La Costa Canyon Pop Warner (LCCPW) is a non-profit organization chartered under the Pop Warner Little Scholars program offering tackle football (ages 7-15), flag football (ages 5-7), and cheerleading (ages 5-15). LCCPW also offers Challenger football and cheer programs through the Palomar Conference for mentally and physically challenged participants unable to participate on LCCPW football or cheer squads.
LCCPW's home field is La Costa Canyon H.S. Maverick Stadium in Carlsbad. Colors are Navy Blue, Forest Green and Vegas Gold. All teams have a derivative name of Mavericks, the mascot name for the Midget team and the LCCHS athletic teams.
Pop Warner season runs from Aug. 1 until mid-November. For Tackle Football and Cheer practices are 5x per week during August, 3x per week in Sep-Nov plus games every Saturdays. Flag season runs Aug. 1 to mid-October. Tackle and cheer seasons may be extended due to playoffs and invitational games; some cheer squads operate through February.
La Costa Canyon Pop Warner Association has been in continuous existence since the early 1960s and is a charter member of the Palomar Conference. Formerly known as San Dieguito Pop Warner, the association served youth who eventually attended (then) San Dieguito High School. In 2007 the association changed its name and colors to match La Costa Canyon High School, the only public high school in its service area with a football team. Many current and former NFL and college football players got their start in this association.
At one time the association served participants in all the coastal communities from La Jolla north to La Costa. Today, LCCPW serves the communities of Cardiff, Encinitas, La Costa, Leucadia, Olivenhain, and north Rancho Santa Fe. The physical boundary follows the La Costa Canyon High School attendance boundaries, defined by the San Dieguito Union High School District as an area that, "...shall include the boundaries of the Encinitas and Cardiff school districts and the area north of Escondido Creek in Rancho Santa Fe district." (Source: SDUHSD Website) Participants with a residence in this area or attending a school in this area are considered in-boundary participants. Participants outside these boundaries are encouraged to sign up with their home association. LCCPW participants from outside LCCPW's boundary must obtain a waiver from their home Pop Warner association to play within LCCPW.