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Football Information

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.

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)

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.

 

    AGE/WEIGHT MATRIX

                                                           2017 SEASON

 

 

DIVISION & WEIGHT

 

AGES

INCLUSIVE BIRTH DATES

FLAGS

5, 6 & 7 year olds

8/1/09   -    7/31/12

TINY-MITE

(35-75 lb. Regular) No Older/Lighter

5, 6 & 7 year olds

8/1/09    -    7/31/12

MITEY-MITE

(45-100 lbs.)

No Older/Lighter

7, 8, & 9 year olds

8/1/07    -   7/31/10

JR. PEE WEE

 

(60-115 lbs.)

 

 

(60-95 lb. Older/Lighter)

 

 

 8,9,& 10 year olds     

 

   

  11 year olds

  

 

8/1/06  7/31/09     

        

 

 

8/1/05   -   7/31/06

PEE WEE

 

(75-130 lbs.)                      

 

(75-110 lb. Older/Lighter)

   

 

9, 10 & 11 year olds  

          

12 year olds

 

 

8/1/05   -7/31/08 

            

8/1/04   -   7/31/05

JR. VARSITY

 

(90-155 lbs.)

 

(90-135 lb. Older/lighter)

 

 

10, 11 & 12 year olds      

 

13 year olds

 

 

 

8/1/04  -   7/31/07

        

 

 

8/1/03  -   7/31/04

VARSITY 

 

(105-180 lbs.)

 

(105-160 lb. Older/Lighter)

 

 

12 ,13, & 14 year olds

 

15 year olds

 

 

8/1/02   -   7/31/05     

 

        

8/1/01   -   7/31/02

UNLIMITED 

(105+ lbs.)

No Older/Lighter

11,12,13 & 14 year olds

 

8/1/02-   7/31/06  

           

 

DATE OF BIRTH

POSSIBLE TEAM ASSIGNMENT

(depending upon weight)

Between 8/1/09   and 7/31/12

Flag, Tiny-Mite

Between 8/1/09   and 7/31/10

Tiny-Mite, Mitey-Mite

Between 8/1/08   and 7/31/09

Mitey-Mite, Jr. Pee Wee

Between 8/1/07   and 7/31/08

Mitey-Mite, Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee

Between 8/1/06   and 7/31/07

Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Jr. Varsity

Between 8/1/05     and 7/31/06

Jr. Pee Wee  O/L, Pee Wee, Jr. Varsity or Unlimited

Between 8/1/04    and 7/31/05

Pee Wee  O/L, Jr. Varsity, Varsity or Unlimited

Between 8/1/03    and 7/31/04

Jr. Varsity O/L, Varsity or Unlimited

Between 8/1/02    and 7/31/03

Varsity or Unlimited

Between 8/1/01  and 7/31/02

Varsity  O/L