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.