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Football Program Explanation, Contacts, & Quick Facts

Cranford PAL Football (Tackle)

Quick Facts...
Program Director
Andrew Hooey - [email protected]
August/September - November
$250 Registration
Grade Levels
Grades 4 through 8

The Cranford PAL Football (Tackle) Program begins as a non-competitive instructional introduction to the game of football, then progresses to competitive (time-keeping, score-keeping, etc).  This program is the next step after our Flag Football Program and is available for 4th graders through 8th graders. 

The Fee for this program is $250 which includes safety equipment, uniforms, the SAFE Clininc and referee fees.  Parents of Football Players are requested to assist throughout the season with football concessions, 50/50 sales, and general event management.  All "hosted" games are held at the Memorial Field Complex at 59 Myrtle Street in Cranford.  Our Football Teams range from the E-Team (youngest players) to the A-Team (8th grade team). 

The Cranford PAL is part of the New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League (NJSYFL).  Currently the league is comprised of two divisions where the town programs are basically divided according to their respective NJ/NY high school football grouping (Group I / II and Group III / IV) and youth program winning percentages from prior seasons. Cranford PAL participates in the American Division of this league.  For more information on the league, please visit

Our priority with PAL Football is the safety of our kids and good sportsmanship, while continuing to build upon Cranford's rich football history. Sign-Ups for Football are typically held in May and June preceding the football season year.  Football games are typically held on Sundays and practice schedules vary based on teams/grade.  Seasons traditionally extend from September though November, depending on playoffs. 

1.       All parents are required to volunteer their time for the program. At all home games, all levels of teams will be required to have their parents volunteer for the snack stand along with several other volunteer positions available: Team Manager, Game day chains and markers, etc. Volunteers that will be in contact with our youth will need to have background checks.

2.       Below please find the minimum equipment requirements that your players will be responsible for supplying:

-          Mouth piece

-          Cleats

-          3rd – 5th - Jock strap or Compression shorts with cup

-          6th – 8th – Jock strap or Compression with cup (Depends on practice pants purchased) / Girdle with cup

-          6th – 8th – Practice pants with pads

3.       Below please find the equipment that will be provided by Cranford PAL:

-          Helmet with chin strap

-          Shoulder pads

-          Practice Pinnie

-          Game Jersey

-          6th – 8th Game Pants (6th – 8th game pants have no hip, tail, thigh pads – pads are available on a limited basis. Players should have a girdle that includes – hip, tail, thigh and cup)

-          3rd – 5th Game/Practice Pants (3rd - 5th game pants have pads sewn into pants and will also be used as their practice pants – players need to have a jock strap or compression shorts with a cup) 

4.       All eligible players will play a minimum number of plays per game.

5.       After registration is completed, an email notification will be sent regarding uniform/equipment distribution.

Contact Us

Cranford Police Athletic League

P.O. Box 1021 / 8 Springfield Avenue 
Cranford, New Jersey 07016

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 908-709-4313
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