NZ DEVELOPING SOX BOYS (U15) TRAINING SQUAD AND MANAGER ANNOUNCED
20 April, 2018
Softball New Zealand are pleased to release the naming of the Developing Sox Boys squad.
A 25 man squad has been named by Head Coach Stephen Ratu to assemble for camp at Fraser Park 13-15, July.
The squad for 2018 is:
Daniel Warman (North Harbour), Carlos Amai-Tatu, Jacob Lee, Ryan Earley, McLean Roberts (Auckland), Jayden Priestley, Ned Ru (Counties Manukau), Chleo Reihana-Davis (Tairawhiti), James Eru Povey-Potae (Waikato), Rakai Henare (Hawkes Bay), Joseph Simpson-Smith, Jachan Roberts (Manawatu), Dallas Clifton, Tyler Robb, Jacob Laban (Hutt Valley), Karl Gollan, Jake Tibbits (Wellington), Matthew Lowe (Nelson), Harrison Bruhns-Croy, Haruya Fuchigami, Liam Potts, Mason Woodford, Finn Mounty, Dru de Lautour (Canterbury), Eli Meuli (Southland).
Developing Sox Boys Manager
Softball NZ is very pleased to announce Megan Earley as the newly appointed Team Manager. Earley a current Auckland Softball Association Board Member will bring a wealth of knowledge, along with organisational skills to the team. A volunteer who is part of our softball fabric has managed numerous Auckland representative and club teams over her many years in the game.
NATIONAL TEAM APPOINTMENTS
NZ DEVELOPING SOX U15 BOYS - HEAD COACH - STEPHEN RATU
5 April, 2018
Former Black Sox catcher Stephen Ratu will continue his tenure as the DSX Boys Head Coach. The Canterbury U15 Boys and Red Sox Coach will lead selected players into camp for further development before the team embark on a planned tour to Australia in August to compete in the NSW U17 Stage Champs. Ratu who played for the Golden Homes Black Sox at the 2015 world championships in Canada will continue to be a huge asset to the male programme offering instrumental support to our future chargers.
Thank You Sponsors
The New Zealand Boys Development Sox Management Team wish to thank the following sponsors who have generously supported the boys in their inaugural year to attend the Queensland State U17 Softball Championship and ask the community to support these businesses where possible.
QUEENSLAND STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS SUPPORTERS TOUR
6 July 2016
Support the Developing Sox as they compete in the Queensland State Championships, 16-20 September - Sydney, Australia
28 June 2016
|NZ Boys Development Sox, coaches and management recently converged on Hamilton for the inaugural NZS Boys which has been designed to identify young talent and develop them into high performance athletes.
Stage 1 of the development program was a 5 day camp in Hamilton including a 4 game mini tournament (including the final) against two Aussie Sparks touring sides and a combined 15/17 age group Waikato team.
Focus for this part of the program was to establish or commence process in the following areas.
- Turning 15 individual athletes into a high performance sports team
- Outline the 4 key focus areas of the programme
- Introduction to Drug Free Sport
- Develop individual and collective goals under a SMART framework
- Establish team Pillars
- Encourage and develop a positive team culture
The Team embraced the work required to achieve the camp focus points and with hard work and determination managed to exceed expectations.
Team Pillars, goals and positive culture were established early which set the standard of commitment allowing the group to focus on the 8 dimensions of high performance development.
- Purpose, Identity and Shared Objectives
- Mutual Trust and Respect
- Role Clarity and Acceptance
- Commitment and Support
- Directed Action
- Continued Excellence
- Vitality and Resiliency
- Collective Potency
This was no “holiday camp” there was plenty of hard work required in the class room and on the diamond which was fully embraced by each and every team member.
- Completed individual player fitness assessment – YOYO Intermittent Recovery Test.
- Attended an introduction to Drug Free sport Seminar
- Learnt the history/origins and actions of the Haka – Ka Mate
- Training – offensive, defensive and strategy (on the diamond and in the classroom).
With every camp there are always memorable moments and this camp was no exception.
- The team were formally presented with their New Zealand team uniform by coaches Dennis Clueard and Stephen Ratu after an empowering speech about the “Mana and history” that comes with the privilege of donning the NZ Sox uniform from ex Black Sox Craig Wallace.
- Each Haka. The boys did the Haka with pride and passion on every occasion (including practise) and I’m sure those supporters that were privileged to witness one would contest to them being “memorable”.
An opportunity for the coaching staff to create pressure within our own environment and to see how players individually and collectively responded, mix players in and out of preferred positions and for the players to become comfortable in a New Zealand jersey.
The management team didn’t go into these games with a sole focus on the result (winning). In fact, this was last on the list. They used the opportunity to see what “we” have, and more importantly to identify areas we could improve on in the build-up to Australia. From this perspective a lot was learnt with individual and regional training plans now implemented to target areas where improvement is required. Potentially to those looking on from the outside some “interesting” things during the games were done, but again - more focused was put on isolated situations to see what players could achieve, irrespective of game situations and game outcomes.
- NZ (6) – Waikato Combined (1)
- NZ (15) – Aussie Sparks (0)
- NZ (6) – Aussie Sparks (6)
- NZ (7) – Aussie Sparks (0) FINAL
Wilkinson Named Team Manager
15 February 2016
Softball New Zealand would also like to congratulate and announce Andrew Wilkinson as the Manager of the Developing Sox Boys team which will compete in a series against the Aussie Sparks in Hamilton, 23-24th April and then in the Queensland State Championships in McKay later this year.
New Zealand U15 Boy's Developing Sox Team 2016
21 January 2016
The following players have been named by New Zealand Developing Sox Head Coach Dennis Clueard and Assistant Coach Stephen Ratu to compete against the touring Aussie Sparks in Hamilton over 23rd
of April. The team will also contest the Under 17 Queensland State Championships in MacKay this September.
The Softball New Zealand President Lyn Lockhart proudly announces the New Zealand Developing Sox Boys team.
– Hutt Valley
17.Te Korewha Reihana
Congratulations to all those selected and the very best for your upcoming events.
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