GeneralConsistent with the Norwich PAL philosophy, we offer Basketball, Baseball, and Soccer for area youths. In the spring we offer baseball for boys and girls ages 4 to 15, and soccer for girls ages 9 to 13. In the fall we run a full soccer league for boys and girls ages 5 to 13. During the winter we run our basketball program for kids ages 5 to 7. Detailed information about each league may be found below.
BasketballThe PAL basketball season begins in mid January and runs for 8 consecutive Saturdays. There are no weekday practices required. All sessions take place at Huntington School and are one hour in duration. Game schedules are usually structured as follows:
- 5 Year Olds 9:00am and 10:00am
- 6 Year Olds 11:00am and 12:00pm
- 7 Year Olds 1:00pm and 2:00pm
Registration for PAL basketball begins in late October. New coaches and volunteers are always needed. Please indicate interest on the registration form or contact a Norwich PAL Board member for more details on how to become involved.
BaseballThe PAL baseball season runs from late April through June. An extended all-star season for Cal Ripken Majors players and Babe Ruth League as well as a fall baseball league for those players are available. Our newest program Pee Wee Baseball, initiated in 2006, has been a great success with strong reviews from parents who have actively joined in with their child in this fun and instructional introduction to baseball.
Registration for PAL baseball begins in February. New coaches and volunteers are always needed. Please indicate interest on the registration form, or contact a PAL Board member for more details on how to become involved.
PEE WEE T-Ball: an instructional program for 4 yr olds only. Geared towards fun and learning the basic fundamental mechanics of baseball this program requires that a parent be present and work with the children at stations designed to keep the children focused on a specific task of hitting, throwing, fielding, and running bases.
T-BALL: : is designed to get youngsters 5 and 6 years of age accustomed to the basic skills and rules of baseball. FUN is stressed throughout the season.
MINORS: Youngsters 7 and 8 years of age progress to a slightly more advanced game. Players are pitched to by a pitching machine which keeps the game moving and allows the batter to gain confidence in hitting. Again, the basic skills and enjoyment of the game are stressed.
Cal Ripken Majors: For players 9 through 12 years of age. A true game of baseball where all the rules and advanced skills are taught on a 60 foot base path field. For the first time, new players moving up face a true pitcher. More advanced rules and skills are introduced through teamwork. All players play games in various positions as individual skills progress, helping to teach sportsmanship, cooperation and teamwork. Sportsmanship is always stressed. Some light travel to various towns hosting Cal Ripken leagues is required.
Babe Ruth 13-15:Athletes ages 13 through 15 play in a competitive league where advanced skills are taught on a 90 foot base path, high school sized regulation field without losing the joy of playing the game of baseball. Travel to play other towns chartered in the Babe Ruth organization is required. A spring (preseason) and summer season are played during the months of April May and June.
SoccerThe Spring Soccer League runs from late April through June. The Fall Soccer League starts in late August and runs through October. PAL Soccer is divided into five leagues.
MICRO:: a co-ed league serving children ages 5 and 6. In this league children have fun while learning the fundamentals of soccer.
MINI: a co-ed league for athletes ages 7 and 8. Children play 6 on 6 games. Player enjoyment is the major emphasis of this league. Children learn soccer skills and rules through teamwork.
JUNIORS: Girls and boys ages 9 and 10 play in separate leagues. Interleague play between the girls and boys does take place at this level for more than 25% of games. Athletes play on fields which are somewhat smaller than official soccer fields. Teamwork and fun are still the major emphasis of the Junior Leagues.
SENIORS:Girls and boys play in separate leagues. Athletes play on regulation size soccer fields. Teams play 2 games a week. Athletes enjoy themselves as they develop advanced soccer skills as they compete against other teams in the league as well as interleague play. Teamwork and sportsmanship are emphasized.
SPRING SOCCER: GIRLS JUNIOR LEAGUE (ages 9-10) and GIRLS SENIOR LEAGUE (ages 11-14) Teamwork, learning soccer skills and merriment are league goals.
New coaches and volunteers are always needed. Please indicate interest on the registration form or contact a Norwich PAL Board member for more details on how to become involved.