The CAHA Play Up Policy regulates requests for players to move up into the next age classification. Players may only play up under specific criteria as defined in CAHA Bylaws, Addendum E, 19.0 Play Up Policy.
Players who played in an older age classification in a previous season are not grandfathered in. Each player must meet the criteria each season of play up eligibility.
The CAHA Board of Directors supports USA Hockey's long term athlete development principles and position of a player being developed and playing within their appropriate age classification. CAHA also recognizes the fact that allowing a player to participate as a play up may be detrimental to the player's development.
“Participation” or “playing” shall be defined as all on-ice or off-ice hockey related activities within a Member Association or as part of a Member Association’s team, including but not limited to, tryouts, skill development sessions, practices, and/or games. Playing up or moving up to an older age classification team shall encompass all team activities with the older team, including but not limited to: tryouts, practices, and games.
CAHA will not accept or consider requests for waivers or exceptions to this Play Up Policy.
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