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11. Eligibility and Petition Process

Age Eligibility - Youth Age & Eligibility Guidelines

The NCJLA establishes age eligibility divisions to promote a safe and sportsmanlike environment. The NCJLA believes that the league and member clubs should provide playing opportunities that, as much as possible, aim to establish a "level playing field" among players of similar age and development rather than grade based teams. Players should have two years in a division to learn the skills necessary to progress to the next youth age division. The NCJLA does not offer age divisions for 16U or 18U instead there is a high school division which is divided either Varsity or Junior Varsity.

Summary:

  • Age Based” groupings: 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U divisions

  • High School division includes all players that would fall into the 16U and 18U divisions

  • Maintain the current US Lacrosse AND California Department of Education cutoff date of September 1st

  • Click here for current season age brackets.

  • Information about age based groupings can also be found on the US Lacrosse website (http://www.uslacrosse.org/).

    Rules

  • Players who are age eligible for 14U and in the 9th grade do not need to petition since NCJLA age divisions are based off birthdate instead of school grade.

  • Players 14 years and in 9th grade do not need to petition to play in the High School division.

  • Players 14 years and in 8th grade DO need to petition to play in the High School Division.

  • Players may "play up" one division with club and parent written approval. The NCJLA recommends that clubs keep the NCJLA Waiver of Liability signed by the parent on file for the duration that the player is in their organization. Please see the policies for playing up section for a copy of the NCJLA Waiver of Liability.

  • Players may “play up” more than one division with club, parent AND NCJLA Board approval. Club presidents should submit the petition and request a copy of the Waiver of Liability Form from execdirector@ncjla.org.

  • NO player may float between teams or play on two teams in an 8 day period. (See policies on changing teams)

  • Once a player moves down from an A team to a B team, that player must remain there the rest of the season. (See policies on playing down)

  • No player who played “A” for any three games of the season may play down on a “B” team for the team’s end of season games. (See policies on playing down)

  • If a player moves up or moves laterally more than once, they must remain on the team they moved to for the remainder of the season. (See policies on changing teams)

  • All player roster changes must be approved by the NCJLA commissioner and updated on the NCJLA website at least 48 hours in advance of a scheduled game if made before April 1st.

  • Rosters lock after April 1st and all changes must be approved by the NCJLA Board of Directors.

    High School Eligibility

    The NCJLA has two levels of play at the high school level for boys (Varsity and JV) and one level for girls (Varsity).  No player is permitted to play for a CIF High School team and then a NCJLA High School team during the same spring season. If a player plays for a CIF High School team and decides to leave the CIF team before the season has ended, they must petition the NCJLA for permission to play for a NCJLA High School team. Violations of this rule will be considered an illegal roster and the game will be recorded as a forfeit.

    Boys High School Varsity:  9th grade through 12th grade is permitted.

    Boys JV:  9th, 10th & 11th grade.  No 12th graders may play on a JV team.

    Girls High School:  9th grade through 12th grade. 

    (See No Playing Down and Petitioning sections below.)

    Gender Eligibility

    Girls, U14 and below, may only play on a boys team if no girls team is available at her age level in her local club.  Boys may not play on a girls team, at any age level. The NCJLA follows the recommendation of US Lacrosse in matters relating to transgender athletes. Players who wish to play for a boys team must petition the NCJLA. Club administrators should send the parents of the players who wish to petition a copy of the NCJLA Waiver of Liability. Parents should sign the Waiver prior to the petition being submitted.

    Policies on Playing Up
    As long as the player, parents, coach and club agree that it is in the best interest of the player, then the league will concur and allow a player to play one age level up. However, the decision should not be made lightly. The "playing up" player should be in the top third of the team that he or she is moving up to. If several players all want to move up then it would likely be better to all stay at their appropriate age level.  Players requesting to play up two age divisions must submit a petition to the NCJLA Board of Directors.

    If any 14U age-eligible 8th grade
    player wishes to play on a high school team, the club must submit a petition to the NCJLA Board of Directors.


    Any player that is playing up must fill out and submit a Player Release of Liability Form.

    Policies on Playing Down
    No player may play on a team at a lower age level.  If a club would like to petition this rule for a very rare exception, petitions are to be submitted by the club president and are collected by the NCJLA Executive Director.  See Petitioning Eligibility below.  A petition based solely on date of birth will not be approved, i.e. a birth date late in the year.

    A player who initially plays on an “A” level team may be moved down to a “B” team.  Any changes in the roster must be sent to the NCJLA webmaster at least 48 hours before the first game at the lower level.  Once a player moves down he/she must remain on the team he/she moved to for the remainder of the season.  However, no player who played “A” for any three games of the season may play down on a “B” team for the team’s end of season games.    

    Policies on Changing Teams Mid-Season

    With advance notice, players are allowed to change teams once during the season in a play up (eg. “B” division to “A” division) or lateral move capacity (between two “B” teams in the same age bracket) and still be allowed to move back to their original team. If a player moves up or moves laterally more than once, they must remain on the team they moved to for the remainder of the season. 

    No player is allowed to play on two different teams within an eight (8) day period. The purpose of this rule is to discourage clubs from floating players from one team to another.  Thus, a player cannot play on the same team within the same weekend and on the second team the following weekend as well, depending on when the first game was played.

    Any movement of a player must be sent to the appropriate commissioner and the webmaster at least 48 hours before a game so the NCJLA can make the adjustment to a team’s roster prior to the game.  

     

    Petitioning Eligibility
    NCJLA’s rules on eligibility are firm.  However, if a club wishes to petition an eligibility rule for a very rare exception, they may do so by having their club president submit a petition to the NCJLA board via an online Player Eligibility Petition form.  Petitions may be submitted in November, December or January, by the 10th of the month to be considered at that month's board meeting.  Petitions must be submitted by either the club president or the club’s NCJLA delegate.  No petitions will be considered coming directly from a coach or parent. The form requires the players full name, US Lacrosse membership, date of birth, current grade, height in inches, weight in pounds, current division, petitioning division and a short narrative about the reason for petitioning. The board will review petitions at the next monthly board meeting and decisions will be communicated shortly thereafter.  

    The NCJLA recommends that club registration modules include a separate module for parents to complete once approved by the club for petitioning up or down. ie Registration for Players with Special Circumstances

    For roster changes after April 1st the club president should email execdirector@ncjla.org for a link to the submission form along with a short explanation of why the change is needed. The NCJLA Board of Directors will review at the next scheduled board meeting.

    Violations of these rules will be considered an illegal roster and any game played with non-compliant players will result in a forfeit by the offending team.

    If you have questions on petitioning eligibility, contact execdirector@ncjla.org.

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