Age Divisions

Age Divisions

Our division age groups are defined by BIRTH YEAR. Even if you have had a buddy pairing with someone in the past, you may now be in different divisions. Please double check the chart to be sure that the players requesting a buddy pairing are in same division.

Practice and Game Scheduling

The frequency of practices and games are as follows:

Play-Up Policy

Although AYSO National prefers that all players play in their age-appropriate division, they do allow regions the flexibility to have players “play-up” to an older division. We apologize, AYSO National does not allow for players to “play-down” to a younger division.

AYSO Region 45’s policy allows for any play-up of up to 4 months. If you have a younger child born on or after January 1st but before May 1st, you will be presented with the option to play in his or her age appropriate division or to play-up one division during registration.

If you forgot to select to play-up during registration or if you later decide not to play-up, please email our registrar at registrar@ayso45.org to request the change.

Play-Up Requests of Greater Than 4 Months

Play-up requests of greater than 4 months must be made to our Regional Commissioner for board-level approval. These requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please Email this request to our Regional Commissioner at rc@ayso45.org and include justification along with the child’s height, weight, relative speed and aggressiveness compared to his or her peers.

In general, a player’s past rating and other data will be looked at in order to make a determination along with possible contact with last year’s coach. At a minimum, the player needs to already be above average in the play-up division (well above average in their age-appropriate division) to be considered unless one of the parents volunteers to be head coach and their primary purpose for the play-up is to pair siblings on the same team.

Please note that we need to have an adequate number of head coach volunteers in the play-up division to accept the request for a play-up of more than 4 months. The Region will not turn away a player in their correct age division (that signs up by June 7th) as they have no other age-eligible options. This does not apply to players accepted to play up that also come with a Certified head coach volunteer in the play-up division.

Play-Down Policy

We apologize, but AYSO National does not permit players to play-down to a younger division.

AYSO National defines which division a player should be assigned based on the child’s age on January 1st and this is the youngest division in which a child is eligible.