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Article: "NZSSSC - new pupil limits" (2007-2011)

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NZSSSC team eligibility criteria pupils new to school

In term 2 of 2007 the NZSSSC introduced School Team Eligibility criteria. The purpose of the criteria is to curb the growing practice of recruiting talented sporting pupils, either from one school into another or from overseas.

The criteria work by imposing team limits for the number of pupils who are "new" to a school i.e. transferred to the school after year 9 or is an overseas/non-resident pupil.

NZSSRA has introduced the criteria in the Terms and Conditions for our Championships regattas starting 2008. These are the North and South Island Secondary School Rowing Championships and Maadi Regattas (New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Championships).

This article sets out how the NZSSSC criteria will be applied to NZSSRA regattas, which are sanctioned by NZSSSC, and provides member schools with some guidance for establishing which pupils are affected by the criteria.

The Limits

  • The NZSSSC team eligibility criteria apply at our Championships regattas on a crew-by-crew basis.
  • The criteria apply to all pupils (sweep oar and/or sculling and/or coxswains).
  • The limit for a coxed eight is TWO (2) pupils new to the school. For all other boats the limit is ONE (1) pupil new to the school.

Who's new

  1. Pupils who were already members of the school prior to Term 2 2007
    The criteria are not retrospective so they do not apply to any pupil who was already a member of your school prior to Term 2 of 2007 (regardless of what other category that pupil falls in).
  2. Overseas or non-resident pupils
    If the pupil started at your school in year 9 the criteria do not apply, otherwise the pupil IS affected by the eligibility criteria and must be counted towards your limit for new pupils (for each crew that pupil rows in).
  3. Pupils at single sex or fully co-ed schools
    Go through the following questions one by one. If the answer is "Yes" you can stop going through the questions because the pupil IS NOT affected by the eligibility criteria.
    • Was the pupil a member of your school before the criteria were introduced (Term 2 2007)?
    • Did the pupil join the school in year 9 (or earlier)?
    • Has the pupil been at the school for 2 years or more?
    • Has the pupil transferred from another NZ school WITH written agreement from both schools that the pupil should be exempt from the criteria?
    If the answer to all four questions above is "No" then the pupil IS affected by the eligibility criteria and will be counted towards your limit for new pupils (for each crew that pupil rows in).
  4. Pupils at schools that become co-ed at year 12
    Use the questions below for those pupils whose sex has the first possible entry year as year 12 (e.g. for a boys school that becomes co-ed at year 12 use the questions below for girls). For the other sex use the above questions, as though the pupil was attending a single-sex school.
    Go through the following questions one by one. If the answer is "No" you can stop going through the questions because the pupil IS NOT affected by the eligibility criteria.
    • Has the pupil previously competed at a Championships regatta (NISS/SISS/Maadi) for a different school?
    • Has the pupil transferred from another NZ school WITHOUT written agreement from both schools that the pupil should be exempt from the criteria?
    If the answer to both questions above is "Yes" then the pupil IS affected by the eligibility criteria and will be counted towards your limit for new pupils (for each crew that pupil rows in).

Any questions from member schools about how the NZSSSC team criteria affect their specific circumstances should be directed to the Executive Officer.

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