All players are encouraged to play in their correct age group unless special circumstances apply.
Players may wish to play up to enhance their Futsal skills and provide more enjoyment.
This Policy acknowledges the principle role of the parent/guardian in deciding that a player should play in a higher age competition than the one determined by the player’s age.
This decision should be based on the advantages to the player, and it must be understood that players will only be permitted to play up when their physical capacity and social sense enable them to compete adequately at the higher age level.
Permission to Play Up
Rule 1: Players wanting to play up by less than two age groups above their age level, must get their parent/guardian to submit the RCSS Age Policy form.
Rule 2: Players wanting to play up by three years or more above their age level, must get their parent/guardian to submit the RCSS Age Policy form, together with written application and supporting evidence. This player must then be assessed and approved by RCSS staff.
Where there is not a competition in every age group, a player may play into the next available age group, keeping in mind the above 2 rules. Therefore the player’s parent/guardian will need to submit the RCSS Age Policy form, and if the competition is three years or more above the player’s age, an assessment from RCSS staff will also be required.
A male player may not compete in a male open competition unless they are fifteen (15) years of age, a female player may not compete in a female open competition unless they are fourteen (14) years of age. Where a parent seeks permission from this rule, variations must be approved by RCSS on receipt of supporting information. This clause is to be read in addition to, not in place of, earlier requirements. To be sure, a player falling under exceptional consideration provisions is still required to comply with the normal approval process.