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WCF publishes a consultation draft of proposed 5th edition of the GC rules
GC pod news update Taunton Deane and Southwick GC coaching pods
Further news of GC coaching pod events from around the domain.
Taunton Deane CC have 18 signed up for the GC pod on April 5th. Handicaps range from 3 to 11. For further information please contact the coach Stephen Custance-Baker.
Sussex County CC at Southwick will be hosting 3 GC pod sessions in 2018 targeting players who wish to improve their competitive play in the handicap range 3 - 8
The first two of these will be run on Monday 16th April & Monday 21st May both starting at 4pm for 2 - 3 hours. For further information please contact the coach Jonathan Isaacs.
National Croquet Day 2018 (Sunday 13 May)
We invite you to celebrate National Croquet Day - find out more about National Croquet Day at your local club.
Guildford GC coaching pod is up and running
Guildford and Godalming club has announced the date of their inaugural GC coaching pod for the 9th April 2018. The South East Federation Coaching Officer Jonathan Isaacs, will be lead coach and the pod is jointly coordinated by Richard Carline and Andrea Huxley. Anyone wishing to join the pod can register on line in the Members' area or contact Richard or Andrea directly.
The Tournament Regulations for 2018 have been published
The CA Tournament Regulations for 2018 have been published.
Some of the most important changes are:
- Breach of any CA Policy (in addition to a breach of CA Tournament Regulations) can lead to in-tournament sanction, and should be reported to the CA for investigation and possible disciplinary action. This includes the new Equality Policy.
- A number of laws variations have been introduced, including the option for Alternate Stroke Doubles Play, and regularisation of the use of half-size courts for Short Croquet. A new One-Ball Handicap System has been introduced, but the trial AC Doubles handicap system has been discontinued.
- A trial to permit the use of video evidence that may exist to assist referees has been introduced for the 2018 season.
- Clarification that the Organising Body, and Tournament Director when appointed, is responsible for post-tournament activity, such as submitting a tournament report. There should be no assumption that this can all be left to the manager.
- Standard time limits for AC games now includes additional variations, such as for 18 point games. The distinction between midweek and weekend events has been removed, but there are different standard limits for handicap and level play.
The full regulations and a complete list of changes can be found on the CA website at croquet.org.uk/?p=tournament/regulations
The CA Tournament Committees welcome ideas for further regulation improvements at any time. The new appendix that provides an example of the block tie break criteria is an example of an addition directly arising from queries from players.
Buxton U3A Croquet Club Joins the CA
The Croquet Association is pleased to announce that Buxton U3A Croquet Club has now joined the association.
Buxton has now moved to one of the bowls clubs in Buxton to have access to a lawn for Croquet play.
This is to start in April this year.
For further information please email the club or contact David Bourne, who is the club's secretary.
Croquet is an all-weather sport (at Surbiton!)
(Photo: Barry Holland)by George Noble at Surbiton [^]
27th February (Other News)
Two players show a level of commitment above and beyond any sane call of duty as they play on through a snow storm in frezing weather!
Welcome New Members
The Croquet Association extends a special welcome to our new Standard Members.
The welcome page tells you about logging into the members' area.
CA Selections for England places in May's European GC Championship
A massive 24 players made themselves available for the 5 (maximum) places for England players in this year's FEC European GC Championship. The CA Selectors have awarded the three ENG Membership Places to J-P Moberly, Rachel Rowe, and Stephen Mulliner.
All 21 others will be put forward to the FEC for Ranking Places. There are a maximum of 2 RPs available to ENG and the FEC will pick from this list in ranking order using current rankings at the date their process dictates. Any later withdrawals will also be replaced using players from this list.
CA GC Selectors
The Coaching Committee is delighted to announce the following awards:
Lifetime Coaching Award: Dr Ian Plummer
Coach of the Year Award 2017: Roger Mills
Nottingham husband and wife on top of the world!
Miranda and Paddy Chapman interviewed (courtesy of BBC East Midlands)
Paddy Chapman interviewed on Radio Nottingham
Paddy Chapman (Photo: Samir Patel)by Dr Tim King at Nottingham Croquet Club [^]
15th February (World Championship)
Paddy was interviewed yesterday (14 February) on the Andy Whittaker and Sarah Julian show.
The interview is 2hrs 51mins into the broadcast.
New CA Manager Appointment
Mark Suter -New CA Managerby The Croquet Association [^]
13th February (CA Official News)
The Croquet Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Suter as the CA Manager who will take up his appointment on 26th February 2018. He succeeds Liz Larsson who is leaving us after almost 10 years of loyal and dedicated service.
He has spent 25 years abroad as a Business and Marketing Consultant in the Finance sector working from Cape Town and Dublin for 10 and 15 years respectively. Mark has enjoyed a long involvement with Croquet and is a top ranked player of both Association and Golf Croquet. As a teenage member of Bristol Croquet Club in the nineteen-eighties he was among the top ranks of Association Croquet players. Since his return to England he began his comeback to the tournament circuit in early 2017 as a member of the Nailsea and Cheltenham clubs. His 2017 season culminated with winning the Chairman's Salver.
Criccieth joins the Croquet Association
Criccieth Tennis & Croquet Club (Photo: Chris Hartley)by Daniel Atiyah [^]
13th February (Other News)
The Croquet Association are pleased to announce that Criccieth Tennis and Croquet have joined the association. In 2016 the club began to develop 2 abandoned lawn tennis courts for playing croquet. At present membership is small but growing and the club intends to build up interest in the surrounding area. For further infomation please contact the secretary, Chris Hartley. Please only send correspondance to the secretary and not the club's address.