Black and white would be a good choice as it can be a pig to get the colour balance right under flourescent lighting. The problem is that no two tubes are exactly the same colour. I would do the conversion to B&W in the computer where you have more control. If you are using Photoshop have a look at my tutorial on B&W conversion using the channel mixer
. It's amazing how you can improve the results with a bit of intelligent tweaking.
Set your ISO as high as you dare, I would go for 800 ISO, you are going to need all the help you can get with exposure times. The downside of setting the ISO too high is that you get a bit of noise in the pictures, but you may find that this is quite attractive, especially in B&W. I would experiment with the small built in flash as well, not for every shot, but for some of them. If you have sufficient light from the tubes for the correct exposure, the flash will just act as a fill to lighten up the shadows a bit.
Forget the tripod, it won't really help you with action shots and will slow you up.