Team Selection / Player Age
SPNAR’s general stance on all decisions is based on 1) best interest of the organization (short and long term), 2) best interest of each individual team, 3) best interest of each player. With regard to this, as a general rule, SPNAR does not allow parents or coaches to decide whether a player will be allowed to “play up” (i.e. 14U aged player playing at 16U). This does not mean that players are never placed on an older team – it means that only under certain circumstances is this allowed. The SPNAR Board carefully considers these situations and only moves players up if there is a specific need on the older team AND if the younger team is not left with the need to fill that vacancy. (I.e. the younger team has a catcher who is moved up to the older team, and younger team must still have a catcher.) These decisions are not made without consideration of the Organization first, Team(s) second and Individual Player (third).
(This general information is subject to minor changes/additions.)