September 2015 Newsletter

WCF September 2015 Newsletter

The newsletter provides a summary for WCF Members of what the Management Committee has been doing recently and what is on the agenda in the near future.  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

Council approved minor amendments to the Event Regulations under the “dot release” process.  The amendments were submitted to Members on 8 September 2015 and, as no objections were raised in the following month, Version 4.7 came into effect on 9 October 2015.

What has happened in August and September?

The 2016 ACWC Response Date and Allocation Date passed on 30 August and 13 September and details of entries are given below.  The formal Invitation Date for the 2016 GC World Teams Championship was set at 18 September 2015 with a Response Date of 18 October 2015 and an Announcement Date of 1 November 2015.

Forthcoming WCF championships

2016 Association Croquet World Championship

This will be held at the National Croquet Centre, West Palm Beach, Florida from Saturday, 16 April to Sunday, 24 April 2016.  The Qualifying Tournament will be held from Monday, 11 April to Thursday, 14 April 2016.  44 Ranking Places and two Wild Card Places were announced on 27 September 2015 and full details are available on the WCF website.  Members requested 30 Membership Places in total and have until 25 October 2015 to nominate players to fill these places.

2016 Golf Croquet World Team Championship

Tier 1 will be held at the Surbiton Croquet Club in south-west London from Sunday, 15 May to Saturday, 21 May 2016.  Tier 2 will be shared between the Bath Croquet Club and the Camerton & Peasdown Croquet Club from Sunday, 15 May to Friday, 20 May 2016 with the intention that players from teams in both tiers can meet for a combined championship celebration.  The Invitation Date was 18 September 2015 and the Response Date is 18 October 2015.  The announcement of the teams taking part will be made in early November.

2017 Golf Croquet World Championship and Under 21 GC World Championship

Both events will be held at the Victorian Croquet Association headquarters at Cairnlea, in the western suburbs of Melbourne.  The Under 21 will run from Saturday 18 to Wednesday 22 February 2017 and the Qualifying Tournament from Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 February 2017.  The main event will begin on Saturday 25 February 2017 and end on Sunday 5 March 2017.  The Invitation Date is expected to be in April 2016.

2017 Association Croquet World Team Championship

Tier 1, the MacRobertson Shield, will be held at Mission Hills Country Club, Palm Springs, California from 18 April 2017 to 4 May 2017.  Tiers 2.1, Tiers 2.2 and 3 will be held at Sussex County Croquet Club in England from 17 to 22 July 2017.  The Invitation Date for the lower tiers is expected to be in October 2016.

Membership enquiries

The MC has received enquiries from Georgia, Greece and Pakistan.  The Greek and Pakistani enquiries have not progressed so far but the Georgian approach seems promising.  Roberts Stafeckis, a MC member from Latvia, will visit Georgia in late October to provide initial coaching and assess the situation.


MC Topics recently completed or closed

MC 283:           2015 Women’s Association Croquet World Championship

MC 314:           Women’s GC World Team Championship

MC 319:           WCF Event Regulations

MC 321:           WCF Refereeing Regulations

MC 322:           WCF Sports Regulations

Topics open, pending or under administration on 30 September 2015

MC 291:           Appointment of GC Ranking Officer and Assistant Ranking Officers

MC 295:           2016 Association Croquet World Championship, April 2016

MC 313:           2016 GC World Team Championship, May 2016

MC 318:           2017 GCWC and Under 21 GCWC, February 2017

MC 320:           WCF Equipment Regulations

MC 324:           2017 AC World Team Championship

MC 326:           WCF Event Income

MC 327:           Membership enquiry from Georgia

MC 328:           Membership status of France

MC 329:           Management Committee elections

MC 330:           WCF GC Rules Committee

MC 331:           International Laws Committee

Outlook for October and November

Activities will focus on the last quarter communications with Members, namely the accounts, the Management Committee report and the Business Plan.  There will also be a submission of minor amendments to the WCF Equipment Regulations to the WCF Council under the “dot release” procedure.

In relation to the immediately forthcoming World Championships, the 2016 ACWC Closing Date will occur on 25 October and the Membership Places and any Replacement Ranking Places will be announced shortly afterwards.  The teams competing in the 2016 GC World Team Championship Tiers 1 and 2 will be announced in early November 2015.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General 17 October 2015