Rules

2016-17 Player Eligibility
The USBA uses a grade-based criteria to determine player eligibility. In most cases, a player’s current grade will determine their division, however some circumstances may affect eligibility. Please see limitations below for each grade division. Teams will be thoroughly checked for age/grade verification prior to every USBA event.
USBA maintains a strict enforcement of Player Eligibility; there is a zero-tolerance policy regarding the participation of an ineligible athlete; violating teams will be removed from event and disqualified from further participation.
All players must meet the grade-level or age-exception criteria (see chart below). A legible copy of birth certificate and report card is required for verification at all USBA events.
2nd Grade
A player must be in the 2nd grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 10 prior to September 1, 2017.
3rd Grade
A player must be in the 3rd grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 11 prior to September 1, 2017.
4th Grade
A player must be in the 4th grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 12 prior to September 1, 2017.
5th Grade
A player must be in the 5th grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 13 prior to September 1, 2017.
6th Grade
A player must be in the 6th grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 14 prior to September 1, 2017.
7th Grade
A player must be in the 7th grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 15 prior to September 1, 2017.
8th Grade
A player must be in the 8th grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 16 prior to September 1, 2017.
9th Grade
A player must be in the 9th grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 17 prior to September 1, 2017.
10th Grade
A player must be in the 10th grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 18 prior to September 1, 2017.
11th/12th Grade
A player must be in the 11th or 12th grade as of October 1, 2016 and cannot turn 20 prior to September 1, 2017.
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AGE EXCEPTION REQUIREMENTS
To play down a grade level, athlete must meet following criteria:
Grade as of
October 1 2016 Requested
Grade Birthdate
Requirements
3rd Grade 2nd Grade Born on/after Sept 1 2008
4th Grade 3rd Grade Born on/after Sept 1 2007
5th Grade 4th Grade Born on/after Sept 1 2006
6th Grade 5th Grade Born on/after Sept 1 2005
7th Grade 6th Grade Born on/after Sept 1 2004
8th Grade 7th Grade Born on/after Sept 1 2003
9th Grade 8th Grade Born on/after Sept 1 2002
10th Grade 9th Grade Born on/after Sept 1 2001
11th Grade 10th Grade Born on/after Sept 1 2000
*11th/12th Grade Divisions are combined.