August 2016 Newsletter

WCF August 2016 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

The amendments to the AC Impasse Procedure contained in Appendix 1 of the Refereeing Regulations were approved by Members.  This involves no change of substance but ensures conformity with the the procedure set out in ORLC and the MacRobertson Shield Regulations.

What has happened in June to August?

There was a welcome reduction in administrative demand after the two world championships.

The new draft of the WCF Statutes has reached version 12.4 and is expected to be published to Members as a consultation for formal consultation in September and October.  In addition to the deletion of provisions relating to general meetings, the opportunity has been taken to re-organise the Statutes to make them clearer and more accessible.

The first steps in the 2017 GCWC timetable have been achieved.  By the Response Date of 31 July 2016, Members had requested 32 Membership Places and put forward 116 players for Ranking Places.  The names of players awarded 40 Ranking Places and two Wild Card Places were announced to Members on 28 August 2016.   Details may be found on the WCF website under World Championships.

The WCF was informed that the manufacture of Dawson Balls is under new ownership.  We wish the new owner every success in continuing the supply of what is regarded as the standard competition ball and express the deep appreciation of croquet players everywhere to Brian Dawson for his 25 years of service to tournament croquet.   

Forthcoming WCF championships

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.

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

There are none to report.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

MC 281:          Dawson Balls Working Group

MC 295:          2016 AC World Championship, April 2016

MC 313:          2016 GC World Team Championship, May 2016

MC 326:          WCF Event Income

MC 328:          Membership status of France

MC 339:          WCF Event and Sports Regulations

MC 347:          WCF Treasurer – co-option of Martin French

MC 349:          Video Working Group – establishment

MC 350:          MC conference calling – proposal to move from Skype to phone

MC 351:          Refereeing Regulations Appendix 1 – proposed amendment

MC 353:          Golf Croquet Ranking Review Committee 

MC Topics open, pending or under administration on 31 August 2016

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

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

MC 324:          2017 AC World Team Championship, April 2017

MC 331:          International Laws Committee

MC 346:          WCF Statutes revision project

MC 348:          Wimbledon Cup – repairs and flight box

MC 352:          10-year World Championship schedule

MC 354:          2018 Association Croquet World Championship

MC 355:          Australian Perpetual (WCF Friends) account 

MC 356:          Finance Regulation amendments

MC 357:          Election of Treasurer

Outlook for September

The Closing Date for both the 2017 Golf Croquet World Championship and the 2017 Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship will occur on Sunday, 25 September 2016.

The draft revision of the WCF Statutes will be published to Members as a consultation. 

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

7 September 2016

April 2016 Newsletter

WCF April 2016 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

There have been none this month.

What has happened in April?

The amendments to the Event and Sports Regulations were further discussed by MC members during the recent AC World Championship in Florida and will be put before the Council in early May.

Draft Version 12 of the WCF Statutes is with the MC for review and comment.  Once finalised, it will be sent to Members for formal consultation.  The operation of the WCF has evolved over the years and the current version 11.6 needs revision, notably in relation to the provisions relating to general meetings that are no longer relevant since the Council agreed to make all decisions by email voting.

Gabrielle Higgins has informed the MC that the requirements of her new job do not allow her to devote the time she would like to her MC responsibilities and she has decided to step down as WCF Treasurer with effect from 30 June 2016.  The MC has co-opted Martin French, the former Secretary-General, as her replacement for the remainder of 2016.  An election for the post will be held in December 2016.

The 2016 Association Croquet World Championship was held at the National Croquet Centre, West Palm Beach, Florida from Saturday, 16 April to Sunday, 24 April 2016.  The winner was Stephen Mulliner (ENG) who, at the age of 62, is the oldest first-time winner by 29 years and the oldest winner of the seven title-holders by 17 years.  Croquet is truly a game for all ages.  He won the hard way, recovering from 0-2 deficits against both Reg Bamford (SAF) in the semi-final and in the final.  The final was the longest ever at 11.5 hours, the first to be played on two courts and the first to be finished under floodlights.  His opponent was David Maloof (USA), who was also 62 and had played superbly to defeat Paddy Chapman (NZE), the 2013 runner-up, and David Maugham (ENG) in the semi-final.  The Shield, Bowl and Plate events were won by Stephen Forster (AUS), James Death (ENG) and Ian Lines (ENG) respectively.

Forthcoming WCF championships

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.  The competing teams are Egypt (holders), England, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Wales and USA.

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 on Friday, 20 May 2016.  The competing teams are Australia, Belgium, Czech-Moravian Republic, Germany, Latvia, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland.

Tier 3 will be held at the Guildford & Godalming Croquet Club from Wednesday, 18 May to Friday 20 May 2016.  The competing teams are Georgia, Norway, Portugal and Russia.

Details of the Tier 1 and 2 teams and squads are available on the WCF website at http://www.worldcroquet.org/index.php/world-championships/2016-gc-world-team-championship


 

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 June 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

There are none to report.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

There are none to report.

Topics open, pending or under administration on 30 April 2016

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

MC 295:           2016 AC World Championship, April 2016

MC 313:           2016 GC World Team Championship, May 2016

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

MC 324:           2017 AC World Team Championship, April 2017

MC 326:           WCF Event Income

MC 328:           Membership status of France

MC 331:           International Laws Committee

MC 339:           WCF Event and Sports Regulations

MC 344:           2016 Ramsis Cup

MC 345:           Development – further projects in 2016

MC 346:           WCF Statutes revision project

MC 347:           WCF Treasurer – co-option of Martin French

MC 348:           Wimbledon Cup – repairs and flight box

MC 349:           Video Working Group – establishment

MC 350:           MC conference calling – proposal to move from Skype to phone

Outlook for May

The main focus will be on holding the GC WTC, publishing the proposed revisions to the Event and Sports Regulations to WCF Members and finalising the Statute revisions.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General 4 May 2016

March 2016 Newsletter

WCF March 2016 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

Topic 50: Consultation on Statutes 107.3 and 107.4 which deal with the operation of the WCF Golf Croquet Rules Committee.  This closed on 6 March 2016.  Responses were received from Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Scotland, South Africa and the USA.  The results have been sent to Members and, on the main issues, showed a consensus in favour of eight members (five appointed by Australia, Egypt, England, New Zealand and the USA, two elected by the other Full and Associate Members and a non-voting member appointed by the MC), each to serve a maximum of two terms of four years each and new editions of the GC Rules to be published no more frequently than once every four years.

Topic 51: The Italian Croquet Federation applied to change its status from Associate to Observer.  This closed on 20 March 2016 without objection from any other Member and so the change of status came into effect.

What has happened in March?

We received the very welcome news that the Scottish Croquet Association and the Balgreen Club had been successful in obtaining a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery and so were able to meet the condition for obtaining a £1,500 capital grant from the WCF.  Congratulations are due to all involved and we look forward to seeing how this project develops.

A range of small but useful amendments to the Event and Sports Regulations have been drafted and considered by the MC and will shortly be put before the Council.

The Statute review is now fully under way with the completion of a first draft of Version 12 which is with the MC for review and comment.  Once finalised, it will be sent to Members for formal consultation.  The operation of the WCF has evolved over the years and the current version 11.6 needs revision, notably in relation to the provisions relating to general meetings that are no longer relevant since the Council agreed to make all decisions by email voting.

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.  The current entry list is available on the WCF website together with a link to the event website.  Results will be available on CroquetScores.

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.  The competing teams are Egypt (holders), England, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Wales and USA.

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 on Friday, 20 May 2016.  The competing teams are Australia, Belgium, Czech-Moravian Republic, Germany, Latvia, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland.

Tier 3 will be held at the Guildford & Godalming Croquet Club from Wednesday, 18 May to Friday 20 May 2016.  The competing teams are Georgia, Norway, Portugal and Russia.

Details of the Tier 1 and 2 teams and squads are available on the WCF website.

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

There are none to report.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

There are none to report.

Topics open, pending or under administration on 31 March 2016

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

MC 295:           2016 AC World Championship, April 2016

MC 313:           2016 GC World Team Championship, May 2016

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

MC 324:           2017 AC World Team Championship, April 2017

MC 326:           WCF Event Income

MC 328:           Membership status of France

MC 331:           International Laws Committee

MC 339:               WCF Event and Sports Regulations

MC 344:           2016 Ramsis Cup

MC 345:           Development – further projects in 2016

MC 346:           WCF Statutes revision project

Outlook for April

The ACWC will be held this month so the main focus will be on final preparations for the GC WTC and continuing with the Statute review.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General 7 April 2016

September 2014 Newsletter

WCF September 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

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.  Comments have now been received from several Members and these are now under review.

What else did we do in August and September?

The main activity continued to be the progressing of the five forthcoming WCF championships.  Details are given in the following section.

Forthcoming WCF championships

2014 Over-50 Golf Croquet World Championship

This was held at the Egyptian Croquet Federation lawns and at the Gizera Croquet Club in Zamalek, Cairo from Sunday, 5 October to Saturday, 11 October.  36 competitors from Australia, Egypt, England, Ireland, Latvia, Scotland, Spain and South Africa took part and enjoyed glorious weather.  The second Over-50 Golf Croquet World Champion is ????? of Egypt.

2014 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

This will be held in Cairo from Sunday, 16 November to Friday, 21 November.  The Event Capacity is 40 players and competitors will represent Australia, Egypt, England, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Scotland and the USA.

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.  The Event Capacity is 28 and Ranking Places and Membership Places have been awarded to competitors representing Australia, Egypt, England and New Zealand.

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.  The Event Capacity is 80 and Ranking Places, Wild Card Places and Membership Places have been awarded to competitors representing Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.  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 Event capacity is 32 players and the Response Date by which Members must inform the WCF if they wish to be awarded Membership Places is Sunday, 23 November 2014.

Topics completed or closed in August and September

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 30 September

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 October

The main activities for the month will be administering the preparations for the forthcoming World Championships, beginning a review of the WCF Statutes and preparing the 2015 Business Plan.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General 11 October 2014

March 2014 Newsletters

WCF March 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

The following Topics were decided between December and mid-March.:

Topic 19:          A new allocation procedure for WCF Singles events was approved.

Topic 25:          The 2014 Business Plan was approved.

Topic 26:          The 2014 Budget was approved.

Topic 27:          David Walters was elected as Independent Examiner.

Topic 28:          Gabrielle Higgins was elected as Treasurer.

Topic 29:          The establishment of a Governance Working Group was approved.

Topic 30:          An amendment to Statute 303.3.1.2 was approved.

Topic 31:          A proposal to open two new bank accounts was approved.

What have we been doing up to mid-March?

Most of the WCF Topics in the last quarter were concerned with end-of-year administration.  However, three were of broader interest.  The Governance Working Group (Topic 29) is tasked with reviewing how the WCF and MC operate and reporting back to the MC with its conclusions and any recommendations.  We are grateful to Stuart Lawrence (USA), Ian Lines (ENG) and Sue Piper (NZE) for taking this on.

Statute 303.3.1.2 (Topic 30) deals with changes of national allegiance when a player’s last international croquet appearance was before 20 August 2013.  The amendment clarifies that, providing that they do not represent their current country in the 13 months before 20 September 2014, they will be entitled to change country after that date.  However, subject to what is called a “material change of circumstances”, anyone who has represented a country since 20 August 2013 will have to spend 36 months without playing representative croquet before they can change country.

The Topic of widest player interest is undoubtedly the approval of a new rankings-based allocation procedure for WCF singles events (Topic 19).  This was accompanied by helpful comments from England and Scotland which formed the basis for some re-drafting to shorten the documents, add some further definitions and clarify a few points.  There were no material changes in the substance of the proposal and the new Appendices 1 and 2 are now official and have been sent to Members.  They will appear on the WCF web-site in mid-April as part of a new release of the Sports Regulations.  They apply to all future WCF singles events starting with the 2015 GCWC but not to the Over-50 GCWC and Women’s GCWC whose lifecycles were started last December.  The new procedure combines greater discretion for Members in allocating membership places with the use of a ranking-based method to allocate most of the rest of the places and deal with most withdrawals.  This is intended to be a simple, objective and transparent process.

Topic 30 (the amendment to Statute 303.3.1.2) also prompted a question from the USCA about how the intent of Statutes and Regulations could be made clearer to avoid interpretative problems later.  Recommendations to Members to approve a change are routinely accompanied by an explanatory e-mail from the S-G.  Discussion with Martyn Selman led to the agreement that this was sufficient for the shorter and simpler recommendations while more complex issues, such as the drafting of a substantial amount of text (e.g. Appendices 1 and 2 of the Sports Regulations under Topic 19) probably required a separate document – such as the Invitation Guidance Notes that were submitted to Members in draft as part of the Topic 19 process.  The final form of these will be published at the same time as the new release of the Sports Regulations in mid-April.


 

Forthcoming WCF championships

2014 Association Croquet World Team Championship

The ACWTC began in January with the MacRobertson Shield as Tier 1 and continues in May with Tier 2.1 at Carrickmines in Ireland from Monday, 12 May to Saturday, 17 May and a merged Tier 2.2/Tier 3 at Southwick in England from Sunday, 11 May to Friday, 16 May.

Tier 2.1 will be contested by teams from Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and Wales (holders).  Each team will play each other in two-day Test Matches.

The merged Tier 2.2/Tier 3 event arose as a result of an entry of only three countries for Tier 3.  However, very happily, the four Tier 2.2 entrants enthusiastically agreed to compete in a merged event which will use a “Jamboree” format to allow all seven countries to play each other (in matches consisting of eight singles and four doubles) over six days.

2014 Over-50 Golf Croquet World Championship

This will be held in Cairo from Sunday, 5 October to Saturday, 11 October.  An entry of 40 is expected.  Members have until 1 May (the WCF Closing Date) to announce the players who will take up Membership and Wild Card Places.

2014 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

This will be held in Cairo from Sunday, 16 November to Friday, 21 November.  An entry of 40 is also expected for this event and the WCF Closing Date is also 1 May.

Topics completed between December 2013 and early March 2014

MC 249:           WCF web-site – a new site is under construction.

MC 251:           The 2014 Women’s GCWC allocations have been made.

MC 252:           The Governance Working Group is appointed and under way (Topic 29).

MC 254:           The MC election process was completed.

MC 258:           The 2014 Over 50 GCWC allocations have been made.

MC 259:           Review of MC communication procedure.

MC 260:           Extension of Statute 920-925 process submitted to Members (Topic 24).

MC 262:           The Wimbledon Cup transport to Australia was completed.

MC 263:           Topic voting and confidentiality – remitted to GWG.

MC 264:           A press quote issue was explained and dealt with.

MC 265:           MC Report and 2014 Business Plan were submitted to Members (Topic 25).

MC 266:           MC election procedure – remitted to GWG.

MC 267:           WCF 25th anniversary –commemorative medals generously provided by the WCF President to the winners of all national AC and GC championships in the year commencing July 2014.

MC 269:           Wales comments on documentation and Member relations.

MC 270:           Investment proposals or new bank accounts were submitted to Members (Topic 31).

MC 271:           Statute 303.2.1.2 amendment – submitted to Members (Topic 30).

MC 272:           E-mail archive of MC decisions created.

MC 273:           MC’s role in WCF Council voting process clarified.

MC 274:           Confirmation that a Member’s votes and subscription level for a year is determined with reference to its member count on 1 January of that year.

MC 277:           The MC has established a Development Sub-Committee to look into what the WCF can do beyond the current offerings of supporting attendance at the Croquet Academy and part-funding coaching trips to European Members.

The above list shows the breadth of issues that the MC deals with using its fortnightly Skype conference calls and e-mail exchanges to reach decisions.  While we aim to give every topic adequate attention, we also aim to reach a decision and close them as soon as possible and not allow topics to drag on indefinitely.


Open topics as at 18 March

MC 250:           2014 AC World Team Championship – preparations are well under way for the Tier 2.1 event at Carrickmines and the merged 2.2/3 event at Southwick respectively in May 2014.

MC 268:           Proposal from Belgium to support a joint croquet/gateball promotion exercise to be funded mainly by the EU Erasmus+ programme – this is still under investigation.

MC 275:           Statute 305 (Reciprocity of Membership) – the English CA has raised some questions about the interpretation and intent of this Statute.

MC 276:           World Croquet Day – the President has suggested that an annual World Croquet Day could be of benefit to the game and to clubs.

MC 278:           Inactive Observer Members – the MC is considering whether to require an annual report from Observer Members on the degree of croquet activity in their domains.

MC 279:           Coaching request from the Croquet Federation of India.

MC 280:           Financial assistance request from the Italian Croquet Federation for lawn improvement at the Lucca Croquet Club.

Outlook for March and April

After deciding a plethora of WCF Topics by successful use of the new e-mail voting procedure, there should be a quieter period ahead for Members for a month or two.  The MC has plenty of open topics to consider with development occupying a high profile (e.g. Topics 268, 276, 277, 279 and 280).  In relation to Topic 268, the MC will consider whether the generally positive Australian experience of encouraging both gateball and croquet should be recommended for investigation and adoption in other Members.

It is intended to publish the next Newsletter at the end of April and monthly thereafter.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General 18 March 2014