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Association Croquet Coaching

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Your local club probably offers coaching for beginners, and possibly beyond into intermediate play.

See also Practice Routines for AC Beginners and Croquet Skills Tests

The CA runs a number of courses:

  • Improver Course
  • Bronze Course
  • Silver Course
  • Silver Gilt Course
  • Gold Course

The Regional Bronze or Improvers Courses concentrate on setting up and maintaining breaks, and positive use of bisques. The National Silver Course and the Silver-Gilt (Introduction to Advanced Play) Course both concentrate on the kind of break management and tactics that naturally lead the player to win the Silver Badge. The National Gold Course is designed to prepare players to achieve the Triple Peel and therefore obtain the Gold Badge. It suggests tactics for the standard triple and the delayed triple, and covers the attacking leaves after the first ball has reached four-back, in order to make the lift shot as difficult as possible for the opponent. A workshop covering the Sextuple Peel was run in August 2004 - going into the mechanics of the usual break required, the leaves required to set up the situation, and the difficulties that may follow if things do not go exactly to plan. Several of the participants have since obtained their Platinum Badge. The workshop will be run again when there is sufficient demand.

Special Opportunity for Juniors

CA Junior Members can access the wide-ranging CA Mentoring Scheme to benefit from the experience of leading players.

The CA Bursary Scheme supports aspiring international players to go to the right tournaments, etc.

Coaching Pods

Coaching Pods provide a focus for A and B class players to get together locally and improve their game in a relaxed environment.

Development Squad for Players with International Potential

Improving players with the potential to reach an international standard may be interested in the International Player Development Squad.

Clubs should nominate their fast-improving players with real potential by the end of November each year, and Apps Bowl, Steel Bowl and Spiers Trophy nominees are considered automatically. Nominations should be sent to the Chairman of AC Selectors.

Becoming a Coach

The CA runs Coach Training Courses (CTC) and has a qualification system for those wishing to become coaches. Please refer to the fixtures book section Becoming a Coach. Key to the qualification scheme is our network of Examining Coaches.


The CA provides a number of performance merit awards, which recognise the achievement of certain standards:

  • Merit Award Scheme - Awards recognising improvement in play and encouraging enterprising play
  • Most Improved Player - Most improved AC man, AC woman, and GC player
  • CA Silver Medals - Awarded the first time a player reaches an advanced stage of a sizeable first-class level event.

The recipients of the various awards can be seen on the relevant history page: CA Merit Awards, Most Improved Players, Silver Medal.

Each year the CA recognises one coach who has, in the opinion of the coaching committee, provided outstanding service to croquet. This award is called 'Coach of the Year'. Please pass nominations to the chairman of the CA Coaching Committee. Previous winners can be seen in the history section Coach of the Year.

Coaching Resources

Association Croquet Coaching Courses in the Fixtures Book

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Date Venue Event Type Key - what the symbols mean Comments Key Alloc. Close Draw
30 Mar SWCA Out-Thinking the Opposition View details Open CW 1wd   23 Mar  
1-2 Apr Nottingham Course to Train AC Referees View details Open CRA   04 Mar 18 Mar  
2 Apr Northern Academy The Psychology of Winning View details Open CO     26 Mar  
4-5 Apr SWCA Getting into Advanced Play View details Open CA H:6–12 2wd   28 Mar  
6-7 Apr SWCA Nailing the Triple View details Open CA H:5- 2wd   30 Mar  
7 Apr The Academy Croquet Psychology - Get the Mindset Edge View details Open CO 1wd   31 Mar  
9 Apr Bowdon Women's Group Coaching Day View details CA By Invitation      
11-12 Apr The Academy AC Introduction & Development Course in Advanced Play View details Open CA H:6–14 2wd   04 Apr  
18-19 Apr The Academy Perfecting Your AC Stroke and Break Play View details Open CA H:5–9 2wd   11 Apr  
19-20 Apr SWCA AC - the Easy Way for Beginners and Improvers View details Open CA 2wd   14 Apr  
21-23 Apr The Academy AC Triple Peel Course View details Open CA H:0–4 1wd   14 Apr  
22-23 Apr Ealing International Player Development Squad Coaching Weekend View details CA By Invitation      
22-23 Apr Northern Academy Aiming for Silver View details Open CA H:10–16   15 Apr  
25-26 Apr SWCA Mastering 4 and 3 Ball Breaks View details Open CA 2wd   18 Apr  
25-26 Apr The Academy AC Beginners' and Improvers' Course View details Open CA H:18+ 2wd   18 Apr  
27-28 Apr SWCA Don't Leave Me This Way! View details Open CA 2wd   20 Apr  
28 Apr The Academy A Simple Guide to Tournament & Competition Management View details Open CO 1wd   21 Apr  
29 Apr Northern Academy Refresh your Technique View details Open CA     22 Apr  
30 Apr Northern Academy Refine your Practising View details Open CA     22 Apr  
2-3 May The Academy AC Development Course in Handicap Play View details Open CA H:12–18 2wd   25 Apr  
6-7 May Northern Academy Aiming for Bronze View details Open CA H:12–18   29 Apr  
10-11 May The Academy Coach Training Course (CTC) View details Open CTC 2wd   03 May  
17-18 May Nottingham Coach Training Course (CTC) View details Open CTC 2wd 02 Apr 23 Apr  
20-21 May Northern Academy Become a Qualified Coach View details Open CTC     13 May  
20-21 May Surbiton International Player Development Squad Mentored Match Weekend View details CA By Invitation      
6-7 Jun SWCA AC - the Easy Way - Next Steps View details Open CA 2wd   16 May  
14-15 Jun The Academy AC Beginners' and AC Improvers' Follow-Up Course View details Open CA H:18+ 2wd   07 Jun  
17 Jun Northern Academy Tactics to Win: The Four Ball Break and Beyond View details Open CA     10 Jun  
22-23 Jul Northern Academy An introduction to Association Croquet View details Open CA     15 Jul  

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