Football & Cheer

Bound Brook Pop Warner 

We are a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the development of young individuals who are interested in learning how to play football and cheer leading. Bound Brook Pop Warner and Cheer is committed to excellence: motivating and challenging participants through a partnership of players, cheerleaders, coaches, parents, and community. Success for our young people will be defined as the self-satisfaction in knowing they have done the best that they are capable of doing. Our program will always be about the players and cheerleaders, no the plays. We will create and nurture an atmosphere where our players and cheerleaders understand that a combination of hard work, positive attitude, and a little fun mixed in, are the keys to success. Our commitment to our community will be open and honest in our communication, practice, individual integrity, responsibility, and good sportsmanship. We will treat each child, parent, and community volunteer with courtesy, dignity, and respect.

Mission Statement

BOARD MEETINGS

 

General Meetings for 2017 will be held

on the last Thursday of every Month at 8pm.
Located in the Ben Maggio Field House on Thompson Avenue in BB.
 
Membership is open to any Adult who has an interest in the Program.
Please come and see what we are all about!
We look forward to seeing everyone once a month and
please contact the Board if you have any questions or suggestions.

Bound Brook Pop Warner Football and Cheer provides the youth of Bound Brook and the surrounding areas the opportunity to develop their athletic skills in a fun and safe environment. The program is committed to making football and cheerleading a rewarding and safe experience for our children.

The program emphasizes commitment, respect, responsibility and scholastics. Our goal is to inspire the young people to achieve the ideals of sportsmanship, physical fitness and academic excellence.

The organization is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. The members of the BBPW Board are not compensated for the time they work throughout the year to keep the organization running. All coaches are also volunteers who put in many hours during the season.  
Registration fees only cover a small portion of our operating expenses. Bound Brook Pop Warner relies on snack bar revenues, corporate sponsorship, and other fundraising efforts to support the program. All funds are put back into the program to pay expenses and to make improvements. Some of the expenses incurred each year include both the upkeep of existing and the purchase of new equipment and uniforms, field maintenance and game day expenses (referees, EMTs, etc.), insurance, JVC membership dues, background checks of all coaches, and other administrative expenses.

Bound Brook Pop Warner is a proud member of Pop Warner Little Scholars (PWLS), and is governed by the rules and regulations set forth by them. Bound Brook Pop Warner is part of the Jersey Valley Conference (JVC), which in addition to Bound Brook is made up of teams from Clark, South Plainfield, Hillsborough, Bridgewater, Golden Knights, Montgomery, Watchung Hills, Washington Rock, Metuchen, Flemington, Somerville, Maplewood, Northwest Jersey Knights, and Phillipsburg. The Conference feeds into the Eastern Region, which has teams from 6 different States made up of a total of 36 total organizations.  

Practices, Games, and Competitions
Throughout the season, all teams practice outside at LaMonte Field, located on Crusader Way in Bound Brook. Practice schedules are given out to each team once the season starts. Some indoor cheerleading practices take place at Bound Brook High School. There are occasions when the practice locations, especially for cheer, may need to be moved and notification is sent out as timely as possible.

Our season officially starts with our first practice on July 31st every year, unless that day falls on a weekend, in which case the first practice will be that following Monday, unless otherwise stated. During August, competitive teams in both football and cheer will practice 5 days a week, from 6-8pm, Monday through Friday. The Flag Football team will usually practice three days a week for only about an hour. Once school begins, the schedule will usually change, and each individual Head Coach will determine what the schedule will be and he or she will let all the parents know of any changes.
The football regular season usually consists of 8 regular season games played mainly on Sundays (there could also be 2 or more Saturday afternoon/night games depending on Holidays.) Game times start with the youngest kids and end with the oldest kids. BBPW usually plays 4 home games at LaMonte Field and 4 games away within the towns from the JVC. 
Placement on football teams depends on weight and age, skill level, and experience.  The Football Commissioners along with the Head Coaches will have the final say on all placements. Teams in the Junior Pee-Wee division and older are eligible to compete in post-season competition based on their win/loss record. Post-season competition may include Regional Championships and Bowl Games, which can run through Thanksgiving. Cheerleaders are usually required to accompany their teams to these events.  
There will be a JVC hosted cheerleading competition for all cheerleaders in October, located at the Sun Center in Trenton, NJ.   Competitive cheerleading squads (potentially girls 8 years old and above) may advance to additional competitions throughout October and November. If any competitive cheerleading team finishes first or second at the Regional competition in November they will move onto the National Championships in Orlando, FL in early December.  

What to Expect - General Items   
Although uniforms and some equipment are provided by Bound Brook Pop Warner, parents/guardians will be expected to purchase some additional equipment/accessories. Anticipated additional costs for Football are approximately $75, for Cheerleading it is approximately $175-$350.
Please be aware that Parents will have no access to the practice and game fields. Only certified personnel and volunteers are permitted inside the practice areas and inside the game field areas.
All families are encouraged to fulfill their fundraising obligations.

Sponsorships
We are always looking for sponsors. If you know of a business or individual willing to make a contribution, we’re interested!    We offer many different levels of sponsorship to choose from. Bound Brook Pop Warner is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation, and contributions are tax-deductible (consult your tax professional). 

Forms for signing up sponsors are available for download on this website located on the Forms page.    

Media Releases
Bound Brook Pop Warner occasionally utilizes press releases, newspaper photos, website articles, and website photos to highlight and recognize our participants, teams and squads. No personal information such as home address or phone numbers will be provided to any outside entity by  BBPW without your permission.   Children's names are not used in conjunction with any photo's, printed or posted.  If you do not wish us to use your child's image and/or name in this fashion, you must notify us in writing.  

Chain of Command 
In order to keep things running smoothly, there is a Chain of Command in place within our organization.  
If any parent or staff member has a question or a problem, the following steps will be followed to address the issue:  

Speak to your Head Coach about it. If you are the Head Coach, see the Commissioner and follow the Chain of Command from that point.
If your Head Coach cannot resolve the issue or answer the question, you may request that the Head Coach set up a meeting with the Football or Cheer Commissioner.  
If after meeting with the Commissioner, the issue has not been resolved, you may request a meeting with the President of BBPW.
If there has been no resolution, the President will take the issue to the Board of Directors. If the Board of Directors agrees, the President will take the issue to the proper authorities at the League level.
Any violation of the Chain of Command can and will result in a penalty set forth by the Board of Directors.
 
Code of Conduct
1.) Parents agree to encourage good sportsmanship at all times by setting a positive example for all children.
2.) Parents agree to pledge support of all participants, including teammates and opponents, coaches, referees and spectators.
3.) Parents agree to demonstrate a positive attitude towards BBPW football and cheer, not embarrassing yourself, your child, or any other participant by yelling or creating a scene, while applauding good effort in victory and defeat.
4.) Parents agree to demand a healthy environment, refraining from alcohol, drugs and tobacco use at all practices, games or other BBPW team events.
5.) Parents agree if a problem or concern is identified, you will calmly seek solutions at a proper time and location, refraining from confrontations in front of children.
6.) Parents agree to make BBPW Football and Cheer FUN!  

Violation(s) of the Code of Conduct could result in disciplinary action (e.g., suspension from attending games, practices and/or events, ejection from the playing field area and/or park complex, etc.)

Scholastic Awards
Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) is the only national youth sports organization in America that requires its participants to perform adequately in the classroom before permitting them to play. We believe that the standards we have set give these children a sense of responsibility and an appreciation for academics and athletics that will help them develop later on in life.

Proof of satisfactory progress in school is required. A 2.0/70% or equivalent shall be the minimum grade point average acceptable to participate.

Each year, the most academically accomplished Pop Warner kids compete for Academic All-American status. This process begins at the association level and up through each of the eight Pop Warner regions to the national level. The PWLS All-American Program requires a minimum 96% grade point average to apply for All-American status.

2017 season

BBPW will officially kick off the 2017 Season on Sunday, July 30th  from 10:00am - 2:00pm located at LaMonte Field on Crusader Way in BB with  a short "Meet-N-Greet" for the Players and their Coaches.


Although each Football Team will require different things, all Players should be prepared with Cleats (sneakers are ok for Flag), Shorts, T-Shirt, and a lot of WATER for their first day of practice. The typical practice for Flag Football will be 1 hour. Mitey Mites could be 1-2 hours, and the Squires, Lancers, and Knights will go at least 1.5-2 hours. The practices for Football will always begin at 6pm at LaMonte Field. The teams can either be on the Grass Practice Field to the left once you enter through the gates, or on the Turf. Please remember that no one will be tackling for about the first two weeks, so there will be no eqipment handed out in the beginning. We will let you know which night the equipment is handed out so that you can make sure the kids have a ride home that evening!
Please be prepared to have practice up to 5 nights a week until school starts in September. Once school begins, the Head Coaches will let everyone know the new practice schedule.


*Flag Football is only 3 nights a week until school starts, then usually goes down to two nights a week during school.
The Cheer Squads will typically begin their season earlier than Football, and all parents/guardians will be given that information from the Cheer Coordinator as well as your children's individual Head Coaches when they Register for the season. Should any Cheer Families have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the Cheer Coordinator whose information can be found on the Contacts Page, along with the entire BBPW Board as well as all the Head Coaches.


**NO PARENTS ARE ALLOWED ON THE PRACTICE FIELD OR TURF AT ANY TIME.