Baldwinsville Pop Warner: Football

2016 Age and Weight Matrix


As Coaches, we’d like to recommend that parents keep in mind a few things that will help our players prepare themselves for their football games this season.


  • Get a good night’s sleep – Nothing puts more of a damper on a player’s performance and intensity than having a sleepover with friends the night before a game!
  • Drink plenty of fluids the night before and morning of a game – Muscle cramping is 100% avoidable if you hydrate and stretch out properly.
  • Review your plays – Know what your position is supposed to do. If you need a copy of a playbook or selected plays, ask your Coach.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast – Pop Tarts and a Mountain Dew won’t “dew” it for you in the fourth quarter.
  • Cleats - parents must provide properly fitted, “molded rubber” only cleats". “Screw-ins”, metal or hard plastic cleats will not be allowed on the field.
  • Mouth piece – players must have a mouth piece in order to play; we have extras in our kits but bringing an extra molded one to the game (that Mom/Dad holds onto) is a good idea.
  • Pre-game jitters – to be expected, especially for first year players; just let them know they are as prepared as they need to be for the game and no one (Coaches or Teammates) expects more from them than just giving their best effort.
  • Managing expectations – let’s be mindful of how much pressure these kids usually put on themselves and try not to add to that load. Keep in mind that 50% of the players in a game will never make a tackle or touch the football so their measure of success will be found in other ways – staying low and making a good block, getting into the opponent’s backfield, or just making contact with the opponent can be success-blocks to build on.
  • Lastly – Mistakes are part of the game – so is hitting. Try to do one more than the other and we’ll do fine. Let’s have a great start to an exciting and rewarding season!! See you on the field and thanks again for all your support!!



Pop Warner football has been around since the inception of the league in 1929 by founder Joseph J. Tomlin as a four-team conference in Northeast Philadelphia. Since then, participation has steadily increased to today's record numbers. Over 250,000 youths participated in Pop Warner-sanctioned football programs in 2011, and those numbers are continuing to grow.


Kids compete with kids of similar age and size. Pop Warner is the ONLY youth football program (local, regional and national) that sets and enforces a strict Age & Weight Matrix that reduces the risk and reality of injuries.

Did you know that Pop Warner football is safer than soccer? Pop Warner football has 12% fewer injuries per capita among 5-15 year olds than organized soccer in the same age range! (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, NEISS)


Pop Warner exists to use football, cheerleading, dance and a respect for education to develop strong, smart, responsible, healthy young men and women. We give them experiences that build their appreciation for and understanding of leadership, teamwork, and discipline.

While individual statistics may be more common, particularly among older football players, Pop Warner only recognizes the athletic accomplishments of the team, not the individual. We don't track personal tallies of touchdowns or yards rushing per game. We don't count sacks or blocked kicks. We applaud the athletic efforts of the team to reinforce the importance of teamwork, with each member.

Equipment Maintenance

Mouthpiece Instructions

  1. Place mouthpiece in mouth. If it is too long cut the back edges with scissors so it is the right length.
  2. Boil water. Place mouthpiece in water holding the end that attaches to helmet for 20 seconds or until mouthpiece goes limp.
  3. Once limp, dip in cold water for one second.
  4. Place in child’s mouth positioned tightly against upper teeth. Have child to bite down for 10 seconds, sucking to pull the mouthpiece tightly against upper teeth. Dip mouthpiece in cold water for 10 seconds.
  5. If child bites a hole in it, then it was too soft. 

 Mouthpiece Care

  1.   Wash mouthpieces once per week with soap and water.

  Shoulder Pads

  1.  Disinfect shoulder pads once per week with something similar to Lysol.
  2. Check wear and tear of shoulder pad strings once per week.


  1.  Disinfect helmets once per week with something similar to Lysol.
  2. Shine your helmets with pledge or similar agent before every game.
  3. Check helmet screws to ensure they are all tight once per week.

 Pads (knee, thigh, hip, tail)

  1.   DO NOT run knee pads, thigh pads, hip pads or tail pads through the dryer, especially thigh pads!

  Equipment Problems

  1.  If you have an equipment problem please see the team Equipment Coordinator, Ralph Blasi, or your Coach.




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