2023 European GC Under 21 Championship

The 2023 GC Under 21 European Championship will be held between 17 - 20 August 2023 at the Ikskile Croquet Club (main venue with 3 courts) and Sigulda Croquet Club (one court) in Latvia.

Main Event
The event capacity is 28 players. There is no entry fee for the Under 21 players.

Format
Block play: 4 blocks of 7 players playing single games over two days. The top 4 in each block will qualify for the Knock-Out Stage.

Knock-Out:   The Knock-Out Stage will comprise 16 players.  Seeding will be Position-Based Seeding in accordance with Appendix 7 Section B of the WCF Sports Regulations. Knock-Out will consist of matches of best-of-three games.

Plate:   Entry will be open to those that do not qualify for the Championship Knock-Out Stage.  It will consist of block play and matches will be single games.  It will be followed by a knock-out stage.

Bowl:  Entry will be open to the first-round losers in the Knock-Out Stage.  It will be a knock-out event and matches will be best-of-three games.

Shield:  Entry will be open to the second-round losers in the Knock-Out Stage.  It will be a knock-out event and matches will be best-of-three games.

Use of double banking: The Manager will have the right to double bank as necessary in order to ensure the tournament stays on schedule.

Age Limit
This event is only open to players who are Under 21 on 31st December 2022. The criteria are defined in the Sports Regulations: 5.1.5 A player may compete in an Event subject to a maximum age limit if their age does not exceed the limit on the preceding 31st December.

So, anybody who is 20 or younger on 31st December 2022 may compete. Anyone who turns 21 prior to that date, may not.

Entry Method
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 erc@worldcroquet.org.

Allocation Process
Allocation shall be done according to the WCF Sports Regulations taking into account specific Variations to the WCF Regulations to be used in all ERC events, version 1.1 published on the WCF webpage Europe.

The Member Place Limit for this event is 5.

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

Further information about the event, including local accommodation and attractions, the event timetable and any other relevant information, will be published nearer the start date.

Key Dates

Invitation Date

20/12/2022

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

Response Date

26/02/2023

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

12/03/2023

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

19/03/2023

Announcement of the players who have been awarded Ranking Places and eventual Wild Card Places.

Closing Date

23/04/2023

This is the last date Members can nominate players for their Membership Places. Within 1 to 2 days the ERC will announce recipients of Membership Places and Replacement Ranking Places.

Player Contact Details & Bios

07/05/2023

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


Key Personnel

Tournament Director

Roberts Stafeckis

Tournament Manager

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WCF Event Lead

Begona Elzaburu

Tournament Referee

Viktors Harlinskis