Santa Clara Lions Youth Football & Cheer


Safety First

Kids compete with kids of similar age and size. Pop Warner is the ONLY youth football program (local, regional and national) that sets and enforces a strict AGE & WEIGHT MATRIX that reduces the risk and reality of injuries.

Did you know that Pop Warner football is safer than soccer? Pop Warner football has 12% fewer injuries per capita among 5-15 year olds than organized soccer in the same age range! (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, NEISS)

Santa Clara Lions Football Organization strongly emphasizes participant safety.

  • Every participant will have undergone a physical examination and have a doctor’s approval before they will be allowed to step onto the playing field.
  • There will also be a qualified person who can administer first aid present at all times.
  • At the beginning of every practice and game the participant will go through a through exercise routine to stretch and warm up.
  • Before any participant can participate in any physical contact drills they will have gone through ten hours of intensive physical conditioning.
  • Before the participant ever takes the field in a game they will have had over fifty hours of vigorous training and conditioning.
  • All games will be officiated by registered collegiate or high school football officials.