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Maplewood Recreation Department: YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAMS
Below is a list of our current and upcoming sports programs. You can register for these programs at: You may have to register for certain programs at their specific organization websites listed below.

If you have any questions regarding any of our programs, please feel free to contact the Recreation Department at (973) 763-4202. 

To view our latest programming guide, please click the following link:
2014 Fall / Winter Programming Guide

Drills, Skills, and Thrills Basketball Camp:
Drills, Skills and Thrills is back for another summer! This camp will teach fundamental basketball skills while promoting full participation, sportsmanship, and most importantly FUN! This camp is for boys and girls who are entering grades 4-8 in September. Campers will be grouped by age and ability level. Camps take place at Memorial Park Basketball Courts. Cost is $90 per camper. If you register for both sessions, price will be $160. Each Camper also receives a free basketball! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Coach Ferrare at (908) 720-6747 or by email @ .

Session 1- August 11 to August 14 (rain-date is August 15)

Session 2- August 18- August 21 (rain-date is August 22)

Register now at  You can also register by calling (973) 763-4202 or visiting the Recreation Department at 574 Valley Street, Maplewood.

Experience over 16 different sports from around the world including, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, cricket, floor hockey and more at this camp. 

August 11- 15, Morning, afternoon or Full day options starting at $105

This program is run by the US Sports Institute.  For more information or to register please
click here

FIRST PLAY SOCCER (age 5 to 12):

Participants will engage in a variety of fun challenges and exciting games designed to enhance basic soccer skills (dribbling, passing & shooting) and ball awareness. Each day culminates in our World Cup tournament, with players facing off against each other in soccer scrimmages.

August 25-29, Morning, afternoon or Full day options starting at $105

This program is run by the US Sports Institute.  For more information or to register please
click here 

PREMIER PLAY SOCCER (age 7 to 14):
Within these sessions, each player will learn an array of specific soccer techniques and tactics, and then put these to the test within a stimulating learning environment comprised of fun challenges and game-related activities.

August 25-29, Morning, afternoon or Full day options starting at $110 

This program is run by the US Sports Institute.  For more information or to register please
click here

Experience a new sport each week of the program, with Sports Squirts. Participants have the opportunity to try Lacrosse, Soccer, Basketball, T-Ball, Floor Hockey, Parachute games and more in a safe, structured environment. 

August 11- 15, 4:30pm- 5:30pm $80

This program is run by the US Sports Institute.  For more information or to register please
click here  

SOCCER SQUIRTS (age 3 to 5):
Often Imitated, Never Duplicated. Soccer Squirts introduces boys and girls to the beautiful game. Soccer Squirts learn the fundamental skills of soccer through a program of structured activities, fun based games, and scrimmages. 

August 25- 28, 4:30pm- 5:30pm $64

This program is run by the US Sports Institute.  For more information or to register please
click here 

Community First Soccer Camp (ages 5-18):
Includes high level technical skills training, small sided and large sided games, futsal competitions, dribbling, passing, shooting competitions, cross bar challenge, soccer tennis, soccer freestyle, and world cup tournament.  

@DEHART PARK - 120 Burnett Avenue in Maplewood

Half Day: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Full Day: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

July14-July 18
July 21-July 25
July 28-August 1
August 4-August 8

To register or for more information please email cfs@communityfirstsoccer or go to:

Cougar Soccer Club

Mini Kickers / Kickers / Academy Soccer Registration OPEN

Registration for the Cougar Mini Kickers (age U4 – U5 - $125 for fall season), Cougar Kickers (age U6 – U7 - $175 for fall season), and Cougar Academy (age U8 - $275 for fall season - $475 full year), is currently open for the Fall ’14 soccer season.

Cougar Mini Kickers meet once a week on Saturday morning.
Cougar Kickers meet twice a week – one week day afternoon, and Saturday morning.
Cougar Academy meets three times a week – two weekday afternoons, as well as Saturday.

Programs are open to both girls and boys. Registration closes on Sunday July 27th.

To register, please go to

Details of age groups are outlined on the home page where you can also click the link to register. Season will begin the week of September 8th. 

Maplewood Girl's Lacrosse:
Tryouts for Maplewood's Girls Lacrosse Travel Team for the Spring '15 season will take place on October 17th and 24th at Dehart Park in Maplewood. Registration for the tryouts is currently open. Anticipated teams for the Spring include 3rd/4th grade team, 5th/6th grade team, 7th/8th grade team, and possible select teams for the 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade teams.

For more information on the program as well as instructions for how to register, please visit: 


Maplewood Tennis is run by local tennis pro John Trinity and his staff. There are a variety of classes offered to accommodate children 5 and over with different skill levels. Classes are held at the Memorial Park Tennis Courts on Valley Street. For more information about our offered tennis programs, please go to Lessons are grouped based on ability from beginner to intermediate. There are two sessions offered in the Fall. Student-teacher ratio of 6 to 1 or less. Rained-out classes will be made up by adding additional classes to the end of the schedule. No Individual make-ups for missed classes. Please check our website for schedule changes such as rained out classes and make-up dates for rained out classes.


Lessons for children ages 5-8. Class will run for four weeks.

FEE: $64
DAY: Saturdays—Sept 13-Oct 11 (make-up date, Oct 18)
TIME: 9am-10am
LOCATION: Memorial Park Tennis Courts
AGES: 5-8


Lessons for children ages 8-11. Class will run for three weeks.   

FEE: $72

DAY: Tuesdays—Sept 9-Sept 23 (make-up date, Sept 30)
TIME: 5:30pm-7:00pm
LOCATION: Memorial Park Tennis Courts
AGES: 8-11


For children ages 9-12. Class will run for four weeks. 

FEE: $64
DAY: Saturdays—Sept 13-Oct 11 (make-up date, Oct 18)
TIME: 10am-11am
LOCATION: Memorial Park Tennis Courts
AGES: 9-12


For children ages 9-14.  Class will run for three weeks.  

FEE: $72
DAY: Wednesdays—Sept 10-Sept 24 (make-up date is Oct 1)
TIME: 5:30pm-7:00pm
LOCATION: Memorial Park Tennis Courts
AGES: 9-14

For more information, please visit:

Register online at or call the Recreation Department at (973) 763-4202.


Ultimate is a fast-moving team sport that emphasizes athleticism and sportsmanship. It combines the aerial passing skills found in football with the quick transitions from offense to defense found in basketball, all using a high tech plastic disc (frisbee). This program is geared towards children in grades 6-8 who are interested in learning the basics, fundamental and strategies behind Ultimate Frisbee. For more information, please contact Ultimate Program Coordinator, Sarah McNamara at 
or visit

 *Pre-registration is now open for the fall season. Initial registration does not guarantee you a space in the program. If demand exceeds available spots, a tryout will be held and the final roster will be determined by both individual skills and needs of the team. September 7th (1pm-3:30pm) and September 13th (9:30am-11:30am) have been set aside as tryout dates. If no tryout is needed, they will serve as orientations. All new players will be expected to attend both sessions. Payment will be due as soon as final roster is announced. 

FEE: $65 
LOCATION: Maplecrest Park
GRADES: 6-8 



Maplewood Recreation Department Sponsors teams from grades 4-8.  These teams are highly competitive and will compete in the Suburban Essex Basketball leagues and various other tournaments throughout the season.  All players must live in Maplewood.  All players must pre-register online or at the recreation department.  All tryouts are held at Maplewood Middle School. Practice begins the week of October 13.  

FEE: $175 (includes uniform, warm-up, and one tournament)
DAY: M/T/W/TH/F/SAT October-March
    M/W- (Grade 4) 6pm-7:30pm, October 6 & 8

    M/W- (Grade 6) 7:30pm to 9:00pm, October 6 & 8
    T/TH- (Grade 5) 6pm-7:30pm, October 7 & 9
    T/TH- (Grade 7) 7:30pm to 9:00pm, October 7 & 9         
    F- (Grade 8) 7:30pm to 9:00pm / Sat-9:00am-10:30am, October 10 & 11
LOCATION: Maplewood Middle School




An instructional basketball program for Maplewood and South Orange children in grades 2-5.  The players will learn basic fundamentals of the game like dribbling, passing and shooting through various drills and activities.  For the first three sessions, players will work solely on drills and team building activities.  The next seven sessions will be gameplay. Each age group will be limited to the first 40 registrants.

Programs are opened to boys and girls in grades 2-5 and will be limited to the first 40 participants in each age group and will be held at Maplewood Middle School.

FEE: $75 (includes jersey)
DAY: Saturday, December 6—February 21
TIME: 9am-10:30am (Grades 2-3 boys and girls) 
            10:30am-12:00pm (Grades 4-5 boys and girls)
LOCATION: Maplewood Middle School


The US Sports Institute has been providing sports camps and year-round sport programs to communities for over 10 years.  They enable each camper to grow in an atmosphere that promotes integrity, self-esteem, positive values and good  sportsmanship.  We are dedicated to delivering quality  programs, where children will not only have great fun but also learn that "character really counts!"

*All registration for squirts programs can be done through or by calling (866) 345-2255.


The Total Sports Squirts program is for the child who wants to try their hand at a little bit of everything, allowing children to experience a new sport  with each session of the program.    Participants have the opportunity to try Lacrosse, Soccer, Basketball, T-Ball, and much more in a safe, structured environment. This program is for children who are 3-5 years old.  Camp will take place at Memorial Park and will run for six weeks.  There are multiple sessions to choose from.  

FEE: $115
DAY: Monday, Thursday, Sunday
TIME:      Monday– 9:15am-10:15am, Sept 22-Oct 27                                                
                Thursday– 3:30pm-4:30pm, Sept 18– Oct 23                                                  
                Thursday– 4:30pm-5:30pm, Sept 18– Oct 23                                      
                Sunday– 9:15am-10:15am, Sept 21-Oct 26                            
                Sunday– 10:30-11:30am, Sept 21-Oct 26                                      
LOCATION: Memorial Park                                                                     

AGES: 3-5

Parent and Me Soccer Squirts

This program is designed for children who are 2-3 years old with a parent participating alongside.  Kids will have learning the   fundamental skills of soccer through a program of structured      activities, fun based games, and scrimmages.  Each Parent & Me    Soccer Squirts session will focus on maximizing participation and learning through games designed to stimulate a child’s  imagination and motor skills.  Camp will take place at Memorial Park and will run for six weeks.  There are multiple sessions to choose from.

FEE: $115
DAY: Monday or Sunday
TIME:      Monday– 10:30am-11:20am, Sept 22-Oct 27                                             
                Sunday– 9:15am-10:05am, Sept 21-Oct 26                           
                Sunday– 10:30-11:20am, Sept 21 Oct26                                                                                                                                             
LOCATION: Memorial Park                                                                     

AGES: 2-3


Sponsored by the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, this developmental soccer program for boys and girls in grades 3-8. Games are played on weekends and teams will practice one night a week.  For more information, please got to or call (973) 762-0359.


The Maplewood/South Orange Packers goal is to teach our youth the fundamentals of football and the spirit of cheerleading.  We promote good sportsmanship, self-discipline and team cooperation.  We encourage all of our youth and    parents to give their best effort.  The emphasis is on fun with     maximum participation, which leads to personal growth and development in a competitive environment.  For kids ages 5-14 years old.  Teams compete locally and practice twice a week during the school year from late August to late November. 

For more information, and to register, please go to  If you have any questions regarding the MSO Packers, please email:


Girls on the Run is a learning program for girls in grades 3-5 that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk event with life    changing, self esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts that encourage emotional, social and physical development.          Participants learn how to make healthy decisions, resolve conflict and get along in a group setting.  Information on the upcoming fall season is available at 

Come out and join the Cub Scouts of Maplewood! The Cub Scouts is open to all boys in grades 1-5. Pack 3 meets every 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30pm at Prospect Church @ 646 Prospect Street in Maplewood. Feel free to bring parents and friends.

574 Valley St.
Maplewood Township, NJ 07040
Ph: (973) 762-8120