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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.

Development Pods

Development Pods provide a focus for A-Class 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.

Awards

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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TBA TBA AC Elite Squad (Mac Squad) View detailsLunch Available - book on entry CA By Selection 20 Oct 2019 06 Oct 2019  
TBA TBA Women's Group Coaching Day View detailsenter and pay onlineview entriesEntry open to CA Non-Members CO        
TBA SWCA One-to-One and Small Group Coaching (half-day sessions throughout the season) View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO        
TBA SWCA 'On demand' AC & SC courses for Small Groups - 1-day courses Apr-Oct View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO        
6-7 Mar Ealing AC International Development Squad Training Weekend View details CA By Invitation 1wd      
10 Mar Wycombe AC - 10 Plus Course (AC10PLUS) View detailsview entriesEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:10–18 1wd 25 Feb 25 Feb  
19-20 Mar Wycombe CTC/CQC Course for Training and Qualifying Coaches View detailsenter and pay onlineview entriesEntry open to CA Non-Members CTC 2wd 01 Mar 01 Mar  
1 Apr Northern Academy One-to-One with Cliff Jones View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO 1wd   18 Mar  
1-2 Apr The Academy Coach Training Course (CTC) (Club-Level Coach) View detailsLunch Available - book on entryEntry open to CA Non-Members CTC 2wd      
2-3 Apr Northern Academy So You Think You Know the Laws of AC? View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO 2wd   18 Mar  
2-3 Apr Northern Academy Become a Qualified AC Referee View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CRA 2wd   18 Mar  
4 Apr Northern Academy Become a GC Graded Coach View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CQC     18 Mar  
5 Apr Northern Academy One-to-One with Cliff Jones View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO     18 Mar  
8-9 Apr The Academy Coach Qualification Course (CQC) (Grades 1 & 2, GC & AC) View detailsLunch Available - book on entryEntry open to CA Non-Members CQC 2wd      
10 Apr Northern Academy How to Make Twelve Hoops in One Go View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:14-   01 Apr  
11 Apr Northern Academy It's Not All About Breaks View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:14-   01 Apr  
15 Apr The Academy AC Developing the Advanced Game View detailsLunch Available - book on entryEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:8–12 1wd      
18-19 Apr Wycombe AC - Development Course in Advanced Play (ACDEVAP) View detailsenter and pay onlineview entriesEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:6–12 04 Apr 04 Apr  
18 Apr Northern Academy It's All in the Head - Getting Into the Right Mindset View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO     08 Apr  
19 Apr Northern Academy Back to Basics View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO     08 Apr  
21-22 Apr SWCA Coach Training Course for Club-Level Coaches View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CTC 2wd   11 Apr  
29 Apr The Academy AC One Step Further View detailsLunch Available - book on entryEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:8- 1wd      
29 Apr Northern Academy Power-Up Your Coaching Mojo! View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO 1wd   20 Apr  
29-30 Apr SWCA Coach Qualification Course for Grade 1 & 2 Coaches (AC & GC) View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CQC 2wd   20 Apr  
2 May SWCA Practical Sports Psychology for Croquet View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO     25 Apr  
2-3 May Northern Academy CTC - Become a CA Club-Level Coach View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CTC     15 Apr  
3 May SWCA Silver Course: Winning Your AC Silver Badge! View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:12-   26 Apr  
3 May SWCA One-to-One and Small Group Coaching (AC & GC) View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO     26 Apr  
5 May The Academy Association Croquet the Basics View detailsLunch Available - book on entryEntry open to CA Non-Members CA 1wd      
6 May The Academy Developing a Winning Mentality View detailsLunch Available - book on entryEntry open to CA Non-Members CO H:4- G:4- 1wd      
12 May Northern Academy Moves and Methods for Higher Bisquers View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:16–22 1wd   03 May  
13 May Northern Academy Learn Short Croquet in One Day View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA 1wd   03 May  
22 May The Academy AC Masterclass View detailsLunch Available - book on entryEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:3.5- 1wd      
28 May The Academy AC Building the Break View detailsLunch Available - book on entryEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:16–20 1wd      
29 May SWCA Bronze Course: Winning Your AC Bronze Badge! View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:18- 1wd   22 May  
5 Jun SWCA AC Masterclass - A Day with Jonathan Powe View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:3.5- 1wd   28 May  
8 Jun The Academy AC Playing the Game View detailsLunch Available - book on entryEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:12–16 1wd      
13 Jul The Academy AC 1-Day 14pt Handicap Supervised Tournament - The High-Bisque Salver View detailsLunch Available - book on entryEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:14+ 1wd      
3-4 Aug Cheltenham High-Bisquers' Summer Tournament View detailsenter and pay onlineview entries CA H:16–24 2wd 03 Jul 27 Jul  
15-16 Aug Surbiton AC International Development Squad Mentored Match Weekend View detailsLunch Available - book on entry CA By Invitation      
25-26 Aug Wrest Park Under-25 Summer Improvers' Course View details CO 2wd      

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