Grading for Mixed/Boys U9 and U10 is optional and there is no grading for Girls W10.
So, grading applies as follows:
For all graded players up to U12/W12 we do our best to keep friends/teams together. If the players are in and around the same ability we will absolutely do everything we can to get friends together, but this may not always be possible (particularly if there is a wide variance in their ability).
We will also do our best to keep friends and team mates together for U9-U11 Mixed/Boys teams and W10-W11 Girls teams that are less competitive and more social.
Individual players from these teams who wish to progress into more competitive teams are given the opportunity to move up out of social teams if they perform well in grading.
After the teams have been allocated and published, if you decide to deregister and leave, this can have a major impact on your team and on other teams in the age group. This can result in a team being in danger of folding due to inadequate player numbers, other players can be greatly affected and a lot of effort may be required to re-adjust the affected teams.
If a player cancels their registration after teams have been announced then a large portion of the total registration fee, required to cover the cost of effort to re-adjust teams, will not be refunded.