Deadline to register for PAL football is Friday, July 31

Registration is open for the 2020 Contact and Flag Football leagues at the Police Athletic League, in Huntington.

There is a cost to play in either league, but fund-raising is available to lower the cost.

The Contact Football league is open to children ages 9 to 12 as of Sept. 1, as long as they weigh at least 65 pounds.

According to Secretary Treasurer of the PAL Club, Tom Hughes, “Anyone considering playing contact football is strongly encouraged to sign up this year.”

The Flag Football league has age group divisions of 4-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11 and up. A child’s age as of Sept. 1 will decide which group they fall under.

Practices will start in the middle of August, and games traditionally start the first Saturday after Labor Day, falling on Saturday, Sept. 12, this year. Tournament play will take place during the last weekend in October.

Area-specific teams will be formed in Warren, Roanoke or Andrews, if possible.

Paper registration forms can be picked up at the city police deptartment, 450 Cherry St., or at the PAL main building entrance, 2101 Riverside Drive. Completed forms can be turned in at either of those locations. Registration can also be completed online at www.huntingtonpal.net.

Payments can be made online for the Flag Football league only. Payment for the Contact Football league must be on equipment pick-up day only. Checks or money orders are the accepted forms of payment. No refunds will be issued.

The deadline to register is Friday, July 31.

Due to COVID-19, a few changes have been made to how the PAL football leagues will operate this season.

Spectators will be asked to maintain social distancing guidelines, such as staying apart from other families or groups. There will be hand sanitizer available at the fields, as well as flyers asking participants and spectators about their health. According to Hughes, mask wearing will “not necessarily” be required, as the sporting events will be held outdoors.

For the Flag Football league, each team will provide its own football and the football will be switched after every possession. While one football is in use, coaches will sanitize the other.

As usual, coaches are not mandated to use the PAL facilities for practices, which will help with meeting social distancing guidelines.

More information about changes will come about as registration forms come in and teams are formed.

For more information about league registration or the PAL club, visit www.huntingtonpal.net.