Frequently Asked Questions.....
Below is a list of common questions about Pop Warner Football in
general and Pop Warner Football specifically in Cadillac and Norther
Michigan. If you still have questions after reviewing these, feel free
to contact any of the current board members for answers. Answers to
common questions can also be found by visiting some of the websites on
the links page. If you still have questions, feel free to contact someone of the CFL PWFL board; just click on the Contact Our Organization page.
What is Pop Warner Football and Cheer?
Warner/Little Scholars is the largest and oldest organized youth
footbal program in the world. Pop Warner has leagues/associations/teams
in 43 states and 6 countries. It's members number over 380,000. Pop
Warner has existed since 1929. For more history and information you can
click on About Our Association or visit the Pop Warner Website.
Who does Cadillac Play?
recent years, the league that Cadillac participates in has shown
tremendous growth. Many communities around the Cadillac area now
participate in Pop Warner, which allows Cadillac to stay "local" most
of the time. Mesick, Manton, McBain, Marion, Pine River, Evart and Lake
City are just a few communities that frequently play and host games
involving Cadillac teams. For an example of game schedules, you can see
examples of typical game schedules on the Teams Page.
The current season is available as well as links to past seasons.
Cadillac usually has multiple teams in the same division, but have not
had Cadillac vs. Cadillac games for the past five years and strive to
avoid this. There are times when Cadillac teams may travel as far and
Traverse City, Benzie Central, Manistee or Frankfort depending on
conference and division alignments.
Do I have to buy any equipment?
Football League (CFL) provides padded football pants, jerseys, shoulder
pads, helmets and mouthguards. Parents are responsible for purchasing
appropriate socks, cleats and ahtletic supporters (cups). While
athletic supporters are not mandated by Pop Warner or League rules, it
is strongly recommended that this equipment be used. It should also be
noted that equipment provided by CFL is for use in one season and must
be returned at the conclusion of each season. Equipment supplied by CFL
should never be modified without first talking to a coach, the CFL
equipment manager or another association official.
When does practice start?
league that CFL participates in starts its game season on the Saturday
following Labor Day weekend each year. Practice starts three weeks
prior to this date.
How long is the season / How many games are played?
weeks of practice prior to the first game, six games one week apart and
the potential seventh "Jamboree" game equals a 10-11 week program. The
"regular season" is six weeks long, starting the Saturday after Labor
and ending six weekends later. Some seasons are extended one week for
teams qualifying and chosing to participate in the optional "Jamboree"
How often/how long is practice?
first week of practice is for conditioning and will be four days,
usually 1-1/2 to 2 hours long each day. These are helmets only
practices. The second week of practice is also considered a
conditioning week and again will be four days, usually 1-1/2 to 2 hours
long each day. In week three and after, when games are scheduled, only
two padded practices are allowed. Depending on the coach and the team,
there may be a third practice, which will be helmets only and is
usually a shorter practice. Practice scheduling is done by the head
coach of the team. Parents should always contact the head coach to find
out when practice is to be held or if a player is going to miss
When are games played?
are always played on Saturdays. Each week, five or six sites are chosen
to host a day of games. Game schedules vary depending on travel
distance and matchups. Games may have a kick off time as early as 9:00
am or as late as 6:00 pm depending on how many games a site is hosting.
Most associations use their high school footbal field for Pop Warner
games. Schedules on these fields are limited and referee availabity is
also limited. This is the reason for the hosting sites schedule
creation. Occasionally, because of the way scheduling is done, it is
possible, for example, that Mesick and Cadillac would travel to Pine
River to play their game. All scheduling is done by the league (Grand
Traverse YMCA), CFL has no control over it and cannot change it. There
are over 30 communities and 70 teams in our league, which makes
scheduling very complex. Please be understanding and consider this
complexity when the game scheduling seems strange.
Is Cadillac Pop Warner affiliated with Cadillac Schools or CASA?
Pop Warner is not associated with the Cadillac School system or CASA.
All three organizations work cooperatively, but CFL is a "stand alone"
organization. All complaints or questions should directed to CFL or the
Grand Traverse YMCA.
What are the age and weight limits for Pop Warner Football?
The Grand Traverse YMCA Pop Warner League
that CFL is a part of offers two age/weight divisions for football; Jr.
Midget and Jr. PeeWee. For 2007 the Jr. Midget (10-12 years old) weight
range is 85-135 pounds. The Jr. PeeWee (8-10 years old) weight range is
60-105 pounds. Both divisions offer an older/lighter category for
players that are not large enough to move up the next division of play.
For Jr. PeeWee, 11 years olds weighing between 60-85 pounds can
participate. For Jr. Midget, 13 year olds weighing between 85-115
pounds can participate. Age and weight divisions are created and
maintained by Pop Warner at a national level. Neither CFL nor the Grand
Traverse YMCA can change or make exceptions to these rules. You can view the age/weight divisions for Pop Warner on the Pop Warner Website.
How is Pop Warner structured, is Cadillac part of a bigger league?
Warner is structured at a national level using an assocation - league -
region hierarchy. CFL is an association within the Grand Traverse YMCA
league which is part of the Mid-America Region. For an organizational
chart of this structure use this link. To see a complete list of the leagues and associations in Michigan use this link. The listings include all associations that play in the Grand Traverse YMCA Pop Warner League.
How is Pop Warner associated with the YMCA?
Warner is not directly affiliated with the YMCA at a national level.
The league in which Cadillac participates is run from the Grand Traverse YMCA league,
which governs a region in Michigan as far south as Evart/Clare and
north to Mackinaw bridge. East to West the league nearly reaches I-75
and stops at Lake Michigan. The Cadillac Area YMCA
participates in local cooperative events (such as football camps) with
the Cadillac Pop Warner football association, but it not affiliated
with Pop Warner on any larger level. Pop Warner football in this area
of Michigan is specific only to the Grand Traverse YMCA.