Eligibility for League & Playoffs

Regular Season Rules of SEPYLA That Apply To All Divisions:

Eligibility/Locale: No member organization of SEPYLA shall permit a player to participate in any SEPYLA game who does not reside within the member’s school district boundaries or such other boundaries established by SEPYLA’s by-laws unless expressly authorized by the Competition Committee for that season only and such player may not participate in a league game until expressly authorized by the Competition Committee. All requests for exceptions must be submitted directly to the Competition Committee by the player’s parent or legal guardian. No request from a member organization is permitted. Recruiting of players from outside a Member’s boundaries is prohibited. You can check a school district by address HERE.

If a player wishes to ask for an exception to this rule, the parent/guardian of the player must email Denise Richards, Chairman of the Competition Committee, at SEPYLACC@gmail.com with specific reasons why an exception should be granted.  The request should include the players name, grade, age, permanent address, current SEPYLA program and the program he is requesting an exception to play for and the extenuating circumstances for which the request is being made.  There will be two periods where Mrs. Richards will accept exception requests:

Period #1:  October 14 to November 30.  All exceptions received by November 30th will be reviewed and answered by December 15.

Period #2:  January 10 to February 10.  All exceptions received by February 10th will be reviewed and answered by February 16.

Since exceptions will be granted in cases of severe hardship, it is difficult to offer any guidance on the specific facts that might lead the Competition Committee to grant an exception. However, the Competition Committee offers these examples of circumstances that the Competition Committee would not grant an exception:

-player did not play for his home club last year (no grandfathering)

-player has or had a relative who coaches or coached in the non-home club

-player has school teammates, summer club teammates, or friends on the non-home club

-player attends school within the non-home club area

One of these reasons, by itself, would not normally be grounds for considering an exception. If other factors were involved, the request for the exception might be considered.

Players who live in an area that currently does not have a youth lacrosse program participating in SEPYLA, Chester County League, Lehigh Valley Youth League, Berks County Youth League, South Jersey Youth League or Delaware Youth League are eligible to play for SEPYLA program that is adjacent to their home area/school district*.  If that player wishes to switch to another SEPYLA program in the future, an exception must be granted.   This MAP can be used to assist in determining adjacency.

*The city of Philadelphia is broken into areas based on zip code and the SEPYLA Competition Committee will determine which SEPYLA programs are adjacent to where a player lives.

SEPYLA Playoff Eligibility

It has been decided upon by the Competition Committee and approved by the SEPYLA Board that clubs must adhere to the following rule to have a team deemed “Playoff Eligible”. Striving to establish a level playing field within the A and B Divisions, a club must field a “1 Level” team for any associated teams in that same division to be eligible for post season. Therefore a “2 Level” team will not be considered eligbile if that club has not entered a “1 Level” team during that season. 

The only exception to this rule will be for new member clubs to SEPYLA. Those clubs will be granted a 2 season exemption. This enables those “start up” clubs who are in the process of growing the ability to participate in playoffs. However they will not be granted that exemption during their 3rd particpating season within SEPYLA. 

Clubs who enter a team into the Elite Division can consider this satisfying the requirement and thus their “2 Level” team will be eligible for playoffs. Any questions or appeals can be delivered to the Competition Committee for consideration. A true hardship must be documented why a “1 Level” team was not entered.