DC is registered in a new soccer league and they didn't have enough players in her age group U12 (Under 12).
Her other options are:
- Her official option is the Girls U14 league because players are allowed to "play up". DC is much, much too small to play in the U14 league. Both we as her parents think so but so does the coach for that team.
- To fudge her age and play on the Girls U10 league, where she would fit in size-wise. For this I worry a little about lying and also about meeting some parents/coaches who really frown on things like this. I think she would be build confidence but not challenged to learn new skills on this league.
- To play the Boy's U12 league. DC practiced with them yesterday and it went "ok". I think this league would be wonderful for her skill building, would be an interesting experience but I worry that the players may be too above her current skill level and the coach thinks the play may be a bit more physical (rough) than DC is used to. I also worry about whether being a weaker member of the team may mean the her team members may resent her for not helping them on the field (coach is not concerned with this).
I'd love to hear your thoughts, especially from parents of girls who played on a boy's team and/or parents of a boy's team that had a female player.