2017 Open Representation Policy & Process

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PNZ OPEN Representation Policy and Process for 2017

Players who register for the open representation squad must:

  1. Be financial members of a petanque club affiliated to Petanque New Zealand.
  2. Be a permanent New Zealand resident (as defined in the immigration laws of New Zealand) or hold a permanent resident visa.
  3. Pay $100 annually by the 30th September 2016.   This fee is used to offset the extensive costs of administering the representation process and is non-refundable, except where serious injury or illness prevents the player being able to take part in the first assessment process.
  4. Accept that selectors decisions are final; there is no appeal process.
  5. Agree to abide by the PNZ player Code of Conduct at all times.

Squad Structure
Open representation in New Zealand operates on two squads (a men’s and a women’s squad).  Once a player is in the wider training squad, they remain eligible to be in that squad until:

  •  The individual withdraws themselves.
  • The coach decides they are not playing at a suitable level to remain in the squad.
  • They fail to adhere to their financial commitments.
  • They fail to adhere to PNZ standards of player conduct.
  • They no longer meet the required criteria.

NB  Current members of the squad still need to complete the annual registration forms and pay the annual fee.

Entry into a squad
All players are eligible to be in the open squad and senior players are eligible to be a part of both open and senior training squads and can take part in both assessment processes if they wish. 
There are six ways a person can enter a training squad:

1)      Current member of a 2016 training squad.
2)      Winners of any of the National Championships, (except Clubs) for the 12 months 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016, will have automatic (and free) entry into a squad. 
3)      Players who have represented NZ from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016, will have automatic entry into a squad, if they are not already.
4)      PNZ will allow players to register themselves as interested in national selection.   (This will continue until PNZ has developed a robust process for identifying players who should be part of the representation process). 
5)      PNZ may invite players with a high National ranking to put their name forward for the representation process.
6)      Coaches and selectors may invite players into the representation process as they deem appropriate.

NB Regardless of how someone comes into the squad they must still meet all the criteria for eligibility above (except 3 for national championship winners) and complete the current registration form.

Commitment required by all players in the squad 

  • Engage in an approved ongoing mentoring/coaching/training programme with the designated coach.
  • Be willing to take direction from the coach appointed to the squad.
  • To complete all training exercises requested by the coaches.
  • Attend at least one training camp per year as required by the coach and more if suitable funding can be obtained.
  • Attend assessment/selection camp(s) if selected to attend.   NZ teams for various tournaments are chosen at these camps.    The first assessment camp will be held in November and there may be a second camp in May.     Whether or not there will be a second assessment camp will be determined by the coaches and selectors for the individual squads.
  • All players in the representation squad are expected to participate in at least two National Championships (excluding club’s) and two Regional tournaments every year to remain in the squad.  Players from the central North Island will be allowed to substitute two open tournaments as they do not have access to Regional tournaments.

Commitment required by players if selected to a New Zealand team 

  • Sign a player contract with PNZ.
  • Be available for team training the day preceding major tournaments as prescribed by the team coach.
  • Comply with the PNZ player Code of Conduct and alcohol and drug policies.
  • Stay with the team as directed by the PNZ appointed team manager.
  • Be prepared to pay all costs associated with travel, accommodation and food where required.
  • Provide evidence of travel arrangements to the team manager or coach at least two months ahead of the tournament. 
  • Coaches mayrequire NZ teams to play together in specific tournament(s) or specific combinations prior to the International event they have been selected for

Any breach of any of these commitments gives PNZ in conjunction with the designated coach grounds to remove a player from the selected team.

PNZ commitment to players 

  • Announce the selectors and coaches at the time of, or soon after, the registration process begins
  • Make the process of selection as transparent as possible.
  • Advise selected and non-selected candidates by phone on a specified day.
  • Appoint a coach and manager for teams where appropriate.
  • Provide guidance on applying for funding or fundraising if required.    NB it is the player’s responsibility to obtain funding or sponsorship.   Other members of the petanque community may be willing to assist with this but it needs to be driven by the players.   Please also be aware that there are no known charitable trusts that grant money for overseas travel, accommodation or uniforms anymore, that door has closed.
  • Provide selectors who do not have a conflict of interest with anyone in the category they are selecting from and who will adhere to PNZ’s process and time lines.
  • Provide scorers trained in the FIPJP scoring method for the selection process
  • Provide all players with a uniform as follows:
         1st year of representation – 2 polo shirts, 1 Tracksuit jacket, 1 cap and $50 for trousers.
         2nd, 3rd & 4th years of representation 1 polo shirt and 1 cap (if required)
         5th year of representation – eligible for a new Tracksuit jacket (if required)
         All uniform items over and above these are at the player’s expense.
         NZ has two set uniforms, one for TransTasman and one for all other international tournaments. 
  • Provide a $200 subsidy to players selected for a World Championship team.  

Selection Process
PNZ aims to provide as fair and cost effective process as possible while choosing the best representative teams possible.     We recognise there are many aspects involved in being a good representative player.  Apart from the obvious technical skills and experience, a player must have: 

  • a strategic understanding of the game.
  • good current form.
  • the ability to take direction.
  • good communication with, and a professional attitude to, both other players and officials.
  • the ability to work as a team.
  • commitment to the process.
  • an ongoing desire to strive for continual improvement in their game.  

All of these factors will be considered when choosing NZ representative teams.

Our aim is to be as transparent as possible, but many of the above factors are not easily quantifiable, so there will always be a subjective element to selection.

Once squads are finalised (30th September), seeding points1 will be generated and these will be used to seed players in the squad.   Players will be required to engage in any ongoing skills tests requested by their coach.  Where possible skills tests should be observed and signed off by non-family members or a trained scorer.  All seeding points will be published to all members of the Open Squad for transparency, however please note they provide a guide only as ranking and/or seeding points are heavily influenced by who you play with and not all regional tournaments are of an equal standard.

Entry into the Selection Camp(s)
Depending on the number of players in each squad coaches and selectors may need to invite a smaller selection of the squad to compete in the assessment/selection camps.   If this is necessary, this will be done using a combination of seeding points, results from ongoing skill tests and knowledge of the players.   If this proves necessary, all members of the squad will be notified of their position on or before Monday 3rd October 2016.

 This year there may be two assessment/selection camps and both men and women’s camps will be held simultaneously.   

  • This first will be held in conjunction with the National Doubles on the 5/6 November and a dedicated one-day assessment on Monday 7th 2016.    This camp will select NZ teams for tournaments from January to July 2017 and shadow teams for the remainder of the year.
  • A second camp may be held in conjunction with the Clubs Tournament in Rotorua and if required will be a one-day process on Monday 24th April.  This camp will confirm NZ teams for tournaments from August to December 2017

Seeding points will not be carried through into the selection camp i.e. all players will start off the weekend equal and have an equal opportunity to make a New Zealand Team.    However seeding points will be taken into consideration if the selectors have difficulty in separating players with similar performances at the end of the camp(s).

Selection will be based on performance over the three days of assessment (or one day if the second camp is held).   Trained scorers will be used by selectors to provide information on how players are performing in their selected positions and all aspects of play will be observed by the selectors throughout the assessment period.

Once selection of a team has been finalised players will be notified whether they have been successful or not.   It is expected that all players will be notified of the TransTasman teams (and other teams for competitions before July 2017) by phone on Sat/Sun 20/21stDecember.

Coaches and Selectors for Squads

Open Men’s Coach – John Greig (assistant coach to be appointed)
Open Men’s Selectors – John Greig (second selector to be appointed)
Open Women’s Coach and assistant coaches to be appointed
Open Women’s Selectors – Two selectors to be appointed

Time line for Representation Process

August 26                     Information distributed
September 30               Applications close
October/November      All member’s complete exercises as requested by the coach of the squad
October 3                     Seeding points for all squad members published and squads advised of who has qualified for the assessment camps.
November 4/5/7           Open men’s and women’s assessment camp (Christchurch Petanque Club)
December 20/21          TransTasman teams 2017 announced
All year                        Squad members work with their coaches to improve performance

2017 Tournaments for Selection

February 4-5               2917 NZ Open, Auckland
March 18-19               TransTasman in Adelaide, Australia
April 13-16                 World Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles, Belgium
April 14-16                 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia
August 19-31              South East Asian Games, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
October TBC              Women's World Championship, venue to be decided
November 22/25         Oceania Championship, Christchurch
November/December  Pan Pacific Championship, details to be confirmed

PNZ Board, Selectors and Coaches
26 August 2016

 1Calculation of Seeding Points

Seeding points will be generated from points gained in the player’s best two national and best two regional tournaments over the preceding 12 months

These are used as a guide by selectors to seed players entering the representation process.   Points are allocated such that the first open man, first open woman, first senior man, first senior woman all receive the maximum points and points are allocated from that point down for the relevant section.   Points are allocated on the following formula:




3rd & 4th

5th to 8th

9th to 16th

National Champ x 2






17 or more teams






16 or less teams






Regional Tourn. x 2






17 or more teams






16 or less teams






Qualifying Tournaments for seeding points

National:           Best two from the preceding 12 months.
Open Men          2016 Triples, 2015 Singles and 2015 Doubles
Open Women     2016 Women’s Triples, 2016 Triples, 2015 Singles and 2015 Doubles

Regional:           Best two in the preceding 12 months.
SI Singles, SI Doubles, SI Triples, WPA Singles, WPA Doubles, WPA Triples, APA Singles, APA Doubles, APA Triples.
These Regional tournaments will be used for seeding points, provided they are run to a suitable standard set down by PNZ.   Players who do not qualify for one of these regional events will be given the opportunity to nominate two open tournaments that they have played in instead.


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