Launching Online GC Rules Training

Our smaller Members do not have the infrastructure or geography to support on lawn courses or exams. This material has been created to provide them with an online training course (and in due course a test). It will allow these countries to improve the quality of refereeing on offer.

The material covers all the GC Rules.  It has been designed so that it can be used by players wishing to understand the GC Rules better with additional modules for those wanting to become qualified referees. Laid out as a study plan it takes students through everything they would need to pass the written elements of a typical GC Referees exam. It also covers, via video links, some of the on-lawn material, but obviously this is limited.

This material has been created for the WCF by Ian Shore of the Chiltern Academy as a global resource that will be available to all. The WCF are extremely grateful to Ian for producing this useful resource. The material sometimes links to material published on the Croquet England website and we thank them also for access to these resources.

To find out more, and to access the Study Pack, go to webpage: Online Referee Study Pack

Online GC Rules Study Pack

Our smaller Members do not have the infrastructure or geography to support on lawn courses or exams. This material has been created to provide them with an online training course (and in due course a test). It will allow these countries to improve the quality of refereeing on offer.

The material covers all the GC Rules.  It has been designed so that it can be used by players wishing to understand the GC Rules better with additional modules for those wanting to become qualified referees. Laid out as a study plan it takes students through everything they would need to pass the written elements of a typical GC Referees exam. It also covers, via video links, some of the on-lawn material, but obviously this is limited.

This material has been created for the WCF by Ian Shore of the Chiltern Academy as a global resource that will be available to all. The WCF are extremely grateful to Ian for producing this useful resource. The material sometimes links to material published on the Croquet England website and we thank them also for access to these resources.

It can be used in multiple ways:

i) as above, by smaller croquet nations who cannot easily access examining referees;

ii) for existing fully qualified GC referees who want to refresh their knowledge on some or all of the content;

iii) as a training aid for those to use before attending a course;

iv) for anyone who wants to understand the rules of GC. It is generally considered that a good knowledge of the rules will help players to improve their play.

Frequently Asked Questions
The introduction to the course includes a complete study guide and explanation, however, we list below some answers to typical questions.

How long does it take to complete the course?

There are 28 modules overall, including one designed specifically for those who wish to train as referees. All the rest are suitable for anyone wishing to learn the GC Rules better. We estimate each one should take around 1-2 hours to complete.

Each module stands on its own and can be studied in isolation. There is no requirement to do the whole course.

What support is available while studying?

    • We have set up dedicated Facebook and WhatsApp groups. We invite both students and fully qualified examining or championship referees.
    • For our small Member countries: Examining referees from around the world are being approached who will be able to provide telephone, email or conference call support for our remote learners. This volunteer resource is kindly offered and limited, so we will restrict their time to just those serious students forced to learn the rules remotely due to geographic constraints.  *Note: this resource to follow soon*

Does this provide a qualification?

Those who complete the on-line test will be issued with a "Certificate of Completion". The certificate will show the score they have achieved.  Coming soon. We hope to have the test ready by the end of March.

Will students be able to use this worldwide?

The main aim of the material is to improve the quality of refereeing within our smaller Member countries.

Each of our Members may decide for themselves how to work with students who have completed the on-line test.

Is it possible to upgrade to a Qualified Referee?

This must be done via a face to face exam including the on lawn elements. Many Croquet Academies around the World offer 1 or 2 days training courses. Students who feel they are ready without further study, would need to arrange to sit the exam with an Examining Referee.

DOWNLOAD THE PACK

The material is found here: WCF GC Rules Study Pack

Please note: some modules include videos. These modules need to be downloaded in order to run the videos.
Please note: we do NOT recommend running this course from a phone

Ian Shore

SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS

A closed Facebook page has been set up which is open to those studying and to experienced referees who are happy to answer questions posed by the students.

Facebook Group: GC Rules Training

 

WHATSAPP

There is also a WhatsApp group. To request entry please email the Secretary -General on secretary@worldcroquet.org.

THE TEST

When you have completed all the modules in the 'Online Rules GC Study Pack' and feel that you are ready to sit the test, please email Debbie Lines, the WCF Secretary-General @ secretary@worldcroquet.org.

Please do not request to do this too early. You may only resit the test once and we require at least a 3 month gap between sittings.

We will email out a link to the test, together with the necessary instructions.

After completion, the results will be sent out together with the correct answers. You will separately receive a 'Certificate of Completion' which will show the score achieved and the date.

Please note: it will be up to each Member to decide how to use this online certificate and to decide what authority it conveys. The WCF have not set a 'pass' or 'fail' mark. Holders of this Certificate of Completion are not qualified GC Referees. To become a GC Referee you will need to separately sit and pass an exam recognised by your Member Governing Body.

 

2023 Advantage GC Amendments now published

2023 Advantage GC - new tables now published

As some of you may have spotted Croquet England have had slightly revised documentation and tables on their website since February. This has meant that the WCF and CA information has not matched.

The proposed minor amendments to the tables and rules of AdvantageGC have to be approved by the WCF GC Rules Committee. Until this was done, it would have been incorrect to publish the revision.

I'm pleased to say that they have now approved the proposed amendments.

We should now match.

Please see the new updated page by clicking this link: Go to page: AdvantageGC

 

WCF 6th Edition Golf Croquet Rules now published

The WCF Management Committee are pleased to report that the 6th Edition of the WCF Golf Croquet Rules was approved by the required two-thirds majority, with 50 votes in favour and no votes against.

The new Rules will come into immediate effect for WCF Events. They can be found here: WCF GC Rules 6th Edition - Final 7.3.22

They can also be found on this website on page: The rules of golf croquet

The WCF Management Committee wish to express their thanks to the members of the GC Rules Committee for the many hours of hard work spent updating these rules.

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.

 

 

Golf Croquet Rules Committee

GOLF CROQUET RULES COMMITTEE

The Golf Croquet Rules Committee ("GCRC") consists of seven members.  Five are appointed by the largest WCF Members, namely Austrlia, Egypt, England, New Zealand and the USA.  The other two members are elected by the other Full and Associate Members.

The terms of reference of the GCRC are set out in WCF Statute 133.

The current members of the GCRC are:

Australia:         Bernie Pfitzner

Egypt:             Amir Ramsis

England:          Stephen Mulliner (also WCF MC appointed member)

New Zealand:   Brian Boutel (Chairman)

USA:               Jeff Hill

Others:            Georg Dej

What is Golf Croquet?

What is Golf Croquet?

Golf Croquet (or "GC") is the simple form of croquet that forms the basis of many people's experience of the popular garden game.  There are no bonus shots - each side plays alternate strokes and each tries to be the first to score the next hoop.  This gives GC an interactive and social aspect that makes it a more accessible game than its more traditional cousin, Association Croquet (or "AC").

AC is based on break play (like snooker, billiards and pool) which can mean that one player can spend a lot of time sitting down, unable to do anything to influence or interrupt the striker's progress.

Picture: /infra/golf.gifThe course and lawn bearings

The opposing sides each have two balls: Blue and Black against Red and Yellow. Each side may be one or two people (i.e. singles or doubles). Each side plays alternately in rotation: blue, red, black, yellow, as shown by the sequence of colours from the top of the centre peg.

Each turn consists of one stroke only: no extra turn is gained by running a hoop or hitting another ball (contrary to Association Croquet). To start the game, toss a coin. The winner of the toss plays Blue and Black, and Blue always starts.

The opening strokes are played from within one yard of Corner IV (nearest hoop 4), and the players aim to run the hoops in order from 1 to 12. The winner is the first to reach 7 points. A deciding hoop (hoop 3 again) is run if the scores are equal after 12 hoops, making 13 in all.

To score a point, a ball must run completely through the hoop in the correct direction. A ball has run a hoop if you can slide a straight edge down the front of the hoop without touching the ball. It may run the hoop in more than one turn, or be knocked through by another ball. If a ball should go through two hoops in order in the same stroke, both points are scored.

The side that first gets a ball through Hoop 1 scores that point and then all balls go onto the next hoop in order (i.e. Hoop 2). All players always contest the same hoop.  A player may play towards the next hoop before the previous hoop is run. However the opponents may ask that any ball more than halfway towards the next hoop when the current hoop is actually run, is brought back to a penalty spot halfway down the east or west boundaries.

A ball that goes off the court is replaced on the boundary where it went off but may be temporarily moved if it interferes with the playing of another ball.

The striking of the ball in a turn must be a clean, single hit; there are a number of faults that a player may make when striking the ball. These are listed in the detailed rules. After a fault, all balls are replaced in their positions before the faulty stroke and the player loses that turn.

If a player plays a ball other than the one they should have played and it is noticed before the opponent plays, the balls are replaced were they were before the erroneous stoke and the same player then plays the correct ball.

There is an exception when a player plays their partner ball.  In this case, the other side can either have the balls replaced (as just explained) or can decide that the stroke should stand but the balls of the offending side are swapped.  The other side plays then plays the next stroke.  See the Wrong Ball rule (Rule 10) in the Rules for more details.

Handicap Play

To allow evenly contested games between players of different abilities the weaker player is given a number of extra strokes that can be taken at any stage of the game. However a hoop may not be scored for the player's side in an extra stroke.