Team Selection and Player Rotations
To assist you in planning your team each week, we’ve compiled a quick “how to” for team selection and player rotations.
We hope you find the advice useful!
- You need to do the game day positions each week and keep a record of these.
- There are four quarters and there is a straight changeover at the first and third quarters with a longer break at half time. Non-players should not go onto the court at quarter and 3 quarter time.
- Most teams have 8 or 9 in a team, so there is no need to roster girls out.
- U/11 players are to be rotated through each position on the court. All coaches are to keep a record of this in their exercise book. Try to leave a player in one of their positions for at least 2 quarters during the game so they get a better feel for the position.
- It may become necessary to demonstrate you have complied with the rotation policy so please ensure each week’s games are recorded in the exercise book we have provided and I suggest you keep a soft copy for ease of use (refer to the example I have provided). Sometimes the players (and perhaps parents) need to be shown that there has been a fair rotation so the summary in the example was very useful.
- U/13 teams are to be rotated for the first ½ of the season (until round 8). Coaches may then place players through a range of their strongest positions.
- Team members should play 3 quarters per game. They may play less if there is a disciplinary requirement or, of course, if injured.
Important SDNA rules – if you are short of players
- There must be a minimum of 5 players for a team to take the court. If you have less than 5 players your team will need to forfeit the match and there is likely to be a fine.
- If you are short players, you are able to borrow a player from another team at the same or lower grade or lower age level from your team. However there must be a minimum of four players from the original team
- You cannot have a non-permanent player in the team if you have 7 players available unless there is an injury to a permanent player during the game.
- Players may play up a maximum of three (3) games in a team. If you use that player again, they need to permanently join your team so ensure you do not do so. SDNA keeps a record of this on the boards in the foyer so you can easily check.
- Players cannot play more than 2 games on the one day (in other words, a player can only play in their home team and play up once on the one day).
- In finals, it is expected that all girls will play. They have all contributed to the team’s success. If there is a reason you may wish to schedule a player off for more than one quarter, you need to discuss and agree this well before finals with:
- The coaching co-ordinator and/or the SSNC presidents; and
- The team
It should not come as a surprise on finals day as it can be upsetting for the player(s) involved.