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HISTORY

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 youth participated in Pop Warner-sanctioned football programs in 2010, and those numbers are continuing to grow.

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THE STATISTICS
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). 
In Pop Warner Football, there is “an absence of catastrophic head and neck injuries and disruptive joint injuries found at higher levels.” The injury rate in Pop Warner Football is less than one-third the injury rate in high school football (AND) less than one-fifth the injury rate in college football (AND) less than one-ninth the injury rate in professional football.
SAFETY & TRAINING
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). 
In Pop Warner Football, there is “an absence of catastrophic head and neck injuries and disruptive joint injuries found at higher levels.” The injury rate in Pop Warner Football is less than one-third the injury rate in high school football (AND) less than one-fifth the injury rate in college football (AND) less than one-ninth the injury rate in professional football.
INJURY PREVENTION & CONTROL

2012 Rule Changes Regarding Practice & Concussion Prevention: In their continuing efforts to provide the safest playing environment for young athletes, and in light of developing concussion research, Pop Warner announced some important rule changes for the 2012 season. With these rule changes, Pop Warner becomes the first youth football organization to officially limit contact during practices. The changes can be found in the Official Pop Warner Rule Book and are a result of the advice of our Medical Advisory Board and the direct input of Pop Warner regional and local administrators and coaches.

Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certification: Pop Warner rules require that “All practices must be attended by one person holding a Red Cross Community CPR and a First Aid certification OR National Center for Sports Safety PREPARE Certificate of Completion, or equivalent, if not by an EMT or volunteer physician.”

Concussions: A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Health care professionals may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, their effects can be serious.

USA FOOTBALL HEADS UP TRAINING
IT'S A WIN-WIN

We’re very happy to renew 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.

 

There’s more info on www.popwarner.com, but here are the basics:

  • All Pop Warner coaches (head and assistants) must register for USA Football Coach Membership at $5 per coach using a league specific promo code.

  • All Pop Warner coaches (head and assistants) must complete the USA Football Level 1 Coach Certification Course annually. New coaches take the full USA Football Level 1 Course and previously certified coaches take the Re-certification Quiz.


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.

TEAM-ORIENTED FOCUS
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.
MANDATORY PLAY
EVERY CHILD PLAYS

The following shall be the Minimum Mandatory Play Rule (MPR) for all Pop Warner teams:

  • 16-25 Players (10 Plays)

  • 26-30 Players (8 Plays)

  • 31-35 Players (6 Plays).


Each league may set a higher number of Mandatory Plays, but never less than the minimum set by PWLS.  All MPRs should be based on eligible players at the time of the game.

  1. The plays must be from the line of scrimmage.

  2. Kickoffs, extra points, QB intentionally spiking the ball and free kicks shall not be used in fulfilling the MPR requirement.

  3. A play shall not count toward fulfillment of the MPR if the play

  4. results in a penalty which causes the down to be replayed.

  5. All players shall be provided their mandatory plays by participation in “active” plays, without the intent to minimize the action or integrity of the plays. Plays such as, but not limited to, having the center snap the ball to the quarterback, and then the quarterback fall to the ground, while substitutes are playing the other positions, shall NOT be considered as active plays.

  6. All players shall receive their mandatory plays by the end of the third quarter, or they shall enter the game at the start of the fourth quarter, and remain in the game until they have received their required number of plays.

  7. Failure to adhere to MRP requirements will result in forfeiture of game in addition to enforcement policies.

 

Each League shall establish its own system for enforcing the MPR, and must print a simple handout describing its MPR in sufficient quantity so that a copy is made available to each coach throughout the entire League, before the beginning of the season. The Nationally preferred system is that used in the National games.