3.3. RELEASES AND RELEASED PLAYERS, CUTS AND CUT PLAYERS
3.3.1. For a player to be eligible for play in the CDMFA he must conform to CDMFA eligibility restrictions and, as detailed in Section 2.4 & 2.5 RECRUITMENT ZONES AND BOUNDARIES, he must play for that Team whose Recruitment Zone includes his primary residence unless all other Teams in that Recruitment Zone have released that player. The player is released to a specific team/association within the CDMFA and which will apply for the duration of his CDMFA eligibility with that association. A release does not remove eligibility from teams in their regular recruitment zone. The release does not make the player a free agent in the league.
3.3.2. Released players will be recognized as import players and a team can carry a maximum of three import players in any season. A team can only be requested to release three players from their roster.
3.3.3. The league can ask a team to release a player in very specific circumstances, such as when a parent is coaching for an alternate team or all regular recruitment zone teams are at full rosters. These circumstances must be verified by the league registrar and will not count towards the maximum of three released players.
3.3.4. Releases are requested through the CDMFA On-Line Registration System and, once approved, affected players are thus thereafter recorded as an “Import Player” within that system. Release request must be submitted and responded to through this system. When a Team requests a release, it must request the release of all Teams within the applicable Recruitment Zone and all of those Teams must approve the request.
3.3.5. If a player is found to be registered for two or more teams, the Registrar will notify the teams involved
3.3.6. Any player whose primary residence is within the Recruitment Zone of another Club that fields a Team at that player’s level will be recorded on the CDMFA website as an “Import Player” on the roster of the team for which he plays.
3.3.7. Only Teams are to request a release of a player from another team. This is intended to foster team-to-team communications.
3.3.8. Participating Associations may refuse to release a player if they so choose, however the refusal shall be open to appeal to the CDMFA Board. The league must consult with the home team/association of a player that is requesting a release in order to play football.
3.3.9. The Appeal committee shall be made up of the Registrar and two other members of the Board of Directors not from Participating Associations involved in the appeal. All CDMFA VPs are standing members of the appeal committee.
3.3.10. All released players registered in 2010 or earlier are grandfathered – no release required although the player in question must be noted as an “Import Player” in the system.
3.3.11. Players may not practice with teams or associations until they are properly registered, including releases. The only exception to this rule are open camps that are not related to league or team play.