Selection Criteria New Zealand Team 2019
Climbing New Zealand
Selection Criteria for New Zealand Representation at Oceania competitions
and World Youth Championships, 2019.
Adapted: 21st November 2018
1.1 Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for the CNZ Youth Team, all athletes must:
• Must complete and sign an Athlete Agreement if selected
• Be a member of a Regional Club affiliated with Climbing New
• Bouldering – Compete in a minimum of TWO Climbing New Zealand Bouldering competitions in
the year previous to the selection year. Lead – Compete in a minimum of ONE Climbing New Zealand Lead competition in the year previous to the selection year
• Commit to competing in a minimum of ONE Climbing New Zealand competition during the selection year in the discipline(s) for which the athlete is selected
• Be eligible to hold a New Zealand Passport
It is the responsibility of the athlete and their respective parent / guardian (if applicable) to
ensure that the athlete in question meets the eligibility criteria outlined above.
2. Athlete Selection
2.1 New Zealand Oceania Team Selection
This applies to athletes in all youth and open categories.
The selection of athletes is determined by the ranking of each athlete for their age, as of the
31 st of December of each year. The scores of the best of the minimum number of events
specified in clause 1.1 contribute to the final ranking.
The number of athletes selected in each age category is dependent on the average number of
competitors in National levels events for the event. Where there are an average of four or less
competitors of the same age, the top ranked competitor is selected. Where there are five to
eight competitors, the top two competitors are selected and where there are more than eight
competitors, the top three competitors are selected. For example, a Youth B category may
have 15 competitors, six aged 14 and nine aged 15 at the end of the year. The top two
members aged 14 and top three members aged 15 would be selected.
The ranking for each age is determined by the athlete’s placing in the qualifying rounds and
the final, with a weighting of 50% for the average placing in the qualifying rounds and 50%
for the placing in the finals. For example, an athlete who places third for their age after the
qualifying rounds and wins the final would be given a score of 2 ((3+1)/2). Likewise, the
athlete who is first after the qualifying rounds and comes fifth in the final round would be
given a score of 3 ((1+5)/2).
2.2 Selection for the World Youth Championships
2.2.1 Automatic selection
This applies to athletes in Youth B, Youth A and Junior categories only in the year of World
Youth Championship competition.
Automatic selection applies to:
• Those who reached the semi-finals in their specified event at the World
Youth Climbing Championship in the previous year of competition.
• Those who have placed first or second at the Oceania Championships
in the previous year.
This will apply even where a climber will be competing in a different age category the
Those selected by this process are still expected to compete in the minimum number of
Climbing New Zealand Competitions in that year, as specified in clause 1.1. They are also
expected to attend the selection event specified in section 2.2.2.
2.2.2 Selection of Team Members not selected automatically
Only members of the NZ Oceania Team are eligible for selection to the World Youth Championships NZ Team. Non-automatic selection is made using the same process as that made for NZ Oceania Team Selection (Section 2.1). The total number of athletes selected for each age category must be no more than four per discipline.
2.3 Multiple Disciplines: Athletes selected for the World Youth Championship Team for one discipline only may still compete in the discipline(s) they were not selected for providing there are places available and at the discretion of the Selection Committee
2.4 Selection Review
The New Zealand Head Coach and selection committee reserves the right to reassess the
selection of athletes in cases where:
2.4.1 Athletes have conducted themselves in a manner which is inappropriate and/or
may negatively affect the reputation of Climbing New Zealand.
2.4.2 Injury may limit performance in the events the athlete was selected for.
2.4.3 A significant decrease in effort, training and performance is observed. In this
situation, the athlete will be provided with feedback and an opportunity to resolve any
issue prior to reassessment of selection.
2.4.4 Athlete misses National events without prior discussion with, and approval
from, Team management.
2.4.5 Athlete misses deposit deadlines for payments
2.4.6 Athlete misses training camp without prior discussion with, and approval from,
2.4.7 Athlete breaches any other clause of the Athlete Agreement
2.4.8 Athletes deselected on these grounds may be eligible for a refund of monies
already paid to CNZ in relation to 2018 World Youth Championship.
2.5. Discretionary selection
The selection committee can, at their discretion, select additional athletes in cases where:
2.5.1 There is very little difference in athlete ability, as assessed by athlete rankings for: a) Oceania Team Selection (section2.1), b) Selection for World Youth Championships (section 2.2.2)
2.5.2 The likelihood of success for additional athletes is high.
2.5.3 Outstanding athletes were unable to or did not attend selection events.
Special exemption may be granted directly by the selection committee, or in response to an
appeal for selection as detailed in section 4.
3. Selection Committee
The role of the Selection Committee is to review cases for discretionary selection (section
2.5) and to assess appeals from athletes (section 4).
A Selection Committee will comprise of the New Zealand Head Coach and two delegated
members appointed by the CNZ committee.
For 2018/19 : Rob Moore (Head Coach), Zane Bray (Assistant Coach) and Peter Lofthouse.
CNZ observer at Selection Committee meetings: David Sanders
Appeals regarding non-selection of athletes can, in the first instance, be lodged in writing to
the Climbing New Zealand Committee. This must be submitted within 21 days of the public
release of teams. If the appellant is dissatisfied with the outcome of the initial appeal, a
further appeal can be lodged with the New Zealand Sports Tribunal.