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1 POP WARNER LITTLE SCHOLARS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES 2014 SEASON

2 What is Pop Warner About? Maximizing safety and fun for all Commitment to Excellence on the Field and Off Promoting a healthy and active lifestyle Instilling the life-long values of teamwork, dedication & integrity No Cutting and No Tryouts Mandatory Play On-Field Coaching for Younger Athletes No Individual Awards for On-Field Activities Recognizing Scholastic All-Americans Providing College Scholarship Funding Educating Coaches and Parents Background Screening for Volunteers Glenn Scobey “Pop” Warner

3 Pop Warner 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. Objectives 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.

4 Why Join Pop Warner? Experience & Stability– Heading into our 85th season, Pop Warner is the oldest national youth football and cheerleading organization in the world. Founded in 1929 by Joe Tomlin in Philadelphia as four-team conference, we now have over 120 leagues and 400,000 documented participants. Scholastic Emphasis –Pop Warner 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. No Tryouts – Pop Warner programs have no tryouts or cutting of rosters. Safety – Kids compete with kids of similar age and size. Pop Warner is the only youth football program that sets and enforces a strict Age and Weight Matrix that reduces the risk and reality of injuries. Age and Weight MatrixAge and Weight Matrix Volunteers & Coaches – We have over 40,000 volunteers and coaches that are being trained every year to offer the best and safest programs for you and your children.

5 Why Join Pop Warner? Grants, Merchandise and Discounts – Pop Warner sponsors and partners such as Schutt Sports and Team Cheer offer free equipment and merchandise as part of a grant program for new organizations as well as those in financial need. Other national partners offer Pop Warner only discounts and rebates on merchandise needed by local programs. Annual Scholastic Banquet – Pop Warner is the only national youth sports organization that rewards its members for their outstanding performance in the classroom by hosting an awards program each year to celebrate the accomplishments of our scholar athletes. Each year, the most academically accomplished Pop Warner kids compete for Academic All-American status, and are awarded scholarships on several different levels (National, Regional, League). Pop Warner has given away over $1 million in college scholarships! Competitive and Affordable Insurance – Pop Warner offers low-cost, broad insurance coverage as a benefit to its members. The Plan is specifically written by Chartis to meet the needs of Pop Warner Little Scholars and is periodically reviewed to obtain the broadest possible coverage at the most competitive prices.

6 Who are We? 325,000 participants aged ,000 participants aged ,000 Volunteers One Million + Parents & SupportersOne Million + Parents & Supporters Ten Million Estimated AlumniTen Million Estimated Alumni

7 The Pop Warner Family Pop Warner game days involve the entire family Dedicated parents and grandparents coach and volunteer at the field (snack shack, 50/50 raffles, etc). Dedicated parents and grandparents coach and volunteer at the field (snack shack, 50/50 raffles, etc). Sons and daughters play football and cheer Sons and daughters play football and cheer Other relatives travel to games to cheer everyone on! Other relatives travel to games to cheer everyone on! Process continues as Pop Warner athletes coach their own children years after graduating from Pop Warner

8 Pop Warner Structure Pop Warner Board of Directors Pop Warner Advisory Committee Pop Warner National Staff Jon Butler Executive Director Mary FitzGerald Chief Operating Officer Josh Pruce Director of Scholastics & Media Relations Sam Mutz National Football Commissioner Lisa Moroski National Cheer & Dance Commissioner Phyllis Farruggio Office Manager Trevor Scholl Recruiting & Marketing Coordinator Beth Dietz Event Manager NEW ENGLAND REGION EASTERN REGION MID-SOUTH REGION SOUTHEAST REGION MID-AMERICA REGION SOUTHWEST REGION WESCON REGION PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGION LEAGUES WITHIN REGION ASSOCIATION

9 Pop Warner Calendar of Events NFL Super Bowl Celebrity Events (Feb) Pop Warner Annual Meeting (Feb) Regional Meetings (Mar-Apr) Regional Scholastic Banquets (March-April) Annual National Scholastic Awards Banquet and Tributes (May) Pop Warner Football and Cheer Coaches’ Clinics (June-Aug) Summer Regional Meetings (July) Pop Warner Retail Events (July-Aug) Pop Warner Nationwide Kickoff (Aug) Pop Warner League Championships (Oct.) Pop Warner Regional Championships (Nov) Annual Televised Super Bowl and National Cheer and Dance Championships (Dec) Northern Indiana Pop Warner players run drills at the Panini Pop Warner Skills Clinic with Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton during Super Bowl XLVI week in Indianapolis, IN in February 2012.

10 Pop Warner Regional Map Pop Warner is divided into eight regions:

11 2013 Associations by State Note: States shaded in green have participants in PW associations in neighboring states. WY UT CO 15 NM 1 KS MO 12 OK 1 AR TX 85 LA MS AL GA 11 FL 173 ME NH 10 VT 1 MA 94 CT 29 NY 124 PA 37 NJ 88 MD/DC 49 DE 10 MI 37 WV KY 1 VA 24 TN NC 60 SC 15 WA 10 OR 28 CA AZ 17 ID NV 11 MT ND SD MN IA WI 14 IL 23 IN 23 OH 11 HI 49 CA 133 AK 12 RI 12 NE 9

12 Pop Warner Age/Weight Schematic Age/Weight Division Age(s)Certification Weight Range Tiny Mite5, 6,735 – 75 lbs. Mitey Mite7, 8, lbs. Junior Pee Wee (Older/Lighter) 8, 9, 10 11* 60 – 105 lbs 60 – 85 lbs.* Pee Wee (Older/Lighter) 9, 10, 11 12* 75 – 120 lbs. 75 – 100 lbs.* Junior Midget (Older/Lighter) 10, 11, 12 13* 90 – 145 lbs. 90 – 120 lbs.* Midget (Older/Lighter) 12, 13, 14 15* 105 – 170 lbs. 105 – 140 lbs.* Unlimited11, 12, 13, lbs + *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. A player may gain 1 pound per week after the second game, up to a maximum of 9 pounds.

13 The Pop Warner Super Bowl Live games shown on ESPN3.com throughout the week 57 th Super Bowl held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Dec 7-14, Appearances by NFL Players and Mascots Weeklong Media Coverage by ESPN3.com, USA Today & SI, as well as local media outlets. Over 24,000 Attendees in 2013

14 PWLS CHEER & DANCE SQUADS Cheerleading was officially recognized in the 1970's, but has been a part of the Pop Warner program for several decades. Today, more than 100,000 children are participating in Pop Warner cheerleading and dance around the world. Safety First! safety initiatives include a PWLS Rule Book, Coaches’ Education Clinics and Online Coaches’ Training geared towards coaching youth participants. Youth Divisions make it possible for all to participate according to Age Group and Skill Level, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced.

15 GAME DAY SPIRIT The main role of Cheer and Dance participants is to support their designated football team, promote spirit at games and to encourage crowd involvement at events and in the community Practice begins on August 1 in preparation for their football season openers. Spirit squads are on the sidelines for a 7 to 9 football game schedule and Championship playoffs.

16 Road to the National Championships Spirit squads also compete in their PWLS respective League Cheer & Dance Events around the country throughout the month of October. Once league champions have been decided, those advancing teams compete at respective region championships in November, eight locations across the country. Those Region Champions, approximately 300 squads, will then be invited to ESPN Wide World of Sports™ to compete for a national championship in their division. In 2013, the Pop Warner PW4 cheer division was broadcast live on ESPN3 for the first time with the goal of adding additional divisions in future years to the broadcast.

17 Pop Warner Annual All-American Tributes & Honoree Banquet One million dollars total in College Scholarships Awarded as of 2013 Past Honorees include Wes Welker, Brian Dawkins, Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Forte. Media Coverage by NFL Network, ESPN, Sirius Radio and local media outlets 9,000 All Americans honored each year for outstanding academic performance 2011 Inspiration to Youth recipient Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears addresses the scholars at the 51 st Banquet in Chicago. *Photo Courtesy of Gerardo Mora

18 Contact Information Trevor Scholl Recruiting and Marketing Coordinator Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc. 586 Middletown Blvd, Suite C-100 Langhorne, PA Ph: (215) x 116 Fax: (215)

19 Legal Information *All rights reserved worldwide. These presentation materials, and the concepts, plans and descriptions contained herein, are confidential information and contain intellectual property of Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) and may not be used, implemented, copied transmitted or distributed to third parties without prior written permission from PWLS. The phrases, titles, descriptions and concepts contained in these materials have been developed for presentation purposes only by PWLS, and may have to be modified or altered in order to comply with legal requirements. This information shall not be considered approved for publication or distribution without a comprehensive trademark search and written authorization from PWLS. PWLS reserves the right to modify or substitute copy and descriptions as necessary.


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