A Developing Nation is defined as a non-IIJL Member Nation organization that is participating at an IIJL event and does not have an active domestic box lacrosse league dedicated to the development of junior aged players. The primary criterion for player eligibility of Developing Nations at IIJL events is to be a Passport Holder of the country being represented, with the passport being obtained by birth, right, or naturalization.
In circumstances where Developing Nations need support from players who do not meet the age or primary criterion for player eligibility the following exception will apply.
- NON-PASSPORT HOLDERS
Any player wishing to qualify for a Developing Nation as a Non-Passport Holder position must meet at least one (1) of the eligibility requirements below:
- PARENTS - A birth parent, adoptive parent/guardian, or step-parent born in the Nation
- GRANDPARENTS - A birth or adoptive grandparent(s) born in the Nation; step-grandparent(s) are not acceptable
- MARRIAGE - Partner/Spouse being a Passport Holder of the Nation, with the qualification that the partner/spouse must be resident in the Nation being represented. In the event of death of the partner/spouse this would not prevent the player from qualifying by these criteria. Divorce from the partner/spouse would disqualify the player from qualifying by these criteria. This criterion relates to accepted marriage in the context of a civil or religious ceremony. “Common–Law “ situations and/or partnerships without such formal supporting documentation will not be accepted
- RESIDENCE - Minimum of a two-year residency period in the playing Nation within the last five (5) years. This does not necessarily have to be a continuous period but a cumulative total period of two (2) years over the previous five (5) years. For clarity the five (5) year time period is that immediately preceding the championship for which eligibility is being sought.
- EDUCATION - Minimum of a full curriculum/course period in playing Nation within the last two (2) years. This does not necessarily have to be a full calendar year but a cumulative total period of a full curriculum/course load over the previous two (2) years. For clarity the two (2) year time period is that immediately preceding the championship for which eligibility is being sought.
- OVERAGE PLAYERS
Any player wishing to qualify for a Developing Nation as an Overage Player must meet both (2) of the eligibility requirements below:
- YEAR OF BIRTH - Player must be born on or between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2002
- PASSPORT HOLDER - Player must be a Passport Holder of the Developing Nation
In circumstances where a player does not meet the Non-Passport Holders or Overage Players criterion for player exceptions Developing Nations must apply to the IIJL for a player dispensation on a case-by-case basis. At no time can a Developing Nation's roster consist of more than four (4) players using dispensations to compete for the Developing Nation at any given IIJL championship.