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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. 


Suburban Travel Basketball Teams:

The Recreation Department sponsors travel teams that participate in the local Suburban Essex League. Through an intense and highly competitive tryout, players are selected for teams. Once selected, teams will immediately begin practicing 2-4 times per week, and play twice a week starting in December. Players are expected to be fully committed to teams, and should notify coaches prior to tryouts if they have any other commitment during the season. Players who wish to tryout for the travel teams should have an advanced skill level and knowledge of the game. Players must be able to perform at a high level based upon the coaches’ philosophy and competitive nature of the league. Since travel teams are playing at a highly competitive level, players who are selected, are not guaranteed playing time. Playing time will be issued at the coaches’ discretion. 10-11 players will be selected for each team. 

Boys Preseason Basketball Clinics For Suburban Travel Participants

Designed for the players interested in playing travel basketball who want to prepare for the upcoming tryouts. During these sessions, strong emphasis will be placed on training of ball handling, shooting, and conditioning. Players will be put through drills that will foster the skills needed to compete during the travel team tryouts in October. Run by the travel team coaches. There is no fee for this program.  

Sessions will run for one hour and fifteen minutes. Open to Maplewood and South Orange Residents in grades 4-8.  South Orange Residents will have to register after team has been selected. Maplewood residents will already be registered. 

**Participation in this program does not guarantee you a spot on any team**
** All sessions held at Maplewood Middle School** 


September 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29


Grades 4, 5, 6 – 6:00pm-7:15pm
Grades 7 & 8 – 7:30pm-8:45pm

Girls Preseason Basketball Clinics for Suburban Travel Participants

For all girls interested in learning the basic fundamentals of basketball. During these sessions, strong emphasis will be placed on training of ball handling, shooting, and conditioning. Players will be put through drills that will focus on building proper fundamentals October. There is no fee for this program, however pre-registration is required. Sessions will be run by local area College and High School Coaches. 

Sessions will run for one hour and fifteen minutes. 

Open to Maplewood and South Orange Residents in grades 3-8 (there are no 3rd & 4th grade girl’s teams but participation is encouraged for girls in those grades for future teams). 

**Participation in this program does not guarantee you a spot on any team**
** All sessions held at Maplewood Middle School** 


September 9 – Jerry Aquino – Varsity Head Coach, Mount St Dominic Academy
September 16 – Seton Hall University Girls Basketball
September 30 – Seton Hall University Girls Basketball
October 14 - TBA
October 21 - TBA


Grades 3-5 – 6:00pm-7:15pm
Grades 6-8 – 7:30pm-8:45pm

Tryout Schedules:

Boys Tryout Dates and Times (Must attend both Tryouts):

Friday October 2 & Friday October 9
7th Grade Boys: 6:00pm-7:30pm
8th Grade Boys: 7:30pm-9:00pm

Monday, October 5 & Wednesday, October 7
5th Grade Boys: 6:00-7:30pm
6th Grade Boys: 7:30pm-9:00pm

Tuesday October 6 & Thursday October 8
4th Grade Boys: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Girls Team Tryouts: 

5th & 6th Grade Girls - Team Monday, Oct. 26th & Wednesday, Oct. 28th from 6:00-7:30 pm @ Maplewood Middle School

7th & 8th Grade Girls Team - Monday, Oct. 26th & Wednesday, Oct. 28th from 7:30-9:00 pm @ Maplewood Middle School

Tryout Rules:
•        All players MUST be residents of Maplewood or South Orange, regardless of which school you attend. 
•        Players MUST tryout for their appropriate grade level team, based on the 2015-2016 School year. 
•        Players ARE NOT allowed to “play up.”
•        Players MUST attend all tryouts. 
•        All players interested in trying out, MUST pre-register via community pass @ or by calling the Maplewood Recreation Department at (973) 763-4202. 

COST: $175 per player. ($125 payable to Maplewood Recreation Department, $50 payable to JAG Outfitters)



Saturday Morning Skills and Fundamentals including gameplay - 
A program designed to introduce players to the basics and fundamentals of the game of basketball. Through various drills, players will learn the proper techniques of dribbling, passing, shooting and defense. All drills are designed to teach players the basics of each fundamental skill, while also incorporating conditioning and some gameplay. Open to boys and girls of Maplewood and South Orange. 

** - Registration is limited to the first 40 participants in each age group**

December 5-February 20 (10 Weeks. NO basketball on: 12/26 & 1/2/2016)

2nd & 3rd Grades: 9:00am-10:15am
4th & 5th Grades: 10:30am-11:45am

COST:  $65 for program payable to Maplewood Recreation Department & $15 for jersey/uniform fee payable to JAG Outfitters




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 

All Classes meet at the Memorial Park Tennis Courts **See Note Below.
Class size is limited and may be cancelled due to limited enrollment. Additional Classes may be added to accommodate any overflow if possible. 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.

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER: CALL 973-843-1116 FOR INFORMATION ON DELAY OR CANCELATIONS. Make-up schedule will be posted on our website under news/updates tab. NOTE**The township is currently planning construction to the tennis courts at Memorial park. If construction begins prior to or after the lessons begin, the lesson times and location may need to be changed.

Tuesday Dates: 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20
Thursday Dates: 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15

Fall Registration:

Registration begins Monday August 17th, 2015 at the Recreation Department
574 Valley Street: 973-763-4202. For Online Registration Please go to:

Adv. Beg/Intermediate Ages 9-14 Tuesdays 5:30PM-7:00PM $116

Beginner/Adv. Beg. Ages 6-12 Thursdays 5:30PM-7:00PM $116

Beginner/Advanced Beginner Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm $116

Beginner/Advanced Beginner Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm $116

NOTE: Fall lessons are for ages 6 and over only. There are no Pee Wee or Hot Shots classes offered in the Fall.



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 for children in grades 6-8 who are interested in learning the basic fundamentals and strategies behind Ultimate Frisbee.

Pre-Register: Pre-registration, which is free, is now open, and will stay open until August 28th.  If interest exceeds available spaces, a tryout will be held (see dates below). No experience is needed to try out. If space is available for all who are interested and can commit to the attendance requirement for the program, then no tryout will be held, but all new participants will be expected to attend the orientation in lieu of tryouts on Sat, September 12th. Additional information about the need for tryouts and other program details will be communicated by the head coach once Pre-registration closes.

Pre-registration can be done online at Pre-registration can also be done by calling the Recreation Department at (973) 763-4202. 

Tryouts, if needed: Sunday, September 13th (from 12:15 to 2:30) and Saturday, September 19th (from 12:45 to 3:30). Players must be Pre-Registered in order to try out.

New Player Orientation, if no tryouts: Saturday, September 19th   (from 12:45 to 3:30).

Regular Season: 
Sundays, 12:45-3:30pm, starting Sunday, September 20th through and including the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving.

Cost: Once the official roster is selected, if your child makes the team, the cost will be:
$70.00 paid to the Maplewood Recreation Department
$10.00 paid, separately by check only, to KO Media (additional info will be sent to the final roster about this payment).

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Recreation Department or email program Head Coach Sarah McNamara @

Interested in Volunteering to Coach? Please contact Sarah at the email above.



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!"

 With a parent participating by their side, kids will have fun learning the fundamental skills of soccer through a program of structured activities, fun based games, and scrimmages. Each session will focus on maximizing participation and learning through games designed to stimulate a child's imagination and develop motor skills. 

Day(s):         Sundays 
Dates:          September 13 – October 25 
Location:       Memorial Park 
Time(s):      9:00am-9:50am / 10:15am-11:05am   

Please click here for more information on Parent and Me: Soccer Squirts.                                 

TOTAL SPORTS SQUIRTS (age 3 to 5): 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, Flag Football, Parachute games and more in a safe, structured environment. 

Day(s):       Sundays or Tuesdays
Dates:        September 13 – October 25 / September 15 – October 27 
Location:     Memorial Park 
Time(s):    9:00am-10:00am / 10:15am-11:15am (Sunday session)
                3:30pm-4:30pm (Tuesday session)

Please click here for more information on Total Sports Squirts.

T-BALL SQUIRTS (age 3 to 5): This program is a great way to introduce your young sluggers to the exciting game of baseball! Focusing on the fundamental skills of the game, our progressive T-ball curriculum enables each child to develop their skills and understanding.

Day(s):        Tuesdays
Dates:         September 15 – October 27 
Location:      Memorial Park 
Time(s):      4:30pm-5:30pm (Tuesday session)

Please click here for more information on T-Ball Squirts


Participants will have great fun learning this exhilarating, fast paced game. All participants will learn the fundamentals of the sport including, stick handling, passing, scooping, dodging and shooting as well as many other key techniques. Ideal for beginners (no experience required) or intermediate players. Equipment can be provided.

Day(s):        Saturdays 
Dates:         September 12 – October 24 
Location:      Memorial Park 
Time(s):      9-10am / 10:15-11:15am / 11:30am-12:30pm / 12:45-1:45pm

Please click here for more information on First Play Lacrosse

Click Here to view the Maplewood Schedule 

For information or to register:
Please call (866) 345-BALL or visit

Cougar Wrestling

The Cougar Wrestling program is affiliated with the Maplewood Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs. This program is for boys and girls in grades 2-8.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION regarding Cougar Wrestling, please contact Coach Jermiah Fleming at


Cougar Soccer Club

For information on the Cougar Soccer Club programs, teams, camps, and registration, please visit their website @ 

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 Lacrosse Club - Spring 2016

Maplewood Lacrosse Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing boys the opportunity to have fun playing youth lacrosse and have positive development experiences.

We are affiliated with US Lacrosse and strive to ‘Honor the Game’ by teaching and encouraging boys to learn the game and develop their skills in a positive environment that promotes teamwork and good sportsmanship.

We understand that children actively participate in other sports throughout the year. MLC encourages children to play seasonal sports and suggests that children playing multiple sports in a season give priority to their in-season sport.

Programs are described on the Team Overview tab on our site ( The Maplewood Lacrosse Club (MLC) is an all-volunteer run club and as such continues to seek people with time and talent to contribute, especially coaches. Please contact a member of the program if you are interested in helping.  For additional information: 

Registration for Spring 2016 opens on 10/18 for returning players and 10/25 for new players.


The Two Towns Triathlon is sponsored by the South Orange and Maplewood Departments of Recreation & Cultural Affairs. Entrants MUST be residents of South Orange or Maplewood between the ages of 7 and 14 (as of June, 20, 2016). Through this event, we are promoting active participation in the aerobic sports of swimming, biking, and running, hoping to foster an increased interest in overall health at an early age.

REGISTRATION: Registration opens TBA. This registration form must be returned IN PERSON with payment and PROOF OF RESIDENCY to Maplewood Township’s Town Hall. SPACE IS LIMITED to 60 athletes in each age group. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first serve basis. The REGISTRATION DEADLINE is TBA or when all spots are taken, whichever comes first.

ENTRY FEE: $30.00. All racers will receive a triathlon t-shirt.

6:30 am Registration check-in
7:00 am Stretch and Warm up
7:45 am Announcement of Race
8:00 am Start of first heat

COURSE INFORMATION: The 2016 Two Towns Triathlon will be held in Maplewood. Participants will swim laps in the Maplewood Community Pool, bike from the pool to Maplecrest Park , and run through Maplecrest Park, finishing the race in front of the Maplecrest Skate House. Details will be provided upon registration. Racers will be timed from the beginning to end of the triathlon. Split times will not be recorded.







50 yards

1.25 miles

1/2 mile


100 yards

1.75 miles

1 mile


150 yards

2.75 miles

1 1/2 miles


200 yards

3.25 miles

2 miles

* Distances are approximate.

PRIZES: Bronze participation medals will be awarded. Gold and Silver medals will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place for boys and girls in each age group.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Participants must provide their own bicycle and CPSC certified bike helmet. Swim cap that is provided must be worn during the swim.

PACKET PICK-UP: At Town Hall on Friday, June 19th from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm OR Saturday, June 20th, 6:30-7:00 a.m. Mandatory racer meeting on the Pool Deck at 7:30 am on June 20th.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you would like to volunteer to assist with this event, please send an email to .



Triathlon Rules

Kids TriMap Bike Route

Kids TriMap Run Route

Cub Scout Pack 3:

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