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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.


2019-20 Berkeley Heights PAL Youth Wrestling

Registration now open for 2019-20 Berkeley Heights PAL Youth Wrestling!

Who: The program is open to Berkeley Heights and Mountainside residents in grades K to 8. Separate practices for beginning and experienced/older wrestlers. Sorry we are not accepting any wrestlers who are not at least in kndergarten.

When: Practices will begin in early November. 

K through 2nd grade: Monday/Wednesday 6pm

3rd through 5th grade: Tuesday/Thursday 6pm


6th/7th/8th: Monday/Wednesday 7:30pm

All practices are in the GL wrestling room


We participate in 4 different leagues at 4 different competitions levels, wrestlers who choose to compete will be placed at a level commensurate with their ability.


Why: Wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports in New Jersey. This program is a terrific option for kids who want to try something new, serious wrestlers looking to take it to the next level and fall/spring athletes who are looking for a way to be active and get in shape during the winter. Wrestling teaches leadership and discipline: 11 U.S. Presidents were former wrestlers. The overwhelming majority of GL wrestlers came through the PAL program.

How Much: The registration fee is $175. Includes t-shirt, uniform and most competitions. There may be additional charges for wrestlers who choose to compete in optional out of town tournaments.

Equipment you will need to provide: wrestling shoes, headgear.

Coaching: If you are interested in joining the staff as an assistant coach please reach out. All coaches will be required to complete a background check.

Special info for 7th/8th graders: The Columbia Middle School wrestler program will continue this year. Coach Ortega and Coach Jazz would like all Middle School wrestlers to participate in PAL again as we will continue in the North Jersey league and do weekend tournaments. Your registration includes the fee for 3 tournaments. The PAL season will start earlier and run longer than the middle school season and will coordinate with your middle school schedule.


Questions:  To Register:



"Wrestling is a sport that has turned many boys into men and many men into leaders. And it is a sport in which you can be a giant regardless of how big you are." -Carl Albert, former Speaker of the House. 


"Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easy. " - Dan Gable, Olympic Gold Medalist and legendary coach at The University of Iowa

Opened: 09/18/2019
Closes: 11/30/2019

Open to: Boys & Girls

In Grades: K to 8 for 2019-20 School year

Off season wrestling- MS/HS only

PAL off season wrestling program. This program is only open to wrestlers currently enrolled at GL or middle schoolers aged 12 and above who live in the school district and have at least 1 season of wrestling experience. There will be additional programs added for younger and less experienced wrestlers.


Program will be run by former GL standout wrestler Shane Haddad as well as supplemental instruction by PAL coach and NCAA Division 1 All-American (Lehigh) Ryan Bernholz


Cost is $25 per wrestler, includes practices only. Any compettions will be an additional fee and the responsibility of the individual. Schedule to be determined but we expect to have 1-2 sessions per week. 


Questions contact Bill Faxon:


Open to: Boys & Girls
born between: 01/01/2001 and 07/01/2007

2019-2020 In-town Recreation Basketball

Registration is now open for 2019-2020 Berkeley Heights in-town PAL recreation basketball.

The program is open to Berkeley Heights girls (grades 3-5 only) and boys (grades 3-8). Every child that participates on a Berkeley Heights travel basketball team is REQUIRED to register and play on an in-town team.  

There are six leagues

  • 3rd Grade Girls
  • 3rd Grade Boys
  • 4th Grade Boys
  • 4th & 5th Grade Girls
  • 5th & 6th Grade Boys
  • 7th & 8th Grade Boys

The goal of this program is to provide the kids with basic basketball skills and participate in competitive games. Coaches will do their best to put together teams that are balanced in skill. Teams will play for one hour on Saturday's, consisting of a short practice and a 40-min game. The season will start on December 7th and run through the end of February or early March.

Please complete your registration online at by November 22. The participation fee for the program is $75.00. All players will receive a team jersey for participating (please indicate your child's shirt size when registering).

We are in need of volunteer coaches and this program can't succeed without your help. If you are interested in coaching please be sure to indicate that while registering your child online.

Questions regarding this progam please contact Tom Solfaro( or Mike Ryan (

We look forward to another fun season!

Opened: 11/04/2019
Closes: 11/22/2019

Open to: Boys & Girls

In Grades: 3 to 8 for 2019-20 School year

2020 Winter Girls Field Hockey Clinic (6th - 12th Grade)

The Berkeley Heights PAL is excited to announce its Winter Field Hockey Development clinic, open to Berkeley Heights and Mountainside girls in grades 6 through 12.  Girls will move to intermediate and advanced skill levels through drills and scrimmages coached by NJ Spartans trainers and PAL coaches.  Scrimmages and some drills will be split between middle and high school students.  If class cannot be filled with enough BHPAL members, registration will be opened to participating Mid-Jersey Field Hockey league towns (starting 11/17).
When:  10 Thursdays, Jan 2nd - March 5th
Where: Florham Park Sports Bubble and Event Center
Who:    6th – 12th grade girls
Time:    8:00 - 9:30 PM
Cost:    $225 (BHPAL early bird-before 11/17); $250 (BHPAL after 11/17 or for non-PAL members)
  • Shin Guards
  • Mouth Guard
  • Lacrosse/hockey goggles (optional)
  • Turf shoes or sneakers
  • Water
  • Field Hockey Stick
* No refunds if canceled due to weather.  
** Registrations will be deleted after 10 days if payment is not made or PAL is not contacted for coverage of fees for those in financial need.

Base Cost: $225.00

Opened: 11/10/2019
Late date/fee: 11/17/2019$25.00
Closes: 12/31/2019

Open to: Girls

In Grades: 5 to 12 for 2019-20 School year

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