2020 AAU Eligibility Rules
In the fall of 2014, the AAU National Committee changed the eligibility rules for boys basketball in Grades 1 through 8. The new rules base player eligibility strictly on age, rather than grade and age. Each AAU division will be labeled 7U, 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, and 14U. Participants in each age division can be no older than the denoted age on August 31st of that year - in this case 20189. For example, a 5th grade AAU team (11U) can only pick players who are no older than 11 years old on August 31, 2019. Thus, any player with a birthday before that date has to try out for the 6th grade team (12U) even though he is in 5th grade. Link to new rules: http://image.aausports.org/dnn/boysbasketball/pdf/Eligibility-Rules.pdf
These new rules were adopted to remedy the much-abused reclassification phenomenon sweeping Division 1 AAU, but it will definitely affect most of our local AAU teams that are not a part of the problem. If a team wishes to participate in an AAU-sanctioned tournament, such as the Potomac Valley AAU Regionals, AAU Super Regionals and AAU Nationals, that team must follow these new eligibility rules. There are a number of tournaments in our area that do not require AAU eligibility in order to participate.
In our CYA Boys AAU Program, each head coach will decide whether his team will enter AAU-sanctioned tournaments and therefore, follow the new rules. A coach may choose to exclusively enter tournaments that do not require AAU eligibility and pick his players accordingly. Each team’s webpage will indicate whether it intends to follow the AAU eligibility requirements.
If you have any questions regarding your son’s eligibility to play on a certain team, please contact the head coach or David Kaplan, the AAU Program Director, email@example.com
Here is a the portion of the rules relevant to our CYA boys' teams:
All Non-athletes/coaches are responsible to see that their team meets all eligibility requirements. Competition in boys’ basketball shall be in the following age/grade divisions:
11 & UNDER DIVISION: An athlete can be no older than 11 on August 31, 2019.
12 & UNDER DIVISION: An athlete can be no older than 12 on August 31, 2019.
13 & UNDER DIVISION: An athlete can be no older than 13 on August 31, 2019.
14 & UNDER DIVISION: An athlete can be no older than 14 on August 31, 2019.
15U/9TH GRADE DIVISION: An athlete can be no older than 15 on August 31, 2019. Grade Exception: An athlete who is in the 9th Grade as of October 1, 2017 and who is no older than 16 on August 31, 2018 is eligible to play in the 15U/9th Grade Division.
16U/10TH GRADE DIVISION: An athlete can be no older than 16 on August 31, 2019. Grade Exception: An athlete who is in the 10th Grade as of October 1, 2018 and who is no older than 17 on August 31, 2019 is eligible to play in the 16U/10th Grade Division.
*Proof of age and/or grade must be available for review, by an AAU designee at all AAU licensed competitions, if requested. If said information is not available the team is subject to removal from the competition.*