After the playing season has ended, players have the opportunity to be selected for Blue Birdies Winter Training. As well as providing a fun social atmosphere, Winter Training training gives the Team Managers the opportunity to monitor all potential players and see who is performing well and improving before a decision is made about which players should go into the U18's Squads in spring. The criteria for selection for Winter Training are:
A more detailed Selection Criteria Document can be viewed HERE.
The overall aim of Winter Training is to improve upon the already considerable abilities of the high-performance players and assist them towards excelling in national amateur golf while representing Middlesex. Players who are selected will be invited to join the squad in late 2022. They will be provided with a schedule of events for the next 12 months, and some information about what will be expected of them.
A squad of 10-12 players will make up the Blue Birdies Squad and will be used to select playing teams for matches which will be selected after Winter Training has finished and before the playing season begins. Generally, the criteria for selection are:
It is an honour for juniors to have the opportunity to represent their county on the golf course and we think that it might be helpful to clarify and summarise our views on some ground rules.
Our overall aim is to give players the opportunity to enjoy representing a Middlesex side that is capable of competing in all friendly matches, the South Eastern League, playing through to the South East Boys' Qualifiers. We will give qualifying players the chance to play in a highly competitive environment, whilst maintaining high standards of sportsmanship and friendship.
A complete Fixture List can be found below. Team selection for each match will be sent by e-mail and via the team WhatsApp group to all players and their parents on the U14 Selection List, approximately three weeks in advance of the forthcoming fixture. Selected players and reserves will be asked to confirm their availability by e-mail or WhatsApp, within the stated period. If the Manager does not receive such confirmation, he is likely to promote a reserve, so please follow that protocol to avoid disappointment.
Criteria for selection will vary for the various matches that comprise the U18 Fixture List. The various matches can be categorised as:
Teams for the various matches will be selected by the U18 Team Manager, Williams, and County Coaches Emily Perry and Paul Holland. Selection will be based upon:
Middlesex Golf provides subsidies to cover the costs of all fixtures. This broadly contributes to the cost of meals and refreshments. All players are expected to attend the meal after matches, although it is accepted that certain circumstances can arise.
Team shirts and pullovers are given to all players that represent Middlesex. All players are expected to represent the county in the team kit. Players will be provided with county golf balls for each match that they play in.
In Summary, it is our ambition to be a well run and competitive team. We aim to compete strongly in every event that we play. We will include as many players in this process as we reasonably can.