Avalon Wolves Community:
We appreciate your interest in our
program, and are working toward a fantastic upcoming season. Our community and football/cheer program are
growing at a rapid pace. Given this
growth, we are working on trying to accommodate as many players/families as
possible. In order to streamline
responses to similar questions please review the following list of frequently
asked questions, (categorized by preseason and in season subjects):
What do we need to bring to registration? Answer: Proof of
residency, a registration form and a checkbook.
How much does it cost? Answer: $225 total, if your son/daughter is
placed on a roster you will need to pay a $150 deposit at registration. If you
are placed on a waiting list, no deposit is required. The balance of is due at
equipment in June/July.
When do we need physical forms completed? Answer: The original
Pop Warner physical form will be required at equipment pick-up in June/July in
order to receive your equipment. Physicals must have been performed in the same
calendar year as the season.
Who signs up at registration? Answer: All
participants are required to sign up during the one registration event, tackle football
Can I sign up early or late? Answer: Due to demand, you must be present at registration
to sign up. If there are extenuating circumstances, you may have a friend or
relative deliver your information during registration. All new registration applicants
are required to wait in line. Pre-registered applicants from the previous
season are required to weigh in and make a payment. If you are submitting
information after registration, you will be placed on a waiting list.
When is equipment pick up?
Answer: The website will have the date/location posted. Generally the date is
in June/July. You may not pick up
equipment early. If you have a conflict your head coach will have an
alternate date and location for equipment pick up during the first week of practice.
What is the cut off for league age? Answer: All league age is determined by the actual age of
your child on July 31 of the year in which he/she will participate.
Can I help Coach? Answer: We interview our head coaches months
before the season starts and are selected based on several different
criteria. Each head coach has the responsibility
to choose his/her own assistant coaches.
If you are interested in an assistant coach position, please send an
email to the listed head coach, (on this website) for the respective division. If
you would like to be considered as a head coach for the following season, you
will need to fill out a volunteer form at the end of this coming season.
Where do we practice? Answer: All practices take place at Timber Creek
High School, next to the
football field. You can expect three practices per week and a game on Saturday.
(There will be practice or scrimmage on Saturdays until season starts).
When is the first practice? Answer: August 1.
How long is the season?
Answer: The regular season runs from August 1 through the end of October. (Jr.
Pee Wee through Midgets can go longer depending on how they do in competition).
There are usually eight games and one pre-season game, (possible bowl game or
Where are games played? Answer: Home games are played at Timber Creek
High School. Away games are played at different Pop Warner
sites, usually a high school in the Central Florida
Are there certifications required to volunteer for a
position with the league? Answer: Yes, all coaches attend a
certification class conducted by our governing body, Mid Florida Pop
Warner. Parents who volunteer and are on
the field and any other volunteers need to fill out a background check
I missed registration, how can I get registered? Answer: Due to high
demand you will most likely be placed on a waiting list. Please go to avalonwolves.com, print and fill
out the registration form. Then mail the form to the mailing address listed on
the website. If you are new to the
program, please include proof of residency. You will not need to send in a
deposit at this time. Several changes
happen between registration and the beginning of the season. If your child is placed on a roster you will
be informed as soon as possible, or by the middle of July. If not, we will waive your child, so that you
can register in another local Pop Warner program.
15. When will there be
another registration day? Answer:
There is only one registration day for tackle football, (usually in
16. Are there
off-season programs to prepare my child for the upcoming season? Answer:
By rule, Pop Warner does not allow off-season programs to be run by our program.
17. When is equipment
pick up day? Answer: Usually late June to Mid July. The pick-up
schedule will be posted on the website.
What if we are relocating to the Timber Creek/East Orlando area and want to
participate? Answer: If your child participated in another Pop
Warner program you will be given priority, provided there are roster spots for their
respective division. We will need proof
of residency before we can actively place your child on a roster.
In Season FAQ’s
When will we receive our game schedules? Answer: Game schedules are created by Mid-Florida Pop
Warner, the governing body for our program.
We usually receive our schedules in late July. The schedule will also be posted on our
website as soon as possible.
When is picture day? Usually
in early to mid September. We will have
scheduled times on the website as the date gets closer.
If I have an issue with a coach, player, parent or league
official how should I handle my concern? Answer: We
are a ZERO TOLERANCE program. First,
realize that any issue contains several factors. Be sure to address any concerns in a
controlled and respectful manner. If you
have team related concerns your best approach is to address them with your head
coach in a planned setting or after practice.
We recommend that coaches set aside one night per week that allows for
parent communication. If you have a league
related issue, talk to your head coach in the same format and he will bring the
issue to the attention of the Football Director. A league official will be in contact with you
to resolve the issue or deliver further context. If you
do not follow the formal escalation process that will be handed out at the
beginning of the season your issue will not be handled.
What rights do we have as parents and players? Answer: A safe place
to play football, with fundamental instruction.
Per the Pop Warner parent code of conduct any verbal abuse, constant
disruption to the team or the experience of other parents will not be
tolerated. The board of directors at
Avalon Pop Warner reserves the right to warn a parent or player one time, and
then suspend privileges/participation for one year or permanently, depending on
What is the lightning/Natural Disaster warning policy for
practice and games?
Answer: The league’s Football Director and Commissioner will assess
weather and playing conditions. If for
whatever reason conditions do not allow for practice or games, we will sound a
loud horn with one long blast, which means immediately clear the field and get
in your vehicles. Once conditions are
safe, there will be another blast to return to the playing field. Once the horn has been sounded and the field
is cleared, you are at your own risk if you choose not to take cover. If the horn is blasted twice practice is
cancelled and you will be expected to attend the next scheduled practice. In cases of Hurricane warning or events
pending of/after Natural disasters, Avalon Pop Warner will follow the same
course of action as Orange County Schools.
If school is closed for weather
conditions there will not be practice on that given day. Games and other activities relating to
weather will be determined based on availability and other cross county
What should I expect if my son or daughter does not make it
to practice during a given week? Answer:
Football is a game of synergy, consistency and preparation. Given these characteristics it is very
important to stay on course with practice and all season commitments. If your child inexcusably misses practice
during a given week, his head coach will not be required to play him more than
the minimum during the next game.
Judgment on this issue lies at the team level.
Can I use pictures or the Pop Warner name for mass media? Answer: No, not
without the express written consent of the Avalon Wolves Commissioner, Mid
Florida Pop Warner and if needed, Pop Warner’s national board of directors.
What are the qualifications of league officials responsible
for my child’s football experience? Answer: Our philosophy is to conduct a
rigorous process to select the best possible volunteer candidates. Most or all coaches have some football
experience and/or coaching experience.
All head coaches usually have multiple years experience coaching youth
athletics, have been dedicated to our program in the past and have a good grasp
of football fundamentals. Additionally, all
coaching volunteers are required to complete certification courses conducted by
Mid Florida Pop Warner and are background checked.
How much does a Pop Warner league official get paid? Answer: $0.00, all league officials, coaches, board members,
commissioners, directors, etc. are not compensated. We are a non-profit organization that relies
on great people that volunteer their time and knowledge. Please respect this fact and consider
volunteering, it can only help us all.
10. Are there
harassment and discrimination standards at Avalon Pop Warner? Answer: Yes, the
harassment and discrimination policy is posted on our website,
www.avalonwolves.com. Absolutely no
substantiated harassment or discrimination will be tolerated at Avalon Pop
Warner or any other Pop Warner organization.
We are an equal rights and opportunity organization.
What is the general purpose of Avalon Pop Warner? Answer: To
fundamentally embrace children in the areas of academics and football. Our main objective is to provide a safe place
for your child to be challenged and grow through life, football/cheer and
Who benefits from the money that goes into the program? Answer: Only
you. Every penny that is collected at
Avalon Pop Warner is invested back into the growth, safety, general operation
and long term development of the program.
13. What do I need to
do to volunteer at Avalon Pop Warner? Answer: During the season you will be informed of
opportunities to assist. Please contact
your Team Mom if you are interested, she will have the list of latest needs. All volunteers will be required to fill out a
volunteer form and will be subject to a background check.
14. How do I get
directions to away games? Answer: All directions to away games are
listed on the Mid Florida Pop Warner website, www.midfloridapopwarner.com.
15. What is minimum
Answer: It is a requirement of Pop Warner that all players, regardless
of skill level must play a minimum amount of plays during each game. The actual
number of plays is dictated by the number of players on a roster at the
beginning of a game.
16. What if my son
wants to play a certain position? Answer: Position assignments are conducted at
the team level. We encourage all coaches
to tryout each child for different positions early in the season. All children are evaluated equally and will
have the opportunity to prove they can play different positions. Each head coach will have an evaluation form,
which will list the needed skills for a given position and an evaluation for
each player. Position assignments are
entirely up to the head coach and his staff.
17. What if I think my
son should be playing more? Answer: We recommend asking yourself if your son has done
his best to prepare himself to succeed and worked as hard as the rest. Then we ask that you try and be as objective
as possible when considering your son’s ability compared to his group. The next step is to have a planned
conversation with the head coach of your team to get background on his
perspective relative to your son. This
conversation is not intended to turn his opinion or even create a preferential
move for your son; you can only expect a forth right response that will allow
you to understand decisions that are made.
The information you collect will help you in further influencing your
child to work on aspects that will help him.
We recommend that you work together-with, not-at the coaching staff to
improve your son’s opportunities. If you
continue to not be satisfied with your son’s playing time, please realize your
opinion has been heard and the head coach will only do what he sees best for
18. What are the expectations
or playing characteristics of my son’s division: Answer:
divisions/players listed below are required to sustain a 2.0 grade point
average or higher to continue to participate through out the course of the
season. The following descriptions have
been formulated by local league officials and coaches:
Fundamentals and focus on team play where each player has equal play time. This is the first tackle experience for all players
and should be fun at learning the basics.
Winning and losing are not to be promoted.
Mighty Mite- Fundamentals
and focus on team play where players begin to be challenged to compete for
positions. Coaches should focus on attempting
to spread out playing time as much as possible, but they are not required to
administer equal game play. Score will
be taken during these games, but only for the objective of game momentum and
understanding of game strategy. This
division does not have long term bowl game objectives, so winning and losing is
only stated for the value of understanding the process.
Jr. PeeWee- Fundamentals
and focus on team play where players are preparing for the competitive nature
of the next level. Strategically, this
division integrates all aspects of team football to learn how to efficiently
manage a game for the best possible outcome.
Coaches are encouraged to introduce more advanced aspects of the game,
so that players learn the concept of hard work for great returns. This division is the first to have a bowl
game objective for the year, so they attempt to perform for a win/loss record
that could result in a championship bid.
PeeWee- Fundamentals and
focus on team play that creates the best possible scenario for team success and
dealing with the competitive nature of football. Coaches are encouraged to introduce the
difference between shared time and playing to be the best you can at a given
position to help the team as a whole.
Most players in this division have prior experience and are challenged
to refine their skills. Bowl game play
is an objective here, so coaches will teach the effects of winning and losing
while fundamentally developing players to play at the next level.
Jr. Midget- Fundamentals
and focus on team play where players get their first exposure to prep school
level challenges on the football field. Players
are expected to understand the value of competing for positions and
personal/team gains through hard work.
As in all other divisions, academics and the challenges of practice time
and life balance are important. This
division also has a championship objective.
Midget- Fundamentals and
focus on team play where players are challenged and preparation is focused on
competing at the early stages of high school level football. Players are expected to understand the value
of competing for positions and personal/team gains through hard work. This division has a championship objective.