Providing a safe and structured ENVIRONMENT emphasizing SCHOLASTICs, athletics and good sportsmanship to the youth of Oak Hill, Edgewater and New Smyrna beach area

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“Before kids can play like a pro, they must enjoy playing the game like a kid.” 

Our Beginning

About Pop Warner Little Scholars:

Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) is a non-profit organization that provides youth football and cheer & dance programs for participants in several states and countries around the world.

Consisting of approximately 325,000 young people ranging from ages 5 to 16 years old, Pop Warner is the largest youth football, cheer and dance program in the world.

Pop Warner was founded in 1929, and continues to grow and serves as the only youth football, cheerleading & dance organization that requires its participants to maintain academic standards in order to participate. Pop Warner's commitment to academics is what separates the program from other youth sports around the world.

As the only national youth sports organization that requires scholastic aptitude to participate, Pop Warner is committed to developing America's young people on the field and off. Each year Pop Warner continues to expand its efforts in team and activity participation, as well as visibility and outreach in the community.

Since 1929, the Pop Warner Programs Philosophy has been that athletics and scholastics go hand in hand. At every level, Pop Warner programs seek to develop well-rounded young men and women who learn not only the fundamentals of football, cheerleading, and dance but also the importance of education in an atmosphere conducive to developing sound character while having a good time.

      Our Mission

      The Pop Warner Mission:

      The mission of Pop Warner Little Scholars is to enable young people to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment. Through this active participation, Pop Warner programs teach fundamental values, skills and knowledge that young people will use throughout their lives.

      Pop Warner seeks to provide fun athletic learning opportunities for children, while emphasizing the importance of academic success.  Specifically, Pop Warner seeks to familiarize players and spirit participants with the fundamentals of football, cheerleading and dance. Pop Warner strives to inspire youth, regardless of race, creed or national origin, to practice the ideals of sportsmanship, scholarship and physical fitness as reflected in the life of the late Glenn Scobie “Pop” Warner.


      • To encourage and increase youth participation in football, cheerleading and dance.
      • To ensure a safe and positive playing environment for all participants.
      • To instill life-long values of teamwork, dedication and a superior work ethic in the classroom and on the playing field.

      Positive Experiences:

      • Pop Warner programs have no tryouts or cutting of rosters.
      • Everyone participates under mandatory rules of play.
      • On-field coaching is allowed for younger age levels.
      • Individual awards are given only for academic excellence, not for on-field activities.

      Safe Playing Environment:

      • Players are matched by age and weight levels.
      • There are strict mandatory equipment requirements.
      • Pop Warner provides Coaching Clinics and Risk Management Training.
      • An enforced national rule book incorporates time-tested rules.
      • A full-time executive staff supports all local associations and assists in sound policy creation.

      Get Involved

      All coaches and board members are volunteers from the community. If you are interested in being on the field, participating in events and games, or even bringing our kids snacks and water - we encourage it! There are always opportunity to enrich our program with your help!



      Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) is the only national youth sports organization in America that requires its participants to perform adequately in the classroom before permitting them to play.

      We believe that the standards we have set give these children a sense of responsibility and an appreciation for academics and athletics that will help them develop later on in life.

      Like such organizations as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)and National Federation of High Schools (NFHS), PWLS has academic guidelines and criteria that need to be met in order for a child to participate.


      Proof of satisfactory progress in school is required. A 2.0/70% or the equivalent shall be the minimum grade point average acceptable to participate. In cases of doubt, conflict of opinion, or if a valid report card is not submitted, the nationally published scholastic eligibility form shall be used and deemed final.

      NOTE: This rule as it relates to scholastic grades may not be made more stringent by any team, association, or league, as other rules may be. No local team/squad may be allowed to participate in Regional/National sponsored championships or bowl games if it has not met the nationally published scholastic requirements.



      Each year, the most academically accomplished Pop Warner kids compete for Academic All-American status. This process begins at the association level and up through each of the eight Pop Warner regions to the national level.

      In 2014 over 325,000 kids participated in Pop Warner. As our numbers once again reached record levels, a record numbers of All-American Scholar applications were once again submitted to us...more than 9,700 applications!

      The Pop Warner All-American Program requires a minimum 96% grade point average to apply. After the applications have been processed, Pop Warner determines National First Team All-Americans (35 football, 35 cheer per grade), National Second Team All-Americans and National Honorable Mention Scholars.