U17 Pathway – Male

The path to the U17 National Tournament starts with gaining selection into the U17 Regional Tournament. Here, a player will trial with their local District or Sub-Association (South Canterbury, Mid-Canterbury, West Coast, Buller, Canterbury Country, Christchurch Metro) which may involve net trials and/or trial matches. At this level it is generally a self-nomination process. Contact your respective District or Sub-Association for key dates and trial information.

  • South Canterbury – Shane Gilkinson – gilky@southcanterburycricket.co.nz
  • Mid Canterbury – Garfield Charles – garfield@mccricket.co.nz
  • West Coast – Jack O’Connor – jack.oconnor@sportcanterbury.org.nz
  • Buller – c/Simon Hill – shill@canterburycricket.org.nz
  • Canterbury Country – Toby Doyle – toby@canterburycountrycricket.org.nz
  • Christchurch Metro – Keryn Ambler – kambler@christchurchmetrocricket.com


Players must be aged 16yrs, or younger, as of September 1st 2017.

How is the U17 Canterbury team selected?

Overseen by the Canterbury Cricket Director of Cricket, Gary Stead, a panel of selectors will select the U17 Canterbury team. The selection panel for 2017/18 is:

  • Andrew Reid (Convenor) – Canterbury Cricket Talent & Performance ID Coach
  • Dion Ebrahim – Canterbury Cricket Performance Squad Coach
  • District representative tbc
  • District representative tbc

The selection panel will also approach each coach at the U17 Regional Tournament as part of the selection process.

Who is coaching the Canterbury U17 team?


Selection criteria

Canterbury Cricket are focussed on investing in players who uphold the values of our organisation (Courage, Respect, and Integrity) and who demonstrate the right personal characteristics for long term success. A primary driver is producing ‘Great players’ through sustainable excellence. Selection criteria at this level will consider the following points (in no particular order):

  • On field performances
  • Recent playing history
  • Attitude
  • Playing potential
  • Contribution to the team
  • Fielding
  • Commitment
  • On-field/off-field behaviours
  • Fitness
  • Eligibility
  • Availability

When selecting a team, consideration must be made to the balance of the team and the desired mix of batsmen and bowlers. This may be influenced by, but not limited to; match formats, playing conditions, surface, tournament duration, having options to cover various situations.

What can you do?

Canterbury Cricket promotes self-sufficiency from players involved in our programmes. It is expected that players have access to their own e-mail account, and check it daily. Players may be asked to supply statistics, and provide additional information from time to time.

Key dates

  • December 11-15 – U17 Regional Tournament (Christchurch Metro)
  • December 15 – U17 Canterbury team named
  • January 6 – U17 Canterbury training day
  • January 8/9 – U17 v Otago
  • January 11 – U17 Training day
  • January 12 – U17 travel day (Auckland)
  • January 13-20 – U17 National Tournament (Auckland)

Player levies

The levies for 2017-18 will be $506.00 inc. GST. This will assist Canterbury Cricket in recovering costs incurred through your participation in this tournament. These costs include:

  • clothing
  • coaches
  • grounds
  • umpires and scorers
  • cricket balls
  • shared tournament costs

Canterbury Cricket subsidise over 70% of the total costs for this team. Payment can be made either on or before 8 January by internet banking to Canterbury Cricket Association’s bank account 06 0801 0503783 00, (please use player name and team as reference). If you pay the levy in full on or before Monday 8 January you will be eligible for a 10% discount i.e. total cost would be $455.40 incl. GST, OR you can take up the option of paying in two equal instalments of $253.00 on or before the following dates: January 8 and February 8.

Should you have any difficulty paying the player levy please contact Trudy Anderson at Canterbury Cricket on (03) 928-1238 ext. 702 for alternate payment options. (Note: Should you have any outstanding levies from Canterbury winter training squads or previous Canterbury teams you will not be able to participate in these matches until these are paid in full).

What if I don’t get selected in the U17 Canterbury team?

The new Canterbury Cricket U17 Tri-series will involve players from U17s and U15s. Please click the link below for further information: Click here for more information

Where to from here? (JPS/SPS)

For further training and playing opportunities, players may be selected into the Canterbury Cricket Junior Performance Squad (JPS) or Senior Performance Squad (SPS). Please click the link below for further information:  Click here for more information

male playing pathway