Our Football Philosophy
Every participant in the Oceanside Pop Warner football program will be taught the basic fundamentals of football and develop athletic skills to play at a competitive level.
Each participant will be given an opportunity to play football with adult supervision and safety standards in mind.
Our primary focus and objective is to teach every budding athlete the importance and value of good sportsmanship, fair play, and meeting their academic standards.
Our coaches will inspire every athlete to go to the next level, hopefully to win each and every game possible. However more importantly, our coaches will teach these children the value of hard work, fair play, and team spirit will go a long way to become good outstanding citizens.
In 2014, Oceanside Pop Warner partnered with Phil Jackson’s Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) in an effort to change the “win-at-all-cost” mentality that has taken over the culture of youth sports.
OPW recognizes the tremendous opportunity for charter-building sports offers for today’s youths; therefore OPW is embracing PCA’s Double-Goal Coaching ® model, where winning is one goal and teaching life lessons is the second, more-important goal.
Practices will be held at Martin Luther King Jr. Park or an indoor facility.
From August 1st through Labor Day practices for football teams typically practice 5 days a week, Monday – Friday, 2 hours per practice. Practices are typically between the hours of 5:30-7:30pm. Practice for Flag is only 90 minutes long and ends at 7:00 pm.
After Labor Day practices for football teams will drop down to 3 days per week, 2 hours per practice. The days of the week, hours of practice and duration of practice will vary according to the coach’s schedule and the availability of the football fields or indoor facility. Practices are typically held from Tuesday – Thursday, between the hours of 5:30-7:30pm. Practice for Flag is only 90 minutes long and ends at 7:00 pm.
Our Commitment To Safety
Oceanside Pop Warner is committed to safety and ensuring that all of our young participants adhere to strict safety guidelines. Every year, our equipment is inspected. New helmets and pads are always ordered to replace those that will no longer meet safety guidelines. Our Coaches, coaching staff, and board members are CPR certified and take refresher safety courses every year.
And….we know the importance of looking for any 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.
Oceanside Pop Warner, along with the rest of the Pop Warner family, have partnered up with USA Football to ensure everyone is educated on the importance of safety in youth sports, especially with regards to head injuries and concussion.