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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:

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.

Awards

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.

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
TBA TBA Women's Group Coaching Day (AC) View details CA By Invitation      
TBA SWCA One-to-One and Small Group Coaching (half day sessions throughout the season) View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO        
29-30 Mar SWCA Tournament & Competition Management (AC & GC) View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO 1wd   22 Mar  
31 Mar SWCA One-to-One and Small Group Coaching (AC & GC) View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO     24 Mar  
3-4 Apr SWCA Coaches Training Course for Club Coaches (AC & GC) View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CTC 2wd   27 Mar  
4 Apr The Academy Introduction to Association Croquet View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA 1wd      
4-5 Apr SWCA Coaches Qualification Course for Grade 1 & 2 Coaches (AC & GC) View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CQC 2wd   27 Mar  
4-5 Apr The Academy Coach Training Course (CTC) (Club Coach) View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CTC 2wd      
5 Apr The Academy Croquet - Mind Over Matter View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO 1wd      
6 Apr Northern Academy CQC - Become a CA Graded Coach View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CQC     23 Mar  
7 Apr Northern Academy Moving on in AC: skills and strategy. View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:12–18   23 Mar  
10 Apr SWCA AC - Tactics, Bisques & Breaks View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:16–22 1wd   03 Apr  
10-11 Apr The Academy AC Improvers' Course View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:18+ 2wd      
11-12 Apr The Academy One-to-One & Small Group Coaching AC & GC View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO 2wd      
11-12 Apr The Academy Coach Qualification Course (CQC) (Grades 1 & 2, GC & AC) View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CQC 2wd      
12 Apr SWCA AC - Tactics, Tactics, Tactics View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:14- 1wd   05 Apr  
13-14 Apr The Academy AC Towards the Triple Peel View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:8-      
13 Apr Northern Academy Back to Basics. View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO     01 Apr  
14 Apr Northern Academy Practice makes Perfect View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA     01 Apr  
16-17 Apr The Academy AC Introduction & Development Course in Advanced Play View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:6–14 2wd      
16-17 Apr The Academy AC Development Course in Handicap Play View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:12–18 2wd      
19-21 Apr Northern Academy One-to-One with Cliff Jones. View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO     06 Apr  
24 Apr The Academy AC Workshop inc. Video Analysis View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA 1wd      
26 Apr SWCA AC Masterclass - a day with Ian Burridge View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:2- 1wd   19 Apr  
27 Apr Northern Academy How to make twelve hoops in one go. View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:14-   15 Apr  
28 Apr Northern Academy It's not all about breaks. View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:14-   15 Apr  
1-2 May The Academy AC Laws & Referees' Qualification Course View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CRA 2wd      
8 May SWCA Short Croquet - Skills, Tactics, Bisques & Breaks View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO 1wd   01 May  
10 May SWCA Get Peeling! View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:12- 1wd   03 May  
14 May Wycombe AC - Improver Afternoon Course (ACIC) View detailsenter and pay onlineview entriesEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:8–18 1wd 01 May 01 May  
18-19 May Northern Academy CTC - Become a CA Club Coach View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CTC     04 May  
22 May SWCA Short Croquet - the Special Skills to Succeed View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:16- 1wd   15 May  
25 May SWCA Referees Workshop View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CO     18 May  
1 Jun Northern Academy From GC to AC in one day: an introduction to Association Croquet View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA     20 May  
2 Jun Northern Academy Next steps in AC: tips and technique. View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:18–24   20 May  
5-6 Jun The Academy AC High Handicap Follow-Up Course View detailsEntry open to CA Non-Members CA H:18+ 2wd      
15-18 Aug Surbiton CA International Squad (AC) Test Match View details CA By Invitation 2wd      
20-21 Aug Wrest Park Summer School of Croquet - AC & GC View details CO 2wd      

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