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As hard as it is to believe we are really close to football season!!!!

We have had signups this past week and had a great turn out already matching last years totals.  We are aiming to add a few more teams and have decided to open a few more spots.  We have room for a few more football players (first come first serve) and want to make you aware of a special “NO LATE FEE SIGN UP” on Friday, April 25.  The time will be 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Valparaiso Nazarene Church.  Enter door number #1.

If you have any questions call, Shawn Evans at 219-462-2751 or email him at shawne@valponaz.org.

To All,
We welcome you to Valpo High School for the Pop Warner Games.

When you come to Valpo High School they have a few rules we must follow:

  • only water is allowed on the field (that also means things like Propel and clear Gatorade are not allowed either);
  • gum, seeds, and chew are not allowed;
  • Valpo High School is a smoke free campus;
  • teams warm up on the soccer field north of the football field.

All games are played on the high school football field which in behind the high school. Please park in the parking lot north of the field. The school’s address is: 2727 N Campbell St, Valparaiso, IN.

Valpo Pop Warner


   Cheerleading Summer Camp with VHS Cheerleaders

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 3:00-5:00p.m. 
$20.00

Come and learn cheers, jumps and basic stunting from our Valpo High School Cheerleaders.
What a great start to the 2014 season and a good way to learn new skills and techniques!
This is a special camp that VHS is doing just for VPW cheerleaders so don’t miss out on the fun!!

Contact: Lori Staack, 219-242-5047 or buffylou15@aol.com


PWLS Statement re: Friday Night Tykes on Esquire Network

By Pop Warner National Staff
January 15, 2014
The league portrayed in Esquire Network’s “Friday Night Tykes” has no affiliation with Pop Warner Little Scholars and the behavior exhibited in the show is counter to how we believe young athletes should be taught the game of football.
The coaching techniques and football philosophy on this show are in stark contrast to the ideals of sportsmanship, scholastics and safe play, which are the foundation of how the game is coached and played in Pop Warner.
We are working closely with other youth sports organizations and medical professionals to identify ways to promote safe play through the National Sports Concussion Coalition, an example of leaders joining forces to create a great experience for our youth.
The exhibitions on this show poorly represent all that’s great about youth sports in America and play directly into the misguided stereotype of football.
-Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.


Study: Concussions less prevalent in young players

February 19, 2014 6:30 pm  •  Michael Marot AP Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS | 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.
"The health of the millions of children who love to play football and gain its fitness and social benefits is our top priority," USA Football executive director Scott Hallenbeck said. "This new information enables us to advance player safety and strengthen standards such as those in our Heads Up Football program that today are put into practice by youth and high school programs in all 50 states."
The Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization sanctioned the two-year study to monitor injuries in youth leagues in six states from 2012 through 2013.
What it found was that the injury risk was lowest among the youngest players and steadily increased with age.
The Datalys Center, which conducted the research, said it found no children between ages 5 and 7 sustained concussions.
USA Football, which promotes the Head Up program to help reduce concussions, has said the purpose of the study was to compare the level of safety across age-only and age-weight playing standards. But the study showed no significant safety difference between those two leagues.
It also determined that the behavior of youth coaches can play a prominent role in preventing injuries.
"Based on this data, it is clear that coach behavior impacts player safety," said Dr. Thomas Dompier, president of the Datalys Center. "It is the position of the Datalys Center that coach and player education that includes proper tackling, limited contact drills and injury recognition, including concussion, should be mandatory in football and possibly other sports."
Other findings showed:
— That of the 22.4 percent of players who reported injuries, 70 percent returned to action the same day;
— of the 11.9 percent of players who missed a game or practice because of injury, 60 percent played again within seven days;
— players were more likely to sustain an injury during games than in practices;
— and that the study had no reports of catastrophic head, neck or heat-related injuries.


Valpo Pop Warner is very proud of the following participants who were selected as Pop Warner Little Scholars. 
Your hard work both in the classroom and for the community is rightfully acknowledged. 
Congratulations!

Cheer
Kaitlyn Humphrey
Alexandra Lininger
Kyle Johnson
Austyn Prytel

Football
Joshua Brinson
Thomas Burbee
Mauro Gonzalez IV
Lucas Hallal
Colin Kwiatkowski
Caden Silveus
Rex Stills
Joshua Fedorchak
Thomas Lee
Jadon Nielsen
Hunter Reif
Jesse Smith
Michael Smith


Congratulations to our Midget Team in Florida!

 Midget cheer team took 7th in the National competition at Walt Disney World. 
WE are so proud of you!!!

 

For anyone interested in head coaching for the 2014 season please see below and contact the appropriate Director:
 
The mission of Pop Warner is to enable young people to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment. Through this active participation, Pop Warner programs teach fundamental values, skills and knowledge that young people will use throughout their lives. It is a big commitment to be a head coach and your willingness to serve is appreciated.  
In desiring to be a head coach keep in mind the following: 

Football

  • Your child’s weight (VPWLS recommends playing down so you always have a weight advantage)
  • Divisional challenge if that applies to your players age (Division II can have travel expense and more time into the season)

 
Cheer

  • Your child's age
  • Divisional challenge if that applies to your participants age (older levels can have travel expenses and more time into the season)

 
For Football please contact - Shawn Evans:  242-3698
 
For Cheer please contact - Lori Staack:  242-5047

 

We are excited to announce a new way for businesses and families to support our
Valpo Pop Warner program. 

We will be hanging banners at all home games to let all our families and visitors know who supports Valpo Pop Warner.  Valpo Pop Warner is a 501c3 Non-Profit.  See the Partners Page for complete details.

 

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