Over the past several years CASL staff has noticed changes occurring in the high school age groups (U15, U16, U17 and U18). In addition, parents and coaches have expressed concerns within these age groups.
Examples of these issues/concerns are:
- a diminishing number of teams in the high school age group
- player participation in practices and games is inconsistent
- team composition from season to season often changes significantly, which also makes competitive conferencing difficult
- player safety (i.e. a U15 player is playing against a U18 player)
The changes presented here are designed to resolve these issues, resulting in a more satisfying and manageable system.
Beginning in the Fall 2008 season, teams in U15, U16, U17 and U18 will be designated either U16 or U18. U15 and U16 players will be mixed on teams and U17 and U18 players will be mixed on teams. This will allow CASL registrars to manage team roster sizes to a more equalized level. Teams will continue to be formed by region such as Raleigh, Cary, etc.
The following policies will be in effect to manage the two age groups:
1) Players are provided with a guaranteed placement deadline, in which he/she must register in order to be guaranteed a spot on a team. A veteran player will have a choice of a) returning to their most previous season’s team, or b) transferring to a new team. Veteran players are players that play consecutive seasons. (NOTE: CASL (in compliance with NCYSA rules) does not accept team requests. Players opting to transfer to a new team will be placed according to CASL and NCYSA placement policies.) Players that do not play consecutive seasons will be in the unassigned player pool and placed according to placement rules. When registering for the upcoming Fall season, a rising U16 player that has been playing with a U16 team will have the option a) to remain on his/her team as they move to the U18 group, or b) to stay in the U16 group and be placed on a new team. In another example, a U 16 player who will age up to U 18 next fall who is on a team mostly composed of rising U 16 players will have to move to a U 18 team ( it is not appropriate to make a largely U 16 team play in the U 18 group just to accommodate one or a few older players).
2) After the guaranteed placement deadline CASL registrars will determine how many teams will be active for the upcoming season. This number of teams will not be changed due to a number of players registering after the guaranteed placement deadline. If the total number of players in an age group is low and a - 2 -team must be disbanded, the registrar will decide which team is disbanded. A registrar may contact the appropriate AGC for input. When registrars determine the number of teams, all U16 teams will have a minimum of 14 players and all U18 teams will have a minimum of 16 players.
3) Final roster size for U16 teams will be 16-18 players. Final roster size for U18 teams will be 18-22 players. Registrars will determine total team roster size.
4) In regards to players that register after the deadline (waitlisted players) – a U16 team will not receive a 17th player until all other U16 teams have 16 players. A U18 team will not receive a 19th player until all U18 teams have 18 players.
5) With equalized team rosters, all teams in the high school age group will play 11v11. (Coaches whose opponent has less than 11 players may chose to play with less players but are not required to do so).
6) U 19 players can be rostered to a U 18 team in the fall season provided the player is still enrolled in High School and registers by the guaranteed placement deadline. A team which plays the fall season as a U 18 team, cannot add a U 19 player for the spring season. Teams with at least one U 19 player will be designated as U 19 playing in the U 18 age group.
7) Challenge players who wish to play Recreational during their non-Challenge season must register (and pay) by the guaranteed placement deadline. Challenge players will be distributed evenly among teams and are not guaranteed to return to their most previous Recreational team.
8) In keeping with the policy from previous years, U 16 and U 18 teams will have two choices for practices:
a. Four and out: Teams who do not choose option b will be given four practices before the season begins on one half a field. Each team will get four practices and must choose from the three Saturdays and/.r Sundays prior to the first game weekend of the season. This option is more frequently chosen by older teams.
b. Shared space all season: Up to 3 HS age teams will share the same one half field but will have that space for the same practice season as U 7 through U14 Recreation teams. This option is more frequently chosen by younger High School age teams where time for the players to attend practice is more abundant.
9) In both U 16 and U 18 age groups, only one conference will be used when there are 12 or fewer teams within the respective age group. Special requests for pairings of games may be requested under very unusual circumstances by the AGC but there is no guarantee those requests can be accomplished. Such requests must be submitted prior to the beginning of game scheduling. If there are 13 or more teams, CASL staff will determine if two conferences will be used and how - 3 -they are to be divided. The AGC will be consulted for special circumstances regarding teams prior to a conferencing determination.
10) The game day conduct policy will be as follows:
a. There will be zero tolerance for Adult side line misbehavior. Any adult ejected from a match will automatically be suspended from the remainder of the team's games for the season. CASL may opt to increase disciplinary action based on individual incident circumstances. Additionally, unacceptable sideline behavior will include verbal incidents, racial remarks, or gestures.
b. There will be zero tolerance for Player misbehavior. Any player ejected from a match for Violent Conduct (VC) will automatically be suspended from the remainder of the team's games for the season. CASL may opt to increase disciplinary action based on individual incident circumstances. If a player is ejected due to accumulation of two yellow cards or Serious Foul Play, the normal CASL Match Discipline Policy will be applied.