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Fallbrook Pop Warner prepares for new season

Douglas Berger

President

Fallbrook Pop Warner League, Inc.

"Hard work pays off," that's the motto of the Fallbrook Pop Warner Youth Football and Cheer program. For more than 60 years, Fallbrook's local Pop Warner league has inspired thousands of kids to become better athletes, students, and members of society.

Pop Warner's primary objective is to teach kids fundamental values, skills, and knowledge that they will use throughout their lives. Those who apply themselves to this program will learn teamwork, dedication, and a superior work ethic in the classroom and on the playing field, all while having fun playing football or performing cheer routines on the sideline.

Implementing these skills and values takes knowledge, persistence, and patience. That's why our entire staff completes a comprehensive evaluation and training program that is presided over by Pop Warner's local and national governing bodies. Starting with an interview with the board of directors, all Pop Warner coaches and volunteer staff are required to complete a "Live Scan" background check.

At FPW, we take a holistic approach to player safety by combining the best tools and resources available. In addition to the CPR, AED, and first aid classes that all volunteer staff are required to complete, FPW has nominated a new safety coordinator whose primary job is to monitor, oversee, and administer all league safety programs and procedures.

The league safety coordinator will not only monitor our kids during games and practices, but she will also hold all coaches and staff accountable to the league required safety protocols.

Finally, FPW requires all coaches to complete the USA Football "Heads Up" program which is designed to make the sport safer by drastically reducing "helmet to helmet" contact, all while teaching the game based on an athlete's age and the skills they are learning. The program also focuses on concussion training and awareness.

Kids ages 5 through 14 are eligible for registration. You can sign your child up starting now by logging onto http://www.fallbrookpopwarner.com. The registration costs are as follows: Early bird registration costs for Tackle Football and Competitive Cheerleading (ages 7 to 14) is $475 per participant from now until April 30. Flag Football and Cheer (ages 5 to 7) is $200 from now until April 30. After April 30, registration fees increase to $590 for Tackle and $250 for Flag.

Sibling and military discounts are available, as well as financial aid for those who qualify. Practices begin on Aug. 1 while the season officially kicks off with the first game taking place on Sept. 3. Additional information regarding registration can be attained by emailing [email protected].

Meanwhile, if you are interested in becoming a coach or volunteer, send a request to [email protected]. Head coach interviews will be scheduled from now until May. All other inquiries involving registration, or the upcoming season, can be emailed to [email protected].

All of us at Fallbrook Pop Warner take pride in running a well-rounded and inclusive program for our participants. And thanks to our community, we have been blessed to press on and continue preparing kids for the many life challenges they will soon face. We can't wait to see you in August.

 

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