The Police Athletic League, together with Berkeley Heights law enforcement, community, supports and inspires our local youth to realize their full individual potential as productive members of society.

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Highlander Youth Tackle Football is open to Berkeley Heights and Mountainside students in grades 3-8. Players are assigned to the following team levels based on grade, but consideration can also be given to playing experience and ability.

Competitive Levels - score-keeping, playoffs, and a Super Bowl

A Team Grade 8
B Team Grade 7
C Team Grade 6
D Team Grade 5


Instructional Level - live games teaching fundamentals in a competitive environment

E Team

Grade 4

Grade 3




The season begins mid-August with summer practices Monday-Thursday evenings at Snyder Field. Practices are held 2-3 times per week once school begins. The season runs until mid-November. Teams will play a total of 8 regular season games – typically scheduled on Sunday mornings and afternoons.



Highlander Youth Tackle Football is a member of the New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League (NJSYFL), a 22-team league made up two divisions organized by towns of similar populations to ensure competitive play. Please visit the league website at

The BHPAL, NJSYFL, and USA Football remain committed to player safety and regularly review and adopt proposed rule changes and training techniques for a safer game.




Registration for 2020 season begins in May.

For more information: BHPAL Football FAQ

For any additional questions, please contact Mike Honey at  .