Play up requests for returning LCYO players will only be considered for those players who are in the second year in their current division (e.g. A first year Pinto player (league-age 7) may not request to play up into Mustang (league-age 9 and 10).
For Spring Season only, during the play-up division's pre-season evaluation, player must attend evaluations for both divisions and evaluate within the 75th percentile of the division they are requesting to play-up into.
A parent must volunteer....either as a manager or an assistant (no exceptions). The parent must register to volunteer to coach at the time of the play-up request or the request will not be considered. If the play up is not granted or the parent changes their mind, LCYO would still welcome the parent volunteer but the parent can withdraw if desired.
Any player who plays up into the higher division is only eligible for all stars in the higher division.
Players who did not play at LCYO the previous season are also eligible to submit a written play up application via email. The decision to allow play ups is at the sole discretion of the committee. LCYO requests that all parents carefully consider the various factors involved with playing into a higher division, including development, leadership, maturity, suitability, safety and player enjoyment.
LCYO will allow players to request the ability to 'play down' to the next lowest division if the family of such player submits an emailed play down request and believes it to be in the player's best interest. The play down request will list the relevant reasons for playing down, all of the player's relevant baseball experience, including, if possible, the name of the player’s last rec baseball coach at LCYO. Each player's request to play down will be evaluated and decided upon by a committee which will include LCYO’s VP of Baseball, the director of the player’s age appropriate division, and the director of the division that the player wishes to join.
Here are the guidelines for LCYO’s play down policy:
Play down requests for players will only be considered for those players who are no more than one year removed from the division they would like to play down in;
The player must attend pre-season evaluations for BOTH their age appropriate division and the division they are seeking to play down in;
The player evaluation ranking for the player in the age appropriate division MUST be in the lower 49% of players in that division;
The player evaluation ranking for the player in the requested play down division MUST be in the lower 70% of players in that division (this criteria does not apply to Shetland for which player evaluations are not held);
The player will not be eligible for All Star consideration;
A parent may be asked to coach...either as a manager or an assistant.
Even if all of the above criteria are met, the decision to allow a player to play down is at the sole discretion of the committee. LCYO requests that all parents carefully consider the various factors involved with playing in a lower division, including development, maturity, suitability, safety and player enjoyment.