2017 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION PROCESS

SECTION 1 – PURPOSE
The 2017 Women’s National Team Program will compete in the 2017 European Championship and the 2017 Jr Women’s World Championships. The purpose of this document is to set out the process that will be used by the Greek Softball Federation to select athletes to the 2017 National team.
This selection process has two objectives:
1. Select eligible athletes to an Athlete Pool. Athletes in the Pool are those identified by the Greek Softball Federation as having demonstrated potential to earn a position on a current or future national team. At any given time, the Athlete Pool represents a ‘snapshot’ of Greek talent in women’s softball.

2. From the Pool, select the best possible Teams for specific events. While some objective criteria will be used to select Teams, it is also recognized that there is a significant subjective element. Subjective elements include such factors as previous and current performance, experience, positional requirements, leadership qualities and team cohesion.

SECTION 2 – ELIGIBILITY
An athlete is eligible for selection to the Athlete Pool so long as they are: (1) in good standing with the Greek Softball Federation, and (2) a Greek Citizen holding a Greek passport or Greek ID (3) a person eligible for Greek Citizenship who is actively pursuing Citizenship.
To be eligible to be selected to a National Team, the athlete must: (1) meet any age requirements and (2) meet any citizenship requirements stipulated by the organizers of the event at which the Team will be competing.
Once selected to the Athlete Pool or to a National Team, all athletes will be expected to be training towards, or to meet the physical standards outlined in Appendix A. These standards on their own will not be used to include or exclude an athlete from consideration for the Pool or a Team, but they will be used by the Greek Softball Federation to measure and monitor an athlete’s training, progress and preparation.
SECTION 3 – AUTHORITY FOR SELECTION
The President of the Greek Softball Federation has delegated authority for all decision making under this policy to the Head Coach.
The Head Coach has final authority for all selection decisions, including selecting athletes to the Athlete Pool, adding additional athletes to the Athlete Pool, selecting National Team from the Athlete Pool, removing athletes from the Athlete Pool or from a National Team, and selecting replacement athletes to a National Team where applicable. In making selection decisions, the Head Coach will consult with the Manager – Women’s National Teams (WNT), and with coaching staff, defined for the purposes of this document to include assistant coaches, scouts and evaluators as designated by the Greek Softball Federation.
SECTION 4 – ATHLETE SELECTION PROCESS
Athlete Pool Selection
The selection of the pool athletes will be based on:
• Previous and current performance
• Experience
• Positional requirements
• Present and projected development and/or improvement
• Leadership/Contribution to team chemistry
• Availability for competition and training
National Team Selection
Athletes from the Athlete Pool will be selected to the National Team, with the goal being to put together the best possible team for any particular event. Factors that will be considered in this selection include physical and technical aspects of the game, as well as team dynamics.
These factors, which will be assigned weight by the Head Coach, as he or she deems appropriate for the decision making process, include:
• Previous and current performance
• Experience
• Positional requirements (primary and backup)
• Present and projected development and/or improvement
• Leadership/Contribution to team chemistry
• Availability for competition and training
• The depth chart, as developed from the evaluation criteria in Appendix A
It is understood that in making selections to create the best possible Team, it is possible that the best individual athletes may not be selected. It is at the discretion of the Head Coach to name an athlete to a National Team even though that athlete may not have participated in selection camps or other National Team events.
The timelines that will be followed in selecting the Athlete Pool and selecting athletes for the 2017 European Championship Team are as follows. Note that specific events, dates and times may be subject to change.
• December 1st, 2016 – The Head Coach will identify the initial pool of athletes selected to the athlete pool. The Head Coach may add to the pool at any time.
• On or before March 15th, 2017 – The Head Coach will select athletes to participate in various events leading up to and including the European Championship, Bollate, Italy (June 25-July 1, 2017) and the 2017 Jr Women’s World Championships, Clearwater, Florida (July 24-Aug 1, 2017) Players may be selected to the team in stages, before that date, at the discretion of the Head Coach.
Alternates may be added to the Team to replace an athlete removed from the team pursuant to section 5. The addition of alternates to the team is at the sole discretion of the Head Coach and will be in keeping with the philosophy of fielding the best possible team.
In addition to the above schedule, athletes are expected to follow the prescribed training regime, take the required regularly scheduled fitness tests and be available to meet with national team staff at agreed to times and locations throughout the year.
UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES/CHANGES TO THE DOCUMENT
If unforeseen circumstances arise which do not allow for this selection process or the above timelines to be implemented as outlined in this document, the Greek Softball Federation reserves the right to identify an alternate process or alternate timelines. Should this occur, all athletes in the Athlete Pool will be notified of these changes in a timely manner.
SECTION 5 – REMOVAL FROM THE ATHLETE POOL OR FROM A TEAM
5.1 Upon selection to the Athlete Pool or Team, an athlete must:
a) Sign a Team member agreement
b) Provide the Greek Softball Federation with all required documents (passport information etc.)
c) Participate in Team events, activities and meetings, as directed by the Head Coach or his/her designate
d) Ensure they wear proper equipment and clothing
e) Obey all rules established by the Head Coach and/or Greek Softball Federation
f) Assist Softball Greece in public relations and fund raising projects where required
5.2 An athlete may be removed from the Athlete Pool or from a Team where the athlete:
a) Is unable to maintain, or being working towards, to the Head Coaches satisfaction, the training standards set out in Appendix A;
b) Is unable to meet performance expectations;
c) Is unable to perform due to injury, illness or for other medical reason as determined by the Greek Softball Federation’s medical staff;
d) Is unable to commit to National Team Program activities and events (note that an athlete may obtain an exemption from the Head Coach and the Greek Softball Federation)
e) Violates team rules and/or the Greek Softball Federation’s policies and procedures
f) Exhibits conduct that is detrimental to the image of the National Team program of the Greek Softball Federation) Breaches the Athlete Agreement
h) Voluntarily withdraws
i) Fraudulently misrepresents themselves
SECTION 6 – SUBSTITUTION OF ALTERNATES
Where necessary and appropriate, an athlete removed from a National Team may be replaced by an alternate from the Athlete Pool.
Appendix A: Standards for National Team Consideration
Pitchers
Minimum Standard National Team Best
Fastball 64mph 69mph
Change-Up 15-18 mph slower than maximum

Any (2) of the following:
Rise 60mph 64mph
Curve 60mph 64mph
Screw ball 60mph 64mph

Catchers
Minimum Standard National Team Best
Throw: H-2B < 2.00 seconds 1.84 seconds Glove to glove Release < 0.95 0.80 General Fitness Minimum Standard National Team Best Throwing Speed (overhand) > 60mph 68mph
Plank 2.30 min 3.45 min
Beep Test (Leger) 6.5 12
Pro Agility 5.5 4.6
Crunches 30 in 1 min 60 in 1 min
Push Ups 25 in 1 min 40 in 1 min