Frequently Asked Questions


In an effort to help both new and returning Poway Pop Warner families better understand the Poway Pop Warner program, we have published the following “most” frequently asked questions.

Registration Fees for the 2024 Season are as follows:
Flag Football: $180
Flag Cheer: $320 (includes Uniform)
Tackle Football: $480
Cheer: $540 (includes Uniform)
Sibling Discount $30 per sibling

Financial Aid Forms and information:

Financial Aid Application

  • For additional financial aid resources, please be sure to contact San Diego Children in Need at http://childreninneedsd.org/ for assistance. SD Children in Need is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to families to support children’s participation in youth sports activities.

Delayed Payment Contract


Q: What does my child get for the registration fee? Why is football and cheer so expensive?

Only a portion of the registration fees we charge each participant cover these expenses.  What monies we raise in our fundraising efforts and from generous donations help us to subsidize the remaining costs. The cost factors within our organization are: 

  • CHEER – Cheer Uniform and needed cheer equipment and supplies for practice/game days. 
  • FOOTBALL – Helmet reconditioning, all needed safety equipment and supplies, uniforms
  • COACH – 1st Aide & CPR classes, clinics & trainings
  • CONFERENCE – Conference fees for football & cheer, competition fees, jamboree and playoff fees, game fees, director and officer insurance fees, player and spirit insurance fees, scholastic participation fees,  conference participation patches, third party host fees, etc.
  • FIELD USE – All practice and game field costs, lights, medical supplies
  • INSURANCE – Insurance on all league equipment and supplies
  • MISC. – All other expenses including registration room rental
  • REFEREE & EMT – Payment to referees and EMT for all home games
  • SCHOLARSHIPS – Given to participants who are in financial need
  • PHOTOS – Each participant receives a standard photo package

Helping youth participate in PPW is important to us.  PPW offers financial assistance up to 50% of fees and link parents to resources such as Children in Need (http://www.childreninneedsd.org) that offers assistance to families for extracurricular activities.

Q. Does Poway Pop Warner Advertise?

A.  Yes.  Each year before and during registration PPW puts out banners and signs.   And we encourage word of mouth from current and past families.

Q: How are Head Coaches selected?
A: Head coaches are elected every year.  Association approval is required for all coaches, returning or not, prior to each season. To be a coach in PPW is a privilege, not a lifetime job, and previous coaching experience does not guarantee a coaching position for the upcoming season.

Note: Keep in mind that while a winning record is nice to have, team records do not play a part in the Head Coach Selection process.

Please note: It is VERY important that all players and cheerleaders (with help from their parents) complete the Coaches Survey when it is received. All ratings and comments should be based on the season and not just one event

Q: What qualifications or certifications are Head Coaches required to have?

A: All Head Coaches, staff and Board Members must pass a thorough background check. The Head Coach and one additional staff member must be certified in First Aid/CPR. Football coaches must be certified by Heads Up Football.  Cheer coaches must be certified by YCADA (Youth Cheer and Dance Alliance).  Certification is obtained by attending mandatory West Coast Conference coaching clinics and by taking on-line courses.

Q. What is Poway Pop Warner doing to keep players safe and reduce concussions?

  • Equipment – Although the industry requirement is every two years, Poway Pop Warner certifies all of our helmets each year.
  • Training – All Head Coaches plus one assistant are required be both First Aid and CPR certified.  Additionally, all coaches must be certified through Heads Up Football which includes an intensive concussion training course.   All staff members (trainers, business managers and team parents ) must also certify through the CDC concussion training course.
  • Medical Personnel:-PPW also utilize an EMT on home game days to help recognize and treat injuries.
  • AED’s are also available at both the practice fields and at Poway High.

Q: When does the football and cheer season begin and end?

A: Typically practices begin Aug 1. The first (pre-season) game is generally on the last Saturday of August. Regular season games begin the next week and run for 10 consecutive weeks. Flag seasons end in late October as Flag participants play 8 games. Tackle Football teams and cheer squads that qualify for bowl games, regional championships or cheer competitions may be active through early December if they reach the National Championship level.

Q: Before practice starts, how will I know what’s going on and what I have to do next?

A: The next events that will happen after registration are:

  • “Team Meeting” – After teams are formed, your Head Coach will host a team meeting for parents and players/cheerleaders. Separate meetings will be held for players and cheerleaders.  At this very important meeting, you will officially meet your entire team staff.  Your Head Coach will preview his or her team rules, goals, and coaching philosophy, review what to expect in terms of individual and team discipline, the procedure for handling any issues and concerns you may have, and answer any and all questions regarding the upcoming season. This meeting is mandatory for all parents, players, and cheerleaders.   A PPW Board member will also be present to answer any additional questions.
  • Poway Pop Warner want you to have the most current information available.  Please continue to check our website, www.ppwfootball.org.   We are also social!  Check us out on Facebook  and Instagram.  Additionally we offer a newsletter option via Constant Contact.  When there is new information available, notices are sent out via this newsletter on a regular basis.  You can sign up for this on our webpage.

Q: How often are games and practices? What is the time commitment per week?

A: Season begins August 1.  Until Labor Day, tackle football will practice five days per week up to a maximum of 2.5 hours per day including break and team business time. Flag football will practice 1.5 hours / 3 days per week. After Labor Day, tackle football practices 3 days per week while Flag practices 2 days per week.  Cheer practice will commence August 1 for a mandatory “conditioning” practice.  Cheer will practice 5 days a week the first two weeks of August. After the first two weeks and up to Labor Day, it will be at the discretion of the Head Coach on the practice days, however they will practice no less than three days a week for tackle cheer and 2 days a week for Flag. After Labor Day, tackle cheer will practice 3 days a week and Flag Cheer 2 days a week.  All games are played on Saturdays at various times and locations throughout San Diego county and inland communities. Home games are played at Poway High.  It is essential that vacations and other events are scheduled around football and cheer.

Q: Where are the practices held?

A: Specific practice times will be provided by your Head Coach just as soon as they have been finalized. Practice times are scheduled between 5:00 & 9:00, depending on your head coach and field availability.  Your Head Coach will also provide this information to all families at his or her team meeting.

Q: How much will my child play in football and what position will he play?

A: Decisions about playing time and positions are made by the coaches of the team, and are the final responsibility of the Head Coach. National Pop Warner rules require (the Minimum Play Rule or MPR) that players who attend all scheduled practices will play at least 8 to 12 plays in a game (most games include 20-60 plays). Coaches will make playing time and position assignment decisions based on hard work, practice attendance, experience, demonstrated skills at assigned positions, game performance and concern for player safety. Keep in mind that all teams at all levels want to win games and no coach wants to put a player in an unfair situation where he has little chance of succeeding or a high chance of injury. First time players should expect less playing time than returning, experienced players until they gain confidence and demonstrate their abilities to their Head Coach. Head Coaches are encouraged to carefully evaluate players on a week to week basis and there are many imps when a first year player, over time will gain more playing time based on improvement shown.

Q. Can my child pick his jersey number?

A.  During registration players are asked to request their top 3 choices.  Numbers are then assigned by registration priority numbers. Priority numbers are assigned during walk in registration and are also used when forming teams.

Q. What is Little Scholars and how can we participate?

A.  Every player in Poway Pop Warner is involved in our Little Scholars program.  We require each participant to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0/70% or a C average, which is verified by the year end report card. If a participants does not have a 2.0/70% GPA to meet the requirements of scholastic fitness a Scholastic Eligibility Form is needed.

The National Little Scholars program is a recognition program that is sponsored by Pop Warner. To qualify, a GPA of 96% or above and a completed application is needed.  National Little Scholars are chosen by national and announced April 1.

Q: How can my team raise money for travel or the end of season team party?

A: Team funds can be collected by  team sponsorships or by team fundraising (in strict accordance with the Poway Pop Warner Policies & Procedures). Teams will also have the opportunity to run a concession day at Poway High during home games.  All money earned will be credited to the team.  Further information will be shared at the Mandatory Team Parent Meeting held during the first week of August.

Q: What is the “Player/Cheerleader Still Photo & Video Release” clause I read on one of the required registration forms?

A: You are giving permission to Pop Warner to take and publish images of your son/daughter in local newspapers, team highlight videos, and on our own website for the sole purpose of promoting both local and regional participation in Pop Warner and to recognize outstanding academic and team achievement.

Q: If my son or daughter is injured during a practice or game, does Pop Warner insurance pay for any required medical care?

A: Pop Warner medical insurance is secondary to all other family medical insurance. During home games we have an EMT that will provide emergency first aid at no cost.

Q: What is the “REFUND POLICY” in Poway Pop Warner?

A: All requests for refunds must be in writing to the Board. Refunds shall be made (or not made) in strict accordance with the REFUND POLICY as written in the Poway Pop Warner Policies & Procedures which can be found below or  by selecting ADMIN PAGE on this website.  Participation fees will be reviewed and assessed by the PPW board prior to season start based on the associations operating budget. All registrants, both football and cheer, may apply for a refund of up to 50% of the paid registration fee prior to June 30.  Fifty percent (50%) of the registration fee is non-refundable. A $25.00 processing fee will apply on all refunds. No refunds shall be authorized/issued on or after June 30. **Military families who are unable to maintain participation in PPW at any time due to their obligation(s) to the US Military are entitled to a full refund at any time, if required. A copy of the reassignment orders shall be required to process this type of refund.