Eligibility

 

 

Elementary (E)

 

 

Players younger than 10 years old may be considered eligible, at the discretion of the head coach, but may not be allowed to dominate the attention of the coaches. For 12U (12 and under) events, players must have been 12 or younger on Sept 1 prior to the season. For all other events that are not specifically designated as 12U by the event host (usually these events are designated as "5th / 6th grade"), players must be 12 or younger at the time of the event. At the discretion of the head coach, players may be accepted on the E team who will turn 13 during the regular season, with the understanding that they will not be eligible for events that are not specifically designated as "12U" after they turn 13.

 

 

Junior High (JH)

 

 

Players younger than 13 may be considered eligible, at the discretion of the head coach, but if such a player is also eligible for the E team, and plays for more than half of an average JH game, the same player may play for no more than 12 minutes in E games. For 14U (14 and under) events, players must have been 14 or younger on Sept 1 prior to the season. For all other events that are not specifically designated as 14U by the event host (usually these events are designated as "7th / 8th grade"), players must be 14 or younger at the time of the event. At the discretion of the head coach, players may be accepted on the JH team who will turn 15 during the regular season, with the understanding that they will not be eligible for events that are not specifically designated as "14U" after they turn 15. JH players may not play in Varsity games.

 

 

Junior Varsity (JV)

 

 

Players younger than 15 can be considered eligible, at the discretion of the head coach, but if such a player is also eligible for the JH team, and plays for more than half of an average JV game, the same player may play for no more than 12 minutes in JH games. For 16U (16 and under) events, players must have been 16 or younger on Sept 1 prior to the season. For all other events that are not specifically designated as 16U by the event host, players must be 17 or younger at the time of the event. At the discretion of the head coach, players may be accepted on the JV team who will turn 18 during the regular season, with the understanding that they will not be eligible for events after they turn 18. JV players who are older than 16 are not eligible to play on the Varsity team.

 

 

Varsity (V)

 

Players must be 18 or younger on Sept 1 prior to the season. Players must be living at their parent's home and involved in parent-directed educational activities. If a V player is younger than 9th grade, he may not also play on the JH team. Players may not play for more than a total of five (5) quarters between JV and V games on any given game day.  

 

 

 

Rosters and Eligibility

 

 

Age eligibility for specific events can be determined by each specific venue, and the Benton Bucks must conform to these standards within the context of these events, if different than stated Benton Bucks eligibility standards.

 

Grade classifications are determined on Benton Bucks rosters by age, and not by academic level. 12th grade is considered the span of time between September and April in which the student is 19, but does not turn 20. Grade levels will not be changed as a result of intent to graduate. Players who graduate with eligibility left will be considered to have graduated early, and will no longer be eligible to play for the Benton Bucks. 

 

Benton Bucks players must be in compliance with the definition of "Home School Student-Athletes" that has been established by the National Christian Homeschool Championships (NCHC).

 

 

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