To my knowledge, there is no restriction on the use of Div 1 players on Div 2 teams and vice-versa with the exception of the FYSA Coaches Code of ethics. The same goes for Div 1 teams playing Division 2. However; event and league organizers can create rules to combat this when coaches fail to do so. SFU has some restrictions on this in place, but they are pretty much after-the-fact and only when we find an egregious violation. With so many paid coaches and parents with expectations of stardom, the focus on winning has increased above development. The coaches that “get it” understand that tournaments and league competitions are just a means toward developing the skillset of players. Usually it’s the parents that are the problem looking for cocktail party conversation. I can’t tell you the number of parents that complain about the league’s refusal to award GotSoccer points because we collectively feel it is bad for the sport.
The bottom line is that coaches are responsible for placing the proper players in the proper level based upon the all the factors involved. In some cases they do so with the intention of winning-at-all-costs and in others it’s about development.