Becoming a CoachIf you would like to become a coach please contact your Federation Coaching Officer or the CA Coaching Committee Chairman.
Please note - there is a subsidy available from the CA for registered CA members of £25 to help towards the costs of attending a CA approved Coaches
Training or Qualification Course at any level. Ask your FCO or Course Organiser or Academy Contact about applying for this. Any player may only claim the subsidy for attending a coaching course ONCE at each level. Academies or Course Organisers are asked to contact the CA Office with regard to making a claim on behalf of a group of players.
The subsidy claim form for completion and return is now within the downloads section of the website.
There are several grades of coaches within the CA:
- Club Coach (yellow badge) - trained and authorised to teach in own club (Association and/or Golf Croquet).
- Grade 1 Association Croquet Coach (blue badge) - CA coach qualified to coach to bronze level
- Grade 2 Association Croquet Coach (green badge) - CA coach qualified to coach to silver-gilt level
- Grade 3 Association Croquet Coach (red badge) - CA coach qualified to coach to gold level and above
- Grade 1 Golf Croquet (formerly GC coach) (white badge) - CA coach qualified to coach Golf Croquet
- Grade 2 GC Senior Coach (black badge)- CA Coach with sufficient and relevant coaching experience, B/A-class play and knowledge of GC Rules to referee standard.
- Grade 3 GC Elite Coach - CA Coach with sufficient and relevant coaching experience, having served as a senior coach and at least three year's A-class or better playing experience.
Becoming a Club CoachTo become a Club Coach you should attend a CA Coach Training Course (CTC), which is usually run over two days and is a mixture of lecture, syndicate, and practical sessions that will equip you to structure your courses and to coach beginners and improvers at your own club. The course organiser should notify your attendance to the CA Coaching Committee Chairman who will record it and support the remainder of your qualification process.
Following attendance, you must demonstrate over at least five coaching sessions your fitness to coach within your club. Having done that, a club official should validate your coaching success and ask an Examining Coach to endorse your application for the award of the Club Coach's badge and entry onto the CA Register of Coaches by informing the CA Coaching Committee Chairman.
Croquet Association CoachesTo become a CA Graded or Golf Croquet coach you must first demonstrate your ability to teach, usually by being a Club Coach. Candidates having other appropriate coaching experience or qualification may be exempted from this by Coaching Committee approval of the experience, qualification, or other specific circumstances.
Qualification is by meeting the Additional Criteria for the type of coach (see below) and then by Examining Coach assessment, which can be done either while you are an assistant coach at an appropriate CA course, or by you planning and delivering some coaching at an appropriate level to a group of students. Your Federation Coaching Officer (FCO) will help to set-up an appropriate assessment.
The Examining Coach will send to the CA Coaching Committee Chairman and to the candidate a completed Coach Assessment Form, which will recommend either appointment as a CA Coach, or additional steps the candidate should undertake to develop the necessary skills. The assessment might also recommend appointment when other criteria are met e.g. when the candidate has gained the appropriate Laws/Rules qualification, or has a handicap at the correct level.
In special cases, where a candidate has demonstrated appropriate coaching experience, the assessment may be carried out during a CTC.
Alternatively, the Coaching Committee may accredit as any type of coach a candidate who has appropriate knowledge and ability.
Only CA Members will be entered onto the CA Register of Coaches, and receive the coach's badge.
Association Croquet Coaches Additional CriteriaProspective AC graded coaches should have had at one time a handicap as follows: Grade 1 handicap 14 or below, Grade 2 handicap 6 or below, and Grade 3 handicap 1 or below. Grade 1 and Grade 2 candidates must demonstrate a sound working-knowledge of the Laws of Association Croquet, and for Grade 3 must have a referee's qualification.
A prospective higher-grade coach is not required to hold the lower qualification.
Golf Croquet Coaches Additional CriteriaProspective Golf Croquet coaches should have a sound working-knowledge of the Rules of Golf Croquet.
Grade 2 GC Senior Coach - Anyone deemed to have sufficient and relevant coaching experience may be appointed as a Senior coach at the discretion of the Coaching Committee. Applications are made to the Chairman of the Coaching Committee and supported by:
- A written appraisal of the applicant's coaching involvement and record, either as a qualified CA coach at whatever level, or relevant coaching experienced gained informally
- Playing experience at B/A-Class level or better for a period of not less than two years prior to the application being made
- Demonstrating a good working knowledge of GC Rules to Referee standard. The Examining Coach as his/her discretion may require the applicant to sit the GC Referees Exam
Any applicant who may have limited or negligible coaching experience may be approved as a probationary Senior Coach for a limited period of 12 months, after which, and pending the production of a suitable coaching and playing record, the appointment may be confirmed.
Grade 3 GC Elite Coach - Anyone deemed to have sufficient and relevant coaching experience may be appointed as an Elite coach at the discretion of the Coaching Committee, providing they have previously served as a senior coach. Applications are made to the Chairman of the Coaching Committee and supported by:
- a written appraisal of the applicant's coaching involvement at senior coach level and record
- Playing experience at A-Class level or better for a period of not less than three years prior to the application being made.