Football

Registration is now open for 2017! 

AGES AND WEIGHTS FOR TACKLE FOOTBALL PROGRAMS

DIVISION &
WEIGHT
AGES INCLUSIVE
BIRTH DATES
TINY-MITE
(35-75 LBS)
5, 6, & 7 8/1/09 – 7/31/12
MITEY-MITE
(45-100 LBS)
7, 8, & 9 8/1/07 – 7/31/10
JR. PEE WEE
(60-115 LBS)
8, 9, & 10 8/1/06 – 7/31/09
PEE WEE
(75-130 LBS)
9, 10, & 11 8/1/05 – 7/31/08

Players will be weighed in at registration and again at uniform fitting. If a player is five or more pounds over the weight limit for their division at the final weigh-in, they will move up to the next division. A player may gain one pound per week starting with the second season game, up to a maximum of 9 pounds for the season.

Practice / Games

Pre-Season Practices in August:

Practices will begin on August 1st and North Hays Pop Warner requires that players attend ALL practices in August. Past experience has proven that this will ensure each player’s safety and development in the succeeding weeks. Pop Warner mandates a given number of hours for conditioning and practice before players can put on their pads or participate in a game/scrimmage. You will be practicing four times each week (Week is defined as Mon – Sunday) max. 2.5 hrs at each day (break time does not count against these hours)- these are Pop Warner rules. It is difficult for players missing any of these practices to “catch up” to the rest of the team in terms of development and understanding. It also places an unnecessary burden on the coaching volunteers and takes away training and development time from the players that did attend. Please do not schedule anything in August (vacations, day camps or other sports) because this will likely conflict with your ability to attend ALL practices. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not sign up.

Regular Season Practice:

For safety and development reasons, it is expected and required that each player attend ALL practices unless they are ill or have a required school event. After Labor Day, actual weekly practice time will drop from 10 hours per week to 6 hours per week max. (Week is defined as Mon – Sun), and the max. drops to 2 hrs practice each day (break time does not count against each practice)- Pop Warner rules.

Games:

When the season begins, we will play our home games at North Hays Complex, and away games on fields throughout central Texas. Game times and locations are assigned by the Central Texas Pop Warner organization. The schedule usually comes out just before the first game is to be played. North Hays Pop Warner has no control over the schedule – we encourage our teams to be flexible. Regular season games are played on Saturdays with the season typically beginning the first weekend in September, Labor Day weekend, and running through the end of October. Playoffs for Junior Pee Wee and Pee Wee will begin the following week for those teams that qualify.

Financial commitment:
• League registration ($150) includes the cost of most items to run North Hays Optimist Pop Warner including: referees, uniforms, insurance and team equipment.
• Fundraisers is how the league stays afloat, so participation is mandatory.

The Parent’s Role:

Football and cheerleading provide many benefits to young athletes such as self-discipline, good sportsmanship, time management skills and physical fitness. Competition allows the players and cheerleaders to experience both success and defeat in a positive environment. Parents, while not participants on their child’s team, contribute to the success of both the child and the team. If you would like to coach, sign up when you register- we are always looking for good coaches. Each home game requires volunteers from your team to track the number of plays each player has played, run the down marker, chains, announce, spot, and run the score clock. If you are a leader, become a team mom. Happily volunteer and offer to help your coaches and team mom! (Concession stand duty is also mandatory by every player’s parents)

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