Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I REGISTER MY CHILD?

You must register on-line and attend our one and only live event with your child.  By attending an event, you will be able to turn in your child’s physical (signed by a doctor), a copy of your child’s birth certificate, a recent photo of your child, your child’s report card (turn in after you receive the full school year) and any other paperwork SCYF may need.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY REGISTRATION FEES?

  • Tackle Football: Football Skills Camp, Use of league-issued helmet and shoulder pads, Home and Away Jersey (yours to keep),Practice Jersey, player Insurance and a small picture package.

  • Flag Football:  Football Skills Camp, Game jersey (yours to keep), Practice Jersey, player Insurance and a small picture package.

  • Cheer:  Skills Camp,  JAMZ camp, Player Insurance and a  picture package .

*All registration fees also help to cover the costs of league expenses, such as insurance, referee fees, scoreboard operator fees, field usage, equipment refurbishing and replacement and general operating expenses.

WHAT EQUIPMENT/ITEMS MUST I SUPPLY?

You must supply acceptable football cleats, game socks (color to be determined by your coach), athletic supporter, practice and game pants with pads, a mouth piece (which must not be damaged throughout the season, if this occurs, you will be required to buy another one for your child), a chin strap and any kind of under shirt your child may wish to have under their pads.

CAN I REGISTER AFTER THE CLOSING DATE? 

Yes, we will accept registrations; however, your child may be placed on a waiting list and there is no guarantee they will be on a team.

WHEN DOES THE SEASON START AND END?

The season will begin on August 1, 2017, this is typically the first day of practice. The season will run through November, but could go longer if your team ends up in the playoffs.

WHEN AND WHERE ARE PRACTICES?

The actual day and time for practices will vary, depending on your child’s coach.  In August, you can expect 4- to 5-day a week practices, up to 2.5 hours a day. The first 10 hours are conditioning only. Upon completion of conditioning, the participants may begin to practice contact drills.

The Pop Warner National Rule Book states that any athlete MUST complete a full 10 hours of conditioning before participating in any contact drills. Missing any practice time can cause your athlete to fall behind, and therefore we DO NOT RECOMMEND taking vacation time during the month of August.

Once school starts you can expect 3-day-a-week practices with a maximum of 6 hours per week.Practices are held at various parks and schools in San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and occasionally Dana Point or Laguna Niguel. Most teams will be practicing in San Clemente.

WHEN AND WHERE ARE GAMES PLAYED?

Most games are on Saturdays. Home games are played at San Clemente High School on either the main turf field. Away games will vary by location of the opponent. Our Conference covers all of Orange County and a few cities in Los Angeles County, including but not limited to Long Beach, Montebello and Pasadena. Traveling will be involved, and most teams will be required to arrive 1 hour prior to game time.

WHEN WILL MY HEAD COACH CONTACT ME?

You can expect an e-mail or phone call in June.

CAN I REQUEST A CERTAIN HEAD COACH?

You can request a coach, however, there is NO GUARANTEE your child will be placed with that coach.

WHO SCHEDULES THE GAMES?

The Orange Empire Conference (our League is a part of this Conference) schedules the games.

WHAT DIVISION SHOULD MY CHILD PLAY?

You can see the different divisions on the Registration tab of this website.  The League age is the player’s age as of July 31 st.. You also need to pay attention to the weight classifications. If your child meets the age and weight requirements, you will choose that Division.

Pop Warner has what is called an OLDER/LIGHTER (O/L): This is an older child who may be lighter than the division maximum for younger kids. If your child falls into the weight limit of O/L, South Coast Youth Football strongly feels it is in the child’s best interest both physically and emotionally to play at the lowest level possible.

Please contact our Player Agent if you are wanting to place your child in a higher division.

HOW MUCH VOLUNTEER TIME IS EXPECTED FROM PARENTS?

SCYF has fairly laid-back volunteer requirements compared to other sports and leagues. Parents are required to assist with game day activities for their child’s team. Activities include, but are not limited to, chain gang, spotter (both on the field), snacks for the team or whatever else the Head Coach or Assistant Coaches need help with.

SCYF is a non-profit VOLUNTEER RUN organization.  We are all responsible for making sure our kids have a great experience.

IS THERE A REFUND POLICY?

  • Yes, prior to June 1, , cancellation requests will incur a $25 admin fee.

  • From June 1 to July 31, tackle players will incur a $100 fee.

  • From June 1 to July 31,  flag and cheer players will be charged 50% of their registration fees.

  •  After August 1, 2019, no refund will be given*.

*Every attempt will be made to place your athlete on a team.  In the event that we are unable to field a team, the league will issue a  refund.  This does not apply to football players not making weight.  As indicated above, all athletes should be registered for the team that they currently make weight for.