News and Announcements

FINALLY - Pop Warner Spring 7 on 7 Passing League!

Santa Margarita and many Pop Warner cities will have the most organized and competitive 7 on 7 Passing League program anywhere in early 2015.   This is long overdue as we have heard for years that "Pop Warner should have a Spring flag league" and that the many unorganized programs that are around are either "not fun or not competive".
The Orange Empire Conference and Santa Margarita Pop Warner have heard this and will have plans for a Spring passing league 7 on 7 that will rival the Fall tackle program!
Here are a few details with more coming in the next couple months:

  • 7 on 7 Passing League - just like the high schools do in the spring/summer
  • 4 different age brackets/divisions that will cover ages 7 through 14.
  • limited practice schedule to allow you to do other sports
  • Play in high school stadiums!
  • High School refs, not kids.
  • playoff system
  • You can play on same team with friends
  • inexpensive

Sign ups will begin in November 2014 and games will begin in February 2015.  Season will conclude before June 2015.  Keep checking back for more info.

James P. Strunk Memorial Fund


Santa Margarita Pop Warner lost one of its best this year to a tragic accident.   Jim Strunk was a dedicated father, husband and coach.   He was preparing for another great football season as head coach of the Junior Midget Blue Mustangs.

Every SMPW team will be honoring Coach Strunk this year with a "JS" sticker on their helmets.

Jims son Ethan, who has decided to play on in these difficult times, has asked that all donations go toward providing the opportunity to play for families that may be struggling financially. This was a focus of his dad as well as he helped families each year that did not have the funding to play football and baseball.

If you would like to make a donation to help kids play football and baseball that may not otherwise play,  send a check to:

The James P Strunk Memorial Fund

Farmers & Merchants Bank

24300 Paseo De Valencia

Laguna Hills, CA  92653

SMPW FREE Conditioning/Heads Up Tackle Camp - 7/28 - 7/31 OVER 400 Kids Attend First Night!

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Santa Margarita Pop Warner is offering a FREE camp for four nights leading up to the 2014 season.   Close to 400 kids attended the first night!  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