FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What does PAL offer youth?
A: Local PAL provides 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 offers a safe,
caring drug and crime free haven for our youth.
Q: Who can participate in PAL?
A: In most cities any youth age 8 years through 17
years can participate. Adult volunteers are also needed as coaches, tutors,
Q: How does PAL operate?
A: In 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?
A: Law 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 help?
A: 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 p.m. curfew when staying overnight.
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 as protests.
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?
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 p.m. unless child is with a coach or officer).