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PLAY UP GUIDELINES

Region 41 assigns players to divisions based on their date of birth. In extraordinary circumstances, the Region may allow a player to Play Up a division. Requests for a player to Play Up to the next division will be considered on an individual basis. Play Up requests will NOT be considered after June 30th.

General Guidelines:
  • Requests to Play Up must be approved in writing by the Regional Commissioner.
  • Region 41 will not automatically recognize Play Ups granted by other AYSO Regions.
  • Play Up requests will only be considered if space is available in the higher division.
  • A Player must demonstrate the skills necessary and the ability to safely play in the higher division. (a skills test may be required – e.g. evaluated at the Region 41 EXTRA Tryouts)
  • A Player may not switch age divisions between the Fall and Spring Seasons.
  • Player MUST have already completed one season of play in Region 41.
  • Play Up requests will not be granted for 5U or 6U players. (e.g. play up to 6U or 8U)
  • Play Down requests will NOT be considered at any age level.
8U-14U Play Up Requests must meet the following criteria:
  • Player’s parent MUST Coach the team. (Parent must complete the necessary coaching requirements prior to July 31st. – e.g. Volunteer Application Form, Safe Haven, Concussion Awareness training and age appropriate AYSO Coach Certification/Training)
  • Player misses the cutoff date for the next age division by no more than 2 months.
16U-19U Play Up Requests must meet the following criteria:
  • Player’s parent must Coach the team or the player’s Upper Division Coach must approve Play Up request. (Parent and Coach must sign request form)
  • Player misses the cutoff date for the next age division by no more than 2 months or 14U player will be enrolled in High School during the Fall Season.
Our Region does not honor the following reasons for playing-up:
1 Player wants to play with friends in his/her class or grade level.
2. Player wants to play with players in his/her neighborhood.
3. Player is too big or too tall to play at his/her current level.
4. Request is made after the registration cutoff date, for the season in which the request is made.
5 Request will not be granted for first time Jamboree or 6U players.

PLAY DOWN REQUESTS

We apologize, but AYSO National Guidelines DO NOT permit players to 'Play Down' into a younger division. Players are assigned to divisions based on their date of birth.

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