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President - Thomas Mortenson
Vice President - Shannon Christenson
email: president@waialuabullpups.org email: vicepresident@waialuabullpups.org

Secretary - Ipo Wirtz   Treasurer - Carla Albeso Notebo
email: secretary@waialuabullpups.org email: treasurer@waialuabullpups.org

Tiny Mites - 
Mitey Mites -
tinymites@waialuabullpups.org email: miteymites@waialuabullpups.org

JrPeeWees -                              
Varsity -
email: jrpeewees@waialuabullpups.org
email: varsity@waialuabullpups.org

Waialua Bullpups Pop Warner
Parent Information Guide


The mission of Pop Warner Little Scholars is to enable young people to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment. Through this active participation, Pop Warner programs teach fundamental values, skills and knowledge that young people will use throughout their lives.

All Football Head Coaches and ALL Assistant Coach must complete and pass the Pop Warner USA Football Level 1 online training to be eligible to coach.
Coaching programs are valid for one (1) year.
  • In the absence of a specialized, trained person affiliated with the team in the medical area (physician, paramedic, specialty trained volunteer, Certified Athletic Trainer), ALL of the coaches must be the holder of a current Red Cross Certificate in Community CRP and First Aid, or the P.R.E.P.A.R.E. Course by the National Center for Sport Safety (www.sportssafety.org) or its equivalen


CUTOFF LEAGUE AGE: The player’s age on July 31st of the current year shall be the player’s age for the coming season.

A candidate cannot begin practice with a team until he/she has officially registered. All candidates must furnish the following in order to be registered and before starting practice:

  • Parental Consent Form: The National Participant Contract and Parental Waiver form needs to be completed by either parent or the legal guardian, stating that the child has his or her permission to play.

  • Medical Examination Form: A signed form from a Licensed State Medical Practitioner dated after January 1st of the current year/season; (i.e. Medical Doctor, Registered Physician Assistant, Registered Nurse Practitioner, etc.) that the candidate is physically fit and there are no observable conditions that would not allow a player or cheer to be allowed to participate in football. We will also require a copy of medical insurance card.

  • Proof of Age: A certified copy of the birth certificate on file bearing the seal of the issuing office of the state of birth is the best guarantee of reliability of claimed date of birth and is form of proof most recommended. Passports are also reliable.

  • Scholastic Fitness: Proof of satisfactory progress in school is required. A 2.0/70% or the equivalent shall be the minimum grade point average acceptable to participate.

Each association shall attempt to assign a first-time participant to the lowest age and weight division for which he/she is qualified.

Once certified for a particular age/weight division, a participant shall not be permitted to recertify to a lower division of play during the current season under any circumstances, but based on the information available shall be permitted to approve recertification to a higher division of play.


In order to uphold the goals of Pop Warner and ensure that all participants have the benefit of a safe and fun learning environment, all parents, guardians and other adults and attendees of Pop Warner events, including but not limited to practices, competitions, and banquets, must behave accordingly in a respectful, courteous and sportsmanlike manner at all times.

All Pop Warner volunteers and participants will abide by a Code of Conduct, which includes the following provisions. If any of these rules are broken, the League, Region and/or National Pop Warner shall have the authority to impose a penalty including permanent removal from the program. Members shall:

  • Not smoke and/or use smokeless tobacco on the field.
  • Not criticize players/spirit participants in front of spectators, but reserve constructive criticism for later, in private, or in the presence of team members if others might benefit.
  • Accept decisions of the game officials and judges on the field an in competitions as being fair and called to the best ability of said officials.
  • Not criticize an opposing team, its players, spirit participants, coaches, or fans by word of mouth or by gesture.
  • Emphasize that good athletes strive to be good students and that both are physically and mentally alert.
  • Strive to make every football and spirit activity serve as a training ground for life, and a basis for good mental and physical health.
  • Emphasize that winning is the result of good teamwork.
  • Not engage in excessive sideline coaching and shall not leave the bench area to shout instructions from the sidelines.
  • Together with team officials, be jointly responsible for the conduct and control of team fans and spectators at all times. Any fan who becomes a nuisance and out of control will be asked to leave.
  • Not use abusive or profane language at any time.
  • Not “pile it on;” not encourage their team to get a commanding lead and raise the score as high as it can. In these instances, every effort shall be made to let all players play.
  • Not receive any payment, in cash or kind, for services as a volunteer or participants in Pop Warner Football/Spirit. This includes any coach, expert, consultant, or choreographer, regardless or his/her roster status.
  • Not permit or encourage “sweating down” tactics in order for a player to make the team weight.
  • Not recommend or distribute any medication, controlled or over the counter, except as specifically prescribed by participant’s physician.
  • Not permit an ineligible player or spirit participant to participate in a game.
  • Not deliberately incite unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • Absolutely NO bullying of any kind will be allowed
  • Not posses or drink alcoholic beverages and/or use illegal substance(s) on either the game or practice fields.
  • Remove from a game or practice any participant when even slightly in doubt about his/her health, whether or not as a result of injury, until competent medical advice is available.
  • Uphold all rules and regulations, National, Regional and Local, regarding Pop Warner Football, Cheerleading and Dance.
  • Refrain from engaging in any action within or outside Pop Warner which in PWLS sole and absolute discretion reflects negatively upon, or cause embarrassment to, the Pop Warner Program.


All practices must be attended by one person holding a Red Cross Community CPR and First Aid Certificate, or the P.R.E.P.A.R.E. Course by the National Center for Sport Safety (www.sportsafety.org) or their equivalent, if not by an EMT or volunteer physician (such as a parent of one of the participants).

BEFORE LABOR DAY: No team may schedule more than 10 hours of practice per week before Labor Day. A week is defined as Monday-Sunday. Not more than 2½ hours of practice may be scheduled on any one day.

AFTER LABOR DAY: Practices after Labor Day weekend are limited to 6 hours per week. A week is defined as Monday-Sunday. Practices after Labor Day weekend are not to exceed 2 hours per day.

Breaks: Break time is not counted against the ten (10) or six (6) hours per week or 2½ or 2 hours of allowed practice time. 

Mandatory Breaks: A mandatory 10-minute break after each hour of practice shall be required. Break time is not counted against the hours per week or per day allowed practice time. Water breaks should be given as needed and/or when requested by participants.

Controlled Inter-Squad Scrimmage: After the first week of practice (10 hours) for conditioning, and after the second week of practice (10 hours) in pads in which contact has occurred, teams may engage in joint practice sessions with other team(s) in what are called controlled inter-squad scrimmages. So as to avoid any misinterpretation, 20 hours of practice is required before inter-squad scrimmages may occur.

Any player added after a team has formed and/or after the season has started, must be subject to the same 20 hours of conditioning as mentioned above.

The following exercises and drills are banned from all practices and pre-game warm-ups; leg lifts, neck bridges (sometimes referred to as neck rolls) and bull in the ring. Leg lifts with knees bent are acceptable.

Pre-Season Practice: In all leagues, the first week of practice shall be devoted entirely and exclusively to conditioning, not wearing pads; however, helmets shall be permitted. Leagues may add more time beyond this required first week for the conditioning period.

Tiny Mite teams are only permitted to play (2) post-season game either in their own league/conference or in an adjacent league/conference upon written approval of both leagues/conferences and the Region Director. Tiny Mite National Invitation Bowl Games are excluded. Tiny Mite teams are now allowed overnight travel to Inter-Island games.


Although the game is serious to the kids, from the adult viewpoint, Tiny Mites are strictly a training division, completely free of any pressure to win, with a total emphasis on learning. No scores are recorded and no local championship may be declared. The following are specific rules that must be followed for the Tiny Mite Division.

  • Players: Maximum 28, minimum 16.
  • Field Diameter: 80 yard field.
  • Scholastic Fitness: Report card from school or letter from parent.
  • Coaches: Two (2) coaches from each team are permitted to be on the field with the team. Once the team breaks from huddle, coaches must stay back 10 yards from the line of scrimmage.
  • No kick offs, at the start of the game, the ball will be placed on the 30 yard line.
  • Penalties: Major penalty 10 yards. Minor penalty 5 yards.
  • Game Time and Time Outs: Each half is 30 minutes. Game will consist of two (2) halves. Half time will be 10 minutes. All games will have a running clock except for clock stoppages on time outs, change of possession and injuries. Each team is allowed two (2) time outs per half.
  • No score will be displayed on scoreboard. No tiebreakers.
  • No try for point after touchdown.
  • Ball will be blown dead if fumbled behind the line of scrimmage. However, ball will be live if fumbled beyond the line of scrimmage.
  • Playing Time: All players must play a minimum of 15 plays per game. Each team must have three (3) captains per game. Every player on the team must be given an opportunity to be a captain.
  • Offense: All offensive backs must be lined up behind the offensive line in some type of formation. You will be allowed, however, to split one offensive back no more than five (5) yards outside the tight end.
  • Defense: No defensive player can be placed directly over the center. Player must be three (3) yards off the center. Defensive line must be one (1) yard back from the offensive line. Defense must run 6,4,1 set. No more than six (6) defensive players can rush the ball. No blitzing. 
  • Game ball should be the Under Armour Peewee size.
  • No post-season games. Teams may play a combination of nine (9) total games; a maximum of one (1) pre-season game and eight (8) regular season games for a season total of nine (9) games.


In the Mitey Mite division, all tie games shall stand as ties

Special Note for Mitey Mites. There shall be:

  1. No blitzing.
  2. No rushing of punts, field goals or point after touchdown (while attempting a kick) in Mitey Mite/Tiny Mite play.
  3. No more than six (6) defensive players can be on the line of scrimmage or rush the ball.
  4. Defensive players on the line of scrimmage must be in either a three or four point stance and may not line up over center. Penalty for violation of the above: First violation: Warning. Additional violations: 15 yards unsportsmanlike conduct.

Tackle Age/Weight Schematic:
Division Name
End of 
Season Max
35-75 lbs.
79 lbs.
50-100 lbs.
104 lbs.
65-115 lbs.
65-95 lbs.
119 lbs.
99 lbs.*

*The asterisked (*) provisions in each division allow the so-called “older but lighter” player to also qualify. The last year of eligibility falls under more stringent weight restrictions, per above.

In-Season Determination of Weight: Each team will have its players checked on Game Day PRIOR TO EACH GAME during the season to assure that the weight standards are being maintained. Agreements between teams/coaches to waive weigh requirements are not permitted.

The following weight allowances for the wearing of equipment and uniform shall be used. All weights are without helmet. Cold climate areas: add one (1) pound to all weights given when wearing full sleeve cotton jersey with undergarment.

Tiny Mite and Mitey Mite………………..7 lbs.

Peewee…………………………………….8 lbs.

In-Season Weight Increase: The allowable increase in maximum weight for any division of play shall be calculated as follows, beginning with the first regular season game. These weight allowances may only be granted after the participant has passed the original certification:

1st week 1/2 LBS.

2nd week 1

3rd week   1 1/2

4th week  2

5th week   2 1/2

6th week   3

7th week   3 1/2

8th week   4

9th week   4 1/2

10th week  5*

*No more than FIVE (5) pounds may be added to the maximum weight after the tenth week. Teams cannot add more than one (1/2) pound per week. Weight increases begin with the first week of League scheduled games.


Weigh-In Before Each Game: A player failing a weigh-in will be disqualified from participation in that game only. He may sit with the team on the bench after he has removed his helmet and shoulder pads.


Players in all divisions beginning with physical contact in practice sessions shall wear the following items:

  • Helmet: Only helmets bearing the NOCSAE Seal of Certification may be worn. All helmets must bear the current NOCSAE approved “Warning Label” in a visible position on the outside of the helmet. (Note: Regulations regarding chin straps and face guards are to be followed per the National Federation of NCAA regulations, whichever is applicable.)
  • Shoulder Pads.
  • Pants: One Piece or Shell.
  • Hip Pads: One Piece or Shell.
  • Tail Pads: One Piece or Shell.
  • Thigh Guards: One Piece or Shell.
  • Knee Pads.
  • Jerseys.
  • Mouth Guard: All mouth guards must have keeper strap and be attached to helmet face mask at all times. Clear or White are not permitted to be used.
  • Athletic Supporter or Compression Shorts: Male players only.
  • Shoes: In all divisions of play: sneakers, molded rubber cleats (soccer style), or detachable rubber or plastic (football style) cleats are permitted. No metal cleats are permitted. Cleats may be exceed a ½“ in length. Special kicking shoes are not allowed.
  • Eyeglasses: When worn, shall be of athletically approved construction with non-shattering glass (safety glass) or contact lenses.
  • Jewelry of any type shall be prohibited, except religious or medical medallions, which must be covered by the player’s uniform.
  • The Official Authorized Pop Warner Patch must be displayed on every uniform for games and competitions. Patches may only be placed on designated areas on the uniforms as communicated on the patch placement form on www.popwarner.com.

Failure to have any of the above required equipment during a game shall subject the participant to be removed until such time as the required equipment has been repaired, replaced or added. The use of any altered equipment shall result in player disqualification if in a game.


Maximum Roster Size: Not more than 35 players shall be certified onto a team roster. A team with less than 16 certifiable players will not be permitted to form and play.

Minimum Roster Size: A minimum of 16 players must be dressed and eligible to play at each game. Also, if you start a game with 16 players, you must maintain 16 eligible players during the game BUT can finish the game with 15 players due to injury or sickness during the game.


The following shall be the Minimum Mandatory Play Rule (MPR) for all Pop Warner teams.

Jr. Peewee thru Varsity: Mitey Mite Only:

16-25 players - 10 plays 16-25 players - 12 plays

26-30 players - 8 plays 26-30 players - 10 plays

31-35 players - 6 plays 31-35 players - 8 plays

All Pop Warner participants, must have the Official Authorized Pop Warner patch displayed on every uniform. Football Patches may only be placed on left front chest.


In compliance with the team concept and in view of the ages of Pop Warner participants, no participants will be singled out as “best lineman,” “best offensive back,” “most valuable player,” etc., for the presentation of a special award. Awards for individual performances displayed on the helmets are prohibited (i.e., no stars, hatchets, footballs, etc.). The only helmet decals allowed are the team logo and/or official Pop Warner logo.

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