Junior eligibility rules

UKU Junior Eligibility Rules


1. Terminology

2. Eligible Participants

3. Team Participation

4. Unintentional Breach of Eligibility

5. Intentional Breach of Eligibility

 

6. Relaxation of Eligibility rules for developing divisions

7. Additional Queries

 

 

1. Terminology

1.1. UKU: UK Ultimate Ltd;
1.2. Co-ordinator: the UKU Junior Coordinator;
1.3. Committee: the UKU Junior Committee; 
1.4. Forum: the Junior Forum; 


2. Eligible Participants

For an athlete to be eligible to compete in official Junior tournaments, 

2.1. For U20 tournaments, must have not turned 19 as of January 1st in the year of the tournament.

2.2. For U17 tournaments, to be in year 11 or below (note that this is different to the international age range U17 which states you must not turn 17 in the year of the tournament).
2.3. Be a basic/full member of the UKU, or a full time student at a school or college that has regsitered with the UKU and has its own insurance covering the entire team.

 

3. Team Participation

A team is eligible to participate in official junior tournaments provided all of the following:

3.1. The team consists solely of eligible participants as laid down in sections 2
3.2. The team is made up of players from the same educatonal establishment, or live within 30 minutes commuting time of the place of regular practice.
3.3. The team has at least 7 players (indoors) or 10 players (outdoors).

3.4. Juniors that have moved away to University may only play for their old junior team

A team may apply to the junior coordinator in advance to pick-up an ineligible player, but then be classed as a pick-up team and so will not be eligible to play for a medal position (see section 4 for more details)

 

4. Unintentional Breach of Eligibility

Following an unintentional breach of eligibility, any of the following may apply, at the discretion of the Committee:

4.1. If a potential breach is discovered before the first game the ineligible team plays, any ineligible players will be banned from playing for any team during the tournament. If this leaves the team without enough players to field a full line:

 

4.1.1 The team may choose not to take part in the tournament, or;
4.1.2 The team may choose request to play as a pickup team for the tournament and will not be eligible to play for a medal position (automatically forfeit in the quarter-finals which may require rejigging of quarter final and subsequent matches to not disadvantage other teams).

4.2. If a breach is discovered after the start of the first game the ineligible team plays, one of the following shall apply:

4.2.1 The team may choose not take any further part in the tournament;
4.2.2 If the current games are still in group stages, the team may request to continue playing as an pickup team (as above).

4.3. If the breach is discovered after the tournament has finished, and the ineligible team has finished in either a medal position, they shall be stripped of the awards, and the next most eligible team shall instead receive the award.

 

5. Intentional Breach of Eligibility
Following an intentional breach of eligibility, any of the following may apply, at the discretion of the Committee:

5.1. If a breach is suspected of being intentional, the matter shall be fully investigated by the Committee. No further action will be taken until the matter is resolved;
5.2. If a breach is discovered to be intentional, the Committee may impose any ruling felt necessary, including, but not limited to, the club fielding the ineligible team being:

 

5.2.1 Banned from attending the next junior competition;
5.2.2 Banned from attending junior competition for the remainder of the year;
5.2.3 Banned from attending junior competition for the next scholastic year;
5.2.4 Restricted to only being able to send a single team to a limited number of future junior tournaments. 

 

6. Relaxation of the Eligibility rules for developing divisions

For the U20 Junior Women's Championships, junior women that have no local junior team to play for may pick-up for another team. However, the creation of an 'Uber-team' such as grouping all the GB players without a team into a single team is not in the developmental interests of this division and will not be allowed.

 

7. Additional Queries

If a team's current situation is not clarified by this document, any additional queries, clarifications or questions based on the above must be addressed directly to the Coordinator.