Police Athletic League of Clay County, Inc. ("Clay PAL") programs are open to residents of Clay County, Florida. Clay PAL belongs to the newest and most exciting tackle football league in Northeast Florida, the North Florida Youth Football Conference ("NFYFC").
By blending together different aspects of youth football programs across the United States, NFYFC set out on a mission to create a safe, fun, and competitive environment for today's youth to play tackle football. Focusing on the safety of our youth, NFYFC uses a combination of age based, unlimited weight football, coupled with an "older but lighter" special category to fit the needs of any player, regardless of their size or capability. NFYFC is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of tackle football.
Other member associations of NFYFC include Oakleaf, Middleburg, Orange Park (OPAA), Fleming Island Athletic Association, Callahan, Jacksonville PAL, Ponte Vedra, Fernandina Beach, Bartram Trail, Keystone Heights, Hilliard, Creeks, Yulee, Villages, West Augustine, South Menendez, and Baker County.
Below are the divisions offered by Clay PAL and NFYFC. Please note that your player's "league age" for purposes of division placement is based on the age they will be on July 31, 2021.
All 5 and 6 year olds, regardless of their weight
Any 7 year old who is 45 lbs or less at the start of the season*
All 7 and 8 year olds, regardless of their weight
Any 9 year old who is 60 lbs or less at the start of the season*
All 9 and 10 year olds, regardless of their weight
Any 11 year old who is 70 lbs or less at the start of the season*
All 11 and 12 year olds, regardless of their weight
Any 13 year old who is 100 lbs or less at the start of the season*
*These optional older-but-lighter categories are designed for the very smallest participants who may opt to play in the lower division. These participants must weigh-in at the start of the season, and the league retains the right to weigh them throughout the season to verify that their weight remains in accordance with the NFYFC rules (may gain no more than one pound per game week). These older-but-lighter participants are not eligible to participate beyond the regular conference playoff season, and parents will be required to sign an acknowledgement form prior to participation to confirm they have been informed that their child will not be able to continue in post-season play. If you would like for your child to have an opportunity to participate in any possible post-season tournaments you should register them for their appropriate age division.
Uniform fittings and a parent meeting will be scheduled in July. Late registrants will still receive a uniform but they will not have a choice of jersey number and may not have their name on the back.
The regular conference season officially begins on July 31, 2021 and will run through mid-October (possibly to late October if teams qualify for playoffs and championships). For teams that excel during the season, there may be some opportunity for post-season play outside of the conference which could extend into November/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.
Practices will be held at Walter Odum Park. Prior to Labor Day, the teams will practice 4-5 nights per week (no more than 10 hours per week), and after Labor Day they will practice 2-3 nights per week (no more than 6 hours per week).
The cost for tackle football is $180 this season. All fees must be paid IN FULL on or before July 1, 2021 or your child will be dropped from the roster, unless special circumstances are discussed with Clay PAL Management in advance. If your family is experiencing economic hardship, please contact Deputy Rob Russell to apply for financial assistance.
The registration fee covers the player's game-day uniform package, which each player gets to keep at the end of the season. The uniform package includes the personalized jersey, integrated football pants, socks and compression shirt. Helmets and shoulder pads will be loaned to each player and must be returned at the end of the season. Each player must purchase their own mouthpiece, cleats, compression shorts/cup, and practice pants/jersey.
A Medical Clearance Form is required for all participants prior to the start of the season. The form must be dated in the calendar year of 2021 and must be signed by a medical professional (MD, DO, PA or ARNP). The Medical Clearance Form is available on our website below.
**NOTE: No refunds will be issued once uniform orders have been placed.
If you have additional questions regarding our tackle football program, please contact Deputy Rob Russell, Clay PAL Coordinator, at (904) 375-2237 (landline) or firstname.lastname@example.org or Lewis Terry, Clay PAL Football Commissioner, at (904) 472-1989.
Registration for tackle football is now closed. To see if there are any openings for late registrations in your child's age group, contact Lewis Terry ASAP