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Welcome to the YLPW Frequently Asked Questions Page.  Please read all the topics on this page and if you have a question and you don't see the answer here, please email info@ylpw.org.

Q. When does registration begin? 
A: Registration begins on March 1st of each year.  Players are assigned to a team on a First Come-First-Serve basis.

Q: When does the season begin? 
A: August 1. Please keep in mind that tackle football is a huge commitment. Our practices run 4 or 5 days a week, up to 2.5 hours a day (max 10 hours per week) throughout August and early September. Vacations during this period are NOT recommended. Our national rule book states that any athlete MUST complete a full 10 hours of conditioning before participating in any contact drills. Missing any time once practice starts can cause your athlete to fall behind. If you have vacation plans after the start date of practice, please contact one of our Board Members immediately to discuss the pros & cons of the situation or to rethink your vacation plans or your commitment to Pop Warner Football.

Q: When will our Head Coach contact us? 
A: Generally, by June 1st.

Q: How long does the season last?  
A: 4 months. The season begins August 1st and continues through the month of November. Some teams (Jr. Pee Wee and above) may play into December depending upon playoffs schedules.

Q: How many days/hours do the players/cheerleaders practice? 
A: Tackle players will practice 4 to 5 days a week during August (10 hours per week). After the Labor Day Holiday, practice is reduced to 3 days a week (6 hours per week). Flag players will practice 2-3 times a week 1.5 hours per day. Cheer teams normally practice the same days and hours as their assigned football team.

Q: How many games will be played? 
A: 10 for tackle and 8 for flag. Additional games will be played if the team makes playoffs. (Mitey Mite level and above)

Q: When and where are games played?  
A: All games are on Saturday’s. Home games will be played at Veterans Memorial Park, on Valley View in Yorba Linda.  Away games will vary by location, our Conference covers Orange and L.A. County. Playoff games may be scheduled on Sundays.

Q: How much volunteer time is expected from parents? 
A: Parents are expected to volunteer for league and/or team activities for the duration of their team’s season, which includes playoffs and bowl games. Parents are also expected to assist during game day (field security, parking lot patrol, chain gang, field set up/take down, spotter duty, score board, snack shack duty, and other team specific duties).

Q: Why must parents participate so much?  
A: Pop Warner is run strictly by volunteers. We appreciate your help in making our season successful.

Q: Are cheer uniforms part of the registration fees?  
A: Cheer uniforms are NOT part of the cheer registration fees. They are purchased by each girl and are theirs to keep.

Q: Can I request a certain Coach or Team? 
A: Yes, but there is no guarantee that you will be placed on the requested team.

Q: Do I need a waiver if I live out of the boundaries of Yorba Linda or Placentia? 
A: Yes, you will need a waiver (signed by the President of the League of the area in which you live) to register with YL.  Please see a Board Member for more information and we can help you get the waiver.

Q. What is my child's scholastic obligation? 
A:  The official name of Pop Warner is ‘Pop Warner Little Scholars'. Scholastic responsibility is the most important component of our program. Your child must turn in a report card for the entire school year that has an overall grade point average of 2.0. Scholastic Waivers are available for those participants who do not meet the scholastic eligibility standards. Participants who cheer or play under a scholastic waiver must abide by the specific criteria required by National Pop Warner.

Q. How far will I be traveling for away games and what are the game times? 
A:  You can expect to travel as far north as Baldwin Park & North Long Beach and as far south as San Clemente. You can refer to the OEC website for the complete list of cities at                           . Game times begin as early as 8AM and as late as 7PM. As a rule, Flag, JMM & MM will usually have morning games, the JPW & PW games will be late morning to early afternoon games and the JM & M games are late afternoon or evening games. Game times will vary. Regional Playoff Games may include travel to the Inland Empire, San Diego and/or Western Arizona.  

Q. When will we know our game schedule? 
A:  Games are scheduled by our Conference and are usually published by mid-August for all levels. Game times can change weekly due to loss of fields by a city, weather, or some other unforeseen circumstance.  Coaches will be notified as soon as we receive the changes.


Q: Who can I contact if I have questions regarding football or cheer? 
A:  Please email president@ylpw.org

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