Signing your child up for Pop Warner football is exciting and overwhelming at the same time.  Like any new adventure, playing Pop Warner football will come with lots of questions.  Will my child be safe? How big are the kids playing on my child’s team? When can I register?

Here are some frequently asked questions first-time Pop Warner parents ask and some answers to get you started as your child embarks on a great experience.

If you can not find your question listed below.  Please click on ERPW Registration Packet 2022 for additional information.

When are sign-ups?

East River Pop Warner registration begins March 1.  Check the website often for specific dates and details as well as the latest registration packets.

What are the different age groups?

East River Pop Warner has opportunities for players ages 7-12 and they are separated into three divisions.  The youngest, the 8U division features children ages 7 and 8 .  The 10U division features  9 and 10 year old players.  The 12U Division features players  ages 11 and 12

My child has a birthday during the season.  How does that affect age placement?

With Pop Warner games being played in the fall, the organization has setup specific guidelines: A child’s age on July 31st is his age for the entire season. So if your son turns 10 on August 1st, he will still be considered a 9 year old for registration purposes.

Are there any other requirements?

Pop Warner demands academic excellence among its participants.  Players MUST receive a 2.0 grade point average (or 70 percent average) in school to participate.

Are there tryouts?

No.  Everyone is allowed to participate and play.  All you have to do is sign up.

Is my child safe playing organized football?

Though injury is always possible in any sport, Pop Warner is quick to point out that injury rates are significantly lower in youth football than in high-school or college football.  That’s partly because of Pop Warner’s strict age/weight scale that makes sure all the children are playing against players their own size.  East River Pop Warner is also partnered with USA Football / HeadsUp to teach the proper fundamentals and make the game better and safer.

How many games will my child play?

The regular season is usually around 6 games between late August and October.  In addition the league will hold various scrimmage games as part of our regular practice plan.

If my child isn’t the best player on the team, will he just sit on the bench all season?

Not at all.  Pop Warner has mandatory rules of play that requires everyone be able to participate.  This means that every player will get in for several plays in every game.

When are practices held?

“Practice Days” are scheduled by coaches assigned to their respective teams.  The first three weeks there is a total of 20 hours of practice, generally 3 times a week to meet the regulated hours of conditioning.  Once the regular season starts, practice will be held 2 times a week for a maximum of 2 hours.

Our Mission Statement:

In The Name of Pop Warner, we promise that we will work together as a team, Respecting and abiding by all the rules, Always striving to win, but above all playing fair. So win or lose we will do our best, in the true spirit of good sportsmanship, for the glory of football and the honor of our team.

Contact Us

East River Pop Warner
PO Box 307
De Pere, WI 54115