ERSL Promotion and Relegation Policy
As approved at the January 2019 LMB Meeting
policy will be reviewed before the start of each season.
Part A -- General Policies
1. The Promotion and Relegation Policies are
applicable to EODSA Teams/Clubs. SOSA will use Technical Leadership to
determine their Regional Teams.
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 within 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
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 – U13
The policy used to determine the selection of
teams to populate the U13 Regional Level will be announced prior to the start
of each season.
Part C -- U14 to U18
Selection of Teams for Regional
1. The first and second place
District Competitive teams from EODSA are offered promotion into the Regional
Division. If promotion is declined, the offer of promotion shall be extended to
the next Club(s) as long as the Club(s) is within six points of the last
eligible Club to qualify for promotion.
2. Following the application
of Article 1, if there are more than 16 teams in the Regional Division, a
sufficient number of EODSA Teams shall be relegated to reduce the number of
EODSA teams to a maximum of 12 teams.
3. Following the application
of Article 1, and Article 2, if there is a vacancy in the Regional Division,
then any additional team(s) from EODSA District Competitive (e.g. 3rd place,
then 4th place, as long as they are within six points of the last eligible Club
to qualify for promotion) will be offered promotion to the Regional Division to
increase the number of EODSA teams.
4. Following the application
of Article 1, Article 2, and Article 3, the ERSL Management Board will review
any additional team applications that do not fall within this policy, and may at
its sole discretion grant a Regional team spot to an eligible Team, within the
16 team limit.
5. Following the application
of Article 3 and Article 4, if there is still an insufficient number of EODSA
District Competitive Teams eligible for, or willing to accept, promotion to
Regional, the ERSL may, at its sole discretion, decide to relegate fewer EODSA teams
from the previous season’s Regional Level.
6. Unless a Team has been
relegated to District Competitive in accordance with Article 2, a club that
decides not to field a team in a Regional Age Division for which the Club had
an established team spot in the previous season, then that Club SHALL forfeit
its team spot in the Regional division.
7. Once the ERSL is advised
that the Club is disbanding or withdrawing its application for a team for which
it had a spot, the ERSL may, at its sole discretion, assign the forfeited spot
to any other eligible Club/Team in accordance with this policy.