Selection of Hereworth School First and Second Teams

Rationale
*That a transparent policy be adopted so all boys, parents and staff are aware of the criteria for selecting a Hereworth first or second team
*This policy relates to the following sports first, second and third teams: Cricket, Tennis, Softball, Rugby, Football and Hockey
*To provide guidelines of the selection procedure for boys and parents

Guidelines
*A Hereworth staff member will always be in charge of first, second and third teams, this can be as a coach or manager. 
They may be assisted by an outside provider or a Hereworth parent.

*To be eligible for a Hereworth first team a boy is expected to play mid week/Saturday sport for the school.

*The selection process will involve a minimum of two trials, which will include skills and game sessions. The boys will be selected on merit regardless of age. However, boys in Years 5 and 6 may only trial if the Director of Sport believes it is deemed appropriate.

*At least two people will be involved in the selection process. One will be a Hereworth staff member and the other can be either a Hereworth staff member, parent coach or a coach from an outside provider.

*At the conclusion of the trials a squad will be announced by the Director of Sport.

*Boys who have missed out, or who have been injured, are encouraged to approach the selection panel to determine areas for improvement and a pathway to future selection.

*Boys selected for first teams are expected to be available for games or tournaments, which are held in the holidays.

*The squad is fluid and may be changed during the season for any of the following reasons: injury, fitness, attitude, performance, improvement by those who have not gained selection through the initial process.

*The captain of the team will be selected by the coach/es within two weeks after the start of the season and will be formally announced in assembly by the Director of Sport.



Guidelines For Selection Procedure Hereworth Sports Teams


Procedure for selection

Depending on the year level the following procedures will occur

*Initially meet to discuss with boys the procedure
*Team structure
*Expectations
*The process including the announcement of teams
*Boys who have missed out, or who have been injured, are encouraged to approach the selection panel to determine areas for improvement and a pathway to future selection.

Summer Sports

Selection Criteria for Cricket - 1st XI, 2nd XI, 3rd XI and Stags A XI
*Bowling, batting, fielding, wicket keeping and running between the wickets
*Past performances for school, club and representative
*Feedback from previous coaches on performance, attitude and coachability
*Team play
*There will be on average two trials for each team

Selection Criteria for Tennis - 1st and 2nd VIII
*The first and second tennis teams selections are based on National ranking points and a challenge process
*Initial selection looks at the boys’ ability to serve, volley, forehand, backhand and their general play
*Past performances for school, club and representative teams
*Feedback from previous coaches on performance, attitude and coachability 

Selection Criteria for Softball and Tee Ball - Softball A and Softball B
*Batting, throwing, catching, base running, pitching and ground fielding
*Past performances for school, club and representative teams   
*Feedback from previous coaches on performance, attitude and coachability
*Team play
*There will be on average two trials for each team
Note: All Tee Ball teams are selected on age and grade criteria as directed by Hawkes Bay Softball rules and regulations

Winter Sport

Selection Criteria for Rugby - 1st XV, 2nd XV and all other Prep fixture teams
*Past performances for school, club and representative teams
*Feedback from previous coaches on performance, attitude and coachability  
*Skills sessions
*There will be an average of two trials for each team
*Team play
*Teams will be confirmed as final only after the first Saturday game
Note: All Saturday teams are age and weight-based and not selected on ability

Selection criteria for Hockey - 1st XI, 2nd XI and 3rd XI
*Past performances for school, club and representative teams
*Feedback from previous coaches on performance, attitude and coachability
*Skill sessions 
*There will be an average of two trials for each selection
*Team play
*Teams will be confirmed as final only after the first mid-week/Saturday game

Selection criteria for Football Open Grade teams, 1st XI, 2nd XI and 3rd XI
*Past performances for school, club and representative teams
*Feedback from previous coaches on performances, attitude and coachability
*Skills and drills sessions
*Series of small-sided games
*There will be an average of two trials for each team
*Team play
*Teams will be confirmed as final only after the first Saturday game
Note: All other football teams are selected by age and grade criteria as dictated by Central Football rules and regulations.  

Selection criteria for Skiing 
*See separate information under skiing