The success of the diversified sports instruction; recreation and competitive travel teams are attributed to the efforts of the recreation department and organized volunteer groups with Board of Directors who give themselves above and beyond. Clearly it is the unselfish giving of time and dedication to our youth that provides the opportunity for participation in a wide range of sports experience. If you are not currently involved, consider joining the volunteers whose time and energy truly benefits the children of North Caldwell.

Recreation Sports Programs


Recreation Baseball and Softball

Recreation Basketball:

  • For Kindergarten through eighth grade run by the North Caldwell Recreation Department.  Online registration is available for Kindergarten through 8th grade.  Pre-season clinics are scheduled in November and team specific practices begin the last week of November and run through December. Games begin early January.  
    • K-Second grade program is clinic format and runs for 6-8 weeks on Saturdays in January & February.
    • Second grade program includes: Saturday clinics and informal games on Tuesdays.
    • 3rd through 8th grade includes: boys and girls teams play in the WEYSA league (Roseland, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Trinity & North Caldwell)

Ski Program:

  • Mountain Creek: 6-week ski program offered for 4th through 6th graders beginning in January. Registration typically opens in mid-November.  Bus transportation available. 

Kiddie T-Ball:

  • (Spring) for children ages 3-5 sponsored by the North Caldwell Recreation Department and instructed by the U.S. Sports Institute.
  • The is a SIX-WEEK CLINIC instructed by the U.S. Sports Institute designed for beginner athletes.
  • The program allows the student to learn the basic skills of t-ball as well as compete in a fun and non competitive environment. This program focuses on the fundamentals of the game including hitting, throwing, catching and running the bases. 

Men's and Women's Softball:

  • Leagues are a non-competitive, slow pitch league for men and women 18 years of age or older who have completed high school. All games are played "under the lights". Players are responsible for bringing their own gloves and bats. 

Sports Organizations

West Essex Cowboys Football Association:

  • President North Caldwell Mike Ruane; email.
  • Organized Football program for Pee Wee (flag football-non contact ages 5 & 6,) Football A,B,C level which includes football for ages 7 to 13.
  • Pre season practices begin mid August (4 nights a week). Once school begins practices are Tuesday and Friday nights, as well as Saturday mornings. Games are played on Sundays.

West Essex Cowboys Cheerleading:

  • Contact Nicole Magliarditi by email.
  • The programs offered are Pee Wee Cheerleaders and, A, B, C level which includes cheering for ages 7 to 13.

WEFC (West Essex Football Club) Travel Soccer:

  • The West Essex FC is a travel soccer club reserved for those boys and girls that possess a certain skill level and commitment.  Travel soccer is for those individuals who want to play in a competitive environment, and receive a high level of soccer instruction.
  • There are usually two practices per week during the Fall and Spring, and most teams also train indoors during the Winter once a week.  There are at least 10 games per season, and they are typically on Sundays throughout Northern New Jersey.  Additionally, many teams participate in at least one tournament during each season.
  • For more information, and to see the tryout dates, please visit our website for more information:


  • The West Essex Junior Knights Association, consists of participants from North Caldwell, Roseland, Fairfield and Essex Fells for grades 3rd-8th.
  • There are clinics for 1st and 2nd year wrestlers and a travel league for advance wrestlers.
  • Registration forms can be picked up at the North Caldwell Recreation Office beginning in early October.
  • For more information visit:

Travel Baseball:

  • The North Caldwell Knights travel baseball program is offered to children at the age of 8 years old through High School.  Contact Don Long for more information by email.
West Essex Knights Track:
  • Run through Roseland Recreation and participating towns are Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell and Roseland. This program is open to girls and boys in grades 4th through 8th grade. The participants train for various field events including running, the long jump and the turbo javelin.
  • Registration begins February 23, 2018 via Community Pass at and the fee will be $90.00 per person. DEADLINE is March 16, 2018. After that a late fee of $15.00 will be applied. Flyers can be picked up at the North Caldwell Recreation Office.
  • For more information, contact the Roseland Recreation Department at 973-403-6822.

Rutgers Coaches Certification

The class is instructed by Sergeant Tom Mautone. This class is for all coaches planning to volunteer to coach a North Caldwell sport and have not yet been certified to coach. The curriculum is based upon the Minimum Standards for Volunteer Coaches Safety Orientation and Training skills. Program developed by the Governor´s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

The curriculum for the course includes the following topics:

  • Legal Aspects of Coaching
  • Psychological Aspects of Coaching
  • General Coaching Concepts
  • Training and conditioning Athletes
  • Medical/First Aid Aspects of Coaching