Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?
You can register your child online. Click here for more information.

What are the age and weight divisions?
For football, participants will play in a division based on age; our league no longer uses weight divisions.  Pop Warner is open to players ages 5-14, with the age group being determined by the participant’s age on 7/31 of that year.  Please review the Age Divisions for more information, but PYFC will place your player on the correct team based on their birthday.

For cheerleaders and dancers, ages range from 5-16. The spirit program is broken into seven age divisions ranging from Tiny Mite (ages 5-6) up to Varsity/Bantam (ages 14-16). Cheerleading squads are also broken down into Large (25-35), Medium (13-24), and Small (12 or fewer) squads, and four different competition levels (PW1, PW2, PW3 and PW4). Please review the Spirit Age Divisions for more information, but PYFC will place your participant on a team based on age, registrations, and volunteering.

What are the academic requirements to participate?
Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) is the only national youth sports organization in America that requires its participants to perform adequately in the classroom before permitting them to play. We believe that the standards we have set give these children a sense of responsibility and an appreciation for academics and athletics that will help them develop later on in life.

Proof of satisfactory progress in school is required. A 2.0/70% or the equivalent shall be the minimum grade point average acceptable to participate. Those who do not meet this requirement, or home-schooled students, can still play if they follow the alternative eligibility process which is monitored by progress reports.  Your team parent will help you with any necessary paperwork.

Are There Tryouts?
NO TRYOUTS!  Pop Warner programs are not permitted to hold tryouts or cutting of rosters, and we welcome participants or all skill levels and experience.

Is participation in Pop Warner safe?
Pop Warner enforces a national rule book that incorporates time-tested rules and regulations, has strict equipment requirements, mandates volunteer screening and training certifications, and provides necessary resources to assist member leagues and associations in sound policy creation.  Football and cheer offer so much to young person, from a fun, physically active lifestyle and a sense of teamwork to valuable life lessons like perseverance and sacrifice. To make it possible for them to enjoy those experiences we will never stop working to make them safer!

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