ATC 40K 2015 - WA TEAM SELECTION
The goal here is to begin the selection process for the 40k ATC team for 2015 with a fresh look at the team dynamic. I have utilised a good section of the WHFB ETC selection process as I think this gives the state the best chance of getting the best team together now and in the future.
The largest change is removing the main reliance of pure rankings positions for selections in line with the majority of other states specifically around improving our selection process.
I have reviewed this with multiple captains across the ATC and current and post ATC players etc. In short this is a system designed and put into place to ensure we have the best team now and for future events.
Please see the selection process detailed below and I will open a new topic shortly around open Applications to the ATC.
Such changes are bound to bring various responses positive, negative or indifferent. Please keep responses constructive and I will do my upmost to respond to them clearly and in a timely fashion.
8 players to be selected.
Captain - selected by outgoing ATC team [Spot 1 taken]
Captain selects 1 player (from the outgoing team) to be on the selection committee – vice captain role
1 community member asked to be an observer (general shout out to the community) , included in ATC matters/meetings attend selection discussions etc. Can post updates etc. Captain and vice-captain select from the pool of people who apply. 1 selected to be part of the meetings and sessions as they occur.
Top 2 ranked players in WA by end of December get auto invites. "Captain + Vice-Captain + Community Member" will review both candidates and can withhold an entry, noting it would need to be a significant transgression. [Spots 3 & 4 taken]. In the event that one or more of these players is already on the team – count backs will apply based on generalship ranking.
Auto entry players also join the selection committee (Final selection committee is Captain + Vice-Captain + Non playing community member + 2 auto invitees)
Remaining 4 spots opened up to the community. Applicants to be selected by the committee.
Following are the key questions that will be reviewed in the process. You will also need to have a decent conduct record to be considered for the team. Sports scores from the years events will be taken into consideration but will not be a deal breaker automatically to joining the team. Also what is expected so applicants understand what undertaking is required for the team and themselves.
The Expectation for the Team.
The goal of the team is to finish the ATC event every year with the highest ranking possible (ideally top 3) while upholding the values of the WA community in the eyes of the other states.
Fair play and sportsmanship must be upheld at all times. This is of paramount importance. One of the most important parts of the event is to grow the Australian community and create connections across the country. Poor behaviour may see you excluded from selection for future events
The key result is that of the team – no one individuals results should be more important to them than the results that the team achieves. You should be willing to take coaching from the team – both in suggestions for army selection, deployment and so on. Depending on the role you play within the team, you should also expect to have to ‘tweak’ your list and add a unit or 2 to meet the goals of the team.
Lastly, you have to be aware that you will almost certainly have to ‘take one for the team’ at some point – imagine having to play a game against the worst possible match up at a tourney – that list that is a hard counter to your own. You will almost universally have to deal with this and MINIMISE the loss to let the team achieve its goals (win the round!) – losing the game is ok but playing smart and keeping the teams outcome first is paramount!
Who can apply for Team WA?
Anyone who has played at least 3 ranking tournaments in WA in a calendar year; or
Anyone who has previously represented Team WA in the last 2 years.
What criteria can help an application (but which won't make you a dead cert)?
- Having prior ATC or ETC experience (for any state or country)
- Having a high ranking in the WA stats
- Taking a podium finish at a 30 plus player event
- Playing multiple armies (circa 3-4) to a strong tournament standard
- Being familiar with and happy using Eternal War and Maelstrom
- Travelling interstate or international to tournaments in the last 2 years
What criteria will not be helpful to an application (but may not be deal breakers)
- Having a history of being a bad loser
- Only playing 1 army
- Only playing a limited number of tournaments per year
The application MUST address the above criteria for consideration.
The Nitty Gritty
Cost is always going to be a considerable factor in your decision to apply. Expect flights and accommodation to be around $1,500 (more or less) and you should be ok. We will always try and get group accommodation where possible (as this helps with the team planning and keeps cost down). Budgeting $2,000 should be adequate (depending on how much you want to eat and drink!) to cover your team shirt(s), entry to the event, meals and so on. If you can not 100% commit to this cost then you should reconsider your application.
The team will be looking to run a couple of fund raising events and look for sponsorships to ease some of the financial burdens for the team but this is not guaranteed.
Lastly, we will be looking to meet up once every 4-6 weeks or so at a minimum to discuss new releases that will impact on the army lists we take, play some practice games and work on making everyone the best player they can be. We all have lives outside of the hobby and this will be difficult to organise but it is vital to maximise the teams chance of success.
If you have any questions please sing out and I will respond ASAP
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