2016-17 Player Eligibility

The USBA uses a grade-based criteria to determine player eligibility. In most cases, a player's current grade will determine their division, however some circumstances may affect eligibility. Please see limitations below for each grade division. Teams will be thoroughly checked for age/grade verification prior to every USBA event.

USBA maintains a strict enforcement of Player Eligibility; there is a zero-tolerance policy regarding the participation of an ineligible athlete; violating teams will be removed from event and disqualified from further participation.  

All players must meet the grade-level or age-exception criteria (see chart below). A legible copy of birth certificate and report card is required for verification at all USBA events.

2nd Grade

A player must be in the 2nd grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 10 prior to September 1, 2017.

3rd Grade

A player must be in the 3rd grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 11 prior to September 1, 2017.

4th Grade 

A player must be in the 4th grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 12 prior to September 1, 2017.

5th Grade 

A player must be in the 5th grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 13 prior to September 1, 2017.

6th Grade 

A player must be in the 6th grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 14 prior to September 1, 2017.

7th Grade 

A player must be in the 7th grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 15 prior to September 1, 2017.

8th Grade 

A player must be in the 8th grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 16 prior to September 1, 2017.

9th Grade 

A player must be in the 9th grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 17 prior to September 1, 2017.

10th Grade 

A player must be in the 10th grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 18 prior to September 1, 2017.

11th/12th Grade 

A player must be in the 11th or 12th grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 20 prior to September 1, 2017. 


AGE EXCEPTION REQUIREMENTS
To play down a grade level, athlete must meet following criteria:

Grade as of
October 1 2016 
Requested
Grade
Birthdate
Requirements
3rd Grade 2nd Grade Born on/after Sept 1 2008
4th Grade 3rd Grade Born on/after Sept 1 2007
5th Grade 4th Grade Born on/after Sept 1 2006
6th Grade 5th Grade Born on/after Sept 1 2005
7th Grade 6th Grade Born on/after Sept 1 2004
8th Grade 7th Grade Born on/after Sept 1 2003
9th Grade 8th Grade Born on/after Sept 1 2002
10th Grade 9th Grade Born on/after Sept 1 2001
11th Grade 10th Grade Born on/after Sept 1 2000

*11th/12th Grade Divisions are combined.

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Good Practices for Team Check-In

  • Organize "team binder" in order by roster number
  • Place Report Card & Birth Certificate back to back in see-through page protector
  • Obtain a state-issued ID for all players. The Dept of Motor Vehicles can provide this service at a low cost. (Optional, but highly suggested)
  • Gather certified documentation for home school students
  • Assure your roster is accurate with updated player additions / removals.
  • Keep documentation with you at all times.