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2017 Frequently Asked Questions


OUR SEASON BEGINS AUGUST 1, 2017*

* Please note: The 2017 Parent Code of Conduct Contract.
All family vacations are required to be completed PRIOR to August 1.

 
HOW DO I REGISTER MY CHILD?
 
All Registration forms for the 2017 Season can be found under the "2017 Registration Forms" menu tab.
The Pop Warner Little Scholars organization has a clear focus on the safety and academics of its participants. 
As a result, there are a few "mandatory" forms that must be completed in order to register your child.
Below is a summary of all the necessary paperwork.
 
The following items are needed for registration:
 
1. Mandatory Online Registration - Coming Soon

2. Parent or Legal Guardian must be present at Registration

3. Completed Registration Forms:

A. 2017 Sun Devils Pre-Registration On-line Contact Form

B. 2017 Pop Warner Participant Contract and Parental Consent Form

C. 2017 Pop Warner Physical Fitness & Medical History Form
-->i. Section I is completed by the Parent/Guardian
-->ii. Section II is completed by a Physician ONLY

D. Parent Code of Conduct

4. Official Birth Certificate - Bring original and make a copy of your birth certificate and bring both with you to registration. Returning 2016 Sun Devil players/cheerleaders DO NOT need to bring a Birth Certificate

5. 2x3 Photo of your Child (Face shots only; no hats or sunglasses)

Please note: For the 2017 Season, the participants will need to use their own family physician for Physicals; the Sarasota Sun Devils will not have a league Physician available for Physicals.

*A "full year" report card will be required before any child will be eligible to participate.

All Physicals must be performed and signed in the year 2017.
No physicals dated or performed in 2016 will be accepted. This includes the date the physical was performed on the child.
All physicals must be done on the Pop Warner physical form NOT a Sarasota County School form.
Also, NO FAX COPIES will be accepted. League rules require the form to be the original document.
 

 
WHAT ARE THE AGE AND WEIGHT LIMITS?

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.  Children ages 5 - 15 years old are eligible to participate.  The 2017 Age Matrix is applicable to ALL children with Birthdays before August 1.

The "Weight" matrix is only applicable to our "tackle football" program.
 


2017 AGE & WEIGHT MATRIX


 



WHEN DO WE PRACTICE?

Practice begins August 1.  For the month of August practices can be up to 5 nights a week, Monday thru Friday from 5:45 - 8:45PM.  After the first game and through the regular season, practices are 3 nights a week from 5:45 - 8:15PM.  We practice Monday, Wednesday & Thursday after the first game. 

**Please note:  ALL family vacations need to be completed prior to August 1. Pop Warner rules require a specific amount of conditioning and practice hours be completed prior to participating in regular games.  These requirements require all participants to be present on August 1.



WHEN DO WE PLAY?

Game days are Saturdays. All teams play an 8 game schedule. Junior Pee Wee - Midget teams are also eligible for post-season playoffs.  The typical game day is scheduled as follows:

Tiny Mites                     9:00 am*
Mitey Mites                  11:00 am
Junior Pee Wees           1:00  pm
Pee Wees                      3:00 pm
Junior Varsity                  5:00 pm
Unlimited                        7:00 pm



Please visit the "Calendar" page to view and print a list of all our 2017 games.

(schedules are always subject to change)
All participants arrive one hour or more prior to game time - home or away



HOW LONG IS THE SEASON?
The Pop Warner Season always starts on August 1.
For both Football and Cheerleading, there are post-season playoffs/competitions if your team qualifies.
All competitions are completed by December 12.

Football: 
Conference Championship: END OF OCTOBER
Regional Championship: BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER
POP WARNER SUPER BOWL (DISNEY WORLD): December 7-12

Cheerleading:
Peace River Conference Championship: October 18 (Subject to Change)
Southeast Region Championship (Kissimmee, FL): November 26-28
POP WARNER NATIONAL CHEER & DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP (DISNEY WORLD): December 4-11 



WHERE DO WE PLAY?
All practices and home games are played at Twin Lakes Park (just east of 75 off Clark Rd). Away games can take us as far south as Naples.  Please visit the "Calendar" page to view and print a list of all our 2017 games.



WHAT ARE THE MANDATORY PLAY RULES?

Pop Warner is one of the few youth leagues in the country which has enacted & ENFORCES a mandatory minimum play requirement for all players. The rule is listed here and is absolute.

The following are excerpts from the By-Laws regarding the Mandatory play rule.

1. Each team shall strictly follow the current National MPR.
2. Game officials will notify both Head coaches at the end of the third quarter of play, that any player who has not met the MPR should now be placed in the game.
3. Any player who has not met the MPR by the end of the 3rd quarter, according to the MPR sheet, MUST start the 4th quarter, regardless of whether that team is on Offense or Defense. These players shall remain in the game until they have met the MPR. The  MPR sheet shall be considered the FINAL WORD and may not be over-ruled by ANY coach or Commissioner.

The current National Pop Warner rule book states the following with regards to the MPR.
   
16-25 players    -    10 plays
26-30 players    -     8 plays
31-35 players    -     6 plays

Mitey Mites only

16-25 players    -    12 plays
26-30 players    -    10 plays
31-35 players    -     8 plays

The MPR is determined by the number of players eligible at the time of the game, and not based on the size of the roster.



HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REGISTER?


2017 Registration Costs

Tackle Football (Tiny Mite - Junior Varsity): $295 registration*
Cheer: $295 registration*

Fundraiser Raffle Tickets

$50 - 1st Child

$25 - 2nd Child

$15 - 3rd Child

* We offer a $25 multiple child discount (per additional child).  

 


 

2017 Volunteering "OPT-OUT" Charge:

 

We are a 100% volunteer organization and registering your children requires parental volunteer participation.

Parents are required to volunteer a minimum of 5 hours/child/season.

The "OPT-OUT" option enables parents to pay $150/Child in the event they do not/can not volunteer during the season.  We are a 100% volunteer organization and registering your children requires parental volunteer participation.

 

Cash and Personal Checks are accepted for payment.

 
WHAT DO THE REGISTRATION COSTS INCLUDE?

All apparel/equipment for football players will be provided with the exception of cleats. Football cleats are required and can be purchased for a minimal amount of money at Payless Shoe, Wal-Mart, Target or any sporting good store.

Cheerleaders will be provided with cheer uniform, shoes, and bloomers.

Cheerleaders will need to purchase the following:
Practice Soffe shorts (Red or Black)

Football players will be able to keep their "Game" Jersey at the end of the season. Cheerleaders will be able to keep their "Game" shoes and practice cheer shirts at the end of the season.
 
All participants will receive a complimentary, full-color "2017 Sun Devils Yearbook" at the end of the year which highlights each team and provides an opportunity for families to provide a "Shout Out" for their child.
NOTE: STARTING WITH THE 2017 SEASON - ONLY OUR TINY MITE AND MITEY MITE FOOTBALL & CHEER PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE A PARTICIPATION TROPHY.
 


SAFETY

The safety of our participants is a top priority.  The Pop Warner Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc. Safety Rules are followed by our Organization. Click on the links below to read about the most recent rule changes to Pop Warner:

New Practice Rules - LINK
Amendment Re: Concussions. - LINK
 

Chain of Command

If there is a question or complaint against a player, a parent, a member of the coaching staff, an official, a member of the Board of Directors, or the Board of Directors, the complaint must be filed with the appropriate member in the Chain of Command.

The Chain of Command is as follows:

  Head Coach

  Football or Cheer Director

  Association Vice President

  Association President

  Association Board of Directors

 


 

When do you contact Conference?

There are only three people from your Association who can contact Conference: your Association President, Athletic Director, and Cheer Director. If you have an issue that you believe should come to the attention of Peace River Conference, please do this through one of your three Conference Representatives. If you have a complaint against the Association’s Board of Directors, then, and only then, may you submit a formal complaint in writing to the President of Peace River Conference.

AT NO TIME DO YOU EVER CALL A CONFERENCE OFFICER ON THE PHONE!


 

When do I contact National Pop Warner?

In a word, NEVER! National Pop Warner doesn’t hear complaints from anyone. Decisions of the Peace River Conference are FINAL! If you contact National Pop Warner, the complaint will be returned to the Peace River Conference. If this happens, the person or persons filing the complaint will either be fined or suspended for not adhering to the chain of command. Always try to resolve the issue within the team before proceeding up the Chain of Command. Remember, your Association Officers are there to make sure that football and cheer teams are run according to the rules; they are NOT there to tell coaches how or who to coach.