WCF July 2014 Newsletter
The newsletter provides a summary for WCF Members of what the Management Committee has been doing recently and what is on the agenda for the coming month. Your comments are always very welcome. It is also made available to all on the WCF web-site and via the Nottingham list and other croquet bulletin boards.
Council debates and decisions
Two matters were taken to Council in July. The Croquet Federation of Belgium applied to upgrade its membership from Observer Member to Associate Member and this put to Council as Topic 21. I am pleased to report that this was approved on 17 August. Topic 33 concerned proposed amendments to Statutes 301 to 309 intended to re-organise and shorten the text without any significant change in intent. These Statutes deal with the versions of croquet recognised by the WCF, responsibility for the relevant laws and rules and the regulation of individual’s ability to represent countries in WCF and other international events. Council has been asked to respond with comments on these proposals by 28 September 2014.
What else did we do in July?
In addition to the matters above, the main activities continued to be the progressing of the five forthcoming WCF championships. The Response Date and Allocation Date for the 2015 Under-21 Golf Croquet World Championship and the 2015 Golf Croquet World Championship itself, which are the first events to use the new allocation process set out in the WCF Sports Regulations Appendices 1 and 2, fell on 13 and 27 July respectively and were followed by the announcement of Ranking Places and Wild Card Places on 10 August.
It became necessary to find a replacement for Bernard Neal on the Hall of Fame Committee who has decided to retire. The MC wishes to express its appreciation to Bernard for his work on the Committee, with particular reference to his attention to detail. Andrew Hope (Scotland) has since kindly agreed to fill the vacancy. The requests for coaching and financial assistance from India and Italy were not proceeded with.
Forthcoming WCF championships
2014 Over-50 Golf Croquet World Championship
This will be held in Cairo from Sunday, 5 October to Saturday, 11 October.
2014 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship
This will be held in Cairo from Sunday, 16 November to Friday, 21 November.
2015 Under-21 Golf Croquet World Championship
This will be held at the United Croquet Club, Christchurch, New Zealand from Sunday, 1 February to Thursday, 5 February 2015. Members have requested 10 Membership Places, 29 names were put forward for 16 Ranking Places and three names for Wild Card Places.
2015 Golf Croquet World Championship
This will be held at the Mount Maunganui Croquet Club and other clubs in the Bay of Plenty region, North Island, New Zealand from Saturday, 7 February to Sunday, 15 February 2015. A Qualifying Event will be held from Tuesday, 3 February to Thursday, 5 February 2015. Members have requested 31 Membership Places, for which nominations have to be made by 14 September 2014 and 41 Ranking Places and two Wild Card Places were awarded. Full details can be found on the WCF web-site under World Championships.
2015 Women’s Association Croquet World Championship
This will be held in Nottingham from Saturday, 25 July to Saturday, 1 August 2015. The lifecycle of this event will begin on
Topics completed or closed in July
MC 279: Croquet Federation of India coaching request.
MC 280: Italian Croquet Association financial assistance request.
MC 286: Statute 301-306 amendments – sent to Council.
MC 289: Upgrade of Belgium membership status – sent to Council.
Topics open or pending as at 31 July
MC 278: Review of croquet activity among Members.
MC 282: 2015 Golf Croquet World Championship, February 2015.
MC 283: 2015 Women’s Association Croquet World Championship, July 2015.
MC 284: New WCF web-site – opportunity to review content and archiving.
MC 285: 2015 Under-21 Golf Croquet World Championship, February 2015.
MC 288: CroquetScores agreement.
MC 290: Appointment to Hall of Fame Committee following Bernard Neal’s retirement.
Outlook for August
The main activity for the month will continue to be progressing the five World Championships that will be held over the next 13 months.
Secretary-General 21 August 2014