The Pope Jr Greyhound Lacrosse (PJGL) program has established that it is in the best interest of the players to play in the appropriate age/grade division as directed by Newtown Recreation. When “playing up”, a player may encounter playing with/or against a player who is much larger, faster, more aggressive and more developmentally mature. This can place the younger player at a disadvantage in achieving their potential and having success on the field, becoming a leader on the team, or enjoying the game. Experiencing success, "playing to their potential" and a player’s enjoyment of the game, are primary goals for PJGL. As a result, PJGL does not allow parents to request their child “play up.”
There may be situations that arise within the PJGL program that will create a need to ask players to “play up.” Once registration ends, a PJGL Commissioner will analyze registration numbers, team makeups, and available coaching staff to determine if additional players are needed from a lower level and will invite players accordingly. If a player is invited to “play up,” it is only good for the current season.