Otago Under 17


The U17 programme is the first formalized stage in the Otago Cricket Performance and Talent player pathway model and provides identified and selected players with an opportunity to further develop their cricketing skills at a national level and in a very competitive and physically challenging environment.

Players are selected with a pathway to domestic cricket and representation of the Otago Volts in mind. Otago Cricket look not only at the technical and tactical skills of the athlete but the key personality traits that athletes in a performance environment require, to become successful First Class cricketers.

The path to representing Otago at the U17 National Tournament starts with gaining selection into the U17 District Tournament which is held this season in Oamaru at Labour weekend 22-24 October 2016. Players are selected by their District Associations to attend this tournament with the Otago Cricket selection criteria at front of mind.

District coaches for Tournament are as follows:

  • North Otago – TBC
  • Southland – TBC
  • Otago Country – TBC
  • Dunedin Metro – TBC


Players must be aged 16yrs, or younger, as of September 1.

How is the Otago U17 team selected?

Overseen by the Manager of Performance and Talent, Simon Forde; a panel of selectors will select the Otago U17 Team to play at the National Tournament in January. The selection panel is:

Will DEERNESS – Otago Cricket Manager Community Cricket

Craig CUMMING – Otago Cricket Performance and Talent ID Coach (part time)

Mark BRACEWELL – Otago Cricket Performance and Talent ID Coach

The selection panel will approach each District coach at the U17 District Tournament as part of the selection process.

A player who misses selection for a District Association team for whatever reason, including but not limited to injury or unavailability, may still be considered for selection for the Otago U17 team at the discretion of the selection panel.

Following the District tournament in Oamaru, a wider training squad will be selected to attend a training camp in Dunedin. This camp is designed to test the specific technical and tactical skills of each player.

The camp will be run by Performance and Talent area Otago Cricket coaching staff.

Following the camp, the selectors will name a pre-tournament squad of players who will form part of the Otago U17 pre- tournament preparation programme. 

Selection criteria

Otago Cricket is focused on investing in players who demonstrate the right personal characteristics which underlie the essential characteristics of the ultimate “Voltman”. Selection criteria at this level will consider the following points:


Playing history

Recent performance


Technical, Tactical and Mental skills

Potential to be a First Class cricketer and beyond

Fielding and general athletic ability

Commitment too and love of the game

Behaviour – Adherence to Otago crickets core values


When selecting a team consideration will be made regarding the balance of the squad.  This balance can be influenced by many factors including tournament duration and match format.