Frequently Asked Questions
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TACKLE FOOTBALL FAQs:
WHY DO YOU LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS ON TEAMS?
We limit the number of participants on each team to enable the children to get quality instruction and fair opportunities for participation and playing time.
WHEN DOES THE SEASON START?
The football and cheer season starts August 1.
WHEN ARE THE GAME SCHEDULES PUBLISHED?
Game schedules are published (for the first seven weeks of the season) by mid-August. Regular season tackle games generally start on the last weekend in August. Flag games begin the first weekend in September. Please note that the last 3 weeks of the schedule (usually referred to as "Weeks 8, 9 and 10") are always subject to change due to the tackle teams that enter the playoffs. Additionally, the league tries to make the last one or two tackle games at all levels as balanced as possible (if the schedule can be adjusted). Tackle and Cheer families should leave the last three weekends of the season open for possible Friday, Saturday or Sunday games.
HOW LONG ARE PRACTICES?
Football practices generally run for approximately 1.5 hours to 2 hours. Each coach is given latitude on this so please be sure to participate in the preseason parent meeting with your head coach to find out the particulars.
WHEN ARE TACKLE GAMES PLAYED?
Tackle Games are played on Friday nights, anytime on Saturdays and on Sundays. Each team will only play one game per weekend.
WILL MY CHILD PLAY AT EVERY GAME?
Yes, Pop Warner has "minimum play requirements" for all levels of football.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE ARE GOING ON VACATION IN AUGUST?
Though it is discouraged to go on vacation once camp starts, we understand that families do have plans that were made in advance. Training camp is approximately 4 weeks and having a child miss even one week of that time could cause the child to fall behind their teammates in skills and learning. Please notify your head coach if you have a planned family vacation during this time.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD MISSES GAMES OR PRACTICES?
Although Pop Warner has "minimum play requirements", we are able to limit play time for a child that misses practices and/or games on a consistent basis. There are safety concerns when having a child play in a game without having had the proper time to learn the plays and practice those plays with teammates.
WHO COACHES THE TEAMS?
All Pop Warner coaches, administrators and board members are volunteers. Coaches apply for a coaching position every year during registration and will be interviewed prior to being assigned a position. Coaches must be certified by USA Football in concussion prevention, awareness, and SAFE fundamentals of football. The certification requires knowledge of all approved safety methods including "Head's Up Football".
HOW CAN I BE A COACH?
If you are interested in coaching football be sure to visit the “Coaches Corner” of the website to submit an application. If you would like more information, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT IF MY CHILD WEARS GLASSES?
When worn, they shall be of athletically-approved construction with non-shattering glass (safety glass) or contact lenses. Eyeglasses MUST be secured by a sport band while performing to ensure safety (i.e., Eyeglasses shall be secured to the head and under the hair with a sport band). Note: Eye glass bands must not be knotted or have beads on it.
WHEN ARE TACKLE FOOTBALL PRACTICES?
Tackle Football practices are 4 nights per week during the month of August, and then typically go to 3 nights per week once school starts. At each head coach's discretion, weekday practices will typically run Monday thru Thursday with a Friday night practice (at the discretion of the coach) being a non-contact walk-through. Practice times are between 6 - 8 PM dependent upon the coaches availability.
WHERE ARE PRACTICES HELD?
Practices are held at the Radnor High School fields; and at Teegarden Park fields located off of Cassatt Road.
HOW LONG ARE TACKLE FOOTBALL GAMES?
Tackle football games are approximately 1.5 hrs – 2 hours long.