Pop Warner football program stresses development, safety

By Leah Schmalz

With growing concern over concussions among sports players, it only makes sense that parents exercise a degree of caution when considering which sport their children will play. To address these concerns, Mint Hill Athletic Association offers Pop Warner football, a program that stresses safety above winning.

A national program, Pop Warner is tuned into ways to prevent concussions among young players. “The statistic [from the program] that I think is surprising to people as far as concussions is it’s safer than soccer up until the age of 15,” said Dennis DiCarlo, commissioner for the Mint Hill Pop Warner football program. “They keep the ages and weights really confined.”  Continue reading

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Vandals caught at MH athletic fields

Two groups of teenagers have been caught vandalizing MHAA soccer fields, causing over $6,000 in damages. 

Teenagers were caught vandalizing the Mint Hill Athletic Association fields.  They agreed to community service at the fields to avoid criminal charges.  Last week, another group was caught vandalizing the fields, and their parents will pay thousands of dollars for the repairs.
The MHAA fields have seen some level of vandalism the last three summers, but the association says it is not going to put up with it any longer.
The juveniles rolled over picnic tables and did doughnuts on the U6 and U7 soccer fields.  In a span of eight days the fields were vandalized three times.  The police have been involved and are not releasing any names, since it is a civil matter.  The damages are estimated at over $6,000, and the association is considering putting up fences.
“It’s never been this bad,” said Keenan Harward, soccer commissioner at MHAA.  “It means fees go up and fewer kids can play soccer.”
Harward wants the community to be aware of what is happening.  “I think the community needs to know because MHAA serves the community.  We raise money from the community.”  The soccer program is accepting charitable donations to help repair the fields.  For more information, email soccer@mhaa.us.

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Fall sports registration

Mint Hill Athletic Association fall sports registration ends this month.  Soccer is available for children ages three to 16, football for ages six to 13, and baseball for ages five to 16.  Registration end dates vary from August 14 to August 24, depending on the sport.  Parents can register online at mhaa.us.

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