Softball

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.

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.

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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

Register!

Register for the Summer 2016 Season through Community Pass by clicking Register below. Age Cut offs are as follows: DOB All 2007 and younger is 8U; DOB 1-1-2005 to 12-31-2006 is 10U; DOB 1-1-2003 to 12-31-2004 is 12U; DOB 1-1-2001 to 12-31- 2002 is 14U.

If you have any questions please email league commissioner Dan Donza: softball@newprovidencepal.org.

  • Parkway Invitational Softball League (PISL)
  • Age Groups: 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, High School
  • Games: 2 games per week for 5 weeks: late June to late July (subject to change)
  • Location: home @AWR (or other in town field); away @ nearby towns
  • Time: Evening games at 6PM (subject to change)
  • Cost: $150 for all age (subject to change)
  • Registration : Begins April 1 and ends May 15
  • Started in fall of 2015 for 8U and 10U age groups
  • Weekend games and weekday practices
  • All games played in Long Hill Township
  • 5 or 6 week season
  • Started in spring of 2016
  • 8U enters Berkeley Heights League
  • All other ages entered into Central Jersey Fast Pitch League
  • Games are typically played on weekends
  • Indoor and Outdoor practices are held due to weather conditions

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.

How old does my daughter have to be to play?

Age Cut offs are as follows: DOB All 2007 and younger is 8U; DOB 1-1-2005 to 12-31-2006 is 10U; DOB 1-1-2003 to 12-31-2004 is 12U; DOB 1-1-2001 to 12-31- 2002 is 14U.

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?
No we don’t hold try outs at this time. We currently only offer 8U and 10U teams and our philosophy doesn’t support the idea of cutting players so young. So players are taken on a first come first serve basis. Trying to keep it as fair as possible flyers are sent to every home with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders in town announcing when registration opens, along with Facebook and website posts.
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