Conditions for Awards
Recognition for all of the below is for Grade 10 – 12s only:
Colours can only be awarded to outstanding sports people. It must be emphasised that awards are for a pupils’ sports at this school, and care will be taken that a high standard of performance is set. A guide is that the pupil must be good enough to qualify for any equivalent 1st team, with the impression that he/she would have been of superior standard in that team.
- The definition of a school sport is a sporting activity where a pupil practices and competes together with and for the school, on an acceptably regular basis.
- Colour awards can only be made to pupils at the senior level (i.e. U17 and above) of each sport. In exceptional cases, half colours may be awarded to a really outstanding pupil who attains Western Province A Team selection at U/16 level.
- No school colours will be awarded to any pupil who plays any game outside of the school and is, therefore, unable to play for the school, irrespective of the season of the year under consideration in which such games are played. Where a player competes for his province or nationally, it would be understood that he/she would not always be available to play for the school. He/she would, however, be expected to compete for the school when available.
- A pupil who plays sport in either summer or winter only, without an adequate excuse for not playing in the whole of the year, will only be considered for colours in exceptional circumstances.
- A strong consideration for the award of full colours will be that a pupil, who qualifies on ability, has also made some positive contribution to the sport as a whole, such as leadership in a team, or assistance with junior sides. Western Province selection will help the decision but is not a guarantee for the awarding of colours.
- Any player nominated for colours is expected to have attended 80% of practices and matches and have personally excused themselves from the coach in the event that they have been unable to attend. It is possible that commitment to another school sport may impact on the ability to attend all practices.
- Summer colours are awarded in March, which takes into account a player’s performance during the summer season from October – March. Colours can therefore not be awarded on the basis of first term involvement alone.
- Winter colours are awarded in September, which takes into account a player’s performance during the winter season from April – September.
The standards required by pupils to be nominated for colours differ from sport to sport, but, for all sports:
In order to be awarded a higher award, it is expected that all the criteria for the lower award must also be met and once a higher award has been received, the lower one should be removed from the blazer. A pupil cannot receive a lower award after having attained a higher award in a previous season.
Awarded at the end of the season, to a pupil who has played in 80% of the 1st team fixtures and practices of that season. When a player is unable to meet the 80% requirement through injury, illness or a commitment to another school activity, special consideration may be given.
Awarded at the end of the season, to a pupil who has zonal, regional, WP B team selection (at U/17 level or higher) or who plays WP A Team at U/16 level or who would clearly play in the first team of any equivalent opposition. This would normally be given in the second year of representing the school. An exceptional contribution in the first year may be considered, but is not the norm. Leadership on the field and extra commitment to the sport is also a consideration. Where based on objective criteria, the standard should be attained twice in the season (time, distance, height).
Awarded at the end of the season to a pupil who has WP A Team colours at U/17 level or higher, or who has made an exceptional contribution at a very high standard of play over a number of years. Leadership on the field and extra commitment to the sport is also a consideration. Where based on objective criteria, the standard should be attained twice in the season (time, distance, height).
WP A team in 2 different, school recognised sports. (Pupil must represent WP at U/17 or higher age group, and usually have competed at the SA Champs/Nat. tournament).
WP A Team in the same sport for 2 years. (Pupil must represent WP at U/17 or higher age group, and usually have competed at the SA Champs/Nat. tournament). This will be at the discretion of the awards committee.
Second re-award of full colours, with at least zonal representation. Recipient must be an U/17 at the youngest, in order to receive it.
Exceptional circumstances can be sited for team sports (rugby, cricket, hockey and netball).
HONOURS WITH DISTINCTION
Awarded to a pupil who has achieved national recognition for outstanding achievement, at an U/17 or higher level.