The objective of selection is to field the best possible teams by selecting the best possible combination of players available and to ultimately win matches and to provide appropriate platforms for progression for aspiring younger players. Selection aims to be objective and in so doing will consider a number of factors including versatility, skill, fitness, teamwork, contribution, attitude, commitment and availability. Attendance at training is considered a key factor in teamwork so this will be taken into consideration. Selection is not an easy task as these attributes cannot be measured and the Club has an ever-growing number of talented players. Mid Somerset Hockey Club operates a squad-based system, and these guidelines aim to clarify the basis of selection for any team within the Club.
The Team Captains and Coaches work together to offer opinion and input from what they observe, and squads are selected as appropriate. Selection should give the chance for players to settle into a new team, for a number of weeks, as well as providing opportunity for movement between squads under the discretion of the Captains and Coaches.
Captains are responsible for ensuring that those making selection decisions have the appropriate information on their squads, andupdating it in a timely manner to assist fellow Captains. If in particular availability is not kept up to date, it can become a logistical nightmare to organise teams week to week. After teams are finalised for the week (best efforts to be made to do this by Tuesday evening) Captains will inform players which team they have been selected for. This may require some sensitivity, especially when players are selected down a team and may require a phone call (please note phone call and not email/text) from both the old and new Captain.
Team selection during the regular season follows these principles:
Only members who have paid subs at 31st October will be eligible for selection (unless otherwise agreed with the Treasurer and Subs Manager)
Any members with more than 1 weeks match fees owing will not be considered for selection until settlement is made.
The best available match-fit players will be selected for the 1XI, then 2XI.
Attendance and performance at team training
Availability and commitment to the team on match days
Ability or potential to play at the level of the team
Players ‘dropped’ from a team will receive feedback from the captain or coach of the ‘higher’ team
The Coach/Team Manager and the Captains will have the discretion on selection of ‘squad’ players in instances of crucial league decision games, and will have the support of fellow Captains and Coaches
Players are expected to continue to be available to play when selected for a team other than their regular team or position when required to, assuming adequate notice has been given.
Failure to do so will be taken as the player making themselves unavailable for any team both that week and the following week
Please note that selection principles apply equally to both field players and goalkeepers. In saying this, where goalkeepers are concerned sometimes common sense will need to prevail depending on availability for the weekend’s matches. For example, a goalkeeper may be required to move up more than one team due to lack of availability one week will then go back to their regular team the next week.
It is recommended that the first XI select a squad of 16 whenever possible, as long as the second XI has at least 12 players thereafter.
Full match fees will be collected from players that play more than half a game, but only half match fees will be collected from players that only play half a game.
Any players that do not get selected for league teams will be encouraged to play in regular friendly games to be put on Saturday mornings.
Consideration must also be given to applicable league rules.