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Merit Award Scheme

The Merit Award Scheme aims to encourage enterprising play and to develop skills. Awards for achievement in Association Croquet have been established for many years and Golf Croquet equivalents are being developed. A full list of Merit Award winners is on the CA website.

The Association Croquet Targets

Appropriate Badges and Certificates are awarded to players on the first occasion they achieve each of the following (subject to the Conditions):

BronzeA Break of 10 or more hoop points including peels on partner ball, using bisques (if needed) to start or maintain the break, or to tidy-up the leave. This is your target once you have grasped the idea of using your bisques to build and continue a break, thereby starting to attack opponents positively and confidently.
SilverA Break of 12 or more hoop points including peels on partner ball without using bisques during that visit to the lawn until after the 12th point is scored. This target comes at the point in your development when you are conceding bisques most of the time, or are taking the first steps into the Advanced game.
GoldA Triple Peel: a break whilst peeling a ball through its last three hoops (4-back, Penult and Rover) and pegging it out; then, if your partner ball was the one peeled, pegging out your ball to win in the same turn. Bisques cannot be used during this visit to the lawn. It is most often seen in Advanced Play as the standard tactic to avoid giving a second lift, but it is also used in handicap games by players facing a lot of bisques.
PlatinumA Sextuple Peel: a break whilst peeling a ball through its last six hoops (1-back to Rover) and pegging it out; then, if your partner ball was the one peeled, pegging out your ball to win in the same turn. Bisques cannot be used during this visit to the lawn. It is most often seen in Advanced Play to avoid giving a lift or contact and affording the opponent only one very long shot.

Conditions

  1. The Player must win the game.
  2. The qualifying game must be a singles game played on a full-size court as part of any CA Fixtures Calendar event and under the Tournament Regulations (including hoop setting).
  3. The Player must be an Individual CA Member when the claim is made.
  4. Further Awards claimed must be of a higher category, e.g. once a Silver Merit Award has been achieved, the Player is no longer eligible for a Bronze Merit Award.

Getting your Award

Complete and send to the CA Office a Merit Award Application Form - available at the end of the Fixture Book, or on the CA Website - signed by your opponent and the Tournament Manager (or for a team event, the Club Secretary or team captain).

Dave Kibble

 

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