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The Stretch Run is Here

Posted by RyanActive Dec 10, 2008

Wednesday was jam-packed in Florida, with 16 Pop Warner football games and the Jr. Midget Cheer Championships taking place in Lake Buena Vista. With ESPN360 cameras capturing four of the football games, it truly was a hectic day.


Some highlights:


-- Six cheerleading champions were crowned: the St. Cecelias Golden Knights (Advanced Small), the Jackson Jaguars (Advanced Large), the Billerica Braves (Novice Small), the Iselin Giants (Novice Large), the Everett Huskies (Intermediate Small) and the Fairfield Giants (Intermediate Large).


-- The White Oak Warriors football club continues to roll, winning the Jr. Peewee Semifinals, 32-0, and the Peewee semifinals, also 32-0. Both teams are going for a national title this weekend.


-- The Midget consolation bracket probably had the game of the day. The SE Dallas Wolverines beat the Murrieta Valley Thunderhawks, 25-24. The Wolverines were down 16-0 at halftime and 24-6 after three quarters, but scored 19 points in the decisive fourth quarter to stun the Thunderhawks.


Thursday is an off day for football, but the dance competition will keep the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex buzzing all day long. Football and cheerleading resumes Friday.

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Communities Coming Together

Posted by RyanActive Dec 5, 2008

Google News is a great tool to comb media sites nationwide for a particular subject. For example...Pop Warner.


This is great news out of upstate New York, and indicative of the support Pop Warner football and cheer and dance teams are getting nationwide. The Junior Bills out of the Buffalo area are heading down to Florida after securing enough funds to pay for the travel.


This is always a hectic issue in the week leading up to the Super Bowl--teams are responsible for getting down to Florida by themselves, leading to last-second pleas for donations through media outlets.


The Junior Bills got help in the form of $5,000 from a local wholesale business and $15,000 from First Niagara Bank.


In this tough time for the U.S. Economy, it's great to see people willing to give to see young athletes have memories that will last a lifetime.

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Sports media giant ESPN is broadcasting several Pop Warner football games through its broadband television network .


ESPN360 will have coverage of ALL the games played on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 (Tuesday and Wednesday) from the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. In addition, those games will be available on demand for several weeks after they’re shown live.


Click here to access ESPN360 and find the broadcast schedule.


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There are 64 football teams and 300 cheer and dance squads heading to the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex later this week for the Pop Warner Super Bowl/Cheer & Dance Championship.


Here's a list of the 64 football teams heading to sunny Florida:


Division I Teams


Boston Raiders (New England)

Eastbay Wolverines (Pacific Northwest)

Harvey Colts (Mid-America)

Northeast Vikings (Southwest)

Palmetto Raiders (Southeast)

Santa Margarita Red Titans (Wescon)

Virginia Beach Mustangs (Mid-South)

White Oak Warriors (Eastern)



Cary Chargers (Mid-South)

East Lynn Bulldogs (New England)

Eastbay Wolfpack (Pacific Northwest)

Nanakuli Hawks (Wescon)

Southeast Dallas Wolverines (Southwest)

Southfield-Lathrup Falcons (Mid-America)

Sweetwater Hawks (Southeast)

White Oak Warriors (Eastern)



Detroit Hurricanes (Mid-America)

Dorchester Eagles (New England)

Frankford Chargers (Eastern)

Grand Park Panthers (Southeast)

Murrieta Valley Thunderhawks (Wescon)

Oak Ridge Colts (Mid-South)

Santa Clara Lions (Pacific Northwest)

Southeast Dallas Wolverines (Southwest)



Asbury Park Blue Bishops (Eastern)

Harvey Colts (Mid-America)

Holy Cross Knights (Southwest)

New Haven Steelers (New England)

Oak Grove Renegades (Pacific Northwest)

Richmond Perrine Giants (Southeast)

Santa Ana White Monarchs (Wescon)

Winston-Salem Indians (Mid-South)


Division II Teams


Brookline-Jamaica Plain Patriots(New England)

Capital City Steelers (Mid-South)

Independence Indians (Mid-America)

North Long Beach Panthers (Wescon)

Northeast Longhorns (Southwest)

Santa Fe Raiders (Southeast)

Sparks Wolfpack (Pacific Northwest)

Western NY Bills (Eastern)



Almaden Mustangs (Pacific Northwest)

Kahului Allii's (Wescon)

Memorial Park Spartans (Mid-America)

Mt. Hope Cowboys (New England)

Port Arthur Cowboys (Southwest)

Port St. Lucie Pirates (Southeast)

Raritan Bay Cougars (Eastern)

Union Road Jaguars (Mid-South)



East Dallas Desperados (Southwest)

Forsyth County Broncos (Mid-South)

Fort Pierce Greyhounds (Southeast)

Lee's Summit Tigers (Mid-America)

North Rockland Red Raiders (Eastern)

Santa Margarita Eagles (Wescon)

West Valley Falcons (Pacific Northwest)

Wolcott Eagles (New England)



Cambrian Valley Longhorns (Pacific Northwest)

Capital City Steelers (Mid-South)

Edgewood Eagles (New England)

Goulds Rams (Southeast)

New Star Kings (Southwest)

Northwest Philly Wildcats (Eastern)

Oak Park Trojans (Mid-America)

Valencia Park Hornets (Wescon)


The list of 300 cheer and dance squads is a little too long for me. So here are links to Pop Warner's official website, which has the teams listed:


The Cheer Squads

The Dance Squads

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It's Super Bowl Time

Posted by RyanActive Dec 1, 2008

It's that time of year. Thousands of young athletes have punched their tickets to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the Pop Warner Super Bowl and National Cheer and Dance Championship at the Disney Wide World of Sports.


It's a long road to get to this point. To get an idea of just how long, let's break down what the extravaganza at Orlando is comprised of:


--In football, Pop Warner teams eligible for the Super Bowl are divided into four different age/weight ranges: Junior Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Junior Midget and Midget. For example, Junior Pee Wee is typically 8-11 year olds who weight between 60 and 105 pounds. Midget is typically 11-15 year olds who weigh between 105-160 pounds.

--A Pop Warner team must win its respective league to advance to the Regional Championships.

--There are eight regions—Eastern, Mid-America, Pacific Northwest, New England, Mid-South, Southeast, Wescon and Southwest.

--Eight teams emerge from each region – teams from each of the four age/weight ranges in Division I and Division II—to advance to the Super Bowl.


That means that 64 teams are heading to the Orlando area for the Super Bowl. Each team is guaranteed at least two games over the seven-day event, which means the fields are going to be pretty worn down once it’s all said and done.


For the cheer and dance squads, the road is similar:


--Teams are divided by squad size (small and large) and further into novice, intermediate and advanced.

--A squad must place in the top two of its league competition to qualify for regionals.

--Once at regionals, each squad performs a 2:30 routine. The top two squads in each size and division advance to the championships in Orlando.


Pop Warner expects more than 500 cheer and dance squads in Florida for the five-day event.


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