Sports and Recreation Department 

The Police Athletic League continues its tradition of providing organized sports and recreation experiences for the youth of New York City, who otherwise would not be able to afford private sports leagues or play on a school team. The Sports and Recreation Department provides a model sports curriculum for all our centers, in addition to organizing and facilitating leagues, tournaments, and special events for over 13,000 youth annually. PAL’s sports and recreation programs keep young people engaged in positive youth development activities and reinforce the concepts of discipline, leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

Our various sports and recreation programs for kids ages 6-19 include:






Track and Field

Flag Football


Floor Hockey


Jump Rope



Dance and Step


Board Games

PAL Leagues and Tournaments

Our sports programs strive to increase the physical activity of young people, while decreasing risk-taking behaviors by providing opportunities for youth and teens from low-income areas to play in well equipped, organized sports leagues. These Leagues include:

PAL Teen Intramurals

PAL Middle School Intramurals

PAL Cops and Kids Leagues


Various Sports Leagues in Partnership with


the NYC Parks Department 

PAL Cops and Kids Sports programs   

The Police Athletic League has a century long history of bringing together the police and the community through friendly sports competition.  NYPD’s Community Affairs officers, along with volunteer police officers from around the City work closely with the Police Athletic League to coach, mentor and compete in athletic contests with community youth, allowing all participants to develop positive and lasting relationships. Cops and Kids leagues serve boys and girls throughout the year in sports including:

Softball (Ages 14-19)

Soccer (Ages 14-19)

Basketball (Ages 14-19) 

Volleyball (Ages 14-19)

Flag Football (Ages 14-19)     

PAL Cops and Kids Junior Flag Football

Beginning in September 2018, and in partnership with the New York Jets and USA Football, the PAL Cops & Kids Flag Football program will expand to include male and female participants age 9 to 14.

Beginning July 11, 2018, children age 9 to 14 will be able to register for the free.

Any child who is registered before July 25, 2018 will receive two tickets and a parking pass to the Jets vs. Jacksonville pre-season game on August 11, 2018.


For more information, please contact:

The Sports and Recreation Department
Tel: (212) 477-9450 ext. 389
Alt: 1-800 PAL- 4KIDS opt.2
Fax: (212) 477-0589