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Warhawks & Heads Up football program

The Western Howard County Warhawks Youth Football and Cheer is committed to ensuring a positive youth football experience and advancing player safety this fall by providing league-wide coaching education and teaching resources that benefit players, parents and coaches through USA Football’s Heads Up Football program.

USA Football is the official youth development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams.  Western Howard County Warhawks Youth Football and Cheer is comprised of more than 400 players and over 100 coaches.   Western Howard County Warhawks Youth Football coaches will be trained in Heads Up Football techniques before leading their teams this season. All Warhawk head coaches and assistant coaches will complete USA Football’s accredited Level 1 Coach Certification Course, which includes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response protocols; proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting; and Heads Up Tackling techniques, which aim to take the head out of the line of contact.

Through Heads Up Football, a Player Safety Coach/Player Safety Coach is trained by USA Football to implement, evaluate and monitor all Heads Up Football player safety protocols within the organization. Player Safety Coach works with league commissioners, coaches, parents and players throughout the season to provide on-site clinics and mentoring to ensure that coaching and player safety best practices are used.  

Heads Up Football promotes a safer, better game.


Helpful information

Summer Vacations - We highly recommend that parents ensure that players take vacation(s) before the first day of practice (Aug. 1st) so that they get the full benefit of the August training evaluations.  

Medical Forms:

If your child does not have his/her medical form (see handouts link to the right side of page) they will not be allowed to practice on the field until that is completed.  But you should still bring them to practice to observe the drills and plays; and meet their coaches. Once the forms are completed, bring them to the Volunteer table to either Ray Hall or Renee Wilkens so that your child can be cleared to participate. Any Questions regarding medical forms contact Ray Hall arhall@howardcountymd.gov
410-313-1689 (office),  410-313-4646(fax).

Refund Policy: 
This policy is strictly enforced.
A $29 administrative fee will deducted from refund request made prior to July 1, 2016.

A 50% administrative fee will be deducted from refund request made July 1 - August 15, 2016.

No refunds after August 15

Football is a team sport and requires conditioning and practice to learn offensive and defensive strategies and become familiar with the coaching staff and the fellow players.  Teams are formed by the coaches and the Director of Football Operations, not by what section you registered your child in or how early you registered your child.  Coaches will be evaluating players until just before rosters are certified (mid-August).  Teams are formed based on player’s age, weight, skill, conditioning, experience, teamwork, and the overall needs of the program.   Players may be moved to another team or age level at any time during this evaluation period based upon any of these conditions. 


Placement on a team last year does not guarantee the same coach or placement the following year.

Volunteers make the program

We are always in need of volunteers willing to help get ready before the season begins. 
We need many parent volunteers if we are to have special events (not recognized by Howard County or Mid-Maryland football) such as homecoming, end of year celebration, jamborees. If you are willing to help, please contact Ray Hall at arhall@howardcountymd.gov.



If you do not have a state ID for your child, please see your MVA office to get an ID for your child. ALL players are required to have a State ID or a Mid Maryland ID for Roster certification. Your child cannot play without an ID.