We will be having one last late sign-up for football and cheer on May 22nd from 7-8pm at 159 NW Hills Drive in Valparaiso. We have spots available as follows: 5 for Tiny Mite(5 and 6 year olds), 6 for JMM(7and 8 year olds), 5 for JPW(10 and 11 lightweights), 2 for PW(11 and 12 lightweights), 10 for JV( formerly JM-12 and 13 lightweights). Spots are filling up quickly!!! Please contact Eric Olson for football at (219) 548-8336 and Jackie Collins for cheer at (219)707-3198.
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
There is still limited space available in all age groups for football and cheer.
Please contact Erik Olson at (219)548-8336 for Football and Jackie Collins for Cheer (219)707-3198
as soon as possible for a guaranteed spot.
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.
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.