Oakland Lacrosse Club (OLC) follows US Lacrosse guidelines to determine which age level bracket a player falls in. For youth players, U15 and below, eligibility is determined by the age of the player as of August 31 of the current year.
High School Eligibility
The NCJLA has two levels of play at the high school level for boys (Varsity and JV) and one level for girls (Girls HS). Boys who are seniors must play on a Varsity level team. High school freshman regardless of age must play on a high school team, CIF or club, except if none exist in their area.
(See No Playing Down and Petitioning sections below.)
Boys High School Varsity: 9th grade through 12th grade OK.
Boys JV: 9th, 10th & 11th grade. No 12th graders may play on a JV team.
Girls High School: 9th grade through 12th grade. One division, without JV or Varsity
Girls, U15 and below, may play on a boys team only if no girls team is available to her at her age level in her local club. Boys may not play on a girls team, at any age level.
Policies on Playing Up
As long as the player, parents, coach and OLC agree that it is in the best interest of the player, then the NCJLA will concur and allow a player to play one age level up. However, the decision should not be made lightly. The "playing up" player should be in the top third of the team that he or she is moving up to. If several players all want to move up then it would likely be better to all stay at grade level and enjoy a dominant season.
Boys may not play up between U15 and high school teams. Eighth grade girls are allowed to play on high school teams.
If a player is moved up mid-season, he/she is allowed to play up once during the season and still be allowed to move back to his/her original team. The same rules apply to moving laterally, from one team to another within the same age bracket. If a player moves up or moves laterally more than once, he/she must remain on the team he/she moved to for the remainder of the season. Any movement of a player must be sent to the appropriate commissioner and the webmaster at least 48 hours before a game so the NCJLA can make the adjustment to a team’s roster prior to the game.
No player is allowed to play on two different teams within an eight (8) day period. The purpose of this rule is to discourage clubs from floating players from one team to another. Thus, a player cannot play on the same team within the same weekend and on the second team the following weekend as well, depending on when the first game was played.
No Playing Down
No player may play on a team at a lower age level. If a club representative, coach and/or parent would like to petition this rule for a very rare exception, petitions are due to the Executive Director of NCJLA by January 10. See Petitioning Eligibility below. A petition based solely on date of birth will not be approved, i.e. a birth date late in the year.
The only exception to this rule is in the event a player is in the 9th grade at a high school that does not offer a JV lacrosse program and there is no club high school lacrosse program in his/her community. In that case, an age-eligible player may play on a U15 team. These cases must be approved by the NCJLA board via a petition submitted to the NCJLA by January 10th.
NCJLA’s rules on eligibility are firm. However if Oakland Lacrosse Club wishes to petition an eligibility rule for a very rare exception, they may do so by submitting a petition to the board via an email to the NCJLA. Petitions may be submitted in November, December or by January 10 at the latest. Petitions must be submitted by either the club president or the club’s NCJLA delegate. No petitions will be considered coming directly from a coach or parent. The board will review petitions at the next monthly board meeting and decisions will be communicated shortly thereafter.