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new plainfield resident

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Jan 16, 2011
 

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I am new to the area and have a son who loves football. It seems there are many tackle programs in town. Can someone explain the differences to me so I can make an informed decision?
Larry L

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PJC: Plainfield Junior Cats:

They have local teams and travel teams. They also have weight rules which prevent larger kids of same age from rushing the QB.

This league is well organized, uses decent Plainfield Park fields for games and has good referees.

The coaches all have to go through a day long course on coaching techniques and safety.

Prowlers:This is a pure travel league which travels to really bad parts of the Chicago Cook County area. This league is not run nearly as well as PJC. Their playing rules are the same as High School. That means a larger, heavier child can rush the backfield and tackle them. There are more injuries in this league and the coaches are less professional.

This is a closer experience to High School football.

Your choice/risk
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thanks Larry,
Someone mentioned the Plainfield Saints as well but was a little cold on them, do you know anything about them?
Larry L

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Never heard of them. I suggest attending one of the PJC meetings to get a feel for the leaders.

I had my Son in both leagues and there was no comparison. Besides being larger and better organized, PJC was safer because there were more eyes (coaches) on the kids and they played on a much nicer field.

If you have girls, they also have cheerleaders!

http://www.jrcats.com/
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Jan 18, 2011
 

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1.Plainfield. Prowlers are a pure travel team in the AYF,the largest and most organized league in the nation.
2.There weights aren't anything like this guy posted,a 9 year old plays with 9 year olds as long as they don't weigh more than 95 pds .Each year the kids get older the weight goes up about 10 pds. Pjc the kids have to weigh much less, where a 95pd 9 year old would have to play with 11 year olds....now which risks injury?
3.At the end of a season in ayf,if you win ,you go to disney.
4. Ayf you play in a south div.(Berwyn,westmont,westchest er,homewood floosmoore,shorewood) not the city or bad neighborhoods....pjc plays in crystal lake,and Wisconsin
5.And the coaches are excellent
new plainfield resident

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Jan 19, 2011
 
Which conference does PJC play in? I thought there was also a Pop Warner program in Plainfield, Would that one be the Saints possibly? Anyone know anything about them? I'll check out the websites for PJC and Prowlers. thanks guys
Larry L

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prowlerdad wrote:
1.Plainfield. Prowlers are a pure travel team in the AYF,the largest and most organized league in the nation.
2.There weights aren't anything like this guy posted,a 9 year old plays with 9 year olds as long as they don't weigh more than 95 pds .Each year the kids get older the weight goes up about 10 pds. Pjc the kids have to weigh much less, where a 95pd 9 year old would have to play with 11 year olds....now which risks injury?
3.At the end of a season in ayf,if you win ,you go to disney.
4. Ayf you play in a south div.(Berwyn,westmont,westchest er,homewood floosmoore,shorewood) not the city or bad neighborhoods....pjc plays in crystal lake,and Wisconsin
5.And the coaches are excellent
My kid was in the Prowlers for a year. We played in very bad neighborhoods. Why would you lie to people?
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Plainfield Saints are new and play ijn pop warner - also some questionable neighborhoods... its a new program but i already heard there were questions about there concession money not quite adding up.... Does anyone know anything about them?
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Larry I have 2 sons who have played for three yrs and worst place I've been to is Berwyn...I really don't think that's bad...cause I grew up there...WHY would you lie to people? Check the website ,check our south division....tell me what's a bad neighborhood to you?oswego?shorewood?homewood? westchester?berwyn?naperville? ....the north division has all the city teams....maybe you played for the ayf BEFORE they split the north and south divisions
Larry L

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To ProwlerDad:

My son played on 'football fields' in south side Chicago which had broken bottles and sticks on them. For some reason, we were playing up and down the corridor EAST of 294 and with one exception South of 290.

These are some very scary areas. My opinion is that the Prowlers organization is unorganized and dangerous. Our coach didn't care if the kids had torn shoulders or concussions, he sent them back into play to receive more damage. His idea of tackling was to use their heads first.
Mike S

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Jan 28, 2011
 
new plainfield resident wrote:
I am new to the area and have a son who loves football. It seems there are many tackle programs in town. Can someone explain the differences to me so I can make an informed decision?
My son has played in both programs.(PJC,Prowlers) Both are ran well. Bottom line is what type of coach you end up with. There is good and bad in both programs.
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Each organization has its pros and cons. PJC is the only one that offers an in-house program, but it's a very large, impersonal organization, and if playing travel, you will have games in Wisconsin. The Saints are a new Pop Warner program, but they will be playing in an unstalbe Pop Warner conference, and all indications point to the program having some serious organizational and ethical issues. The Prowlers are a great program all around, but do have the potential to play a game or two on the west or south side of Chicago (the fields are fine). However, the vast majority of games are in the west/south/southwest suburbs. While I value that diverse exposure for my children, I suppose it may not be for everyone. My boys have played in PJC and currently play for the Prowlers - we love the Prowlers. If you're not sure which to join, simply contact the leadership of each. After communicating with them, I'm confident you will decide on the Prowlers.
new plainfield resident

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Feb 18, 2011
 
Biggin wrote:
Each organization has its pros and cons. PJC is the only one that offers an in-house program, but it's a very large, impersonal organization, and if playing travel, you will have games in Wisconsin. The Saints are a new Pop Warner program, but they will be playing in an unstalbe Pop Warner conference, and all indications point to the program having some serious organizational and ethical issues. The Prowlers are a great program all around, but do have the potential to play a game or two on the west or south side of Chicago (the fields are fine). However, the vast majority of games are in the west/south/southwest suburbs. While I value that diverse exposure for my children, I suppose it may not be for everyone. My boys have played in PJC and currently play for the Prowlers - we love the Prowlers. If you're not sure which to join, simply contact the leadership of each. After communicating with them, I'm confident you will decide on the Prowlers.
what kind of issues with Saints? I thought Pop Warner was a respected organization? am i wrong?
FootballDAD21

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Apr 12, 2011
 
I too have experience with both, but I will say the comments regarding the Prowlers playing in all bad neighborhoods is completely false! I also will say- that if you want kids ti be exposed to all different areas and diversity Prowlers is your choice. If u want to play at four seasons with the same kids from Plainfield they see in ever other sport the maybe u should try PjC. Both r football and have no doubt both have safety of kids in mind first- to blast the Prowlers as being dangerous because they follow high school rules is an ignorant statement!
new plainfield resident

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Apr 16, 2011
 
good info, what about the saints?
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Apr 16, 2011
 
I don't know anything about the Saints,but I have heard from people in Romeoville (romeoville left the River Valley Conference to play in Pop Warner) how unhappy they are. They called it "ghetto" ball,disorganized,sometimes no refs, having one sibling playing in Rockford while another plays in Harvey. I'm sure the Saints are a quality organization,but I will stay where I am....remember its all about the kids
FootballDAD21

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The saints are a spinoff of the Prowler program. This is their 2nd yr in Pop Warner. I have looked into them and was turned off when our family was told by a board member that their goal is to knock the Prowlers out of existence. I thought I would hear that their goal is to teach football to youth kids in a safe environment? But guess not, if I were you I would contact the Prowlers, PJC and saints to get a feel.

money wise- the costs of Prowlers and Saints get u mire bang for your buck. No buying helmets, game pants, etc each year as with PjC. Hope this helps-
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Man, with the snipping here I'm glad I have girls and I'm going to do my best to keep them away from cheerleading as long as possible!! Way too much screaming & yelling.

I guitar & piano lessons work well for me.

Also, how many days a week do they practice? It seems that the football programs practice an awful lot & very, very late for school nights.

Good luck boys!! Don't take it too far & play nice - the parents that is. LOL!!
FootballDAD21

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May 15, 2011
 
Girl dad wrote:
Man, with the snipping here I'm glad I have girls and I'm going to do my best to keep them away from cheerleading as long as possible!! Way too much screaming & yelling.
I guitar & piano lessons work well for me.
Also, how many days a week do they practice? It seems that the football programs practice an awful lot & very, very late for school nights.
Good luck boys!! Don't take it too far nice - the parents that is. LOL!!
Im August it is Usually 5 nights a week until school starts, then down to 3 nights a week during school, most leagues go until 8 pm both cheer and football
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my son played for the plainfield prowlers for 2yrs and really loved it. He learned alot and now plays for PNHS football with coaches already talking of scholorships for college.

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