For this tournament
- Competitors, who need not be Associates or even members of a Member Club, must arrange to play in the preliminary stages at their own venue. A competitor may play in only one group.
- PLEASE NOTE: There is now no minimum handicap restriction.
- Club Secretaries / Group Organisers must notify the CA Manager by the allocation date that they are entering their Club / Group for the competition, together with the number of entries and the appropriate entry fees. Cheques should be made payable to The Croquet Association.
- Club Secretaries / Group Organisers should be aware of the following timeline:
- 1 May - Deadline for provisional club entry forms to reach CA Office.
- 1 June - Deadline for final club entry with payment to the CA Office.
- 1 July - Confirmation of qualifying players' names (to the Director).
- 5 August - Area Final Midlands/North* at Nottingham CC.
- 1 August - Area Final South-West at Camerton & Peasedown CC.
- 20 August - Area Final South-East at Surbiton CC.
- 22-23 September - National Final at Hunstanton CC.
[*]If there are sufficient entries from Northern clubs, consideration will be given to holding an additional more Northern based Area Final.
- Matches at the first stage will be 13-point handicap games played under the current handicap system and Rules of Golf Croquet as published by the Croquet Association. Players who do not have a CA handicap must arrange with their local club for a handicap to be issued in accordance with the CA guidelines.
- Competitors must have their handicap cards available for inspection by the Manager at any area or national final.
- Preliminary heats may be arranged in any way convenient to the Club/Group. They must be completed and the names of those going forward to the Area Finals notified to the Director (as above) by 1 July 2018 giving full details, including handicaps, phone numbers and email addresses.
- Clubs / Groups with 4 to 7 competitors will be entitled to have one qualifier in the Area Finals, 8 to 11 competitors two representatives, 12 to 15 competitors three qualifiers, 16 to 19 four qualifiers, and so on.
- A Group must have an entry of no fewer than four competitors to be eligible, but if a club cannot enter a minimum of 4 players, it may be possible to join another group. Please contact the Director for advice on this and 'non-club-specific' groups may be arranged (keen individuals are encouraged to call the Director please).