The Police Athletic League, together with Berkeley Heights law enforcement, community, supports and inspires our local youth to realize their full individual potential as productive members of society.

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Berkeley Heights PAL programs currently open for registration

Please read the entire description of the sport or event you are interested in as it will describe the age/grade restrictions and the necessary equipment needed to attend each program.


2020 Highlander Youth Tackle Football (3rd - 8th Grade)


Highlander Youth Tackle Football will follow the NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association) decision regarding the 2020 high school football season, which is expected to depend on a state-approved return-to-school date, among other things. Youth football will start no earlier than high school football and will start late and have a truncated season, if necessary.

Calendar dates and registration fees below assume a normal start date.

All registrants will receive an email to provide payment on August 1st. This date will be further delayed if a decision on the season is still pending.

Actual start date and final registration cost, if reduced due to a truncated season, will be determined once decisions are made by the state of NJ and the NJSIAA.


The program is open to Berkeley Heights and Mountainside students in grades 3-8. Players will be assigned to the following team levels depending on grade:

Competitive levels with scorekeeping, playoffs, and a Super Bowl:

  • A Team – Grade 8
  • B Team – Grade 7
  • C Team – Grade 6
  • D Team – Grade 5

Instructional level – live games teaching fundamentals in a competitive environment:

  • E Team – Grades 3 & 4

The season is targeted to begin August 10th with summer practices Monday-Thursday evenings at Snyder Field. Practices are held 2-3 times per week once school begins. Teams will play a total of 8 regular season games – typically scheduled on Sundays. Other Key Dates:

  • TBD July/August: Equipment & Uniform Fitting
  • August 30th (week of): League-Wide Scrimmages
  • September 13th: Season Opener
  • November 8th: Playoffs (Levels A-D only)
  • November 15th: Super Bowl (Levels A-D only)
  • November 22nd: All-Star Game (Level A only)



BHPAL will provide all the necessary equipment except for football cleats, an athletic supporter, and a mouth guard. BHPAL will also provide all practice uniforms and game pants.

Personalized game jerseys – required for first time players or returning players who need a larger size – will be ordered separately at a subsidized cost of $50.

Open to: Boys & Girls
born on or after: 02/01/2006

In Grades: 3 to 8 for 2020-21 School year

2020 FALL Girls Field Hockey Travel (5th - 8th Grade)

The PAL Junior Highlanders Travel Field Hockey teams will be part of an instructional field hockey program, with a strong focus on skill development, all-player participation and fun.  All ability levels are welcome, as well as girls who may participate in other Fall sports and dance.  Since the sport is new to most, we plan to bring in outside resources to teach skills and drills during some of our practices.

The program is open to Berkeley Heights and Mountainside girls in grades 5-8* and season will run from early September until mid-November.  We will be members of the Mid NJ Youth Field Hockey league, playing teams from Scotch Plains, Summit, Basking Ridge, Branchburg, Chatham, Glen Ridge, Madison, Millburn, Readington, and Hillsborough.  

*any experienced 4th grade girls interested in playing on travel team should contact

When:   Sunday games (between 10am-3pm), with 2 practices each week
Where:  TBD
Who:     5th/6th team and 7th/8th team
Cost:     $175
Uniforms will be ordered separately, which will include a shirt, shorts, and home/away socks, which will be approximately $65.  Information will be provided after registration, and any uniforms purchased last year can be reused again.
PLEASE BRING (to every game/practice):
  • Shin Guards
  • Mouth Guard
  • Lacrosse/hockey goggles
  • Cleats
  • Water
  • Field Hockey Stick


Weather Cancellations: Practices/games will be cancelled when thunder, lightening, and/or heavy rain is present. Make-up time will be addressed by adding practices or games, and no guarantees on meeting full session time. Cancellations due to inclement weather will be emailed to all participants. 

Opened: 05/18/2020
Closes: 08/24/2020

Open to: Boys & Girls

In Grades: 4 to 8 for 2020-21 School year

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Open to: New Men & Women