On EYUCup teams can participate in the following divisions:
– Under Twenty Men’s (U20 Men’s)
– Under Twenty Women’s (U20 Women’s)
– Under Seventeen Men’s (U17 Men’s)
– Under Seventeen Women’s (U17 Women’s)
– The U20 divisions are open to players who do NOT reach their 20th or subsequent birthday during the calendar year in which the tournament concludes, so U20 is open for players born in 1998 or later (1999, 2000, …)
– The U17 divisions are open to players who do NOT reach their 17th or subsequent birthday during the calendar year in which the tournament concludes, so U17 is open for players born in 2001 or later (2002, 2003, …)
The following players are allowed to play for a particular country at EYUCup:
– Legal Citizen – Players are deemed to be “Legal citizens” if they own a passport or equivalent legal document issued by the country’s government
– WFDF Citizen – Players are also deemed to be “WFDF citizens” if they have moved to the country at least four (4) years prior to the start date of the event and spent more than 75% of those four (4) years in the country.
– Resident Non-Citizen – Players are deemed to be “Resident non-citizens” if they own a legal certificate of permanent residency issued by the country’s government; or if they have moved to the country at least twenty (20) months prior to the start date of the event and spent more than 75% of those twenty (20) months in the country.
– Ultimate Community Member – Players are deemed to be “Ultimate community members” at the discretion of the National Association if they are considered to be a significant part of that Country’s ultimate community, but don’t fall under the above categories. The following may be taken into account by the National Association in making this decision:
– residency history in that Country,
– participation in that Country’s ultimate events, especially national championships,
– past representation on National Teams,
– participation in the development of ultimate in the Country.
A national youth team may have on its roster:
– any number of Legal Citizens or WFDF Citizens,
– a maximum of 4 Resident Non-Citizens,
– a maximum of 1 Ultimate Community Member replacing 1 of the Resident Non-Citizen.
When ultimate is still in a development stage in a country and they are not able to field a fully representative National Team in a division, a country may enter a Tyro (or “Beginner”) team. This enables them to recruit players who would not normally be eligible for that team, from other countries, or from a maximum of one year outside the defined age range. The roster of a Tyro team may contain up to 4 such players. The final roster of a Tyro team will need approval from the EUF Youth Subcommittee.
A Tyro team may not compete in the semi-final stages of a championship event. If 8 or more eligible (i.e. non-Tyro) teams participate in a division, a Tyro team may not compete in the quarterfinal stages of a championship event, but this does not exclude them from finishing 5th if the format of the schedule allows this. Depending on the total number of participating teams the playing schedule may have to be adjusted at the quarterfinal stage and beyond. The team keeps its final placement in the championship, but the next time the team participates in a championship the ranking position will be in last place.
Second teams are permitted to play in the U17 divisions while these divisions are still small and needing to increase in size. The same rules apply to 2nd teams as Tyro teams (see “Tyro Teams” above).
If a player is eligible to play in two different divisions at an event, they may do so subject to these rules. They first should specify and register with their main team. Before the start of the tournament the contact person or coordinator for the National Youth Teams should then also inform the EUF Youth Subcommittee as well as the TD if they plan to let this player play for any other National Youth Team in another division. But these players never play in more than two games in a single day.
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