2023 GC Over 50’s Championship Qualifier Entry Information

The ACA have now released entry information for the two qualifying tournaments for the Over 50's Championship:

- Western Australia, Cambridge Croquet Club, Sunday 8th October to Wednesday 11th October 2023.  Download the pdf for information on how to enter:  2023 Over 50 GC Qualifier Flier - Cambridge

- Eastern Australia ,Cairnlea Victoria, Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th September 2023. Download the pdf for information on how to enter: 2023 Over 50 GC Qualifier Flier - Cairnlea

If extra places for the main event become available after the main cut-off date of 27th August, then these will all come from the West Coast qualifier.

2023 GC Over 50’s World Championship – Entry Fees

Players who have been notified that they have received a place in the upcoming World Championship need to pay their entry fees of £136 by 12th June 2023 at the latest.

Per WCF Sports Regulations Appendix 2, clause 6, players who fail to pay by the due date will lose their place. The relevant sections of the regulation are below for your information:

6.1 Subject to paragraph 6.2, failure to pay the entry fee by the due date will lead to automatic disqualification and the place will be filled in accordance with paragraph 7.

6.2 Before disqualifying a player for failing to pay their entry fee on time, at least two reminders must have been sent to the Member which nominated the player and all reasonable efforts must have been made to contact the player directly.

Successful players from the Qualifier, must pay as soon as possible after qualifying.

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2023 GC Over 50’s World Championship – Player Information

The following information is required from all the above competing players by 10th June 2023 (or sooner please if available).

    • A recent well-lit, clear and good quality photograph (ideally headshot)
    • 150-250 words of biographical details
    • Contact email and mobile phone numbers for during the event (for use by the Tournament Manager)

Please send this information online via Google Forms. Please click on this link: Player information Google Form

Please note, the photo and bio may be published on the event website and on the WCF website. Players should expect some live streaming and the press may be present taking photographs. Players should note that their results will be published on Croquet Scores. The contact details will be held by the WCF S-G and Tournament Manager for use during the event.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why is this requested via a Google Form?
The organisers for this event will pick up all the bios directly from the Google Form. This reduces the workload. If everyone sends the bio into the WCF separately, maybe by email, word document, pdf, whatsapp etc., then it would then have to be cut and pasted into some central repository. Much simpler if everyone feeds it into one place in one format in the first place.

Why can’t you re-use the information I sent last time?
Regarding your contact details:
due to data protection rules, we ask that personal data is not kept by the organisers after the event, so emails and telephone numbers need to be captured each time. And of course, these could easily change year on year.

Regarding your bio: firstly, there is no way for me to know who wants to keep an old bio and who wants to update it, so we ask for new each time. Plus, most players prefer to update the words for each event. Especially those of you that play both codes, who may want to say different things depending whether it’s GC or AC. You might have major wins in one code and not in the other for instance.

Who might read my bio?
It could be used in various ways to advertise and promote the event.  Variously, it could be included in Sponsor Packs, the Event Website, the Programme, or perhaps sent to the Press.
Our sport needs sponsorship to help make these events financially viable. We need to look professional to attract sponsors. It is therefore important that your bios are sensible, well-written and give a good impression to the World.

Why is this information requested so early?
Work to prepare for a World Championship starts very early. The website and programmes are put together by volunteers, many of whom have other commitments. We need to give them as much time as possible to do this, to ensure that they not only do a good job, but that no undue stress is put on them.  The army of volunteers works hard to make these world championships run smoothly and to ensure that you, as a player, have a fantastic event. As players you are not asked to do a lot to help, providing this information is something you can do.

Do I have to provide this information?
Per WCF Sports Regulations, Appendix 2 Singles Events, Clause 6.3, all players are required as part of their participation in the event to send this information through on request, in the format and manner requested by the Secretary-General and the hosts.

6.3 …. all player information requested must be received by the date specified in the Invitation. This might include a photograph, email address, contact phone number during the event (if available) and up-to-date biographical details. These should be sent to the Secretary-General in the format requested.

2023 GC Over 50’s Championship Ranking Places Announcement

The 2023 GC Over 50's World Championship is due to be held in Western Australia between Saturday 14th October 2023 to Saturday 21st October 2023.

The Allocation date for this Championship was 29th March 2023. The Management Committee have agreed the following allocation of places for this 48 person event:

20 Full Member Places
4 Associate Member Places
4 Qualifier Places
20 Ranking Places

Ranking Places: The 20 Ranking Places have been awarded to the players in the file below, based on the Initial Ranking List dated end of 29th March 2023. This is based on their Max DG ranking over 12 months as per Sports Regulations Appendix 2, clause 2.3.

Age Restriction! Members and Players are reminded that all entrants for this event must be over 50 on the start date of the event.

Sports Regulations - Clause 5.1.6.  A player may compete in an Event subject to a minimum age limit if they have attained the minimum age on the first day of the Event.

The file below includes 3 tabs: i) a breakdown of places by country; ii) a listing of those awarded a Ranking Place; and iii) the Replacement Ranking List as at 29.3.23

Over 50's Breakdown by Country and Ranking Places as at 29th March 2023

Members are recommended to download this file to check the number of places they have been awarded, and to advise their players.

Entry Fees: Players are advised that the entry fee of £136 should be paid by 12th June 2023 at the latest. Details of how and when to pay will be emailed out to players via their Members after the Closing date of 12th May, once the Member Places have also been allocated.

Player Information and Bio’s: these will be due on 10th June 2023. Information on how to send this will be provided after the Closing Date. Players are reminded that it is a condition of entry to provide this information when requested.

Member Places notification: Members should send the Secretary-General the names of players to be nominated for their Member Places by 12th May 2023 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.

Withdrawals: The cut-off date for this event is 27th August 2023. If players with a Member Place drop out before this date, Members have 14 days (or until 27th August) to nominate a replacement. After this, the place reverts to a Replacement Ranking Place. If players with a Ranking Place drop out before this date, the highest ranked player on the Replacement Ranking list will be awarded the place. After the 27th August 2023, any places returned will result in additional places awarded through the Qualifying Event to be held in Western Australia between 8-11 October 2023.

 

2023 GC Over 50’s Championship Entry Information

The 2023 Golf Croquet Over 50’s World Championship will be held in Western Australia between Saturday 14th October 2023 to Saturday 21st October 2023 at two venues, the Moorabinda Croquet Club (MCC), Bunbury and the Bunbury Tennis Club (BTC) just over the road. There are six courts at Moorabinda and 2 at the Bunbury tennis club.

The Event capacity is 48 players.

Age Restriction! Members and Players are reminded that all entrants for this event must be over 50 on the start date of the event.  “Sports Regulations - Clause 5.1.6.  A player may compete in an Event subject to a minimum age limit if they have attained the minimum age on the first day of the Event.”

The anticipated entry fee for this event is £136 per player.

There will two qualifying tournaments:
- Western Australia, Cambridge Croquet Club, Sunday 8th October to Wednesday 11th October 2023.
- Eastern Australia ,Cairnlea Victoria, Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th September 2023.
Information on how to enter these will be published separately.
If extra places for the main event become available after the main cut-off date of 27th August, then these will all come from the West Coast qualifier.

An event website will be launched nearer the event, but until then, keep an eye on this page for updates relating to the event.

Format
Block play:  8 blocks of 6 players (48). Top 4 of each block advance to the Knock-Out Stage.

Knock-Out:   The Knock-Out Stage will comprise 32 players.

Entry Method Main Event
Players should submit their availability to their Member Governing Body in accordance with their published entry method. Any applicants from non-Member countries should email their availability, by the response date, to secretary@worldcroquet.org.

Travel, transport, accommodation, and sustenance
Travel: Minibus transport from the hotel to the venue(s) will be provided for the players.
Accommodation: There is a variety of accommodation available in the vicinity of the two facilities, ranging from basic to the higher end of the market. There is four star rated accommodation available. Options will be listed on the event specific website.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are available at the hotel. Hotel can cater for special dietary requirements. Snacks and lunches will be available for purchase at both venues.

Hoops
Atkins Quadways.

Player Information
Successful entrants should note that contact details, a photograph and a short bio for the programme, must be provided to the Secretary-General as per the published timetable.

Main Event Dates

Invitation Date

15 January 2023

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

Response Date

15 March 2023

This is the date by which Member nominations for Ranking and Wild Card places must have been received by the WCF Management Committee. 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

29 March 2023

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. 

Announcement Date

12 April 2023

By this date the breakdown of places will be advised and players awarded an Initial Ranking Place or Wild Card will be announced.

Closing Date

12 May 2023

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.

Player Contact Details & Bios

10 June 2023

This is the date by which players are asked to provide their contact details, bio's and a headshot photo. 

Entry Fee Due Date

12 June 2023

Per Sports Regn Appendix 2 6.1. 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

27 August 2023

This is the date after which returned places are generally filled by creating extra Qualifier Places instead of Replacement Ranking Places. 

Pandemic
Players will be expected to comply with whatever rules the government  or host clubs have in place at the time of the event.

Further information about the event, including the venues, local accommodation and attractions, transport links, the event timetable (including social events) and any other relevant information, will be published nearer the start date.