Q: Who can play in the PVBA?

Any child can play in the PVBA, regardless of their basketball skills. in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. PVBA has several divisions including the boy’s division, girl’s division and the Youth Challenger Basketball program for children with special needs.


Q: What does the PVBA offer for my child to play basketball?

For 30 years, since 1988, families on the Hill have come together to enjoy the great game of basketball.  PVBA offers a recreational program designed to give youth from Kindergarten to 8th grade the ability to come out and enjoy this sport with their friends, family, school buddies and community. Whether your child has never touched a basketball before or may have an interest in someday playing for their High School Basketball team or just wants to learn the game enough to enjoy March Madness and the NBA for the rest of their lives... the PVBA is the place where our community gets an opportunity to step out on to a real court and experience the REAL feel of basketball.


The recreational division is made up of players from all the local schools in the area and plays a formal Winter season beginning December 1st each year and a fun and less formal season each Summer after school ends.


One registration fee covers everything.  All your child needs to come out to play is their own personal basketball to use to practice with and a pair of basketball shoes (sneakers are fine).


PVBA's Youth Challenger program is for children with special needs. Registration required. There is no registration fee or cost to each player for participation in this division.



Q: Where are the games held?

Games are always held indoors on professional basketball courts and always local in Palos Verdes.


All PVBA games are held indoors on professionally maintained full size basketball courts in a climate-controlled environment conveniently located right here in Palos Verdes.  


 Q: When and how often are the practices held?

A: Practices are a minimum of once a week and additional practices are at the discretion of each Coach. PVBA practices, as with games, are always local in Palos Verdes and held on a basketball court versus a field or asphalt. 

It is up to each coach to schedule practices as they see fit for their team. PVBA requires that PVBA practices must take place on PVPUSD property for insurance reasons. In our experience, most coaches schedule at minimum of one practice per week, though generally not more than two per week during the season.  


Summer season is less formal and for players to enjoy coming out for game time play. Each coach and team can decide as to whether they wish to hold practices or just play games.


Winter Season begins December 1st with short daylight hours. However, because PVBA uses only indoor basketball facilities teams, players and Coaches are unaffected with plenty of quality indoor basketball court time throughout the season.


Q: Who do we play and when do we play?

PVBA has a full roster of players in each level with a minimum of 6 plus teams per grade level.


The Winter Season consists of a regular season before the Play-offs for the upper grade levels. Teams play with and against their own grade level.

Kindergarten 1st and 2nd grade will play on Sunday afternoons.

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade play on 8 ft baskets

Kindergarten will play 4 - 8-minute quarters

All other grade level divisions will play four 10-minute quarters

We will not be playing on President Day weekend.

We will not be playing in the afternoon on Super bowl Sunday


What type of court will my child(ren) play on and what equipment will they need?


Teams always play indoors on regulation full size basketball courts with pristine flat surfaces making youth games safer with a real pro basketball experience with digital scoreboards, commercial lighting system for consistent lighting day and night and climate controlled (no sunblock required!).  Players will need appropriate basketball footwear (sneakers are fine) and their own individual accurately sized basketball to practice with.


PVBA provides all the basketball equipment, including team basketballs and players uniforms.  


For player families, friends and fans each location has indoor stands / bleacher and/or individual spectator and team seating. Every game provides open restroom facilities and adjacent parking.  Games are played at the Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Palos Verdes High School and Miraleste High School.


Q: What size balls do we use?



Kindergarten through 2nd grade uses a 27.5” ball, a youth size ball

Boys 3rd through 5th Grade uses a 28.5” ball.

Boys 6th through 8th grade uses a 29.5 “ ball, a full size ball

Girls' all levels use a 28.5” ball.


Q: Registration – how and when do I register my child(ren)?

***Registration is available online and is open now.  To register go to www.pvba.net and click on Registration.

Registration is quick, convenient and online at PVBA.net. 


Complete an online registration application for each player and submit it, together with your registration fee. All Palos Verdes residents, PVUSD currently registered students are eligible and parents who are registered as a coach.  Registration applications must be completed in its entirety with all requested information provided and registration fee. No exceptions apply.  


PVBA offers scholarships to players on a financial need basis. For information or to apply for a scholarship please send a request via e-mail to info@pvba.net.

Registration applications are accepted for each division on a first come, first serve basis. If you register online, acknowledgment of your payment does not guarantee your player a roster spot. If you register online after your division is full, you will automatically be placed on the wait list for your division. If you are not placed on a team, your fee will be returned. PVBA makes every effort to accommodate every player and will open up additional teams when and if there is enough registrations to accommodate a full team.


Q: Are there any “extra” costs or deposits besides the Registration Fee?

 A: No. There are no extra costs, fees or deposits besides the registration fee during regular registration.


PVBA operates a fiscally disciplined program that does not require parents to pay any extra fees besides the registration cost. 


Your child's one registration fee is all-inclusive.  It includes all Court time costs, custodial services, restroom facilities access and maintenance, a minimum of 2 CIF qualified Referees for each game, independent game scorekeepers and game monitors. Registration also comes with an individual player's official League basketball uniform (jersey and shorts) that is theirs to keep at the end of the season and a player's photograph package from photo day, 


 Q. Can I make a request for my child to play with his/her friends?

Yes. During the Summer season only, whenever possible.  Winter League is for competitive play and relies upon try-outs and a Coach selection process in order to balance the talent levels on each team as equally and competitively as possible.  


Winter Season requires a program that relies on balancing each team with a diverse group of players and skill sets. Coaches depend heavily on player’s attendance at try-outs and work hard to put a well-planned talented group of players together. Many components go into this process in order to put together a team that is well-rounded, fun yet competitive. In the Winder Season, the request process is as follows:


Kindergarten thru 2nd grade can place requests to play with certain coaches and friends. The PVBA will try to accommodate requests when possible. As there are multiple factors that effect this request, there is no guarantee. We do however, try and place kids from the same school on the same team in Kindergarten thru 2nd grade.

3rd grade and above, in the interest of establishing and maintaining competitive parity and opportunity, we regret that special requests are not allowable. All players enter a draft process in which players are available to all coaches so that no team is able to unfairly pre-arrange a "stacked" team and no player is selectively processed over all others.


Q: My child is very talented at basketball. Can I register for a higher grade than they are currently in so they get better competition and development?


A: No. Players play with their classmates in the same grade level and are not eligible to “play up” based on their talent/skill level. As all players on a team bring different skills, maturity and talent levels, talent alone is only one of many components. While we understand that some players are very talented and will consistently outperform their peers, in the interest of a consistent application of policy, this is not allowed.


Q:  What is the Wait List Policy? 

A: PVBA works diligently to accept all players registered to the Wait List, based on available resources and multiple factors. Priority is given to returning players and their families, Coaches and PVBA Alum.


There is a “cap” on open registrations, beyond which registrations will still be accepted however, these players will be placed on a Wait List. This cap was formulated based upon several factors used to avoid expanding the size of a team or creating additional teams beyond the supporting resources capabilities.  Whenever the resources, space and supporting factors can be made available, PVBA will add as many players as possible from the Wait List each season.


Players will be notified at the time they register if they have been placed on a Wait List. We will clear players from the Wait List when there are sufficient players to form a complete team of 8 players and PVBA can provide the necessary additional resources to support the additions such as Coaching etc.


It is our intent to clear players from the Wait List prior to the tryouts whenever possible. However, all registrants, whether they have been cleared from the Wait List or not, are expected to attend and participate in the tryouts. Players will be cleared from the Wait List in the order in which they registered. Players may remain on the Wait List until the winter holiday break begins in the event that another player drops from the league or suffers a season-ending injury. Once the winter holiday break begins, the Wait List will be cleared, and those registrations who were not cleared to play will be refunded.


Q:  When should we expect to hear from our child’s Coach?


A: Approximately the first week in November for Winter Season and a week prior to the commencement of the Summer season.


For the Winter season, following the tryouts in mid-October there will be a player draft held by each league's coaches in which the teams will be formed. To allow sufficient preparation time for the coaches, these drafts are generally held in the last week of October. We ask each coach at the conclusion of the draft to contact their new team members as soon as possible, so you should expect to hear from your coach no later than the first week of November. If you have not heard from your child's coach by November 8th, please contact your Grade Coordinator, whose name and email address can be found on the Contact’s Page of the PVBA website.

For summer leagues are all about fun and finding a passion in basketball. As such, it is less formal. There are no tryouts nor is there a draft. Instead, teams are formed by the Grade Coordinators with an effort to maintain balance across the teams. Due to the tight time constraints with the end of school activities such as baseball all-stars, football/cheerleader practices and family vacations, these teams are generally not formed until the week prior to the beginning of games. You can expect to hear from your child's coach the weekend prior to the start of the summer season.


Q: I forgot to sign up my child for PVBA and the registration is closed.  Can I still get them in?

 A: PVBA has a Regular Registration period that accepts registrations until that division is full. After that late registrations without a guarantee of being placed on a team can be made.  These children will be placed on the PVBA Wait list and offered positions in the league when and if positions become available. A Late Registration fee applies.


Q: I registered my child but now we need to drop out. What is your drop out/refund policy?

A: To notify the PVBA of a drop out, the notice must be sent via email to info@pvba.net as soon as possible to allow the PVBA to offer an open spot to a child on the Wait List. Any registration cancellation received prior to September 15th, 2018 will be refunded in full.  

Q: My child has a commitment to another sport and cannot make the Try-out dates for PVBA. Is that a problem?

 A: It is extremely important that each child attend a tryout session for PVBA so that their capabilities can be evaluated in the context of their peers and teams can be formed that are reasonably balanced from a competitive standpoint. While we recognize conflicts and priorities happen, there are many moving pieces and a significant group effort that goes into establishing each league fairly, and so attendance at Try-outs are mandatory and we ask that you make every effort to attend your scheduled tryout session and consider PVBA to be one of those priorities. PVBA reserves the right to cancel a registration of a player who fails to attend their scheduled session


Q: I bought a PVBA Registration at a charity event. How do I go about using it to register my child?


A: Each year, the PVBA awards a limited number of Registrations to be offered at fundraising auctions associated with the PVPUSD. As a successful bidder in support of the school district, we thank you.

 Send an email at info@pvba.net notifying the PVBA of your fundraiser Registration details and your intent to use the registration for the upcoming PVBA season. Because our online registration system does not allow registrations to be processed other than through a credit card, we will process your registration manually.


Q:  would like to offer my services to the PVBA. How do I do that?

A: Please contact the PVBA at info@pvba.net and provide your interest level, availability and knowledge level of the game of basketball.  Thank you for your interest.


PVBA gives a warm shout out to our past players and Coaches, all PVBA Alum and returning player families. You are always recognized and appreciated.