The Police Athletic League of Clay County, Inc. ("Clay PAL") has joined the newest and most exciting league in Northeast Florida, North Florida Youth Football and Cheer Conference ("NFYFC").
NFYFC is a proud member of the Amateur Athletic Union ("AAU") which is the largest national sports organization that has been around since 1888 and provides not only football and cheer, but many other youth and amateur sport programs. AAU offers a much more competitive learning environment for cheerleading than our previous conference could offer. Now, we coach and choreograph using the United States All-Star Federation rules and guidelines which means that your athlete will have the opportunity to learn more advanced skills than ever before. Switching to AAU gives us the opportunity to better prepare your athlete for a longer cheerleading career.
Other member associations of NFYFC are local to Clay PAL and include Oakleaf, Middleburg, Orange Park (OPAA), Callahan, Jacksonville PAL, Ponte Vedra and Fernandina Beach.
Below are the divisions offered by NFYFC. Please note that your child's "league age" for purposes of division placement is based on the age they will be on August 31, 2019. Please select the age division you think is most appropriate for your child, however kindly note that Clay PAL Management may transfer participants to teams based on age, skill level, and enrollment numbers. The minimum age for cheer participants is 3, however there are a limited number of spots available on the Tiny Cheer squad for 3 and 4-year-olds. Please contact Pam Hamilton (scroll down for contact info) prior to registering a child under the age of 5.
The regular conference season officially begins on August 3, 2019 and will run to early November. Competitions will likely be in November and December, so please be prepared for your cheerleader to continue practicing until the end of December.
Games are held on Saturdays. Our home field for games is Walter Odum Park (445 Woodside Drive, Orange Park) and our away games do involve some travel to the other NFYFC member associations listed above. Parents are responsible for providing all transportation to & from practice and games.
Practice will begin at Ronnie Van Zant Park (on Sandridge Rd. in the Lake Asbury area of Green Cove Springs). When preparation for competition begins practice will be moved to one of our local schools to allow for mat time to practice stunting. Cheerleading is a team sport that requires FULL participation from everyone. Each squad has a limited time to practice and prepare, extensive absences are a safety hazard for your child and their teammates, and could result in her removal from the routine. If your cheerleader is absent, there is a large number of children who CANNOT practice their stunts or pyramids- your absence effects everyone.
The cost for Tiny & Mini is $225, the cost for Youth, Junior & Senior is $245. A 50% deposit is required at the time of registration. The balance of all fees must be paid IN FULL on or before July 15, 2019 or your child will be dropped from the squad and a uniform will not be ordered unless there are special circumstances discussed and approved by Clay PAL Management. Additional siblings from the same household are offered a $25 discount after the first child is registered at full price. If your family is experiencing an economic hardship, please contact Clay PAL Management to apply for financial assistance.
The registration fee covers the uniform package, which each cheerleader gets to keep at the end of the season. The uniform package includes top, skirt, bloomers, game bow, shoes, practice shirt and practice shorts. The following items are also available at an additional cost:
Competition Shell: $14*
Competition Bow: $20*
Warm-up Jacket: $66
*required for those that choose to cheer beyond the regular season at a competition level, not available for Tiny Cheer (6U) participants
If you have additional questions regarding our cheer program, please contact Pam Hamilton, Cheer Coordinator at (740) 412-7920. If you have questions/issues regarding registration contact Renee Richmond at (904) 838-5476. Thank you for your interest and we are so happy to have you part of the Clay PAL Family!
NOTE: There are a limited number of spots available on the Tiny Cheer squad for 3 and 4-year-olds. Please contact Pam Hamilton to ensure a spot is available prior to registering.