February 2016 Newsletter

WCF February 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 and the results will be published shortly. 

Topic 51: The Italian Croquet Federation has applied to change its status from Associate to Observer.  This closes on 20 March 2016.

What has happened in January and February?

Gordon Smith (NZE) has retired as chairman of the WCF GC Rules Committee and Tim King (ENG) has been elected as his successor.  Croquet New Zealand has appointed Brian Boutel as its representative in Gordon’s place and the United States Croquet Association has appointed Jeff Hill to succeed Mohamed Kamal.  We thank Gordon and Mohamed for their many years of service on the committee.  The Official Rulings on the 2013 Golf Croquet Rules have been updated.

Several development initiatives have been launched.  The second Croquet Coaching Academy for WCF Members was announced in January.  It will be held at Sussex County CC, England from 3 to 6 May 2016.  The WCF is also supporting a coach training week in South Africa to be led by Dave Kibble and has organised a one-day AC coaching course immediately before the ACWC in West Palm Beach.  This is for the benefit of local US players keen to improve their AC play and will be run by Colin Irwin.

The MC approved a request for a capital grant of £1,500 from the Scottish Croquet Association to support its Balgreen Club project in Edinburgh.  The SCA has an opportunity to take over disused bowling greens and create a new club.  The WCF grant is conditional on the SCA succeeding in receiving a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery.

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.

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.

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

MC 330:           WCF GC Rules Committee

MC 333:           Format of Qualifying Tournaments

MC 334:           Colour Vision Deficiency

MC 335:           2016 Business Plan

MC 336:           2016 Budget and Treasurer’s Report

MC 337:           Election of Independent Examiner

MC 338:           GC Rulings

MC 340:           Italy membership category

MC 341:           Development – AC coaching at West Palm Beach

MC 342:           Development – coach training trip to South Africa

MC 343:           Development – SCA capital grant application

Topics open, pending or under administration on 29 February 16

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:           Development – further projects in 2016

Outlook for March

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

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General 4 March 2016

December 2015 Newsletter

WCF December 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

The WCF Council elected the Georgian Croquet Federation to Observer Membership on 6 December 2015 by 58 votes to nil (Topic 46) and, on 31 December 2015, approved the 2016 Business Plan by 37 votes to nil (Topic 47) and elected Christian Carter as Independent Examiner for 2016 by 47 votes to nil (Topic 48).

Christian succeeds David Walters who has served as the WCF’s Independent Examiner for the last five years.  The Management Committee would like to record its thanks to David for his work on the WCF’s behalf.

Version 6.3 of the Equipment Regulations came into effect on 26 December 2015.

What has happened in November and December?

The 2016 ACWC Closing Date passed on 25 October with 26 out of 30 requested Membership Places being taken up.

The MC elections voting period closed on 6 December.  Amir Ramsis (Egypt)) was re-elected as President after defeating Ian Burridge (Wales) by 38 votes to 19.  In consequence, Luis de Gortazar (Spain), Mike Orgill (USA) and Samir Patel (England) were all deemed to be elected to the Management Committee for the four years from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2019.

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 entry procedure is described on the 2016 ACWC page of the WCF website (see http://www.worldcroquet.org.uk/index.php/world-championships/2016-ac-world-championship).

The current entry list is also available now on the WCF website.

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.

The possibility of holding a Tier 3 event is under active investigation.  Teams representing Georgia, Portugal and Russia have all expressed a wish to take part.

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

In addition to Georgia, recently elected as noted above, the WCF is dealing with enquiries from Greece and Pakistan.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

MC 320:        WCF Equipment Regulations

MC 327:        Membership enquiry from Georgia

MC 329:        Management Committee elections

MC 332:        International Croquet Academy, May 2016

MC 334:           Colour Vision Deficiency

MC 335:           2016 Business Plan

MC 337:           Election of Independent Examiner

Topics open, pending or under administration on 31 December 15

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 324:           2017 AC World Team Championship, April 2017

MC 326:           WCF Event Income

MC 328:           Membership status of France

MC 330:           WCF GC Rules Committee

MC 331:           International Laws Committee

MC 333:           Format of Qualifying Tournaments

MC 336:           2016 Budget and Treasurer’s Report

MC 338:           GC Rulings

MC 339:           WCF Event and Sports Regulations

Outlook for January

The main focus will be on stimulating and agreeing Development projects and getting the Statute review underway.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General 4 January 2016

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

July 2015 Newsletter

WCF July 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 amendments to the Equipment Regulations on 21 July 2015 by 47-0 (Topic 44) and amendments to the Event, Refereeing and Sports Regulations on the same date by 46-2 (Topic 45).  The new versions are available on the WCF website.

What has happened in June and July?

The main event was the very successful holding of the Women’s Association Croquet World Championship at Nottingham.  36 players took part and Miranda Chapman, representing England, defeated Gabrielle Higgins, also representing England, in five games (-10, +4, -23, +26, +26tp) became the new champion.  Many congratulations to both players and to the club and its organising committee for putting on such an enjoyable, efficient and well-publicised event.

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 Invitation Date was Sunday, 28 June 2015 and the Response Date is Sunday, 30 August 2015.  More details are available on the WCF website.

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 will be in August 2015 and more details will be available on the WCF website in due course.

2017 Golf Croquet World Championship and Under 21 GC World Championship

The Management Committee has accepted the ACA bid to host both events 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.  Interest in holding Tiers 2.1, Tiers 2.2 and 3 has been expressed by two venues in England.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

MC 323:           Membership enquiry from Pakistan

MC 325:           Membership enquiry from Greece

Topics open, pending or under administration on 31 May 2015

MC 283:           2015 Women’s Association Croquet World Championship, July 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 314:           Women’s GC World Team Championship

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

MC 319:           WCF Event Regulations

MC 320:           WCF Equipment Regulations

MC 321:           WCF Refereeing Regulations

MC 322:           WCF Sports Regulations

MC 324:           2017 AC World Team Championship

Outlook for August and September

The main activity will be completing a set of minor improvements to the WCF Equipment and Event Regulations and submitting them to the WCF Council under the “dot release” procedure.  On the World Championship front, the 2016 ACWC Response Date will occur on 30 August and lead to the publication of the Ranking and Wild Card Places shortly after 14 September.  The formal Invitation Date for the 2016 GC World Team Championship will also be published in this period although there have already been extensive discussions with the teams expected to take part.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General 14 August 2015

May 2015 Newsletter

WCF May 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

The WCF Council approved two recommendations from the MC, namely that Palestine’s Observer Membership be terminated (Topic 42) and to adopt a policy confirming that Regulations applicable to a WCF Event should not be varied in relation to that Event during its lifecycle (Topic 43).

What has happened in April and May?

The MC is pleased to report that the Event Agreement for the 2016 AC World Championship has been signed, that the 2016 GC World Team Championship will be held in England.  The Australian Croquet Association has offered to host the 2017 Golf Croquet World Championship and Under-21 GC World Championship at Cairnlea in Victoria.  Details are given below.

Forthcoming WCF championships

2015 Women’s Association Croquet World Championship

This will be held in Nottingham from Saturday, 25 July to Saturday, 1 August 2015 with a field of 36 players.  The names of the 32 players with Ranking Places, Wild Card Places and Membership Places are available on the WCF website under World Championships.  The remaining four places will be determined by the Qualifying Tournament to be held at the Nailsea Croquet Club, near Bristol, from Saturday, 18 July to Monday, 20 July 2015.

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 Invitation Date is expected to be in June 2015 and more details will be available on the WCF website in due course.

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 is expected to be in July 2016 and more details will be available on the WCF website in due course.

2017 Golf Croquet World Championship and Under 21 GC World Championship

The ACA has offered to host both events 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.  Interest in holding Tiers 2.1, Tiers 2.2 and 3 has been expressed by two venues in England.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

MC 251:           2014 Women’s GCWC

MC 278:           Review of croquet activity among Members.

MC 282:           2015 GCWC

MC 284:           New WCF web-site

MC 285:           2015 Under 21 GCWC

MC 311:           Regulation policy

MC 312:           2015 GCWC Qualifier Places

MC 315:           Management Committee vacancy

MC 316:           Refereeing Regulations – amendment of Reg 3(d)

MC 317:           WCF anti-doping policy – response to Scottish CA

Topics open, pending or under administration on 31 May 2015

MC 283:           2015 Women’s Association Croquet World Championship, July 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 314:           Women’s GC World Team Championship

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

MC 319:           WCF Event Regulations

MC 320:           WCF Equipment Regulations

MC 321:           WCF Refereeing Regulations

MC 322:           WCF Sports Regulations

MC 323:           Membership enquiry from Pakistan

Outlook for June and July

The main activities will be completing a set of generally minor revisions to the WCF Event, Equipment, Refereeing and Sports Regulations and submitting them to the WCF Council.  A first draft of revised WCF Statutes will be considered by the MC and it is planned to submit them to Council in July or August.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General 4 June 2015