Pop Warner sets limits on the size of each team. A team may consist of 16-35 players and requires 1 head coach, 4 assistant coaches, equipment manager and a team commissioner. There are no tryouts. The players will be assigned to a team based on age and weight.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND TIME COMMITMENT
The 2016 pre-season will begin on Thursday, AUG 1, 2016. The first day of school for the 2016-2017 Hillsborough school year will tentatively be Thursday, September 6th 2013.
AUG 1st – AUG 31st - practices will be scheduled for Monday – Thursday from 6:00 to 8:30 pm for a total of 10 practice hours for the week. No team may schedule more than 10 hours of practice per week before Labor Day.
SEP 4th – OCT 27th - practices will be cut back to 3 nights a week for a total of 6 practice hours for the week. The specific nights will be announced during August. No team may schedule more than 6 hours of practice per week after Labor Day.
The season will continue through the end of November if the team qualifies for Regionals or through mid-December if the team qualifies for Nationals.
If a team qualifies for Regionals, practices will continue throughout the month of November with regional competition held the Friday after Thanksgiving.
If a team qualifies for Nationals, practices will continue for the first week of December, and travel to Orlando, Florida will take place the second week of December.
Please make an effort to schedule your family vacations during June and July. Though we allow some flexibility for pre-arranged vacations, August is a critical month where skill sets are being evaluated and positions determined.
COMPETITIONS AND TRAVEL
Although both Flag and Mitey Mite levels are competitive there are no playoffs. These levels are for teaching and learning the game of football. All other levels will have a chance to make the playoffs.
The top two teams in their respective divisions will compete in the Mountain Valley Conference (MVC) Championship games. The winner will advance to the Regional Championship games and then will have a change to move on to Nationals. The losers of the MVC Championship games will then compete in the Garden State Games against the best New Jersey Pop Warner teams.
National Championships are held at Disney World in Orlando, Florida usually the second week of December. Pop Warner provides some competitive travel packages to offset the cost of this trip, which typically involves a 4 or 5 night stay in Orlando, complete with a park-hopper pass and meal tickets. Four to five days of school will be missed, and Pop Warner provides letters to the schools to explain the absence.
EQUIPMENT AND GEAR
Each Dukes tackle football player will be fitted and issued the following gear from the Dukes Equipment Manager:
(2) - Thigh pads
(2) - Knee pads
(1) - Practice jersey [red]
(1) - Practice pants [black]
(2) - Gameday jersey [red & white]
(1) - Gameday pants [black]
All these items are the property of the Dukes and must be maintained and return to the Equipment Manager at the end of the season to help qualify for the refund of your WorkBond.
Each player will need to provide the following personal items in order to completely ready to take the field:
Football shoes with non-metallic cleats
Practice and Game socks
Football Girdle Athletic supporter
If any player is missing any piece of their gear come practice and game time, they will not be allowed to take the field out of regard for their own safety
CARE AND CLEANING
Please follow the manufacturer's guidelines regarding the proper care and washing of uniforms:
Do not dry clean jerseys or pants
Do not use bleach
Do not use any fabric softener, this causes the screen printed numbers to separate from the fabric
Launder jerseys inside out, use high water level in machine, mild detergent, and cold or lukewarm water only. Uniform may be presoaked using Biz or Whisk if needed but should be washed as soon as possible so stains don't set in.
It is best to hang uniform, but may be put in the dryer on "air only" setting. NO HEAT!
Volunteers under 18 years of age - A Student Assistant must be with a rostered coach, and must comply with the same procedures as a rostered cheerleader/player. A Student Assistant can earn credit for volunteering as a Student Assistant. A form may be required for the coordinator/ coach to approve their volunteered time. The Student Assistant would then need to turn in this paper to their sports director.