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  • "PRIDE!"
Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.

--Vince Lombardi
Colonia Champions!
Our Cheerleaders took 1st Place in every Competition level at Central Jersey Cheer Competition.
Also a great job for our Flag and Mitey Mite exhibition cheerleaders.
Jr Pee Wee- 1st Place
Pee Wee- 1st Place
Jr Midget- 1st Place
Midget- 1st Place
Next up our Jr Pee Wee and Pee Wee will be heading to Albany NY for Eastern Regions Competition.
Our Jr Midgets and Midgets will be heading to Trenton for Eastern Regions.
Good Luck to all our Coaches And Cheerleaders!
2014 apparel page is up! Check some of our new stuff!
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Parents and Playing Time

In our last issue I related the saying, “Prepare the child for the path – not the path for the child,” in my article, Is it All Right to Win? We love that our kids play sports for the many life lessons that are learned. But when we intervene and try to influence our son or daughter’s coach relative to playing time or positions, what lesson are we really teaching? 

Parents want what’s best for their children. But far too many parents feel that they must control every aspect of what happens to their kids – and ensure its all positive – in order for their children to be happy. And while this may lead to more happiness in the short term, it can have severe, negative long-term consequences.

We all know that life is filled with ups and downs. Everyone reading this article has suffered substantial se tbacks at one time or another. And for the most part, when we’re adults, there is no mommy or daddy to swoop in and save the day when we face adversity. We must pick ourselves up and forge ahead on our own. We have to cope. And most of our coping mechanisms were learned as children. Part of our growth process was figuring out that life isn’t always fair, and that sometimes things don’t go our way. And as painful as those lessons are to learn, they’re what develop character in us so that we can handle struggles in our lives. 

Where better for our children to learn these lessons, than in sports?

Let’s say your son or daughter plays a sport where foot speed is an advantage, and a teammate who is faster is getting more playing time. You and your child have a few options: You could speak to the coach, try to influence him, and maybe even pressure him into playing your child more. Or, maybe your child could work on his speed or try to develop other skills that make him valuable to the team. Or, if that sport isn’t the right one for him, maybe he could use this setback as motivation to find a new activity that better suits him. 

Because let’s fast-forward ten or fifteen years: Imagine now that your child really wants to become an architect but has no talent in drawing. He has a few options: He could work hard to improve his drawing skills. Or maybe he could sharpen other talents to compensate. Or maybe he might just have to give up that dream and find something else to do. But it is unlikely you’ll be able to storm into an architectural firm and demand they give your child a job he’s not qualified to do. 

However, if we’ve been doing this for our children all their lives, what else would they ever expect?

Our job as parents is not to make sure our children never have any pain or disappointments – quite the contrary. Our job as parent s is to prepare them as best we can for the inevitable time that they are on their own, without us to catch them when they fall. By trying to pressure our child’s coach into doling out more playing time we are weakening our children, making life miserable for the coach, and being unfair to other kids whose parents areplaying by the rules. And we are teaching our children that if things don’t go well for them, it is not their fault, but the fault of someone else. Think about how successful someone will be carrying that attitude with them through life. 

Below is a paragraph addressing playing time, from the letter I always send out to parents prior to each season:
Regardless of where your son shakes out in the playing time or lineup mix, it is important that your communication to him be positive. If he hears you talking about what a bad deal he's getting, or something similar, his attitude is going to suffer. And if his attitude suffers, there is nearly no chance that he'll earn more playing time or time at a different position he likes better. Conversely, if he really is deserving of more playing time and I'm just missing it, if he keeps working hard, trying his best and bringing a positive attitude to the field, I'll notice it. I can tell you that if a parent comes to me to complain about position or playing time, then forever after that, if the player does move up or play more, you'll have to wonder if it was something he earned himself, or if it was something that came as a result of your complaint. On the other hand, if everyone takes the attitude that "the cream will rise to the top," and is patient, then you'll know that everything your son gets is deserved. (The latter feels much better). Everyone will have their chances to show what they can do in the game. It is important that they are prepared for those opportunities, and make the most of them.
And what if your child really is getting a raw deal? What if you know his plight is clearly based on favoritism or politics? 

First of all, unless you’ve been at every practice – not just the games, you don’t know. Children don’t see it objectively, so you can’t just take their word for it. Or maybe you can. I have a son playing Pop Warner and he began the season as the starting running back. For the past two games, he’s been replaced by the coach’s son. And don’t get me wrong, the coach’s son is good, but I haven’t seen anything in the games that he did to supplant my boy. And I was angry about it. Then I asked my son, “So what happened to make Johnny the starter over you?” And my son said, “Probably that I had a terrible week at practice and messed up my assignment on a couple plays and fumbled.” Oh. OK.

And finally, if you’re su re after really waiting for things to change, after observing practices and getting an “honest” assessment from your child, you still feel like its not going they way it should be, what should you do? Nothing. 

That’s right, YOU, should do nothing. But it would be very appropriate for your child to approach the coach and tell him he feels he could be helping the team more and ask what he can do to improve his playing time or position. The coach will respect that much more, and your child’s self-esteem and communication skills will get a big boost. And, unless we plan on spending the rest of our days clearing the path of any obstacles for our children, isn’t them standing up for themselves exactly what they’re going to have to do all their lives anyway? 

Brian Gotta is a former professional youth baseball coach and current volunteer Little League coach and board member. He is the President of CoachDeck and also a uthor of four youth sports novels which can be found at He can be reached 











Paper Work Needed for 2014 Season

1-Original BIRTH CERTIFICATE and Copy
2-Report Card with all information. (School name, address, teachers name ect)
If you make a copy all information must be read
3-Consent Form (Parent and child MUST sign this! All ages must sign it)
4-Picture (Put name on back of picture)
5-Physical form (Must have doctors stamp on it.

For information please contact:

Football Advisor Dan Sadowski @

Cheer Advisor Lisa Monteiro @


1. Be on time for all practices, if you are going to be late or you are sick, be sure to call or email your coach
2. If you are injured and can’t practice, you are still expected to be at every practice unless you have been excused
3. You must wear all of your issued equipment for all practices and games, unless your head coach advises you differently.
4. NO earrings, piercing, and jewelry will be worn at practice or games. If a player shows up wearing any of these items he will be asked to remove them.
5. All players will jog on and off the field before and after practice, if anyone walks on and off the field, this maybe subject to additional conditioning.
6. When observing, take one knee or stand. Do not sit or lay on the ground.
7. No fighting or hassling when going against each other. We are all one team for the same purpose.
8. No player gets on another player if he makes a mistake.
9. Vulgar swearing will not be tolerated,
10. You must be able to take coaching. No coach will ever attack you as a person, but only your technique or effort. Coaches and players are all eager to attain the same results.
11. Never remove helmet without permission
12. All players are expected to make all scheduled practices, 2 or more unexcused absences may result in being benched for one game.
13. Un-sportsmanship will not be tolerated, if a player is expelled from a game because of un-sportsmanship he will be required to sit out the next game, but required to attend all scheduled practice.
14. Any one on one with a coach is to be conducted 15 minutes before or after practice, please arrange with individual head coach.

15. No individual is bigger then the organization, if a individual player or parent becomes disruptive during a game or practice they will be asked to leave the common grounds, if further security is needed to help with the removal, local reinforcement will be called
16. Administrators and coaches have spent a tremendous amount of time and effort to providing the best and safest arena for our players, please respect others and conduct yourself, as you would want others to respect you.
17. Work Bonds are required by all families, this is not a option, if we want to be considered the best we must all chip in and help one another
18. Littering will not be tolerated, the grounds are a reflection of our town.

Football and cheering photos can be viewed at Items such as collages and blankets can be purchased by contacting Rich Pannone by email at or by calling him at (732)713-6311.

2014 Rutgers Youth Camps




2014 Pop Warner Football Weights
Weight- No Wieght Limit

Mitey Mites:
Ages- 7,8,9
Weight- 45-90lbs

Jr Pee Wee:
Ages- 8,9,10
Weights- 60-105lbs
O/L Age 11 (60-85lbs)

Pee Wee:
Weights- 75-120lbs
O/L Age 12 (75-100lbs)

Jr Midgets:
Weights- 90-140 lbs
O/L Age 13 (90-120 lbs)

Ages- 12,13,14
Weights- 105-170lbs
O/L Age 15 (105-140lbs)

Colonia Pop Warner purchased a state of the art sled and Pop up tackling equipment for all the football teams in Colonia Pop Warner! For the past three years Colonia Patriots Pop Warner has purchased new Football and Cheer uniforms, New Helmets and shoulder pads and now the state of the art Sled and Tackling Pop Up equipment! Now that we look good now it's time to play better. With these two new additions. This will help the boys prepare for many years to come. We are very excited to see our boys use High School and College equipment. Colonia Pop Warner would like to Thank you the Parents and our sponsors. Without your help these Boys and Girls wouldn't be looking good and working with the safest equipment. Thank You once again and GO PATRIOTS!

Football Hall of Fame
1985 Jr Midget Division Champs
1986 Pee Wee Division and Conference Champs
1986 Midget Conference Champs
1990 Pee Wee Division Champs
1994 Jr Pee Wee Division Champs
1994 Pee Wee Division Champs
2006 Midget Division Champs
2008 Midget Division and Conference Champs
2010 Jr Pee Wee Division and Conference Champs

2012 Pee Wee Conference Champs

2013 Midgets Conference Champs

2014 Who wants to be here?

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.
--Henry Ford

Help Out The Kids To Have The Best!
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Colonia Pop Warner needs Your Help!

We need all parents or friends to help us out during the year. If anyone would like to help the kids and Colonia Pop Warner Football out please contact myself (Bill Anner) or another e-board member.

Thank you!

Colonia Pop Warner
If you don't make a total commitment to whatever you're doing, then you start looking to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking. It's tough enough getting that boat to shore with everybody rowing, let alone when a guy stands up and starts putting his jacket on.
--Lou Holtz

We only need ages 9 year old and up report cards!



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