St. Johns Police Athletic League (PAL) will be offering Junior Development League (JDL) Football & Middle School Football to the young men of St. Johns County for the 9th consecutive season.
JDLis recreational, tackle football program focused on Safety, Fun & Player Development. This is for young men grades 2nd - 6th (some 6th will be placed in MS division). Players are grouped into four divisions based on Age, Weight & Ability. The Mission of this program is to provide a safe, player-friendly environment, in which kids can learn, play and enjoy the game of football. Essential to this mission are: Balanced Competition, Full & Equal participation & A Unique Coaching approach. This is a very popular program, super fun and has helped produce great young men and some very good high school football players as well. Junior Development League (JDL) concept
Middle School Football – will include 6th - 8th grade young men (some 6th/7th graders could be assigned to JDL division 4).There will be four (4) teams, made up of 18 players each.Players will remain on this team for the season and wins/losses will be kept in the standings.At the end of the season we will have playoffs, with the final two teams meeting for the PAL Middle School Football Championship in All-Starz Bowl IX .The JDL principals will still apply, same quality coaching, same practice days, same guaranteed fun and playing time.Players will be drafted to a team after 2-3 weeks of evaluation/practice. Standard MS Football rules apply, including all special teams and timing rules. Guaranteed to be GREAT, competitive football!!!
Junior Development League Football (JDL) –St. Johns PAL offers Junior Development League Football (JDL) to the young men of St. Johns County. JDL is recreational, tackle football program focused on Safety, Fun & Player Development. This football program is open to kids (7) – (14) years of age, as of September 1st, 2017 (up to 8th grade only, kids entering high school are not eligible to participate). Players are grouped into Divisions based on Age, Weight and Ability.
The Mission of this program is to provide a safe, player-friendly environment, in which kids can learn, play and enjoy the game of football. Essential to this mission are:
Full & Equal participation
A Unique Coaching approach
The goal of this program is that every single participant has a positive and enjoyable experience, regardless of their skill or ability. An experience in which each player has the opportunity to develop new skills, gain confidence, and learn life-lessons regarding the importance of Teamwork, Responsibility, Sportsmanship and Discipline. Achieving this goal can encourage continued participation in the sport of football.
PAL Junior Development League Football Divisions
Players participating in the Junior Development League Football program are grouped by age and weight, but an additional factor — ability — is also a consideration in placing a player in a particular division. Each Division will consist of 34-36 players. The 2017 season will include approximately 220 players, who will be grouped into six (6) separate divisions:
Division 1: These are the youngest and smallest players, generally 7 – 8 years old, weighing an average of @60 pounds.
Division 2: Players 8 – 9 years old, weighing an average of @70 pounds.
Division 3: Players 9 – 10 years old, weighing an average of @ 85 pounds.
Division 4: Players 10 – 11 years old, typically weighing an average of @ 100 pounds.
Middle School Football Division : Approximately 72 young men, 7th & 8th grade
These age and weight guidelines are flexible to reflect a player’s skill level and experience. During the first 3 weeks of practice every player will be broken up into smaller, manageable groups, giving the coaches appropriate time for evaluation. The coaches will then meet and assign each player to the appropriate division.
Items needed at registration: Copy of Birth Certificate (unless you are a returning PAL participant) Copy of Report Card, most recent Registration fee (see below)
Cost for 2017 season: $150 – per participant $100 – families who qualify for reduced lunch* $50 – families who qualify for free lunch* * please provide school district documentation
**A $25 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration**
Thank you to all of the wonderful families who participated in our first 9 seasons of Junior Development League Football. In the words of Coach Mike Adams, “It’s more than a Game”! 2017 will be our 10th season of the JDL/MS football program and it’s gonna be even better, so GET READY!
Check out the video below to see what JDL Football is all about!