BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights PAL recently announced the news of launching a new lacrosse program for boys grades 3 through 8.
Berkeley Heights boys lacrosse players have participated as part of the Chiefs organization for the last 20 years as a combined program between New Providence and Berkeley Heights.
"Given the increased interest and participation rate in the sport, it has been decided to manage each town's lacrosse program independently," said a recent statement by the Berkeley Heights PAL.
Chiefs president Drew Vignali said in a statement emailed to families in the program, "After much discussion and many meetings, we have decided to split the Chiefs and create individual clubs for each town. One being New Providence youth, the other Berkeley Heights and Mountainside."
He said, "The current enrollment is our most ever. The Board and coaches unanimously feel now is the time to make the split. This is a decision that we have been wrestling with for a few years, and it was not made easily."
For existing players and interested new families from Berkeley Heights, an informational meeting will be held later this fall to explain the sport and goal of the program in more detail. This program is open to all Mountainside residents as well.
A FREE introductory clinic will be held on Wednesday, September 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Snyder Field (baseball field outfield) for all interested NEW players in grades 1 through 8. This will be a non-contact session, focused on the basic fundamentals of the sport. Lacrosse sticks will be provided, but it is encouraged to bring a stick if you have one. All participants will be required to wear a mouth guard. You must register for the clinic so they can properly prepare for it. Registration is available at http://www.bhpal.org.
Following the introductory clinic, a six-week clinic has been scheduled that will run from Wednesday, September 27th through Wednesday, November 1st at Snyder Field. This clinic is open to all new and existing players of all abilities. Grades 1 to 4 will play from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the Snyder baseball field outfield. Grades 5 to 8 will play from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on the Snyder turf. Grades 1 and 2 will be sticks only, and grades 3 to 8 will require full pads (helmet, shoulder pads, gloves, and elbow pads). All participants will be required to wear a mouth guard. The cost of the program is $95 per child.