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18 Month Registration Window

Player Development Framework

18MRP Intro Video

What is the 18 Month Registration Policy?

The 18MRP provides an opportunity for players who are born between July and December to register in the year level immediately below their calendar grouping. To promote ongoing participation and personal development, this initiative specifically targets children who may be new to the game, late developers or lack confidence.

Why the 18MRP?

Variances in maturation and developmental stages, especially in the late childhood and early adolescence stages, present quite a range of physical, emotional and cognitive diversity among participants. The 18MRP addresses this perceived advantage that children close to an age cut-off receive. Additionally, the 18MRP caters to new participants in the game who may elect to play under the policy as a method to gain confidence while learning the core competencies of the game.

Everyone deserves a fair go...

"Playing against kids the same size has given him more confidence. He's enjoying playing much more as he previously played all season being younger and his team mates and opposition players were more mature and bigger."

18MRP Research

18MRP Research

Read through the research and trials that have led to the development of the 18 Month Registration Policy initiative.

18 Month Registration Policy in practice...

During the 2019 season, the 18 Month Registration Policy was applied in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba, CRL East Coast and Victorian Leagues. At the end of the reporting period, 1190 players were approved to play under the policy. All participant families were provided the opportunity to comment on their experience with 155 surveys completed, representing a 13% return rate.


Reported that their child’s enjoyment of the 18 Month Registration Policy met expectations (16%), occasionally exceeded expectations (13%) or exceeded expectations (67%).


Reported that the 18 Month Registration Policy had improved their child’s confidence in Rugby League.


Reported the 18 Month Registration Policy had influenced their decision to remain in Rugby League.


Reported that the 18 Month Registration Policy had provided increased involvement opportunities in games for their child.

Return to Framework

Find out more about the Player Development Framework (PDF).