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Illinois Jr Celtics Tackle Football - Registration Listing

2024 Illinois Jr Celtic Tackle Football

Pop Warner football has been around since the inception of the league in 1929. Since then, participation has steadily increased to today's record numbers for children ages 5-14 (age determined as of July 31st of the current year).

On fields across America, Pop Warner is continually making our game safer and better, while retaining what makes the sport of football so great for young people.

Pop Warner places value on safety measures that make a difference. That’s why we have also done things in football like reduce contact to 25% of practice time, eliminate kickoffs for our youngest divisions and require that any player who suffers a suspected head injury receive medical clearance from a concussion specialist before returning to play.

Players begin practicing on August 1 in preparation for their season openers, usually held during the last week in August or first week in September. A participant can be considered eligible for the season when he/she has met the four basic criteria for participation: A candidate must provide proof of age, parental consent, a medical examination, and academic fitness.

What makes Pop Warner unique as an organization is our commitment to academic excellence among our participants. A participant must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average/70 percent in school in order to participate during the season.

*Ages on July 31
Division/Age
6U - 5 or 6 yrs old
7U - 6 or 7 yrs old
8U - 7 or 8 yrs old
9U - 7, 8 or 9 yrs old
10U - 8, 9 or 10 yrs old
11U - 9, 10 or 11 yrs old
12U - 10, 11 or 12 yrs old
13U - 11, 12 or 13 yrs old

Visit the following link if you would like to purchase a Starter Pack for your player: https://willil.destinationstores.com/JrCeltics/

Age Based U6

Registration closes on 07/31/2024 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 08/01/2024 to 11/30/2024
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$300.00

Age Based U7

Registration closes on 07/31/2024 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 08/01/2024 to 11/30/2024
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$300.00

Age Based U8

Registration closes on 07/31/2024 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 08/01/2024 to 11/30/2024
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$300.00

Illinois Jr Celtics Tackle Football - Program Information

Illinois Jr Celtics Tackle Football

The Illinois JR Celtics are looking forward to the fall 2024 season.  Not sure what results we will have, but the one thing that is certain is that our student athletes will be disciplined, well-conditioned, smart, coached well, and will have become better football players and young men once the season is complete. Everything else is a bonus.

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.

Did you know that Pop Warner football is safer than soccer? 
Per US Consumer Product Safety Commission (NEISS), Pop Warner footfall has 12% fewer injuries per capita among 5-14 year olds than organized soccer in the same age range! 

Football Includes:

Helmets, shoulder pads, game & practice jerseys, game pants and mouth guard – The game pants and game jerseys are yours to keep at the end of the season. Helmets and shoulder pads are to be returned at the end of the season.

Parents/Guardians are responsible to purchase Football Cleats, Girdle, mouthpiece and knee pads.



Tackle Achievements

Illinois Jr Celtics Achievements

  • 2023 D1 13U National Champions 
  • 2023 D1 13U State and Regional Champions
  • 2023 D2 9U State Champions and Regional Runner Up
  •  2022 D2 8U State and Regional Champions
  •  2022 D2 13U State and Regional Champions
  •  2022 D2 13U National Champions
  • 2021 8U - 10U - 12U Pop Warner Spring D1 Champions
  • 2021 Tiny Mites - Undefeated Season
  •  2021 Mitey Mite State Champs and Mid-America Runner Up
  •  2021 Junior Peewee D1 State Champs and D1 Mid-America Runner Up
  •  2021 Peewee D1 State Champs and Regional Runner Up
  •  2021 Junior Varsity D1 State and Mid-America Champions
  • 2020 Tiny Mite Bowl Champions
  • 2020 Mitey Mite State Champions
  •  2020 D1 Junior Peewee State and Mid-America Champions
  •  2020 D1 Peewee State and Mid-America Champions
  •  2020 D1 Junior Varsity State and Mid-America Champions
  •  2020 14U Battle in Rocky Top National Champs
  • 2019 D1 Peewee State and Mid-America Champions
  • 2019 D1 Junior Varsity State and Mid-America Champions

Pop Warner Age Based Divisions

Pop Warner footfall has been around since the inception of the league in 1029.  Since then, participation has steadily increased to today's record numbers for children ages 5-14 (age determined as of July 31st of the current year).

2023 Age Based Divisions

Age DivisionAge on July 31 of Current Year
6 U5 or 6
7 U6 or 7
8 U7 or 8
9 U7, 8 or 9
10 U8, 9 or 10
11 U9, 10 or 11
12 U10, 11 or 12
13 U11, 12 or 13
14 U12, 13, or 14

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