Outside the Huddle: Kids get head start with Pop Warner football
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Playing at the highest level of high school football is every kid’s dream, but to get there you have to start at the bottom.
Pop Warner football is a way for young athletes to get experience on the field.
"People say peewee football isn’t that competitive, but you'd be surprised how much these kids can handle," Coach Mark Mangum said. "They can handle a lot physically; they can handle a lot mentally. So, they really dictate the pace at which we teach them."
Coach Jason Nassour said in Pop Warner football, the children learn that discipline and hard work pays off.
"That is the beauty of this game, particularly at this age. They don’t understand it. They don't know it. You teach it to them. You watch them, and they still don't get it, but when it clicks they start growing. When they start growing, they get better, and it is really neat to see," he said.
Mangum said it really gives the kids a head start for when they’re ready to play in the big leagues.
“It is a lifestyle commitment. We start practice in the beginning of August and play through October. We will be with these kids every Saturday for a game and we will have three or four practices a week."
Pop Warner games are played Saturdays at whichever high school the kids feed into. It give the kids a chance to get familiar with the fields.