Levels of Play
Programs available vary from nation to nation, with the youngest age groups often beginning as young as five years old. Youth leagues typically run in groupings of two to three years depending on the size of the community and number of participants.
As players/teams succeed at each level, they are normally expected to graduate to higher competitive levels of play, if offered in their communities, in order to keep programs fair and fun for all participants. Some nations offer women’s programs with many more expected to follow shortly.
Divisions for older adults are becoming more and more popular with 30+, 35+, and 40+ age levels common.
Men’s programs usually commence at 18 years of age, with some programs allowing ‘under-18’s’ to play with parental consent if no youth program exists in their community. Nations may offer as many as six senior levels of play based on competitiveness of the player/team, including Masters players (over 30 or 40 years of age in most countries).
TOURNAMENTS & EVENTS:
World Championship for National Teams
Junior World Championship for National Teams
Intercontinental Cup for Clubs
Continental Championship for National Teams (European, American etc.)
Continental Championship for Junior National Teams
Continental Cup for Clubs
Tournaments for National Teams
Games of national teams
Scheduling of AAA & AA tournaments:
In one year, there should be either a World Championship (odd years) or Continental Championship (even years). The same regulations apply to Junior World (even years). and Continental Championships too.