The purpose of the Higher Age Group player policy is to allow junior players to further develop their game by allowing a second game per week to be played for the Marist Basketball Club but in a higher age group on a permanent basis.
The junior player should be a Division 1 player in the lower age group who will benefit from playing in the higher age group for development purposes.
Once higher age group status has been granted by the ACT Basketball Competition Operations Group (COG), players may play in two age groups (e.g. Division 1 Under 14’s and Division 2 Under 16’s) for the entire season.
ACT Basketball Criteria for Higher Age Group Player status
No more than four (4) players from a lower age group Division 1 team will be approved to play in any higher age group Division 1 team on a permanent basis. No more than two (2) players from a lower age group team will be allowed to play in any higher age group Division 2 team (or lower).
The following restrictions apply:
- A division 2 or lower team must have at least seven (7) nominated players before any applications for lower age group players will be considered.
- A Division 1 team must have at least eight (8) nominated players before any applications for lower age group players will be considered.
- BACT has the right to deny any player the ability to play permanently in a higher age group or may rescind permission to do so at any time during the course of the season.
- A junior player is limited to playing in no more than two (2) junior games in any round.
Marist Basketball Criteria for Higher Age Group Player status
Specific criteria must be met to allow Higher Age Group Player status to be approved.
- The lower age group team is the priority for the Higher Age Group player.
- The Higher Age Group player cannot be a consistent starting five player in the highest age group they are developing for.
- As the intent of Higher Age Group player is indeed in developing and enhancing their skills using this status, their contribution to the higher age group is expected to be minimal.
Marist Basketball Higher Age Group Player process
- Applications can only come from the coach requesting the Higher Age Group player from a lower age group.
- All applications should be made to the Registrar Marist Basketball Canberra email@example.com
- A final decision on the Higher Age Group player status will be made by the Marist Basketball Committee.
- If coaches to not follow the above directives the Higher Age Group Player status will be withdrawn.