When playing against overseas players (whether at home or abroad), provided they have a current GCDG ranking, they may be assigned a handicap based on their GCDG grade. Games against them may then be recorded on your CA handicap card.
Assigning a Handicap Based on a GCDG Grade
If you are unfamiliar with the Ranking List, be aware that although the default setting is to display only players who have played a minimum of 10 games in the past 12 months and who have a ranking grade of 1800 or more, players who do not meet these two criteria are still recorded within the system - and ranking information about them will help you set their new handicaps. Go to the ranking system and in the top area 'Ranking List' set Min Games to 1, Min Grade to 1400. If you are still unable to find a player who you know has played ranked GC games in the past, go down to the 'Player Full Record' area and enter their full name - this will find their details even if it was from several years ago.
If the player has played regularly in recent years and has what you consider to be a realistic Dynamic Grade and/or Actual Handicap, use those to set their handicap based on the table found at The Automatic Handicap System for Golf Croquet.
Regular overseas visitors to UK tournaments who do not have a current GCDG grade may only be assigned a CA handicap by an authorised handicapper.
When a CA member with a handicap is playing overseas in a country with a GC handicap scale from 12 to 0, the following approximate conversions to other systems can be suggested:
- Handicaps above 12 should play off 12
- Handicaps from 12 to 3 are unchanged when playing overseas
- Handicaps 2 and 1 should play off 2
- Handicap 0 should play off 1
- All minus handicaps should play off 0.
These conversions would also apply when an overseas player wants to record a game on their overseas handicap card against a CA member with a handicap.