Milestone Event

Next Wednesday, October 5th marks the start of the 40th anniversary season of the Girls Division in our program, and we are planning a special ceremony to mark the occasion before the start of the first game of the season. If you were a player during that first season in 1982-83 or from those early years we invite you to come and join us at 5:45 pm October 5th at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School as we acknowledge and recognize the difference makers that helped make that division a reality 40 years ago- Joanie Besselink – Sagriff and Mary O’Neill – Howlett.

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We thought it important as we get ready to resume play, that we once again clarify our position around the wearing of jewellery and basketball. The rules of basketball prohibit the wearing of any jewellery while participating in a game. This includes, rings, watches, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and body piercings.

The risk to player safety with all of these is very real, and examples of injuries resulting from players participating wearing jewellery are real as well. If the jewellery cannot be removed, or if you choose not to remove it, you cannot be permitted to play. It is as simple as that. This is a rule of basketball, not a Pete Petersen Basketball League rule, and we cannot knowingly set aside a rule that deals with player safety.

Research shows us that newly pierced ear lobes should have the stud left in place for 6-8 weeks, depending on how fast an individual heals. If your player has recently had a piercing done then they will not be permitted to play until such time that you as parents and caregivers deem it safe to remove the earrings prior to games. Taping over the ear lobe is not permitted so don’t ask us to set aside the rules of the game to do this.

Talk to your players about this to help them understand. If they still want to come to games to be on the bench with their teammates during this time period where a piercing cannot be removed, that is fine, but understand they will not be able to participate until you can safely remove the jewellery.

For piercings beyond the 6-8 week time frame, all research that we have found indicates no risk to the individual by removing the earring or stud.

If you are planning a piercing for your player, we suggest after the season would be a good time to plan that event.

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Practice Schedule

Below is the practice schedule for next week. NOTE: There are two teams practicing in each time slot in one half of the gym. Players will be notified which team they are on in the next few days.

Graduate Division – Practices at Ecole Cathedrale
Monday September 26

5:30 pm Sixers and Celtics
6:30 pm Heat and Warriors
7:30 pm Bulls and Hawks

Biddy Division – Practices at St. Francis of Assisi
Monday September 26

6:00 pm Orange and Tarheels
6:45 pm Suns and Raptors
7:30 pm Vikings and Grizzlies
8:15 pm Ravens and Magic

Little Guys Division – Practices at St. Francis of Assisi
Tuesday September 27

6:00 pm Huskies and Tarheels
6:45 pm Wildcats and Wolfpack
7:30 pm Hoosiers and Jayhawks
8:15 pm Rebels and Mustangs

Girls Division – Practices at St. Francis of Assisi
Wednesday September 28

6:00 pm Monarchs and Sting
6:45 pm Mercury and Liberty
7:30 pm Storm and Sparks
8:15 pm Starzz and Comets

Little Gals Division – Practices at St. Francis of Assisi
Thursday September 29

6:00 pm Aztecs and Tigers
6:45 pm Rebels and Golden Gals
7:30 pm Rockers and Slammers
8:15 pm Monarchs and Lions

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Schedule For The Next Two Weeks and a Registration Update

Evaluation week has come to a close and we are now moving into the next phase of our season.

Next week there is no activity for the players as we get put the teams together and have our coaches meeting on the 21st. Players will hear what team they are on, and the date and time of their practice in the days following that meeting.

PLEASE NOTE: If you missed evaluation night but are registered in the league, or if you register in the next few days you will be placed on a team. Players on our waiting lists will need to wait for a call if there is an opening.

Each team will have a practice during the week of September 26-29. Graduate Division practices and games will be at Ecole Cathedrale, and all other division practices and games will be at St. Francis of Assisi. Schedules will be handed out at practices and can also be viewed on our web site.

Games in all divisions will start October 3-6.


We still have 3 places left in each of the Little Gals (girls 8-10) and Girls (girls 11-14)divisions. My thanks to everyone that has been spreading the word over the last week to help get us to good healthy numbers in all of our divisions. In the boys groups, Little Guys is full, as is our waiting list, so we are not taking any more names for this season. The Biddy (boys11-12) and Graduate (boys 13-15) divisions are full, but we are still adding names to our waiting lists.

If you are interested in registering a player for either of the girls divisions , or adding a player to the Biddy or Graduate waiting lists, please contact us through Facebook messenger or by email at

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Welcome Bubba’s Poutine and Pizzeria 349 King Street East!

We are excited to announce that Bubba’s Poutine and Pizzeria at 349 King Street East has joined our family of sponsors! Starting this season the Player of the Week recipients in the Graduate Division will receive a slice of Pizza and a canned drink at the King Street location only. Our thanks to Bubba’s for believing in what we do for the children in our community. They join the McDonald’s family restaurant on Division Street, and Coffee Way as sponsors for our Player of the Week recognition.

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Last week we published the COVID 19 Protocols that will be in place for the upcoming season. We want to clarify that, while we encourage everyone eligible to be vaccinated do so, THERE IS NO MANDATE THAT PLAYERS BE VACCINATED BEFORE THEY CAN PLAY.

Vaccination requirements are in place as outlined for all executive members and league volunteers until such time as that is not required by the ALCDSB.

As stated in the protocols, they are “subject to change dependant on any specific decisions by the ALCDSB or the KFL&A Officer of Health regarding restrictions.”R

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Don “Pete” Petersen Spirit Award

Congratulations to all recipients of this award for 2022! Congratulations too to Pete’s family for keeping his dream alive through this program. To the recipients- We hope that you will all be difference makers in your community while at school and in your working lives later. Winston Churchill said “You make a living from what you get. You make a life from what you give.” That’s how Pete lived his life, and it inspired generations of volunteers. R

The Announcement below was posted on Bridget-Walker-Payne’s Facebook page.

Bridget Walker-Payne

Congratulations to this years Five recipients of the Don “Pete”Peterson Spirit Memorial Award ; Madeline Farrell , Nathan Matos, Meghrig Milkon, Adam Nuttall and Matthew Sutton. Madeleine will be heading to Queen’s University Bachelor of Arts (honours) Bachelor of Education program, Nathan will be off to Western entering the Bachelor of Engineering Science program, Meghrig will be entering the Bachelor of Arts honours program at Queen’s University as well, Adam will be entering the PAH General Arts and Science program at Queen’s and Matthew will attend Laurentian University studying BPHE(Hons) Kinesiology.
Pete would be so proud to have five more young inspiring minds to carry on his legacy making a difference in the lives of others “Just for the fun of it” Congratulations once again to these amazing young graduates !

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Commemorative Patches

A few weeks ago we announced that a special commemorative patch would be worn on all of the Girls Division uniforms this season to recognize the establishment of the Girls Division 40 years ago, and to specifically recognize the work done by Joanie Besselink and Mary O’Neill to make that happen.

You will see other memorial patches on uniforms and we wanted to give you some background on each of them.

PETE – You will see these patches on all league uniforms to remember the league founder Don “Pete” Petersen, the man that started the league 68 years ago.

MR – You will see these patches on all Biddy Division uniforms to remember Mike Robertson, a long time volunteer with the league who was a referee in all divisions and member of league executive for many years.

TVH – You will see these patches on the Golden Gals uniforms in the Little Gals Division. These patches are in memory of Trinty VanHeddegem, a player on the Golden Gals that sadly passed away during the season a few years ago. Her hope that season was to be be included in the season ending slide show. The Trinity VanHeddegem Memorial Award is given to the Little Gals Division “Rookie of the Year” each season.

We hope this helps you understand the special memorials and contributions made to help make and keep the league that Don Petersen started a special place to be.

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2022-2023 Season

With just 36 sleeps until registration day, we wanted to let all of our participants, supporters and volunteers know what actions we are taking to help ensure the safety of all of our participants as we restart. As all of us have seen since March of 2020, taking reasonable precautions can make a difference, and we want to continue to do that, while still ensuring that everyone involved enjoys the experience of being involved in a team sport. Above all, we ask that everyone be kind, patient, and understanding throughout the season as we gat back to basketball.

Below is the Return to Play Protocols document that we as a league have developed, based on the ALCDSB guidelines and guidelines from the KFL&A Health Unit, along with our own ideas to help allow a safe return to play.

Pete Petersen Basketball League COVID 19 Protocols

2022-23 Season

All eligible individuals are strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, unless there is a medical reason to not receive a vaccine, by the Ministry of Health and the Ontario Chief Medical Officer.

This protocol applies to the following groups and is subject to change dependant on any specific decisions by the ALCDSB or the KFL&A Officer of Health regarding restrictions:

a) All executive members and league volunteers

b) All players

c) All visitors to the gyms on game nights

For League executive members and volunteers only:

1. You must present a valid vaccination certificate provided by the Ministry of Health showing that you are “fully vaccinated”. By definition this is two doses, although booster doses are recommended.

2. Written proof of a medical reason, provided by either a physician or nurse practitioner that sets out.

a. That the person cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19. Please refer to approved medical exemption requirements, as stipulated by the Ministry of Health). The exemption must clearly indicate the reason why the individual cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e., clear medical information that supports the exemption).

3. Individuals subject to this protocol who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or who do not disclose their vaccination status, must complete a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 and demonstrate a negative result prior to entering the gyms on game nights. This test must be completed at the gym in the presence of a league executive member and at no cost to the organization.

For all players and visitors to the gyms on game nights, league executive and volunteers:

If you have any of the following symptoms do not come to the gyms:

• Fever (feeling hot to the touch, a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher)

• Cough that’s new or worsening

• Shortness of breath (feeling out of breath, unable to breathe deeply)

• Sore throat

• Runny nose (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes or conditions)

• Stuffy or congested nose (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes or conditions)

• Lost sense of taste or smell

• Headache that’s unusual or long lasting

• Digestive issues (nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain)

• Chills

• Muscle aches that are unusual or long lasting

• Extreme tiredness that is unusual

Signs reminding participants of these symptoms will be posted at gym entrances.

If you test positive for COVID 19 we ask that you not return to play for five days or until you have a negative COVID test.

On Game nights and during organized group activities:

1) Hand sanitizer will be available at a location to be designated and at the scorers tables in each gym. We encourage all players to use the hand sanitizer when entering the game.

2) Chairs will be spaced out in the gym more than they have been in the past and we encourage mask wearing if you are a spectator. Anyone wishing to wear a mask in the gym is doing so by choice and no questioning of this decision will be tolerated.

3) Our traditional post game hand shake line will be discontinued. Alternatives to this sportsmanship gesture will be determined in each division.

4) Hand held electronic whistles will be available for game officials wishing to wear a mask.

5) For player evaluation nights we will be restricting the number of player participants to 24 per session (30 for Graduate Division evaluations)to minimize the number of people in the gym.

6) Passive screening signs will be posted at the entrances to the gyms.

7) For the two ball tournament in November we will be restructuring the event to reduce crowd size at any one time in the gym.

8) A sneeze guard with a pass through window will be used at the St. Francis of Assisi canteen.

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Registration 2022

With only 48 Sleeps before Registration Day 2022 – Saturday September 10, 2022– we thought it would be appropriate to publish our answers to frequently asked questions about registration. Please contact us if there are questions you have that may not be answered here. Please note that all ages referenced are the age that the child will be on April 1, 2023.

1) What are the game nights for the upcoming season? Answer: Monday Nights – Biddy Division (boys 11-12) at St. Francis of Assisi; Graduate Division (boys 13-15) at Ecole Cathedrale; Tuesday Nights- Little Guys Division (boys 8-10) at St. Francis of Assisi; Wednesday Nights – Girls Division (Girls 11-14) at St. Francis of Assisi; Thursday Nights- Little Gals Division ( girls 8-10)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 10 and you have no on line registration. How do I get my child registered?
Answer: If you are going to be away September 10 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.

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 21 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 (, 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.

7) How often will there be practices and what time of day will they be held?
Answer: In each division there will be one evaluation night practice in the week after registration following the schedule distributed at registration and that will be published here after registration day. In the week after the coaches meeting (September 26-29) there will be one practice with your team on the same game nights and time slots outlined in question one above. Once games begin there are no more practices.

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