USA Football

Section I: Player Eligibility

Player Grade/Age Classifications

MYF's player eligibility classifications are not wholly grade-based or age-based. Rather, MYF employs a hybrid structure for player classification, using school grade in combination with age-ranges for that grade. The purpose is to insure that, in spite of certain special circumstances, players are playing with developmentally similar players. The following graph illustrates and defines MYF's player eligibility classifications:

Grade Max

Age Range

Protected Age

Protected Age Explanation

3rd

7/8/9

9

9 in 3rd grade cannot turn 10 on or before 12/31

4th

8/9/10

10

10 in 4th grade cannot turn 11 on or before 12/31

5th

9/10/11

11

11 in 5th grade cannot turn 12 on or before 12/31

6th

10/11/12

12

12 in 6th grade cannot turn 13 on or before 12/31

7th

11/12/13

13

13 in 7th grade cannot turn 14 on or before 12/31

8th

12/13/14

14

14 in 8th grade cannot turn 15 on or before 12/31

For determining the Participant's age (protected age), the terms, "on or before" and "as of," are intended to have the same definition (age cut-off date).

Players in the 3rd and 4th grade will play together in the American Division. Players in the 5th and 6th grade will play together in the National Division. In 2013, two new divisions will be introduced as separate divisions. The 7th grade division will be called the All-Pro Division and the 8th grade division will be called the Gold Shield Division.

Forward Promotion Rule: On rare occasions, MYF recognizes that there will be players who size and/or abilities greatly exceed those of his/her peers in the same division. Therefore, MYF reserves the right to forward promote said player(s) to a level more appropriate only when there is a perceived benefit to all parties concerned.