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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 the scheme has now been extended to Golf Croquet.

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 noted below):

BronzeA break of 10 or more hoop points, including any 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 any 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 the game in the same turn. Bisques cannot be used during this visit to the lawn. A triple peel is most often seen in Advanced play as the standard tactic to avoid giving your opponent 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 the game 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, affording your opponent only one very long shot.

Conditions for Merit Awards

  1. You must win the game.
  2. The 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. You 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, you are no longer eligible for a Bronze or Silver Merit Award.

How to claim your Award

After your game, ask the Tournament Manager for a copy of the Merit Award Application Form; if the Manager does not have a copy, it can be downloaded from the CA website. Complete the Form and get it signed by both your opponent and the Tournament Manager (or, for a team event, the Club Secretary or team captain in lieu of the Tournament Manager). Then send it to the CA Office.

December 2019

Sarah Hayes