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AAU adopts sweeping eligibility rules changes

10/28/2014, 5:15pm EDT
By QCAA

Ending days of speculation, the Amateur Athletic Union has made a dramatic change to its eligibility rules for boys basketball. These rules take immediate effect.

AAU boys basketball is now age-based with no age or grade exceptions. 

One of the largest youth basketball tournaments, the Maryland Invitational, has already said it will follow the new AAU rules, per a tweet from the tournament's official account.

QCAA president Ed Addie said he has not made a decision about eligibility rules for the organization's two big events -- the NCIT Feb. 20-22 and the Rumble May 15-17.

As of now, another one of the large governing bodies for youth boys basketball, the United States Basketball Association (USBA), still lists eligibility rules that would allow grade exceptions and age exceptions. 

Here is the difference, for example, for a 7th grade player. 

-- Under the new AAU rules, there is no more grade-based play. For many 7th graders, the age is 13-and-under. To play 13-and-under in AAU, an athlete can be no older than 13 on Aug. 31, 2015.

-- In USBA that same athlete must be in 7th grade as of Oct. 1, 2014 and cannot turn 15 prior to Sept. 1, 2015. Also 8th grade players can play down in the 7th grade, provided they don't turn 14 prior to Sept. 1.

Another large governing body, the National Travel Basketball Association (NTBA) says that player must be in 7th grade as of Oct. 1, 2014 and cannot turn 15 before Sept. 1. An 8th grader can play in the 7th grade division if he doesn't turn 14 prior to Sept. 1.

Via its official twitter account, the NTBA responded to this QCAA news report by saying it is "aware of eligibility changes of another organization & will make a decision in the coming weeks."

Here are the new AAU rules:

7 & Under:  An athlete can be no older than 7 on August 31, 2015

8 & Under:  An athlete can be no older than 8 on August 31, 2015

9 & Under:  An athlete can be no older than 9 on August 31, 2015

10 & Under: An athlete can be no older than 10 on August 31, 2015

11 & Under:  An athlete can be no older than 11 on August 31, 2015

12 & Under:  An athlete can be no older than 12 on August 31, 2015

13 & Under:  An athlete can be no older than 13 on August 31, 2015

14 & Under:  An athlete can be no older than 14 on August 31, 2015

15U/9th Grade: An athlete can be no older than 15 on August 31, 2015Grade Exception: An athlete who is in the 9th  grade as of Oct 1, 2014 and who is no older than 16 on August 31, 2015 is eligible to play in the 15U/9th grade division

16U/10th Grade: An athlete can be no older than 16 on August 31, 2015Grade Exception: An athlete who is in the 10th grade as of Oct 1, 2014 and who is no older than 17 on August 31, 2015 is eligible to play in the 16U/10th grade division

17U/11th Grade: An athlete can be no older than 17 on August 31, 2015Grade Exception: An athlete who is in the 11th  grade as of Oct 1, 2014and who is no older than 18 on August 31, 2015 is eligible to play in the 17U/11th grade division

19U/ 12th Grade: An athlete can be no older than 19 on August 31, 2015Grade Exception: An athlete who is in the 12th grade as of Oct 1, 2014 and who is no older than 20 on August 31, 2015 is eligible to play in the 19U/12th grade division

 

 

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