Southern Connecticut Pop Warner (SCPW) is a non-profit football and cheer league that consists of 17 cities and towns from Fairfield, Hartford and New Haven counties, with over 4000 participants. SCPW is one of the eight leagues that formulate the New England Region for Pop Warner.
SCPW is regulated by the Pop Warner Little Scholars® (PWLS), which is a national non-profit organization, which is in its 79th year of operation with over 360,000 participants in the United States. The mission of all Pop Warner organizations is “to enable children 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 children will use throughout their lives”.
PWLS is the only national youth sports organization that requires scholastic aptitude in order to participate. Since safety is a major concern of PWLS, several policies are in place to address safety. The age and weight matrix that Pop Warner uses enables kids to compete with kids of similar age and weight, and therefore reduces the risk of injury. Volunteers and coaches are being trained every year to offer the best and safest programs for the participants. These volunteers and anyone who provides regular service to the league or has access to or contact with the participants must undergo background checks annually, which is in place to protect the children. There also is a Minimum Play Requirement (MPR), which assures all children will play. PWLS annually publishes a new rulebook, which incorporates lessons learned from the previous season.
SCPW has an 8 game regular season, which traditionally begins Labor Day weekend. We are divided into 2 Divisions of play. Division 1 consists of the larger associations and Division 2 consists of the smaller ones. SCPW has teams at five levels based on age and weight; Mighty Mites, Junior Peewees, Pewees, Jr. Midgets and Midgets. At the end of the season, SCPW has league championship playoffs, which result in a league champion at each level for each division (except mighty mites). The eight remaining teams enter the national playoff bracket with an opportunity to travel to Disney World to play for the National Championship.
SCPW also has a competitive cheer program. Not only do the cheerleaders support the football teams on Sundays, but they also prepare for the annual SCPW competition in October. Winners and the runner-ups qualify for the States and New England Regional tournament and have an opportunity to compete for the national championship in Disney World.
The executive board of SCPW is committed to assuring all associations are treated fairly and all participants involved will learn football and cheer, while also having fun. SCPW is responsible for scheduling, coordinating league events, hosting clinics and verifying that all associations are complying with the National and SCPW rules and regulations.
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