Senior Representation Policy & Process

The Senior Representation process for 2020-21 is detailed below.

Players who register for the Senior representation squad or are selected to come into the squad by PNZ or coaches must:

  1. Be financial members of a petanque club affiliated to Petanque New Zealand for a minimum of 12 months prior to selection.
    Be a permanent New Zealand resident; hold a permanent resident visa; or have resided in NZ for a minimum of 12 months.
  2. Must participate in a minimum of one National Championships every year.
  3. Accept that selectors decisions are final; there is no appeal process.
  4. Agree to abide by the PNZ player Code of Conduct at all times.
  5. Be 60 years of age on or before 1 December 2020.

Squad Structure
Senior representation in New Zealand operates on two squads (a men’s and a women’s squad) with approximately 12 people in each squad.

Entry into a squad
There are several ways a person can enter a training squad:

  1. Register their interest in national selection by completing the registration form.
  2. Win any of the six National Championships, (excludes Clubs Championship and shooting and pointing competitions) in the 12 months period, 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2020.  These winners will have automatic entry into a squad but must still complete the registration form.
  3. PNZ, coaches and selectors may invite players into the representation process as they deem appropriate. The player must still complete the 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 the National Senior Doubles at Horowhenua (5-6 December 2020).

 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 one month 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 coaches grounds to remove a player from the selected team.

 PNZ commitment to players

  • Announce selectors and coaches at the time the registration process begins.
  • Advise selected and non-selected candidates by phone on a specified day.
  • Appoint a coach and/or manager for teams as appropriate.
  • 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 PNZ scoring method for the selection process
  • Provide all players with a full PNZ uniform on their first year of representation and replace items as required after 5 years of representation.   All other uniform items are purchased at the players 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.

Entry into the Selection Camp and Team Selection
This will be announced at a later date once the Covid-19 impact on international travel becomes clear.

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

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