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Age Groupings & Move Up Policy

As stated in the RYS Bylaws, for the fall playing season, each player should play in the age group appropriate to his or her grade AND birth date cut off, as designated by Mass Youth Soccer. Exception requests may come from the player’s parent, Age Group Coordinator, Registrar or a coach. The exception request must be submitted in writing to the President, Vice President and Registrar of Rutland Youth Soccer prior to the end of regular sign-up period (end of June), but preferably prior to player evaluations, if applicable for the age group. The Board will vote on all requests for a player to play in a different age group in a closed-door meeting prior to team formation. If the players parent is on the RYS Board, that parent will be excused from the closed door meeting. 

The Board will consider the recommendations of the (releasing and receiving) Age Group Coordinators; (releasing and receiving) coaches; and Board members who have observed the player’s level of play. All decisions to permit a player to play in a different age group are guided by the following principles:

  • Playing in a higher age group allows the player to play with his/her classmates

  •  The player would not be allowed to develop their skills properly in their assigned age group

  •  The player’s physical size is significantly different from the other players in the age group and playing that player in their assigned group would cause a safety issue for either the player himself/herself, or the other players in the age group

  •  Playing up would have a detrimental impact on the competitiveness or ability to field a team in the player’s Age Group

  •  There is a need in the higher age group for additional players to satisfy roster requirements


A Playing Up request will only be considered if space is available in the age group the player wishes to move to. No player registered before the registration deadline will be prevented from playing to accommodate a player playing up. The Board is not under obligation to move a player up, and as such, players may not be offered a spot on a team in the next higher age group. The Board is not required to give an explanation on why the decision to not move a player up was made, even if that player had been asked to participate in the higher age levels player evaluations. The player’s participation within the correct age group will not be affected.


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