does PAL offer youth?
A: Local PAL's
provide after-school and weekend activities in over 25 different organized
sports and educational programs. Athletics is the draw but education
and training are the priority. PAL's offer a safe, caring drug and
crime free haven for our youth.
Q: Who can
participate in PAL?
most cities any youth age 8 years through 17 years can participate.
Adult volunteers are also needed as coaches, tutors, and mentors.
Q: How does PAL
Florida most PAL programs are non-profit charitable corporations,
sponsored by local Law Enforcement Officers and governed by a board of
directors. Funds are raised through public contributions, grants,
and the sale of the PAL specialty license plates.
Q: Why are Law
Enforcement Officers working with youth?
Enforcement officers see youth at their worst and at their best. Law
Enforcement officers serve the highest crime areas in our cities.
Most important, Law Enforcement Officers go where others don't or won't to
provide service to the youth who need it most. Law Enforcement
officers care about our youth.
Q: How can I
Contact your local PAL chapter or call the State of Florida Association of
Police Athletic/Activities League's office at (904)858-9737. You can
email us at email@example.com , or,
write us at: P.O. Box 47497, Jacksonville, Florida, 32247. Get involved in
helping "Fill Playgrounds Not Prisons."
Q: What are
some rules that apply to PAL sports?
1) You may only use players that live
within the county where your PAL is located.
2) Overnight stays are allowed if the traveling distance is more
than 100 miles and is approved by the State PAL Executive Director.
3) State PAL shall enforce an 11:00 PM curfew when staying
4) It is required of the coach or director to inspect the hotel
rooms before check-in and at check-out.
5) At tournament time, the Executive Director will appoint a
committee, which he will chair, to handle any problems that may arise such
6) Each PAL must submit a rooming list to State PAL by the deadline
set by the SFAPAL office.
7) If your PAL is found to have an illegal player, the player is
immediately expelled and your PAL must pay a $200 fine to the State PAL
before the next scheduled state tournament.
8) A recommended ratio for supervision is 8 youth per one adult.
Q: What will the State PAL pay for?
For the Youth
Directors' Conference all expenses except transportation will be paid.
Housing: SFAPAL will, in most
cases, cover the cost of lodging for SFAPAL sponsored events only.
Four youth in each room, two coaches per room and police officers may have
their own rooms. (The curfew is 11:00 PM unless child is with a
coach or officer).