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DC Pop Warner Football

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Pop Warner League Background Information

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Youth Football program is part of the DC Pop Warner Football League with participating youth that range from the ages of 5-15, the Pop Warner charter is held by DPR, and the league is operated in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

Founded in 1929, Pop Warner Football is the only youth football program (local, regional, and national) that sets and enforces a strict age and weight matrix which reduces the risk of injuries. Pop Warner is also the only nataional youth sports organization that requires its participants to maintain academic standards in order to participate.

The DC Pop Warner Football League has two divisions which compete against one another for the opportunity to represent DC Pop Warner Football in the regional playoffs in November, and the chance to compete in the Pop Warner Football Super Bowl in December.

DC Pop Warner Football features six Pop Warner Football age/weight divisions of play, which are listed below. For more information or to register, please visit a DPR center, a Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, or contact the DC Pop Warner Football League at (202) 498-2243 or the DPR Sport Office at (202) 671-0314.

DC Pop Warner Forms and Information:

Important Dates:

  • Registration Open: January 27, 2013

  • Registration Closes: August 30, 2013

  • Team Declarations: June 24, 2013

  • Season Begins: August 1, 2013 (1st day for pads)

  • Weight-in Date: August 17, 2013

  • Regular Season Play: September 7- October 26, 2013

  • City Wide Playoffs: November 2, 2013

  • Championship Games: Saturday, November 9, 2013  

  • Regional Cheer & Dance Competition Results: November 1, 2013

  • Eastern Regional Football Championship and Cheer & Dance Competitions: November 29- December 1, 2013

  • Pop Warner Super Bowl  & Cheer and Dance Championship at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, FL: December 7 – December 14

DC Pop Warner Football League - Tackle Football Divisions of Play

Age/Weight Division
Age
Certification Weight Range
TINY-MITE
(older/lighter)
5 - 6 - 7
No older/lighter
35 - 75 lbs
No older/lighter
MITEY-MITE
(older/lighter)
7 - 8 - 9
N/A
45 - 90 lbs
N/A
JUNIOR PEEWEE
(older/lighter)
8 - 9 - 10
11*
60 - 105 lbs
60 - 85 lbs
PEEWEE
(older/lighter)
9 - 10 - 11
12*
75 - 120 lbs
75 - 100 lbs
JUNIOR MIDGET
(older/lighter)
10 - 11 - 12
13*
85 - 135 lbs
85 - 115 lbs
MIDGET
(older/lighter)
11 - 12 - 13 - 14
15*
105 - 160 lbs
105 - 140 lbs

 *The asterisked (*) provisions in each division allow the so-called "older but lighter" player to also qualify. The last year of eligibility falls under more stringent weight restrictions, per above. A child's age on July 31 is his/her age for the season. A player may gain 1 pound per week after the second game, up to a maximum of 9 pounds.

DC Pop Warner Spirit Division Ages for Cheer and Dance

Age/Weight Division

Age

Inclusive Birth Dates

TINY-MITE

5 - 6 - 7

8/1/04 - 7/31/07

MITEY-MITE

7, 8, & 9 year olds

8/1/02 - 7/31/05

JUNIOR PEEWEE

8, 9, 10 & 11 year olds

8/1/00 - 7/31/04

PEEWEE

9, 10, 11 &12 year olds

8/1/99 - 7/31/03

JUNIOR MIDGET

10, 11, 12 & 13 year olds

8/1/98 - 7/31/02

MIDGET

11, 12 ,13,14 & 15 year

8/1/96 - 7/31/01