Teaneck Pop Warner Mandatory Play Rules

Here’s a summary of Pop Warner’s mandatory play rules. Read the first question and answer closely. Every football athlete gets to play in games, but every athlete is required to practice.   There are also restrictions on weight gain by tackle football athletes.  We go to 3 times weekly practices this week.  We take attendance daily.  Two unexcused absences from practice will result in a flag or tackle football athlete ineligible to participate in that week’s game.

  1. Question – Are all players required to play each game in Pop Warner?

Answer – All players must play a minimal number of plays each game unless the player is injured, or was unexcused from practice 3 or more times/week during the summer and 2 or more times/week during the school year.

  1. Question – So how much should I expect to see my child play?[Read more →]

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Weight Gain & Equipment Checklist

Posted on August 1st, 2014 by admin
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Please monitor your athlete’s diet. NO bingeing on ice cream, cake, pasta or fast food.

Under Pop Warner rules, our tackle football athletes are allowed to gain up to 4 pounds more than their weight at certification.  Pop Warner is serious about safety, and that’s why tackle football athletes are weighed before each game. 

An athlete who gains 4 pounds over their certification weight will not be allowed to play in the next game.

Questions?  Concerns?  Please speak to your athlete’s coach or stop by the Teaneck Pop Warner trailer.

Ages and Weights for Tackle Football Programs:

Age/Weight Division Age(s) Certification Weight End of Season Weight
FLAG 5-6-7
MITEY-MITE 7-8-9 45-100 lbs. 104 lbs.
JR. PEE WEE (older/lighter) 8-9-10
60-115 lbs.
60-95 lbs.
119 lbs.
99 lbs.
PEE WEE (older/lighter) 9-10-11
75-130 lbs.
75-110 lbs.
134 lbs.
114 lbs.
JR. VARSITY (older/lighter) 10-11-12
90-155 lbs.
90-135 lbs.
159 lbs.
139 lbs.

In Season weekly weight 1 lb. Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 (Max. of 4 lbs.), additional 1 lb. at Super Bowl.

*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.


PLAYER EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST:  Please keep track of your athlete’s equipment.  If a piece goes missing, stop by the Teaneck Pop Warner equipment trailer.

  • Helmet
  • Chin Strap
  • Mouth Piece
  • Shoulder Pads & Shoulder Pad Straps
  • Protective Cup
  • Belt


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How Much to Eat and When

Posted on July 31st, 2014 by admin
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Athlete’s need good, clean food to provide the fuel they need to perform.

And that’s even more so in young athletes.

It is important that young athletes eat well-balanced meals and remain hydrated in order to achieve optimal health and performance. Bodies need to be fueled by eating proper types of foods, such as 3-5 cups of fruits and veggies a day. Doing so will ensure that young athletes play at their best.