The rolls are open for Scotts Valley Police Activities League football team registration.
The league, according to first-year president Jason Meulman, is a venue for young players to learn the fundamentals of the game in a safe environment.
“Now is when you learn how to hit properly and the right way,” Meulman said. “Safety is our top priority.
Those who register in April or May will pay an early registration fee of $150, which rises to $175 on June 1, according to league officials.
Players ages 6 to 14 and cheerleaders ages 5 to 14 begin practicing July 22. They will have games beginning Sept. 7 against teams from around the Bay Area.
The league has five teams — Mighty Mites for ages 7 to 8, Junior Pee Wee for ages 8 to 11, Pee Wee for 9 to 12, Junior Midgets for ages 10 to 13 and Midgets for 11- to 14-year-olds.
Teams practice and play games each Saturday. Four home games will be played at Scotts Valley High School, 555 Glenwood Drive, in addition to four games on the road against other Bay Area teams.
The P.A.L. program has been in Scotts Valley for 12 years and has a number of returning coaches at all levels.
Players from Scotts Valley, the San Lorenzo Valley and Santa Cruz can be part of the team.
Meulman said the elimination of freshman football in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League this season means the Midget football team might be the best chance for high school freshmen to learn the game and see the field.
The league provides necessary safety equipment to players.
For information: www.sccpal.org or www.sjpdpal.com/Football/Default.asp