Florida Police Athletic League Law Games


General Information


PURPOSE OF GAMES: The purpose of the Florida Police Athletic League Law Games is to build strong bonds among Florida law enforcement officers via a sports program that simultaneously enhances positive attitudes towards physical fitness.


APPLICATION INFORMATION: It is very important to receive team fees in one check or credit card. This eliminates much administrative confusion. It is the responsibility of the coach or captain to submit a team roster and team fee. Choose your partner with their knowledge before you send in your application. If your partner's name is not listed, you will not be allowed in any doubles competition. Every participant must complete an application and submit it by the deadline of May 22, 2016.


ELIGIBILITY: All full-time sworn law enforcement, full-time certified correctional officers, retired-sworn law enforcement, and retired-correctional officers.


FEMALE ELIGIBILITY: All female civilians who work full-time at police agencies may compete on teams and all sports offered representing their respective agency (not in guest status).


GUESTS: A person can enter as a guest if they have not been convicted of a felony and have received permission from a board member by calling (904) 631-7941. Guests would include people from the following categories: Civilian employees (females - see above rule), Reservist II, auxiliary police and public service aides. Guests may only compete in the following sports: bowling, golf. In the event guests are allowed to compete, medals will be awarded.


AGE INFORMATION: Check the appropriate age on the application form. Your age is determined in accordance to the first day of competition (June 22, 2016). You may not compete in two or more different age categories for the same event. The youngest member of your team (doubles) indicates the age division you must sign up for. Individual sports brackets: Men: 18-29, 30-44, 45-59, 60+, Women: All Open.


SUBSTITUTION: The team coach is the only person permitted to make a substitution for the team. Substitutions CANNOT be made from one roster to another in the same sport. Substitutions are made at the host hotel registration site by an executive board member.


SOLICITATION: The selling of paraphernalia (t-shirts, etc.), without the expressed written consent of the Executive board of the Florida Police Athletic League Law Games is strictly prohibited.


GUIDING BODIES: The Florida Police Athletic League Law Games rules will supersede rules for all sports.


SPORTS RESTRICTIONS: Mixing of agencies is allowed. State and Federal agencies may form teams within different divisions of their own agency.


SPORTS RESTRICTIONS: Mixing of agencies is allowed. State and Federal agencies may form teams within different divisions of their own agency.


TEAM PROTESTS: Judgement calls may not be protested; the opposing team may protest only eligibility of players. Protests must be made in writing no later than fifteen (15) minutes after the protested game has ended and be accompanied by a $100 protest fee. The $100 protest fee will be returned if protest is won.


AWARDS: GOLD, SILVER, and BRONZE medals are given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.


TEAM SPORTS: Every player needs to send in a completed application by the May 22, 2016, deadline. The team coach must also submit a team roster with the appropriate fee.

INDIVIDUAL SPORTS: The fee is $50 for first individual sport and for each additional individual sport. Being on a team does NOT count towards your individual fee.

Bowling: Lane fees paid at bowling center by competitor (per game).
Golf: Competitors must pay for three days of green and cart fees in advance. Scratch or Handicap is TBA. (this amount for all three days). Don't forget the application fee of $50.

RETURNED CHECKS: There is a $40 fee for all returned checks.

LATE ENTRY FEE: There is a $25 late fee for each application received after the postmark deadline of May 22, 2016. You MUST call for approval to submit a late application.

REFUND POLICY: Refunds are NOT given.


  1. Each player must submit a complete application;
  2. Coach or captain must submit a team roster;
  3. Coach or Captain must submit a completed application;
  4. Coach or Captain must submit the team entry fee;
  5. Players are only allowed to play in one category - unless otherwise indicated;
  6. Players need to submit only one application no matter how many different sports he/she will be competing in;
  7. Rules are posted on the website at www.lawgames1@bellsouth.net;
  8. Venue information is also posted at www.lawgames1@bellsouth.net;
  9. One Coach or Captain from each team may call in for first game scheduling information beginning June 10, 2016;
  10. There will be mandatory manager/coaches meetings for Softball. Tournament rules and guidelines will be discussed, schedules and rules will be distributed and contact numbers will be taken.

SOFTBALL - JUNE 22, 23, 24, 2016

Men's open teams will begin play at 4:00 p.m. on June 22 and continue each day at 4:00 p.m. with the finals at June 24. Men's +40 teams and Women's Open teams will begin play on June 22 at 4:00 p.m. and will continue each day at 4:00 p.m. with the first day of play being June 22. There is a 1hour and 15 minute time limit.
FORMAT: Pool play (round robin); Twenty (20) players per team. Inclement weather: Tournament may change to single elimination with date and time changes. Play would resume the following day at 8:00 a.m. You may NOT be on both Open and +40 teams. Competitors may only be on one roster for their department for the same age group. For example, if a department enters several +40 teams, a person can only be on one of those teams. A set tournament guidelines & brackets will be given out to the team coaches at the MANDATORY MANAGER / COACHES MEETING - A coach or manager must attend the mandatory Manager/Coaches meeting that will be held at Ramada Baymeadows Hotel and Conference Center (site of registration) see schedule on bottom of page 12 for exact time and dates. Home run rules apply to men's open and men+40 (3 home runs, after that outs).


GOLF - June 22 & 23, 24, 2016

Tee times will begin at 7 a.m. using both holes #1 & #10. Pairings will be done by Games Committee. If possible, you will receive the same tee time for all three days of competition. Due to the number of golf entries, we are no longer able to accommodate "special" tee time requests.

FORMAT: You may play in either scratch or handicap but not both. Doubles play is calculated by best score per hole. Doubles competition will occur in the age category of the youngest golfer of the pair and the pair will ride together the entire tournament. For singles division, you will compete in your respective age division.

HANDICAP RULE: For the handicap completion, your handicap will be determined in the following order:
  1. You must submit a copy of your USGA/Golf Handicap & Information Network (GHIN) Handicap card with your application if you have one. Failure to submit a current handicap card will result in disqualification.
  2. If nothing applies to you then you must then submit 6 signed and attested score cards from recent rounds of golf you have played with your application.
  3. If after you send in your attested score cards, and you go out and shoot low scores, it could lead to disqualification.

Competitors must complete all three rounds in singles and doubles to be eligible for medals. Each day's score cards must be turned in at their respective course each day of competition. Any false information will result in disqualification of the individual and doubles partner, Charges will be filed with the Golf Rules Committee, which may result in immediate suspension for the individual and partner. Soft-spikes only and appropriate attire are required. We will be using three different courses for this tournament. Course & tee time assignments will be posted at registration. Mixed doubles will compete in the men's division and the women will compete from the men's tees.


All golf will be played at TBA; 2016 golf fees TBA+ application fee ($50)

BOWLING - June 22, 23, & 24, 2016

Teams - 6/22 (Wednesday)/Doubles - 6/23 (Thursday)/Singles - 6/24 (Friday) P.M. shifts have a noon check in and a 12:30 p.m. start each day. There will be a Senior Division for male and female at +55 age in each division and you will only bowl 3 games for singles and doubles. You choose either regular singles or +55 age - not both.
Locations: All competition will be held at Bowl America Lanes-Mandarin, 10333 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville
Format: All bowling will be scratch with Three (3) Divisions for both men and women based on averages. The exception will be that men's singles will have Four (4) divisions. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals will be awarded in each division for both men and women in each event. All Events awards will also be given.


  1. Each competitor must enter a division as indicated below based on his/her highest 2014-2015 USBC yearbook average. Bowlers who do not have an USBC yearbook average may use a current USBC League average (with a minimum of 21 games) as of January 1, 2016. Any Bowler who is a member of a Sport Bowling League as defined by USBC 200 must follow USBC rules 203 & 205 when obtaining his/her entering average. Of the four mentioned possible choices, you must enter this event with the HIGHEST POSSIBLE AVERAGE! If none of the above applies, then see rule #2.
  2. Competitors without averages, as stated in rule #1, will be given an average of 175 for men and 155 for women - for the first year of completion.
  3. Doubles and team divisions will be based on the combined averages of the competitors.
  4. Each person may only bowl once in the singles, once in the doubles and once in the team events.
  5. There will be no roll-offs.
  6. Bowlers will move one set of lanes after each game.
  7. Competitors may bowl in a higher division if they so desire, i.e. a 175 average bowler may compete in the A division (190 and up) etc.
  8. Lane assignment will be scheduled by the sport coordinator and/or bowling staff prior to your competition. You may be required to move from your pre-assigned lane if necessary to prevent crowding on one pair of lanes as a result of no shows.
  9. If team members or doubles partners indicate conflicting times - you will be assigned a shift on the basis of availability.
  10. Team event will consist of four (4) people.
  11. Competitors will bowl five (5) games in each event: 5 games of singles, 5 games of doubles, and 5games for team. The exception of this is noted above that those bowling in the Senior Division will bowl only 3 games.
  12. There will be an All Events completion. Details provided at the start of the bowling tournament.
  13. Entry fee for Games does not include cost of bowling, which is established by each bowling center. All medalists' averages will be individually verified. Any false information will result in disqualification of the individual, doubles partners and team members. Also, charges will be filed with the Game Board of Directors, which may result in suspension for 1 year to permanent expulsion for the individual, partner and team members.
  14. This event will be sanctioned by USBC. The following USBC rules are either waived or do not apply for this competition.
  15. If you are using your USBC average, you must present either your sanction card which shows a yearbook average or if using an USBC league average, as of January 2015, you must bring a letter from your league or association secretary stating your average. No card/letter - no medals.
  16. All mixed doubles and/or mixed teams MUST bowl in the Men's Division.


Please use the chart below to determine your correct Division:

OPEN 200+              
A 180-199 165+ 360+ 330+ See Men's 720+ 660+ See Men's
B 160-179 140-164 320-359 280-329 See Men's 640-719 560-659 See Men's
C <160 <140 <320 <280 See Men's <560   See Men's