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Friday, September 27, 2013

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There has been some interest recently in how high profile sports players command a spot not only within a team playing roster but also their fit into the environment of a team away from the field of play.  Team selection in any sport can conjure up as much debate as the dissection of any sporting contest can.  To be part of the debate can be the subject for many good chats from a smoko room setting to talkback to social media where the licence for people to express their opinion is unencumbered. 

The selection of the 2014 Kia Magic team from both a team management and playing personnel perspective has been the most important pieces of work that professional netball in this area of New Zealand has seen in a long time.  The moving on of some experienced names from squads of the past allowed the Magic to plan for the future.

In looking at the squad for 2014 there is a blend of youth and experience including some talented local players, allowing our experienced coaching duo of Julie Fitzgerald and Margaret Forsyth to create a performance environment both on and off the court that is second to none.

One of the key ingredients for player selection was based around the individuals ability to contribute off the court.  To achieve true success any athlete has to completely engage in the philosophy of the organisation, its people, its sponsors and fans as well the ability to compete on the court week in week out.

The Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty Zone recently promoted its Purpose, Values and Principles within the form of a document.  This document will be commonly referred to in all the decisions we make about our sport now and in the future including the selection of the athletes who represent us.  One of the key messages underpinning this document is the expectation that in any action the organisation will be considered first before any individual requirements.  Long term successful professional sporting organisations are all built around athletes who want to learn and achieve the best they can and administrators who believe in and adhere to the values, purpose and principles of the organisation.

The critical nature of team selection is not just limited to sports teams. It is fundamental to any strong business model wanting to deliver to its stakeholders and customers the best experience possible.   The new Zone board is focused on trying to achieve this for the netballers of the region.       

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