News and Announcements

2015 Fall Tackle Football/Cheer Registration is OPEN BUT NOT FOR LONG!

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Registration is still open for the 2015 SMPW season but filling up fast.  Over 550 have already signed up.  Some of the 22 teams are full already and closed.  All levels except Flag are still open.  THE LAST weigh in/In Person registration is Saturday, 4/25 at Athlete's Choice from 8am to 1pm.   TEAMS WILL BE FORMED IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING! Reserve your spot today by signing up on line.   FIRST COME FIRST SERVE FOR REMAINING SPOTS.

Welcoming the former Mission Viejo Cowboys to our program this year.   Long tradition of excellence will continue in 2015 as part of SMPW as we build on the strong heritage of Cowboy football!  Same look, great future - The Cowboy legend lives on here at SMPW. Welcoming Coaches Robert Badraun, Blake Badraun and Shelby Williams and their teams this year!  THIS IS COWBOY COUNTRY!

1996 Pricing!  THROWBACK ALERT!!

  • 7/8/9 Tackle Football - ONLY $225.00!
  • 10 and Up Tackle Football - ONLY $425.00!
  • Cheer - All ages - ONLY $25.00!
  • Challenger Football and Cheer - FREE
FREE USA Heads Up Tackle/Condition camp - 10 hours of instruction for FREE!   Camp is last week of July at Tesoro HS.

SMPW continues to be the lowest price youth football in California and offer more than any other program.


Go to the Registration tab and reserve your spot today and then attend mandatory weigh in to complete process on Saturday, 4/25 at Athlete's Choice.  AC is located at 23252 Arroyo Vista in RSM.  8am to 1pm.

Coaches wanted!  Send email to

SMPW FREE Conditioning/Heads Up Tackle Camp - 7/27 - 7/31, 2015 OVER 400 Kids Attended last year!

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Santa Margarita Pop Warner is offering a FREE camp for four nights leading up to the 2015 season.   Close to 400 kids attended the first night last year!  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!

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!