A FEW REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN POP WARNER
* SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY!!!!!!
At Blackstone Valley Pop Warner, safety is always our NUMBER ONE priority. Kids compete with kids of similar age and size. We set and enforce a strict age & weight matrix that reduces the risk and reality of injuries while maximizing safe and balanced competition. Unlike programs that simply group children by age without any size protection, we are able to address the unique attributes and needs of every player to determine the best and safest team for him or her. Pop Warner operates under the guidance of a National Medical Advisory Committee led by physicians with expertise in neuromedicine and sports safety. Under their direction, Pop Warner became the first youth sports organization to limit contact during practices. Every year, our equipment is inspected by our designated and specially-trained Player Safety Coach. New helmets and pads are always ordered to replace those that will no longer meet safety guidelines. Our coaches are CPR certified and take refresher safety courses every year, and ALL of our games are attended by a licensed EMT. And... we know the importance of looking for any signs of injury. No child will be allowed to play on the field in a game or practice if suspected of an injury, unless cleared by a medical examiner. Blackstone Valley Pop Warner, along with the rest of the Pop Warner family, have partnered with USA Football to ensure that everyone is educated on the importance of safety in youth sports, especially with regards to head injuries and concussion.
* NO TRYOUTS!
Pop Warner programs have no tryouts or cutting of rosters for football OR cheerleading!
* Volunteers & Coaches
Pop Warner has over 40,000 volunteers and coaches that are being trained every year to offer the best and safest programs for you and your children. Pop Warner requires that every football and cheer coach AND all assistant coaches participate in mandatory training to ensure that they are up-to-date on the latest safety, skills, and techniques to ensure a positive experience for every participant. BVPW builds upon this training with our own emphasis on POSITIVE coaching to help make sure that every participant has fun learning a sport that they will enjoy for years to come.
* Mandatory Play Requirements
Everyone participates under mandatory rules of play, so every child is guaranteed to play.
* Programs in 42 States & 7 Countries
Pop Warner has active programs in 42 states and 7 different countries.
* More than just athletes!
Pop Warner is the only national youth sports organization in America that requires its participants to perform adequately in the classroom before permitting them to play.
* Little Scholars Program
Pop Warner is the only national youth sports organization in America that rewards its members for their outstanding performance in the classroom.
Pop Warner is the oldest national youth football and cheerleading organization in the world.
Founded in 1929 by Joe Tomlin, we now have over 140 leagues and over 425,000 members.
* Pop Warner National Championships
Each year, Pop Warner hosts the Pop Warner Super Bowl and National Cheer and Dance Championships. For the past 11 years, the event has taken place at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex™ at Disney World. More than 300 cheer and dance squads and 64 football teams compete for the right to be crowned Pop Warner National Champion.
* National Scholar Banquet
Pop Warner hosts an awards program each year to celebrate the accomplishments of our participants. Nationally, we select First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention All-American Scholars.
* College Scholarships
Each year, we award scholarships for higher education to the most deserving students in our highest grade levels. Pop Warner is proud to have awarded nearly one million dollars in scholarships in just 17 years!
* It all starts here
The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) estimates that between 60% and 70% of all NFL players began their careers playing Pop Warner.