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One-Ball Handicapping

The purpose of the One-Ball handicapping system is to allow AC and GC players to play One-Ball on a level playing field. It was researched and developed by Kevin Carter (organiser of The National Charity One-Ball competition), and was formally adopted by Croquet England in 2018.

These One-Ball handicap rules conform to the Laws as modified by the Tournament Regulations as follows:

  1. First, AC handicaps below 2 are adjusted as follows:
    AC Handicap 1 ½ 0 -1 -1½ -2 -2½ -3
    One-Ball Handicap 1 0 -1 -2 -3 -4 -5 -6 -7 -8
  2. Then take the lowest of:
    • the adjusted AC handicap
    • if GC handicap above zero: 2.5 x GC handicap, otherwise GC handicap
    • 20
  3. The number of bisques given is one-third of the difference between the players' handicaps with any fraction rounded to the nearest half-bisque

Download the One-Ball handicap chart to make it easy to figure all this out.

Players may wish to use the online Handicap Calculator, however, as this is not maintained by Croquet England, if there is a discrepancy with the calculation using the method described in the latest GC Rules, AC Laws and Tournament Regulations, the Croquet England method is paramount.