If your club selects athletes or teams, it is good practice to develop a selection policy that defines the selection criteria and process. That way athletes, coaches, managers and officials clearly understand the basis for selection.
What club committees can do
- Speak to your regional/state/national body for advice to start with. Understand the requirements and practises in your sport, as well as existing procedures
- Develop your policies. There are many samples out there – search for examples from other clubs and/or sports.
Selection checklist – what to consider
- Make sure there is power in your constitution to select teams/individuals
- Detail selection criteria and processes
- Communicate the policy widely, and with appropriate notice.
- Incorporate an overall selection objective/philosophy
- Detail eligibility requirements such as age, number of games, times, participation at designated events
- Ensure selection criteria is broad enough to consider factors such as past performance, attitudes and behaviour.
Selectors and selection process
- Outline appointment and role of selectors
- Detail the procedure of selection for selectors to follow
- Set out the procedure for how and when selection will be communicated.
- Will reasons for non-selection be provided?
- Include a power to withdraw selection for injury, misconduct or other reasons and a right for an athlete to withdraw
- Outline dispute procedure
- Include a right to change the criteria from time to time to adapt to requirements.