Players are assigned to leagues based on their date of birth. We are transitioning out of the "old" age group parameters to birth year age group parameters. U4-U8 age groups will play by birth year. The U9-U12 age groups will follow the "old" age groups parameters of 8/1-7/31 (see age group chart for the specific age group's parameters). The U14G -U19 age groups play in the Suburban Friendship League (SFL) and also play by birth year.
Playing Up an Age Group
U9-U12B players whose birth date falls between August 1 and December 31 AND are in the next higher grade as the higher age group have the option to play up ONE age group. If a parent wants their child to play up with their grade, they will need to request that on their registration form under "special requests" and provide proof of grade level (e.g. report card). Players will be initially placed with their default age group.
Playing Down an Age Group
The only waivers that are given to play down an age group are for children with pervasive physical or mental challenges. A written request should be submitted at the time of registration. The written request should include a recommendation from the child's physician that the player plays down an age group and can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. When registering online, please note in special requests that you want your player to play down. Requests to play down will be given to the Soccer Commissioner for review. Players whose age group plays in the Suburban Friendship League are not eligible to play down an age group according to SFL rules.
Any person who intentionally/deliberately misrepresents the age or grade of their child on the registration form or on-line, will have their child expelled from the soccer program for one season. All fees paid will be retained by the club. Only the parent or legal guardian of a child may register a child in soccer.
To the greatest extent possible, teams are formed geographically around the residence of volunteer coaches, taking into account players’ neighborhoods and school boundaries, but there should be no expectation that players will be with the same coach or team in consecutive seasons.
SYA will consider special requests, but cannot guarantee that they will be honored. Reasonable carpool requests will be taken into consideration, but requests to carpool with more than three players may not be able to be honored. SYA will attempt to honor requests to avoid a particular practice day.