Fullerton Pop Warner is a volunteer organization that is administered by well meaning volunteers with integrity. The facts and opinions below are not a reflection on Fullerton Pop Warner, its administration, its volunteers, or its parents.
This is about the Orange Empire Conference and the person amazingly tasked with its daily operations: Bobby Espinoza.
The Pop Warner conference in North Orange County is the Orange Empire Conference.
The following facts:
1. Integrity: Pop Warner’s Orange Empire Conference is the largest Pop Warner Conference to have a consistent issue with theft and embezzlement by its adult volunteers. Former Pop Warner President Bobby Espinoza was convicted of embezzling moneys from a local Pop Warner chapter and its youth players and youth cheerleaders. But as the Orange County Register documents, Espinoza was not prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Instead, Espinoza was given a promotion by the Orange Empire Conference and elevated to the role of Commissioner. Moreover, Espinoza was given an award by Pop Warner’s national governing body for “Volunteer of the Year.” Orange County Register article link is: http://www.ocregister.com/news/espinoza-208118-orange-sherman.html
The Orange Empire Conference has also had its very own Treasurer embezzle moneys from the conference and its affiliate chapters. And while she has left the organization, Espinoza remains as a Commissioner.
Obviously, there is a culture of greed that is not being corrected.
2. Bounties: Pop Warner’s Orange Empire Conference is the first large youth football association to be documented for a bounty pay for play in a youth setting. Pop Warner’s Orange Empire Conference and its Tustin Cobra’s affiliate was documented to have violated every ethic of youth sports and paid players to injure opposing players. This was such news that ESPN’s Outside the Lines profiled the story and the Orange County Register once more investigated and documented the occurrences in numerous front page stories.
Who investigated the Tustin chapter on behalf of the Orange Empire Conference? One Bobby Espinoza (see above). Orange County Register link:
3. Practices: Pop Warner’s Orange Empire Conference is the only conference to mandate practices are only less than a month before children who have never played football or cheered before have to participate in games. In a month, there is hardly time for coaches to properly teach players and cheerleaders. Junior All American’s OCJAAF allows for nearly two full months of practice time before games begin. Those extra four weeks allows parents to go on vacation and allows players and cheerleaders to be children and enjoy their summer vacation. But most importantly, it allows coaches the opportunity to coach players and cheerleaders properly and give them the tools to succeed.
Consider the beacon of youth football and cheer, and we welcome you to a new Junior All American Football & Cheer organization. We welcome you to the Bears Family.