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Mallard Creek Optimist Club Football

The Mallard Creek Optimist club program was started in 2009 with three teams. We are a Tackle football program for ages 5-14. In 2010, our program grew to six football teams and joined the Pop Warner, Little Panther's Division. Our teams have grown together and look forward to growing even more in the future!

2022 Fall Season Information

Divisions: Traditional Pop Warner Weighted Divisions; Participants will be places on teams based on age (5-14) and weight.
Pop Warner Football Age Brackets (age determined as of 7/31/2022)
Tiny Mites: 5, 6, 7
Mitey Mites: 7, 8, 9
Jr Pee Wee: 8, 9, 10,
Pee Wee: 9, 10, 11, 12
Jr Varsity: 10,11,12
Varsity: 12,13,14,

Season: August 1 - November; Plan for 2-3 practices per week based on age group and Saturday games in the greater-Charlotte area beginning in September; Possibilities for Bowl Games

Practice Fields: Mallard Creek Community Park and Dorton Park

Home Game Location: Mallard Creek High School (Johnson Oehler Rd)

Game times are set on a week-by-week basis. We will not get a schedule of times for the season. 

Registration Information

Cost for season is $310; Covers helmet, Shoulder Pads (returned at the end of season),Team Jersey, insurance and facility fees

Parents provide practice pants, cleats, and mouth guard.

Forms required at registration:

Picture/copy of Birth Certificate

Picture/copy of Health Physical dated in 2022; Have your medical provider complete this form: 2022 Medical/Physical Form

Additional items that will be required prior to season: Copy of 2021-22 Report Card; 2022 Participant Contract and Parental Consent Form

Email Football Commissioner Haleem Johnson with any questions

Registration Listing

2022 Fall Tackle Football

Please complete the items below and attached when requested in registration
During registration you will have to upload a copy of Childs birth certificate & current years report card. **Please note** If your Childs team advances to Regionals or Nationals the original copy will be required. 

Age Based U13

Registration closes on 09/16/2022 at 12:00 AM
Season Dates: 08/01/2022 to 11/12/2022
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Age Based U12

Registration closes on 09/16/2022 at 12:00 AM
Season Dates: 08/01/2022 to 11/12/2022
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does my registration fee cover?
  • Pop Warner Little Panthers League Fees
  • Security Fees (Security personnel present at every game)
  • Officials (referees) Fee
  • Medic Fees (medics present at every game)
  • Insurance (thru MCOC) for your child
  • Field Maintenance and Lights (practice fields & game fields)
  • Uniforms
  • Equipment (Rental Fee)
  • Miscellaneous – MCOC is a non profit organization maintained fully by your membership dollars and donations; MCOC is not funded by any municipality, therefore every dollar goes towards the Sports programs.
Why do we need the Physical/Medical History form?

The Physical/Medical History Form is a “detailed” medical form with information about allergies, asthma, and medical issues.  This form will be carried in a binder by your child’s coach to each practice and game. This way, if there is a medical emergency, the trained medics will have immediate access to the child’s medical history and also have immediate information so they can contact the pediatrician if necessary.

Do teams need to provide any medical personnel during practices?

Pop Warner requires someone with CPR certification to be at the field (not necessarily on the same team) for practices in the event of an emergency. With 3-4 teams practicing at the same time, we are fulfilling the requirement.  In addition some coaches are CPR certified. For all games, a medic will be at the field at all times (part of your registration fee).

Why do I have to provide my child’s report card?

Pop Warner requires each player to have a 70.0% or 2.0 GPA in order to participate in their football program. Pop Warner wants to stress how important it is to be a good scholar in school. The report cards are proof to Pop Warner that your child is performing at school.

When is the first game and when will we see a game schedule?

The first game is normally the first Saturday after Labor Day – when and where to be announced – we expect an update on schedule the first week in September. We will provide this information to your coaches as soon as we have it.

How do I find out about practices and games in inclement weather?

MCOC will use their communications app  Game Changer plus the coaches to communicate any cancellations. If nothing is posted, plan to be on time unless you hear from a coach.  If storms develop late decisions will be made at the fields.

How much time is involved?
Pop Warner Football is a BIG time commitment on the part of both players and parents. The first 2 weeks of the season are considered "conditioning" weeks. Before school begins, players will practice four nights a week for up to 2 hours. Once school is in session, this will be scaled back to 2 nights per week.

What time do teams practice?
Practices are up to 2 1/2 hours long - typically 2 hours - and commonly run anywhere from 6:00pm to 8:00pm with some variance depending on the coach’s schedule.

Are the coaches paid employees of Mallard Creek Optimist Club (MCOC)?

NO. They are volunteers who donate their time to help our kids. This entire program, in fact, is run by volunteers who put in a great deal of personal time to make this program available to your children. Please keep this in mind…our staff has the same professional and personal responsibilities as you with the added responsibility that comes along with volunteering. If you are interested in committing some time to the program, please contact the football Commissioner

Do we have to buy all the equipment?
NO. MCOC provides helmets, shoulder pads, jersey, practice jersey and game pants. All this equipment must be returned at the end of each season.

How much will my child play?
All team members will play. Coaches will determine what positions each child is best suited for. Every division has a minimum number of plays that each child must play. This is frequently referenced as "the MPR rule". (MPR = Minimum Play Rule).

Who do I talk to about coaching or volunteering?
We would love to have you on board! Please contact [email protected] for more information on becoming a coach or volunteering. We have plenty of non-coaching opportunities like helping with paperwork, coordinating schedules for game-day drinks and snacks, and so much more!


Mallard Creek Optimist Club
8611 Concord Mills Blvd, #458
Concord, North Carolina 28027

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