The NPPAL Football program’s primary goal is to develop kids to be good teammates and good young men. We not only want to teach them the fundamentals of the game of football, but more important qualities like leadership, trust, respect, discipline, and perseverance.
What makes football so great? Football requires all 11 players to execute simultaneously on every play. Everyone must do their job for the play, the team, to succeed. You must trust in each other and every player must know their responsibility and learn how to execute it to the best of their ability. The smallest of execution details of all 11 players can decide the success or failure on every single play.
Competitive team sports like football emphasize the needs of the team over self. Football players have to depend, trust and work together in order to function well as a team, those are all great skills for a child to take forward into his education life, work life and even home life.
In youth football you have to put in the work over the course of an entire season or a number of seasons in order to get a positive result. If you choose not to put the work in or take shortcuts, in the end, the results aren’t going to be very good. Understanding and buying into delayed gratification is one of the biggest benefits from playing this game.
In addition, we will stress the fundamentals of the game and the development of every player. Additionally, we work very closely with the high school program to ensure the kids are learning proper and safe fundamentals and will be prepared to enter the New Providence High School Football Program.
We belong to the New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League (NJSYFL). The league is made up of 16 teams, made up of two divisions. The teams in our division include Berkeley Heights, Chatham, Millburn, Kenilworth, Springfield, Parsippany and Perth Amboy. The majority of our games are played against these teams. You can find out more information regarding the league under the Rules section or on their website at njsyfl.com.
The following volunteers devote their time to the administration of the program as Members of the Football Steering Committee:
Commissioner: Brian Woodby (email@example.com)
Secretary: Katie Graziano
Fall Flag Program: Chris Stieh
Equipment: James LaRubbio
Treasurer: Stew Sheeran
Concessions/Fundraising: Chris Keneally
Communication: Steve Kowantz
League Rep: Tony Kaspereen
Latest info: 2017 Teams & Coaches
8th Grade – Current Estimate 24-28 players
Head Coach: Vinnie Carangelo
7th Grade – Current Estimate 19-23 players
Head Coach: TBD
6th Grade – Current Estimate 24-28 players
Head Coach – Mark Botvinis
5th Grade – Current Estimate 15-16 players
Head Coach – Rich Heffernan
4th Grade – Current Estimate 24-28 players
Head Coach – TBD
We currently have 19 coaches who have expressed interest in coaching next year. We could still use a few more, including a head coach for the 7th grade team. If you are interested, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Tackle and Flag Registration starts May 1st – See Key Dates for more details
Spring Flag Program – Registration starts May 1st – See Key Dates for more details
We will be hosting two short 4 session flag program in June. One program is open to ALL current 3rd-6th Graders and the other is open to ALL current 1st-2nd Graders . On each date, new teams will be selected from those present. This will be a FLAG football game for the kids to just have fun playing the game of football. There will be no hitting or tackling allowed. Players are free to participate on all four dates or just one, this is about having fun.
2017 Fall Tackle Registration (Fall Grades 4-8)
- Early Registration May 1– May 22 ($175)
- Standard Registration May 23 – June 19 ($215)
- Game Jerseys are not included this year in the registration fee. If you need a new Game Jersey, they can be purchased through CommunityPass for $45. Determinations will be finalized at Equipment Handouts.
- PLEASE NOTE: Late registration requests will be accepted from June 20 through August 14, but these late registrations will be subject to roster availability. Any registration received after June 19 will be placed on a waitlist and available roster spots will be filled in order.
- Heads-Up Tackling Skills and Conditioning Clinic (Encouraged for those in town and not on vacation, NOT REQUIRED)
- August 7-10 – M-Th 6-7:30pm
- Conditioning and Skills Preseason Practices (Dates and Times are tentative)
- August 14-17 – M-Th 6-7:30pm
- August 21-24 – M-Th 6-7:30pm
- August 28-31 – M-Th 6-7:30pm
- League-Wide Scrimmage – Mandatory
- August 27 (Time/Location TBD)
- Regular Season Practice (Dates and Times are tentative)
- Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-8pm
- Saturdays 8:30am-10:30am
- Regular Season Games (Dates and Times are tentative)
- Every Sunday from September 10th – October 29th
- Times vary by grade, but generally start between 9am and 3:30pm and last about 1 to 1 ½ hours. Once a time is set for that grade it generally is consistent for the year, but can shift some for any given week.
- Playoffs, if a team makes the playoffs, the games are generally held each of the next 3 weeks and you must win each week to advance.
- 8th Grade All-Star Game is November 18 and each town nominates four 8th grade players to participate.
2017 Fall Heads-Up Tackling Clinic (Times and Dates are tentative)
- Free Heads-Up Tackling and Football Skills Clinic
- August 7-August 10, 6pm-7:30pm
2017 Fall Flag Registration (Fall Grades K-3)
- Normal Registration May 1 – June 19 ($125)
- Late Registration June 20-July 31 ($140)
- PLEASE NOTE: Late registration requests will be subject to a $15 late fee and will only be considered based upon roster availability. Although “last chance registration” is offered, spots on teams cannot be guaranteed after the normal registration period. Wait lists will be created for late-registering players.
2017 Spring Flag Varsity Program (Current Grades 3-6)
- Registration May 1 – June 6 ($20)
- June 2, 5, 12 and 15
- At Lieder Field
- We will be hosting a short 4 session flag program in June. This program is open to ALL current 3rd-6th Graders. On each date, new teams will be selected from those present. This will be a FLAG football game for the kids to just have fun playing the game of football. There will be no hitting or tackling allowed. Players are free to participate on all four dates or just one, this is about having fun.
2017 Spring Flag JV Program (Current Grades 1-2)
- Registration May 1 – June 6 ($20)
- May 31 at Warner Field; June 5, 12 and 19 on Grove Field
- We will be hosting a short 4 session flag program in June. This program is open to ALL current 1st-2nd Graders. On each date, new teams will be selected from those present. This will be a FLAG football game for the kids to just have fun playing the game of football. There will be no hitting or tackling allowed. Players are free to participate on all four dates or just one, this is about having fun.
Fall Tackle Program Rules
At the beginning of each season, the commissioner and the coaching staff for each team will meet with their respective parents to discuss the expectations, rules and guidelines for that given team. The guidelines will cover player, coach and parent expectations and guidelines.
Younger grades will focus more on development and more equal playing time while the older grades will become more competitive. However, all players are expected to play and contribute at every level. It is important to note that playing time can be affected by player non-adherence to the expectations and guidelines set out by the coaches at the beginning of the season. When this occurs, players and parents will be notified.
Fall Flag Program Rules
- There is to be no tackling of ball carriers or attempts to knock them to the ground
- All players should be provided with equal playing time and equal opportunities to carry the ball
Spring Flag Program Rules
- The NJSYFL generally follows NJHS rules governing football, with the exception of certain level (grade) specific rules
- One of the primary rule differences relates to the age and grade of participants at each level as well as the weight of any player eligible to handle the ball. The following table defines the weight, grade and age requirements for each level:
|Level||Maximum Grade||Maximum Age (as of 9/1)|
|Level||Maximum Weight (lbs) to Handle Ball|
Richmond Boro (2)
- Berkeley Heights: 175 Watchung Blvd, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
- Bloomfield: Pkway North exit 148 (JFK pky straight to T intersection turn left then right (you just went over the parkway) continue 1 mile, cross over Belleville Ave and field is on your right.)
- Chatham: 314 Shunpike Road, Chatham, NJ 07928
- Cranford: 401 Centenial Ave, Cranford, NJ 07016
- Kenilworth: David Brearley High School, 401 Monroe Avenue, Kenilworth, NJ 07033
- Millburn: Millburn High School, 462 Millburn Ave, Millburn, NJ 07041
- Morristown: Morristown High School, 50 Early Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
- New Providence: Lieder Field – New Providence High School, 1400 Springfield Ave, New Providence, NJ 07974
- Parsippany: Parsippany PAL Building, 33 Baldwin Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054
- Perth Amboy: 300 Eagle Road, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
- Richmond Boro: Msr. Farrell High School, 2900 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10306
- Richmond Boro: Poly Prep – 9216 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11228
- Scotch Plains: Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, 641 Westfield Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
- Sparta: Pope John High School, 28 Andover Road, Sparta, NJ 07871
- Springfield: 139 Mountain Ave, Springfield, NJ 07081
- Summit: Metro Home Field, 30 Butler Parkway, Summit, NJ 07091
- Westfield: Kehler Stadium, 750 Rahway Avenue, Westfield, NJ 07090