2022 Under 21 GCWC – temporary age-limit amendment approved

As previously announced, the WCF Management Committee ("MC") considered the impact of the postponement of the 2021 U21 GCWC to 2022 on the eligibility of players whose 21st birthdays fall in 2021.  Such players would have been eligible to play in the 2021 U21 GCWC but, applying the normal age limit, would not be eligible to play in a 2022 U21 GCWC.

Allowing any player who would have been eligible for a 2021 U21 GCWC to remain eligible for the same event in 2022 would be consistent with treating the 2021 GCWC as postponed rather cancelled.  In view of the exceptional circumstances that led to the postponement, the WCF MC recommended to Council that WCF Sports Regulations paragraph 5.1.5 be temporarily amended so that players whose 21st birthdays fall in 2021 will still be eligible to play in a 2022 U21 GCWC.  The Council voted by 56-0 to approve the MC recommendation.

For the avoidance of doubt, this treatment will not apply if the U21 GCWC cannot be held in 2022 after all.  If that is the case, the 2021 U21 GCWC will be regarded as cancelled and the next holding of the U21 GCWC, perhaps in 2023, will be a new event and subject to the normal age limit.

 

AC laws 7th Edition – formal consultation begins

The WCF Association Croquet Laws Committee has produced a revised draft of the 7th Edition of the AC Laws.

In accordance with WCF Statute 132.5.3, this draft is required to be placed before Members for formal consultation for at least two months before the ACLC is permitted to recommend a draft to the WCF Management Committee for submission to Council for approval.

Links to the draft and a changes log may be found here.

Comments on the draft may be sent to the ACLC chairman, Graeme Roberts (email  graemejroberts#xtra.co.nz) with a copy to the chairman of the relevant national laws or referees committee.

The consultation period end at midnight on Sunday, 4 October 2020.

 

 

 

10 year Championship Schedule update

Re-scheduling of WCF Events from 2021 to 2023

Over the course of the coming months, the WCF MC will be seeking to agree new dates for each WCF Event due to be held from 2021 to 2023 with the respective Event Hosts and will announce these dates as and when agreed.

Women's Events in 10 Year Championship Schedule

In recent years, both the Women’s AC and GC World Championships have “slipped” by a year so that the Women's ACWC, which was last held in 2015, was due to be held next in 2020 which was also the same year as the ACWC.  Similarly, the Women's GCWC, which had previously been held in 2014, was most recently held in 2019 which was also the same year as the last GCWC.  This is not ideal because it makes it more difficult for the top women players to compete in both events in each code.  It also means that women players have experienced a five-year gap between their recent world championships in both codes instead of the four-year gap that was intended.

In order to counteract both aspects of this slippage, it has been agreed that the one-year postponement will not apply to the women’s events other than for the postponement of the 2020 Women’s ACWC to 2021.  The next Women’s GCWC will therefore be held in 2023 and the next but one Women’s ACWC will be held in 2024.  The WCF MC will now actively seek an Event Host and dates for the 2023 Women’s GCWC so that all WCF Events due to be held from now to the end of 2023 will be fully allocated.

2022 U21 GC World Championship (“U21 GCWC”)

The WCF MC has considered the impact of the postponement of the 2021 U21 GCWC to 2022 on the eligibility of players whose 21st birthdays fall in 2021.  Such players would have been eligible to play in the 2021 U21 GCWC but, applying the normal age limit, would not be eligible to play in a 2022 U21 GCWC.  In view of the exceptional circumstances that have led to the postponement, the WCF MC has decided to recommend to Council that WCF Sports Regulations paragraph 5.1.5 be temporarily amended so that players whose 21st birthdays fall in 2021 will still be eligible to play in a 2022 U21 GCWC.  Council has received the recommendation and its decision will be announced on 17 July 2020.

Allowing any player who would have been eligible for a 2021 U21 GCWC to remain eligible for the same event in 2022 is consistent with treating the 2021 GCWC as postponed rather cancelled.  The WCF MC feels that this inclusive approach is in the best interests of fostering the next generation of croquet players.

For the avoidance of doubt, this treatment will not apply if the U21 GCWC cannot be held in 2022 after all.  If that is the case, the 2021 U21 GCWC will be regarded as cancelled and the next holding of the U21 GCWC, perhaps in 2023, will be a new event and subject to the normal age limit.

2023 Over 50 GCWC

This event will continue to be open to players who reach the age of 50 by the first day of the event.

2024 and beyond

In January 2020, the WCF MC began consulting with Members with regard to the events that make up the 10 year Championship Schedule (“the Schedule”) with reference to their frequency and formats.  However, the coronavirus outbreak led to the urgent need to address the effect on the Schedule as far as 2023.  Now that the Schedule has been fixed until the end of 2023, we are now able to further consult Members about frequency and formats before finalising the Schedule for 2024 and beyond.  It is intended that the later part of the Schedule will include a Centenary MacRobertson Shield in 2025.  The WCF MC hopes to be able to publish a full Schedule for 2021 to 2030 by the end of this year.

 

WCF starts search for next Secretary-General

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The WCF Management Committee has emailed all WCF Members and RCOs to inform them that it is seeking a successor to Stephen Mulliner who will retire as Secretary-General on 31 August 2021 on the completion of his second four-year term of office.

The successful candidate will be appointed Deputy Secretary-General from 1 September 2020 and will work alongside Stephen until 31 August 2021.  The intention is that they will then be appointed Acting Secretary-General until 31 December 2021 and then begin a four-year term on 1 January 2022.  They will be eligible to be apppointed for a second four-year term.

The advertisement and job specification may be found here.

The closing date for applications is 31 July 2020.

May 2020 Newsletter

WCF May 2020 Newsletter

Largest Ever Development Grant Awarded

A 30% grant of up to 15,000 EUR has been awarded to the Latvian Croquet Federation to part-fund the building of their first multi-lawn venue. The planned three lawn club is to be built in the town of Ikskile, 30 miles east of Riga, and it is hoped that the main part of the work, including the creation for the courts, will be completed later this year.

Coronavirus and the WCF 10 year Championship Schedule

As previously announced, the coronavirus pandemic has already caused us to postpone the GC World Team Championship Tiers 2 & 3 events due to be held in Spain and England this year.

After consultation with all the affected Event Hosts, namely the Members due to host events from 2020 to 2023, it has been decided that the best approach is to move the entire WCF forward calendar back by 12 months, beginning with the 2020 Women’s AC World Championship. This will hopefully provide a degree of certainty. The existing Event Hosts have agreed to work on that basis and, whilst the exact dates need to be finalised in the coming months, the revised Schedule is:

WCF Event Host Original Revised
date date
2020 GC World Team Championship Tier 2 Spain May-20 May-21
2020 GC World Team Championship Tier 3 England Jul-20 Jul-21
2020 Women's AC World Championship New Zealand Nov-20 Nov-21
2021 Under 21 GC World Championship New Zealand Jan-21 Jan-22
2021 GC World Championship New Zealand Feb-21 Feb-22
2021 AC World Team Championship Tiers 2/3 England Aug-21 Aug-22
2021 AC World Team Championship Tier 1 (MacRobertson Shield) Australia Nov-21 Nov-22
2022 AC World Championship England Jul-22 Jul-23
2022 Over 50 GC World Championship Australia Oct-22 Oct-23
2023 Under 21 GC World Championship USA Mar-23 Mar-24
2023 GC World Championship USA Mar-23 Mar-24

In the original Schedule, the MacRobertson Shield was scheduled for 2025, its centenary year. The

plan is still to achieve this, if possible, with slight revisions to the Schedule around that time if necessary.

Development Committee/Business Plan

The WCF has published its Business Plan for 2020-2023 which can be found at Business Plan 2020-2023


An important part of delivering this plan will fall to the recently re-established Development Committee. Anyone interested in joining this committee should contact either of its MC members, Ian Burridge (
Burridge.Ian@gmail.com) or Roberts Stafeckis (Roberts.Stafeckis@gmail.com).

Global Resources

The WCF has recently launched an initiative to try to share more resources on a global basis. The initial offerings, croquetscores.com, Court Booking Systems, Swiss Management Software, information relating to developing a club and an index of YouTube videos can be found at New Croquet Resources page

Anyone with similar resources which they are prepared to share with the global community should contact Ian or Roberts (as above).

Handicap Advice Sheet

A WCF advice sheet has been agreed which provides information on how Members that do not operate a national handicapping system can facilitate handicap play amongst their players, it can be found at WCF Advice Sheets

Player Surveys

The results of the player surveys from the recent GC World Team Championship (Tier 1) and AC World Championships can be found at World Championship surveys

Hall of Fame

Nominations are sought for potential inductees in 2020, these should be sent to the Secretary-General before September 30th for consideration by the Hall of Fame Committee. Nominations should be in accordance with the following:-

“A nomination by an individual is to take the form of a written citation which should demonstrate how the candidate has made an outstanding contribution to any of the Games of Croquet as a player, administrator or supporter or any combination thereof. A citation should be in English and not less than 500 words and should be accompanied by a photograph or portrait of the candidate.”

Croquet Hall of Fame

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

6 June 2020

Revision of 10 year Championship Schedule

WCF 10 year Championship Schedule – coronavirus pandemic announcement

Following the postponement of the lower Tiers of the GC WTC, the WCF Management Committee has consulted with the Event Hosts for the WCF Events planned to be held in 2020 to 2023.  All parties unanimously agree that the most practical and appropriate response to the impact of the pandemic is to decide now to postpone all WCF Events by one year, starting with the Women’s Association World Championship due to be held in November 2020.  It is hoped this will provide sufficient time for the situation to stabilise.

However, it is also recognised that one or more further one year postponements may be necessary if the global situation does not improve sufficiently to make holding international events feasible.  The situation will be kept under review.

The initial amendment of the 10 year Championship Schedule is as follows.  Please note that the revised dates are approximate and subject to detailed agreement with the relevant Event Hosts who have all indicated their support.

 WCF Event Host Original Revised
    date date
2020 GC World Team Championship Tier 2 Spain May-20 May-21
2020 GC World Team Championship Tier 3 England Jul-20 Jul-21
2020 Women’s AC World Championship New Zealand Nov-20 Nov-21
2021 Under 21 GC World Championship New Zealand Jan-21 Jan-22
2021 GC World Championship New Zealand Feb-21 Feb-22
2021 AC World Team Championship Tiers 2/3 England Aug-21 Aug-22
2021 AC World Team Championship Tier 1 (MacRobertson Shield) Australia Nov-21 Nov-22
2022 AC World Championship England Jul-22 Jul-23
2022 Over 50 GC World Championship Australia Oct-22 Oct-23
2023 Under 21 GC World Championship USA Mar-23 Mar-24
2023 GC World Championship USA Mar-23 Mar-24

The MacRobertson Shield is due to be held in England in 2025 which will be the centenary of its founding.  It was also agreed that, if possible, this event should still be held in 2025 with the forward calendar being revised slightly to accommodate this.”

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

Swiss Tournament Management Spreadsheet

Tournament Management Spreadsheet

This a macro-driven Excel spreadsheet designed to assist Tournament Managers to run both formal and flexible Swiss tournaments.

It generates automated pairings, lawn allocations and results tabulation. Formal Swiss pairings are in accordance with the CA Tournament Regulations.

There is also an auto-management mode to allow the players to manage, whilst the Tournament Manager plays!

Download the spreadsheet: Swiss Tournament Management Spreadsheet v.6.2

The following documents may also be downloaded: 

FAQs

I am having problems downloading the spreadsheet?

As the spreadsheet contains macros you may have have to amend your virus software settings to allow it to be downloaded.  For example, With Norton anti virus software, Excel can give a 'file corrupt message' if opened automatically after the download but opens it OK if you subsequently manually open the file from your download directory.
How do I contact the developer?
Send an e-mail to secretary@worldcroquet.org

2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship survey

2019 Women’s GCWC survey results

Responses: 24/56 = 42%

Q1.1: Did you receive the Player Briefing Notes before the event?

Yes: 86%, No: 14%

Q1.2: If you did, was the information well-presented and useful?

Yes: 100%

Q2.1: Did you attend the player briefing meeting?

Yes: 74%, No: 26%

Q2.2: If so, was the information well-presented and useful?

Yes: 87%, No: 13%

Q3: Was the format of the event appropriate?

Yes: 100%

Q4: Was your number of games each day too many, not enough or about right?

Too many: 0%, About right: 95%, Not enough: 5%

Q5: Was the overall duration of the event too long, too short or about right?

Too long: 4%, About right 87%, Too short: 9%

Q6: Was the event well-managed?

Block stage: Good: 87%, Medium: 13%, Poor: 0%

Main event: Good: 90%, Medium: 10%, Poor: 0%

Consolation events: Good 90%, Medium: 5%, Poor: 5%

Q7: Was the event well-refereed?

Good: 65%, Medium: 35%; Poor: 0%

Q8: Did the new GC Rules cause any problems for you?

Yes: 4%, No: 96%

Q9.1: Did you make use of the on-line results?

Yes: 96%, No: 4%

Q9.2: Did you make use of the on-line commentary?

Yes: 68%, No: 32%

Q10.1: Catering at venue 1

Did you like the meals? Yes: 100%

Were they good value? Yes: 95%, No: 5%

Were they available at the right time? Yes: 89%, No: 11%

Q10.2: Catering at venue 2

Did you like the meals? Yes: 95%, No: 5%

Were they good value? Yes: 95%, No: 5%

Were they available at the right time? Yes: 95%, No: 5%

Q11.1: Were the courts at venue 1 of suitable quality?

Good: 87%, Satisfactory: 13%, Poor: 0%

Q11.2: Were the courts at venue 2 of suitable quality?

Good: 0%, Satisfactory: 74%, Poor: 26%

Q12: Were the balls of adequate quality?

Venue 1: Good: 91%, Satisfactory: 9%, Poor: 0%

Venue 2: Good: 91%, Satisfactory: 9%, Poor: 0%

Q13: Were the hoops well set?

Venue 1: Good: 74%, Satisfactory: 26%, Poor: 0%

Venue 2: Good: 56%, Satisfactory: 35%, Poor: 9%

Q14: Closing ceremony

Good: 80%, Satisfactory: 15%, Poor: 5%

2020 Golf Croquet World Team Championship Tier 1 survey

2020 GCWTC Tier 1 survey results

Responses: 9/32 = 28%

Q1: Did you attend the player briefing? If so, was the information well-presented and useful? Was the scheduling of the briefing convenient?

All responses were positive.

Q2: Was the format of the event appropriate?

Yes: 89%, No: 3%, Other 11%

One comment expressed a preference for longer Test matches.

Q3: Was your number of games each day too many, not enough or about right?

About right: 100%, Too many: 0%, Not enough: 0%

Q4: Was the overall duration of the event too long, too short or about right?

About right: 78%, Too long: 17%, Too short: 22%

Q5: Was the event well-managed?

Yes: 100%, No: 0%, Other: 0%

Q6: Was the event well-refereed?

Yes: 33%, No: 33%; Other: 33%

Some referees were thought to have been insufficiently knowledgeable.

Q7: Were the courts of suitable quality?

Yes: 44%, No: 22%, Other: 33%

Courts could be very challenging and the two sets of courts differed noticeably.

Q8: Were the balls of adequate quality?

Yes: 100%, No: 0%, Other: 0%

Q9: Were the hoops well set?

Yes: 67%, No: 0%, Other: 33%

Contradictory "Other" comments - hoops were too difficult / hoop settings could have been tougher.

Q10: How did you rate the event overall?

Very good: 56%, Good: 44%