News and Announcements

SMPW FREE Conditioning/Heads Up Tackle Camp - 7/28 - 7/31

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Santa Margarita Pop Warner is offering a FREE camp for four nights leading up to the 2014 season.   Camp will run from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at Tesoro High School in Titan Stadium from Monday, 7/28 through Thursday 7/31.  Camp will be led by D1 Tesoro Varsity Head Coach Matt Poston, his staff and SMPW Head Coaches.

Camp is focused on two areas; Conditioning and Safe Tackle Training.

Helmets are required along with SMPW Spirit shorts/T Shirt/Football Cleats.   Bring plenty of water!

Check with your head coach for more details and to sign up for this camp.

You must be PRE REGISTERED WITH YOUR COACH to attend this camp!

ProSport SMPW Weight Training with Mike Axe

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ProSport SMPW weight training for Pee Wee, Junior Midget and Midget players just got better!  (Junior Pee Wee on exception) Mike Axe, strenght trainer for the 2013 California State Champions, St John Bosco High School will lead the SMPW weight training at ProSport!
Many families have been asking, "Where do we go for strength training?".    The answer is ProSport.   There are many camps for speed, agility, football skills, running skills etc.  Very few for youth strength training.
Check out the attached flyer for the program that ProSport put together specifically for SMPW athletes!

SMPW Alumni Scott Thompson Named to Phil Steel ALL AMERICAN for 2nd Year in Row!

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Congratulation to former SMPW player Scott Thompson for earning Phil Steel ALL AMERICAN honors for the second year in a row!   Scott plays long snapper for NC State!  Great job Scott!
Check out thsi qoute from Phil Steel:
Scott Thompson, LS, NC State: Thompson was one of the highest-rated long snappers in the country coming out of high school and has been the starting snapper for the Wolfpack since arriving on campus three years ago. He handles both punts and kickoffs and I named him first-team All-America last season."

Congratulations to our 70 girls that competed and did great at OEC Cheer Competition!

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SMPW CHEER is largest Pop Warner Cheer in Southern California!  Proud of our girls!

  • Tiny Mite Stallions
  • Mighty Mite Eagles
  • Junior Pee Wee Stallions
  • Junior Midget Mustangs
  • Midget Mustangs


SMPW Alumni Dominate "Top 10 High School" List on

SMPW Alumni are well represented in OC Varsity's "Top 10 Ranking By Position" released this week.  Go to for more information on these players.  No other youth football league in Orange County has more former players in D1 High School Football.
Running Backs

  • #1 ranked Alex Suchesk - MV
  • Jordan Hettinger - THHS
  • Chris Reck - THHS

Offensive Line

  • #6 ranked Ryan Kilander - SM
  • #8 ranked Cole Smith - MV
  • #10 ranked Zach Hickman - Tesoro


  • #6 ranked Zach Holland - MV
  • #8 ranked Duncan Hume - SM
  • Grady Higgins - SM

Defensive Backs

  • #9 ranked Hunter Remington - MV
  • Rick Ellison - SM

Defensive Lineman

  • #3 ranked Taylor Prenovost - SM
  • #6 ranked Nick Dehdashtian - MV
  • Jack Bares - Tesoro


  • #4 Nick Robinson - JS
  • KJ Costello - SM


  • #6 Alex Ury - SM

Special Thanks to the SMPW Medical Team Sponsors

Special thanks to the medical organizations that provided free physicals to SMPW football and cheerleaders for 2013!
These talented professionals worked from 8am to 5pm doing physicals for over 650 kids!
SMPW asks that you support the following practices for your medical needs:

CAP ALTERNATIVE THERAPY - Chuck Pechin, Dr. Mike Flores and Dr. Chris Chang.

OC FAMILY MEDICINE & WELLNESS CENTER -  Mission Viejo - 949-458-1170 or Laguna Niguel - 949-388-3131

Safety, Safety, Safety! - At Santa Margarita Pop Warner, Safety comes first.

USA Football survey shows few youth concussionsBOSTON (AP) - Fewer than 4 percent of youth players surveyed in a USA Football-sanctioned study suffered concussions in the 10 leagues examined. Most injuries among nearly 2,000 players on more than 100 teams in six states were minor, with the youngsters returning to play the same day. More than 90 percent of the players did not suffer any injuries, and of those who did, the most common were contusions (35 percent) and ligament sprains (15 percent). No catastrophic head, neck or heat-related injuries were reported. Indianapolis-based Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention conducted the study in Arizona, Indiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, South Carolina and West Virginia. ``We need more studies like this across all of youth sports,'' said Dr. Patrick Kersey, a physician at St. Vincent Sports Performance and USA Football medical director. ``Such a commitment to research is how we advance player safety, determine best practices and continue football's evolution, which has always been part of the game's legacy. Our hope is that more sports will take similar steps for their young athletes.'' As USA Football, the governing body for the sport in the United States, begins the second year of its examination of player health and safety, it is stressing its Heads Up Football program that has been approved by the NFL. Heads Up Football emphasizes proper tackling technique - keep your head up - along with concussion recognition and response; coaching certifications; properly fitted equipment; and coaches trained to implement the program. Approximately 2.8 million children ages 6-14 play organized youth tackle football. ``The health and safety of every youth football player is our No. 1 priority,'' USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. ``For the millions of children across the country who gain the physical, social and psychological rewards that youth football provides, this ground-breaking research will enable us to make the sport better and safer with scientifically gathered information.'' By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer
Current studies indicate you much more likely to get a concussion in Lacrosse, Wrestling and Hockey than in youth football.   Lacrosse has seen a major increase in concussions.

At Santa Margarita Pop Warner and the Orange Empire Conference, kids compete with kids of similar age and size.  Pop Warner is the ONLY youth football program (local, regional and national) that sets and enforces a strict AGE & WEIGHT MATRIX that reduces the risk and reality of injuries. 
DID YOU KNOW that Pop Warner Football is safer than soccer?  Pop Warner has 12% fewer injuries per capita among  5 - 15 year olds than organized soccer in the same age range!