Will player ID cards end ‘playing down’?

If you have children playing in competitive youth sports teams, whether rugby, football or other ‘contact’ sports, you’ll want to know that everyone is playing by the same rules. Whether they’re playing in under 11, under 14 or under 17 teams, you’ll assume that your kids are playing others of the same age.

This isn’t always the case. Clubs still encounter overage players being allowed to ‘play down’ or teams being banded into age brands not allowed by the regulations, which simply isn’t fair play.

And for parents, it raises safety concerns of their child playing against team members much bigger or older than them.

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Safeguard your youth players with player ID cards

Player ID cards can make a big difference

The need to register players and play them in the correct age grade is essential to safeguarding and protecting young people, and introducing photo player ID cards go a long way to helping coaches achieve their duty of care. All players must have been registered with their club in order to be given player ID cards in the first place.

More and more clubs and leagues throughout the UK are now adopting a ‘no card, no play’ policy. This makes it very difficult for people to suddenly substitute an unregistered star player at the last minute, or for clubs to allow older children to compete in younger teams. Photo ID does away with the concern of ‘did the coach bring documentation for one individual, but play another’?

They also help keep your insurance valid

If you run youth teams, you should also be aware that players, officials and coaches are only covered by insurance when they comply with age regulations. Serious breaches can lead to insurance being withdrawn club-wide.

The most cost-effective way to print your own player ID cards is to invest in a card printer. Although this requires up-front investment, it will prove its worth over the seasons to come. Search our range of plastic card printers here.