Senior Representation Policy and Process

This process covers the period August 2022 to July 2023


Players who register for the Senior Representation squad or are invited into the squad by the Selectors must:

  1. Be a New Zealand citizen or hold a permanent resident visa.
  2. Be financial members of a petanque club affiliated to Petanque New Zealand for a minimum of 12 months prior to selection
  3. Have participated in a minimum of two National Championships in the previous 12 months.
  4. Accept that Selector's decisions are final. There is no appeal process.
  5. Agree to abide by the PNZ player Code of Conduct at all times.
  6. Be 60 years of age on or before 30 November 2022.

Squad Structure

Senior representation in New Zealand operates on two squads (a men's and a women's squad) with approximately 12 people in each squad.

Entry into a squad

There are several ways a person can enter a training squad:

  1. Register their interest in national selection by completing the registration form. There is no charge for registration.
  2. The Selectors may invite players into the representation process as they deem appropriate. The player must still complete the registration form.

Commitment required by all players in the squad

  • Engage in an approved ongoing mentoring/coaching/training programme with the designated coach.
  • Be willing to take direction from the coach appointed to the squad.
  • To complete all training exercises requested by the coaches.
  • Attend the assessment/selection camp if selected to attend. This will be held 5 December 2022 at Kapiti following the National Senior Doubles. Players are expected to participate in the Senior Doubles.

Commitment required by players if selected to a New Zealand team

  • Be available for team training the day preceding major tournaments as prescribed by the team coach.
  • Comply with the PNZ player Code of Conduct and alcohol and drug policies.
  • Stay with the team as directed by the PNZ appointed team manager.
  • Be prepared to pay all costs associated with travel, accommodation and food where required.
  • Provide evidence of travel arrangements to the team manager or coach at least one month ahead of the tournament.
  • Coaches may require NZ teams to play together in specific tournament(s) or specific combinations prior to the International event they have been selected for.
  • Any breach of any of these commitments may lead to the removal of the player from the selected team.

PNZ commitment to players

  • Announce selectors and coaches at the time the registration process begins.
  • Advise selected and non-selected candidates by phone on a specified day.
  • Appoint a coach and/or manager for teams as appropriate.
  • Provide selectors who do not have a conflict of interest with anyone in the category they are selecting from and who will adhere to PNZ's process and time lines.
  • Provide scorers trained in the PNZ scoring method for the selection process
  • Provide all players with a full PNZ uniform on their first year of representation and replace items as required. (See the Uniform Policy)

Selection Process

PNZ aims to provide as fair and cost-effective process as possible while choosing the best representative teams possible. We recognise there are many aspects involved in being a good representative player. Apart from the obvious technical skills and experience, a player must have:

  • a strategic understanding of the game.
  • good current form.
  • the ability to take direction.
  • good communication with, and a professional attitude to, both other players and officials.
  • the ability to work as a team.
  • commitment to the process.
  • an ongoing desire to strive for continual improvement in their game.

All of these factors will be considered when choosing NZ representative teams.

Our aim is to be as transparent as possible, but many of the above factors are not easily quantifiable, so there will always be a subjective element to selection.

Entry into the Selection Camp and Team Selection

Depending on the number of players in each squad, the coaches and selectors may need to invite a smaller selection of the squad to compete in the assessment/selection camps. If this is necessary, this will be done using a combination of ranking points, results from recent Regional and National Competitions, plus knowledge of the players.

If numbers for the assessment camp are to be limited, all members of the squad will be notified of their position by 31 October 2022.

The assessment/selection camp for both men and women will be held in conjunction with the National Senior Doubles on the 3-4 December and a dedicated one-day assessment on Monday, 5 December 2022. All participants must participate in all 3 days.

Selection will be based on performance over all three days of assessment. Trained scorers will be used by selectors to provide information on how players are performing in their selected positions and all aspects of play will be observed by the selectors throughout the assessment period.

Once selection of a team has been finalised players will be notified whether they have been successful or not. It is expected that all players will be notified of the 2022 Trans-Tasman teams by phone on the 18 December 2022.

Coaches and Selectors for Squads

Selectors Coaches
Shirley MacDonald Shirley MacDonald
Murray Porter Murray Porter

Time line for Representation Process

2 August 2022 Information distributed
30 September 2022 Applications close
3-4 December 2022 National Senior Doubles - Kapiti
5 December 2022 Senior Selection camp - Kapiti
18 December 2022 Trans-Tasman teams announced

Tournaments Available for selection

18-19 March 2023 Trans-Tasman (Auckland)

PNZ Executive
1 August 2022