FAQ FOR THE EAF TEAM SELECTION CRITERIA 2016
Q: How many scores are required?
A: Selection Criteria: Applicants must submit 3 scores relevant to the event
Q: Why are Handicaps being considered, when the criteria specify scores only for applications?
A: Clause 6 may appear a little ambiguous, especially when the EAF is trying to make things transparent to be clear; Metric 1-4 scores are not going to be equated to HCs for team selection as only scores are considered.
However, whilst the emphasis for selection is based entirely on scores submitted for the age appropriate round for which the archer is going to be shooting, Clause 6 was included to flag (in the interests of absolute transparency) that in some circumstances, there might be a necessity to employ handicaps (e.g. to rank archers, jostling perhaps for reserve places) and the EAF committee reserve the right to do so. There is no intention that HCs are going to be used for selection.
Q: Why is there a minimum age?
A: When making decisions on selection criteria, those beneath the agreed minimum age will always have the opportunity to feel aggrieved. It may seem brutal to make such a concrete statement regarding the minimum age from which the EAF intend to build each Junior England team, but the EAF did need to bring a greater rigour to the whole process. Consideration was also given to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), of which the English Archery Federation is a member sport. CGF has set its criteria at the World Archery Cadet criteria with the minimum age being 14, as such lowering the EAF minimum age to 13 adds certain flexibility. Subsequently in consultation with our member regions, our team managers and our professionally qualified safeguarding advisor, the minimum age of 13 was agreed.
Archery GB may well adopt a different approach to minimum age, but they are the National Governing Body (NGB), whilst the EAF are staffed only by volunteers and has limited financial resources. Behavioural and welfare responsibility falls on the shoulders of the volunteer team managers when at an event. So whilst having a potential impact on England’s performance to not select from the talented u13s it was considered a risk that could be mitigated by simply making a clear statement that the EAF would set a benchmark age of 13 and above.
There is no cut off regarding the birth date; the age requirement is the year in which an archer is 13.
Q: What is the minimum age for Senior Team Members?
A: The EAF Committee has set the minimum age for senior team members at 18 at the time of the event.
The main reasons for this decision are:
18 is the age of consent;
All EAF officers and Team Leaders are volunteers and are supported through the English Regions to select and lead archers in the various events where Team England competes;
At all Record Status events there is a possibility that archers may be required to undergo doping control tests and minors would require a chaperone to be present. A Team Manager would have other duties to perform and would not be available to act as chaperone in this circumstance.
Where it is necessary for the Team to stay in hotel accommodation it would not be acceptable to allow a minor to share with an unrelated adult, again chaperones would be required.
Q: Rounds for Indoor Selection - Junior
A: Applicants are asked to submit scores relevant to the event, therefore, as the round to be shot is a Portsmouth then three Portsmouth scores should be submitted
Q: Cut off dates for the Matches?
A: Home Nation Matches, Indoor and Outdoor, Senior & Junior
In January 2016 the EAF committee were in correspondence with the AGB National Tournaments Committee (NTC) about the cut off dates for those events which would be hosting the Home Nations event so that both EAF and NTC could work in harmony.
As those of you who have been involved in the sport for some time will be aware, these events are growing more and more popular with archers and the Tournament Organisers have had to run waiting lists until quite late in the run up to events whilst waiting on Home Nations to supply team details.
Junior Home Nations Match
The prospectus for the 2016 JNOC makes reference to an across the board cut off date for all Home Nations Teams as the 23rd May which falls before the "traditional" EAF cut off date of after the late May Bank Holiday. A date this early would mean that the EAF cut off date would have been at the beginning of May. A survey of available events across the country that early in the season has revealed very few opportunities.
Therefore, in fairness to all archers irrespective of their location it is proposed that the following approach be adopted this year: The cut off date for the JNOC to be 31 March. This date is non negotiable.
Submissions should be made on the appropriate form, available only on the EAF web site, using outdoor scores made from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016. The three scores should be from Record Status shoots and as the Home Nations Match is metric, preference will be given for metric scores. On this occasion it will be possible to use the metric score made in the 2015 JNOC.
All applicants are required to have made an entry to the JNOC before submitting scores, those who make the team will have their entry fees (or part thereof) refunded.
Once the team has been selected archers will be informed by the end of April.
It is hoped that with selection so early in the season there will be opportunity to hold a team building/training event before the Home Nations Match.
Senior Home Nations (incorporated into BTC which this year is also a National Series event)
As a result of the negotiations with AGB Tournament Committee earlier in the year cut off dates are now non negotiable.
The EAF cut off date will be 13 June 2016 and scores from Record Status may be submitted from 12 June 2015 to 13 June 2016.
All applicants are required to have made an entry to the BTC before submitting scores, those who make the team will have their entry fees (or part thereof) refunded.
Please note that team members will be required to shoot on both days of the weekend.
2016 Senior Commonwealth Europe & Open Championships: Hosts Eire
The cut off date has been set at 31st May to allow the Team Managers to arrange the travel arrangements to Eire, it is non - negotiable.
Q: Can I submit a 720 or double 720 or must it be a WA1440?
A: 720 or a double 720 will not be accepted because the WA1440 (previously known as the FITA Round) is a different discipline to a straightforward 12 dozen at one distance on one size face.
Q: Can I submit multiple forms? i.e. having sent in 3 scores, can I then send in more later in the year?
A: If further scores are submitted, before the closing date, please indicate in your email that these scores are the ones you wish to have considered for selection.
Q: I would like to submit scores again for this year’s Junior Home Nations and Junior Euronations. Is there a preference for the rounds that need to be submitted for each event, and the number of rounds? Also do they need to be record status scores?
A: The criteria states that the event must be Record Status, and wherever possible the scores submitted must be the same as the round/s to be shot at the event / championship in question.
The EAF Committee
The EAF Committee fully appreciate that there can be teething troubles with any process and is committed to reviewing the policy, procedure and criteria on an
annual basis prior to the AGM in order that preparations can begin for everyone concerned in planning events for the following season.
As part of the FAQ process the EAF would like to recommend that where the criteria and FAQ creates further questions or responses, these are fed through to the respective Regional Representatives to the EAF Committee in order that they are fully prepared for any ensuing debate.
Regional representative email addresses can be found on the EAF Management page of the web site.