6.9.1. Playing Up
188.8.131.52. SANFL Juniors acknowledges the principal role of the parent/guardian in determining if a player should play in a higher age group than the one determined by a players chronological age. Players should only be permitted to play up an age level when their physical capacity and social sense enables them to compete adequately at the higher age level and should be based on the advantage to be gained by the player, not just to make up numbers.
184.108.40.206. A player can be requested to play up in an age group which is no more than two (2) years their current birth year. For example, an Under 11 age eligible player can request to play up in Under 13’s, however an Under 10 age eligible player cannot due to the 3 year age group gap.
220.127.116.11. Prior to participating in a competition outside the recommended age span, the players parent/guardian must sign a consent form and have this approved by SANFL Juniors Competition Management.
18.104.22.168. A player approved to play up can return to their correct/appropriate age group (as per their year of birth) at any stage, however are still subject to finals eligibility requirements as per Regulation 8.6.
6.9.2. Playing Down – Players with Disabilities (physical and intellectual)
22.214.171.124. A player with a disability may apply to SANFL Juniors Competition Management for permission to play down an age group during the current season.
126.96.36.199. Approval will only be granted if the player submits, with their application to play down, a written authority by a registered Medical Practitioner.
188.8.131.52. The granting of any such request shall apply to the current season only and may be revoked at the discretion of SANFL Juniors Competition Management.
6.9.3. Playing Down – Overage Players
184.108.40.206. Players will only be permitted to play in a competition below their correct age group if a playing down application form is completed and written approval of application is granted by SANFL Juniors Competition Management. Teams will be allowed a maximum of three (3) playing down approvals.
220.127.116.11.1 Approval will only be granted if the player submits, with their application to play down, a written authority by a registered Medical Practitioner.
18.104.22.168.2 Approval on medical/health grounds will be considered if the player falls below the fifth (5th) percentile for height and/or weight for their age as per the Child Youth Health height/weight percentile charts.
22.214.171.124.3 The granting of any such request shall apply to the current season only and may be revoked at the discretion of SANFL Juniors Competition Management.
126.96.36.199.4 A permit to play down in the Under 17.5 Competition will be revoked if the player plays one (1) ‘A Grade’ game of Senior Football or three (3) “Reserves” games of Senior Football, in that Football season.
188.8.131.52. A club is unable to apply for a play down permit if the player has already played in their correct/appropriate age group and/or higher age groups within that season.
6.9.4. Playing Down – Small Clubs
184.108.40.206. Smaller clubs may apply for permits based on the following conditions: 220.127.116.11.1. Team must have less than 22 players registered one month before the start of the season.
18.104.22.168.2. Maximum of four (4) permits will be provided per team.
22.214.171.124. A club is unable to apply for a play down permit if the player has already played in their correct/appropriate age group and/or higher age groups within that season.
6.9.5. Permits will be granted at the discretion of SANFL Juniors Competition Management.