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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



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 Girl's Lacrosse:
The final tryout date for Maplewood's Girls Lacrosse Travel Team for the Spring '15 has been moved to Monday, November 10th @ DeHart Park. 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:

Tennis Lessons:
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. 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. For rain-out information, please call the Maplewood Tennis rain-out hotline (973) 843-1116.

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

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

Hometown Ultimate:
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.

This program usually meets @ Maplecrest Park on Sundays at 1pm, with other various dates each season. Cost: $65

For more information, please contact Ultimate Program Coordinator, Sarah McNamara at or visit


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
TRYOUTS: Click the following link to view the 2014 tryout results- Tryout Results


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: $63 program fee & $12 jersey fee**
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

**JERSEY COST---- $12 SEPARATE CHECK MADE OUT TO "JAG OUTFITTERS" -(UNIFORM ORDER FORMS WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU UPON REGISTRATION. ORDER FORMS WITH CHECKS ARE DUE BACK TO THE RECREATION DEPARTMENT NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 7TH. If this form is handed in later than its due date, your child will not get his or her jersey for the start of the season.) You can view and print out an order form by clicking the following link: UNIFORM ORDER FORM

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

South Mountain Soccer:
Sponsored by the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, this is a recreation 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.

MSO Packers Football & Cheerleading:
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 NJ:

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 

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.

Maplewood Ski
The Maplewood Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs will once again be offering Friday night Ski & Snowboard Trips this winter to Mountain Creek. This program is open to all Maplewood and South Orange children in grades 6-12.

Ski Trips will be held for 6 consecutive Fridays at the Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, NJ beginning Friday, January 9, 2015. The bus for the trips leaves Maplewood at 3:45pm, departing from the Maplewood Community Pool on Boyden Ave. The bus returns at 11:00pm.

Cost (per participant):

Transportation for Trips (bus):
*(Mandatory for Ski Club)
Lift Card (valid for 6 ski club trips only):
Ski Club Member Season Pass:
(Ski at all 6 trips with our club plus any other
time during the season)
*(after 10/31, price increases to $239.99)

 Additional Optional Products Offered:
Rental Equipment (valid for 6 trips): $124.99
(Helmet & Damage Insurance included!)

Fun Pack:
(includes Alpine Mountain Coaster (one ride per visit),
Soaring Eagle Zip-lining (one ride per visit), and Snow Tubing (2 hour session per visit))

Meal Vouchers (6 vouchers): $53.70
(choice of burger, pizza or chicken fingers w/ fries & fountain soda)

Premium Meal Vouchers (6 vouchers): $65.70
(Grab & Go sandwich, salad, sushi, or soup w/ fruit,
or yogurt & juice, water or milk)

Registration for Ski Club:

*STEP 1- Register for a seat on our bus. This is $100 and can be done by:
-    Contacting the Recreation Department at (973) 763-4202
-    Online at:
-    Visiting the Recreation Department at 574 Valley Street in Maplewood

* STEP 2: After purchasing transportation, an email will be sent with the information on how to purchase additional items from Mountain Creek directly (lift ticket, season pass, food vouchers, ect).
Emails will be sent to the email address that you have set up with you Community Pass account.

If you have any interest in chaperoning the ski trips this year, please contact Bobby at the Maplewood Recreation Department by calling (973) 763-4202 or emailing . We ask that if you be available for all 6 trips when volunteering.

For questions, please contact the Maplewood Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department at (973) 763-4202 or email us at

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