NCJLA Player Age Eligibility Cut-Off Date Changes for 2012

Re: NCJLA Player Age Eligibility Cut-Off Date Changes for 2012

Postby NotthePatientOne » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:26 am

Are sophomores eligible for U15 if their birth date makes the cut-off?
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Re: NCJLA Player Age Eligibility Cut-Off Date Changes for 2012

Postby Jersey47 » Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:59 am

No, and neither are Freshmen, (unless you do not have a JV team in your area and then you can petition the NCJLA for the exception). In my opinion changing the age cutoff was wrong. How the NCJLA applies the rules is wrong. We should go back to Dec. 31st. as the cutoff date. And have two year windows in all age groups. As I have mentioned previously use the US Hockey model: 18 & under, 16 & under (these are essentially the two brackets for High School hockey), 14 & under, 12 & under, 10 & under, and 8 & under. Or U-19, U-17, U-15, U-13, U-11, U-9 (same thing). What grade you are in should have nothing to do with it unless you are a Freshman in college. The two year window greatly decreases the the chance of a 14 year old high school freshmen of having to play against a 17 year old "man-child" junior on a JV team. Everyone talks about the "safety" of the game, yet in the High School age group where you have the greatest likelihood of size, strength, and weight disparity you have a National, and local organization that thinks it's wise to "force" a 14 year old 9th. grader to have to potentially play against a fully mature 17 year old junior? Sounds like people are more hung up on labels and status then what is truly best for the player's safety, and development.
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