Pelham Soccer provides both recreational programs for pre-k through second grade with more than 1000 kids enrolled last year as well as competitive travel teams for boys and girls ages 9 to 14. Soccer continues through both middle and high school with JV and Varsity Teams.
Hockey has long been a major sport for Pelham youth. Through the Pelham Youth Hockey Association, kids learn to skate almost as soon as they can walk and competitive play begins at age 5 and continues through middle and high school. The Pelham Varsity team had made it to the final four (the “frozen four”) state championships for several years before clinching the Division II state title in 2017, beating St. Lawrence 7-1.
Pelham Rugby has grown from a youth recreational program in 2007 to become a varsity sport at Pelham Memorial High School in 2015. The varsity team was the New York State Champion in 2015 and 2017. In 2016, the team finished second in the National High School Rugby Championship. A number of players have been recruited and played the sport at the collegiate level.
Like James Earl Jones said in Field of Dreams “the one constant through all the years has been baseball.” While much of America may have been “rolled by like an army of steamrollers, erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again,” in Pelham we play on the same fields that our grandfathers did. It’s a little slice of traditional America and we have Pelham Little League as part of it.
The Pelham Community Rowing Association was founded in 2003 and grew from having a few racks of shells in a chain-link fenced area to building one of the finest boat houses in Westchester County. Youth (and adults) row on Orchard Beach Lagoon and crew is now a varsity letter sport at Pelham Memorial High School.
Pelham Lacrosse has exploded in popularity for boys and girls of all ages.
Like most aspects of Pelham, nearly all of Pelham sports programs are sustained through the support and commitment of active volunteers and significant private fundraising and donations from within the community.