News and Announcements

SMPW Sends NINE(9) Teams to OEC Playoffs and TWO Teams to Regionals!

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SMPW again had more teams earn playoff bids than any other football organization in California!
Congratulations to:
D1 Midget Eagles
D1 Junior Midget Titans
D1 Pee Wee Mustangs
D1 Junior Pee Wee Mustangs
D2 Junior Midget Titans
D2 Pee Wee Eagles
D2 Junior Pee Wee Titans
D4 Junior Midget Blue Mustangs
D4 Junior Midget White Mustangs
Special Congratulations to the Midget Eagles and Junior Pee Wee Titans who won their respective Orange Bowls and are moving on to Regionals.    Santa Margarita Pop Warner is the only OEC city to have two teams moving on to Regionals.



SMPW Cheer teams did great in competition.
The Junior Midget squad earned FIRST PLACE and is headed to Florda to compete for National Championship!  Because they received one of the highest points scores EVER in OEC competition, they get an automatic bid to Nationals even before Regional Competiton!!!!
The Junior Pee Wee squad also earned FIRST PLACE and is headed to Regional Competiion where they can also earn a trip to Florida.
SMPW also had a third team earn FIRST PLACE award at competion with the 5/6 year old TINY MITES!GOOOOOSMPW GIRLS!

FINALLY - Pop Warner Spring 7 on 7 Passing League! In Person Registration on January 7th and 10th ONLY.

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

IN PERSON REGISTRATION ONLY ON JANUARY 7 and 10.   Location will be available shortly.

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."