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Pop Warner coaches must complete the USA Football Youth Coach Certification to be certified for the season. The goal for all of us is to ensure that all Pop Warner coaches are certified by USA Football to teach proper blocking/defeating blocks and tackling techniques in a better and safer way. The certification also covers health and safety, anti-abuse training, an overview of the Football Development Model, and more.

You may register for the course now by clicking here.

Pop Warner’s number one priority has always been the safety of our participants. Working with USA Football’s Football's certification program is an important step in delivering a safer program to all of our Pop Warner players. 

Register Today for USA Football Coach Certification


If you are a Pop Warner Coach, the National Pop Warner office recognizes the National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS) PREPARE Sports Safety course as meeting their requirements in the Rule Book Article 15: Practice, Item #S3 requirements, which states:

“All practices must be attended by one person holding a Red Cross Community CPR and a First Aid certification OR National Center for Sports Safety PREPARE Certificate of Completion, or equivalent, if not by an EMT or volunteer physician.”

About the NCSS PREPARE Sports Safety Course:

A proven coaches’ educational tool, to date the NCSS PREPARE course has educated more than 30,000 coaches. The course is also recognized as a preferred course by several high school associations.

Aimed at educating coaches on how to prevent common injuries, how to recognize symptoms of potentially dangerous conditions and how to respond in emergency situations, PREPARE Level 1 covers seven key areas:

  • Emergency Planning
  • Heat and Cold Illnesses
  • Emergency Recognition
  • Medical Considerations and Pre-Existing Conditions
  • Principles of First Aid
  • Head, Concussions, Neck and Facial Injuries
  • Warm-up and Cool Down

Cost of PREPARE Level 1 for Pop Warner Coaches:

$30.00 = $5 off $35 (Please enter promo code POPWARNER2019 during online PREPARE registration at This promotion expires Dec. 31, 2019).

For more information please visit or email [email protected] with any general questions. If you have any specific questions relating to the PREPARE course, please email [email protected] or contact us directly at 205-216-6865.


What is YCADA?

YCADA is an organization that provides universal governance for the sport of youth/rec cheer, dance or spirit-related events, and encourages growth in the sport as a whole.   YCADA establishes standardization in the areas of 1) Youth/Rec Rules & Rules Interpretation 2) Score Sheets and 3) Scoring Guidelines.  YCADA also provides membership access to training, committees, and resources related to the sport.

Pop Warner Spirit teams have participated for several decades on the football sidelines (Pep Squads, Majorettes, etc.); however, cheerleading was not officially introduced until the 1970’s.

Today, thousands of youths participate in Pop Warner Cheerleading and Dance teams around the United States.

The Cheer and Dance Program offers teams a wide range of opportunity for young athletes at all skill levels: Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. 

Pop Warner has established one set of spirit rules along with JAMZ, the Pop Warner Education Development Partner and the original developer of the Youth Cheer and Dance Alliance (YCADA).  

Together with YCADA, Pop Warner is able to provide online educational courses for its coaches, administrators and judges on team skill levels for Cheer Teams (Core Cheer, Show Cheer PW 1-4) and for Dance Teams (Pom Performance, Theme Dance & Hip Hop). Pop Warner also offers additional competition opportunities in Sideline Performance Cheer.

With continued education, the Pop Warner Coaching Staff provides basic instruction, training and conditioning for both football games and competition.

Teams participate on the sidelines at football games for home and most away games through to the Pop Warner Super Bowl. In addition to Game Day, teams participate in qualifying spirit events (League and Region) through to a Pop Warner National Championship.

The Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Championships (started in 1988) are now held in December located in Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florid

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