* To encourage and increase youth participation in football, cheerleading and dance.
* To ensure a safe and positive playing environment for all participants.
* To instill life-long values of teamwork, dedication and a superior work ethic in the classroom and on the playing field.
Pop Warner programs have no tryouts or cutting of rosters.
Everyone participates under mandatory rules of play.
On-field coaching is allowed for younger age levels.
Individual awards are given only for academic excellence, not for on-field activities.
Safe Playing Environment:
Players are matched by age and weight levels.
There are strict mandatory equipment requirements.
Pop Warner provides Coaching Clinics and Risk Management Training.
An enforced national rule book incorporates time-tested rules.
A full-time executive staff supports all local associations and assists in sound policy creation.
GENERAL INFORMATION :
Pop Warner football has been around since the inception of the league in 1929 by founder Joseph J. Tomlin as a four-team conference in Northeast Philadelphia. Since then, participation has steadily increased to today's record numbers. Over 250,000 youths participated in Pop Warner-sanctioned football programs in 2011, and those numbers are continuing to grow.
Kids compete with kids of similar age and size. Pop Warner is the ONLY youth football program (local, regional and national) that sets and enforces a strict Age & Weight Matrix that reduces the risk and reality of injuries.
Did you know that Pop Warner football is safer than soccer? Pop Warner football has 12% fewer injuries per capita among 5-15 year olds than organized soccer in the same age range! (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, NEISS)
WHY THERE ARE NO PERSONAL STATISTICS:
Pop Warner exists to use football, cheerleading, dance and a respect for education to develop strong, smart, responsible, healthy young men and women. We give them experiences that build their appreciation for and understanding of leadership, teamwork, and discipline.
While individual statistics may be more common, particularly among older football players, Pop Warner only recognizes the athletic accomplishments of the team, not the individual. We don't track personal tallies of touchdowns or yards rushing per game. We don't count sacks or blocked kicks.
We applaud the athletic efforts of the team to reinforce the importance of teamwork, with each member.