Selection for the National Development Squad (NDS)(18+)
a) Athletes will be required to compete in the British and / or the English Senior Championships. Those finishing in the top three places of each weight class may be invited to attend the squad sessions at the discretion of the national coaching staff. Selection as a member of the National Development squad will be based on assessment by the national coaching staff using the following criteria:
- consistency of performances and current rate of improvement
- past achievements at major domestic events
- potential to compete successfully at international competition
- current level of physical fitness and current medical/injury status
- suitability as a team member (past behaviour)
b) All members of the NDS will be required to attend all squad sessions. More than two unauthorised absence within a six month period may result in an athlete’s membership of the senior squad being terminated.
c) Athletes can only be selected for international competition if they are members of the NDS.
d) Athletes will only be selected for international competitions if, in the opinion of the coaching staff, they have the ability to successfully compete at an international level.
e) The national coaching staff, reserve the right to invite any athlete onto the NDS where it is believed the athlete has the ability to develop and succeed at an international level. This situation will only apply when an athlete has been unable to compete in both the relevant English and British Championships due to illness, injury or other exceptional circumstances.