Mission - "The mission of Pop Warner Little Scholars is to enable young people to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment. Through this active participation, Pop Warner programs teach fundamental values, skills, and knowledge that young people will use throughout their lives. Pop Warner seeks to provide fun athletic learning opportunities for children, while emphasizing the importance of academic success. Specifically, Pop Warner seeks to familiarize players and spirit participants with fundamentals of football, cheerleading and dance. Pop Warner strives to inspire youth, regardless of race, creed or national origin, to practice the ideals of sportsmanship, scholarship and physical fitness as reflected in the life of the late Glenn Scobie "Pop" Warner" (www.popwarner.com).
National Pop Warner details some of the many benefits to joining Pop Warner.
When is the season?
The season begins on August 1.
The regular season concludes in late October.
Football playoffs, for Jr. Pee Wee and higher, begin immediately after the regular season and conclude in late November. Mighty Mites may play one game after the regular season.
Local cheerleading competitions are held in September and October. If teams qualify, the Regional competition is held the day after Thanksgiving (Friday), and Nationals are held in December at Walt Disney World, Florida.
Cheerleaders also perform at football games when they do not conflict with cheer competitions.
What is the time commitment and why?
The Marauders practice a maximum of 10 hours per week prior to Labor Day and a maximum of 6 hours per week after Labor Day.
Beginning at the end of August/beginning of September, there will be one football game per week on either a Saturday or Sunday through October - 9 total games.
Pop Warner permits a maximum of 10 hours of practice time per week between August 1 and Labor Day.
Between Labor Day and the end of the season, Pop Warner permits a maximum of 6 hours of practice time per week.
Pop Warner requires 10 hours of conditioning before players can participate in contact drills.
Pop Warner requires 10 hours of contact drills before players can participate in a scrimmage or game.
The Marauders and other local Pop Warner associations schedule scrimmages beginning two weeks after practice begins. As a result our players must complete the conditioning and contact requirements in the first two weeks of August.
What division should I select for my child?
The Marauders recommend that each child, especially those children new to football or cheerleading, participant with the youngest group of children possible.
Though all our divisions emphasize the fundamentals of football and cheerleading, the older divisions tend to challenge the children with more complex strategies and tactics that go beyond the fundamentals.
For football players, locate your age, then your weight to select the youngest group of children (see Age/Weight Matrix on Registration Page)
Cheerleaders need only select age.
A 10 year old football player, who is new to football
Identifies these three possible divisions of play:
Jr. Pee Wee
Child weighs 110 pounds
Select Pee Wee football
If you have any questions about which division to select, please contact us at email@example.com.
Where are games and competitions held?
Home Football Games are held at the Graham Middle School Field.
Away Football Games are held through our league, which extends from Pacifica and Brentwood in the north to Monterey and Salinas in the south.
Local and Regional Cheerleading competitions are held in San Jose.
National Cheerleading and Football competitions are held at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Is Tackle Football safe to play? With the proper coaching in football techniques, proper fitting of protective equipment coupled with the use of the Age/Weight Matrix to ensure that players of similar size and ability are playing each other, youth tackle football could be safer than other sports where a child is exposed to hazards and the game does not require protective equipment.
National Pop Warner provides detailed information on safety and required coaches trainings here.
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