Temporary amendment to Sports Regulations

A temporary variation to WCF Sports Regulations Appendix 2 paragraph 2.3 for the purposes of the 2022 Women’s AC World Championship, the 2022 Under-21 GC World Championship and the 2022 GC World Championship only, has been approved by Members.

For these events, Appendix 2 paragraph 2.3 will read:

2.3 Subject to paragraph 7.4, no player shall be awarded a Ranking Place unless he or she has played a minimum of 10 ranked games in the 24 months ending on the Allocation Date or, if relevant, the date on which a vacancy arises. However, no minimum game requirement applies to the award of Membership Places or Wild Card Places or to entries to any Qualifying Tournament.”

This temporary change is to allow for the reduced numbers of games played by some players due to the pandemic during 2020 and 2021.

Would you like to be WCF Treasurer?

The post of WCF Treasurer is currently vacant following the resignation of Yousry Ghamry on 31 December 2020.  The WCF Management Committee wishes to appoint a successor by no later than 30 April 2020.

Please see the detailed job specification below for more information.

WCF Treasurer job specification

The successful candidate will be given a detailed induction process on taking up the position to ensure a smooth handover.

Expressions of interest, requests for more information and formal applications supported by a CV should be sent to the Secretary-General at secretary@worldcroquet.org.  The closing date for applications is 31 March 2021.

WCF announce refreshed website

Our new look website went live on Monday 22nd February 2021

We hope you like the new site. All the old content from our old website should still be here, plus there are a few new items:

Translate capability: click on the translate box at the top right of the screen. Translations are powered by Google and will not be perfect, but hopefully the text should be understandable in your chosen language. We hope this will be easier for anyone who does not read English well.

Historic Documents: a few old documents from when the WCF was formed have been added.  Go to menu > About the WCF > WCF Historic Documents

Past Office Holders: a page showing all the past Presidents, Secretary-Generals and Treasurers.  Go to menu > About the WCF > Past Office Holders

Roll of Honour tables: a page listing all our previous champions. Go to menu > World Championships > WCF Roll of Honour

  • Please get in touch using the Contact form if you have any ideas for content, or if you spot any errors (hopefully not!).

YouTube

We are also very excited to announce that our YouTube Channel, which launched in November last year, now has enough subscribers that YouTube have allowed us to give it a 'custom name'

www.youtube/worldcroquet

Photos Wanted Please

Compared to our old site there are lots of new photos.

We need more please, particularly for the Championship Archive page.

If you have any decent photos from past WCF events, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the home page. We can then get in touch to discuss how you can transfer them to us.

Laws of Association Croquet

The 7th Edition of the AC Laws was approved by the WCF Council on 24 January 2021.

Association Croquet is played in accordance with the Laws of Association Croquet ("the AC Laws") which are published by the World Croquet Association.

As well as the 7th edition laws, two other documents have been published to assist players and referees in applying the new Laws.

Laws 7th Edition

Introductory statement Laws 7th edition

AC Laws 7th edition Changes log

The 6th Edition of the AC Laws may be found here and the Official Rulings that supported the 6th Edition may be found here.

November 2020 newsletter

Coronavirus and the WCF 10 year Championship Schedule

The re-building of the schedule following the one year postponement of events is taking shape and there are now confirmed dates for all the events in 2021 and 2022 – which we hope will stand the test of time!

GC World Team Championship Tier 3

Dates:   Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 July 2021

Venue:  Guildford & Godalming Croquet Club, England

GC World Team Championship Tier 2

Dates:   Monday 11 to Saturday 16 October 2021

Venue:  Real Club de Golf Vista Hermosa, Sherry Club and Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club, all of which are near Cadiz in southern Spain.

Women’s Association Croquet World Championship

Dates:   Wednesday 5 to Wednesday 12 January 2022

Venue:  Christchurch, New Zealand

Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship

Dates:   Sunday 6 to Thursday 10 February 2022

Venue:  Claudelands, Hamilton East and Morrinsville Croquet Clubs, New Zealand

Golf Croquet World Championship

Dates:   Saturday 12 to Sunday 20 February 2022

Venue:  Croquet Mount Maunganui, Matamata, Tauranga and Whatakane Croquet Clubs, New Zealand

Association Croquet World Team Championships, Tiers 2 and 3

Dates:   Tuesday 9 to Sunday 14 August 2022

Venue:  Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club, England

All these arrangements are necessarily subject to the state of the pandemic and any restrictions placed on travel or overseas entry to the relevant countries.  The MC is keeping the situation under review and will make an announcement about each event approximately six months before it is due to be held.

Looking further ahead, the plans for events in 2023 and 2024 are available on our Upcoming Events page at http://worldcroquet.org/world-croquet-federation/upcoming-events/

Members will be consulted shortly with a revised plan for 2025-2030 accommodating a MacRobertson Shield in 2025.

Hall of Fame

The WCF Hall of Fame was relaunched in 2019 after a five year hiatus and the WCF MC exercised its right to elect one member per annum by inducting Bryan Dawson (AUS), the inventor and developer of the Dawson 2000 croquet ball.  Bryan was formally inducted during the opening ceremony of the 2020 Association Croquet World Championship which provided the players present with an opportunity to express their loud appreciation of his great contribution to the sport.

The WCF Hall of Fame Committee elected five new members in November 2020, all of whom have made a notable contribution to the game either as players, administrators or supporters.

Bob Alman (USA), a noted croquet organiser and populariser and the publisher of Croquet Online

Jose Alvarez-Sala (ESP), the founder and President of the Federación Española de Croquet

Jenny Clarke (NZL), one of the foremost women players of her generation

Salah Hassan (EGY), winner of the Golf Croquet World Championship in 1998 and 2000

Chris Hudson (ENG), the first Secretary-General of the WCF

Their citations can be found on our Hall of Fame pages here

Latvian Club project

This year, the WCF awarded its largest ever grant to the Latvian Croquet Federation to assist it in developing a new three-court club at Ikskile.  Work began in May with major groundworks including the installation of an underground automatic watering system with 10 high power sprinklers.  The courts were seeded by mid-July with a mixture of six different species of red fescue and has been growing well so far.  The first of the two clubhouses has just been finished.  The other clubhouse, which will have a large terrace for spectators, will be commissioned in January to be ready by April.

Regular play is expected to begin in May 2021.  The first international tournament will be the 10th holding of the traditional Baltic Open GC tournament.  This will take place as usual on the first weekend of September.

YouTube channel

The WCF MC is delighted to announce the launch of the WCF YouTube channel.  It provides a great collection of croquet video footage and is available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeyP1BjtSwyDF3A5n142ffw/

Several playlists have been created that showcase some of the best croquet footage from recent World Championships.  These include both Association Croquet and Golf Croquet and women’s and U21 events as well.  There are also some other top class videos from European or national events.

When you click on the videos in the playlists, you will be taken into the original contributors’ YouTube channel.  We hope you enjoy the collections and the WCF MC thanks the many excellent videographers who have taken the time to film these events over the years.

If you are aware of any footage that is missing and that you think should be included, please let us know.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

22 December 2020

Five new members of the Hall of Fame

The WCF Hall of Fame Committee has elected the following five individuals as members of the Hall of Fame:

Bob Alman (USA) - croquet promoter and organiser

Jose Alvarez-Sala (Spain) - founder and developer of the Federacion Espanol de Croquet

Jenny Clarke (NZL) - the most successful woman croquet player at both codes

Salah Hassan (EGY) - Golf Croquet World Champion and Over-50 World Champion

Chris Hudson (ENG) - croquet promoter and first Secretary-General of the WCF

The citations may be found at WCF Hall of Fame Members

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Salah Hassan

Hall of Fame

Salah Hassan
Born: 1964
Inducted: 2020

Salah Hassan was born in Egypt and discovered Golf Croquet in 1982 when two friends invited him to try the game at the Shooting Club, one of the leading sports clubs in Cairo.  He was immediately attracted to the game and it was to become his main recreational activity for the next four decades.  He was willing to practice intensively for up to five hours a day and soon became an active competitor in the many annual team and individual tournaments organised by the Egyptian Croquet Federation.

He won the Egyptian Singles Championship in 1996 and 2001, the Men’s Doubles Championship in 1998 (with Ahmed El Mahdy) and 2000 (with Mohammed Essam) and the Mixed Doubles Championship (with Nahed Hassan) in 1999.

Egypt joined the World Croquet Federation (“WCF”) in 1996 and the reputation of its players as the best exponents of Golf Croquet in the world helped to raise the profile of the game in the more traditional croquet countries which had hitherto regarded Association Croquet as the only serious competitive form of croquet.

The WCF held the first Golf Croquet World Championship in Italy in 1996 and followed it four further World Championships in 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2002.  These were dominated by Khaled Younis (EGY), the winner in 1996, 1998 and 2002, and by Salah, who was World Champion in 1998 and 2000.

Salah also reached the final of the Golf Croquet World Championship in 2002 and 2006 and, shortly after his 50th birthday, won the Over-50 Golf Croquet World Championship in 2014.

In recent years, Salah has focused on coaching the younger Egyptian players such as Karim Ghamry, Amr El Ibiary and Mohamed Karem, who reached the final of the Golf Croquet World Championship in 2019.