Warner - Committed to developing America's young people on the field
Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) is a non-profit organization
that provides youth football and cheer & dance programs for
participants in 42 states and 7 different countries around the world.
Consisting of approximately 325,000 young people ranging from ages
5 to 16 years old, PWLS is the largest youth football, cheer and
dance program in the United States. Pop Warner was founded in 1929,
continues to grow and serves as the only youth football, cheerleading
& dance organization that requires its participants to maintain
academic standards in order to participate. Pop Warner's commitment
to academics is what separates the program from other youth sports
around the world. As the only national youth sports organization
that requires scholastic aptitude to participate, Pop Warner is
committed to developing America's young people on the field and
off. Each year Pop Warner continues to expand its efforts in team
and activity participation, as well as visibility and outreach in
the community. Since 1929, the Pop Warner Programs Philosophy has
been that athletics and scholastics go hand in hand. At every level,
Pop Warner programs seek to develop well-rounded young men and women
who learn not only the fundamentals of football, cheerleading, and
dance but also the importance of education in an atmosphere conducive
to developing sound character while having a good time.
Pop Warner VS AYF
POP WARNER: PWLS is entering its 88th season in fall 2017 and had
established programs in 42 states and 5 foreign countries. Pop Warner
administrators and coaches have years of experience and are committed
to working with children. Everyone in Pop Warner plays under the
Pop Warner rulebook which establishes a standard set of guidelines
that all programs must follow. Pop Warner has an Age/Weight Matrix
that every program follows from the first game through Regional
and National Playoffs. All of Pop Warner's forms and other program
information are available for anyone to view on http://www.popwarner.com/
Pop Warner rules incorporate a scholastic requirement for all players
to participate. Pop Warner also recognizes top scholars from around
the country through its All-American Scholar program and National
Scholastic Banquet. Pop Warner has also given away $1.35M in college
scholarships since 1993. Pop Warner's Super Bowl National Cheer
Championships are held at Walt Disney World's Wide World of Sports
Complex in Orlando, Fl. and partners with Disney to provide a memorable
championships experience for all participants and their families
AYF: AYF was established in 1996. AYF has no national rules and
allows each League to set their own rules. AYF allows each league
and association to set their ages and weight allowances for league
play yet mandates that teams change their ages/weights to compete
in AYF Championships. Most Leagues participate in a grade based
/ unlimited weight division AYF has general information regarding
their programs on the AYF website. They claim to have organizations
in all 50 states, yet there is no League Finder page to verify where
AYF programs exist. Many pages on the AYF site are password protected.
AYF has no scholastic requirement or banquets to recognize outstanding
scholastic achievement. 2010 AYF Championships were held at a county
park, Austin Tindal Park in Orlando, FL and National Cheer Championships
were held at Silver Spurs Arena in Orlando.
Pop Warner - Objectives
- 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- Positive Experiences.
- 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.
- Pop Warner -Safe Playing Enviroment.
- 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
BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING in Pop Warner:
Warner programs have no tryouts or cutting of rosters. Programs
in 42 States & 6 Countries – Pop Warner Little Scholars
has active programs in 42 states and 6 different countries. To view
a list of these locations, please use our League Finder to locate
the program closest to you. If there currently isn't a program in
your area, and you would like to form your own league in Pop Warner,
please complete and send in our Charter Application. 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.
"Little Scholars" – Pop Warner Little Scholars,
Inc. (PWLS) is the only national youth sports organization in America
that rewards its members for their outstanding performance in the
classroom. Each year, the most academically accomplished Pop Warner
kids compete for Academic All-American status, and are rewarded
on several different levels (I.e. National, Regional, League, etc.).
Stability – Heading into our 88th year, Pop Warner Little
Scholars is the oldest national youth football and cheerleading
organization in the world. Founded in 1929 by Joe Tomlin in Philadelphia
as four-team conference, we now have over 130 leagues and over 380,000
members. It's Inexpensive – Signing up for Pop Warner Football,
Cheerleading or Dance is inexpensive. A typical registration fee
for each participant ranges from about $175 to $200 for the season,
depending on your local area. Please note, registration fees are
set by each local program and what is included varies from program
to program. Pop Warner National Championships – Each year,
Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. hosts the Pop Warner Super Bowl
and National Cheer and Dance Championships. For the past 11 year,
the event has taken place at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
™ in Lake Buena Vista, FL during the second week of December.
More than 300 cheer and dance squads and 64 football teams compete
for the right to be crowned Pop Warner National Champion. National
Scholar Banquet – Pop Warner hosts an awards program each
year to celebrate the accomplishments of our participants. Scholarships
are awarded and we recognize those that have contributed and served
as exemplary ambassadors for Pop Warner. Nationally, we select First
Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention All-Americans and award
scholarships for higher education to the most deserving students
in our highest grade levels.
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 & WEIGHT MATRIX that
reduces the risk and reality of injuries. 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. It all starts here – The National Football
League Players Association (NFLPA) estimates that between 60% and
70% of all NFL players began their careers playing Pop Warner Football.
View a list of all alumni . Pop Warner programs nationwide are required
to annually conduct a Background Checks–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.
Football & Cheerleading Camps –
Pop Warner offers several nationwide FOOTBALL CAMPS and CHEERLEADING
CAMPS for our members at low costs. 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! National Rule Book – Each Pop Warner Region, League
and Association receive free National rule books for their organizations.
Administrative Manual – Each Pop Warner Region, League and
Association receive free National Administrative Manuals, designed
to keep each League and Association current on all administrative
matters, as well as to facilitate the daily operational management
of those local organizations. NFL Youth Football Partner –
Pop Warner is a proud NFL Youth Football Partner. Pop Warner programs
are eligible for Travel grants, organizational grants, and facility
grants through this great relationship.
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 Free Online Roster Program –
Pop Warner offers a free online roster program to all of our members
to roster their participants easily and effectively. We surround
ourselves with the best – Pop Warner is proud to have numerous
outstanding sponsors , licensees , fundraiser's and partners who
offer several amazing opportunities to our programs. FREE HELP and
DISCOUNTS – Pop Warner sponsors and partners such as Spalding
and Bike Athletic offer free equipment and uniform merchandise as
part of a grant program for new organizations as well as those in
financial need. Pop Warner partners also offer Pop Warner only discounts
and rebates on merchandise such as footballs, cheer and dance apparel,
fundraising items. Competitive and Affordable Insurance –
Pop Warner offers low-cost, broad insurance coverage as a benefit
to its members. The Plan is specifically written to meet the needs
of Pop Warner Little Scholars. The Pop Warner Insurance Committee,
in conjunction with its Broker, periodically reviews the cyclical
insurance marketplace to obtain the broadest possible coverage at
the most competitive price.