condolences to Garry’s family. Donation details are available through the Simpler Times web site.

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National Volunteer Week

Today marks the official start to National Volunteer Week, a time when we should all pause to thank the volunteers in our community that make such a positive impact on the lives of those around us with no consideration for being paid for what they do. We are grateful to have had the tremendous group of dedicated volunteers over the years that believed in what Don Petersen was doing with his league, and that have joined in to continue to make that dream a reality. Today, and all this week, we will continue to post photos of volunteers past and present on our Facebook Page. We know that we don’t have photos of everyone that has volunteered, but the contributions of everyone that has coached, refereed, timed, scored, helped at a banquet, worked in the canteen, sold a ticket or a T shirt is appreciated and should be celebrated every day. Enjoy the photos being posted as we continue our look back at the league volunteers.

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Thank You St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus Council 11670!

On Wednesday we received a $1000 donation from the St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus Council to help us with league operations. Thank you for believing in what we do for the children in our community, and your trust that we will put your donation to good use to benefit our players.

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You DO Make a Diference

As we approach National Volunteer Week in two weeks, I thought it would be appropriate to share an article that was discovered in tweet a by Dr. Jean Cote from Queen’s University. It is something that all of our volunteers should read and remember. You DO have an impact on the lives of the children you interact with through our league. Your approach is critical to whether that is a positive impact. Here is the article by Jackie Bledsoe.

The Responsibility and Privilege of Coaching Youth Sports

Coaching youth sports may seem like an easy job, but with great privilege comes great responsibility.

By Jackie Bledsoe
Coaching youth sports over the past several years has been one of my best experiences. Although my dad was a youth sports coach, and my brother was a coach at the collegiate level, I never thought I would coach. I thought, “no chance!” Now I’m hooked and realize what great responsibility comes with it, and what a privilege it is.
How coaching began for me
I will never forget the first time I signed up to coach. I only signed up because my daughter was playing, and they didn’t have enough parent volunteers. I remember thinking, “how did I get into this?” The first task was to attend a coaches training hosted by the YMCA director. A training for coaching 6-7 year olds, why was this necessary? When we sat down, there were some parents who looked like they never played a sport in their lives, and others who looked like they lived in the gym or could have run a marathon prior to coming.
Putting perspective on coaching youth sports
When the training started we watched some videos, which looked like they were from the 70s and 80s. My thoughts were why are we watching this corny stuff. It felt like a total waste of time, and I was ready to go. Then, as the videos were stopped the trainer brought it all into perspective. He said something like this:
Coaching youth sports is very important. It may not seem like much right now, but you will have an impact on these kids which will last a lifetime. You will help shape the way they live their lives. They will never forget you, and you will always be ‘coach’ to them.
The ‘light bulb’ moment
That is when it hit me. This isn’t a waste of time, it isn’t corny. The trainer went on to say how the kids will see you in the community years later, and walk up to you calling you, “coach.” That took me back to my days playing youth sports, and my dad coaching. I still run into people to this day who share with me the impact my dad had on them as a coach. Over thirty years later the impact he had through coaching us and our friends is still there. That is a tremendous responsibility, but an even greater privilege.
• Your interaction can help build or tear down a child’s character
• You may be the only positive influence they have in their life
• You may be the coach that sparked the love of the game for a future superstar athlete
• You set the bar for how a coach should interact with a player
• You show them what it is to be accountable to those who depend on you
• You teach them sportsmanship in winning and losing, which will help them handle success or failure in life
• You show the importance of physical activity and how fun it is staying active in life
Passing the baton…one coach to the next
You may be at the beginning of your youth sports coaching “career” or reluctantly considering it. Let my story encourage you to fully accept it, and all it brings. It is one of life’s great responsibilities and privileges.

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