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Pop Warner numbers on rise

Steve Yingling

Football has caught on again with youngsters on the South Shore. South Tahoe Pop Warner football already has full teams for its tiny mite and mighty mite programs, and collectively, more than 150 kids have turned out for the first week of practice.

“We’re excited,” said local president Chuck Leonard. “It’s like football has turned around this year.”

Despite the increase in players, the league still is taking sign-ups, especially for the junior peewee and midget teams. Children ages 8-11 are eligible for the junior peewees and 11-15-year-olds qualify to play for the midgets.

Pop Warner adheres to a strict policy of restricting weight for each team. For the junior peewees, the weight starts at 60 pounds and goes through 105 pounds. However, 11-year-olds can only weigh 60-85.

Midgets must weigh 105-160, unless they are 15 (105-140).

Parents must complete their child’s paperwork before he or she can begin practice. Practice is either from 5-7 p.m. or 5:30-7:30 p.m, depending on the team, at the Field of Dreams softball fields at South Tahoe High.

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Players must have a physical exam before they can play. Free physicals are being conducted today at 5 p.m. at Tahoe Family Physicians. Forms are available at the office.

The cost is $175 per player, and Leonard said financial hardship scholarships are available.

“Finances shouldn’t be a reason for them not to play,” he said.

For more information, contact Leonard at (530) 542-8333, (530) 542-3970 or (530) 314-9728, or go to SouthTahoePopWarner.com.