Otago U21 Women
The role of the Otago U21 Womens Program in the Otago Performance and Talent player pathway is to provide selected players with an opportunity to develop their cricketing skills at a National level in an environment where players can be benchmarked with the best players in the country in their age group. It is a development Tournament as is the U19 and U17 programme for male cricketers.
Players are selected with a pathway to the SBS Bank Otago Sparks 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 including the key attributes which take no skill at all including timeliness, coachability and attitude to learning.
The path to representing Otago at the U21 National Tournament begins when Otago cricket contacts the relevant people in each district for nominations of players of interest. A squad is then picked by the Otago U21 Selection panel to undertake the winter training program which includes technical and tactical based training as well as Strength and conditioning training.
How is the Otago U21 team selected?
Overseen by the Manager of Performance and Talent, Simon Forde, a panel of selectors will select the Otago U21 Team to play at the National Tournament ans any other fixtures under the umbrella of U21 Programme. The selection panel is:
o Head Coach.
o Assistant Coach/ Manager.
o Mark BRACEWELL – Performance and Talent Coach
Following nominations from District representatives an Otago U21 Squad will be named to partake in regular squad trainings as well as pre tournament fixtures against opposition from Dunedin and throughout the District.
Regular analysis as well as performance in school fixtures will form an important part of the selection process.