Club Guide to the Croquet Association
What is the CA? The Croquet Association is Croquet's national governing body, which promotes and regulates the sport, mostly through voluntary effort. Players and clubs support the organisation through their membership. The management and control of the CA is vested in the Council of elected members, which includes members from each Federation region. Council members and others serve on the various committees.
Promotional Materials and Leaflets The CA Office supplies clubs with glossy promotion materials, which include short guides to Association and Golf Croquet, a promotional leaflet called 'Have you Tried Croquet?', and A4 posters. The marketing team run National Croquet Day (NCD).
Joining the CA Players can join the CA as individual members and information about joining the CA is given on the website, along with the benefits of doing so.
Insurance Full CA Member Clubs are automatically entitled to insurance as part of the membership package. The insurance is provided by SportsCover, through the CA's brokers, Endsleigh. These links provide summaries of the cover provided to clubs and coaches respectively. The full cover is as stated in the Public Liability, Employer's Liability, & Professional Indemnity and Directors & Officers policy documents, however, a Communicable Disease Endorsement has been issued and these (e.g. COVID-19) are excluded from any cover. It is an expectation of insurers that risk assessments are in place. Clubs are responsible for their own equipment and buildings insurance. The CA has negotiated competitive rates with Endsleigh: details for these should be obtained from Endsleigh on 01242 866800.
Grants and Loans A large part of the CA's budget goes towards giving clubs support to enhance their facilities, either as a grant or a loan. Clubs must be full members of the CA and raise the major part of the cost themselves. Clubs interested in applying for a grant should contact their Federation Development Officer who will advise them. The CA Bursary Scheme supports aspiring international players to go to the right tournaments, etc.
Sponsorship Clubs are responsible for obtaining sponsorship of club events and tournaments, however if the CA obtains sponsorship for CA tournaments, then the club holding the CA Tournament receives increased Lawn hire fees. If the club holding the CA Tournament obtains sponsorship for it, then the club retains two-thirds of the sponsorship and the CA one-third.
CA Awards for Special Achievement The CA makes awards biennially in three categories (Townsend, Apps Heley, and Millennium) to clubs that have made exceptional progress in providing a good playing environment over the previous two years. Application Forms are available from the website. CA Diplomas are awarded to club members who have given outstanding service to croquet and have been active in Club or Federation affairs over a long period. The Diplomas have nothing to do with croquet prowess and everything to do with the help given to other members. Nominations should be accompanied by a short citation (300 words maximum), signed by a club official, and sent to the CA Office by the end of June. The full citation for those awarded Diplomas will be published on the website, with a summary in the Gazette and when they are presented, which is normally at the AGM.
Most Improved Player Awards These are the Apps Memorial Bowl for the most improved AC male player, the Steel Memorial Bowl for the most improved female player and the Spiers Award for the most improved GC player. Nominations should be made by clubs to the CA Office by 8th October each year with details of the improvement including handicap reductions and tournament achievements.
Merit Awards There are merit awards for individual CA Members reaching specific targets for the first time in a tournament game which they win. The targets are to complete a break of a certain number of hoops, or, for the higher awards, peels.
Handicapping - the AHS The CA also provides an Automatic Handicapping System (AHS), which requires players entering tournaments, Federation and club events to maintain handicap cards. This applies separately for Association Croquet Handicapping and Golf Croquet Handicapping. Even if players only take part in club events, they will find it useful to have a handicap so that they can play competitively with other club members. Clubs are sent a supply of handicap cards for their members each year.