Team Selection Policy
The Banyule Hawks use the following principles in the process of selecting teams:
- All players must register by the registration cut‐off date to be eligible for placement in a team. Players who do
not meet this deadline will be placed on a waiting list, and only placed in a team if an appropriate vacancy exists.
- Teams are generally made up of 7‐8 players to ensure all players are given plenty of court time by the coach.
- When a team is to have 9 players; this will be agreed with the coach prior to the 9th player being placed.
- Teams will be selected according to each player’s level of skill and ability and to facilitate their ongoing
development. Teams will ideally be comprised of players that are of a similar skill level.
- Ideally, the highest graded team in each age group will be made up of the most skillful players.
- Coordinators (with input from Coaches) will make this assessment and where deemed necessary “trials” may
be conducted, however trials will not be the sole source of selection.
- The team number is only a guide to the team’s ability. It is not a direct measure of a player’s ability. The grade in
which they play reflects the team’s ability, not the individual player’s.
- Whilst preferable, teams are not always composed of the best 7, or 8 players, followed by the second best 7 or
8 players and so on.
- A less skilled player may be placed in a higher graded team than a player of greater skill because:
- The more skilled player is not available to train on a particular night.
- The less skilled player is more skilled in certain attributes which the higher team needs. E.G. offensive
and defensive positioning and court spacing, shooting technique, rebounding etc.
- The more skilled player has commitment or behavioural issues at training and/or games.
- Confidence/performance/development issues with either player. Some players need a season at a
higher level and some players need a season at a lower level to help with their development or
- The less skilled player is more coachable, has more potential or is on a steeper improvement curve than
the more skilled player.
- The less skilled player will benefit more greatly from the particular coach or players on the higher graded team.
- Sometimes two or more players just have to be separated for reasons that remain confidential.
- Two or more parents, who have children with similar playing ability, want to coach their child.
- Where there is a small friendship group, i.e. a pair of friends, consideration can be given if they prefer to
play together. If there is a skill difference between such players, the pair will be placed in a team ranked
at a level that reflects the standard of the less skilled player.
- Children will play in their correct eligible age group. There may be occasions where for logistical reasons a
player may be requested to play in a higher age group. This will only occur with the agreement of the Teams
Coordinator and player’s parents. Where a player wishes to play in two age groups they will be placed in the
eligible age group first and for the older team, the EDJBA rules will apply.
- Any other requests or concerns, should be noted when registering online. While these will be considered, the
Committee cannot guarantee they will be met.
- Friendship teams can register in teams from the under 16 age group and up.
- If there is anything the age group coordinators should know before teams are selected in addition to the
information provided as part of the registration, please get in contact with the Teams Coordinator prior to the close of
- Once the teams have been selected, they will not be altered at the whim of players/parents or coaches.
- Request for changes are to be made by contacting the Teams Coordinator who will review the selection and
determine the appropriate outcome (N.B. There could be circumstances where no change can be facilitated).
- Should a parent be unhappy with team selection then the decision of the Teams Coordinator will be final.
- Further appeal will be directed by the Teams Coordinator to the club committee for review.