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Why Choose Pop Warner?

Here Are A Few of the Many Reasons You Should Join Pop Warner:

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

More than just athletes! – Pop Warner 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 are also the only national youth sports organization in America that rewards its members for their outstanding performance in the classroom through our Little Scholars program.

Stability – Pop Warner is the oldest national youth football and cheerleading organization in the world. Founded in 1929 by Joe Tomlin, we now have over 120 leagues and over 400,000 members.  Saratoga Springs Pop Warner fielded its first football team in 1966! We celebrated 50 years of Pop Warner in 2016!

Mandatory Play Requirements – Everyone participates under mandatory rules of play, so every child is guaranteed to play.

Age-Weight Structure – Kids compete with kids of similar age and size. We set and enforce a strict AGE & WEIGHT MATRIX that reduces the risk and reality of injuries. This is extremely important when you consider many other programs have no weight limits at any level and use grade level only to place kids on teams. 

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 & 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!

Concussion Prevention & Awareness –In addition to its more stringent return to play concussion rules, Pop Warner took the lead in youth sports by creating a Medical Advisory Board. The Board was created to ensure Pop Warner remains proactive on all medical issues that affect youth sports, particularly football and cheerleading, with a primary focus on prevention and proper identification and treatment of concussions, hydration awareness, proper nutrition guidelines, and general health and safety issues.

Background Checks – 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.

 
Coaching Education Programs –The safety of our athletes is always the top priority and that is why we provide extensive training for all our football and cheer & dance coaches.

 
It all starts here – One of our objectives is to make players ready for the modified level in middle school, but we recognize many children may not go on to play at that level which is why it is so important to control weight limits for the younger players. The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) estimates that between 60% and 70% of all NFL players began their careers playing Pop Warner Football.

History of Pop Warner

History of Pop Warner

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 2010, 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)


Pop Warner & USA Football

We are happy to announce our partnership with USA Football and its Heads Up Football Program.  The goal for all of us is to ensure that all Pop Warner coaches are certified by USA Football to teach proper blocking and tackling techniques in a better and safer way.

All Pop Warner coaches (head and assistants) must complete the USA Football Level 1 Coach  Certification course annually. 

Pop Warner's number one priority has always been the safety of our participants.  Working with USA Football's Heads Up Football program is the latest step in delivering a safer program to all of our Pop Warner Players.

SARATOGA SPRINGS POP WARNER

PO Box 3251 
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866
Email : [email protected]
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