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WHY POP WARNER FOOTBALL

Safety, Safety, Safety! – 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 AND 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!

NO TRYOUTS! – Pop Warner programs have no tryouts or cutting of rosters.

Mandatory Play Requirements – Everyone participates under mandatory rules of play. Each league may set a higher number of Mandatory Plays, but never less than the minimum set by PWLS. All MPR's should be based on eligible players at the time of the game.

Age-Weight Structure – Kids compete with kids of similar age and size. We set and enforce a strict AGE AND WEIGHT MATRIX that reduces the risk and reality of injuries.

More than just athletes! – Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) is the only national youth sports organization in America that requires its participants to perform adequately in the classroom before permitting them to play. We believe that the standards we have set give these children a sense of responsibility and an appreciation for academics and athletics that will help them develop later on in life.

Volunteers & Coaches – We have over 40,000 volunteers and coaches that are being trained every year to offer the best and safest programs for you and your children.
Background Checks – For the 3rd consecutive season, Pop Warner programs nationwide are required to annually conduct a background check of Coaches, Board of Directors members and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players and/or spirit participants. The purpose of these background checks is, first and foremost, to protect the children.
Coaches and Adult Codes – All coaches, football and spirit participants must abide by a Code of Conduct which includes several provisions. If any of these rules are broken, the League shall have the authority to impose a penalty.

INFORMATION

 Division                            
 Ages                   Weight                       Older/Lighter
Tiny Mite                         5-6-7 yrs.              35 - 75  lbs.                         None
Mitey Mite                       7-8-9 yrs.              45 - 90  lbs.                         None
Junior Pee Wee             8-9-10 yrs.             60 -105 lbs.                 11 yrs.: 60-85 lbs.
Pee Wee                         9-10-11 yrs.           75 -120 lbs.                 12 yrs.: 75-100 lbs.
Junior Varsity               10-11-12 yrs.          90 -145 lbs.                 13 yrs.: 90-120 lbs.
Varsity                           12-13-14 yrs.         105 -170 lbs.                15 yrs.:105-140 lbs.
There is no weight limit for flag football participants.

The Flag, Tiny Mite and Mitey Mite divisions are considered noncompetitive. However, all three divisions conclude their season with “bowl” games against other Consolidated Football Federation (CFF) associations.

Weigh-Ins for Tackle Football Participants Each tackle football player will be weighed at check-in sessions and again at the beginning of the season to determine and confirm division assignment.

Players must maintain the weight requirements throughout the season for their division. Players will be weighed prior to each game. The first week of the regular season players must weigh within the above weight range. Each subsequent week, the allowed weight will be increased by one pound. Players are weighed in their uniforms, minus their helmet. The following amounts are added to the maximum weight each week for equipment weight allowances: Tiny Mite and Mitey Mite: 7 lbs, Junior Pee and Pee Wee: 8 lbs, Junior Midget and Midget: 9 lbs

Online Registration is now opened!  All forms listed below will be due prior to receiving  equipment.

Each participant must provide the following information in order to be allowed to practice.
  • 2021 Pop Warner Player Contract.pdf
  • Medical and Physical Form.  It must be the physical form provided on our website.  You may not submit a physical form from the doctor, charts or immunizations records.  THIS FORM MUST BE DATED AFTER 1/1/2021 AND NO OTHER FORM WILL BE ACCEPTED!
  • Participants birth certificate
  • Year end 2020-2021 report card
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Garner, North Carolina 27529

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