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.
Selection Timeline: Players are tracked and monitored throughout the whole season. 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.