Australian Schools Teams Championships

NSW Qualification

 

The Australian Schools Teams Championships (ASTC), which is usually held at the beginning of December, is conducted in four divisions. The teams to represent NSW in these divisions will be determined as follows:

  • Primary Open Division: The winner of the NSW Primary Schools Competition is entitled to represent NSW in this division. However, if the NSW competition finishes very late in the year it may be necessary to determine the school to represent NSW before the NSW winner is known. In this case the Primary Schools Coordinator will select the school from the schools not yet eliminated from the finals, if necessary by means of a playoff.

  • Primary Girls Division: As the NSW Primary Schools Competition does not necessarily determine the top girls team (as many girls play in mixed teams) the team to represent NSW in this division will be selected by the Primary Schools Coordinator, if necessary by means of a playoff . Schools wishing to nominate a team to be considered for selection should contact the Primary Schools Coordinator before the end of second term. The selection (including any play-off) should be completed by the end of third term to enable the selected team to make its travel arrangements and prepare for the national championships.

  • Secondary Open Division: In most states the secondary schools competitions produce overall winners which thereby qualify to represent those states in the national event. In NSW, however, the Secondary Schools competition is divided into three separate grades based on school year and there is no single winning secondary team. A separate selection process is therefore necessary to determine the NSW Secondary Open team, which may contain players from any secondary year (7 to 12). If necessary a play-off will be held. Schools wishing to nominate a team to be considered for selection should contact the Secondary Schools Coordinator before the end of second term. The selection (including any play-off) should be completed by the end of third term to enable the selected team to make its travel arrangements and prepare for the national championships.

  • Secondary Girls Division: A similar procedure to that described above for the Secondary Open Division will be used to determine the school to represent NSW in the Secondary Girls Division.

To be eligible for selection the school must have participated in the NSW Secondary Schools Competition and each member of the team must have played in at least one of the following in the year of the ASTC for which qualification is sought:

1.   At least 50% of the preliminary (pre-finals) rounds of the NSW Primary or  Secondary Schools Competition;

2.   The NSW Junior (Under 18) Championship;

3.   The NSW Under 12 Championship plus any  two-day NSWJCL tournament;

4.   The City of Sydney Junior Championships (any age division) plus any two-day NSWJCL tournament; or

5.   The NSW Girls Championships (either age division) plus any two-day NSWJCL tournament.

The exact selection process (for other than the Primary Open Division) will be determined by the NSWJCL Council, but may involve a play-off match or matches between nominated teams.