Tackle Football is unlike any other youth team sport which requires a huge commitment from the participant as well as the parents. The football games require knowledgeable and well conditioned participants for the entire team to succeed. If your child is not participating in practices, they will not be effective in the team environment.
Practice begins August 1st. August practices are 5 days per week, 2 1/2 hours per day, which reduce to 3 days per week, 2 hours per day after Labor Day.
The first week of practice is non-contact. Each player is required to fulfill the 10 hour conditioning requirement before any contact can be initiated. After the second week, an additional 10 hours of practice has occurred, then a team may engage in inter-squad scrimmages. The time allocated to practice does not include break time. Water breaks are given as needed when requested by the participants.
Tackle games are held on Saturday's with Palos Verdes Youth Football & Cheer's home fields for our games either at Palos Verdes or Peninsula High Schools. Although our home fields are local, Palos Verdes Youth Football & Cheer is part of the Los Angeles County Pop Warner Conference and requires our teams to travel to other city sites including, but not limited to, Los Angeles, Westside (Santa Monica), Santa Clarita, Culver City, Carson, etc. to play opponents in their respective divisions. Game times are normally scheduled from youngest teams playing earliest (8:00am or 9:00am) and the oldest finishing out the day. Note: Most teams arrive at least one hour prior to game start to warm up and do run throughs.
TACKLE FOOTBALL SAFETY
The injury rate in Pop Warner Football is less than one-third the injury rate in high school football (AND) less than one-fifth the injury rate in college football (AND) less than one-ninth the injury rate in professional football. Furthermore, Pop Warner's age-weight schematic protects younger, lighter players, who do not have higher injury rates.
The Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma in New York completed a Pop Warner injury survey in 71 towns covering over 5,000 players in 1998. The injury experience of 5,128 boys (8 to 15 years of age, weight 22.5 to 67.5 kg [50 to 150 lb]) participating in youth football revealed an overall rate of significant injury of 5%, with 61% classified as moderate and 38.9% as major injuries. That's about 1.33 per team per year. No catastrophic injuries occurred, and it was rare for a permanent disability to result from any injury.
2012 Pop Warner Tackle Rule Changes Regarding Practice & Concussion Prevention:
In our continuing efforts to provide the safest playing environment for our young athletes, and in light of developing concussion research, we would like to announce some important rule changes for the 2012 season. With these rule changes, Pop Warner becomes the first youth football organization to officially limit contact during practices. The changes can be found in the 2012 Official Pop Warner Rule Book and are a result of the advice of our Medical Advisory Board and the direct input of Pop Warner regional and local administrators and coaches.
Study: Concussions Less Prevalent in Young Players
A new study shows youth football players are diagnosed with fewer concussions than other injuries. The results, obtained by The Associated Press, show 4.3 percent of players from ages 5 to 14 had concussions and that 90 percent of youth players reported no injuries. Thirty-four percent of the more than 4,000 youth players surveyed over the last two years, complained of bruises, the most common injury. Ligament sprains came in second at 16 percent.