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PLAYING UP GUIDELINES



PLAYING UP GUIDELINES

Patriot FC recommends that most children play with their birth-year team.  We feel this provides the ideal environment for social and soccer development. We also recognize that advanced players may benefit by playing in an older age group. Patriot FC will allow players to try out for a team that is one (1) birth year older. Before making this decision players and families should speak with their coach and our Director of Coaching to see if playing up is the right decision.  Players who try out for a team are NOT guaranteed to be offered a roster spot.

Players who are interested in playing up are required to attend at least one (1)  tryout for their birth-year team.  This will allow the club to understand the landscape for each age group and help tryout evaluators determine the best fit for each player. 

For the 2019-2020 season, there will be two (2) tryout dates for each age group.  Players are encouraged to attend all tryout sessions for the team(s) they want to play on.  For example, a player who wants to play up could attend up to four (4) tryouts; two (2) for their birth-year team & two (2) for the year older.

PLAYING UP CONSIDERATIONS

“Can my child ‘play up?” is a common question that parents ask.  We ask you to review the information below while considering if playing up is the best thing for your child:

  • We expect age groups to trend toward age pure for the 2019-2020 soccer year

  • Teams will likely NOT consist of the same players as last year – especially at the younger ages

  • Is playing up the right thing for my child’s soccer and social development?

  • Depending on when your child was born they will be between 12 and 23 months younger than the oldest players. See tables below for age group information.

2019 - 2020 AGE GROUP MATRIX

AGE GROUP

BIRTH YEAR

BIRTH DATE RANGE

SCHOOL GRADE

FIELD PLAYERS

U7

2013

1/1/2013

12/31/2013

K - 1st

5v5

U8

2012

1/1/2012

12/31/2012

1st - 2nd

5v5

U9

2011

1/1/2011

12/31/2011

2nd - 3rd

7v7

U10

2010

1/1/2010

12/31/2010

3rd - 4th

7v7

U11

2009

1/1/2009

12/31/2009

4th - 5th

9v9

U12

2008

1/1/2008

12/31/2008

5th - 6th

9v9

U13

2007

1/1/2007

12/31/2007

6th - 7th

11v11

U14

2006

1/1/2006

12/31/2006

7th - 8th

11v11

U15

2005

1/1/2005

12/31/2005

8th - 9th

11v11

U16

2004

1/1/2004

12/31/2004

9th -10th

11v11

U17

2003

1/1/2003

12/31/2003

10th - 11th

11v11

U18

2002

1/1/2002

12/31/2002

11th -12th

11v11

U1920011/1/200112/31/200112th+ 11v11 


PLAYING UP AGE DIFFERENCE

This table outlines the age difference between a child born in each month with the oldest players in the ‘playing up’ age group. For example, a child born in June who decides to ‘play up’ will be 17 months younger than the oldest players on their team and the teams they play against.

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

12 mo. younger

13 mo. younger

14 mo. younger

15 mo. younger

16 mo. younger

17 mo. younger

18 mo. younger

19 mo. younger

20 mo. younger

21 mo. younger

22 mo. younger

23 mo. younger


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