Signing your child up for Pop Warner football is exciting and overwhelming at the same time.
Like any new adventure, playing Pop Warner football will come with lots of questions. Will my child be safe? How big are the kids playing on my child's team? When can I register? What league will my child play in?
Here are some frequently asked questions first-time Pop Warner parents ask, and some answers to get you started as your child embarks on a great experience.
Is there a league in my area?
Pop Warner has football leagues in 42 states from coast to coast, so chances are there's one in your area. Visit Pop Warner's league finder web page to find information—including contact information and web addresses—of the Pop Warner league near you.
When are sign-ups?
It depends on the league, but usually are in the spring and summer months. Check the website of your local league for more information.
What are the different age groups?
Pop Warner has opportunities for players ages 5-15, and they are separated into nine divisions. The youngest, the Tiny-Mite division, features children ages 5-7. The Bantam division features 13-15 year olds with 16-year olds welcome if they are light enough.
My child has a birthday during the season. How does that affect age placement?
With Pop Warner games being played in the fall, the organization has set up a specific guideline: A child's age on July 31st is his/her age for the entire season. So if your son turns 10 on August 1st, he will still be considered a 9-year old for registration purposes.
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