Practices, Games & Playoffs

Practices begin on Aug. 1st.

  • For Flag Teams: During the month of August your child will typically practice three days a week for approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours.  Practice times and duration are set by the head coach of the team.  Typically Flag practice can start at 5 pm or 5:30 pm.
  • For Tackle Teams: During the month of August your child will practice four days a week (Monday-Thursday), 2 1/2 hours per day.  Practice typically starts around 5:00 pm, but will vary depending on the head coach.

The actual days and times for flag and tackle practices are set by the head coach of each team after the teams have been formed, but most often, the practices are in the late afternoons.

It is mandatory that your child attend all conditioning practices during that period of time.

After Labor Day, practices will be cut down to three days a week, plus one game every Saturday.

Practice fields are subject to availability by Oceanside’s Parks and Recreation and Oceanside Unified School District. Practice fields have been held at Martin Luther King Middle School, Martin Luther King Park, Melba Bishop Park, or Ivy Ranch Middle School.  Parents will be notified ahead of time which field practice will be at by their head coach.  Please note, some teams may be moved to a different practice field during the middle of the season.

Do NOT schedule any vacation time in August. It is the month for conditioning and learning. All players and their parents must make a commitment to be available for all practices and games. Football requires a serious commitment, at all age levels.

Games typically begin the first week of September; there is a usually a pre-season game the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.  Once teams have been formed by the various associations, Palomar Conference will prepare schedules to be distributed to all of the various leagues.  Game schedules are usually not published until late July or early August.  Please note, the schedules are subject to change at the discretion of Palomar Conference.

Oceanside Pop Warner will notify all teams their game schedule.  A copy will be given to each Head Coach and business manager.  It is the Head Coach’s responsibility to ensure each player/parent is aware of the schedule.  In addition, each team will have their schedule published on their team’s homepage on our website.

Many home games are played at our home field, Martin Luther King Middle School.  Oceanside Pop Warner will try to schedule games at either Oceanside High School or El Camino High School if the fields are available; however, playing at the high schools is not guaranteed.

Away games will be played at the different cities/members of Palomar Conference.  Palomar Conference tries to balance it out the schedule so teams do not have many far away games. The other teams in Palomar Conference are located in Carlsbad, Escondido, Fallbrook, La Costa Canyon, Menifee, Murrieta Valley, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, San Marcos, Scripps Ranch, Temecula Valley, Torrey Pines, Valley Center, Vista and Wildomar. 

The schedule will list the locations of each game and the website will have links to maps and driving directions.

Regular season games are set to run until mid-October.  After October, teams that do not make it to the playoffs will have games set up by Palomar Conference on a week-to-week basis.  Palomar Conference will ensure teams of similar strength are paired up with one another for a competitive match.

* Flag Football:  Games are every Saturday starting the first week of September. Flag season generally ends in mid-October with a large tournament called Flag Fest. There is no post-season play.

* Tackle Football:  Games are held every Saturday until the regular season ends in early November.

* Training Division Teams (Mitey Mite and Jr. Mitey Mite): On the final weekend Palomar Conference hosts the Chocolate Bowl (Mitey Mite) and Chocolate Chip Bowl (Jr. Mitey Mite) evenly matching teams from throughout the conference. Training Division teams may not play invitational games or play beyond the end of the regular season.

* Competitive Division Teams (Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Jr. Varsity and Unlimited):  In a normal season tackle teams play 11 scheduled games, although sometimes teams will have 1- or 2-byes. In addition teams may play in playoff games or invitational games as late mid-December if the team advances in regional and national playoffs; or if teams decide to play at invitational bowls in places such as Hawai’i, Nevada or Arizona. With rare exception teams are only allowed to play in one invitational game.

Please note, safety is the most paramount concern for Oceanside Pop Warner.  Our Coaches and their coaching staff will always be on the lookout for any possible signs of injury.  No child will be allowed to play on the field if suspected of an injury, unless cleared by a professional medical examiner.

The Season  will continue through the end of November and possibly through the middle of December, if your child’s team or squad enters regional and/or national championships.  All competitve tackle teams above the level of Mitey Mite are eligible for post-season play based on their league record.  Teams at the D2 level are eligible for local, regional and national championships.  Teams at the D3 level are eligible for local championships and a southern sectional championship with teams from outside the San Diego region.  Flag teams will play in a post-season Flag Fest.  Jr. Mitey Mite and Mitey Mite teams will all be eligible for post-season Chocolate Chip Bowl and Chocolate Bowl games.

Any team traveling is responsible for fundraising as the cost of traveling is not covered in the registration fees. There are many fundraising opportunities and the league may have limited funds available to supplement the cost of post-season travel.