Most Improved Player AwardsTwo Association Croquet individual awards are made annually: the Apps Memorial Bowl for the most improved male player and the Steel Memorial Bowl for the most improved female player. In addition, there is an annual Golf Croquet individual award, the Spiers Trophy, which is awarded to the most improved male or female Golf Croquet player. These awards are only open to Individual Members of the CA.
Nominations for these awards should be made by Clubs or Federations and sent to the CA Office by the 8th October. The nomination should provide detailed information about the candidate's improvement during the season (or, in respect of players who join the CA part way through the season, the portion of the season after becoming a CA Member). Nominations should be accompanied by:
- a copy of the player's handicap card(s),
- a list of tournaments won,
- any peeling achievements, and
- any special circumstances which might be thought relevant.
The award winners are decided by the CA Handicap Committee, whose decision is final, and the awards are usually presented at the CA AGM or at a suitable occasion of the recipient's choosing.
In determining these awards the Handicap Committee will take into account a range of quantitative and qualitative factors. For example (and for illustrative purposes only) the Association Croquet Awards might take account of:
- Decrease in handicap,
- Increase in ranking grade,
- Percentage of games won,
- Number of tournaments won,
- Number of games played handicap compared with level,
- Quality of opponents,
- Number of peeling breaks, and the
- Extent to which the candidate played just within his/her club or played in tournaments at other clubs.
With the present pattern of play in the domain as a whole, it seems unlikely that handicap play will be especially significant in the award of the Spiers Trophy for the most improved GC player.