FAQ

Bring a copy of :

1.  The completed 2019 Player Contract.

2.  The completed 2019 Physical Form.

3.  New players please be sure to bring an original copy of your birth certificate.

4.  Non Refundable deposit of $100 to secure your child’s spot on the team.

5.  Balance must be paid in full by May 1st.

Practice Requirements

Pop Warner mandates that ALL players MUST satisfy 10 hours of conditioning/non-contact practice and 10 hours of contact practice prior to participating in any league game. Required practice time will be met by all registered players and monitored by the league, even if games have to be missed. Coaching staffs will monitor this closely. Please remember that this is a very structured program with a heavy emphasis on practice and the repetitive teaching of important skills and safe techniques. Do not register if you cannot make the time/travel commitment. Practices begin August 1 from 5:30 PM until 8:00 PM weekdays. Practices will run Monday through Friday, not to exceed 10 hours per week (Excluding water breaks) until Labor Day. In the event of a rain-out there may be a Saturday/Sunday practice scheduled. The practice schedule after Labor Day will not exceed 6 hours per week (Excluding water breaks) at the same above mentioned time.  Pop Warner and Venice Vikings require that players attend ALL practices in August.  Please keep this in mind when planning vacations. Where possible, we recommend scheduling camps and trips in June and July, so as not to conflict with the start of Pop Warner practices. However, we understand that many families have August commitments. A player will have the chance to make up lost time in August and still enjoy a great season!

Player Expectations

A player must be willing and able to attend practices throughout the season in addition to ALL games on Saturdays. It is proven that this will ensure each player’s safety and development in the succeeding weeks. It is expected and required that each player attend ALL practices unless they are ill or have a required school event. Chronic and/or unexcused absences could result in suspension, dismissal, or ineligibility for Mandatory Play Requirements established by the league. It is difficult for players missing any of these practices to and takes away training and development time from the players that did attend. Our coaches take it your child’s safety on the field important, for that reason if there is missed practice it will hinder there playing time in a game.  They CANNOT put a child out the field that has not practiced that week.

A player must be willing and able to attend practices throughout the season in addition to ALL games on Saturdays. It is proven that this will ensure each player’s safety and development in the succeeding weeks. It is expected and required that each player attend ALL practices unless they are ill or have a required school event. Chronic and/or unexcused absences could result in suspension, dismissal, or ineligibility for Mandatory Play Requirements established by the league. It is difficult for players missing any of these practices to and takes away training and development time from the players that did attend. Our coaches take it your child’s safety on the field important, for that reason if there is missed practice it will hinder there playing time in a game.  They CANNOT put a child out the field that has not practiced that week.

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 5:30 – 8:00PM.  After school starts most teams have practices are 3 nights a week from 5:30- 7:30PM.  We practice Monday, Tuesday & Thursday after the first game.

WHEN DO WE PLAY?

Game days are Saturdays. All teams play an 8 game schedule. Junior Pee Wee – unlimited 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

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

Regional Championship (Kissimmee, FL): November 26-28

POP WARNER NATIONAL CHEER & DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP (DISNEY WORLD): December

WHERE DO WE PLAY?

All practices and home games are played at Wellfield 1001 Pinebrook Rd Venice Away games can take us as far south as Naples.  We will get schedule of where and who we are playing usually during summer.

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?

2019 Registration Costs

Tackle Football and Cheer: $275

2019 Volunteering “OPT-OUT” Charge $100:

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 $100/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, or on line when registering are accepted for payment

WHAT DO THE REGISTRATION COSTS INCLUDE?

All apparel/equipment for football players will be provided with the exception of cleats. You can get your cleats wherever you would like but please get Green, White or Black.

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

Football players will be able to keep their “Game” Jersey at the end of the season their weigh in sets and socks . Cheerleaders will be able to keep their  cheer sets  at the end of the season.

HOW DO I REGISTER MY CHILD?

All Registration forms for the 2019 Season can be found under the Forms and handout  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. 2019 Player Contract

2.  2019 Physical — Must be dated in 2019

3. Parent or Legal Guardian must be present at Registration

4. Official Birth Certificate – Bring original and make a copy of your birth certificate and bring both with you to registration. Returning 2019 Venice Vikings  players/cheerleaders DO NOT need to bring a Birth Certificate

5. Copy of 2018-2019 full-year school report card* (2 copies) – Must include ALL four quarters.

*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 2019.

No physicals dated or performed in 2018 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.

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 or team mom

  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.