Selection Policies in Sport

Selection Policies in Sport    
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards and Christine May, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia (formerly Australian Sports Commission)
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Kerry Knowler, Lawyer (December 2017)
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Athletes in many sports and at various levels compete for selection into representative squads and teams. As they progress, some athletes will eventually gain selection into national teams or with high profile sporting clubs. As a result, media exposure, acclaim and potential financial opportunities may follow.

Appointments to key roles such as head coach, team manager or officiating positions may also involve a selection process.

Selection in a major representative team may represent years of hard work and training. So failure to be selected can lead to disappointment, resentment, dropping out of sport, financial loss, or even litigation. Team selection (or non-selection as it may be) accounts for a substantial portion of all sporting disputes which go to arbitration.

Key Messages 


Policies and procedures must be clearly articulated, transparent, and fair.


Policies and procedures must comply with a sporting organisation's constitution and by-laws.


Use of public funding for sport increases accountability and scrutiny of the selection process.

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