Association Croquet National Inter-Club Events - ConditionsThese Conditions except where indicated are applicable to the:
- Inter-Club Championship
- Mary Rose Inter-Club Trophy
- Longman Inter-Club Trophies
- Secretary's Shield
- These competitions are open only to CA Member clubs. The players must be individual members of the club for which they are playing.
- An individual may play for the same or different clubs in different competitions during a season, but in any one competition may not play for more than one team.
- Clubs may enter a second team in any of the competitions. If two teams are entered they must be designated Team A and Team B and Condition 2 above will apply.
- Teams shall consist of 4 players, and must meet the handicap restrictions given against the event. Attention is drawn to CA Tournament Regulations Section H1 regarding handicaps and in particular to paragraph f regarding eligibility.
- In each round of the competition the venue of the match between two clubs shall be the reverse of the previous encounter between those clubs in that competition. Where no history is recollected the Director shall, on request, spin a coin to determine the venue. A match played on neutral ground forms no part of the history. If one of the clubs has fewer than two full-size courts available then that club must play "away" except that clubs with undersized lawns may have them approved for competition use on application to the Director before the start of the competition. Double-banking may be used.
- Make contact as early as possible, to give time for making arrangements. Try very hard indeed to agree. If you fail, follow this procedure - but it will probably leave a nasty taste in the mouth for at least one club.
- Each club gives at least two preferred dates, at least one of which must be a weekend. If two dates coincide that is the day of the match. If all the dates coincide choose one.
- ONLY if no dates coincide, each club should then give ONE preferred date, weekend unless both clubs agree at this stage to play midweek, and then spin a coin. If you wish the Director to spin please ask.
- If neither club has lawns available, play must take place at another venue - note, the CA will not pay lawn fees. This includes when the expected home team cannot provide courts on the date that has been determined by the above process.
- If a club wishes to play all of its home matches at another club, it must register this fact at the time of entry.
- Where possible the host club should provide a referee.
- Prior to the start of each match the Captains will exchange team lists with their players listed A, B, C and D. The listing will be in handicap order, the lowest handicap first, except for The Inter-Club Championship which will be in DGrade order. Where two or more players have the same handicap (or DGrade) the Captain may choose their order, which will then apply for the whole match. The sequence of play will then be as described in the Match Format for that competition.
- The match must be completed in one day. Time limits should be imposed if necessary by agreement between the Captains, either before or during play, to ensure this. A 3.5 hour maximum is compulsory for The Longman Inter-Club Trophies and The Secretary's Shield.
- In order to ensure that a result is achieved in a single day in the case of bad weather, shortened games may have to be considered for the second session. If the second session has begun but has to be abandoned, then only the scores of completed games count for the result. If the second session has not started, or no games have concluded, the result is taken from the first session games only. If fewer than three games have been completed, or if the scores in a curtailed match are level, and there is no possibility of further play in any outstanding game to complete it, then, unfortunately, the toss of a coin is the only means of determining the winner (see 12 below, which allows for postponements assuming the away team is prepared to travel again; if so, this is a new match and no games are carried forward from the abandoned match). In an abandoned match, any completed singles game counts for handicap and ranking purposes, so full results should be submitted with the reason for abandonment.
- A match planned within three days of the due date that has to be cancelled owing to exceptional circumstances outside the control of the teams may be played within seven days of the cancellation, but the Director must be told within 24 hours of the cancellation and give approval.
- The draw will be on a regional basis, in an attempt to reduce travelling, only for The Mary Rose Inter-Club Trophy and The Longman Inter-Club Trophies. It is up to the Clubs playing each other to arrange mutually convenient dates for the matches. Dates by which rounds must be completed, together with the details of the draw, will be put onto the CA website and circulated to the clubs concerned after the draw is done. Extensions will be allowed only under exceptional circumstances and with the permission of the Director.
- The Director will organise the finals weekend for The Inter-Club Championship, The Mary Rose Inter-Club Trophy and The Longman Inter-Club Trophies at the venue and on the dates listed in the CA Fixtures Book. The final of the Inter-Club will be played on Sunday, the match consisting of two or three sessions (see details of Inter-Club Format). The final of the Mary Rose will be played on Saturday. The semi-finals of the Longman Trophies will be played on Saturday, and the final and third-place play-off will be played on Sunday. The final of the Secretary's Shield will be held at a venue and on a date to suit the finalists: the Director must be informed of the arrangement beforehand to organise trophy presentation.
- The winning club is responsible for reporting the results of each match by e-mail to results#croquet.org.uk. This report will then reach the Director, the CA Office, the news editor of the website, the editor of the Gazette and the people who maintain the Ranking Systems. The information required is:
- the competition
- the club names
- the match score
- the date played
- the venue
- the detailed game scores (compulsory for Inter-Club and Mary Rose, helpful for Longman Inter-Club Trophies and Secretary's Shield)
- a short report (if available), which will be put on to the CA website, and may be considered for inclusion in the Gazette
Under exceptional circumstances, the Director will take club names, venue and match score only over the telephone, but in these circumstances no entry will be made into the Ranking System and there may be a delay in updating competition results on the website, which in turn may delay arranging later rounds. It should therefore be followed by the full e-mail report as above.