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.

 

 

 

WCF Advice Sheet – Facility Guide

This guide from Croquet Victoria is intended to assist with the development of a croquet club and in particular the planning process. However it could also likely prove useful to those seeking to establish croquet at a venue alongside or as a successor to other sports. Croquet Victoria is happy for it to be adapted for use by others with an acknowledgement where this occurs.

Download here> Croquet Facility Guide

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.

2020 GC World Team Championships – Tier 2 – Player Information

This will be held in Spain between 11 to 16 October

The Spanish hosts have provided the following Event Information for Players

We believe that travelling into Spain should not be an issue provided that individuals have been vaccinated and/or can demonstrate a negative Covid test shortly before travelling.  See https://www.mscbs.gob.es/.

Organising and other officials:

Tournament Director: Begoña Elzaburu
Tournament Manager:  Felipe Mestanza
Tournament Referee: Alfonso Urbano
Event coordinator: Carolina Ruiz de Alda
Tournament Treasurer: Casilda Chávarri
Sponsors Director: Enrique Prados del Amo
Media Director: José Luis Álvarez-Sala
Venues coordinator: Gabriel González-Gordon
Representative Real Club de Golf Vista Hermosa: Rocío Medina
Representative Real Club de Golf Novo Sancti Petri: Rafael Hernández-Alcalá
Representative Sherry Golf Jerez: Alfonso de la Calle

We are thinking of proposing a visit to Cadiz for the families, this could be done by boat and then walking with a guide or in a touristic bus,  it would take whole day. So, for the social act for everyone we are thinking of a visit to El Puerto de Santa Maria or a wine cellar which is more compatible with the playing schedule.

For the hotel reservations we are proposing the same thing as last time, but we have added some houses that are of people that we know that would rent and that they are near the main lawns and nice

  1. The first one comes from one of the venue owners. In fact the lawns of Sancti Petri belong to the Iberostar Hotels and they have decided to make this special offer for the players and their Friends. Attached is the document where you will be able to see their hotels.
  2. The second one is from a hotel which is situated walking distance from the main venue (aproximately 1 km).They have 2 hotels.
  3. HOTEL PUERTO SHERRY (all prices are orientative, please consult with them).  Economy for 2 people Monday and Tuesday: 108€ per night other nights 135€
    Family room for 4 people Monday and Tuesday 175.50€ per night other days 202.50€
    If you would like to reserve you can call +34 956872000 or by mail  reservas@hotelpuertosherry.com
  4. LAS SUITES DE PUERTO SHERRY
    Apartment for 4 persons (2 double rooms) Monday and Tuesday: 144€ noche & per night other days: 189€
    Apartment of 3 rooms for 6 people  Monday and Tuesday: 179.10€ other nights: 265,50€
    If you would like to reserve in the Suites: +34 956852675  or by mail recepcion@lassuitesdepuertosherry.com

We also give you other options of the hotels that had already been recommended:

  • Hotel Soho Boutique Vista Hermosa (formerly Hotel Los Jandalos Vistahermosa) 4* Their Price for a double room is 125€ per night.
  • Apartamentos Soho Boutique Vista Hermosa (formerly Apartamentos Los Jandalos Vista Hermosa) 4* They have different size appartments. For 2 persons 95,70€ per night for 5 people 136,20€ per night.

Both of this hotels are in the same Street which is 2 kilometers away from the main venue. A Good walk, but still possible!(after all we are sportive people) You can reserve either by Telephone: + 34 956873411 or by mail to:  sbvistahermosa@sohohoteles.com

We strongly recommend you to be at walking distance. The provided transport will be from the main venue to the other venues in the morning and at the end of the day, but from there you will have to go to your houses.

If you wish we can also propose to you 3 houses that are all walking distance (around 800 meters away from the main venue):

  1. House for 14 people with 5 rooms and 4 bathrooms. Contact Carla 667543636
  2. House for 14 people with 6 rooms and 6 bathrooms. Good living room, garden and a swimming pool (in shared areas) Contact Sol 687422494
  3. House for 10 people with 5 rooms and 5 bathrooms. Big living room and terrase and garden with a private pool. Contact Begoña 609132892

We are thinking of not doing an actual paper programme since all the information will appear in the Web and we would like to launch it with more time than last time.

As for the practice on the day before we imagine that each team will take care of their own transport to the venue where they want to go.

We would like to organise Streaming for the finals and may be semi-finals, but we are still on it.

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