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North Texas Pop Warner Organization

North Texas Pop Warner

Little Scholars

North Texas Pop Warner football has been around since the inception of the league in 1965 which consisted of teams in the Dallas area. Since that time it has grown into the largest youth football league in the northern region of Texas.  It currently consists of 14 organizations that have football programs for young boys ages 5-15 totaling over 1,000 football players. North Texas has produced many champions on and off the field, because of our commitment to excellence.

Safety First

Boys compete with boys of similar age and size.
Pop Warner is the ONLY youth football program (local, regional and national) that sets and enforces a strict 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 percapita among 5-15 year olds than organized soccer in the same age range! (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, NEISS)

In our continuing efforts to provide the safest playing environment for our young athletes, and in light of developing concussion research, Pop Warner announced some important rule changes that started in the 2012 season.

The New Rules Are As Follows:

No full speed head-on blocking or tackling drills in which the players line up more than 3 yards apart are permitted. 

(Having two linemen in stances immediately across the line of scrimmage from each other and having full-speed drills where the players approach each other at an angle, but not straight ahead in to each other are both permitted.)  

However, there should be no intentional head-to-head contact!

The amount of contact at each practice will be reduced to a maximum of 1/3 of practice time 

(Either 40 minutes total of each practice or 1/3 of total weekly practice time). 

In this context, “contact” means any drill or scrimmage in which drills; down line vs. down line full-speed drills; and scrimmages.

In addition to the above, we would also like to reiterate the technique portion of Rule 14 of the Pop Warner National Rule Book, 11-Man Tackle Football, regarding teaching safe blocking and tackling techniques which states:

In addition to other specific prohibitions in the National Federation and NCAA rulebooks, no butt blocking, chop blocking, face tackling or spearing techniques shall be permitted.

Why There Are No Personal Statistics

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