The Washington, D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced Dec. 2 that District teams in two different divisions have advanced to the Pop Warner Super Bowl National Championships tournament, to be held from Dec. 3 to Dec. 10 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
For the second straight year, the Beacon House Falcons will play in the Junior Pee Wee Division (ages 8 to 11). They won the national title last year against the Liberty City Warriors of Florida. Meanwhile, the Marshall Heights Bison will play in the Pee Wee Division (ages 9 to 12). Marshall Heights will make its second appearance in the Super Bowl since 2006, when they won the National Championship in the Midget Division.
“DPR is very proud of our DC Pop Warner teams, the Beacon House Falcons and the Marshall Heights Bison. For the third year in a row the District is supporting DC Pop Warner teams and is sending them to the National Championships. The parents, coaching staff and DPR staff are also to be congratulated, and the success of these teams is due largely in part to their commitment and dedication to our youth,” DPR Director Jesus Aguirre said in a release.
DPR is the only recreation department in the country to hold a Pop Warner charter. D.C. Pop Warner has 82 teams and nearly 2,000 youth who participate during the regular season.
The Beacon House Falcon Division I Jr. Pee Wees will play their 1st round Sunday at 8:30 am. The Marshall Height Bison Division I Pee Wees also will play their 1st round on Sunday at 10:30 am.
The Football National Championships consist of 64 teams from 8 Pop Warner Regions playing in four age/weight classifications: Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Jr. Midget, and Midget. There are two divisions, Division I and Division II, each fielding 32 teams.
Each team plays a seven- to nine-game schedule and at the end of the regular season, usually during the last week in October, a team prepares for league playoffs. Once a league champion has been decided, a team has won the right to participate in regional championships. Regional winners are invited to ESPN Wide World of Sports to compete for a national championship in the Jr. Peewee, Peewee, Jr. Midget, and Midget divisions.
?Sixty-eight games take place throughout the six-day event in December, including the Division I Midget National Championship game, which is featured on ESPN and ESPN2 during the NFL’s Super Bowl week.