Top player Robert Fulford's mallet wear pattern shows great consistency
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:
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.
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 provide a focus for A and B class players to get together locally and improve their game in a relaxed environment.
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.
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:
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.
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