Playing Up Policy
KOPSC believes that most players will develop best at their age appropriate level than at an age level above. Therefore, KOPSC strongly encourages play in the appropriate age group based on the age cut-offs as directed by Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association. However, the club recognizes that, although rare, a few exceptionally talented players may exist where their development age exceeds their chronological age. When requested, the club’s Board of Directors will review such on a case by case basis whether a player’s technical, tactical, mental and physical abilities warrant consideration for playing at the next age level. When it is determined to be in the best interest of a player’s development, the club will permit the player to be evaluated with the older age group during Summer training. If the player’s assessment determines the player to be an impact-player (top 25%) of the players in the older age group, then he/she earns the chance to play up, pending Board approval. Otherwise, the player will play age appropriate. The decision to allow a player to play will be for a period of 1 year and will be subject to the same review each year.
Please note that playing up is the exception rather than the rule. It is only reserved for exceptional players who possess the skill, soccer knowledge, and the physical and emotional development of an older player. Playing up as an impact-player can have several advantages for a player’s development. Playing up as a depth-player does not benefit the player and may cause a player to regress. The sole factor regarding playing up is whatever is in a player’s best interest developmentally. It should not be based upon ego, prestige or the particular best interests of any one team. Under no circumstance should coaches exploit the situation by holding players back in their quest for winning, nor should parents push their child in an attempt to accelerate their ascension to the top of the soccer pyramid.