The CA welcomes the inclusion of relevant coaching courses in the fixtures calendar as consistent with the its policy of supporting competitive croquet by improving players' skills and increasing the number of competitive players. Courses so advertised must meet the CA's quality standard as well as the following criteria:
- They must be croquet-related.
- They must be led by a competent person, defined as:
- for courses on croquet playing techniques or tactics:
- A CA-qualified coach with the relevant qualification for the course being run (i.e. Grade 1, etc.); or
- A widely-acknowledged expert in the precise subject matter who has teaching experience relevant to the style of the course. In this case, the course must be called a Masterclass or Workshop.
- for a Coach Training Course: a CA Examining Coach.
- for other courses (such as how to manage a tournament, or sports psychology applied to croquet): an acknowledged expert in the subject matter who has teaching experience relevant to the style of the course. Such a course must not be called a coaching course.
- They must follow any CA-published syllabus for the course as a minimum
- Any implied or offered CA qualification must adhere to the relevant CA qualification process (including referees, coaches and handicappers).
- They must be open to all and offered with a reduced price for CA Members. Additionally, clubs and Federations may offer a reduced price to their own members.
- Fees for such courses may be collected by the organiser or the CA (using the online system). If the CA collects the fees, the full amount received by the CA (less refunds allocated to withdrawing applicants) will be passed to the organiser. Alternatively, for courses required by the CA's development programme and where there is a perceived financial risk, the CA may agree to pay the cost of running the course, including lawn hire and coach expenses, and will keep the fees to offset those costs.
- Attendees must be requested to complete a feedback form, and a summary report sent to the CA Office and the Coaching Committee Chairman within 14 days of the end of the course.
The CA reserves the term Academy to apply to approved organisation, or a specific style and set of courses, and restricts its usage in the CA fixtures calendar to those so approved by the Coaching Committee.
Subject to the above, there is no charge or levy associated with listing courses in the CA fixtures calendar.