2017/18 Senior Representation Policy & Process

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PNZ SENIOR Representation Policy and Process is for 12 months 1 June 2017 to 31 May 2018. 

PLEASE NOTE   The time frame of the senior process has changed because the coaches have suggested that as the Trans Tasman Tournament is the primary event for seniors it makes sense that we work towards that event and have it as the culmination of the process and PNZ have endorsed this view.  The new time frame will give players, coaches and selectors six to seven months to work together before the teams are selected in December at the National Seniors.

Players who register for the Senior 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 the $100 annual fee by the 18th June 2017.   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 selection 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.
  6. Be 60 years of age on or before 1 December 2017 

Squad Structure
Senior 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 
There are several ways a person can enter a training squad:

1)      Winners of any of the six National Championships, (excludes Clubs Championship and shooting competition) for the 12 months, 1 June 2016 to 31 May 2017, will have automatic (and free) entry into a squad. 
2)      Players who have represented NZ from 1 June 2016 to 31 May 2017, will have automatic right of entry.
3)      PNZ may invite players with a high National ranking to put their name forward for the representation process.
4)      Coaches and selectors may invite players into the representation process as they deem appropriate.
5)      PNZ will allow players to register themselves as interested in national selection.  

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 an assessment/selection camps if selected to attend.   This will be held 2-4 December 2017
  • All players in the representation squad are expected to participate in a minimum of three National Championships 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 may require 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 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 or accommodation.
  • 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: (Note this has changed)
          1st year of representation – 2 polo shirts, 1 Tracksuit jacket, 1 cap and $50 for trousers 
          2nd, 3rd & 4th years of representation in the same event - embroidery of polos with current date. This may be reimbursed by PNZ but only with the appropriate   receipt.
          5th year of representation – players will be eligible for replacement items if required.
    All uniform items over and above these are at the player’s expense.

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.

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.  If seeding points are produced they will be published to all members of the Senior Squad for transparency, however please note these only provide a guide as they are influenced by who you play with and not all tournaments are of an equal standard.   They will only be produced if the selectors request them.

Entry into the Selection Camp and Team Selection
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 1 October 2017.  

The assessment/selection camp for both men and women will be held in conjunction with the National Senior Doubles on the 2/3 December and a dedicated one-day assessment on Monday 4th December 2017.    All participants must participate in all 3 days. 

Selection will be based on performance over all three days of assessment.   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 2018 TransTasman teams by phone around the 16th December 2017.

Coaches and Selectors for Squads

Senior Men’s and Women’s Coach - Murray Porter;
Assistant Men’s and Women’s Coach - Jean Parley
Senior Men’s and Women’s Selectors - Murray Porter and Jean Parley

Time line for Representation Process

May 25                        Information distributed
June 21                        Applications close
June - November       All member’s complete exercises as requested by the coach of the squad
December 2/3/4         Senior men’s and women’s assessment camp (Tauranga)
December 16              TransTasman and Australian Open teams 2018 announced

Tournaments Available for selection

March 17-18 2018                      TransTasman in New Zealand (possibly Tauranga)
March 29 - April 2 2018              Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia

PNZ Board, Selectors and Coaches
1 June 2017

1Calculation of Seeding Points

Seeding points may 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 plus teams






16 or less teams






Regional Tourn. x 2






17 plus teams






16 or less teams






Qualifying Tournaments for seeding points

National:         Best three from the preceding 12 months.

Men                   2016 Singles, Doubles and Senior Doubles, 2017 Triples and Mixed Doubles
Women              2016 Singles, Doubles  and Senior Doubles, 2017 Women’s Triples, Triples and Mixed 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 may 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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