Entry Information for 2022 Women’s GC European Championship, Latvia 30 June – 3 July 2022

Entries to participate in the 2022 Women's Golf Croquet European Championship are now invited from all European members and RCO's.

The 2022 Women's Golf Croquet European Championship will be held in Latvia: at the Ikskile Croquet Club, near Riga (3 courts) and at the Sigulda Croquet Club (1 court) over four days between Thursday 30 June to Sunday 3 July 2022.

Registration and players briefing will take place on Wednesday 29th June.

The entry will be limited to 32 players. The entry fee for successful entrants will be £48.00.

There will be 4 blocks of 8 players, each generated in accordance with the WCF Sports Regulations Appendix 4.  Block matches will be single games.  Games will generally be double-banked. Except in emergency conditions, games will be 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 will be drawn and seeded conforming to the WCF Sports Regulations Appendix 7 Secton B. It will be double-banked, except for semi-finals and final, and played without time limits.

Round 1 (last 16), 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 if time allows.

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

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

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

Main Event Key Dates

Invitation Date

1/02/2022

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

Response Date

20/3/2022

This is the date by which Member nominations for Ranking places must have been received by the ERC. 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

27/03/2022

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

3/4/2022

ERC announces recipients of Ranking Places 
This date is also the Pandemic Go/No Go decision date.

Closing Date

17/04/2022

This is the last date Members can nominate players for their Membership Places. Within 1 to 2 days the MC will announce recipients of Membership Places and Replacement Ranking Places. 

Entry Fee Due Date

19/05/2022

If there is a reserve list, any players awarded a place on the Announcement Date will lose their place if they have not paid by this date.

Main Event Cut-off Date

5/06/2022

This is the date after which returned places will not be filled.


Key Personnel

Tournament Director    

Roberts Stafeckis

LKF Representative          

Sandra Harlinska


Tournament Manager

Sandra Harlinska

Tournament Referee

Viktors Harlinskis

Webmaster

Tomass Freimanis

Pandemic
Sadly this announcement once again has to be accompanied by the clause that everything is subject to covid related travel restrictions, and players are advised not to enter any binding travel arrangements before the final confirmation that a specific event will definitely take place.

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Copy of Invitation

RESPONSE DATE: Sunday, 20th March 2022

This is the date by which all European Members and RCOs are requested to inform the WCF ERC:

(a) if they want to take up their Membership Place or Places. Full Members are entitled to two Membership Places. Associate Members are entitled to one Membership Place. RCO’s should advise whether they would like to request a Membership Place;

(b) the names of their eligible players who want a Ranking or Membership place in the Event.

Individual players who are affiliated to a WCF Member and want to gain a place in the Event must announce their availability via their Member.  However, if a player is not affiliated to a WCF Member and is not eligible to represent any WCF Member, they should contact the ERC  directly. Please use the email address erc@worldcroquet.org for communication related to this event.

ALLOCATION DATE: Sunday, 27th March 2022

The highest grades achieved by players in the 12 months ending on this date will be used to determine the initial allocation of Ranking Places.

ANNOUNCEMENT DATE: Sunday, 3rd April 2022

The players who have been awarded Ranking Places will be announced on this date.

This is also the date by which a Go/No Go decision in relation to the pandemic will be published. We recommend that players do not incur any costs before this date.

CLOSING DATE: Sunday, 17th April 2022

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

If you wish to play in this event, you need to apply via your Governing Body who will submit their nominations to the ERC by Sunday, 20 March 2022. Your Governing Body may have their own selection criteria and timetable which you need to follow. Whatever the local procedure, please give them time to review your application and pass it on to us.

For more information about this event, please contact Roberts Stafeckis who is organising this event on behalf of the ERC. Please contact him on email: erc@worldcroquet.org

Entry Information for European GC Open, Budleigh 26-29 May 2022

The European Golf Croquet Championship will take place in Budleigh Salterton, Devon on the dates announced earlier Thursday 26 May to Sunday 29 May.

This event has been initiated and planned well before the ERC was created, now the new ERC will take over the management of it. Please read the formal invitation to it further below in the text.

Pandemic
Sadly this announcement once again has to be accompanied by the clause that everything is subject to covid related travel restrictions, and players are advised not to enter any binding travel arrangements before the final confirmation that a specific event will definitely take place.

The entry will be limited to 32 players.

In order to encourage a wide participation of European Members:
1.      Each Member who has fielded five or more players in any of the last three championships will be entitled to nominate three players, namely England and Spain.
2.      Each Member/RCO who has fielded two to four players in any of the last three championships will be entitled to nominate two players, namely Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales.
3.      All other Members/RCOs will be entitled to nominate one player.

Ranking Places will be used to fill the event after Member places have been awarded. Spaces will be awarded to the applicants with the highest World Rankings on Sunday, 6 March 2022. However, no Member will be permitted to field more than five players (except to replace last-minute withdrawals).

If you wish to play in this event, you need to apply via your Governing Body who will submit their nominations to the ERC by Sunday, 27 February 2022. Your Governing Body may have their own selection criteria and timetable which you need to follow. Whatever the local procedure, please give them time to review your application and pass it on to us.

For more information about this event, please contact Roberts Stafeckis who is organising this event on behalf of the ERC. Please contact him on email: erc@worldcroquet.org

European Championships 2022 and Entry Information for European GC Open, Budleigh 26-29 May 2022

Announcing WCF European Championships in 2022

The WCF statutes now provide for the creation of a European Regional Committee (ERC) that will, once fully functional, take care of European croquet affairs, and among other matters, will run the European Championships.

We are therefore pleased to announce 2 Championships will run in 2022.

The traditional European Golf Croquet Championship will take place in Budleigh Salterton, Devon on the dates announced earlier Thursday 26 May to Sunday 29 May.

This event has been initiated and planned well before the ERC was created, now the new ERC will take over the management of it. Please read the formal invitation to it further below in the text.

* New European Event *
An absolutely new event for Europe is the Women's Golf Croquet Championship. This will take place in Latvia, from Thursday 30 June to Sunday 3 July 2022.

This will be the first European event fully planned and executed by the ERC. The formal invitation will be published very soon.

2023 Events
An Association Croquet European Championship will be planned in due course for 2023. All Members/RCOs are welcome to express their interest to host this event.

Pandemic
Sadly these announcements once again have to be accompanied by the clause that everything is subject to covid related travel restrictions, and players are advised not to enter any binding travel arrangements before the final confirmation that a specific event will definitely take place.

FORMAL INVITATION to the WCF European Golf Croquet Championship

26 May to 29th May - Budleigh Salterton Croquet club, Devon, England

The entry will be limited to 32 players.

In order to encourage a wide participation of European Members:
1.      Each Member who has fielded five or more players in any of the last three championships will be entitled to nominate three players, namely England and Spain.
2.      Each Member/RCO who has fielded two to four players in any of the last three championships will be entitled to nominate two players, namely Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales.
3.      All other Members/RCOs will be entitled to nominate one player.

Ranking Places will be used to fill the event after Member places have been awarded. Spaces will be awarded to the applicants with the highest World Rankings on Sunday, 6 March 2022. However, no Member will be permitted to field more than five players (except to replace last-minute withdrawals).

If you wish to play in this event, you need to apply via your Governing Body who will submit their nominations to the ERC by Sunday, 27 February 2022. Your Governing Body may have their own selection criteria and timetable which you need to follow. Whatever the local procedure, please give them time to review your application and pass it on to us.

For more information about this event, please contact Roberts Stafeckis who is organising this event on behalf of the ERC. Please contact him on email: erc@worldcroquet.org

Formation of European Regional Committee [ERC] and Invitation to Nominate Candidates for the Committee

The WCF is delighted to announce, that following a recent WCF Council vote, our statutes now provide for the creation of a European Regional Committee (ERC) as a sub-committee of the WCF. The ERC will fill the gap left by the now defunct European Croquet Federation. As such it will run the European Championships and work to develop croquet within Europe.

We therefore now need to put a committee in place. In accordance with the agreed WCF statutes, this committee will consist of 5 representatives, elected by European WCF Full and Associate members (see list at end of this email). Nominations may be received from European Members, Associates or RCOs but only Full and Associate members will be entitled to vote should an election be required.

This committee will be joined on an ex officio, non-voting basis, by the members of the WCF Management Committee from European Members, one of whom will be chosen by the new elected committee as the Chair. The Chair will have a casting vote should the elected committee be tied on a decision.
Note: MC members may also choose to stand for election to the ERC, in which case they would be entitled to vote if elected.

The Terms of Reference for the Committee can be read here: ERC Terms of Reference version 1

Nominations should be made via your Governing Body who need to submit them to the WCF Secretary-General by the Closing Date of 20th February 2022. Please allow time for them to pass them on. Your application should include a brief résumé that can be used if we have more than five applicants and need to hold an election.

If an election is required, a formal Notice of Election will be emailed to the European Members together with a closing date, which will be the first Sunday four weeks later. Votes received after the Closing Date will not be counted. In the event of a tie, the decision will be made by drawing lots. Successful candidates will take office immediately.

Applicants will normally hold office for a four-year term. However, to ensure some retention and cross-over of experience, this first committee will be split into two groups:
i) 3 will remain in post until 31st December 2025
ii) 2 will remain in post until 31st December 2023
The split will be drawn by lots at the first meeting of the committee. At the end of their term, committee members may re-stand for election.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask either myself or Roberts Stafeckis who is acting as ERC Liaison in this interim period.

Debbie Lines - WCF Secretary-General
Roberts Stafeckis - on behalf of the ERC