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The PAL Volleyball Program supports teams for young athletes in grades 5 through 8 who reside in Scotch Plains or Fanwood or who do not have a program in their town of residence. There are both girls and boys programs.
The volleyball program is a developmental program. All skill levels are welcome. There will be NO tryouts or cuts. All players who register will practice and play. The first week of each season is reserved for assessments after which time players will be placed on a team. The main objectives of the program are to develop skills, sportsmanship, teamwork and discipline. Our 5th & 6th grade program is designed to get kids interested in volleyball and learning the fundamentals of the game while having FUN with their friends. Our 7th grade program becomes more competitive with our focus turning to improved skill development while building on the foundation they already have. The 8th grade program is designed to be competitive and to get the athletes the skills and knowledge to be ready to compete at the high school level.
The middle school girls’ program runs from mid-September to mid-November. Practices are twice per week for 1.5 hrs per session. Games are on Friday evenings and/or Saturdays.
The middle school boys’ program runs from mid-March to mid-May. Practices are twice per week for 1.5 hrs per session. Games are on Friday evenings and/or weekends
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Player safety is one of our main focus areas. All of the head coaches are certified under USA Volleyball and SafeSport. Although safety is our highest priority, injuries are a part of any sport. We promise to be attentive to practice and game situations and if we feel a player is showing signs of injuries, we will not hesitate to remove them from play and have them evaluated.
The cost to participate will be $215 for both the boys’ and girls’ teams. The cost, of the uniforms, league fees and referee fees, is included in the price.
- Program -
Stacey Madeiros-Cooke launched the spring boys' volleyball program for the PAL in 2018 to create a feeder program for the boys’ high school program. Her extensive coaching and administrative volleyball experience enabled the program to grow from 40-60 boys within the first two seasons. Many of the boys in the program are currently playing on the Raiders Boys’ high school teams. Coach Stacey has been coaching for almost 20 years both in the US and in Bermuda and continues to guide what has become a very popular program in our communities and a highly successful one at Scotch Plains Fanwood High School.
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2023 PAL Girls Middle School Volleyball
The season will run from September 18 – December 9 and the cost will be $215 which includes t-shirts to keep. Uniforms will be provided for 8th grade. Practices will take place Mon – Thurs from 5:30-9pm. There will be some days where there will be no practices due to gym availability. All dates will be put into the Team Snap Calendar. We will have a parent meeting before practices begin to give more information and answer any questions parents may have. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, September 17 at 7:30pm via ZOOM. The link will be sent out prior to the meeting.
5th & 6th grade girls will practice together on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:30-7pm. (September 18th – November 17th)
7th grade girls will practice Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30-7pm. (September 12th – November 18th)
8th grade girls will practice on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-9:00pm. (September 12th – December 9th)
Games for 5th – 7th grade girls will take place at Nettingham Middle School, New Gym Door 12 on Friday nights from 5:30-8:30pm beginning in October. More details to follow.
Games for 8th grade girls will take place at the Rahway Recreation Center on Saturdays from 9 AM to Noon. Proposed dates: September 23, October 14, 28, November 11, 18, 25 December 2 with Playoffs on December 9.