Squad/Team Selection

1: Team selection for U9s to U11s

 A number of fixtures are available to these groups, including friendly matches, Home Counties, Mini Festivals and the EH Club Mini Championships.

The purpose of this Selection Policy is to set out clearly how players are selected for fixtures for the benefit of players and parents alike.

The underlying aim of our Selection Policy is to ensure that it is fair and inclusive.

Team selection

Player selection for each of these age groups will be made by the coaches using the following criteria:

  1. Subscriptions up-to-date
  2. Athleticism
  3. Skill level
  4. Playing experience
  5. Attendance and attitude at training
  6. Effort and commitment/coachability
  7. Fitness/Endurance

Players will be asked whether they are available for matches via Teamo before the match and to make themselves available a week prior to the fixture.  Players not shown as available on Teamo will not be selected.

Inclusivity

Every child should have the opportunity to play in matches at the appropriate level. Playing a fixture against another club is in itself an important part of a player’s development.

Excellence

Coaches have a duty of care to play their strongest teams at some fixtures eg Middsx and EH Club Mini Championships. Coaches have the right to select their best team based on their knowledge of the players and, when requested, will explain their decision to players and parents. Players not selected for these teams have the right to ask where they need to improve in order to gain a place on such a team.

Friendly fixtures

A chance to play in these fixtures will be made available to all players in a group, regardless of their ability. All EHC coaches aim to ensure that, throughout a season, as many children as possible are given the opportunity to play in a fixture. Unexpected cancellations of fixtures may, however, affect the extent to which this aspiration is achieved.

Movement between teams

Reference to teams as A, B, C etc are generally avoided in these age groups and as an alternative, we will use alternative names such as Hawks, Ospreys etc. Movement between teams is encouraged and players should not take their place in any team for granted and learn to play with others.  All players are expected to willingly play for whichever team they have been selected for.

2.  Team selection for U12s and above

All teams from U12 upwards play League games either entering into the Home Counties Girls Leagues or the Mercian Leagues for boys and EH Cup Games.

The Club aims to provide match exposure for all its junior members at these age levels, but the selection emphasis changes so that all children are grouped into teams according to their ability. Age groups are combined to reflect the approach taken by the local leagues, so for example, U13/14s, U15/16 and U17/18 are combined.  Selection within these age groups is based on a similar basis as above with more focus on ability and commitment.  We ensure that we enter enough teams into the various leagues so that players of all abilities get to play matches. The Club aims to run an honest meritocracy for HC Premier and EH Cups competitions.

3.  What to do if you are concerned

Where a parent is concerned about anything to do with the selection of their son or daughter to any team, please contact their squad leader (Team Manager/Captain) in the first instance.

Failing that, please contact Jeff Moores, Club Development Officer or Datinder Lotay, The Club Welfare Officer.