Frequently Asked Questions
If I missed the registration, can I still sign up my child for football or cheerleading?
Call your Association’s football or cheerleading coach at the earliest opportunity to see if there is still time for you to register. [top]
What do I need to know about my child getting on a team?
Pop Warner allows children from 7 to 15 years of age to play football and cheer. We place football players on a squad by weight and age. Cheerleaders are placed on a squad by age. Squads are formed using the Pop Warner age and weight schematic. Please understand that we cannot necessarily accommodate requests to be placed on teams with siblings, friends or neighbors. [top]
What do I need to know about practices?
First practices can be scheduled as early as August 1st. They are held at different locations throughout the city. All coaches expect everyone to be on the field, ready for practice, promptly. In August, practices are Monday through Friday. When school starts, practices are typically cut back to Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Practice is optional the night before the first day of school. [top]
What happens if practice is canceled or rescheduled?
Practices are called off if weather conditions make it unsafe for the players and cheerleaders. Your coach will implement a system to notify you about cancelled practice. Most make-up practices are held on Friday night or Saturday morning. [top]
What if my son or daughter can’t make some of the practices in August due to vacation?
The first week of practice is critical for all team members. All children must undergo at least 10 hours of conditioning before they can participate in contact practice. Missing time in August puts your child behind the rest of the team. We strongly urge parents to plan accordingly and avoid prolonged vacations in August. [top]
How many games do we play and who are we playing this year?
There are 9 regular season games.We also plan scrimmages and participate in the Jamboree in November. The dates and times of the games are TBD by San Diego Pop Warner Assocation. [top]
What about times and places for the games?
Parents will be given a schedule as soon as it issued by the San Diego Pop Warner league. The season has started on Labor Day in recent years. Most games are played on Saturday. Each head coach sets his or her own policy about when players and cheerleaders should report to the field on game day. Most football coaches expect players to arrive at the field 1 hours before game time and most cheer coaches expect cheerleaders to arrive at the field 1 hour before game time. Directions to away games will be on the individual Association’s website and given out prior to each game. [top]
What if I want to volunteer to coach?
If you would like to be an assistant coach for any of our teams, contact the representative on your Association’s website. [top]
What do I need to know about paperwork turn-in?
We will be collecting paperwork on dates published on the Association websites. You need to bring the following items:
The 2016 Physical Fitness and Medical History form – Section I is completed by the parent/guardian and Section II is completed by the physician. If you child’s physical was in 2016, then you may complete Part I and attach a copy of the physical in lieu of the physician completing Section II.
A birth certificate with a raised seal if your child was not rostered in with the teams they are currently joining in the previous season.
A dark, legible copy of the child’s entire June 2016 report card that shows grades for all terms.
Pop Warner regulations do no allow children to start unless 100% of the required paperwork is complete. Your child will not be issued equipment or allowed to participate in practice until we have the paperwork. Please don’t wait until the last minute to get the paperwork ready!
What if my child had a physical in 2016 and can’t get another before the season starts?
The physical fitness document is required by national Pop Warner rules and there are no exceptions to this policy. If your child had a physical in 2016, then your child’s doctor must complete section II of the Physical Fitness and Medical History form issued by Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc and date it in 2016. Most doctor’s offices in the area have dealt with this situation in the past and are happy to complete the form with plenty of notice. [top]
What are the scholastic requirements for Pop Warner?
Your child must have a GPA of 70% or greater for the entire academic year of the previous school year, including “specials”.If your child’s GPA is lower than 70%, you will need to sign a waiver stating that it is beneficial for you child to participate in Pop Warner, and provide progress reports from school during the season. For students who do not receive traditional letter grades, Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc has conversion formulas to enable us to calculate your child’s percentage grade. [top]
What do I need to know about Master Weigh-In?
There will be a Master Weigh-In late August. The players weight must be with in the range of the division otherwise they will be moved to the apporiate division. The players will weigh-in before each game. In the season the weight scales increased by 1 pound on weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 (Max of 4 lbs), additional 1 lb. at Superbowl [top]
What is the refund policy?
Each Association has manages their refund policy. Please see the Assocations website for more information [top]
What about my child’s playing time?
Pop Warner has Minimum Play Rules (MPR). All players must play a minimum number of plays in each game. The number is dependent on level and size of the squad.Each player on A-D squad must get six plays, and plays increase for smaller squads.Each player on MM must get 8 plays, and plays increase for smaller squads. Parents assist coaches on each team to track minimum plays. Players are not guaranteed equal playing time. [top]
What are the Cheer Competition and Exhibition?
The A, B, and C cheer squads from Hockomock organizations compete for the chance to go on to the Regional Semi-Final.Finalists then go Regional competition. The Hockomock Cheer Competition is usually will be held on the last Saturday of the regular season.The D and Mites cheer squads attend an Exhibition for Hockomock squads that is usually hosted in Franklin; the date for the exhibition is TBD. [top]
What can parents do to help?
All parents will be required to volunteer at least twice for approximately three total hours during the season. Parents can volunteer for MPR duty, concession stand and sideline help during the home games. These efforts will be coordinated through the the team parents once the season begins. Football coaches are always looking for good photographers to film their games. If this is a hobby of yours, and you have the appropriate equipment, see the head coach. [top]
What if I have issues with other parents or coaches?
We ask that you speak with the head coach first. However, if your issue is not resolved, then see the Vice Presidents or Cheer Coordinator. If your issue cannot be still cannot resolved, then the Vice Presidents and/or Cheer Coordinator may bring it to the President and/or the Board of Directors. [top]