ERSL Promotion and Relegation Policy

The following amendments to the existing ERSL Promotion & Relegation Policies were developed by the EODSA, in consultation with SOSA. This policy is applicable to the 2016 season only.

This policy will be reviewed before the start of the 2016 season to provide Promotion & Relegation Policy for the 2017 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 the placement of SOSA Regional Teams in all regional divisions.

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, no later than 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 Level 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 divisions is published separately on the ERSL website.

Part C -- U15 to U

1.     For U15 to U17, EODSA teams relegated from the OYSL are entitled to a position in the appropriate Regional division.

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

3.     The first and second place EODSA teams from District Competitive Divisions are offered promotion into the Regional League. If promotion is declined, the offer of promotion shall be extended to the next EODSA Club(s) as long as the EODSA Club(s) is within six points of the last eligible EODSA 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 a Regional Division, a sufficient number of EODSA Teams shall be relegated to the District Competitive League 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 an EODSA vacancy in a Regional Division, then any additional EODSA team(s) from District Competitive (e.g. 3rd place, then 4th place, as long as they are within six points of the last eligible EODSA Club to qualify for promotion) will be offered promotion to the Regional Division to increase the number of EODSA teams to eight teams.

6.     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.

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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