Masters Selection Policy
To be eligible to be selected for any team in the current representative season you must satisfy the following criteria:
1. Be registered through the available online process:
2. Be a financial player and have played in any of the following:
a) Wellington Open Grade Competition for 2020; or
b) Wellington Local Masters Competition for 2020; or
c) Attended any of the masters pre-season training clinics; or
d) Attendance at any or all of the trials listed for 2020.
The selection criteria also covers and is not limited to WHA and the Wellington Masters Advisory Council selecting from either local players, guest players or international players provided they fall within the above criteria.
The principle is that selected players will play in their respective age groups, however WHA and the Wellington Masters Advisory Council will determine the teams to be entered in the age categories based on participant registration and in the best interests of the participants. In some instances, this may result in some players playing out of their age group. Should a player wish to apply for dispensation to play out of an age category, they may do so by sending an email to the Wellington Hockey Masters Council for consideration. The interests of the player and team will be fully considered by the Wellington Masters Advisory Council in reaching a decision.
WHA and the Wellington Masters Advisory Council will provide independent selectors, and their decision along with the coaches will be full and final and in the bests interests of the Association and participants.
WHA and the Wellington Masters Advisory Council have decided to have extended training squads to allow for injury management and better training environments and future development. Players could be selected in the training squad as a non-travelling reserve, this means they would not be expected to travel to tournament unless they are asked to replace another player through injury.
WHA and the Wellington Masters Advisory Council recognise that masters participants may not have age representations in their home associations. WHA aims to provide a pathway for these participants to obtain selection by following the above criteria.
If for any reason a player is not selected by Wellington, that player is then able to approach other regional teams for selection. However, they must first be financial with WHA and the necessary player transfer forms must be completed by the player for approval by WHA and the Wellington Masters Advisory Council.
Any player wanting to be considered for selection and is unable to satisfy the above criteria is able to email the Wellington Masters Advisory Council for consideration on a case by case basis.