Representative Player Selection Policy

The purpose of this document is to provide a guide for all players on the selection procedure for Badminton Hutt Valley (BHV) representative teams, in addition to outlining the criteria on which selection is made. BHV aims to provide a fair andcompetitiveenvironmentfortheselectionofplayerstorepresentBHVatalljuniorandseniorlevels. BHVreserves the right to amend the Selection Procedure at any time, as circumstances may require. Should circumstances require, the Committee may need to make other arrangements that are consistent with the intent of the Selection Procedure. It shall be the responsibility of all players who nominate for selection to familiarise themselves with the Selection Procedure.

Juniors

  • The Junior Convenor will ensure that each junior age group is assigned a Coach and will led the Junior Selection Panel.

Seniors, Masters, Vets and Super-Vets

  • The Committee will appoint a Senior Selection Panel, which will consist of a minimum of two Hutt Valley-based persons.

All Ages

All Selectors will attend trials, where players are given the opportunity to play matches against a variety of players.  The Selectors will be responsible for assessment and selection of all representatives across age groups (u13, u15, u17, u19, Seniors, Masters, Vets and Super-Vets).

The Selectors shall have the right to make both objective and subjective assessments, weighted on a case-by-case basis  without creating any form of precedent relevant to the determination of any later case.  Players not selected in to a team may be given the opportunity to become Reserves should players selected in the team not be able to fulfil their duties. At the discretion of Badminton Hutt Valley, reserves are eligible to participate in weekly training sessions.

Eligibility

All players who make themselves available for team selection must be members of one of the BHV clubs or be a senior or junior representative player who has paid a membership fee, as set at Annual General Meeting, direct to the Association.

All players must also meet eligibility by-laws of the relevant Badminton New Zealand Inter- Association Competition: http://www.badminton.org.nz/About-Us/BNZ-Minutes-Docs-1#

All players are only permitted to be selected to play in teams from a maximum of two age groups during a single calendar year. Exceptions to this rule may be considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Selectors and Committee. Players must attend trials for each age group they wish to represent. A player may be named as a Reserve in a third age group and subsequently play should the need arise.  Team makeup and age group criteria are below:

Junior Teams

  • Under 13 – players must be 12 years of age or younger on 31st December in the year of competition. A minimum of 2 female and 2 male players will be selected per team
  • Under 15 – players must be 14 years of age or younger on 31st December in the year of competition. A minimum of 4 female and 4 male players will be selected per team
  • Under 17 – players must be 16 years of age or younger on 31st December in the year of competition. A minimum of 4 female and 4 male players will be selected per Under 17 team
  • Under 19 – players must be 18 years of age or younger on 31st December in the year of competition. A minimum of 2 female and 2 male players will be selected per Under 19 team

Senior, Masters, Vets and Super-Vets Teams

  • Seniors – the selectors will select a minimum of 4 female and 4 male players per team
  • Masters- a player must turn 35 years of age before 31st December in the year of competition. A minimum of 4 female and 4 male players will be selected per Masters team
  • Veteran’s – a player must turn 50 years of age before 31st December in the year of competition. A minimum of 3 female and 3 male players will be selected per Veteran’s team
  • Super-Vets – a player must turn 60 years of age before 31st December in the year of competition. A minimum of 3 female and 3 male players will be selected per Super-Vets team.

Criteria

Team selection will be based on, but not limited to, the criteria below:

  • Attendance and performance at trials
  • Technical proficiency and development (e.g. level of skill, fitness, progress)
  • Current form
  • Ability to contribute to and function within a team environment
  • Commitment, attitude and professionalism both on and off the court
  • Performance in past representative teams as deemed relevant
  • Adherence to the rules of badminton, code of conduct and good sportsmanship
  • Any past, current or recurring injury or condition (physical or otherwise).

Special dispensation for players unable to attend trials may be granted at the discretion of the Selector and Committee under the following circumstances:

  • A player is representing NZ or attending an event as directed by the BHV and/or Badminton New Zealand.
  • A player is attending another tournament deemed significant by the Selector(s).
  • A medical problem for which a certificate can be produced, if asked
  • A personal event as advised and agreed by the selector prior to trials.

Any discussions on team selection between members of the Selection Panel and the Committee shall remain confidential.

Players who reside outside the Hutt Valley are eligible to represent BHV at the discretion of the BHV Committee. These players are subject to the same selection criteria and all procedures outlined in this policy.

Outcomes

Players will be notified of their selection as soon as possible following finalisation of the team(s).

  • Juniors – Notification to the selected players will be made by the Junior Convenor
  • Seniors, Masters, Vets and Super-Vets – Notification to the selected players will be made by the Senior Selection Panel leader
  • All ages – Public notification of all selected players may be made by the Committee only after all players have been notified.

The Captain and/or Manager will be determined by the Selectors and will be communicated to the team once the nominee has accepted the position but prior to the first tie.

Appeals

An appeal by a player may only be considered if the selection criteria have not properly been followed, applied and/or implemented; or the player seeking selection was not afforded a reasonable opportunity to satisfy the applicable selection criteria. A player may lodge an appeal in writing with the Committee at any time during the trials, but not later than 48 hours after notification of the relevant team selections. In the event of an appeal, team selection is deemed temporary until the appeal has been resolved.

The Committee will consult with the relevant Selector(s), and any other person deemed appropriate in an attempt to respond to the player within 48 hours of lodgement of the appeal. The Committee is to appoint at least two committee members to hear and assess the appeal by the player, and make recommendations as appropriate. In assessing any such appeal, the Committee shall properly consider all such evidence as may be presented from the player, Selector(s) and any other relevant party.  Upon determination of the appeal the Committee shall communicate their recommendation to both the Selectors and the player at the earliest opportunity, which may result in changes to team selection.