The Upcoming Week

Just a reminder that there is no activity for players this upcoming week, September 18-22. We have our coaches meeting on Wednesday night to hand out the teams to them. Players should hear what team they are on by the end of day September 24. If you do not hear, please call Roland Billings at 613 548-8790 or message me through Facebook.

ATTENTION COACHES: The coaches meeting starts at 7 pm on Wednesday September 20 at St. Francis of Assisi. COACHES THAT HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED BY THE CONVENORS THAT THEY ARE COACHING THIS SEASON SHOULD ATTEND. We thank everyone that has volunteered to coach, but unfortunately there are not places for all of you. We hope that you will continue to support the program in other ways by helping us out on game nights.

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Special Requests

As we go through the process of making the teams, it is important for all parents to remember that not all special requests for players to be together will be met. Our first obligation is to put siblings together unless we are requested not to by parents, and after that to look after families that are travelling from areas outside the city. Our next obligation is to balance the teams. When we get requests for six and eight players to be together on the same team, that is an unrealistic request and it will not be accomodated. Playing a team sport gives children the opportunity to make new friends from other areas of our community, and playing against the children they go to school with every day gives them something to talk about before and after games. We know that you understand the difficult position our convenors are in putting teams together, and hopefully this explanation of our priorities in doing that will help you explain why your child will not be playing on the same team as their seven closest friends.

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Player Evaluation Schedule

Pete” Petersen Basketball League
2017 Player Evaluation Schedule

Biddy Division

Monday September 11

6:00 – 7:00 11 year old boys
7:00 – 8:00 12 year old boys

Graduate Division

Monday September 11

6:00 – 6:45 13 year old boys
6:45 – 7:30 14 and 15 year old boys
At Ecole Cathedrale

Little Guys Division

Tuesday September 12

6:00 – 6:45 8 year old boys
6:45 – 7:30 9 year old boys
7:30 – 8:15 10 year old boys

Girls Division

Wednesday Sept. 13

6:00 – 6:45 11 year old girls
6:45 – 7:30 12 year old girls
7:30 – 8:15 13 and 14 year old girls

Little Gals Division

Thursday September 14

6:00 – 6:45 8 year old girls
6:45 – 7:30 9 year old girls
7:30 – 8:15 10 year old girls

ALL AGES ABOVE ARE THE AGE THAT THE PLAYER WILL BE ON APRIL 1, 2018

Please come a few minutes early for the assigned time to allow us to get the players ready to have an effective evaluation process

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Registration Update

The Little Gals Division is now full but we are still taking names for the waiting list in that division only. Please contact Roland Billings at 613 548-8790 if you are interested in adding a name to that list.

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Registration 2017

Thanks everyone for another successful registration. Here is where we stand in each division:
Little Guys – (Boys 8-10 as of April 1, 2018) We are full and the waiting list is full – WE ARE NOT TAKING ANY MORE NAMES FOR THIS SEASON
Biddy – (Boys 11-12 as of April 1, 2018) We are full and the waiting list is full – WE ARE NOT TAKING ANY MORE NAMES FOR THIS SEASON
Graduate – (Boys 13-15 as of April 1, 2018) We are full and the waiting list is full – WE ARE NOT TAKING ANY MORE NAMES FOR THIS SEASON
Girls – (Girls 11-14 as of April 1, 2018) We are full and the waiting list is full – WE ARE NOT TAKING ANY MORE NAMES FOR THIS SEASON
Little Gals- (Girls 8-10 as of April 1, 2018) We have two more spaces left plus our waiting list.
If you are interested in registering in the Little Gals Division please contact Roland Billings at 613 548-8790

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Bottled Water Sales Curtailed

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board has a no plastic water bottle policy in their schools, so as a result we will NOT be selling water this year on game nights. Refillable sport water bottles are of course permitted and encouraged, and there is a filling station and water fountain right outside of the gym. We encourage all players to bring their own water bottles and PLEASE clearly mark your name on them so that we can identify who they belong to when they are inevitably left after games. We will continuie to sell a variety of other items at our canteen at St. Francis of Assisi; and we encourage you to support this key fund raiser for our league for refreshments and ticket purchases.

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Clothing Sales 2017

Clothing items will be for sale again starting at registration September 9 and then again the first week of the season and will continue until the end of October. This year we have the following items available for purchase through our Merchandising Teams at both gyms:

Black Short Sleeve T shirts – adult and youth sizes (new logo)- $15

Black Long Sleeve T Shirts- adult and youth sizes (new logo)- $20

For the t shirts, if we run out of the size that you want,we will be placing an order at the end of October so that we have the orders back to you before we break for the Christmas Holiday.

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Still More Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

7) How often will there be practices and what time of day will they be held?
In each division there will be one evaluation night practice in the week after registration following the schedule below. A copy of the evaluation schedule will be given out at Registration.

“Pete” Petersen Basketball League
2017 Player Evaluation Schedule
Monday September 11
Biddy Division
6:00 – 7:00 11 year old boys
7:00 – 8:00 12 year old boys

Monday September 11
Graduate Division (At Ecole Cathedrale)
6:00 – 6:45 13 year old boys
6:45 – 7:30 14 and 15 year old boys

Tuesday September 12
Little Guys Division
6:00 – 6:45 8 year old boys
6:45 – 7:30 9 year old boys
7:30 – 8:15 10 year old boys

Wednesday Sept. 13
Girls Division
6:00 – 6:45 11 year old girls
6:45 – 7:30 12 year old girls
7:30 – 8:15 13 and 14 year old girls

Thursday September 14
Little Gals Division
6:00 – 6:45 8 year old girls
6:45 – 7:30 9 year old girls
7:30 – 8:15 10 year old girls

ALL AGES ABOVE ARE THE AGE THAT THE PLAYER WILL BE ON APRIL 1, 2018
Please come a few minutes early for the assigned time to allow us to get the players ready to have an effective evaluation process
There will then be one practice with your child’s team the week beginning September 25, and then once the season starts the week beginning October 2 there are no more practices.

8) Where are the games played and the practices held?
All practices and games for the Graduate Division will be held at Ecole Cathedrale at the corner of Barrie and Johnson Streets. Practices and games in all other divisions are held at St. Francis of Assisi School on Wiley Street just off Weller Avenue.

We also wanted to give you the time line of league activities as we start the season.
Saturday September 9 – Registration Day

September 11-14 – Player evaluations for registered players in each division. This is a very important process and we need players to attend. Players will practice in their age group within each division and will be evaluated for their skills. This is done so that we can build balanced teams. A full schedule will be given out at registration and again published here after registration.

September 20 – Coaches meeting – teams are given out to our coaches and players will be notified what team they are on, and when their practice will be held, in the days following that meeting.
September 25-28 – Team Practices by Division
October 2-5 – Games begin by Division.
Game Nights for 2017-18 (also the nights for evaluations and practices):
Graduate Division (boys 13-15) Monday Nights at Ecole Cathedrale
Biddy Division (boys 11-12) Monday Nights at St. Francis of Assisi
Little Guys Division (boys 8-10)Tuesday Nights at St. Francis of Assisi
Girls Division (girls 11-14) Wednesday Nights at St. Francis of Assisi
Little Gals Division (girls 8-10) Thursday Nights at Francis of Assisi

All ages above are the age that the player will be on April 1, 2018

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More Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

5) What happens if I miss the player evaluation night? Will my child be “cut” from the program?
Answer: While we hope that all players come out for evaluation night, no one that is registered will be “cut”. All will be placed on a team, and you will be notified what team and the team practice time in the days following our September 20 coaches meeting.

6) What do I do if I find out that my child has a conflict with another activity or decides they don’t want to play this season?
Answer: Please notify us as soon as possible by e mail (roland.billings@sympatico.ca), by phone (613 548-8790), through the web site or Facebook page. We will likely have a waiting list in each division of players that want to play, and a decision on your part will get one of them into the league.

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REGISTRATION 2017 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

1) What are the game nights for the upcoming season? Answer: Monday Nights – Biddy at St. Francis of Assisi; Graduate at Ecole Cathedrale; Tuesday Nights- Little Guys at St. Francis of Assisi; Wednesday Nights – Girls Division at St. Francis of Assisi; Thursday Nights- Little Gals Division at St. Francis of Assisi. Graduate games start at 5:30 pm (3 games a night in one hour time slots), and all other divisions start at 6 pm with four games in 45 minute time slots.

2) I am going to be out of town on September 9 and you have no on line registration. How do I get my child registered?
Answer: If you are going to be away September 9 you can get someone else to start the registration process for you. They will need the name, date of birth, contact phone numbers, address and e mail address (if applicable) for your player, along with the $10 registration fee. They will be given a copy of the registration form that you will need to sign and bring with you to the player evaluation night. We must have a signed registration form before your child can participate in league activities. PLEASE DO NOT ASK MEMBERS OF OUR LEAGUE EXECUTIVE TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR YOU. We are very busy on registration day looking after other details of the process.

2 a) Why don’t you have on line registration like other leagues? Answer: Having in person, first come, first served registration equalizes the opportunity for everyone in the community. We allow someone else to register your child as long as you make those arrangements as a concession to those that may need to be unavailable at registration time due to work or other commitments.

3) Can we request to be on the same team as another player?
Answer: Due to the large number of requests we receive each year, and our growing number of registrations, we can no longer assure you that player pairing requests will be granted, with the exception of siblings in the same age group, and where a DEFINITE need to ride together has been established and communicated. It has been overwhelming for our volunteers to accommodate these large number of requests while trying to build fair and balanced teams. We believe that this approach keeps us in line with the practice of most other youth organizations. We see our program as a great opportunity for family members and players to meet new friends and neighbours from across our community, establishing friendships that may last for years to come.

4) Can we request to be on a specific coach’s team?
Answer: No, you may not request a coach. The only exception to this rule is if you are an assistant for that coach.

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