Vacancy for an ERC Event Co-ordinator

The European Regional Committee (ERC) are recruiting for someone to administer the European Championships. The role will involve managing all the admin required for these events. Typically, the ERC schedule two to three events each year. The European Club League may be added to this role for the 2026 season onward. The administration for each championship event includes:

  • Initiating the event – this involves emailing Members the Invitation via email and website notifications.
  • Managing all follow up emails and communications with Members.
  • Collecting and managing the entries via an Excel spreadsheet.
  • Liaising with Tournament Group to agree the event structure e.g. player numbers and format.
  • Publishing the award of places to Members and on the website.
  • Liaising with the WCF Treasurer to ensure all Entry Fees are received and chasing players for these.
  • Requesting the Player Information via a Google Form and tracking receipt.
  • Setting up a Player and Officials WhatsApp group.
  • Managing any player withdrawals in line with the regulations.
  • Liaising with the host organising committee as Event Lead.
  • Ensuring the WCF website and Facebook pages are regularly updated with Event news.
  • Setting up the post event Player survey and then collating and summarising the feedback received.

These activities are managed through email, Google forms and most importantly Excel. An excel template will be provided but may need tailoring for each event. The role holder should therefore have some proficiency in the use of spreadsheets. The role holder will be expected to attend the ERC monthly online meetings, and join in debates, but will not be a voting member of the committee.

Training will be provided by Debbie Lines, the current WCF Secretary-General with additional support from Roberts Stafeckis, the current ERC Chair to whom this role will report.

An honorarium of £250 per event managed, will be payable.

The post is expected to start early September, in time for the start of the admin cycle for the 2025 events, invitations for which are due to be sent out in October.

If interested, please email Debbie Lines for more information or to apply. Applications close 31st July 2024.

 

WCF Sports Regulations and Ranking Regulations Updated

On 8th June 2024, Council voted to approve changes to the Ranking Regulations to improve how the system handles Fast Improvers and Returners. The system will be changed, and the associated regulations: the Sports Regulations and the Ranking Regulations, have been updated.

The latest versions can be found on page: Statutes and Regulations

2024 European GC Champion: Winner José Álvarez-Sala

The 2024 GC European Championship was held between 16-19 May 2024 at the Sussex County Croquet Club in Southwick, near Brighton, England. 

Champion: José Álvarez-Sala, Spain

Winner of the Shield:  Andres Álvarez-Sala, Spain

Winner of the Bowl: Chris Roberts, Wales

Winner of the Plate: Wolfgang Usbeck, Germany

Thank you to the hosts, Croquet England, and especially to the host club 'Sussex County Croquet Club'. We know how much work goes into running these events and so the ERC would like to thank all the hardworking volunteers without which the event could not be held.

A full report to follow soon.

Champion: José Álvarez-Sala, Spain

Swiss Tournament Management Spreadsheet – updated 8th May 2024

Tournament Management Spreadsheet *Updated May 2024 to fix bug in Mar 24 version*

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 Managemennt Spreadsheet version V7.1.4

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.

 

Dawson Balls Mark 3 – Primary Colours now WCF approved *Update April 2024*

April 2024 update
Paul has been testing various ways of differentiating the new balls from the old ones. His long term plan will be make new moulds, but this will take time. Therefore, in the interim, the new balls will have a black circle marked inside the Dawson 2000 lettering. This black circle is drawn into the indented circle and so should last some time. Clubs are advised to monitor the marking and re-do it as necessary.
The secondary colours are currently in England being tested.
December 2023
The WCF have now approved the new Mark 3 Dawson balls Primary colours. We hope to receive secondaries for testing very soon.

Paul Manwaring advises that he is now back in production and will be able to meet orders for Primary Colours very soon. His plan is to sell to Australian Clubs from 15 January 2024 onwards and international orders from 15 February 2024.

The WCF wish to thank Paul for his perseverance trying new 'recipes' following one of the key chemicals being banned. Well done for getting this across the line.

GC Country Rankings as at 31st March 2024

The latest GC Team Rankings (as at 31 March 2024) are:

Position

Country

Average

Players

1

Egypt

2,576

6

2

England

2,472

6

3

New Zealand

2,463

6

4

Australia

2,447

6

5

USA

2,441

6

6

Spain

2,354

6

7

South Africa

2,278

6

8

Canada

2,165

6

9

Ireland

2,150

6

10

Wales

2,133

6

11

Sweden

2,087

6

12

Germany

2,085

13

Switzerland

2,046

6

14

Czech Republic

2,010

6

15

Latvia

1,999

6

16

Scotland

1,965

6

17

Norway

1,908

6

18

Mexico

1,842

6

19

Finland

1,813

6

20

Austria

1,943

5

21

Belgium

1,996

2

22

France

1,833

1

23

Portugal

1,660

1

2024 GCWC – Ranking Places and Wild Card Places

The WCF have awarded places to the following players:

The full list of players, including the Replacement Ranking List can be found on the event webpage: 2024 GC World Championship

Breakdown of Places
After the response date there were 150 entries for this 80-player event. The Management Committee have agreed the following allocation of places:

Ranking Places = 37
Wild cards = 2
Membership Places = 37
Qualifier = 4

Ranking Places
The places were awarded based on the Initial Ranking List dated end of 2nd April 2024. This is based on their Max DG ranking over 12 months as per Sports Regulations Appendix 2, clause 2.3.

Wild Card Places
The two Wild Cards have been awarded to:
- Addison Matthews from Australia
- Adam Barr from Canada

Member Places - due by 16th May
Members should send the Secretary-General the names of players to be nominated for their Member Places by the Closing Date of 16th May 2024 at the latest. Some Members have already notified the names of their nominees - please note that these can be changed up to the above deadline.

The request for payment of entry fees and Player Information will follow after 16th May.

If any of a Members nominated players for their Membership Places are high on the Replacement Ranking List, we recommend that a reserve is nominated. This is in case a player nominated for a Membership Place gets promoted into the Main Event (due to a withdrawal) shortly before the Closing Date. Per the regulations, if a Member does not nominate enough players for their Member Places then the place is either forfeit or if a Member has players on the Replacement Ranking List, the highest ranked player on that list is automatically awarded the place on the Closing Date.

The number of Member Places available for each Country following the requests received by the Response Date is noted below.

Withdrawals
If for any reason a player cannot now take up their place, please notify the Secretary-General as soon as possible so that a replacement can be found. Per the Sports Regulations, the following process is followed in the event of a withdrawal:

Players who have received a Membership Place: when a player withdraws, the Member has 14 days to nominate a replacement, unless the Qualifier Closing date of 29th September is sooner, in which case they have until that date. If no player is nominated a Replacement Ranking Place is awarded, or if the cut-off date of 2nd September 2024 has passed, then the place becomes an extra qualifier from the Qualification tournament.

Withdrawal by a player who received a Ranking or Wild Card place: when a player withdraws, if this is before the cut-off date of 2nd September 2024, then the next most highly ranked player on the Replacement Ranking list at the end of the day the withdrawal is notified will be offered the place. After the cut-off date, the place becomes an extra qualifier from the Qualification tournament.

After the Qualifier Closing date, all withdrawals from the main event become extra qualifiers from the Qualification tournament.

 

AC Country Rankings as at 31st March 2024

The latest AC Team Rankings (as at 31 March 2024) are:

Position

Country

Average Grade

Players

1

England

2,578

6

2

Australia

2,536

6

3

New Zealand

2,490

6

4

USA

2,449

6

5

Scotland

2,114

6

6

Ireland

2,111

6

7

Wales

2,062

6

8

South Africa

1,944

6

9

Canada

1,914

6

10

Sweden

1,613

6

11

Spain

1,592

6

12

Germany

1,442

6

13

Austria

1,656

5

14

Latvia

1,284

5

15

Switzerland

1,705

3

16

Czech Republic

1,619

3

17

Iran

2,201

1

18

Jersey

2,119

1

19

Luxembourg

1,966

1