Selection Process

The Men’s squad will be selected each week on a Wednesday evening after training by the Selection Panel. Players will be informed on Thursday. This enables flexibility to cover for injuries and unforeseen disruptions following Wednesday training.

The Women’s squad will be selected each week on a Tuesday evening after training by the Selection Panel. Players will be informed on Wednesday. This enables flexibility to cover for injuries and unforeseen disruptions following Tuesday training.

Players are encouraged to discuss their selection with their Team Captain initially, who will raise any concerns with the Panel. Areas of dispute will be settled by the Panel chaired by the Head Coach.

Selection Panels

Men’s Team selection will be undertaken by the Men’s Selection Panel comprising of the Men’s Head Coach, 1st XI Captain and Vice-Captain, 2nd XI Captains and Assistant Coaches.

Women’s Team selection will be undertaken by the Women’s Selection Panel comprising of the Women’s Head Coach, 1st XI Captain, 2nd XI Captain and Assistant Coaches. Netherwood player selection will be included in the weekly process each time the team has a game.

If any decision is disputed, appeals can be made no later than Thursday Evening to the Club Chairman or Club President.

Selection Aims

On behalf of Kendal Hockey Club, it is the duty of the Selection Panels to construct, with the players available, the most balanced teams, playing the best standard of Hockey that they can. Selection will be based on merit given the requirements of the Club, the individual Teams, and the development of talent. The Selection Panels will endeavour to be as fair and reasonable as possible, without compromising what it considers to be best for the Club and the Teams. It is important that Members recognise that if they are asked to move up or down a team, it is intended to be in the best interest of the Club.

Competition for places is welcomed and should inspire players to seek to improve their fitness levels and attend training regularly. It is reasonable for the Club to expect everyone to want to make selection into a team, and to expect everyone to endeavour to make selection into a team. It is reasonable for the Club to promote the development of committed young players and to see their inclusion into appropriate teams.


It should be recognised that Availability and Selection are not the same thing. Selection procedure can only commence once accurate information regarding player availability is gathered via the teamo app. Availability must be placed on the individual event in the teamo calendar THE DAY BEFORE TRAINING.


It is the responsibility of each individual player to ensure their information is kept up to date. Team Captains will NOT be expected to pursue individual players to establish their availability.

Players are advised that failure to confirm availability through teamo in a timely manner, may mean that an individual player risks missing out on selection for their regular team, or perhaps at all, on that date.

All players should be aware that selection will take place with the aim of improving the overall level of club hockey and providing the best level for them. It is assumed that Kendal Hockey Club players will be willing to play for whichever team they are selected for.

Movement within the teams should become an accepted part of selection and players should not expect to be guaranteed a place in a particular team.

Selection Procedure

Team Selection will be drawn from the collated information on Member Availability displayed on teamo.

Selection will be decided from the 1st X1 Teams downwards. It is expected of players to acknowledge the need for the Club to put the requirements of its highest teams first. Quality of selection within higher teams should not be compromised to assist lower teams, in line with League directives. It is the Clubs intention to take, whenever possible, a predetermined number of players to each game as a squad for each team – see below.


TeamSquad Numbers
Women's 1st XL15
Women's 2nd XL16
Netherwood TeamAs needed to meet requirements
Men's 1st XL15
Men's 2nd XL16

Creation of New / Additional Teams

In the future, it may become necessary to create a new team. This can only happen once the number of players demanding hockey every week reaches a critical number to make the new team viable and sustainable. Until this critical threshold is reached, teams may be asked to take a larger squad to matches.

Selection Criteria / Guidelines

Club Requirements

  • Fully paid up Membership
  • Up to date Match Fees
  • The best interests of the Club

Player Attributes

  • Attitude at training
  • Attendance and effort at training
  • Punctuality
  • Fitness
  • Experience and Skills
  • Willingness to learn
  • Position the team requires filling
  • Potential to develop and improve
  • Discipline, in terms of playing ability, and respect for the umpires, the opposition and team mates