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Illinois Jr. Celtics Youth Football

Illinois Jr. Celtics Youth Football


Pop Warner football has been around since the inception of the league in 1929 by founder Joseph J. Tomlin as a four-team conference in Northeast Philadelphia. Since then, participation has steadily increased to today’s record numbers. Over 240,000 youths participated in Pop Warner-sanctioned football programs in 2004, and those numbers are continuing to grow.

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)

Football Includes:

Helmets, Shoulder Pads, 2 Game Jerseys, 2 Game Pants – The 2 jerseys are yours to keep at the end of the season. Helmet, Shoulder Pads and Game Pants are to be returned at the end of the season.

Parents/Guardians are responsible to purchase Practice Pants, Football Cleats, Mouth Guard, Girdle and Pads.

Leagues have options with how to structure their program. While leagues can continue the current structure where a player is placed in a division based on his or her age and weight they may also instead choose to register players based on age only. Currently, an estimated 75-80% of youth football nationally follows an age-only structure.


There are Six Divisions of play, all determined by an age/weight scale.

Age/Weight DivisionAge(s)Certification WeightEnd of Season Weight
TINY-MITE5-6-735-75 lbs.84 lbs.
MITEY-MITE7-8-945-100 lbs.109 lbs.
60-115 lbs.
60-95 lbs.
124 lbs.
104 lbs.
75-130 lbs.
75-110 lbs.
139 lbs.
119 lbs.
90-155 lbs.
90-135 lbs.
164 lbs.
144 lbs.
105-180 lbs.
105-160 lbs.
189 lbs.
169 lbs.

*The asterisked provisions in each division allow the so-called "older but lighter" player to also qualify. The last year of eligibility falls under more stringent weight restrictions, per above.

A child's age on July 31 is his/her age for the season.


Illinois Jr. Celtics Youth Football
Game & Practice Field location: Mokena Park District: 10925 W. LaPorte Rd. Mokena, IL, 2328 E. Lincoln Highway #236
New Lenox, Illinois 60451

Phone: 815-530-6396
Email: [email protected]

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