2014 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION PROCESS

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SECTION 1 – PURPOSE

The Senior Women’s National Team Program for 2014 will compete in the 2014 World Championship. The purpose of this document is to set out the process that will be used by Softball Canada to select athletes to the 2014 World Championship team. This process will also be used to identify athletes eligible to be nominated for future carding (Athlete Assistance Program).

This selection process has three objectives:
  • Select eligible athletes to an Athlete Pool. Athletes in the Pool are those identified by Softball Canada as having demonstrated potential to earn a position on a current or future national team. At any given time, the Athlete Pool represents a ‘snapshot’ of Canadian talent in women’s softball.
  • From the Pool, select the best possible Teams for specific events. While some objective criteria will be used to select Teams, it is also recognized that there is a significant subjective element. Subjective elements include such factors as previous and current performance, experience, positional requirements, leadership and team cohesion.
  • This selection process also forms the basis for nomination of athletes for Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program (carding).

SECTION 2 – ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to be selected to the Athlete pool, an athlete must be in good standing with Softball Canada, a Canadian Citizen holding a Canadian passport valid up to 6 months after the World Championship, or a person eligible for Canadian Citizenship who is actively pursuing Citizenship.

To be eligible to be selected to a Team, the athlete must meet any age requirements and citizenship requirements stipulated by the organizers of the event at which the Team will be competing.

Once selected to the Pool or to a Team, all athletes will be expected to be training towards, or to meet the physical standards outlined in Appendix B. These standards on their own will not be used to include or exclude an athlete from consideration for the Pool or a Team, but they will be used by Softball Canada to measure and monitor an athlete’s training, progress and preparation.

SECTION 3 – AUTHORITY FOR SELECTION

The Board of Directors has delegated authority for all decision making under this policy to the Head Coach.

The Head Coach has final authority for all selection decisions, including selecting athletes to the Pool, adding additional athletes to the Pool, selecting Teams from the Pool, removing athletes from the Pool or from a Team, and selecting replacement athletes to a Team where applicable. In making selection decisions, the Head Coach will consult with the Manager - Women's National Teams (WNT), and with coaching staff, defined for the purposes of this document to include assistant coaches, scouts and evaluators as designated by Softball Canada.

SECTION 4 – ATHLETE SELECTION PROCESS

Pool Selection

The Women's National Team will hold two Regional Identification camps in 2014 in preparation for team selection for the ISF World Championship. In addition to camp advertisements being posted on Softball Canada's website and forwarded to provincial/territorial office, athletes named to the 2014 Women's National Team Athlete Pool will receive a personal invitation to attend. Some players will be invited by the Head Coach to both camps. The Eastern Regional Camp will be held in Brampton, Ontario from June 11-14 while the Western Regional Camp will be held in Cloverdale, BC from June 25-28. Following the conclusion of the Western Regional Camp a final roster will be named. The selection of the pool will be based on:

  • Previous and current performance
  • Experience
  • Positional requirements
  • Present and projected development and/or improvement
  • Leadership/Contribution to team chemistry
  • Availability for competition and training
AAP Nominations

The Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) carding cycle for Softball Canada begins June 1 and ends May 31 of the following year. The initial group of athletes nominated for carding will be identified on or before June 30, 2014, following the British Columbia and Ontario identification camps. Additional athletes may be nominated for carding based on the discretion of the Head Coach by October 31, 2014. The number of athletes nominated will depend on the allotment of cards by Sport Canada. Any athlete nominated for carding must meet the eligibility requirements of the Sport Canada Athlete Assistance Program.

Team Selection

Athletes from the Pool will be selected to the Team, with the goal being to put together the best possible team for any particular event. Factors that will be considered in this selection include physical and technical aspects of the game, as well as team dynamics. These factors, which will be assigned weight by the Head Coach, as he or she deems appropriate for the decision making process, include:

  • Previous and current performance
  • Experience
  • Positional requirements (primary and backup)
  • Present and projected development and/or improvement
  • Leadership/Contribution to team chemistry
  • Availability for competition and training
  • The depth chart, as developed from the evaluation criteria in Appendix A

It is understood that in making selections to create the best possible Team, it is possible that the best individual athletes may not be selected. The Head Coach also has the discretion to name an athlete to a Team even though that athlete may not have participated in selection camps or other Team events.

The timelines that will be followed in selecting the Pool and selecting athletes for the World Championship Team are as follows. Note that specific events, dates and times may be subject to change.

  • The Head Coach will identify the initial pool of athletes invited to the selection camp by May 1, 2014.
  • The Head Coach may add to the pool at any time..
  • The Head Coach will identify the initial list of athletes to be nominated for AAP on or before June 30, 2014.
  • From the pool of athletes the Head Coach will select athletes to participate at the U.S. World Cup (dates TBA), the Canadian Open from July 14 to 21 and the World Championship (August 2014). The final roster for the World Championship team, including alternates, will be determined by June 30, 2014. Players may be selected to the team in stages, before that date, at the Head Coach's discretion.

Alternates may be added to the Team to replace an athlete removed from the team pursuant to section 5. The addition of alternates to the team is at the sole discretion of the Head Coach and will be in keeping with the philosophy of fielding the best possible team.

Off-season camps will be held throughout 2014-15. The initial schedule (subject to change) is:

January 2-8, 2015 (location TBA)
Additional activities may be held in the March-May, 2015 time period.

In addition to the above schedule, athletes are expected to follow the prescribed training regime, take the required regularly scheduled fitness tests and be available to meet with national team staff at agreed to times and locations throughout the year.

UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES/CHANGES TO THE DOCUMENT

If unforeseen circumstances arise which do not allow for this selection process or the above timelines to be implemented as outlined in this document, Softball Canada reserves the right to identify an alternate process or alternate timelines. Should this occur, all athletes in the Athlete Pool will be notified of these changes in a timely manner.

SECTION 5 – REMOVAL FROM THE ATHLETE POOL OR FROM A TEAM

5.1 Upon selection to the Athlete Pool or Team, an athlete must:

a) Sign a Team member agreement
b) Provide Softball Canada with all required documents (passport information etc.)
c) Participate in Team events, activities and meetings, as directed by the Head Coach or his/her designate
d) Ensure they wear proper equipment and clothing
e) Obey all rules established by the Head Coach and/or Softball Canada
f) Assist Softball Canada in public relations and fund raising projects where required

5.2 An athlete may be removed from the Athlete Pool or from a Team where the athlete:

a) Is unable to maintain, or being working towards, to the Head Coaches satisfaction, the training standards set out in Appendix B;
b) Is unable to meet performance expectations;
c) Is unable to perform due to injury, illness or for other medical reason as determined by Softball Canada’s medical staff;
d) Is unable to commit to National Team Program activities and events (note that an athlete may obtain an exemption from the Head Coach and Softball Canada)
e) Violates team rules and/or Softball Canada’s policies and procedures
f) Exhibits conduct that is detrimental to the image of the National Team program of Softball Canada
g) Breaches the Athlete Agreement
h) Voluntarily withdraws
i) Is removed by a Softball Canada Discipline and/or Appeal panel; or
j) Fraudulently misrepresents themselves

SECTION 6 – SUBSTITUTION OF ALTERNATES

Where necessary and appropriate, an athlete removed from a Team may be replaced by an alternate from the Athlete Pool.

SECTION 7 – APPEALS

Softball Canada World Championship team selections may be appealed in accordance with the procedures set out in the Softball Canada Appeals policy.

Decisions of the Head Coach on AAP nominations may be appealed pursuant to the Appeals Policy of Softball Canada and the applicable provisions of Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) Policies and Procedures (Section 13) http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/sc/pol/athl/index-eng.cfm.

Standards for National Team Consideration

Pitchers
  Minimum Standard National Team Best
Fastball 64mph 69mph
Change-Up 15-18 mph slower than maximum  
     
Any (2) of the following:    
Rise 60mph 64mph
Curve 60mph 64mph
Screw ball 60mph 64mph

Catchers
  Minimum Standard National Team Best
Throw: H-2B < 2.00 seconds 1.84 seconds
Glove to glove Release < 0.95 0.80

General Fitness
  Minimum Standard National Team Best
     
Throwing Speed (overhand) > 60mph 68mph
Plank 2.30 min 3.45 min
Beep Test (Leger) 6.5 12
Pro Agility 5.5 4.6
Crunches 30 in 1 min 60 in 1 min
Push Ups 25 in 1 min 40 in 1 min

 

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