This is interesting article from the Star-Ledger in New Jersey on Pop Warner football, particularly for the 14- and 15-year olds who are still young enough to play Pop Warner but definitely old enough to play high school football, too.
Some schools in New Jersey have been forced to discontinue freshman football teams because so many players are sticking with Pop Warner in their early high school careers. The reasons? A strong loyalty to their coach and a chance to travel to Orlando and play in the Super Bowl.
This has forced some high school coaches to "recruit" players in their own boundaries to try to woo them from Pop Warner to high school football.
The Pop Warner coaches interviewed by the Star-Ledger says they encourage players to go play high school football when it's time. But they also welcome them if circumstances make high school football undesirable (like potential playing time).
It's an interesting debate. With nothing like AAU basketball or club soccer competing with high schools, you assume that high school football has a monopoly on 14- to 18-year old players. But that's not exactly the case.
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