PAL Basketball 2020-2021 Information!

The PAL staff would like to welcome everyone to PAL basketball 2020-2021. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced PAL to make significant changes in protocol in order to provide a 2020-2021 winter basketball program. We ask that everyone be patient and understand that we are trying to run both a travel and citywide program during these challenging times.

Last year PAL basketball occupied 3-4 city school gymnasiums, most with multiple basketball hoops and courts throughout our season, servicing athletes from grades 1-8. This year we are limited to just one facility in Torrington (The Armory) that has one court and two hoops. Although limited with many new guidelines and protocols, we are still striving to service the same number of athletes.

In order to plan our programming efficiently, please help up by completing the attached survey prior to November 1st.

Guidelines and protocols determined in October may change as the season progresses. The virus will determine how we will proceed. We will continue to work closely with Torrington Area Health and Torrington Public Schools for the safety of all involved. All state and local guidelines for facilities and events will be followed.

Please take special note-

The only people allowed into the armory for PAL practices or games are the Park and Recreation attendants, game officials, game scorekeepers, PAL staff, coaches, and athletes. No parents or spectators will be allowed in the armory.

We realize that this is an inconvenience, but this is a safety precaution that we at PAL think is important. Please know that we are striving to make the Armory a safe location for our athletes and staff to play basketball and to have fun. The pandemic has been a great challenge and we are trying our very best. If parents or guardians have difficulty with this guideline, you may want to consider NOT registering your child for basketball this season.

This year, more than ever, we need coaches in our Citywide program. Please consider a commitment to PAL and our athletes. Coaching young athletes is a very rewarding experience. We have senior coaches and staff that have been with our program for over 20 years. Without new coaches and volunteers there will be no program. Don’t wait until the last minute. Without coaches and volunteers, we may be unable to provide the Citywide program. If you have questions regarding coaching or volunteering, please contact PAL at admin@torringtonpal.org. We need your help!

PAL Travel Basketball:

The program will be offered for the following grade levels with ten athletes per team: Boys 8th grade, Boys 7th grade, and Boys 5th/6th grade; Girls 7th/8th grade and Girls 5th/6th grade.

Every athlete must try out for his or her team. Tryouts will be scheduled during the week of November 9th, with the location, date and time to be announced. The season will consist of 12 games, 11 regular season games plus playoffs, beginning on the weekend of December 5th and continuing until March 14th.

This season, all of the PAL travel teams will be competing in the Northstar League. Games will be played at the Northstar facility located in Canton, CT. Practices will be held during the week, consisting of two 1.5-hour practices per week. Practices will be held at the Northstar facility in Canton, Courtside in Harwinton, and at the Torrington Armory. Practice will begin during the week of November 16th.

The registration fee for travel basketball will be $150.00 per athlete. Each athlete must be registered, and their fee must be received by PAL no later than November 14th. All athletes must register online. Registrations will be available online at our website after tryouts have been completed, only athletes that have been contacted by a coach or league official should register for travel basketball.

Parents/Guardians should visit the websites of the Northstars (ctnorthstars.com) and Courtside (courtsidesportscenter.com) to read their attendance and participation protocols for Covid-19. PAL protocols and guidelines for the Torrington Armory are attached. All parents/guardians and athletes must follow all of the guidelines and protocols. No exceptions will be made.

All travel practices and game schedules will be posted in our team up calendar on our website (torringtonpal.org). Any questions or concerns should be directed to our PAL staff at admin@torringtonpal.org.

PAL Citywide Basketball:

The Citywide Program will be available to every 5th grade – 8th grade boy and girl who are not playing travel basketball. This is a change from last year, when every athlete was allowed to play in the citywide league. This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic and our limited space to play, we will be unable to offer that format.

The Citywide program is a co-ed program. It will consist of an 8-game regular season plus playoffs. Each team will practice one day a week for one hour. All of the games and most practices will be at the Torrington Armory. There will be a 7th/8th grade division and a
5th/6th grade division.

The Citywide program will begin the week of December 7th with player evaluations and team formations, with the location, date and time to be announced. Every athlete must be registered by November 27th in order to participate in the Citywide program. No exceptions will be made. As we mentioned above, scheduling this year at the Armory will be challenging and we ask for your cooperation and patience. All athletes must register online, there will be no paper registrations this year because of the pandemic. This year PAL has waived all registration fees for the Citywide Program. This year our Citywide program is free.

All citywide practices and game schedules will be posted in our team up calendar on our website (torringtonpal.org). Any questions or concerns should be directed to our PAL staff at admin@torringtonpal.org.

PAL BASKETBALL – GRADES 1-2 AND 3-4:

We will try to offer programs for a grade 1 – 2 and grade 3 – 4 athletes. We will be announcing program availability in December 2020. Any questions or concerns should be directed to our PAL staff at admin@torringtonpal.org.

Christopher M. Smedick
Executive Director

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The program will be offered for the following grade levels with ten athletes per team: Boys 8th grade, Boys 7th grade, and Boys 5th/6th grade; Girls 7th/8th grade and Girls 5th/6th grade.

Every athlete must try out for his or her team.
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Tryouts will be scheduled during the week of November 9th, with the location, date and time to be announced. The season will consist of 12 games, 11 regular season games plus playoffs, beginning on the weekend of December 5th and continuing until March 14th

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The Torrington PAL program is a significant outreach opportunity which provides an interaction between the Torrington area youth and members of the Torrington Police Department. The PAL program offers a way to bridge gaps between law enforcement and the youth which will be a positive benefit for our city by being a valuable resource for our local youth. As the police chief I am very much committed to this program as I believe that our youth are a significant asset to all of us. It is through the PAL program and our partnerships with the business and residential Torrington community, that our department will be able to reach out and interact with the Torrington area youth, as well as those adults that support them, to build positive relationships. It is through the hard efforts and  hard work of the Torrington PAL Board of Directors and our partnership that makes this program the success that it is and will continue to be.

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