Selection Policy

When it comes to trials it's not just about looking good on the day, we do have a range of aspects that we consider. 

You can read about our Selection Policy here.

 Team and Player Selection Policy

1. Purpose

2. Trial Format

3. Selection Panel

4. Competencies and Qualities Considered

5. Player Withdrawals

6. Naming of Teams

7. Non-attendance at Trials

8. Disputes Procedures


1. Purpose

To provide players with the opportunity to represent Wellington East Netball Club (WENC) at a level suitable to their ability; to provide opportunities for players to progress through the Netball Wellington Centre, Netball Wellington Region and Netball New Zealand development frameworks and to enhance players enjoyment of the game.

Through the selection of teams, Wellington East Netball Club aims to:

  • Ensure all identified athletes are given equal opportunity to be considered for a team and provided with skill development opportunities to assist them reach their potential.
  • Provide suitably qualified coaches and professional services.
  • Develop best practice management strategies in order to provide a safe environment for athletes and officials to effectively participate in netball.

Premier 1 & 2 Teams

Select teams of netball players with the level of competencies required to achieve the goal of taking out the Premier 1 competition against the top netballers in Wellington; who have the desire and potential to play at a regional representative level within the next two years, or who can provide these developing players with good support and have the desire to make a case to acquire a spot in the top WENC team.

Premier 2 & 3 Teams

Select one team of netball players with the level of competencies required to achieve the goal of obtaining top four positions in the Premier 2 competition and one to maintain the WENC team position in the Premier 3 grade with the goal of winning and achieving a postion in Premier 2.  

Premier Reserve Teams
Select teams of netball players with the level of competencies required to achieve the goal of securing a promotion of a WENC team position into Premier 3.

Senior Teams

To ensure all WENC registered players are placed in an appropriate team that will allow them to develop their netball skills and enhance their enjoyment of the game.  To secure a Senior 1 top postion earning a place in Premier Reserve 4.


2. Trial Format

The allocated trial start time allows for up to 30 minutes for players to sign in, register and join the structured warm up.  Please be prompt.  On the longer Saturday trials a half hour break will be called approximately halfway through the trial.

Games will be approximately 10-15 minutes in length and we will attempt to trial you in every position you have listed on your registration form (up to 3 preferred positions).

During the trials, the selectors will evaluate individual skill levels, fitness and team playing abilities of each player. The following aspects will be evaluated to determine which team a player is selected for e.g. warm up, fitness, player combinations, skills, coach-ability, attitude, leadership, communication, team dynamics and individual player characteristics.


3. Selection Panel

Lizzie Cody will convene the selection panel for the trials.
Other selectors may include appointed coaches at each level, and/or WENC Committee members.

Premier Trials
Independent Selectors: Dale Wortman
Panel: Helen Markham, Stephanie Simmons, Megan Simmons, Mary Haggie, Julie Haggie

Premier Reserve Trials
Panel: Karen Broderson, Isabella Ioapo

Senior Teams
Panel: Karen Broderson, Isabella Ioapo


4. Competencies and Qualities Considered

The major criterion for selection will be based on the performance of the player at the appropriate trial.  Selectors will also consider team balance where the 8-12 best individual players may not provide the best team combination. Ideally teams should have a variety of combinations to cover such events as sickness, injury or unavailability during the season.

Core Playing Competencies

- Skill base and performance consistency

- Tactical understanding and decision making

- Flair and innovation

- Fitness and game intensity

- Potential and work ethic

- Discipline on and off the court

Core Personal Qualities

- Effective under pressure

- Teamwork

- Versatility, consistency and adaptability

Other Factors

Consideration may be given to other such factors that the selection panel considers in its sole discretion to be relevant and appropriate to the overall assessment of a particular player. These may include:

  • Positional balance within squad
  • Succession planning
  • Balance of experience and youth in the group
  • Whether a player's performance and/or contribution has been affected by extenuating circumstances such as illness, injury,   bereavement, parental leave, work/study commitments or similar which have temporarily compromised her form and/or recent contribution.
  • Previous performance within WENC

Selectors must submit a list of selected squads/teams to the WENC Committee for ratification prior to final selections being announced. 


5. Player Withdrawals

In the event of a player withdrawing after selection:

  • Prior to the commencement of the team trainings, selectors will consult the list of previous trialists and appoint a suitable replacement. If no player of a suitable standard in the specific position vacated is identified from the original nomination, selectors may invite a replacement player of their choosing. This player must be ratified by the WENC Committee.
  • Due to injury, the team coach will consult with the selection panel convenor.


6. Naming of Teams

Teams will be named within one week of the final trial of all Premier, Premier Reserve and Senior grades.  This announcement will be communicated via the WENC website: as well as on the East Netball Facebook page.


7. Non-Attendance at Trials

Players unable to attend trials for any reason will have their team selection based on availability of positions within the teams, information provided by the coach at the conclusion of the previous season and through consultations with the selectors, the coaches and WENC Committee.

If a player is unable to attend a trial due to injury or illness –

  • Where possible the player will be invited to attend another trial for the same competition, however in a different grade;
  • If this is not possible, the selectors may consider past (only last 12 months) team experience and performance of that player.

If a player is unable to attend a trial due to other reasons -

  • The selectors have the discretion to allow the player to be considered for selection into the team in extraordinary circumstances.  Communication of unavailability for trials must have been provided and approved in advance of the first trial.
  • Written proof of the circumstances may be required in this situation.
  • In this situation, players will be required to follow the same procedures as for illness or injury.


8. Disputes Procedures

Not with standing any of the provisions in this Policy, it is acknowledged that when applying the criteria and considerations set out above, there will be, at times, extremely difficult choices to be made which will require the Selection Panel to exercise its discretion and judgement. Providing the Selection Panel has properly considered the criteria and considerations set out in this Policy, and has exercised its discretion and judgement in good faith, then the Selection Panel will have fulfilled all of its obligations under this Policy.


If players feel that they have been selected in a team which is clearly not at their ability level and this is severely impacting on their enjoyment of the game, you can request to have a selection review – this request must be in writing to the WENC Club Captain and sent via post or email:

Your complaint will then be discussed by the WENC Committee and a response will be given, in coordination with selectors’ feedback.