2017 ERSL Promotion and Relegation Policy


This policy will be reviewed before the start of the 2017 season to provide Promotion & Relegation Policy for the 2018 and future seasons.

Part A -- General Policies

1.     The Promotion and Relegation Policies are applicable to EODSA Teams/Clubs. SOSA will use Technical Leadership to determine their Regional Teams.

 2.     Clubs eligible for promotion shall receive the offer from the League not later than October 15 and will be required to declare their intentions with respect to the promotion within 14 days after the offer is made. Clubs shall be provided 7 days to respond to any additional promotion offers that are made after certain Clubs have declined the initial offer.

 3.     Each Club shall be limited to a maximum of two Regional teams, regardless of OYSL relegation, regional performance and possible District Competitive promotion.

4.     First place District Competitive teams that are ten points clear of the second place team MUST accept promotion.

 5.     Teams that are the District Competitive champions in two consecutive seasons MUST accept promotion.

 6.     Where a playoff is required to break a tie in the standings where promotion eligibility is at stake, the game shall be played under the conditions specified in the tie-breaker procedures of the ERSL’s Rules and Regulations.

 7.     If either or both Teams that are required to play a tie breaker-game in accordance with Article 6 fail to do so within the timelines established by the ERSL, the Team(s) SHALL forfeit their eligibility for promotion in the subsequent season to the higher level division.

 

Part B – U14

The policy used to determine the selection of teams to populate the U14 Regional Level will be announced prior to the start of each season.


Part C -- U15 to U18

 Selection of Teams for Regional

1.     For U16 to U17, teams relegated from the OYSL are entitled to a position in the appropriate Regional division in the subsequent year.

 2.     The top team(s) from Regional U16 and U17 may accept promotion to OYSL.

 3.     The first and second place District Competitive teams from EODSA are offered promotion into the Regional Division. If promotion is declined, the offer of promotion shall be extended to the next Club(s) as long as the Club(s) is within six points of the last eligible Club to qualify for promotion.

 4.     Following the application of Article 1, Article 2 and Article 3, if there are more than eight EODSA teams in the Regional Division, a sufficient number of EODSA Teams shall be relegated to reduce the number of EODSA teams to eight teams.

 5.     Following the application of Article 1, Article 2 and Article 3, if there is a vacancy in the Regional Division, then any additional team(s) from EODSA District Competitive (e.g. 3rd place, then 4th place, as long as they are within six points of the last eligible Club to qualify for promotion) will be offered promotion to the Regional Division to increase the number of EODSA teams to eight teams.

 6.     Following the application of Article 4 and Article 5, if there is still an insufficient number of EODSA District Competitive Teams eligible for, or willing to accept, promotion to Regional, the ERSL may, at its sole discretion, decide to relegate fewer teams from the previous season’s Regional Level. 

 7.     Unless a Team has been relegated to District Competitive in accordance with Article 4, Part C of this Policy, a club that decides not to field a team in a Regional Age Division for which the Club had an established Team Position Status in the previous season, then that Club SHALL forfeit its Team Position Status (TPS) in the Regional division.

 8.     Once the ERSL is advised that the Club is disbanding or withdrawing its application for a team for which it had a TPS, the ERSL may, at its sole discretion, assign the forfeited TPS to any other eligible Club/Team;

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