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Palomar Conference Pop Warner’s Board of Directors alongside the 15 Board of Presidents have adopted the following football weight matrix for fall 2019 season and going forward.

 

Starting the 2019 Fall Season we will offer the following divisions:

 

Division and Age as of 7/31/2019

Weight

Flag Ages 5-6-7

Unlimited

Mitey Mite Ages 7-8-9

45-100 lbs.

10U Ages 9-10

Unlimited

12U Ages 11-12

Unlimited

14U Ages 13-14

Unlimited

 

The many recent changes made by National Pop Warner including contact and practice limitations, game play and refereeing practices have made the Pop Warner football game safer than it has ever been. Given the many changes, it is now possible to safely modify how teams are established. We can no longer deny or limit participation for larger kids in the name of safety. 

 

Pop Warner teams have always been established on the basis of age and weight to keep the athletes in similar size and age/maturity levels for safety. With new rules limiting the amount of contact practice time, no full speed blocking or tackling lined up more than 3 yards apart, requirement that all coaches complete the USA Football course to be on a roster, and very strict protocols following illness or injury, changes are now able to be made. The game is now coached, practiced, played, and refereed differently than ever before making it possible to match players on the basis of age, not weight.

 

In a recent study done by the Mayo Clinic the findings were as follows for a 9-14 grades 4-8. 

 

·         A total of 55 injuries occurred during games for the entire season for an incident rate of 5.97 percent.

·         Most injuries were minor with most being bruise/contusions which accounted for 60 percent of total injuries. Seven percent of total injuries were bad enough to prevent players from participating for the rest of the season; all of these were ankle fractures.

·         The risk of injury for an 8th grader was four times the risk of injury for a 4th grader. Therefore, the number one risk factor for injury is age. The higher the age, the higher the chance of injury and as a result, correct age groupings are critical to limiting injuries.

·         To the surprise of many, heavier players sustained more injuries than light players. Therefore, specific weight groupings would not appear to protect lighter players.

 

Our number one priority is the safety of our players and we strongly believe this change will be a positive move for our conference as we join the surrounding Pop Warner conferences who have also made the change to unlimited weight for their 2019 football season.   

 

 

Regards,

 

2019 Palomar Board of Directors

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