Selection Policy



The Committee

Selection Committee comprises all Saturday XI and Sunday XI Captains, the
Saturday 1st XI Vice-Captain, the Team Secretary and a
representative on behalf of the Colts Section. The Selection Committee shall
elect a Chairman annually at the first Selection Committee Meeting of each new
season. If the Chairman is unable to attend a Selection Committee Meeting,
those present shall elect a chairman of the meeting from their number.


The Chairman

Chairman or the chairman of the meeting shall oversee the selection process at
each Meeting, ensuring that Selection Procedure and Selection Guidelines are
followed and adhered to as prescribed.


Selection Meetings

Committee Meetings will normally take place at the Clubhouse, on Mondays at
8.00pm. All members of the Selection Committee should attend for the duration
of the Meetings. If a Captain is unable to attend he must either communicate
his intended selection appropriately to another (attending) member of the
Selection Committee, or arrange for a deputy, usually his vice-captain, to
attend in his place.


Captains’ Responsibilities Prior to Selection

On match
days, all Captains should ensure that full and clear availability is taken from
their team and pass this, on the same day, to the Team Secretary. Any
ambiguities or doubts arising are the Captain’s responsibility to resolve. Any
player whose availability is still unclear by Monday night will be assumed to
be unavailable.


Selection Procedure

Captain selects his own team. For each match day, the Captain of the 1st
XI picks his side first from all the players available for that day, the
Captain of the 2nd XI then picks from the remainder, and so on,
until all sides for that day are selected.

The Selection Committee will scrutinise each Captain’s selection. Whilst it is
a general principle that the Captain’s wishes are paramount, the Selection
Committee has the right, on a simple majority vote, to overturn any selection
where it is felt that Selection Guidelines have been breached to an
unacceptable degree.

[NB With
regard to voting, all Selection Committee members have a single vote. In the
event of a tied vote the Chairman or chairman of the meeting shall have an
additional, casting vote.]


Captains’ Responsibilities After

Captain shall resolve any drop-outs within his own team. This will require
immediate personal communication with other Captains and players as appropriate
(i.e. not by e-mail or text etc.).


Selection Guidelines

It is
considered impractical, and indeed undesirable, to prescribe definitive rules
governing who a captain may or may not select. However, the following are
factors that shall be taken into account in the selection of teams: –

  • Teams deemed most effective
    in terms of strength / balance, etc, shall be
    selected for Saturday / Sunday league and cup cricket even if this causes
    minor infringements of other guidelines and / or leaves lower (non-league)
    XIs particularly weak or unbalanced. For friendlies, i.e. non-league
    games, this practice need not be applied so rigorously, thus more
    consideration can be given to trying to ensure that all sides are
    of reasonable standard in terms of both strength and balance appropriate
    to their opposition. League and cup rules relating to the eligibility of
    players and the format of sides governed by age restrictions will be
    adhered to as required.
  • Selection of the lowest side
    for any given day, whether it be a league or friendly fixture, should not
    be driven by a ‘win at all costs’ mentality and consideration should be
    given to the integration of Colts and the enjoyment of all players.
  • Colts of an appropriate age
    and ability should be actively encouraged to be available for senior
    cricket. Colts Managers should be asked to provide a list of suitable
    players and Captains should approach individuals and parents in person,
    ensuring that the selection process is explained. Whilst endeavouring to
    select Colts at the highest level suited to their ability, every effort
    should be made to ensure that they play a constructive part and at a
    convenient time and location, which may involve confirmation of
    availability at Selection, as changing teams during the week can affect
    family plans. Picking more than one Colt in the same team can often be
    beneficial. Captains should keep themselves informed of the progress of
    young players who might be considered for their team and it is vital to
    communicate effectively with young players before, during and after
  • Captains shall play in their
    designated teams unless exceptional circumstances dictate that it is in
    the Club’s best interests for a captain to play in an alternative side.
    Although it is desirable for vice-captains to also play in their
    designated teams, they shall be subject to the normal selection process.
  • Players who have not paid
    their subscription for any previous season or who have debts that were
    written-off pending future availability, shall not be selected until these
    debts are cleared. Players who have not paid their subscription for the
    current season by the beginning of July or owe outstanding match fees or
    who are the subject of any disciplinary action by the Club, cannot expect
    to be selected until the particular situation has been rectified, unless,
    in the opinion of the Selection Committee, there are extenuating
  • Players are expected to play
    in the side for which they have been selected. It is unacceptable for
    players to dictate in which side they play other than in circumstances
    deemed acceptable by the Selection Committee e.g. if a player is only
    available to play at home due to other commitments. Any dispute between
    player and captain, which may result in a player refusing to play in a
    certain side, shall be resolved by appropriate communication to the
    satisfaction of the whole Selection Committee.
  • Players who drop-out without
    good reason or who drop-out repeatedly or whose availability is irregular
    or who are available only for a short time or who have only just become
    available, can expect these factors to be taken into account and may not
    necessarily be selected in as high a team as they may feel their ability
    warrants. Indeed, they may initially be placed on the ‘reserve list’.
  • Players who drop-in, i.e.
    those who subsequently become available after Selection, are not
    guaranteed a game irrespective of the team in which they would normally
    play. Every effort shall be made to accommodate a player dropping-in by
    means of personal communication between all captains and players concerned,
    but such a drop-in shall not be accommodated unless all those directly
    involved accept the proposed revised selections.
  • To prevent erratic
    selection, Captains are encouraged not to promote or drop players by more
    than one side, except in special circumstances, which shall be explained
    to the player concerned.
  • Captains are expected, as a
    matter of courtesy and for the purpose of avoiding unwanted ill-feeling,
    to communicate personally with players when they have either been dropped
    or promoted from the side in which they would ‘usually’ play, before they
    receive notification by teamsheet.
  • Players who are not members
    of the Club, but who have been invited ‘on trial’ with a view to their
    subsequently joining the Club, are entitled to be selected as if they were
    full playing members. Such players will be asked to pay a subscription in
    the form of a donation at the end of the season, appropriate to the number
    of games that they have played.
  • It will not always be
    possible for every member who is available for a given day to ‘get a
    game’. The Selection Committee will strive to ensure that the same players
    are not omitted too frequently, particularly players who pay a Full
    Subscription (and have already paid for the current season) and players
    who are regularly available for both Saturdays and Sundays.


Playing Sub-Committee