Softball

Spring 2021 registration is now closed.

Questions? Please contact Karen Gaeta at softball@newprovidencepal.org

2021 PAL Spring Softball 

WHO: All Girls Grades 1-8

PAL Softball is a competitive program where teams from New Providence will play All-Star teams from surrounding towns in various leagues. All girls interested are encouraged to participate and come out and play!

Games/ Practices: 

Regular season games typically will be half home/ half away and can include weekend double headers depending on age group. Leagues run from early April through play-offs- typically the weekend before Memorial Day.

Outdoor practices typically run two days per week (tbd by Coach as well as field availability) and most are scheduled in the evenings with a few teams after school.

Divisions

8U- 8 or younger as of 12/31/21
10U- 10 or younger as of 12/31/21
12U- 12 or younger as of 12/31/21
14U- 14 or younger as of 12/31/21
Middle School Team- Grades 7 and 8

8U, our youngest age group, will participate in the nearby Berkeley Heights 8U League. This division is coach pitched and a great option for beginners who would like a taste of both introductory softball skills as well as structured games against girls from surrounding towns who are beginners as well!

Cost:

$125 per player

This covers league fees, umpires, team equipment, supplies and uniform jersey. All other uniform items and individual player equipment are purchased separately as needed and will be relayed to you after registration closes.

Evaluations/ Try-Outs:
The need for evaluation and try-outs this year will be determined by registration numbers. If needed, they will take place during mid-February and you will receive specific information if that should be the case. For age levels which require more than one team, a player’s Coach’s Evaluation for the last PAL season played will be used in forming rosters. All tbd.

Winter Training
There will be no winter training offered this year.

 

New families to PAL Softball or those who did not play fall who are interested in winter training opportunities are welcome and encouraged to participate. Please contact Karen Gaeta to request specific information.

Please contact Karen Gaeta at softball@newprovidencepal.org. With any questions.

Go Pioneers!

Welcome to New Providence PAL softball! Please use this page to get all  the latest information pertaining  to upcoming seasons, information on registration and all things PAL Softball.

NPPAL Softball was started in 2000 with the goals of:

• Improving knowledge and appreciation of softball
• Improving softball skills through drills, practice, and repetition
• Providing fun , positive, and instructive environment
• Encouraging teamwork and sportsmanship
• Developing individual confidence and self esteem
• Playing at more competitive level
• Preparation for future high school play

Our Mission

The mission of New Providence PAL Softball is to facilitate a safe, positive  learning environment in which the young ladies of New Providence can  learn about and participate in, the sport of fastpitch softball while  enhancing their self-esteem, self-confidence, self-discipline and leadership  skills – while encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle and time outdoors.

We promise every girl a positive youth sports experience.  Years from now,  we hope they carry with them wonderful memories of their participation in  the program and exhibit the character traits that we’ve hopefully taught: a  good work ethic, dedication to realizing a goal, self-motivation, the value of  teamwork and, most importantly, respect for themselves and others.

We acknowledge and celebrate the long competitive tradition of travel PAL  softball, but realize our participants are children, not professionals.  It is  our goal to try to find a place for every girl to play no matter what her  current skill level or experience.  It is a priority that their experience be fun.

Frequently Asked Questions

 If your family is new to PAL Softball we  understand that you may have  questions. Program ages, scheduling,  the difference between PAL and REC  and many other questions often come  up as parents register.  Below is a list of  FAQs that we have tried our best to  answer. Of course if you still have  questions please contact us.

What is the difference between REC and PAL?
This often confuses people but, the simple answer is REC is run by the towns Recreation Department and PAL is run top to bottom by volunteers. However, typically differences run a bit deeper than that, PAL is designed for girls that want to learn a bit more about their sport and PAL is also designed to be more competitive.

 

Why do game schedules seem to come out so last minute?
We (NPPAL) enter the teams into a local league that builds team schedules. A lot of moving pieces are required to make this happen.  Number of teams in the league, available fields, umpires and it must be done in a certain order to be successful and the last thing to be done is schedules.  Teams must be built before schedules.
Are tryouts held?

The need for try-outs/ evaluations are determined based on registration numbers. If a specific age group requires a try-put, you will be notified by PAL after you register. 

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