Saddle Brook Recreation: Welcome

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Saddle Brook Recreation is all about the children in town.  We offer many sports and activities for them.   Below is a list of the recreational sports.  We will also post information on recreational activities on here as well.   Keep checking back to see what is happening with our township recreation programs.  



Friday, December 13
SBPD Instuctions for Background Check and How to Obtain ID Card


Tuesday, June 19
SB Recreation Background Check Disqualifying Crimes


Sunday, January 4
Spring Programs

Lacrosse: http://www.eteamz.com/sblacrosse/

Girls Lacrosse:  http://www.eteamz.com/sbfalconsgirlslacrosse/

Softball: WWW.SADDLEBROOKRECSOFTBALL.COM

Track: http://www.eteamz.com/SaddleBrookTrack

Babe Ruth Baseball



Wednesday, November 14
Barbara Gorab

Fall program for children 5 years old 

 Instructional

goes from September to end of October



Sunday, January 4
Winter Programs

Wrestling : http://www.sbjrwrestling.com/

Basketball: http://www.eteamz.com/saddlebrookrecbasketball/



Wednesday, November 14
Street Hockey

Fall program

runs from September to November



Sunday, January 4
Fall Programs

Soccer: http://www.eteamz.com/saddlebrooksoccer

Spirit Leading: http://www.eteamz.com/saddlebrookspiritleaders/

 SB Jr. Football http://www.sbjrfootball.com/



Wednesday, January 14
Little League Program

Website for Little League: http://www.eteamz.com/saddlebrookbaseball

This program is run outside of the Saddle Brook Recreation.  Anyone interested in finding out information on the program can go to the website or any general meeting held on the 3rd Monday of each month (except in July and December) at 8pm at the Victor Street Clubhouse.  Some highlight information will be posted on this site if it is sent to us.



Friday, October 1
Practicing Control for our KIDS SAKE.

Below is a great article I found that I thought is good for every parent to read.   At times, we get caught up in the emotions that come with watching our children play.  Most times it is supportive, other times it isn't so much.   Take a look at the below from the book "Whose Game Is It Anyway? " , and hopefully it can help all us.  Remember, its a Kids game......

 

Learning to Practice Emotional Control in Sports
Introduction by Sara Noon with excerpts from Dr. Ginsburg's book “Whose Game is it, anyway”? As a parent of two teenage lacrosse players, I have become increasingly appreciative of the important role we as parents play in supporting our children. Whether it’s driving them to games, helping organize their schedules or simply being available to them if they want to talk, we are critical in establishing a strong foundation for their lacrosse-playing experiences. One of the key areas we can help our kids is in teaching them the art of practicing emotional control when faced with adversity. We’ve seen countless examples of professional athletes losing control on the field, getting penalties and hurting their teams. Our kids see these examples too. We can help our children not only by using breakdowns like these as teaching moments, but we can also show our kids how to work through provocative situations by the example we set through our actions when faced with adversity.

Some of us simply find it challenging to control our emotions when watching our children play sports. When we watch them perform in a public place such as an athletic field, many emotions come into play. We can feel exposed and vulnerable to the judgments of others: Do they think our kids are good players? What will they think of us as parents if our children lose control and get angry? Will people blame us for our kid’s behavior and think we are bad parents? Do other kids fear our child? Sitting in the stands or on the sidelines with so many feelings brewing inside us, we feel helpless – mere spectators. These feelings, which may include guilt and a sense of responsibility, can overwhelm a parent. If our child assaults another player or gets decked by an opponent, it’s easy to get enraged, tense and fearful. Control can slip.

The following four steps can help parents maintain control in the heat of the moment.
1.     Step One: Pause
The first reaction should be no reaction. Take a deep breath and regain composure before saying or doing anything. A calm, emotional neutral pause for thought is likely to help bring about an effective, just response to the situation.
2.     Step Two: Name Your Feelings
Before saying anything, imagine what you might say if no one could hear you and faced no consequences for your words. Giving words to feelings does not mean that those words have to be spoken, but thinking them provides the opportunity to honor feelings and genuine immediate response to a situation without exacerbating it.
3.     Step Three: Communicate Calmly but Firmly
Typically, yelling and losing control do not help kids calm down. How can we as parents transform angry feelings into a reasonable and effective response? Instead of screaming at our child, the ref or a player from the opposing team, we might say something like this: "what happened to you out there? That behavior did not seem like something you would do. I know that referee made a terrible call, but that doesn’t mean that you punch your opponent."
4.     Step Four: When in Doubt, Consult
When strong emotions bubble up, we as parents know that the first thing out of our mouth isn’t likely to be helpful. In these situations, don’t hesitate to consult spouses, colleagues or friends before taking actions.

Our efforts to maintain self-control are crucial because our children will struggle tremendously in sports if we are unable to model appropriate behavior or fail to teach them when they go off track. We and other respected adults, such as coaches and teachers, need to guide our kids, who will inevitably test the limits of self control.

Understanding and Helping Our Kids When They Continue to Struggle


Learning emotional control is a common task for all young athletes. Their coaches, parents, and peers play a critical role in teaching them these skills over time. Ideally, by the time our kids graduate from high school, we’d like to see them be able to manage their feelings and emotions, even when things aren’t going well. The occasional slip-up for our kids is normal. However, there are the rare circumstances, when our efforts to teach our children are unsuccessful, and we may need to consider other explanations for their behavior. In these circumstances, we may choose to dig deeper.

As we try to understand why our children lose control, we may need to consider genetic heritage, the environment in which children are raised, and the environment in which they play. Sometimes biochemical, physical or cognitive problems fuel the disturbing behavior. Impulse control problems or attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity may run in the family. If such a diagnosis is confirmed, we as parents may want to consult with the family doctor or specialists about treatments such as counseling, medication or both. Learning disabilities can also be a source of frustration for some of our athletic children, they may have a hard time understanding the coaches’ advice or processing the information in a complicated play or strategy. They may feel overwhelmed and, as a result, perform poorly and lose control of emotions and behavior. One or two episodes of inappropriate aggression on the athletic field don’t typically signal a physiological problem. But a persistent pattern of poor self-control should lead parents to explore the possible sources of the problem.

Other difficulties can cause emotional outbursts and inappropriate behavior in sports. A child may be reacting to a family crisis, such as the recent death of a family member, parents’ marital problems or substance abuse within the family, to name a few examples. A child might be emotionally exhausted by this problem, burdened by emotions that are hard to express and manage. Acting out in sports might be a child’s way of showing that something is wrong. Kids may also mimic behaviors they observe at home, such as loud arguments. Addressing the family problem may help reduce the likelihood that such children will continue to experience behavioral problems in sports.

Many athletes will not face these struggles during their lacrosse-playing years; however, for those who do, a good option is to consult with their coaches and see if you can get a better understanding of what may be happening on and off the field. If through consultation with coaches, your spouse and other trusted friends, you are still not finding answers, a consultation with a clinical or sport psychologist is a practical option.