Saturday, June 27, 2020


The league's master schedule spreadsheet (with stats tabs)


Your individual team's schedule, roster, & coach contacts
Use your email log-in and password from registration.
You should download the App for ease in use.
Can include multiple family members, including the player's contacts.
Can mark availability for each event.
Can set notifications to your phone or email.


(updated for 2020 spring - adjustments in yellow)

1. The age birthday ranges for the 2019 fall and 2020 spring seasons are: Teenage Division 9/1/2001 to 8/31/2005, Cadet Division 9/1/2005 to 8/31/2008, Beaver Division 9/1/2008 to 8/31/2011, and Penguin Division 9/1/2011 to 8/31/2013 and younger.
2. All players have the option of playing in an older age group, in addition to or in lieu of their natural age group. 
3. The league has the right to make exceptions for special circumstances and roster balancing.
4. The chipmunk instructional program is for the age range 9/1/2013 to 6/30/2016. Players in that age range may also play up in the league.
5. PAL holds the exclusive right to determine coaches and team rosters for each division.
6. Siblings in the same age division will be placed on the same team.  All other requests cannot be guaranteed, but the information will be on hand during the team selection.
1. All three periods shall be 10 minutes and the clock shall be stopped at each whistle.
2. Two minutes shall be placed on the scoreboard for intermission breaks between periods.
3. In the event a team gains a 6-goal lead in any game, the clock shall run and only be stopped on goals, penalties, penalty shots, injuries, and timeouts.  If the lead decreases, the clock shall stop at every whistle.  Games will not end prematurely.
4. Teams shall receive only one, 30-second time-out per game.
5. The center red line is used for offsides; the two clearing blue lines are used for icing. Offsides is tag up. Icing is no-touch when the ball crosses the goal line.
6. NOTE: In 2020 spring, due to playing in the summer heat, all divisions shall not change ends for the second period or overtime and shall go in the same direction for the entire game.
7. In the Penguin Division only, the icing rule will not apply.
8. In the Penguin Division only, play will be whistled when the goaltender covers the ball, regardless of the location of the attackers.
9. In the Penguin Division only, players will not be ejected for an accumulation of minor penalties; only major penalties will result in ejection.
NOTE: For 2020 spring, due to playing in the summer heat, there will be no regular season overtimes. Games even after regulation will be recorded as a tie.
1. If a regular season game is tied after three periods, there shall be a 5-minute stoppage-clock, sudden-death overtime.  If the game is still tied after overtime, the game shall end. There is no intermission or changing of ends between the third period and regular season overtime. There are no shootouts. No extra timeouts are gained.
2. Regular season overtime is 3-on-3 in player strength plus goalies. If a penalty occurs, it is 4-on-3 until the penalty expires, and strength will be 4-on-4 until the next whistle when it reverts back to 3-on-3. If two penalties occur, it is 5-on-3 until the penalties expire, and the same process as above occurs.
3. If a playoff game is tied after three periods, there shall be 10-minute, stoppage-clock, sudden-death overtime periods until a goal is scored. There is an intermission and changing of ends between the third period and playoff overtime. There are no shootouts. No extra timeouts are gained.
4. Playoff overtime is 5-on-5 in player strength plus goalies.
1. All equipment must be worn during PAL games and practices. The proper equipment includes a hockey helmet with a cage, hockey gloves, elbow pads, leg pads that cover the knee, and a cup.  Mouth guards are not required.  Neither shoulder pads nor baseball batting gloves are permitted. 
2. Goalies must wear a full helmet and mask, goalie leg pads, goalie catching and blocking gloves, a cup, and a chest protector that covers the elbows; thigh pants are not required but suggested.
3. All PAL-borrowed equipment must be returned at the end of the season.
4. All players must wear the league-issued team shirt in their team’s color.  Shirts can not be intentionally cut, drawn on, or damaged.  If players forget their team shirt, they must coordinate with the referees to wear a pinny or substitute.  Goalie jerseys must be blank, have the PAL logo, or have the logo of the team they’re playing for. NOTE: For 2020 spring, goalie jerseys are optional to wear.
5. NOTE: For 2020 spring, due to playing in the summer heat, during practices when the weather is above 85 degrees, goalies are not allowed to suit up, and teams shall use the provided shooter tutors.
1. Checking is illegal in dek hockey.  To determine whether an illegal body check has occurred, the official must focus on whether there is any overt hip, shoulder, or forearm action used to initiate contact.  Legal, incidental body contact can occur when players are focused on the ball and are maintaining established position.
2. If a player waves their stick above their head during play, that player shall receive a minor penalty.  However, if the stick rises above the head during the backswing or follow through of shooting or passing, it is not a penalty.
3. All minor penalties require the penalized player to serve one minute; double-minors, which are for two infractions, are two minutes; and majors, which are for serious infractions, are three minutes.  A minor expires if the opposing team scores on the power play.  Major penalties shall last the full amount of time.
4. If a player receives three penalty minutes in one game, that player shall receive an automatic ejection for penalty accumulation.  A major penalty involves an automatic ejection.
1. A team is made up of 11-14 players.  A team must have a minimum of three out-players and one goalie or four out-players on the dek at all times.  If a team does not have these requirements at allotted faceoff game, a five-minute waiting period is placed on the scoreboard.  If they have enough players after those five minutes, the game will start, although that team will start with a bench minor.  If they still do not have enough players after those five minutes, the shorthanded team will forfeit, 1-0.
2. If a team does not have a goalie dressed at the allotted faceoff time, they must start play with an empty net and an extra out player.  If a goalie is legitimately injured, or ejected, during the game, the team will be permitted time to dress the replacement.
3. If teams lose more players to penalties than the minimum amount allowed, the last penalty(ies) shall not begin until the first expires, although the penalized players must remain in the box.
4. In all divisions, full-strength play in regulation is five-on-five plus a goalie for each side.  Teams have the right to pull their goaltender for an extra attacker at any time during a game.
5. Teams are not allowed to use players not on the official roster confirmed by the league. NOTE: For 2020 spring, due to the lack of shared goalie gear, each team will be assigned 2 players with goalie gear. If both individuals are not going to be available, it is the responsibility of the head coach to notify the league director at least a day in advance to make other arrangements.
6. Players will not change teams once the season’s games commence. In the case of long-term injuries, registration withdrawals, or emergencies, the league may add a replacement player to compensate.
1. Teams shall play 10 games each in the regular season. NOTE: For 2020 spring, teenage will play 12 games.
2. Teams shall receive 2 points for a win, 0 points for a loss, and 1 point for a tie.
3. Placements in the standings are determined by the following order: points, wins, least amount of regulation losses, points earned head-to-head, least amount of goals against, least amount of penalty minutes, and most recent results.  Seedings for the playoffs will be determined by teams’ final places in the regular season standings.
4. All effort will be made to hold all the regular season games with rainout makeups. However, if that is not possible and if teams end up with an unequal number of games, points percentage will be used for standings.
5. All teams qualify for the post-season.  Playoffs will consist of series based on regular season seeding and with a set bracket.  All series are best-of-3, so all teams are guaranteed at least 2 playoff games. There will be no reseeding after rounds.
6. Games will only be rescheduled due to weather and emergency situations (like availability of referees).
7. Coaches are not allowed to intentionally forfeit a game or tell their players not to show up. If coaches can not show up, the league will make sure cleared adults are on hand to run the bench.
1. The 5-minute misconducts listed in the ASHI rulebook does not apply.  Instead, the “minor unsportsmanlike” (1 minute) covers the following, but is not limited to: cursing, arguing, diving, taunting, slamming stick or boards, abusing equipment, abusing officials, etc. A “double-minor unsportsmanlike” (2 minutes) is for two infractions, and a “major unsportsmanlike” (3 minutes) is for serious infractions, just as for other penalties.
2. All of the penalties listed above in subsection H-1 also make a team shorthanded.
3. After a penalty is called, the faceoff will be all the way down in the offending team’s end, regardless of where the ball was touched or how the play died.
4. All other game rules in the official rules book, unless contradicted by the above set of house rules, will be followed.  The official rulebook is American Street Hockey Institute’s (ASHI) Governing the Game of Street Hockey/Dek Hockey. 
1. All games for the league shall take place at the Echo Valley Dek off Route 724. Practices will take place either at the Echo Valley Dek or the New Hanover Township Community Park Dek. Teams are not permitted to hold practices at other locations for liability reasons.
2. During game play, all spectators who are not referees, league officials, coaches, or scorekeepers for that game must be outside the fenced area. Teams waiting to play must stay outside the fenced area. 
3. There is no mass team warmup on the dek before the game. Goalies may take warmup shots from one player. Coaches must have their opening lines ready as soon as the referees blow the whistle.
4. It is the responsibility of both teams to clear their benches of trash and equipment after games and practices.  It is the responsibility of the home team for the first and last games of the day to get the scoreboard.
5. Teams are only allowed coaches from the approved list of volunteers who successfully submitted background checks at their bench during games or on the rink during practices.  Siblings and other children not on the roster are not permitted at the bench or inside the fenced area.
6. Smoking is not permitted anywhere at any PAL event.
7. Pets are not permitted in the vicinity at any PAL events.
1. If a player is ejected and cannot serve their penalty, a player on the dek at the time of their ejection must serve it. Any player ejected for fighting or a major must leave the bench. If a player is ejected for accumulation of minutes, it is up to the referee’s discretion if the player must leave, based on the player’s behavior.
2. If a player is ejected for receiving a major penalty, the two referees of that game will meet after the game and after the teams leave the dek to determine if any possible suspension is warranted. Their decision will be passed to the program director who is responsible for communicating it to that child’s parents before the next game and to the executive director for record-keeping. Majors for fighting carry a mandatory minimum of a one game suspension.
3. Suspensions are not for accumulation of minor penalties in a game. There are no automatic suspensions for accumulation of penalties or ejections, but player history can be taken into account when determining suspensions.
4. Any instances of adult misbehavior which could warrant suspension will be handled by the program director, after consultation with the executive director. Any instances of child misbehavior at the PAL facility not covered by the actual game play will also be handled in the same fashion.
5. Any player, coach, or spectator can be ejected and asked to leave the vicinity of the fenced playing area by that game’s referees, or by the program or executive directors, at any time for misbehavior. If the conduct is from coaches, their team will receive a bench penalty as well.
1. It is the policy of Pottstown Area PAL that all players receive “equitable” playing time from their coaches.
2. For the first ninety percent (or 27 minutes) of regulation, teams must have line changes on a “normal rotation” that can easily be recognized and understood by the referees.
3. If teams have less than 2 full lines to rotate, the team should rotate who gets the necessary double shift amongst all the players on offense and/or defense (depending on where the deficiency lies).
4. At least 3 of the 5 players who were previously on the bench must be replaced after every full shift. No one player should be regularly double-shifted or ever triple-shifted (except if the team only has 0, 1, or 2 subs).  Coaches are allowed to alter their line combinations and rotations, but the amount of shifts for all players should end up being similar.
5. For determining a “normal rotation”, the shift lengths shall be similar, meaning no more than 60 seconds difference from one shift’s length to the other.
6. For the final ten percent (or 3 minutes left in the third period) of regulation, the above policy shall not apply, and teams may pause their normal rotation to do a “stack” line of their top players.
7. During overtime, teams will revert back to the normal rotation rules listed above, as if it’s the start of the game. During overtime, teams should be using their whole bench.
8. Players should only be benched for behavioral reasons, not performance reasons.
9. Exceptions are made if an injury, sickness, or penalty takes away that specific player’s shifts in the rotation. Power plays are not an exception to make players lose shifts in the rotation.
10. If a team gains a six goal or more lead and while the clock is running, the highest scoring player on that leading team (using the current season stats) must be sent out at the position of a defenseman, not a forward.
11. Per ASHI rule 10d, at a stoppage, the home team, has the option of waiting to watch for the away team, to make their line changes first before a faceoff. However, once a coach tells us a player to go out, they can’t reverse the decision before the faceoff.
12. If a referee deems a team in violation of the Rules in Section K, a warning will be given.
13. If a referee deems a team to be in violation a second time, a bench minor for unsportsmanlike will be called.
14. If a referee deems a team to be in violation a third time, the head coach will be ejected, and a bench minor will be called.  The referees are then empowered to mandate that team’s line changes before each faceoff for the remainder of the game, or entrust it to the remaining assistant coaches. That head coach must meet with and be cleared by the program director to coach in any subsequent games.
- The “lob rule” reverts back to the normal ASHI rule of using the defensive blue line to beyond the red line.
- It is no longer necessary to indicate that a player must go from the penalty box to the dek before going to the bench, since the Echo Valley dek configuration requires it.




• Stay home if you are experiencing any potential COVID-19 symptoms published by the CDC: 
fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea
• Stay home if any member of your household has been in known close contact over the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positively.
• Immediately alert the league director if you have attended a PAL event and someone in your household tests positively. While maintaining that individual’s health privacy, the league will postpone that team’s events for a minimum of one week after symptoms began.
• Players must have their parents/guardians sign a COVID liability waiver prior to the first practice.
• Vulnerable individuals are asked and strongly encouraged to stay home.

• PAL coaches/personnel should wear a face covering. Individuals who are not athletic participants in that current event (excluding players and referees) are asked and strongly encouraged to wear a face covering. 
• Players should arrive 15 minutes before the event. Each head coach will be at the entrance gate with a touchless temperature device to check each player. If a player’s temperature is over 100.4 degrees (the medical definition of a fever), their parents will be immediately notified and they will be ineligible to participate that day. There will be checklists to “clear” each participant, including coaches and referees.
• Separate gates for “entrance” (right) and “exit” (left) into the dek/bench area will be marked. Only those individuals cleared by the process above for that event will enter inside. The gates will be shut during the event and spectators will not enter this area.
• There will be a designated 5 minutes between events. Teams will clean up all of their trash from the bench and vacate the dek area via the exit gate, with the away team leaving first. Then the next teams may come in through the entrance gate.
• Individuals should cough or sneeze into their elbows. Individuals should refrain from touching their face, as much as possible.
• Players should refrain from spitting on the dek surface or bench.

• Spectators are asked to be in no more than groups of two, or only with their immediate family members. Six feet of distance should be maintained to the next group of spectators. This includes players watching at the fence. 
• The bleachers may not be filled to capacity and are reserved for the elderly and for those physically unable to stand for the game. 
• Before games, players must not congregate as a team waiting to come on the dek. After arriving and being “cleared” by their coach, they may wait in their family’s vehicle or maintain social distancing if by the dek.
• During period breaks, the coach should keep the team spread out to address them. Team-wide “hands-in” huddles are prohibited. Some players should stay in the bench and others should stand on the dek. 
• After games, teams will line up on their blue line and “stick tap” for the other team, without handshake lines. For any teamwide meetings afterwards in the parking lot, social distancing must be maintained.

• Equipment should be taken on and off at your family’s vehicle. Equipment bags and other belongings will not be brought into the dek/bench area.
• There will be no shared water bottles, coolers, carriers, or towels. Disposable water bottles are available for emergency use.
• All personal water bottles on the bench will be marked, and coaches will have sharpies to mark any disposable bottles.
• There will be no shared player equipment or practice pinnies handed out.
• There will be no shared goalie equipment available. Individuals who need gear are rented a set for the season. Coaches must communicate with the league director in advance about the need for a “backup” goalie to get their own set of gear.
• Only coaches and referees will handle the medical and repair kits that are at each bench, and they will use hand sanitizer provided after doing so.
• Families are asked and encouraged to wash shirts and wipe down player gear after every event.
• The bench doors and gates will be sprayed with disinfectant after every game by the referees.
• The wooden back to the bench enclosures have been removed to allow for air flow.


I understand that as a youth coach I am obligated to honor the games rules, and respect all other individuals, and will teach my players to do the same. I understand that the primary motivation of Pottstown PAL is to ensure that every participant has a safe, positive sporting experience. I understand that my responsibilities as a youth coach are of great importance and that my actions have the potential to significantly influence the young athletes whom I mentor.

Therefore, by participating as a youth sports volunteer coach, I will adhere to the following Coaches’ Code of Conduct.

(Confidentiality Clause) I will ONLY utilize the confidential information or contacts available for purposes directly related to PAL Programs. Coach/volunteer understands that this provision explicitly prohibits anyone from soliciting Pottstown PAL participants and family members, vendors, providers, coaches, program directors, agents/representatives for any purpose, including starting OR promoting their own/another entity's league(s) or program(s) that are similar to existing, previous or planned Pottstown PAL Programs.

(A) I will create a healthy, positive environment for our children that:

1.  Builds a culture where winning is not defined by outcome of competition, but by the enjoyment and individual needs of all the participating children.

2.  Focuses on safety, fun, good sportsmanship, and respect, as well as skill development and education.

3.  Provides instruction in a manner that is constructive and supportive.

4.  Is fair, consistent, and best meets the emotional and physical needs of all children.

5.  Has a positive, lasting impact on the children of the greater Pottstown community.

(B) I will act responsibly and do my best to assure that:

1.  I will provide equitable playing time for each player on my team for each game.

2.  I will properly educate players on the importance of teamwork, effort, having fun and playing fair while properly instructing age appropriate fundamentals and skills.

3.  I provide players with the best education, instruction and organization possible by attending required meetings, clinics and certifications.

4.  I am familiar with the objectives of the youth sports program; I strive to achieve these objectives and communicate them to my players and their parents/guardians.

5.  I cooperate with the Program Director and the Executive Director in the enforcement of rules and I will report irregularities that violate sound competitive practices.

(C) I will display appropriate behavior at all times.

1.  I will treat all players, coaches, officials, parents/guardians, and administrators with respect and dignity, and refrain from using profanity, intimidation tactics, and inappropriate language.

2.  I will uphold the authority of officials who are assigned to the contest in which I coach, and I will assist them in every way to conduct fair and impartial competitive contests.

3.  I will not harass any individual, in-person or otherwise.

(D) I will not violate the law or risk others’ safety.

1.  I will never coach under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

2.  I will never initiate or participate in any form of assault on any staff, volunteer, parent, or child of my/opposing team.

3.  I will never discriminate against another individual. (See Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy)

4.  I will never unnecessarily risk the health of any individual under my supervision. I will report unsafe practices to Pottstown PAL as soon as they are observed and be vigilant in the observation of safety.

Pottstown PAL reserves the right to take appropriate disciplinary and/or legal action involving any coach in violation of the Code of Conduct, as is deemed appropriate by the organization.


The Pottstown Area Police Athletic League (PAL) is a non-profit corporation that relies on parents and volunteers to function. This includes program directors, coaches, assistants, team volunteers and other agents/representatives of PAL, as well as the parents/guardians and their guests at events. The goal of this document is to help fulfill the Mission, Vision and Values of Pottstown PAL in providing the youth of Pottstown with a positive sporting experience. This agreement is applicable to any and all of attendees of PAL events.

1.   Parent/volunteer agrees that s/he is volunteering time to PAL at no cost to PAL and understands that PAL will not provide any form of payment or remuneration for volunteered time.

2.   It is understood and agreed that PAL may provide to volunteer certain proprietary and confidential information that is and must be kept confidential. To ensure the protection and confidentiality of such information, it is understood and agreed that:

A.   Such confidential information includes: PAL participant or family contact information, PAL Vendors, providers, marketing information, past, current and future business plans and models, finances and financial  projections, reports of any kind, and all other information related to the operation of PAL and the individual PAL programs. 

B.   Parent/volunteer agrees not to utilize the information for any purpose other than directly related to PAL programs. Parent/volunteer understands that this provision explicitly prohibits s/he from soliciting PAL participants and family members, PAL vendors, providers, coaches, program directors, PAL agents/representatives and participants and family members for any purpose. This includes those individuals starting and/or promoting league(s)/program(s) that are similar to existing, previous or planned PAL programs.

C.   Parent/volunteer agrees not to disclose the confidential information obtained from PAL to anyone unless required to do so by law.

3.    Parent/volunteer WILL:

A.  Respect the property and equipment used at any sports facility, both home and away, regardless of whether owned, rented, leased or lent by PAL or any other organization or entity involved in PAL’s programs.

B.  Encourage good sportsmanship through our actions, demonstrating positive support for all players, including his/her own children, coaches, and officials at every game or practice.

C.  Promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes, including his/her own children, ahead of any personal desire to win.

D.  Provide support for coaches and officials working with the athletes, including his/her own children, and provide a positive experience for all.

E.  Demand a drug, alcohol and tobacco free environment for our athletes, his/her own children, and agree to assist in refraining from their use at all PAL events, regardless of whether home or away.

F.  Demand that all participants treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, class, age, disability, gender, or gender identity. Each participant must treat others with dignity and respect in language, attitude, behavior and mannerisms. This is in accordance with PAL's Nondiscrimination & Anti-Harassment Policy.          

G.  Inform coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of said child or others. Also, inform coach of any absence from a practice or game due to sickness within a reasonable amount of time.

4. Parent/volunteer WILL NOT:

A.  Defame, misstate, or otherwise untruthfully and negatively communicate, whether written or orally, with other people or entities regarding PAL.

B.  Use ANY profanity whatsoever, or any other language which is demeaning, demoralizing or otherwise sexual or provocative in nature. NO profanity is to be used on any PAL property, facilities we rent, or at locations at which a PAL team plays.

C.   Leave a child alone for any significant period of time. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult over the age of 18 at all events, games, and practices. No coach or volunteer shall be held responsible for the welfare of an unattended child.

5.  If any of the provisions of this Agreement are found to be unenforceable, the remainder shall be enforced as fully as possible and the unenforceable provision(s) shall be deemed modified to the limited extent required to permit enforcement of the Agreement as a whole. The party acknowledges that they have read and understood this Parent/Volunteer Agreement, and voluntarily accept it in its entirety. The party agrees that if s/he or his/her guests fail to abide by these guidelines, disciplinary action may be taken by PAL. This may include, but is not limited to: Verbal Warning, Written Warning, Parent/Guardian Game Suspension, Parent/Guardian Disbarment, Player Suspension/Removal


PURPOSE - The Pottstown Area Police Athletic League (PAL) has developed this protocol for all athletic staff to follow in case there is concern with regards to a head injury.  These injuries, if not properly handled, can cause significant short- and long-term health problems, up to and including death.

DEFINITION - "A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells." - Center for Disease Control

SIGNS - Symptoms of a concussion can vary wildly, and not all symptoms will occur in all victims of a concussion. These symptoms may not appear immediately, or even within minutes, of head contact or whiplash.

Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head

Slurred speech

Lack/loss of balance and unsteady walking

Appearing dazed ("glossy eyes")

Unorthodox eye movements

Temporary loss of consciousness

Confusion or feeling as if in a fog

Amnesia surrounding the event

Dizziness or "seeing stars"

Ringing in the ears




Irritability and crankiness

Long term: changes in personality, memory, and concentration

-Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

CONCUSSION POLICY - If a participant exhibits any signs or symptoms of a head injury he/she must be removed from participation and will not be permitted to return to activity that day.  The Head Coach shall determine, to the best of their ability and for the welfare of the participant, whether that participant should continue in the activity. The program director or on-site official may overrule this determination if they believe a head injury has occurred. The Head Coach (and program director/officials) shall always err on the side of caution when a head injury is suspected.

A parent/guardian will also always retain the right to overrule this determination and pull a child out of play themselves. No parent/guardian, nor the participating child can choose for the participant to continue if it has been deemed by the Head Coach (or program director/official) that the child should cease play.

Any participant who has been found to have sustained a concussion will not be permitted to return to activity until such time as they have a written medical release from an appropriate medical professional.  This medical professional must be trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.

RETURN TO PLAY PROCEDURE - A participant may return to the activity following the guidelines given by an appropriate medical professional.  These guidelines will be enforced and followed by all coaches and members of the athletic program.  Prior to a monitored return under said guidelines, the participant must be 100% Symptom-Free.


OBJECTIVE - Pottstown PAL is committed to fostering an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Every individual has the right to participate in an atmosphere that promotes equal opportunities and prohibits unlawful discriminatory practices, including harassment. Therefore, Pottstown PAL expects that all relationships among persons in our program will be professional and entirely free of bias, prejudice and harassment. Pottstown PAL will make every reasonable effort to ensure that all concerned are familiar with these policies and are aware that any complaint in violation of such policies will be thoroughly investigated and resolved appropriately per determination of the Board and executive director. These policies should not, and may not, be used as a basis for excluding or separating individuals of a particular gender, or any other protected characteristic, from participating in any of the non-profit’s activities. In other words, no one should make the mistake of engaging in discrimination or exclusion to avoid allegations of harassment. The law and the policies of Pottstown PAL prohibit disparate treatment on the basis of any protected characteristic, with regard to terms, conditions, privileges and perquisites of employment. The prohibitions against harassment, discrimination and retaliation are intended to complement and further those policies, not to form the basis of an exception to them.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY - It is the policy of Pottstown PAL to ensure equal opportunity (including access to employment and volunteer positions) without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Pottstown PAL prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.

RETALIATION - Pottstown PAL encourages reporting of all perceived incidents of discrimination or harassment. It is the policy of Pottstown PAL to promptly and thoroughly investigate such reports. The organization shall conduct its investigation through the executive director, who shall make his/her determination in writing with the Board’s approval. Pottstown PAL absolutely prohibits retaliation against any individual who reports discrimination or harassment, or any individual who participates in an investigation of such reports.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT - Sexual harassment constitutes discrimination and is illegal under federal, state and local laws. For the purposes of this policy, “sexual harassment” is defined, as in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Guidelines, as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which is intended to coerce, intimidate, or make one uncomfortable. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 recognizes two types of sexual harassment: a) quid pro quo and b) hostile work environment. Sexual harassment may include a range of subtle and not-so-subtle behaviors and may involve individuals of the same or different gender. Depending on the circumstances, these behaviors may include unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors; sexual innuendo; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies; leering, whistling or touching; insulting or obscene comments or gestures; public display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; and other physical, verbal or visual conduct of a sexual nature.

HARASSMENT - Harassment on the basis of any protected characteristic is also strictly prohibited. Under this policy, harassment is verbal, written or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law, or that of his or her relatives, friends or associates, and that either: has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment OR has the purpose or effect of adversely affecting or unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or volunteer/participant experience. Harassing conduct includes but is not limited to: epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating acts; denigrating jokes; written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group. Any such conduct shall be prohibited in any forum by any PAL representative or participant – this internal organizational protection extends to third-party interactions and online messaging groups.

REPORTING AN INCIDENT - Pottstown PAL encourages reporting of all perceived incidents of discrimination, harassment or retaliation, regardless of the offender’s identity or position. Individuals who believe that they have been the victim of such conduct should discuss their concerns with their immediate supervisor or directly with the executive director. See the complaint procedure described below. In addition, Pottstown PAL encourages individuals who believe they are being subjected to such conduct to promptly advise the offender that his or her behavior is unwelcome and to request that it be discontinued. Often this action alone will resolve the problem. Pottstown PAL recognizes, however, that an individual may prefer to pursue the matter through complaint procedures.

COMPLAINT PROCEDURE - Individuals who believe they have been the victims of conduct prohibited by this policy or believe they have witnessed such conduct should discuss their concerns with their immediate supervisor or directly contact the executive director. Pottstown PAL encourages the prompt reporting of complaints or concerns so that rapid and constructive action can be taken before relationships become irreparably strained. Therefore, while no fixed reporting period has been established, early reporting and intervention have proven to be the most effective method of resolving actual or perceived incidents of harassment. Any reported allegations of harassment, discrimination or retaliation will be investigated as promptly as is feasible. The investigation may include individual interviews with the parties involved and, where necessary, with individuals who may have observed the alleged conduct or may have other relevant knowledge. Retaliation against an individual for reporting harassment or discrimination or for participating in an investigation of a claim of harassment or discrimination is a serious violation of this policy and, like harassment or discrimination itself, will be subject to disciplinary action. Acts of retaliation should be reported immediately and will likewise be promptly investigated and addressed. Misconduct constituting harassment, discrimination or retaliation will be dealt with appropriately. Responsive action may include, for example, referral to training/counseling or disciplinary action such as a written warning, withholding of a promotion, reassignment, temporary suspension without pay, termination, or dismissal, as Pottstown PAL believes appropriate under the circumstances. If a party to a complaint does not agree with its resolution via the executive director, that party may appeal in writing to Pottstown PAL’s executive Board. False and malicious complaints of harassment, discrimination or retaliation (as opposed to complaints that, even if erroneous, are made in good faith) may be the subject of appropriate disciplinary action.


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The novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World
Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibited the congregation of groups of people. Pottstown Area Police Athletic League (“PAPAL”) has put in place preventative measures recommended by state health officials, to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, PAPAL cannot guarantee that you or your child(ren) will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, attending PAPAL’s facility could increase your risk and your child(ren)’s risk of contracting COVID-19.

By signing this agreement, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily
assume the risk that my child(ren) and myself may become exposed to and/or infected by COVID-19 by attending PAPAL’s facility and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at PAPAL’s facility may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, PAPAL employees, volunteers, program participants and their families, or outside parties.

By signing this agreement, I further voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and
accept sole responsibility for any injury to my child(ren) or myself (including, but not limited to) personal injury, disability, death, illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that me, my child(ren), or a family member may experience or incur in connection with my child(ren)’s attendance at the PAPAL facility or participation in related programming (“Claims”). On my behalf, and on behalf of my children, I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless PAPAL, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from the Claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. I understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of PAPAL, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any activity at a PAPAL facility.


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