League Players Rewrite Recreational Division Eligibility Requirements

What has caused more debate and broken more UH dreams than the eligibility requirements for our league's Recreational Division?

Unlike our Open Division, which welcomes players of all basketball levels and experience, the Recreational Division was created for players who did not have college or professional basketball experience. 

Since our first Recreational Division commenced play in Fall 2006, many players unfortunately had their season's stopped short when it was discovered they had "post high-school experience." 

Some teams try to "game" the system and sneak a college player on their team. Others simply claimed they didn't know the rule.

Here is how our current eligibility requirements section is stated on our league rules page.

  • To be eligible for a Recreational League roster your competitive basketball career must not have extended beyond high school or be at least 40 years old at the beginning of the Ultimate Hoops Season.

Rec Division Champion and eligibily section author Derek Batiste

Rec Division Champion and eligibily section author Derek Batiste

This section was written in 2006.  It's 2014. It's time for a refresh. 

So, why not go to the source to rewrite it: Our Rec Division Players.  

We asked a group, led by Derek Batiste, in partnership with our National League Operations Manager Reid Nelson, to draft a updated Rec eligibility section.  Below is what they came up with. It's more detailed, and hopefully, crystal clear for new players and teams joining the Recreational Division.

Give it a read and share your feedback if we've missed something. Thanks to Derek and others for helping us rewrite our league rule book.

 - To be eligible for a Recreational League roster, you must not have any competitive basketball experience beyond the High School level, or be at least 40 years old at the beginning of the Ultimate Hoops Season. 

- The term "competitive basketball experience" means playing experience of any kind (practice or otherwise) for a team presided over by a legally recognized collegiate, semi-professional, or professional governing body. 

- If your name appears on a roster for a team that falls within these guidelines, you are ineligible for a Recreational League roster. 

- In the case of a player with a common name being found to appear on a team roster, league representatives (i.e. Coordinators, Player's Committee, GM's etc.) will determine if there is reasonable evidence to revoke the player's Recreational League eligibility. 

- A player with a common name that appears on a roster will be afforded the opportunity to prove that he is not the player listed on the roster in question. 

- If evidence (a picture showing a player on a team, an internet article, etc.) is brought forth that directly implicates a player as having experience which would make him ineligible for a recreational League roster, league representatives (i.e. Coordinators, Player's Committee, etc.) will review the evidence after it has been formally submitted.