All About Practices

Practices are held at elementary school gymnasiums in the Vancouver and Evergreen school districts. Practices are held once a week for one hour. Practice times vary depending on the school, but typical start times are 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 6:15pm, 7:00pm, or 7:15pm. Earlier practices are typically reserved for grades 1-3, and later practice times are typically reserved for grades 4-6.

The head coach for each team will choose a practice site as close to the home area of their team as possible, along with the day and time, from a list provided to HotShots by the Vancouver and Evergreen school districts. Requests for a certain practice day for your child are difficult to coordinate, as the coach chooses the team's practice day, not the league. Please be aware that practices may be canceled on occasion, due to school acitivities, holidays, inclement weather, or other conflicts. Teams are not guaranteed a certain number of practices. The league fee is based on many factors, but not on practice time.

Please note: HotShots can provide a practice gym for teams within the Vancouver and Evergreen school districts only. Teams from outside these districts are valued and welcome in the HotShots program, but must obtain and pay for their own practice gym.

 
Important Gym Use Guidelines - Practices

We must remember that we are guests in the schools that we practice in, and it is imperative that we follow all district rules regarding gym usage. Please help us maintain a good relationship with the Vancouver and Evergreen school districts by doing the following:

  • Arrive to practices at your scheduled start time, not earlier. Players are not allowed to enter the building before their contracted practice time, and must exit exactly one hour later.
  • Assist your coach in leaving the gym CLEAN after each practice. Please pick up all water bottles, jackets and other items brought with you.
  • Remember that NO FOOD OR DRINKS (other than water) are allowed in the gym.
  • Keep players (and non-participating siblings) off of stages and bleachers, and be sure they are supervised in the restrooms.
  • Do not allow players (or siblings of players) in any other areas of the school, other than the gym or the restroom. Classrooms, hallways, cafeterias, and all other parts of the building are off limits.
  • Do not smoke ANYWHERE on school property, including outdoors or in the parking lot. Smoking on school grounds is illegal in the state of Washington.
  • Treat the janitors, school staff, and other groups using the schools with respect.

 

Thank you for your help and cooperation!!