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One my orgs teams is headed to Disney
« on: November 26, 2018, 08:59:05 AM »
Our pee wee team just won our region and are headed to Disney for the Pop warner Super bowl.

I know a few have been, this my orgs first go at this, any advice/insight  is appreciated. 

We are focused on fundraising currently insane how much time we dont have to prepare.
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Re: One my orgs teams is headed to Disney
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2018, 10:03:01 AM »
I know a few have been, this my orgs first go at this, any advice/insight  is appreciated.

Congratulations on getting there!  The team that we beat in Week 1, but also beat us in our conference title game is also going as the Mid-South rep.  They are a Single Wing team.  Fundraising is the biggest thing at this point and Pop Warner doesn't help things by scheduling the regional championships on Thanksgiving weekend, instead of the week before, which would give you an additional week to fundraise.  Fortunately for you, Division 3 is the relative $$ bargain in comparison to D1 or D2.  D2 games start on Dec 1 and end on Dec. 7.  That's anywhere from a 7-9 day $tay.  D1 games start on Dec. 2 and end on Dec. 8 which also requires the 7-9 day $tay.  Since D3 doesn't have a "national championship" (they have "bowl games") D3 starts on Dec. 3 and plays only two games through Dec. 6, requiring a 4-6 day stay, so you can same some money.  Don't know how many's on your roster, but back in the day, we were safe raising $1,000 per player.  That was a decade ago and I don't know how the room rates compare to then but remember you can't find a hotel on the cheap.  PW requires you to stay at a PW/Disney hotel, even if you aren't staying on Disney property.

Keep your kids out of the pools, if you want them to stay healthy for the duration.  Find your practices fields and the bus schedule as soon as you can.  If you're taking your own bus to Orlando then you'll have transportation which makes things easier.  How many coaches/parents do you have as wranglers?  Football at Disney is a goat rodeo of epic proportions.  Fortunately, Disney doesn't tolerate any hijinks, shenanigans or tomfoolery.  Coaches or players causing a problem will be escorted out quicker than you can say, "But we didn't do anything wrong." 

Circulate a schedule of dining, practice and theme park time.  Our kids were either at the hotel, dinner or at the WWoS Complex.  There was no in-between.  Food was usually brought in.  We travelled everywhere as a group until the final game.  After that, parents were welcome to take their kid to do whatever.  Enjoy yourself but it is exhausting, especially the further you have to travel.

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Re: One my orgs teams is headed to Disney
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2018, 11:08:43 AM »
Thanks Dave! Really appreciate it, great group of coaches and youngmen. 4 coaches, 25 players on Roster.
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Re: One my orgs teams is headed to Disney
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2018, 11:10:23 AM »
Congrats, I will be down as my daughter's cheer team won regionals.  Our D3 PW team lost in semi's but Ill be hanging with coach Salvi when I can find you guys.  Happy for your kids making it!

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Re: One my orgs teams is headed to Disney
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2018, 11:44:12 AM »
Congrats, I will be down as my daughter's cheer team won regionals.  Our D3 PW team lost in semi's but Ill be hanging with coach Salvi when I can find you guys.  Happy for your kids making it!

Ivo has been in my org for a long time, i coached his oldest boy at the same level about 4 years ago i think. Great kids...im happy they get this type of send off as theyll likely move to school ball next year.  Glad you are going to support them, happy to have you cheering for the black and silver.
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Re: One my orgs teams is headed to Disney
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2018, 12:42:03 PM »
4 coaches, 25 players on Roster.

We had a coach or parent in every room.  With a 2-beds scenario, that put dad/coach & his son in one bed and the other 2 kids in the other bed.  Room assignments (like our seats on the bus) were pre-assigned.  Dad & his son were in a room, with one fire-starter and one milquetoast.  That way, the fire-starter had no compatriots.  Everyone was in their room by 9pm.  Lights were out by 10pm.

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Re: One my orgs teams is headed to Disney
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2018, 01:27:38 PM »
Our pee wee team just won our region and are headed to Disney for the Pop warner Super bowl.

I know a few have been, this my orgs first go at this, any advice/insight  is appreciated. 

We are focused on fundraising currently insane how much time we dont have to prepare.

Congrats on SB.  Not advice, but my thoughts/obs on disney (in random order).

1.  Not sure where you're from, but check weather and hydrate if it's gonna be hot.  I've seen some Northern teams get to Florida and gas early from the heat.

2.  Get logistics figured out early so you're not scrambling on game day.  Have a system for managing things like badges and ID cards.  Don't let the kids keep 'em (and lose 'em).  Write names on the cards and have someone hand them out and collect them at the ESPN Zone gate.  Stuff like that.

3.  Plan your days, including and especially the time outside of practices and games.  That goes double if you'll have a lot of parents hanging around.  Not saying keep your team locked up in a gimp box.  Just stay structured, curfewed, and cohorted (as much as you can), and be aware that, between the days of Dec 1-9, the universe is conspiring at every moment to turn your football business trip into Lord of the Flies + football.  Enjoy yourselves, but remind your parents and kids there's a difference between fun and indulgence/hedonism.

4.  One thing I hate about nationals is having a single, pre-tournament weigh-in.  Every season I have a few players on the bubble and all year long they're disciplined and eating on a cycle and then suddenly -- BAM, it's all out the window at Disney.  Big boy makes weight, breathes a sigh of relief, and binges the rest of the week.  It may not catch him Game 1 but it'll catch him by Game 2.  And not just him.  Every where your running back turns there's a bag of Goofy's Sour Balls staring him in the face and calling his name.  Moderation.

5.  Film.  Bring an extra $200 to buy game films on DVD and bring something to watch them/play them.  They're only scout film quality and if you want HD you'll have to wait until after the tournament and they'll cost you $250 each.  There's also a market for regional game films and, before you even get to Disney, you can usually get your opponent's championship game for ~$150-250 each.  Some teams are more careful than others, but you can also usually scare up one or two parents posting season footage on youtube or social media.

6.  You can take buses everywhere but Uber is better, faster.

7.  Eating at the resorts is a little expensive.  We'd send a coach to hit local supermarkets and stock up on bottled water, gatorades, protein bars, etc.  Much more economical.

Good luck!
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