North Haledon Recreation Commission Programs

Monday June 15, 2020

Re: North Haledon Recreation Commission Programs

Dear Parents,

As you may know, the Recreation Commission has been meeting remotely these last few months. We met again last Tuesday and fully discussed all our options. As a result, I would like to give you an update on the status of our relevant recreation programs. As the situation further evolves, I will continue to give you updates.

Boys’ travel basketball – There are two teams left (6th and 8th) that are in the league finals. The league still intends to play these games conditions permitting. No firm date has been set.

Girls’ travel basketball – There is one team (7/8th) left playing in the tournament and those games will hopefully be rescheduled but there is no firm date.

Volleyball – We are still planning on a fall or winter season. We will discuss the logistics of that in the future.

Bowling – There is one remaining session, the bowling party. It is our intent to reschedule it when conditions permit.

Baseball and softball in-town – The programs are canceled, since the state has not permitted games as of this time, and the season has already ended. All those that registered will receive a credit on their family account that can be used towards their next registration. If your child(ren) will not be participating in future Recreation programs, please e-mail us to be refunded. Kindly give us some time to get this done.

Baseball and softball travel – Tryouts for all teams will be announced this week (and can be held as of June 22), and we will then open registration. Parents will be required to sign a permission slip and follow various rules that will be posted. As of this time only practice is allowed, but we will update you as the situation evolves.

Tennis – The organized program is cancelled for the 2020 season but refer to the information attached regarding the opening of the tennis courts on June 22, 2020.

Soccer – As of this time, we are optimistic that the season will not be affected. However, registration though is on hold. Our league reps have been attending the league meetings online, and the league is considering various contingency plans. We will be sending a questionnaire to all parents through Community Pass in early July.

Pickleball – As of this time, we are optimistic the fall season will not be affected. We will advise you as more information becomes available. Please refer to the information attached regarding the opening of the pickleball courts on June 22, 2020.

In the future any updates will be distributed through community pass to all our registrants. To prevent confusion information will only come directly from me so there are never any mixed messages. Before reaching any final decisions, I will consult with the program directors, the local and county Board’s of Health, and the Mayor. Please understand that the safety of your children is our number one concern, and any program decisions we make will be guided by that priority. Also, please be assured, that once we feel we can safely proceed we will be able to get the programs up and running quickly.

I know this has not been easy, but things are improving, and we will all get through this and get back to normal.

Angelo Cifaldi

Chairman NH Recreation Commission

Lightning Detection System Now Operational

The Lightning Detection System is now operational on Fields 1-5 and Willow Field. There are signs posted that explain exactly how it works. Please read them. 

As a summary the siren and strobe light is on the light pole on Field 1 and can be heard and seen from all the Rec Fields (#1-5). The siren and strobe light on Willow field is on a light pole there. As the signs indicate when the siren sounds you must immediately leave the field and take shelter in a protected area which in most instances will be a car.  Under no circumstances should you stand under a tree, near a fence or near a pole. When the siren sounds the strobe light will flash indicating there is lighting in in the area. When the siren sounds again, after 30 minutes at least, and the strobe light goes off you can go back to the field.   

While this system is a helpful aid it should not replace your judgment with regard to being more cautious. When in doubt cancel the game or practice and send everyone home.