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 Suthern California Conference of Pop Warner 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.
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