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TACKLE FOOTBALL OVERVIEW

Pop Warner Tackle Football Overview


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.



ABOUT UPLAND POP WARNER: 

The Upland Pop Warner Football, Competitive Cheer and Dance Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization interested in building leadership, learning skills, teamwork and discipline.  We take pride in bringing together the children in our community which includes the all of Upland, the communities of Mt. Baldy, Claremont, Montclair, and San Antonio Heights.
 
Upland Pop Warner was founded in 1967 by the National Pop Warner League and Mt. Baldy Football Conference to promote among the youth of the community the high ideal of sportsmanship exemplified by the late Glen Scobie "Pop" Warner. To inspire the youth to practice the ideals of healthy, citizenship, scholastic excellence and character. 


Upland Pop Warner is the only youth football league recognized by the City of Upland!


The Tradition starts here and in welcoming our players, cheerleaders, parents and volunteers to the current season, the tradition lives on. Upland Pop Warner instills values of teamwork, character, and good sportsmanship that are carried beyond the football field and cheer mat.  Our youth learn important things of life through playing in a safe and organized environment while learning the fundamentals of the game of football and participating in our competitive cheer program. We encourage good sportsmanship, respect for our community and each other, strong team unity and we are focused on keeping youth sports in it's proper perspective. All our volunteers are dedicated to making your child's experience a positive one. 

All our volunteers are dedicated to making your child's experience a positive one. The Upland Pop Warner Board of Directors and Mt. Baldy Conference; welcomes all players, parents and fans. Upland has participated in the Pop Warner Little Scholars program since August of 1967. Over the years we have developed a strong working relationship with Upland High School's Football program in order for success in the future.

The Upland Pop Warner Board of Directors and Mt. Baldy Conference; welcomes all players, parents and fans. Upland has participated in the Pop Warner Little Scholars program since August of 1967. Over the years we have developed a strong working relationship with Upland High School's Football program in order for success in the future.



There is NO other Football Organization in Upland that can compare with our 50 years of experience and tradition.

 



SAFETY FIRST:

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)


HEADS UP FOOTBALL COACH TRAINING

We’re very 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.


Heads Up Football is about the safety of our athletes. Parents and Players are more aware of football safety than ever. You can join more than 7,000 youth football leagues across the country that have responded by enrolling in this unique program that advances player safety through education and nationally endorsed standards. 


Proud Partners of Heads Up Football


Coach Certification

Veteran coaches, rookies, weekend assistants — as a key part of the program, everyone who coaches in your league gets trained and certified in football safety.

Player Safety Coach


As commissioner, you choose the person responsible for rolling out Heads Up Football throughout the league and monitoring implementation throughout the season.



Heads Up Football Youth Key Features

1. Concussion Recognition and Response

2. Heat Preparedness and Hydration

3. Sudden Cardiac Arrest

4. Proper Fitting Equipment

5. Shoulder Tackling

6. Blocking




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.

We don't try to build stars. We don't want to over-inflate a young ego, nor do we want to risk injuring the self-esteem of a young person. Whether our kids have good days or bad, they are still an integral part of our team…and always will be.



Getting to The Pop Warner Super Bowl

 

The road to the National Championship is a long one for the football players, cheerleaders and dancers of the Pop Warner Little Scholars program.


Players begin practicing on August 1 in preparation for their season openers, usually held during the last week in August or first week in September. A participant can be considered eligible for the season when he/she has met the four basic criteria for participation: A candidate must provide proof of age, parental consent, a medical examination, and academic fitness.


What makes Pop Warner unique as an organization is our commitment to academic excellence among our participants. A participant must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average/70 percent in school in order to participate during the season.


If a child doesn’t reach the 2.0/70% requirement, a Scholastic Eligibility Form is filled out by that child’s school to determine whether or not the PWLS program is beneficial for him/her. Once this is determined, the child’s grades are monitored throughout the season. Our objective is to build sound minds and bodies for our leaders of tomorrow.


A football team plays a 7 to 9 game schedule and at the end of the regular season, usually during the last week in October, a team prepares for league playoffs. Playoff games are only for the Junior Peewee, Peewee, Junior Midget, Midget, Junior Bantam and Bantam levels. We do not have playoffs at our Mitey-Mite level.


Once a league champion has been decided and a team has won the right to participate in regional championships, all report cards are verified to ensure that all the players are academically eligible. Those teams that win at the regional championships are invited to Disney’s Wide World of Sports™ to compete for a national championship in their division. In 2000, more excitement was added to Pop Warner football when a Division II national championship was added and in 2005, Pop Warner began crowning overall Division I champions for Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee & Jr. Midget.


Contact Us

Upland Pop Warner Football & Cheer

154 -A West Foothill Blvd., #354
Upland, California 91786

Email Us: [email protected]
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