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Become a Coach or Upgrade your Coaching Qualification


If you would like to become a coach please contact either your Federation Coaching Officer or the CA Coaching Committee Chairman.

Please note - there is a subsidy of £25, available from the CA for registered CA members, to help toward the cost of attending a CA-approved Coaches' Training or Qualification Course at any level; ask your FCO, Academy Contact or Course Organiser about applying for this. Any player may claim the subsidy for attending and completing a coaching course only ONCE at each level. Academies and 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 coach grades within the CA:

    • Club-Level Coach (yellow badge) - trained and authorised to coach Association and Golf Croquet to beginners and high-handicap players in their own club
    • 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 (defined as Triple Peel and above)
    • Grade 1 Golf Croquet Coach (white badge) - CA coach qualified to coach to C-Class level
    • Grade 2 Golf Croquet Coach (black badge) - CA coach qualified to coach to B-Class level
    • Grade 3 Golf Croquet Coach (white badge stating "GC 3") - CA coach qualified to coach to A-Class level and above

Becoming a Club-Level Coach

To become a Club-Level Coach you should attend a CA Coaches' Training Course (CTC) led by an Examining Coach. A CTC runs over two days and is a mixture of lecture, syndicate and practical sessions. This will equip you to plan your courses and to coach beginners and high-handicap players at your own club. The CTC 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 the CTC, you must demonstrate, over at least five coaching sessions, your fitness to coach within your club. You must keep a record (your Coaching Portfolio) of the coaching sessions, and, after completing the sessions, an official from your club should validate your coaching success by signing off your Coaching Portfolio and forwarding it to the Examining Coach. The Examining Coach will then endorse your application (for the award of the Club-Level Coach badge and entry onto the CA Register of Coaches) by informing the CA Coaching Committee Chairman.

Becoming a Graded Coach

To become a CA Graded Coach (AC or GC) you should attend a CA Coaches' Qualification Course (CQC). This course is to develop, as may be necessary, your technical knowledge and coaching skills to the level at which you can competently coach players more advanced than beginners and high-handicap players.

In exceptional circumstances, candidates having appropriate coaching experience or qualifications may be exempted from the requirement to attend a CQC and may be appointed as a Graded Coach if the CA Coaching Committee approves. Such approval will require a proposal to be put to the Committee by an Examining Coach who is able to assess and confirm the player's technical knowledge and coaching abilities. In special cases, where a candidate has demonstrated appropriate technical knowledge and coaching abilities, the assessment may be carried out during a CTC.

In all cases, the Examining Coach will send to the CA Coaching Committee Chairman and to the candidate a Coach Assessment Report, which will recommend either appointment as a CA Graded Coach, or any additional steps the candidate should undertake to develop the necessary skills. The Coach Assessment Report might also recommend appointment after other criteria are met, e.g. when the candidate has gained the appropriate Laws or Rules qualification, has reached a handicap at the correct level or, in the case of an AC Graded Coach, obtains the relevant Merit Award.

Only CA Members will be entered onto the CA Register of Coaches and receive the coach's badge.

Association Croquet Graded Coaches Qualification Criteria:

Prospective AC Graded Coaches should meet the criteria shown below for each Grade. However, a candidate may attend a CQC prior to obtaining the relevant Merit Award and, assuming they meet the technical and coaching standards, they will be qualified as a Graded Coach when they subsequently earn the relevant (or higher) Merit Award. Also, a prospective higher-grade coach is not required to hold the lower qualification.
  • Grade 1:
    • have, or have held at one time, a handicap of 14 or below
    • have a Bronze Merit Award
    • be able to demonstrate appropriate technical knowledge and coaching ability
    • be able to demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the Laws of Association Croquet
  • Grade 2:
    • have, or have held at one time, a handicap of 6 or below
    • have a Silver Merit Award
    • be able to demonstrate appropriate technical knowledge and coaching ability
    • be able to demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the Laws of Association Croquet to Assistant Referee standard
  • Grade 3:
    • have, or have held at one time, a handicap of 1 or below
    • have a Gold Merit Award
    • be able to demonstrate appropriate technical knowledge and coaching ability
    • have an AC Referee's qualification, or be able to demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the Laws of Association Croquet to Referee standard

Golf Croquet Graded Coaches Qualification Criteria:

Prospective GC Graded Coaches should meet the criteria shown below for each Grade. A prospective higher-grade coach is not required to hold the lower qualification.

  • Grade 1:
    • have, or have held at one time, a handicap of 6 or below
    • have at least 2 years' experience of playing at B-class level or better
    • be able to demonstrate appropriate technical knowledge and coaching ability, normally by having coached with success for a minimum of 2 years as a Club-Level Coach
    • be able to demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the Rules of Golf Croquet
  • Grade 2:
    • have, or have held at one time, a handicap of 2 or below
    • have at least 2 years' experience of playing at A/B-class level or better
    • be able to demonstrate appropriate technical knowledge and coaching ability
    • be able to demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the Rules of Golf Croquet
  • Grade 3:
    • have, or have held at one time, a minus handicap
    • have at least 2 years' experience of playing at A-class level
    • be able to demonstrate appropriate technical knowledge and coaching ability
    • have a GC Referee's qualification, or be able to demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the Rules of Golf Croquet to Referee standard

December 2019
with acknowledgement to the Coaching Committee for their input.

Sarah Hayes