The ULMK along with Emmaus Youth Association would like to clarify the situation of the disqualification of the two EYA AAA teams and AA player in the fall tournament.
EYA has admitted that a clerical mistake was made with rosters by having over aged players on their teams. The Coordinator from EYA admits that he did not review the rosters, nor did the coaches and we at EYA accept all the blame of the mistake that occurred.
ULMK also admits that the rosters were not viewed prior to the start of the season as per their bylaws. Thus allowing ineligible players to play the entire fall ball season leading into the tournament.
It was brought to ULMK’s attention that EYA teams were called cheaters and other names not to be mentioned here. With that being said, we strongly suggest all other teams; players, coaches and parents follow a code of ethics and not ridicule any child for a mistake that was beyond their control.
No child should be ridiculed for a mistake that an adult created.
As the tournaments progress and if ULMK is informed that these children are being attacked verbally from any other team, we have no other choice than to disqualify any team that acts in a un-sportsmen like conduct.
The Procedure for forming all recreation (not travel) teams will follow these guidelines:
For example: A-Ball ages 9-10
Team # 1Team # 2Team # 3
Jake age 9 John age 9 Joe age 9
Jeff 9 Jerry 9 Jeff 9
Bill 10 Bob 10 Brian 10
Matt 10 Mike 9 Will 10
Eric 9 Al 9 Fred 10
Team #2 would have first pick in the draft due to the fact that they only have one 10 year old. They will then pick another 10 year out of the pool to create a team with an equal amount of 10 year olds if there are no 10 year olds to choose from they still have first pick of a 9 year old. This pattern would continue until all names are pulled from the pool and placed on teams in an even fashion.
The roster from the previous season will be the base of the team.
Players will stay on the roster of the team they played on in the previous season and will stay on that teams roster for the duration of their playing years or until the team would dissolve because of lack of players.
All players who enter the A program will be placed into the "pool" and placed on a team with equal age appropriate players ( as close as possible)
All new registrants for the program or players that teams were dissolved will be broken down into age appropriate categories referred to as the "pool". These names will be chosen as a closed ballot and separated according to age.
A count of players by age will be categorized.
Players the were on the "fall" ball roster are not automatically guaranteed to play on that team in spring unless they were on that roster the previous spring then they would continue to move up with the team.
Starting with the team with the lowest count of players; the coordinator and or coach will draw a name from the pool to even out the teams as close as possible.
EYA will honor children of coaches to be placed on the same team.
EYA will honor siblings to be placed on the same team.
EYA will nothonor transportation issues to be placed on the same team.(Previous participants have taken advantage of this situation
EYA will not guarantee request for specific teams or coaches. Each request will be handled on a case by case basis
EYA will notguarantee that all requests will be honored.