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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does registration begin? 
    Registration for the fall Field Hockey season begins in early June and lasts until July 31.  Late registrations will be accepted until August 31, includes a late fee and is subject to availability. Registration for our fall Volleyball begins in mid June and runs till middle of August. Registration for Travel and Rec Basketball begins on September 1st.  Travel registration ends on 10/1 and our Rec-League basketball ends on 11/1 (BBall registration for the older divisions usually runs later because of high school sports tryouts)  Registration for spring Lacrosse begins on December 1st and runs until January 9th.

  • What is included with registration?
    Field Hockey participants will receive a team jersey and matching socks as part of their registration fee.  Rec Basketball participants receive a game jersey.  Travel Basketball players receive a game uniform and a practice pinnie.  Lacrosse participants receive a game pinnies.

  • How much does it cost?
     Our current registration fee for our Field Hockey, Lacrosse and Rec Basketball programs is $125.  Travel Basketball has a $300 total fee.  There is an additional fee incurred for late registrations and those spots are subject to availability. Information about our field hockey, lacrosse and basketball programs can be found under the appropriate sports tab on our website. PVYB.org. 

  • What if my child is put on a waitlist?
    Unfortunately, in some sports, we will have a waitlist to get into the program.  We never like to see this and will do our best to alleviate any waitlist, we want kids playing sports.  But once a waitlist is started, we will have to see how all of the other divisions play out before we can determine if we can add teams in the division.  We ask your patience in the process as no decisions on waitlists will be made until 5 days after the end of the registration period for the league you were waitlisted for.  Emailing for status updates on the waitlist will have no impact.  The reason for waitlists is gym space and field availability.  There are only so many gyms in the PV District and only so many days to have access to those gyms.  As such, there is a capacity to where we've exhausted all available practice and game time in the gyms.  As such, when we reach that level, we have to create a waitlist.  To alleviate that waitlist we have to wait till all the other divisions fill up or don't fill up.  If they don't, we will have available space to add more kids to other divisions.  
     
  • When do practices start?
    Practices typically start 1-2 weeks prior to Labor Day for Field Hockey.  They begin in early March weather permitting for Lacrosse.  Travel Basketball practices start in Mid-October and Rec Basketball starts the week of November 15, 2016 for DR,SH,JV.  V & Sr Divisions will start early December.  Each team will receive an assigned practice day that is consistent week to week.  On occasion, Coaches may hold a practice that is on a night that is other than their assigned night in the event of holidays, rain-outs, etc. 

  • When do games start?
    Games start on the first Saturday following Labor Day weekend for Field Hockey, early April for Lacrosse and early December for Rec Basketball.  Travel basketball tips off with the John Streeper Memorial Shoot-Out which is hosted by PVYB.  

    Field Hockey games are held on Saturdays with one additional game that will be played during the week, typically on that team’s assigned practice night.

    Lacrosse league(PAGLA) games are held on Saturdays with possible make-up games held on weekdays.  Some play-day tournaments for Lacrosse may be held on Sundays as well. 

    Rec Basketball games are held on Saturdays with some on Sundays as well.  Possible make-up games may be held on weekdays.

    Travel Basketball games are held on varying days.

  •  When will we find out what team we are on?
    Teams are typically distributed the week prior to the first practice.  In the event that there are shortages in coaching or other undue delays, distribution could be delayed.

  •  How do I register?
    Registration can be found on our website at pvyb.org under the register tab in the upper right hand corner of the webpage.  Please note that you will be asked to create an account prior to registering for the first time.  Also, when registering, please use the email address for which you would prefer to be contacted.

  • Where are practices held?
    All Field Hockey and Lacrosse practices are held at the Perkiomen Valley High School complex unless noted.  The fields are located behind Evergreen Elementary and the back of the High School.  Additionally, we also use the outfield of the softball field for practices and our Futures clinics.  The softball field is located in the same area next to the two field hockey fields.

    Rec basketball practices are held at multiple schools in the district. 

    Travel basketball practices are mostly held at West Middle School although from time to time other district schools will be used.

  • Where are games held?
    All Field Hockey games are held at the Perkiomen Valley High School complex unless noted.  The fields are located behind Evergreen Elementary and the back of the High School.  Additionally, we also use the outfield of the softball field for our Futures clinics.  The softball field is located in the same area next to the two field hockey fields.

    Home Lacrosse games are held at the Perkiomen Valley High School complex as well.  Away games locations may vary.

    Rec Basketball gams are held at varying schools throughout the district, but usually held at the same gym you practice at. 

    Travel Basketball games are mostly held at West Middle School although games may be held at East Middle School from time to time as well.

  • Can I request a friend?
    We do not accept play with, coach, or carpool requests.  Keep in mind that there are a number of factors that are considered in team placement that take precedent over anything else.  What may seem like a simple change causes a domino effect with other teams.  The number of requests in the past have been too numerous to manage and therefore cannot be accommodated.  Please keep this in mind when registering and your understanding is appreciated.

  • Can I request a coach?
    We do not accept play with, coach, or carpool requests.  Keep in mind that there are a number of factors that are considered in team placement that take precedent over anything else.  What may seem like a simple change causes a domino effect with other teams.  The number of requests in the past have been too numerous to manage and therefore cannot be accommodated.  Please keep this in mind when registering and your understanding is appreciated.
     

  • Can I request a carpool?
    We do not accept play with, coach, or carpool requests.  Keep in mind that there are a number of factors that are considered in team placement that take precedent over anything else.  What may seem like a simple change causes a domino effect with other teams.  The number of requests in the past have been too numerous to manage and therefore cannot be accommodated.  Please keep this in mind when registering and your understanding is appreciated.

     

  • When will we hear from our coach?
    Teams will be disseminated to coaches the week prior to your first practice.  You should be contacted by your team’s coach shortly after the teams are released.  The league will send out a blast email to all registrants letting them know that teams have been distributed and to expect to be contacted.  Please allow time for the coaches to organize their team and finalize their Welcome letter.  
     

  • What equipment is needed?
    Field Hockey players are required to have shin guards, a mouth guard and a stick.  Goggles and cleats are optional.  Your coach may also ask you to bring a ball to each practice as well.  The league will provide each team and player with a team jersey and matching field hockey socks.  Longstreth sells beginner packages for around $30 that includes everything you need. 

    Lacrosse players are required to have a mouth guard, goggles and a stick.  Cleats are optional but recommended.

  • When will we get our uniforms?
    Uniforms will be distributed the week prior to your first game.  Any teams that cannot arrange for uniform pickup that week will get them on the Saturday before the start of their game.
     
  •  When will I receive my refund?
    Refunds are distributed within 30 days upon the close of registration.  Currently, refunded registrants are mailed a check to the address that is listed on their registration.  The system is currently unable to refund monies due back to the credit card used during registration but we are working on having that capability in the near future.

 

  • What is the refund policy?
    Refund requests without a medical reason prior to the start of the season are subject to a $25 processing fee to cover incurred expenses.  Refund requests that are made once the season has begun will be handled on an individual basis.

  •  What are the age groups?

Field Hockey
Futures                Kindergarten and under

JV                           1st and 2nd Grade

Varsity                  3rd and 4th Grade

Seniors                 5th and 6th Grade

Girls Lacrosse
Futures (Grade 1-2)

Freshmen (Grade 3-4)

JV (Grade 5-6)

Varsity (Grade 7-8)

Rec Basketball
Futures (Kindergarten)

Dribblers (Grades 1/2)

Shooters (Grades 3/4)

JV (Grades 5/6)

Varsity (Grades 7-9)

Senior (Grades 10-12)


Travel Basketball

Girls (Grades 4-8)

Boys (Grades 3-8)
    

 

  • What is the format of the games?

    Field Hockey
    Futures (Kindergarten)                 skills and drills, clinic style

JV (1st and 2nd Grade)                   7v7 on half field, no goalies, no corners

Varsity (3rd and 4th Grade)            7v7 on half field, no goalies, no corners

Seniors (5th and 6th Grade)           11v11 on full field, goalies and corners

Lacrosse
Futures (Gr 1/2) - Clinic style, skills and drills

Freshmen (Gr 3/4) - 7 on 7 format, goalie optional.  If team doesn't have goalie a blocker will be used.

JV (Gr 5/6) and Varsity (7/8) - 11 on 11 format with goalie.
  

  • When does the season end?
    The Field Hockey season typically lasts until the first weekend in November.  In the event that we have a lot of cancellations due to weather that cannot be made up throughout the season, we have use of the fields until the second weekend in November.

    Lacrosse typically ends on Memorial Day weekend but games may go past that date if weather causes cancellations.

    Basketball season typically ends in Early March. 

  • What can I do if my conflict night has changed?
    We are usually pretty flexible to honor conflict nights and can place players on teams to honor those conflicts.  In the event that your conflict night has changed, please contact the administrator as soon as possible at fieldhockey@pvyb.org, lacrosse@pvyb.org or recleague@pvyb.org depending on the sport.  Please understand that while we make every effort to honor scheduling conflicts, please note that  flexibility exist for 1-2 nights and are more difficult if you only have one specific night that works for your schedule.

  •  I haven’t heard from my coach yet and others have.
    Please allow the coaches time to organize their teams and get out their Welcome communication.  The League will send out a blast communication letting all registrants know that teams have been disseminated.  If you do not receive any communication regards to team assignment within one week from that transmission, then please contacts the administrator.
     
  • How often are practices?
    Practices are typically held once per week and always on the same night of the week for field hockey, lacrosse and rec basketball.  From time to time, your coach may hold additional practices on nights other than your assigned night due to holidays, cancellations, etc.  Travel basketball typically practices twice per week with a third sometimes held on Saturdays.

  • How many games do we play?
    The Field Hockey league consists of an in-house schedule of 10 games.  There may be occasions where we would enter teams into tournaments outside of our league if available and interest exists.

    Lacrosse season typically consists of 5-7 PAGLA games as well as 3 play day tournaments(Coventry, SAGLA and PAGLA)  Futures participates in 1 play day at Spring-Ford.  Each play day is between 3-5 games held on the same day typically.

    Rec basketball season is typically 8-10 games with playoffs in the 3-12 rec divisions.

    Travel basketball typically play 12-14 ICBA league games while also participating in 2-3 tournaments.   

  • How often are there games?
    Games are held weekly.  Times are dependent on the number of teams but usually start in the morning.  There will also be one field hockey game scheduled during the week and typically will occur on your teams practice night although not guaranteed.  

  •  How long are games?

Field Hockey
JV and Varsity play 12 minute quarters.

Seniors play 15 minute quarters.

 

  • How long are practices?
    Field Hockey and Lacrosse practice sessions are left to each individual Coach’s discretion and depend on the age group and interest level.  Typically, you can expect practices to last 1-2 hours.  Keep in mind that as the season progresses and the days get shorter, practices may be shortened due to darkness in Field Hockey.  Conversely, Lacrosse practices may be extended as days get longer.

    Rec basketball practices will last 1 hour.

    Travel basketball practice times will vary but are usually 1:15 to 1:45.

  • How come I am not receiving emails?
    Email blasts are sent to the email address that was used during registration.  If you are not receiving emails at that address, please check your junk/spam folder and allow these emails to not be blocked.  If you are still not receiving emails please contact the administrator at fieldhockey@pvyb.org, lacrosse@pvyb.org or basketball@pvyb.org .

  • Can I submit a hard copy of my registration?It is preferred that all players are registered through our website at pvyb.org.  If you are unable to register via our online system, please contact the administrator at fieldhockey@pvyb.orglacrosse@pvyb.org or basketball@pyvb.org .

     
  • How come the registration page has my daughter listed in the wrong division?
    Please check and make sure that you have entered the correct birth date for your child.  Despite our leagues being grade based, the system is set up based on player ages and not by grade.  If you have entered the correct birth date and the system has you defaulting to the wrong division or shows no programs for your child, please contact the administrator at fieldhockey@pvyb.org, lacrosse@pvyb.org or basketball@pvyb.org depending on the sport registered for.
     
  • How can I help?
    PVYB is always looking for and in need of coaches and volunteers for our programs.  If you would like to be involved in any of our programs, please reach out to any of the members of our organization for more information.  Even if you feel that you do not have any experience in that particular program, volunteers are always needed and can help in a number of areas i.e. handling team communications, organizing team events, etc. 

  • How come the website shows no programs listed for my age?
    Please check and make sure that you have entered the correct birth date for your child.  Despite our leagues being grade based, the system is set up based on player ages and not by grade.  If you have entered the correct birth date and the system has you defaulting to the wrong division or shows no programs for your child, please contact the administrator at fieldhockey@pvyb.org, lacrosse@pvyb.org or basketball@pvyb.org depending on the sport you are registering for.

  • What equipment does the league provide?
    The league will provide each coach with pinnies, cones, and balls for practices.  We will also provide each team and player with team jerseys.  For our Senior Division, Field Hockey provides the goalie equipment for our goalies.  Lacrosse will provide goalie equipment for the Freshmen, JV and Varsity Divisions. 

  • How will I know if I am registered?
    Shortly after signing up for any of our programs you should receive an email confirming that you are registered.  If you do not receive any email confirmation, please log into your account to make sure that your registration was received.

  • I deleted my coupon from Dick’s, can I get another one?
    The Dick’s coupons are generated by our website provider Blue Sombrero.  Please contact Blue Sombrero for any coupon related questions.

  • Why do you not allow carpool, play with, or coach requests?
    PVYB programs support over 1200 children within the Perkiomen Valley and surrounding communities.  Please understand that with this many students participating in our sports programs, it is nearly impossible to be able to accommodate these requests as they have become more and more numerous with each season.  There are many factors, i.e. honoring a conflict night, that go into the formation of teams that take precedent over anything else.  Our goal is to provide a fun and competitive environment of balanced teams and what may seem like a simple request causes a domino effect throughout the division that impacts the ability to organize, communicate and balance the programs in a fair and timely fashion.  Additionally, there are many requests each season to keep certain “groups” together which as an organization we philosophically do not let happen.  Keeping groups of six, seven, eight kids together creates cliques within teams and causes situations of others being on the outside or not included.  We appreciate your understanding as to this policy.

  • What is the commitment for coaching?
    Our recreational programs usually will practice one time during the week and always on the same night each week.  Games are usually played on Saturdays and typically start in the morning and can be scheduled throughout the day depending on the number of teams.  We highly recommend that coaches solicit parents of team members to help out with the admin duties and to share responsibilities to help ease the time commitment.  

  • Can I request my assistant coach?
    Typically we allow for a Head Coach to be able to select one Assistant Coach to help with their team.  The only time this may not be able to be accommodated would be in programs that use draft selection for player placement.

  • When will the game schedule be out?
    The game schedule will be released the week prior to the start of the first game.  Please see above FAQ regarding when games start. 

  • Can we use offsite fields/gyms for practices?
    Due to insurance regulations, teams are only allowed to use the facilities with which we are contracted.  Please do not use off site locations unless first approved by the PVYB Board of Directors. 

  • Will I get a confirmation that I registered?
    You should receive a registration confirmation shortly after signing up.  If you do not receive a confirmation please log back into your account to make sure that your registration was accepted.

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