I am delighted to announce the publication of the CA's Golf Croquet Coaching Manual.
It has long been appreciated that Golf Croquet coaches have lacked a manual on which to base their coaching sessions. This need has applied both to Club Coaches wishing to coach this very popular version of the game to their members and also to aspiring and qualified Golf Coaches who are keen to develop their skills away from their own clubs. This manual is an attempt to address this need and it is hoped that there will be numerous suggestions as to how it may be expanded and improved.
This manual is a reference guide and a framework for coaching Golf Croquet, from beginners to improvers and aspiring tournament players. It has been produced by the CA Coaching Committee (The Croquet Association (CA) is the governing body of the sport in England and Wales).
The CA intends that this manual be freely available to all its croquet coaches, and so it is published in electronic format and may be freely downloaded from the coaching area. Printed copies may be obtained from the CA shop for a fee to cover costs and are expected to be available from the end of April 2015.
Copies may be made for private use, but selling, altering the text in any way, or inclusion in whole or part in any other document is not permitted without the CA's express permission. The course notes provided are not intended to be prescriptive, but to give the Coach a framework on which to develop a suitable lesson or give instruction to players at an elementary level through tried and tested methods.
I would like to express my thanks to the authors for their diligence in providing this guidance to Golf Coaches. The framework they have mapped out is based on considerable experience and is a result of discussion with some of the top players. They should be congratulated for their comprehensive coverage of the techniques and tactics that need to be coached at the elementary level.
Chairman CA Coaching Committee