Pop Warner is the only national youth sports organization in America that requires its participants to perform adequately in the classroom prior to permitting them to play/cheer. Pop Warner believes the standards that the organization has set give the children a sense of responsibility and an appreciation for academics and athletics that will help them develop later on in life.
Pop Warner requires a minimum 2.0/70% or equivalent GPA from each of its participants. Proof of satisfactory progress in school is required from all participants.
Pop Warner understands that not all student-athletes are able to meet the organization's scholastic requirements. If a child does not meet the requirements of scholastic fitness, he/she may fill out and submit a Scholastic Eligibility Form (see "Forms" tab above). This form must be accompanied by a progress report or report card for the participant to be eligible to play.
For more information regarding the academic requirements needed to participate, please contact our Scholastic Coordinator.
Academic All-American Scholar Program:
Each year, the most academically accomplished Pop Warner participants compete for Academic All-American status. This process begins at the association level and ascends up through each of the eight Pop Warner regions to the national level. Students in the 5th grade or higher, with a combined GPA of 96% or higher (or equivalent), will be invited to the Foundation for Youth Development (FYD) Pop Warner’s Scholastic Tribute in February. After the application have been processed, Pop Warner determines National First Team All-Americans (35 for football per grade level and 35 for cheer per grade level), National Second Team All-Americans and National Honorable Mention. Pop Warner All-American Scholars are in the top 2% academically of all Pop Warner participants nationwide.