Developing Future Aces and Hearts Programmes (DFA/H)
The DFA/H programme runs officially from August through to the end of April, but players can access key resources throughout the year.
Next Intake: April 2019.
Selection Timeline: Players are tracked and monitored throughout the whole season, with decisions made and communicated in early April. The district tournaments play a big part in the selection process.
Eligibility for the Developing Future Aces programme: Younger players must be in Year 12 or above, and older players must be eligible to represent Auckland at U19 level within the given year. However, a player who makes the DFA is not guaranteed a place in a representative side, and a player who is selected for a representative side is not guaranteed to be in the next intake of the DFA programme.
Eligibility for the Developing Future Hearts programme: Eligibility is managed on a case by case basis with is no age cap at the bottom or top end. We use the information we have gathered to make these decisions.
Players are not selected based on age, but on the abilities and traits required future success at the highest levels:
Current Ability – How they play the game now.
Potential Talent – The player’s background and sporting history.
Performance Foundations – Coachability, work ethic, resilience, and motivation.
Developing Future Aces 2018/2019 draw:
Monday 3 December: Two twenty20 matches v Queensland U21 Country XI
Tuesday 4 December: One-day match v Queensland U21 Country XI
Thursday 6 December: One-day match v NZ Croatia at Cornwall Park
Sunday 27 January: One-day match v Northland 2nd XI
Sunday 17 February: One-day match v Northland 1st and 2nd XI
Sunday 10 March: One-day match v Hamilton
Head Coach: Hayden Gardner.