Update to WCF Ranking Regulations

The WCF is pleased to announce the publication of version 1.1 of the Ranking Regulations.The only change is to amend clause 4.5 from 50% to 75%. It now reads:

4.5     Open nature of event
An event is not an Eligible Event if more than 75% of the places are reserved for members of one club.

The new version of the Regulation can be downloaded here: WCF Rankings Regulations version 1.1 or on the Statutes & Regulations page of this website.

The change was requested by Spain who have been struggling to run tournaments and grow our sport in an environment where nearly all their clubs are member-only sports clubs. The WCF Ranking Operations Committee (ROC) reviewed the request and concluded that no harm or damage was likely to result from this change. WCF Council voted to approve the change on 17th January 2022.

GC Country Rankings as at 31 December 2021

The latest GC Team Rankings (as at 31 December 2021) are:

Position

Country

Average

Players

1

Egypt

2,548

6

2

England

2,461

6

3

New Zealand

2,412

6

4

USA

2346

6

5

Australia

2,301

6

6

Spain

2,249

6

7

Wales

2,174

6

8

South Africa

2,164

6

9

Canada

2,144

6

10

Ireland

2,048

6

11

Sweden

2,021

6

12

Germany

1,996

6

13

Switzerland

1,986

6

14

Latvia

1,952

6

15

Scotland

1,942

6

16

Austria

1,924

6

17

Norway

1,871

6

18

Czech Republic

1,828

3

19

Finland

1,706

3

20

Mexico

1,607

3

21

Belgium

2,339

1

22

Jersey

2,008

1

Would you like to help run the WCF?

Amir Ramsis resigned from the Management Committee (MC) on 26th December 2021. The MC wish to thank Amir for his many years of service, including his 8 years as President, and wish him well with all his future endeavours.

This leaves a vacant position on the MC. We will therefore run an election, firstly asking Members for nominations, then following with a Council vote should we get more than one candidate.

If you are interested in helping to run the WCF, please contact your governing body and they will explain in full what is required for your nomination. Applicants from RCOs are welcomed but you need to be aware that you must be nominated by a Full or Associate Member.

Nominations are required into the WCF by Sunday 13th February 2022 at the latest, so please allow time to liaise with your nominating Member so that they have time to process your application.

I am happy to talk to anybody who wishes to discuss what is involved.

Debbie Lines
WCF Secretary-General

Terms of Reference for the Management Committee

The MC shall settle urgent questions and have general administrative powers to carry out the work of the WCF and manage its financial affairs on a day-to-day basis, subject to the direction of Council.  The role includes condensing issues into a manageable size in order to facilitate Council considering them efficiently and in reasonable timeframes. Its terms of reference are:

    1. To implement policy and actions in pursuit of the agreed direction given by Council.
    2. To present to Council an annual plan for the following year including a budget.
    3. To manage the operating funds according to the budget.
    4. To inform Council regularly of progress, activity and issues.
    5. To prepare proposals and make recommendations as part of formal Consultations to Council.
    6. To distribute to relevant sub-committees the tasks they are to execute, to oversee their activity, to take decisions concerning the reports of these sub-committees, and to forward them to Council.
    7. To present to Council recommendations for the admission, the striking off the rolls, or expelling of Members, as well as for any sanctions which might be imposed.
    8. To monitor the Statutes with a view to identifying possible improvements for proposal to Council.
    9. To maintain and approve all WCF Regulations, subject to ratification by Council.
    10. To manage a rolling 10 Year Schedule of events, to solicit bids against this plan once approved by Council, to assess bids and reach formal agreement with the host Member, and to ensure the event is organised according to Statutes and Regulations.
    11. To publish the International Sporting Calendar for the year(s) ahead.
    12. To gain Council approval for any novel event types not already included in an approved 10 Year Championship Schedule, before soliciting bids.
    13. To promptly alert Council should the MC consider that the sporting interests of the WCF are not adequately defended in a particular territory.
    14. To appoint or dismiss the Secretary-General.

2022 GC World Championship Entry Information

The 2022 Golf Croquet World Championship will be held at the Sussex County Croquet Club, Southwick, Sussex, England over nine days between Saturday 30 July to Sunday 7 August 2022.

Main Event
The event capacity is 64 players. The entry fee for successful entrants will be £108.00.

There will be 8 blocks of 8 players, each generated in accordance with the WCF Sports Regulations Appendix 4.  All matches will be best-of-three 13-point games.  Matches will generally be single-banked, but at the Manager’s discretion may be double-banked, and played without time limits.

The top 4 players from each block will qualify for the Knock-Out Stage.  Ties on match wins for qualifying places will be resolved in accordance with the WCF Sports Regulations Appendix 6.  Non-qualifiers will be eligible for the Plate Event.

The Knock-Out stage Round 1 (last 32), Round 2 and Quarter-finals will be best-of-three 13-point games and played without time limits. Semi-finals and Final will be best-of-five 13-point games.

The Plate
The Plate will be played in accordance with the WCF Sports Regulations Appendix 8 paragraph 2 and will consist of block play followed by a knock-out stage.

The Bowl
The Bowl is open to all players who lose in the first round of the Knock-Out Stage and will be played in accordance with the WCF Sports Regulations Appendix 8 paragraph 4.

The Shield
The Shield is open to all players who lose in the second round of the Knock-Out Stage and will be played in accordance with the WCF Sports Regulations Appendix 8 paragraph 5.

Z Event
The Tournament Manager or a Deputy will manage a Z Event for all players who have been eliminated from all other events but wish to continue to play.

Qualifying Tournament
The Qualifying Tournament will be held at the Compton Croquet Club in Eastbourne, Sussex from Monday 25th July to Thursday 28th July 2022. To enter this event please do so via the Croquet Association website Fixtures Book WCF Qualifying Event page  once this has been published early in 2022.
[Note: Overseas competitors should create for themselves a free 'Reciprocal Rights' account to enter and pay online. Contact the CA office for more information]

Specific Event Regulations for this championship will be published on this website nearer the start date.

Main Event Key Dates

Invitation Date

07/01/2022

This is the date that Members will be formally invited to send players to participate in this event.

Response Date

03/03/2022

This is the date by which Member nominations for Ranking and Wild Card places must have been received by the WCF Management Committee. Members must also specify the number of Membership Places they wish to take up and RCO's should advise if they would like to request a Membership Place.

Allocation Date

17/03/2022

The World Ranking List to be used to determine the initial allocation of Ranking Places is that published at the end of the Allocation Date. (Note: 1).

Announcment Date

31/03/2022

MC announces recipients of Ranking Places and Wild Card Places. 
This date is also the Pandemic Go/No Go decision date.

Entry Fee Due Date

01/05/2022

Per Sports Regn 6.1. Any players who have not paid by this date will lose their place.

Closing Date

08/05/2022

This is the last date Members can nominate players for their Membership Places.

Players published

+1 to 2 days

MC announces recipients of Membership Places and Replacement Ranking Places.

Main Event Cut-off Date

13/06/2022

This is the date after which returned places are generally filled by creating extra
Qualifier Places instead of Replacement Ranking Places.

Notes: (1) Please note WCF Temporary Amendment - due to the pandemic, the 10 ranked games minimum requirement can be played during the previous 24 months, instead of 12. See notice published on WCF website 22/02/2021:  Temporary-amendment-to-sports-regulations

Qualifier Key Dates

Qualifier Entries open

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Entries will open upon publication of the CA Fixtures Book (on-line and in print)

Qualifier Allocation Date

25/05/2022

Entries received by this date will be accepted in ranking position order as shown in the Qualifier Ranking List.

Qualifier Closing Date

10/07/2022

Last date any players will be accepted into this event.

Players should submit their availability to their Member Governing Body in accordance with their published entry method. Any applicants from non-Member countries should email their availability, by the response date, to secretary@worldcroquet.org

Key Personnel

Chairman of Organising Committee                

Jonathan Isaacs

Tournament Director    

Tim King

WCF Event Lead            

Ian Burridge

CA Representative               

Ian Lines

Tournament Manager

Mike Town

Tournament Referee

Ian Cobbold

Webmaster

John Low

Publicity and Media Relations

Linda Gavigan

Pandemic

There is still some risk that travel or other restrictions arising as a result of Covid-19 Pandemic may cause the cancellation of the Event. It is expected that a final decision will be made at the latest by 31 March 2022 as to whether the event will go ahead. We recommend that you do not incur any non-refundable costs prior to this date.The WCF and Hosts accept no responsibility for any losses incurred.

Players will be expected to comply with whatever rules the government and/or the SCCC have in place.

 

Further information about the event, including the venues, local accommodation and attractions, transport links, the event timetable (including social events) and any other relevant information, will be published here, and on the event website (tbc) nearer the date.

Advantage GC 2022 Update

The current form of handicap GC uses extra strokes and is played mainly in Australia, England, and New Zealand and almost nowhere else.  It is not generally regarded as the optimal way of allowing players of different abilities to compete on equal terms.

In 2020, the WCF Management Committee (“MC”) obtained details from the Croquet Association of Ireland of a form of handicap GC that it had used successfully in recent years.  This did not use extra strokes but instead gave the weaker player an advantage in the form of a certain number of hoops.  Unlike the current form of handicap GC, this version did not require different tactics from the level game and it was believed that this made it easier for new and improving players to develop.

The MC then established a Working Group with representatives from Australia, England, Latvia, Uruguay and USA with the task of coming up with a statistically sound and yet simple-to-use algorithm which would give both players a 50/50 chance of winning a game through an adjustment of the number of hoops that needed to be scored by one or both players to win a game.

The Working Group has developed a form of GC which has been named “Advantage GC”. The MC believes that Advantage GC has an excellent chance of gaining general support amongst the playing community if they have the opportunity to try it out.

2021 Official Trial Results
An official trial took place during the English CA's Southern Croquet Federation (SCF) 2021 League season.

The WCF are pleased to report that the trial was completed successfully, with both good data and subjective feedback received.

Roy Tillcock, who organised the trial, has analysed this data and it is extremely encouraging. We know that many clubs around the world tested the new variant, and their feedback was also extremely favourable. We thank everyone who has helped test the game and submitted their data.

The full results can be seen here > SCF 2021 Advantage Trial Report

2022 update - amendments identified
The trial showed that most people felt this game provided a closer experience to level play GC than using extra strokes. The data showed that this variant provided closer matches than the use of extra strokes. Previous analysis has shown that extra strokes generally favours the stronger player, however, data collected over some 836 games of Advantage GC, showed that in some cases there was a slight advantage for the weaker player. To correct this, the Starting Scores Table has been amended.

There are two new tables to be used - First to 7 point and First to 10 point game variants. These should be downloaded and used for  all future games of Advantage GC, not the table published last year.

Click here to download the new tables >

Advantage 2022_Table-1 Starting Scores_First-to-7-points
Advantage 2022_Table-2 Starting Scores_First-to10-points

A revised document explaining the game and incorporating helpful advice around scoring and use of the Starting Scores can be found here > How to play Advantage GC - 2022 revision

A second trial will take place with the SCF over their 2022 summer season (April to September). We also hope that trials may take place in Australia and New Zealand.

We invite you all to give the game a try and, if you wish to, please send us feedback. Please let us know your impressions and observations and also provide game results which show the handicaps and/or DGrades of the players.  Please use the dedicated email address set up for this purpose – advantagegc@worldcroquet.org

2022 Advantage GC Starting Scores Table - First to 7 Points

2022 Advantage GC Starting Scores Table - First to 10 Points

GC Rules 6th Edition – Consultation Draft published * Interim Update 22-12-21 *

** Update ** 22nd December 2021
The GC Rules committee has shared an interim update of the proposed changes, following feedback received so far through this consultation. The Interim Update document below includes a Changes Log and the Rules in the form that will be submitted to Members for approval in due course if no further changes are thought necessary.  The Rules are also fully commented in the text to explain the reasons for each change.

The purpose of sharing this document now is to allow further feedback to the WCF GCRC before the consultation closes on 15 January 2022.

Your attention is also drawn to the fact that the WCF GCRC will not reach a final view on the responses to the two Consultation Questions concerning Rules 5.1 and 10.5 until the end of the Consultation Period.  The draft alternative wordings are on page 45 of the Rules section of the Interim Update document.

6th Ed public consultation Rules Version 21Dec21 Interim Update

Original Post
The WCF Golf Croquet Rules Committee has published a Consultation Draft of the proposed 6th Edition of the WCF Rules of Golf Croquet. The relevant documents are:

6th Ed public consultation_Introductory Statement
6th Ed public consultation_Rules
6th Ed public consultation_Comparison with 5th Edition
6th Ed public consultation_Consultation Questions

Comments on the Draft are welcomed from all interested parties and should be made via your Governing Body or its Golf Croquet Rules Committee.

The Consultation Period ends on 15 January 2022 and it is hoped that the final form of the 6th Edition will be in place by early next year.