Youth age group age change

Youth shinty

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

THE Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion are push­ing ahead with plans to amend byelaw four and change the age limit for play­ers el­i­gi­ble to play un­der-14 shinty.

The un­der-14 el­i­gi­bil­ity age rule will change from the present July 1 of the year pre­vi­ous to com­pe­ti­tion to Jan­uary 1 of the year of com­pe­ti­tion.

This de­ci­sion was made fol­low­ing a sur­vey in which the ma­jor­ity of par­tic­i­pat­ing clubs agreed to the new date.

How­ever, Oban Ca­manachd have pro­posed that the new qual­i­fi­ca­tion rules are not in­tro­duced un­til the start of the 2018 sea­son to al­low clubs suf­fi­cient time to pre­pare their squads. It’s a view sup­ported by Skye Ca­manachd.

Clubs had un­til 9am on Novem­ber 14, 2016, to in­di­cate whether they wish the age change to be im­ple­mented from the start of sea­son 2017 or sea­son 2018.

The change re­moves six months’ worth of play­ers from un­der-14 shinty and there is likely to be fur­ther di­a­logue dur­ing 2017 re­gard­ing the suit­abil­ity of the cur­rent age el­i­gi­bil­ity for un­der-17 shinty.

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