Player selection for tournaments


Introduction

As the Grand Masters tournaments have become more and more competitive over the past years, it is essential for our club not to lag behind and give a good performance in those tournaments. Therefore the Executive Committee has drawn up a procedure with regard to our fairly unique club’s character.


Cut-off date

In order to have the procedure manageable, a cut-off date per tournament will be fixed. At that date the procedure given below will be started. The cut-off date will be late enough to allow members and prospective members to nominate themselves for participation in that tournament and also will be early enough to allow the tournament organisers to make their plans.
However, in view of our experience over the years the Executive Committee is well aware that the date given as cut-off date cannot be rigid and must be handled with some flexibility.

Also, a minimum and a maximum amount of players per team must be considered. These amounts are related to the tournament; for example for a European or World Cup tournament with 6 full games over an 8 days period, the minimum and maximum must be higher than for a friendly tournament with 6 games of 30 minutes within 3 days.

The players are in principle eligible for their age group only, with the freedom for the Executive Committee to deviate from this principle if there is a need for that.

This procedure makes no ruling for the amount of pitch time every selected player will get. That amount will strongly depend upon the game to be played, the actual team composition, the opponent and even the flow of the game.

Procedure

At the cut-off date there are 4 main possibilities. Each relating to one team:

1. The number of players is less than the minimum for that tournament.
2. The number of players is between the minimum and maximum for that tournament.
3. The number of players is some more than the maximum for that tournament.
4. The number of players is so much more than the maximum for that tournament that two teams are a possibility.

The following actions will be taken:
1. If the Executive Committee deemes the likelyhood of finding additional players to be too low, then the participation of the team in the tournament will be cancelled. If the team is just a bit short, then the players are given three weeks to try and find friends to make up the required amount of players. If they succeed, then the team is entered, else the participation is cancelled.
2. The Executive Committee will appoint a contact person from the list of nominees to assist them with the selection procedure. Jointly they will decide if all nominees are eligible to play in the tournament. Nominees will have to accept the possibility that they may be not selected for the tournament.
3. The Executive Committee will appoint a contact person from the list of nominees to assist them with the selection procedure. Jointly they will decide wich ones of the nominees are eligible to play in the tournament. The persons not selected will be given the option to stay on a waiting list to fill up positions freed by cancellations by selected persons.
4. The Executive Committee will appoint a contact person from the list of nominees to assist them with the selection procedure. Jointly they will decide which person can play in the first team and which person in the second team. If they jointly decide that the second team is too weak to give an acceptable performance in the tournament, then they may decide not to enter the second team. Persons not selected will be given the option to stay on a waiting list to fill up positions freed by cancellations by selected persons. 
Persons selected for the second team may be appointed to move to the first team when cancellations occur by players of the first team.

The players will be given the decision and should reply to the selection committee that they abide by their decision and will not withdraw because of being asked to play with another team.


Criteria for selection

The criteria that are important for the selection are:
1. Players considers themselves to be fit and capable of playing a full game without substitution.<
2. Player played for Alliance in the past and shown themselves capable of playing at the standard of play exhibited by other members of the team.
3. Players still play regularly, at least several times per month.<
4. If no knowledge about the players’ technical skills (see point 2 here) is available, information may be sought in players’ home clubs.

Applying of disciplinary actions

Any disciplinary action against a (prospective) member of Alliance taken by a hockey authority at county, provincial, district or national level above club level will be automatically enforced by Alliance International Hockey Club, provided the disciplinary action has come to the notice of Alliance International Hockey Club Executive Committee prior to the termination of the duration of said disciplinary action. The action taken by Alliance International Hockey Club will terminate at the same moment the original disciplinary action terminates.

(dated 7 October 2016)