The role of the Otago A Program in the Otago Performance and Talent player pathway is to provide genuine support to the Otago Volts in terms of playing resource. The Otago A team is also a development opportunity for selected players to benchmark against first class cricketers and to prepare in an environment which is aligned to the Otago Volts program in terms of culture, skill development, tactics and selection.
To gain selection into the Otago A side a player must display all of the characteristics and skills of a first class cricketer and must be personally aligned to the four Otago Volts cultural Pillars of Team First, Accountability, Resilience, Enjoyment.
No overseas players are eligible to play at the National A tournament or take part in the Otago A playing program.
Otago cricket contracted players are eligible to play in the Otago A playing program.
How is the Otago A team selected?
A panel of selectors will select the Otago A Team to take part in the A program as well as at the National Tournament. The selection panel is:
o Simon FORDE – Head Coach Otago A – Selection manager.
o Mark BRACEWELL – Otago Cricket Performance and Talent coach
o Rob WALTER – Otago Volts Head Coach
o Anton ROUX – Otago Volts Assistant Coach
Otago Cricket is focused on investing in players who demonstrate the right personal characteristics which underlie what it is to be the ultimate ‘Voltman’. Selection criteria at this level will consider the following points:
o Playing history
o Recent performance at club, Hawke Cup and Otago A level
o Technical, Tactical and Mental skills
o Skill set to be a First Class cricketer and beyond
o Commitment too and love of the game
o Behaviour – Adherence to Otago Crickets core values
o Fitness – Adherence to Otago Crickets S&C program
When selecting a team consideration must be made to the balance of the team which can be influenced by many factors including tournament duration and match format.