Q: Who can play in the PVBA?


A.    All Children in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade at any skill level. Go to our challenger website for details on the Challenger program.


Q: Where are the games held?


A.   Games are always played locally in climate controlled professional basketball courts.


Q: When, where and how often are the practices held?


A.    Practices are always local in Palos Verdes and in season, typically held once or twice per week, after school. Practices are typically held at locally approved schools close by.  Summer League is at the coaches discretion. Each coach and team can decide as to whether they wish to hold practices or just play games.


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


A.    PVBA has the largest roster of players on the Hill. Teams play inter-league against other PVBA teams in the same division and grade. Full teams 8 to 10 players for a real team game play experience. For times and locations click on to your players division for details.


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


A. Teams always play on professionally cared for regulation flat surface full size courts for a real pro basketball experience.  


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)?


A.    Go to and click on Registration. Registration is quick, convenient and online. To register you must complete an online registration application for each player and submit it, together with your registration fee. PVBA accepts all Palos Verdes residents, PVUSD currently registered students 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 to


Registration applications will be 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?  No.


A.    Your child's one registration fee is all-inclusive. It includes a brand new pro-style complete uniform, all league equipment and team basketballs, set all Court time rentals, facility clean up, set up, maintenance, custodial services, restroom facilities access and convenient parking, 2 CIF qualified Referees at each game, independent game scorekeepers and game monitors. Each player’s basketball uniform (jersey and shorts) is theirs to keep at the end of the season, a player’s photograph package from photo day, game equipment and other program feature costs.


Note:  Players wearing a current PVBA in season uniform jersey may be eligible for free additional recreational services from our local sponsor(s) when wearing their jersey.


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


A. Yes. During the Summer season only, whenever possible.  

3rd through 8th Grade Winter Season is a draft and for competitive play is based on try-outs and a Coach election process to ensure the teams are as evenly and competitively balanced as possible. Many components go into this process in order to put together a team that is well-rounded, fun yet competitive and avoid “stacking” and / or “bias” team building.

Kindergarten thru 2nd grade Winter Seasons can request to play with certain coaches and friends and efforts are made to accommodate requests when possible with no guarantee as multiple factors effect this request. Note: children from the same school and same street are typically attempted to keep on the same team.

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 grade level classmates and are not eligible to “play up” based on their talent/skill level. Players offer a variety of skill levels, maturity and talent, therefore talent alone is only one component of a balanced team. The PVBA recognizes that some players are very talented and will consistently outperform their peers, however, throughout the 30 seasons at PVBA, the benefits of keeping the player with their grade level far outweigh the negatives.


Q:  What is the Wait List Policy? 

A. Space is limited per team and grade level. Some divisions fill up very quickly. In this case, the PVBA gives priority to prior PVBA players on all wait lists as well as to coaches and returning alumni.  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.    You can expect to hear from your child(s) Coach typically the first week in November for winter leagues and a week prior to the commencement of the Summer season.


For the Winter League, 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.    Contact to inquire.  If a late registration can be accepted 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 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 tryouts will be refunded in full.  A registered player notification between the time of the tryouts and the Draft Night will receive a refund of half the registration fee.   Following team drafts, any player who drops for any reason, including season-ending injury, will not be entitled to a refund.


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


A.    Try outs are mandatory. Your child misses out if they do not attend. 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 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.


** PVBA is pleased to offer financial aid upon request.