Selection Policy update September 2018

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General Background.

The selection and disposition of Club sides will be the responsibility of the Selection Committee.

It is not desirable or practicable to set a policy in stone.  This document is designed to be a clear guide.  It is essential to what we are trying to achieve.

 The Selection Policy should be reviewed at the start of each season by the Selection Committee and then agreed by the Management Committee.

The primary function of any Selection Policy is to create a situation for ALL our members to enjoy their hockey on a Saturday afternoon. 

Selection should always take the aspirations of individual members into account.  This does not mean any member should dominate the thinking of the committee or skippers to the detriment of the club or an individual team.  Imponderables such as availabilities, a late cry-off, transport etc. will affect selection.  In the event of a cry-off and other unforeseen problems the team captain will consult with other skippers and make any decisions necessary. Any disputes will be referred to the Club Chairman.)

Selection Policy must reflect the aspirations of the club.  It therefore follows that clear aims must be set for season 2018/2019.

Aims and objectives for season 2018/2019

 (a)       General.

            (i)  To make the playing of hockey an enjoyable experience for all our members and encourage an esprit de corps in all our teams.

            (ii)  The 1st XI must take priority. The club is judged on the performance of the 1st X1.  The first team results and morale set the standard for the whole club. 

            (iii)  As our main recruitment is at youth level our selection must reflect this fact.

            (iv)  Our more mature players must be encouraged to remain active playing members of the club.  They are essential for the development of our youth policy and should be encouraged to help as they themselves were once helped.

            (v)    To offer opportunities for all players to develop their skills and hockey related attributes through targeted training exercises.


 (b)       Specific

            (i)  1st XI must aim to maintain its position.  This is also a season where some rebuilding will continue to take place.  As far as possible, the 1st Xl should aim to develop a squad of players who will be regularly available every week.  

            (ii)   Although the Club has decided that it will not be feasible to run a Second team this season, it remains an aim of the Club to re-instate this team at a future date.

            (iii)  The Badgers’ team to play in the MRHA Badgers Central Conference to enjoy its hockey at a good standard and to take the opportunity to introduce young players. As far as possible, the Badgers should aim to develop a squad of players who will be regularly available every week.  

                                                                                                                                    Revised September 2018



1st XI

The 1st XI will normally, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, be the best XI available having regard to the season’s aims and objectives. The best eleven does not necessarily imply the eleven most skilful players.  The team should be a unit and play as such under the skipper.

The 1st XI may take a substitute, or substitutes, availability permitting.


2nd XI

 Not necessary for 2018/2019


All Team Captains:

Through the selection committee, team captains will be responsible for:

The selection, disposition, tactics, morale, and discipline of their sides.

The encouragement of well turned-out sides.

Ensuring, where appropriate, hospitality for umpires and opposition.

Encouraging players to attend training.

Ensuring that match levies are paid.

Act as a link for club administration.

                                                                                                                                          Revised September 2018





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