WCF Statutes and Regulations Update

On 28th March 2024, Council voted to amend various regulations and our Statutes, as listed below:

WCF Statutes version 13.5

WCF Administration Regulations version 6

WCF Event Regulations version 5.2

WCF Sports Regulations version 9.3

WCF Finance Regulations version 1.5

These regulations apply as of 29th March 2024 and supersede all previous regulations.

 

A message from Macey White at the Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club

The Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club welcome you to the U.S. and to Virginia!  We will do everything we can to help make your visit an enjoyable one.   Our website is CBCC.FUN.  Our site is currently under renovation, which may not be complete until the end of April.  Sorry.  If you can’t find the information you need in this email or on our website, please contact  Macey White, at maceywhite@gmail.com.

DIRECTIONS TO THE CHESAPEAKE BAY CROQUET CLUB

Our physical address (GPS) is: 1860 Twiggs Ferry Rd, Hartfield, VA 23071

You can fly into Richmond International Airport (RIC) or Newport News International Airport (PHF).  RIC is our favorite and is an easy 1 hour drive from the club.

From Richmond International Airport (RIC):

    1. Take 64 east for 23 miles.
    2. Take exit 220 (West Point)  Rt. 33 East for 19 miles.
    3. Take 33 East/17 North to Saluda for 2.3 miles
    4. Take 33 East towards Deltaville for 11 miles.
    5. Take Rt 3 East for 2.3 miles. Turn left into the 1860 Twiggs Ferry Rd., Hartfield VA – Club Entrance

DRIVING

Driving in our area is easy and distances are measured in travel time.  There is rarely any traffic to deal with.  A place that is 3 miles away will take 4 minutes to get to here, but may take 20 minutes or more in an urban area.

MEALS

Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are available every day at the club.  We also have a large list of restaurants that are 20 minutes or less from the club.

CLOTHING

The Official Clothing Policy set by the WCF and USCA is: Shirts with collars and sleeves are required. Players are invited to wear their WCF-approved national player uniforms. Otherwise, predominantly white clothing is required (except for footwear, hats, and rain clothing).

The Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club would prefer that players wear colors representing their country and not all white.  All white attire in our community is perceived negatively.  We understand that some teams may not be able to wear colors, but we would appreciate it if those who can wear colored shirts, pants, hats socks etc, do so.  If your country does not have a uniform approved by WCF please refer to the  WCF Sports Regulations section 5.4.2.b. and arrange for this to be put in place at least 3 months prior to the event start date.

LODGING

Below is a lodging list that lists local hotels and Bed and Breakfasts (B&B’s).  Our area is known for its excellent B&B’s.  There are many more on Airbnb and VRBO.

SOP - Lodging List 2-11-24

We have a dozen or so families that are willing to host an international visitor during the championships.  We would prefer to use these lodging opportunities for players who otherwise can’t afford one of the hotels or B&B’s that are in our area.  If you have any such players on your team, please forward their contact information to Macey White.

In order to match players with hosts, we will need to know player’s name, email address, age, gender, and if they have a traveling companion.

BIG OYSTER GC TOURNAMENT

The Big Oyster GC tournament will run concurrently with the World Championship Qualifier, but on different courts.  The dates for the Big Oyster tournament are October 14-16, 2024.

This USCA sanctioned Golf Croquet tournament will have results submitted to WCF for DGrades.  Any player who has been selected for the 2024 Worlds can participate with a minimal entry fee of $60. (Of course, players playing in the Qualifier will be busy with that one and unable to enter the Big Oyster). All other players can enter for $250.  Much of the entry fee will be used to offset the cost of preparing for the World Championship. Please send your completed entry form to maceywhite@gmail.com. 

Entry Form - 2024 Big Oyster 3-11-24

Our website is currently being revamped and that should be complete by the end of April.  We will continuously update our lodging list and other details as they come in.  Please check back on our website (after May 1) for the most current details.

The Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club looks forward to seeing you in October!

WCF launch GC Referee WhatsApp Group

The WCF are pleased to announce the launch of a WhatsApp group called ‘WCF Global GC Referee Queries’.

The purpose of this WhatsApp Group is to provide a platform for addressing queries relating to unusual refereeing incidents or unclear interpretations of the GC Rules in order to establish a unified global approach.

Queries will be raised by national moderators, who have been nominated by their local governing body.  Answers will be provided by the Chair of the WCF GC Rules Committee – currently Stephen Mulliner.

Referees with queries should address them in the first instance to their local moderator, contact details for this person can be obtained from your national governing body.

At the moment this group is for GC Refereeing queries only. We are keen to see whether the use of WhatsApp for this purpose is successful before setting up an AC group as well.

Corfu joins WCF as RCO

The Management Committee (MC) are very pleased to announce that Corfu, one of the Greek islands, has requested to join the WCF. The MC have reviewed their request and can confirm that the Corfu Club meets the requirements to join the WCF as a Recognised Croquet Organisation (RCO).

The club, based near Gouvia on Corfu, has been established for many years. It has four lawns, and regularly hosts tournaments open to visitors, both in GC and AC. The thriving club has an active membership who play mainly GC and One Ball, with just a small amount of AC played. To find out more, including how to visit them, see their website: https://corfucroquet.club/

Richard and Karen Quilter (President and Secretary) will be our main contacts. Please offer them, and all the Corfu players, a warm welcome to the WCF.

2024 ECL – The Heats have been drawn

The makeup of the seven heats for the 2024 European Club League has been confirmed.

28 teams from 10 countries will compete to determine the 7 qualifiers to join hosts Club de Campo Villa Madrid (Spain) in the Grand Final in October. Defending Champions Dulwich (England) will be hoping to qualify in Hamburg, in a strong heat that also contains Sherry (Spain), who were placed 4th in 2023. The El Tiro Club from Spain face the longest journey to their heat in Ikskile (Latvia).

Here is the full draw and schedule.

For more information about the event, please see the full webpage: 2024 European Club League

 

WCF Sports Regulations Updated

On 14th January 2024, Council voted to amend the method for seeding the GC Knock Out at our Singles Events. The result voted to move towards a new system of seeding: Block Separation by Grade.

The Sports Regulations have now been amended to reflect this vote and version 9.2 uploaded to the website: https://worldcroquet.org/wcf-business/statutes-regulations/

All future WCF and ERC GC events will use this method of seeding.

Other changes to the Sports Regulations are currently in progress following a recent consultation.

 

 

 

Swiss Tournament Management Spreadsheet – updated 8th March 2024

Tournament Management Spreadsheet *Updated March 2024*

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 version 7.1.3.2

The following documents may also be downloaded: 

Tournament Management Manual V7.1

Tournament Management Quick Start Guide V7.1

Sample Auto Manage Player Instructions

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
Does it work with Advantage GC?

One limitation is that it does not cope with Advantage GC games as it can not currently handle the possibility of a player having a -ve hoop score at the end of a game and  the winner of a game going to time actually having a lower hoop score than the loser.

Why does the downloaded spreadsheet already has data in it?
The download is set up as a partially complete tournament so you can see how the program looks and can immediately try entering results and scheduling games before having to set up your own tournament.

 

AC Country Rankings as at 31st December 2023

The latest AC Team Rankings (as at 31 December 2023) are:

Position

Country

Average Grade

Players

1

England

2,578

6

2

Australia

2,541

6

3

New Zealand

2,491

6

4

USA

2,430

6

5

Scotland

2,114

6

6

Ireland

2,112

6

7

Wales

2,063

6

8

South Africa

1,944

6

9

Canada

1,923

6

10

Sweden

1,614

6

11

Spain

1,592

6

12

Germany

1,450

6

13

Austria

1,658

5

14

Latvia

1,277

5

15

Switzerland

1,731

3

16

Czech Republic

1,620

3

17

Iran

2,201

1

18

Jersey

2,120

1

19

Luxembourg

1,970

1

GC Country Rankings as at 31st December 2023

The latest GC Team Rankings (as at 31 December 2023) are:

Position

Country

Average

Players

1

Egypt

2,587

6

2

England

2,470

6

3

New Zealand

2,456

6

4

Australia

2,443

6

5

USA

2,426

6

6

Spain

2,348

6

7

South Africa

2,267

6

8

Ireland

2,150

6

9

Wales

2,137

6

10

Canada

2,130

6

11

Sweden

2,087

6

12

Germany

2,085

13

Switzerland

2,049

6

14

Czech Republic

2,010

6

15

Latvia

1,998

6

16

Scotland

1,938

6

17

Norway

1,908

6

18

Mexico

1,841

6

19

Finland

1,813

6

20

Austria

1,943

5

21

Belgium

2,209

1

22

France

1,832

1

23

Portugal

1,660

1