Selection Policy

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Current as at 22 April 2020

  1. Preamble

1.1.        All teams representing Sydney Scorpions shall be selected according to this policy with the aim of ensuring that team selections are objective, are seen to be fair by all, and ensure all aspiring players are given a reasonable opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities.

1.2.         Sydney Scorpions encourage all their coaches to complete as a minimum their Level 2 or Talent Coaching Certificate & Level 1 Selectors accreditation.

1.3.        This policy covers selection for all Sydney Scorpions representative and development teams/squads.

1.4.        The objective of this policy is to select players to represent Sydney Scorpions in various tournaments in which representative teams participate.

1.5.        This policy has been developed in accordance with, and endorses and adheres to, the Equal Opportunity Policy of the Australian Sports Commission.

1.6          This policy follows the ratification policy and procedure set by NSWTA for squads and final team selections.

  1. General Provisions

2.1.        This policy does not differentiate between players or teams.

2.2.        This policy may be amended or supplemented by Sydney Scorpions at its discretion in order to achieve this objective and specifically where matters arise which, in the sole discretion of the Sydney Scorpions Executive, have not been provided for in this policy or where the literal application of this policy would not achieve this objective.

2.3.        Code of conduct policies via NSWTA or TFA are to be read and followed at all times. If breached the Executive will deal with any matters deemed necessary.

  1. Ineligibility for Representative Players

3.1.        A person will be ineligible to represent Sydney Scorpions as a representative player if they;

  • Are deemed unfinancial within NSWTA or TFA;
  • Are banned from any competitions run by NSWTA or TFA;
  • Breach or fail to observe this policy;
  • By reason of illness or injury is unable to perform to the required standard in the opinion of the Executive, Coaches and/or Selectors (after received advice from a medical practitioner);
  • Fail to observe the NSWTA and/or TFA Code of Conduct;
  • Fail to adhere fully to the specified training program;

If failing any of these criteria, the player is ineligible for selection or continued membership of a squad or team as the case may be.

  1. Requirements of Sydney Scorpions in the Selection Process

4.1.         Sydney Scorpions Executive appoint accredited coaches & where possible accredited selectors to assist at trials and select their squads and teams.

4.2.         Sydney Scorpions will provide a coordinator to manage the trial day operations, so as to allow selectors to focus on assessing players.

4.3.         Sydney Scorpions will notify all players of the closing date for nominations and will post the date and related information on its website/social media forums.

4.4.         Sydney Scorpions will obtain from all coaches, selectors, and all other persons who come in contact with players under the age of 18 years all appropriate disclosures under child protection policies and regulations.

4.5.         Inform those players trialling and their parents/guardians of the estimated costs involved should their child gain selection.

4.6.         Sydney Scorpions is to provide proof of player registration if / when required.

4.7.         Sydney Scorpions may establish their squads via Expression of Interest (EOI) surveys which will be advertised accordingly via the Sydney Scorpions website/social media forums.  Players that do not show interest via EOI requests may be excluded and/or removed from teams/squads.

4.8.         In cases where the number of players trialling is less than the number of players required then a selector may not be required (mainly in senior divisions).

  1. Requirements of Selectors in the Selection Process

5.1          To ensure the team has a balanced group of players in specialist and generalist playing positions, enabling development of a team which matches with the desired playing approaches and strategies of the Coaching staff.

5.2.        Inform individuals that are trialling, what is required and expected of them during the trials.

5.3.        Provide a brief summary of how the selection process works, the trial format, what the selectors will be looking for and any other information that may relate to the trail process.

5.4.        To ensure that all individuals are given a fair opportunity to showcase their skills within the given trial period. 

  1. Squad Selection & Ratification

6.1.         As a guide all players will be selected giving consideration to the following:  Speed, Evasion / Agility, Ball Skills, Commitment, Pressure, Fitness, Team work, Involvement and Knowledge, Attitude, and Communication.

6.2.         The team leader needs to ensure all players selected meet the criteria and are eligible for selection.

6.3.         The team leader needs to present the squad to the Director of Selectors for overview.

6.4.         The team leader must meet with the appointed member/s of the Regions Executive plus the Director of Coaching and Director of Selectors.

6.5.         The team leader must present on the correct form the selected squad. This needs to include, name, affiliate, shirt number and position (If a player is included on a letter this needs to be noted on the form).

6.6.         Prior to presenting the squad list, the form must be signed off on by the Team Leader, the coach and all selectors.

6.7.         In the meeting the following questions need to be asked;

  • Was the squad selected as per policy?
  • Was any player selected on letter- if yes an explanation sort as to the reasons the Selectors Panel accepted the letter?
  • Was any player not selected for any reason other than form – if yes an explanation sort as to the reasons the Selectors Panel accepted the letter?
  • Were any incumbents left out of the squad and if so for what reason?
  • Did the selection team agree on the listed squad? – if no then the question is to be asked if consensus was reached.
  • Then any specific questions about the squad and or players can be asked.

6.8.         Once the squad is deemed to be ratified the squad form is to be signed off on by the Director of Selectors, Director of Coaching and the designated Executive member.

6.9.         The squad can then be advertised via the Sydney Scorpions website/social media forums.

6.10.      In the case whereby the coach and the selectors do not reach agreement on a player/s, the arguments for inclusion of each case is to be put before the Director of Selectors and the Director of Coaching who will determine the player/s to be included. Should the Director of Selectors and Director of Coaching not be able to come to agreement, they will place the arguments before the Executive who will determine the player/s to be included.

  1. Final Team Selection & Ratification

7.1.         The team leader needs to ensure all players selected meet the criteria and are eligible for selection.

7.2.         The team leader needs to present the team to the Director of Selectors for overview.

7.3.       The team leader and coach must meet with the appointed member/s of the Regions Executive plus the Director of Coaching and Director of Selectors.

7.4.       The team leader and coach must present on the correct form the selected team. This needs to include, name, affiliate, shirt number and position. (If a player is included on a letter this needs to be noted on the form.)

7.5.         Prior to presenting the team list, the form must be signed off on by the Team Leader, the coach and all selectors.

7.6.         In the meeting the following questions are to be asked;

  • Was the team selected as per policy?
  • Was any player selected on letter- if yes an explanation sort as to the reasons the Selectors Panel accepted the letter?
  • Was any player not selected for any reason other than form- if yes an explanation sort as to the reasons the Selectors Panel accepted the letter?
  • Were any incumbents left out of the team and if so for what reason?
  • Did the selection team agree on the listed team? – if no then the question is to be asked if consensus was reached.
  • Then any specific questions about the team and or players can be asked.

7.7.       Once the team is deemed to be ratified the team form is to be signed off on by the Director of Selectors,

                Director of Coaching and the designated Executive member.

7.8.       The team can then be advertised.

7.9.         In the case whereby the coach and the selectors do not reach agreement on a player/s, the arguments for inclusion of each case is to be put before the Director of Selectors and the Director of Coaching who will determine the player/s to be included. Should the Director of Selectors and Director of Coaching not be able to come to agreement, they will place the arguments before the Executive who will determine the player/s to be included.

7.10.     Shadow players may or may not be named or listed in final team selection – this may be decided on a case by case basis. All players in final squad who miss final team selection are automatic shadow players.

  1. Additions to Teams / Squads

8.1          The coaching staff subject to the endorsement of the Sydney Scorpions Executive may add to the squad at any stage that can train with the team (for example for development purposes) subject to those players selected satisfying the requirements of players as stated in this policy.

  1. Over-Riding Factors (Illness or Extenuating Circumstances)

9.1.        In considering the performance of players at trials or other attendances required under this policy, the Selectors may, in their discretion, give weight to extenuating factors.

9.2.        Players unable to compete at trials must advise the Executive Committee in writing of this fact (email is acceptable via email@sydneyscorpions.com) and the reasons, before the commencement of the trials or other attendances required under this policy.

9.3.        In the case of illness or injury, players may be required to undergo a medical examination by a doctor or provide a doctor’s certificate to that effect.

9.4.        In the case of bereavement, equipment failure, travel delays or other extenuating circumstance, a decision will be made on an individual basis.

  1. Appeals

10.1.      The Sydney Scorpions Executive will hear all appeals and may involve NSWTA for their assistance.

10.2.      The sole grounds for any appeal are that this policy was not properly followed and/or implemented. There is no right of appeal against a decision made by Coaches and/or Selectors.

10.3.      All notices of appeals are to be made in writing within 48 hours of announcement of the team / squad and be addressed to the Sydney Scorpions Executive.

10.4.      Sydney Scorpions may convene a hearing after the submission of the grounds of appeal. Sydney Scorpions is not bound by rules of evidence but must observe the principles of procedural fairness.

  1. Representative Teams/Squads Training

11.1.      Players selected in a representative team or squad must make every effort to attend all scheduled training sessions, and adhere fully to the specified training program.

11.2.      As a general guide representative teams train at least once a week and are to be determined by the Coach.

11.3.      Additional training sessions may be included, as required by the Coach.

11.4.      Additional costs may incur (per representative player) for the use of external training facilities.

  1. Parental/Guardian Behaviour Guidelines

12.1.      Sydney Scorpions adhere to Play By The Rules policies.  They aim to protect their Coaches, Managers, Selectors, Players, and Administrators from disruptive and abusive parental/guardian behaviour.

12.2.      As such disruptive and abusive parental/guardian behaviour will not be tolerated.

12.3.      Guidelines for parents/guardians include:

  • Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Encourage children to participate, do not force them.
  • Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
  • Encourage children always to play according to the rule and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skilful plays by all participants.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Respect officials’ decision and teach children to do likewise.
  • Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

12.4.      Should any of the Play By The Rules or above guidelines be breached then a player of the offending parent/guardian can be removed or excluded from the Sydney Scorpions team/squad.

  1. Feedback Process

13.1.      Formal requests for player feedback from Selectors and/or Coaches should be done via feedback@sydneyscorpions.com whilst Coaches are encouraged to provide player feedback before, during and post tournament.

13.2.      Unsolicited feedback from Players, Parents/Guardians on Sydney Scorpions Coaches, Selectors, Managers, etc. should be done via feedback@sydneyscorpions.com   Anonymous feedback is not encouraged due to the fact that Sydney Scorpions Executive (or persons named within the feedback) have no opportunity to respond.

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