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New England Pop Warner Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine

COVID-19 Update


May 12, 2020

Dear Pop Warner Community, 

As COVID-19 has impacted each region of the country differently, states are re-opening on varying schedules, with some already working to get back to pre-coronavirus levels of activity and commerce, while others are taking it slowly.  But there certainly seems to be at least some light at the end of the tunnel. Wherever you are we hope you and your family are healthy.

As mentioned in our last update, we hope to have football, cheer and dance seasons this fall. In fact, we are planning on it and hope you are as well. But we need to take measured steps, accounting for the latest developments, just like schools, large public events and other sports leagues. That means we have to prepare for different scenarios, which include timing of the schedule and additional safety precautions for players, coaches, volunteers and families. We are working through it and hope to have a much clearer picture shortly.

We continue to take guidance from our Medical Advisory Committee, the CDC and local public health officials. 

Without the ability to hold in-person registrations at this time, we encourage local Pop Warner administrators to utilize the relationship we have with Stack Sports to set up online registration.

We will continue to provide regular updates to our programs as we receive more information from public health officials and state leaders. If there are any general questions, please visit our Contact Page and submit your inquiry.

We appreciate your support as we all continue to take the steps that we feel are most appropriate for our student athletes, their families and communities during this time. 

Thank you, 

Jon Butler,
Executive Director


March 20, 2020

What is Pop Warner doing in response to COVID-19?

The health and safety of the Pop Warner community is always at the forefront of our decision-making and never more so than during this global pandemic. We are following the guidance of the CDC and public health officials to help reduce the exposure and transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus). As such, we are advising all Pop Warner programs to suspend all Spring Flag Football and Year Round Cheer practice and competition and to postpone all administrative meetings and regional scholastic events until we are advised by the CDC that large groups are able to meet without concern.

How do I find out if my Pop Warner activities are postponed?

Contact your local program administration and/or coaches in the area.

How do I find out when my Pop Warner activities will resume?

We will work with region and league administrators to announce when programs will be able to resume as soon as we are advised from the CDC and public health officials.

My scholar banquet dinner has been postponed. Will I get a refund?

Region and league administration will follow up with you on any banquets that are postponed. To submit an inquiry, please fill out the contact form and your questions will be answered or sent to the correct administrators.

Can I register online? If so, how?

We are recommending that all Pop Warner programs postpone all in-person registration. Our partners at Sports Connect can assist with setting up online registration. If a Pop Warner program wishes to set up online registration, please have them contact their league and ask whom to contact to begin the process.

How will Pop Warner plan to keep participants healthy and safe once activities resume?

We will follow and adhere to all guidelines from the CDC and public health officials on how to handle large number of groups in an athletic setting.

Will we have a season next year?

As of now, we remain hopeful and are still planning for a regular season in 2020 unless directed to postpone by government officials.

Will Pop Warner All-American Scholars still be announced? If so, how will recipients be notified?

Yes, we will still be announcing the All-American Scholars. All scholar-athletes will all be notified via email and through recognition on the Pop Warner website and our social media channels.

Will there be an All-American Scholar Weekend/Banquet this year?

Unfortunately, the Pop Warner All-American Scholar Weekend/Banquet has been discontinued.

Will national scholarships still be awarded to the top scholar-athletes?

We are still awarding scholarships to First Team Senior Scholars (8th Grade+). A specific date for announcement of national scholarship recipients is still being determined.


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Patricia Martel, Region Director
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