San Diego Pop Warner - JAMZ Cheer Camp

posted Jul 18, 2017, 8:14 AM by SDPW webmaster   [ updated Jul 18, 2017, 8:18 AM ]

San Diego Pop Warner JAMZ Cheer Camp 

August  20, 2017

Lincoln High School (MAP)
4777 Imperial Ave
San Diego, CA 92113

For more information download the following - Cheer Camp PDF

Study finds no increased cognitive risk for playing high school football

posted Jul 12, 2017, 8:56 AM by SDPW webmaster   [ updated Jul 12, 2017, 8:56 AM ]

Study finds no increased cognitive risk for playing high school football
Players up to the high school level aren't at greater risk for long-term risks, according to the study
by Kevin Skiver

 Bishop Gorman Gaels players celebrate during a high school game last fall in Long Beach, Calif.   USATSI

    Much has been made about the dangers of playing football, to the point that some parents have bemoaned letting their children even play Pop Warner. However, according to a study from JAMA Neurology, players up to the high school level are not at risk for long-term cognitive or mental damage. The question that the study seeks to answer is: "Does playing high school football have a statistically and clinically significant adverse association with cognitive impairment and depression at 65 years of age?"

    In order to answer this question, the study was conducted among 3,904 men that averaged 64.4 years of age. It utilized the "Wisconsin Longitudinal Study among men who graduated high school in 1957." According to this study, there "was no statistically or clinically significant harmful association between playing football in high school and increased impairment or depression later in life, on average." In essence, men that played football in high school did not experience cognitive issues later in life.

    There is, of course, a critical flaw in this study on the surface: Football has changed from the way it was played 60 years ago. Players are faster, hit harder and tackles often emphasize leading with the helmet over wrapping up (despite league efforts at all levels to curb the practice). Although protection has gotten better, helmets are often used as a weapon. With that being said, this study claims that despite all of these factors, the risks are still largely the same in the modern game as they were in the 1950s. It should also serve to reassure those who have played football in the past that were concerned about long-term effects.

    Future repercussions won't be known until many years down the line, when those who have played football reach ages where these ailments would begin to present themselves. The study didn't tackle college or professional athletes, where the prevalence of Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy in former players has created concerns about the future of football. 


posted Jun 28, 2017, 9:28 AM by SDPW webmaster   [ updated Jun 28, 2017, 9:29 AM ]


1)  An athlete who is suspected to have sustained a concussion or other head injury during a practice or game must be (1) removed from the activity for the remainder of the day; and (2) evaluated by and receive written clearance from a licensed health care provider before returning to the activity;

2)  If a licensed health care provider determines an athlete has sustained a concussion or other head injury, that athlete must complete a graduated return-to-play protocol of no less than 7 days under the supervision of a licensed health care provider;

3)  If the athlete who sustained a concussion or other head injury is under 18 years old, the youth sports organization must notify the athlete’s parent or guardian of (1) the time and date of the injury; (2) the symptoms observed; and (3) any treatment provided for the injury;

4)  Each year, before being allowed to participate in practice or competition, each minor athlete and that athlete’s parent or guardian, must sign and return a concussion and head injury information sheet;

5)  Annually, each league must offer and, before being allowed to supervise an athlete in an activity of the organization, each coach and administrator must successfully complete, a concussion and head injury education course; and

6)  The youth sports organization must maintain procedures to ensure compliance with the (1) requirements for providing the concussion and head injury education and information sheet; and (2) athlete removal provisions and return-to-play protocols.


Youth coaches need to understand rules changes for 2017

posted May 30, 2017, 9:19 AM by SDPW webmaster   [ updated May 30, 2017, 9:19 AM ]

Youth coaches need to understand rules changes for 2017

Posted 5/8/2017 By Dave Cisar

Rules for youth football have changed quite a bit these last few years and 2017 saw some huge changes that will affect us all. 

In March, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the governing body of high school sports, instituted new rules in a number of areas, including on-side kicks and blocking.

It doesn’t matter which organization operates your youth football league, if you are in any state other than Texas and Massachusetts, your base rule book is the NFHS rule book.

You may have special age, weight, point and playing time rules, but the base rules are the base rules. As such, the changes put in effect by the NFHS are important for youth coaches to know.

The onside kick rule change

A major rule change that will affect many coaches is that the pop-up kickoff is no longer a legal play.

This is a kick where the player kicks the ball hard into the dirt to get a big bounce into that first row of the opponent’s kick return team.

Here is the exact language of Rule 6-1-11: A new definition of a pop-up kick is defined as “a free kick in which the kicker drives the ball immediately to the ground, the ball strikes the ground once and goes into the air in the manner of a ball kicked directly off the tee.”

This is now a dead ball foul.

The rule will try to eliminate those big collisions where a nearly defenseless, stationary receiver faces a group of full-speed tacklers from the kicking team.

Crack back blocks banned

Another approved rule change is the banning of crack back blocks.

 This is where a trailing defender or unsuspecting edge defender gets hit by an unseen offensive blocker.  

The new verbiage is: “A hit on any player who is not carrying the ball and ‘does not see the blocker approaching’ is now punished with a 15-yard penalty." Such a hit, Rule 9-4-3n states, “involves contact by a blocker against an opponent who, because of physical positioning and focus of concentration, is vulnerable to injury.” A block from the outside-in is legal if it is initiated with open hands.

The game is changing and we have to change with it. Make sure your coaches, players and parents understand the new rules, because the referees will—and they will be a point of emphasis in 2017.

Dave Cisar- Dave is the founder and president of He has spoken at over 230 coaches clinics worldwide, named as the No. 4 Most Influential on Hudl’s top 100 and has authored several award winning youth football books.

San Diego Pop Warner - Little Scholars Banquet - May 21st

posted Apr 25, 2017, 10:39 AM by SDPW webmaster   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 10:49 AM ]

2017 San Diego Pop Warner
Little Scholars Banquet

Sunday, May 21st from 11:30am - 2:00pm

Locations: Jacobs Center - 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114

SDPW will pay for participant and 1 guest

We are honored to celebrate your Little Scholars academic accomplishments this season. 
We will be honoring each little scholar and one parent with an award and delicious lunch catered by Kitchens for the Good. 
We welcome any additional guest joining your Little Scholar. Lunch will Cost $25 for any additional guest joining your child. 
Please RSVP as soon as possible to ensure we have the correct amount of food. Payment for additional meals will be collected prior to the event.
SDPW will be accepting payments via US Mail to:

San Diego Pop Warner 
6549 Mission Gorge Rd.#325
San Diego, CA 92120

Deadline to RSVP and add quest and make additional  payment if needed is May 14, 2017. 
Please RSVP with total number of people attending, including the Scholar Athlete.  
Any question please email me at


Lott IMPACT - Free Helmet Safety/Proper Tackle Clinic May 13th

posted Apr 10, 2017, 2:04 PM by SDPW webmaster   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 2:04 PM ]

The Lott IMPACT trophy is sponsored by the Pacific Club in Newport Beach and awarded annually to college footballs best defensive player in both character and performance.  The Lott Trophy is the only other nationally televised award other than the Heisman. I have included a link below as well if you would like to learn more about the award and the organization.

As part of our community outreach, we will be hosting our 2nd annual Helmet Safety/Proper Tackling Clinic on May 13th.  I am working closely with former Raiders head coach Mike White on this event.

This is a great event for coaches, parents, and players.  I have attached a flyer for the event.  There are some excellent speakers lined up as well as a clinic on Hawk tackling and proper equipment fitting. The best part is the event is entirely free.

With the vast network of parents and coaches within your organization, I was hoping you would be willing to promote the event within your network.  Your support would go a long way in ensuring we have another successful year.

Feel free to call or email me to discuss further.


Aaron Merriman

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2017 Football and Cheer Registration is in full swing

posted Apr 10, 2017, 1:59 PM by SDPW webmaster   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 2:00 PM ]

Hello all

Welcome to the San Diego Pop Warner 2017 Season - registration is in full swing with all our associations.  If you don't know what associations to sign up for - please see the map and associations.  

If you know your association here are some helpful links for registration:

FREE - Youth Football Clinic - May 13th

posted Apr 5, 2017, 7:47 AM by SDPW webmaster   [ updated Apr 5, 2017, 7:47 AM ]

Congratulation to SDPW 2016-2017 Scholar Athletes

posted Apr 3, 2017, 1:22 PM by SDPW webmaster   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 1:23 PM ]

2017 All-American Scholar Banquet
MAY 26-27

Congratulations to our 2017

San Diego Pop Warner Scholars.

2017 San Diego Pop Warner - All American Scholars
Drake Roman CobbLakeside81
Hudson John DavisRancho San Diego82
Jackson EmersonSantee82
Emmett Cash JacobsonSan Carlos82
Cameron LucasSantee82
No'Koi MaddoxLakeside82
Amontae MitchellSantee82
Braxton PingletonSantee82
Thomas James TaylorTierrasanta8HM
Jakob KielinenSantee8HM
Salvador VillarrealLakeside8HM
Brandon AlvisLakeside71
David ReidSantee72
Richard Wheeler IIIRancho San Diego72
Braden WilsonSan Carlos72
Peyton ZuckermanRancho San Diego72
Trevor MoklestadSan Carlos72
Casanova ColemanValencia Park72
Lucas EngelAlpine72
Owen HeisingSantee72
Thomas LoganSantee7HM
Nash MarokiSantee7HM
Matthew MasonSantee7HM
Dylan SnyderSantee7HM
Dylan Austin YoungRancho San Diego7HM
Cohen BenavanteSantee7HM
Cameron FaiaiPoint Loma61
Drew GibsonSantee62
Trevor ImbimboSantee62
Braden ObergLakeside62
Easton Robert PetersonPoint Loma62
Cameron JiminezPoint Loma62
Haley DelgadilloSantee52
Jacob EspinosaPoint Loma52
Taylor GrasmickPoint Loma52
Brendan GreenePoint Loma52
Morgan KnierimAlpine52
Aubrey McClintonPoint Loma52
Justus McCombPoint Loma52
Trenten MarchPoint Loma52
Aaron PetersenPoint Loma52
Madison WoodSantee5HM
Kaylee StearnsLakeside81
Karissa KitzmillerTierrasanta82
Shardacia RussellLakeside82
Kailyn WashamLakeside82
Brooklyn CampbelllLakeside8HM
Audrey ChammasSantee72
Savannah CoxRancho San Diego72
Donna GerberLakeside72
Natalie GrantLakeside72
Halena LawlerRancho San Diego72
Caterina LybargerLakeside72
Allison PachecoLakeside72
Faith PoulsonLakeside72
Devyn RuferLakeside72
Kaitlyn SampleLakeside72
Megan TauriainenSCPPW72
Jade FormanSantee72
Taylor MoklestadSantee7HM
Madison ElleringSantee62
Amanda MasonValencia Park62
Jessica OwensRancho San Diego6HM
Faith MasiSan Carlos5HM

'2 DA HOUSE' FOOTBALL CAMP - March 11th, 2017

posted Mar 8, 2017, 9:08 AM by SDPW webmaster   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 9:08 AM ]

March 11, 2017






  • Ran by NFL Trainers.  For anyone that wants to increase their speed and mobility - Focus on getting into the end zone!
  • Start Times | 10:00am-12:00pm for 8U-14U | 1:00pm-3:00pm for HS & JC
  • Limited spots available.  Please register below.  "Day-of" Registrations will be limited.  
  • Kickers encouraged to sign-up!



This camp will be run by some of the best football trainers in the country.  

Jeff Johnson - Elite Athletes

An EXOS Certified NFL Trainer, Johnson was a standout multi-sport athlete at Westchester High School. He went on to play wide receiver at Arkansas State. He played there for two seasons before moving on to the University of Oregon.  Jeff has trained T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Antonio Chatman, Terrell Owens, Larry Fitzgerald, Antonio Brown, Titus Young, Marquise Lee, and many other high profile athletes.

Robert Herron - Elite Athletes

After stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins, Herron finished his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders. Herron was originally selected by the Buccaneers in the sixth round (185th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played in eight games his rookie season, posting six receptions for 58 yards (9.7 avg.) and one touchdown. Herron played his college ball with the Wyoming Cowboys where he was a prolific wide receiver and kick returner. 

Tevin Allen - Gold Feet Global

Tevin played Youth & High School football in the South Florida area. His senior year (2011) he started safety for the #1 team in the nation at the time, Saint Thomas Aquinas. He was blessed with the opportunity to play division 1AA football for Illinois State University from 2011-2015.

Tevin finished as the National Championship Runner-up & one of the best kick returners in the nation. He received All-Conference honors & third team All-American by Phil Steele. Within his 4 year at ISU, he earned his degree in Political Science. He first met Nick Hicks when he chose to do his Pro-Day Prep Training with him. In 2015 he signed a contract with Winnipeg Blue Bombers but was cut due to injury. This led him on his journey to changing lives on and off the field. 

Tevin is now the Co-owner of a training/lifestyle company called Gold Feet Global. His brothers Junior Allen & Tyrie Allen partner up to "Change lives one session at a time.", specializing in player development/skill training for all sports, they have been recognized worldwide as a valuable source to help reach your maximum potential athletically. In just a short amount of time, they have traveled the globe to work with top professional, collegiate, & youth athletes. They use a innovative approach to separate athletes from their competition. 

Kenny Bell - The Madden Man

Kenny Bell might just be the most famous unknown football player in the world. If you’re one of the billions of people that plays the popular video game “Madden NFL,” then you have definitely seen him in action. Bell has been one of the main athletes used for motion capture by EA Sports for over a decade.

In 2005, Kenny worked out with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback Jeff Garcia, who also wrote him a letter of recommendation.

Kenny continues to work with EA Sports on “Madden NFL” imitating some of the NFL’s greatest players. Although he enjoys what he does, virtual football is not Kenny’s definitive goal. He wants to play on a real NFL team.

Bell is always training and keeping himself in peak shape hoping to get that chance to prove just how good he is. He is currently training with one of football’s finest technique coaches, Joseph Lee Jr., and speed coach Dale Baskett. He has also coached players at every level.

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