- SPF PAL -
- About our -
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
- Player -
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 $175 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.
- Fall -
Middle School Girls Volleyball
Registration: Monday, August 16 – Wednesday, September 15
Parent Interest Meeting: Thursday, September 9 via ZOOM (kids are back in school)
Practices begin: Monday, September 13
Assessments: Monday, September 13 – Thursday, September 17
Tentative Practice/game schedule:
MON/WED 5:30-7pm Grades 5 & 6
MON/WED/THURS 7-8:30pm Grade 8
TUES/THURS 5:30-7pm Grade 7
FRI 5:30-7pm Grades 5 & 6
7:00-9pm Grades 7 & 8
SAT 9am-12pm Grade 8