Anxious parents considering youth football for the first time might take note of the following misconceptions:
- Your child does not have to be a big kid to play football. If you compare our 5/6 year olds to their soccer and baseball counterparts they are generally the same size. There are even some children on the football team that are significantly small. There are positions for every size and ability.
- In Youth Football, there is “an absence of catastrophic head and neck injuries and disruptive joint injuries found at higher levels.”
- The injury rate in Youth Football is: less than one-third the injury rate in high school football, less than one-fifth the injury rate in college football, less than one-ninth the injury rate in professional football.
- Age-weight schematic protects younger, lighter players, who do not have higher injury rates.
- Organized football among 5 – 15 year-olds has 12 percent fewer injuries per capita than organized soccer in the same age range.
- Organized football among 5 – 15 year-olds has 50 percent fewer injuries per capita than bicycle riding in the same age range.
- Organized football among 5 – 15 year-olds has 74 percent fewer injuries per capita than skateboarding in the same age group.
- Injuries in youth football are normally mild, and older players have a higher injury rate than younger players.
- The Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma in New York completed a Pop Warner injury survey in 71 towns covering over 5,000 players in 1998. The injury experience of 5,128 boys (8 to 15 years of age, weight 22.5 to 67.5 kg [50 to 150 lbs.]) participating in youth football revealed an overall rate of significant injury of 5%, with 61% classified as moderate and 38.9% as major injuries. That’s about 1.33 per team per year. No catastrophic injuries occurred, and it was rare for a permanent disability to result from an injury.
We hope you will peruse all of the information on our website and decide to join us. Your child can come on board at any age and there are various recruitment events, mini camps, and other activities for you to get more acclimated with the league. You may contact us if you have additional questions. We believe the integrity and reputation of our program and coaches speaks for itself. See you on the field.