Chain of Command for Grievances
If there is a question or complaint against a player, a parent, a member of the coaching staff, an official, a member of the Board, or the Board of Directors, the complaint must be filed with the appropriate member in the Chain of Command. Always try to resolve the issue within at one level before proceeding up the Chain of Command.
1st Chain of Command
Head Coach, Team Parent or Team’s Assistants
Almost 90% of issues can be resolved by simply talking to your coaching staff.
2nd Chain of Command
Football Commissioner or Cheer Director
If you do not feel your grievance has been resolved by the Coaching staff , then you can approach the Portage Pop Warner Directors via the Football Commissioner for issues involving football players or for coaching issues or Cheer Director for issues involving any cheerleaders/dance participants issues or for Cheer coaching issues.
If neither agent is available (or the complaint is against them), you may approach our Secretary, Safety Director or Treasurer for further information.
3rd Chain of Command
President of Portage Pop Warner and the Board of Directors - Via formal written grievance
If you do not feel your grievance has been resolved, by the Football commissioner or the Cheer Director then you can submit a formal complaint in writing to the Portage Pop Warner Association by filing a formal “Grievance Form”.
4th Chain of Command
Northern Indiana Pop Warner Little Scholars (NIPWLS our HLA) - Via formal written grievance
Final Chain of Command
Mid America Conference - Via formal written grievance
When do you contact Conference? Almost never, There are only two people from your Association who can contact Conference: the Association President and Cheer Director. If you have an issue that you believe should come to the attention of Pop Warner Conference, please do this through one of your two Conference Representatives.
If you have a complaint against the Association’s Board of Directors, then, and only then, may you submit a formal complaint in writing to MAC.
AT NO TIME DO YOU EVER CALL A MID AMERICA CONFERENCE OFFICER ON THE PHONE!
When do I contact National Pop Warner?
In a word, NEVER! National Pop Warner doesn’t hear complaints from anyone.
Decisions of the Mid America Pop Warner Conference are FINAL! If you contact National Pop Warner, the complaint will be returned to the Mid America Pop Warner Conference. If this happens, the person or persons filing the complaint will either be fined or suspended for not adhering to the chain of command.