The Eliot River Ramblers Soccer Club (ERRSC) supports the philosophy of continuing to challenge its member players. However, any player who is to be considered for playing up an age group should meet the following guidelines for selection:
A player must demonstrate that their individual skill and game understanding meets or exceeds the technical-tactical abilities of other participating players within the age group the player wishes to participate in.
A player must match other players within their age group in physical strength and speed, and have the ability to blend in with players of the intended age group.
A player must meet or exceed other participating players within the age group in decision making, problem solving, and critical thinking.
A player must be able to comfortably interact with players within the intended age group on and off the field (games, training and social gatherings). This includes the mental strength that will be necessary when dealing with chronologically older opponents.
Youth Team Tryouts
In order to be selected to an older age level competitive team, an underage player, along with meeting the above guidelines, must rank within the top third of the players trying out for the team. At the end of the season, the player returns to their normal age group.
In some instances ERRSC may choose to deny an underage player the opportunity to play up for more than one season if it is felt that it is in the best interest of the player’s long-term development to return and play at his/her own age level.
In some instances the ERRSC may allow an underage player who does not necessarily meet these guidelines the opportunity to play up an age level as a result of special circumstances.
Where tryouts have been missed or do not happen:
The request to play up an age group must be made annually.
This policy has been developed to address individual player circumstances only and not the needs of an entire team.
The Eliot River Ramblers Soccer Club (ERRSC) works within the following parameters:
However, the above does not include circumstances such as:
To request the opportunity to play down:
The request to play in a lower age group under this provision must be made annually.