Original March 2006
Revised January 2013
Revised May 2016
In terms of age, the team a LUSC player is eligible for will be based on the BAYS (Boston Area Youth Soccer) “Age Groups” bylaw 5. In general, children play in the BAYS age group for their grade. However, there are some cases where a child can choose a different age group and some where a child must choose a different age group. Note that second graders are not allowed to play BAYS 3rd Grade. Also note that a player cannot play down a grade, even if the player is otherwise age eligible (see example 3 below).
Beyond the BAYS bylaw, LUSC sets the following policy:
- The nominal LUSC age cutoff is September 1, which coincides with the Lexington Public Schools cutoff. However, any child held back a school year and born after January 1 may still play with her grade (see example 1). But if a child born before January 1 is held back a school year, then she must play with her age group, and is not allowed to play with her grade (see example 2).
- A child playing up in both age and grade level requires a recommendation from the Director of Coaching and concerned Division Directors, and approval of the President. In addition, for a child playing up, she must place in the top half of the first team of the higher age group. See example 4.
- Jack was born in July and his parents decided to delay kindergarten for one year. Jack is now in 4th He can choose to play with his BAYS 5th Grade age group without any further approval. However, Jack may equally choose to play with his 4th grade classmates.
- Vijay is in a similar situation as Jack in example 1, but was born in November of the previous year. His parents decided to delay kindergarten by one year, making Vijay a full year older than most of his classmates. Vijay is now in 4th Vijay must play with his BAYS 5th Grade age group because he was not born after January 1.
- Anna was born in December in another country with a December 31 enrollment deadline to start kindergarten. After completing 4th grade in that country she moved to Lexington and started 5th grade, where she is by far the youngest in her class. Since Anna is in 5th grade, she cannot play travel soccer with the 4th graders, even though she is of 4th grade age in Lexington. She must play with her 5th grade classmates in the BAYS 5th Grade age group.
- Bill has been playing with his classmates in his BAYS 4th Grade age group, and is of 4th grade age. However, even on the first team he is much better than his teammates, and consequently his soccer development is being stunted. The DOC and 4th Grade division director recommend that Bill move up to the 5th Grade age group, and the 5th Grade division director confirms that Bill would place in the top half of the first 5th Grade team. The LUSC President must give final approval. (Note that under no circumstances can Bill skip another age group and play in the 6th Grade age group.) Bill must satisfy the same criteria to continue playing in the upper age group in subsequent years.
Children normally play with their grade level. However, children who are especially young or old for their grade have the additional option of playing with the children of their age group. A player must be enrolled in kindergarten, or have previously completed kindergarten, to play Kindergarten soccer.