Normally, teams are limited to adding a maximum of three (3) players who have been previously rostered during the current seasonal year. NJYS provides for a limited hardship exemption to this rule. The hardship exemption allows an existing team or teams to disband at the end of the Fall season and a new team to be formed for the Spring season using more than three of the original players. However, there are significant limitations to the formation of a hardship team.
An example of when the hardship exemption might be used is where a club has two U12 teams in the Fall season, each of which has 15 players on its roster. In the Spring, 8 players from the first team and 7 from the second team decide to play baseball instead of soccer. The hardship exemption would allow both existing teams to disband and form one new team from the players who still want to play.
The following rules apply to the creation of a hardship team:
1. The teams that played in the Fall must be disbanded. To be disbanded, a team must return all members passes and its roster to the District Commissioner that processed the teams or the NJYS Office.
2. The hardship team needs permission of both their Area Travel Commissioner and their League. Neither is required to approve the formation of a hardship team. Some leagues have a policy that they will not approve any hardship teams. If your league will not approve the formation of your hardship team, you cannot form the team.
3. The new hardship team is formed for league play only. The team may compete in NJYS sanctioned tournaments held within their own Area only. They may not play in tournaments outside of their Area, in tournaments out of state, or in tournaments not sanctioned by NJYS. Teams with a hardship exemption cannot play in either the National Championship or State Cup competitions.
4. A maximum of ten players from one disbanded team can join the new team.
The hardship exemption is exactly what it says it is, a hardship. Teams cannot use this provision to form select or all star teams. When the District Commissioner completes the registration and rostering of the new team, the DC must note on the roster “Hardship Team.”