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San Carlos Patriots Football & Cheer

San Carlos Patriots Football & Cheer


The mission of the Pop Warner Challenger Division is to bring the Pop Warner experience to those special needs individuals. 

Pop Warner’s overall goals are to enable young people to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment and by establishing a Challenger Division Pop Warner is providing an opportunity for everyone to participate in the great game of football and cheer.

Pop Warner objectives are to inspire our youth, regardless of race, creed, religion or national origin to practice the ideals of sportsmanship, scholarship and physical fitness as reflected in the life of the late Glenn Scobie “Pop” Warner. Pop Warner Strives to make the game fun for all boys and girls. 

The program stresses learning lessons of value far beyond the playing or spirit days of those involved, such as; self-discipline, teamwork, concentration, friendship, leadership, and sportsmanship.

The philosophy of the Pop Warner Challenger Division is to provide the framework for local Pop Warner programs to offer a structured football program for participants with special needs. The Challenger program is non-competitive and no score is kept. The games are modeled after a typical Pop Warner game with warm-ups, coin toss and national anthem etc. Participation in the Challenger Division is permitted at the request of the individual’s parent or guardian.

The Pop Warner Challenger Division was pioneered and established in 2004 in East Greenbush in the Capital District Pop Warner League.


The modified rules of the Pop Warner Challenger Division:

  • Challenger Division follows Pop Warner Flag Football Rules with modifications as noted in Rules.

  • All children ages 5-18 who are currently enrolled in school with physical or mental disabilities.

  • Level of play based on size, age and skill level are recommended where numbers allow.

  • Teams must roster a minimum of 10 and no more than 28 players.

  • Games are played with a minimum of five (5) players on each side. This can increase as participation numbers increase.

  • No score is kept.

  • Teams are permitted one (1) game per week.

  • All players receive equal number of plays.

  • Pop Warner recommends team helpers must be a minimum of 13 years of age to assist participants.

  • Field may be standard 100 yards or programs may opt to use a 50 yard field.

  • Team Jerseys and flags provided for every participant.

  • Insurance for the Challenger Teams is the same as Pop Warner Flag Football teams.

  • One Coach permitted on the field at all times.

  • Teams play two 25 minute half’s with a running clock.


  • The Challenger Division includes all children ages 5 to 18 with physical or mental disabilities who are currently enrolled in school.

  • All participants including Coaching Staff and Helpers must be rostered in League One.

  • Pop Warner recommends that Team Helpers be a minimum of 13 years of age to assist participants.

  •  The Challenger Division follows Pop Warner Cheer & Dance Rules. Teams must roster in YCADA Level 1 or Level 2 Skill Divisions following proper progression under direct supervision.

  • YCADA routine guidelines recommend that Challenger Cheer Exhibition Performances’ be one minute thirty seconds. Performances may include Cheer and Dance.

  • Teams are permitted to cheer for one football game per week.

Contact us for any questions.


San Carlos Patriots
PO Box 191217 
San Diego, California 92159

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