April 2014 Newsletter

WCF April 2014 Newsletter

The newsletter provides a monthly summary for WCF Members of what the Management Committee has been doing during the past month 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.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

Council debates and decisions

There have been no issues for Council to decide this month.

What have we been doing in April?

Version 8.5 of the WCF Sports Regulations was published which incorporates the new rankings-based allocation procedure for WCF singles events approved as WCF Topic 19 and a few minor consequential amendments to the main body of the Regulations.

The MC has established a Development Sub-Committee consisting of Gabrielle Higgins (chairman), Keith Aiton and Roberts Stafeckis.  This committee will deal with all aspects of croquet promotion internationally, including coaching, referee training and consideration of grant applications.

25th Anniversary commemoration

It is possible to trace the origins of the WCF to 1985 and, in particular, to a meeting of interested parties held at the Hurlingham Club, London on 17 July 1986.  However, the generally agreed starting point is the inaugural General Meeting, also held at the Hurlingham Club, on Saturday, 15 July 1989 when Ashley Heenan, OBE, was elected as the first WCF President.

As referred to in the February Newsletter, the MC has been discussing how to commemorate the WCF’s Silver Jubilee which falls on 15 July 2014.  Various ideas were considered but I am delighted to confirm that our President, Amir Ramsis, has very generously donated medals to be given to all the winners of singles national championships in Association Croquet, Golf Croquet and USCA Rules Croquet held in the 12 months from July 2014 to June 2015.  This seems an appropriate way of recognising that the foremost duty of the WCF is to promote the playing of competitive croquet at the highest level.

Topics completed or closed up to end April 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 will be awarded to winners of national singles titles from July 2014 to June 2015.

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

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 275:           Statute 305 (Reciprocity of Membership) – the English CA has raised some questions about the interpretation and intent of this Statute.  These will be covered in a general review of the drafting of the Statutes due to be completed by the end of 2014.

MC 276:           World Croquet Day – starting in 2015, the first Saturday in May will be used as an opportunity to publicise croquet at national and international level and for clubs to organise recruitment drives.

MC 277:           Development plans for 2015 and beyond – a MC sub-committee has been established 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.

Open topics as at 30 April

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

MC 278:           Review of croquet activity among Members.

MC 279:           Request for coaching assistance from the Croquet Federation of India.

MC 280:           Request for financial assistance for club development from the Italian Croquet Association.

MC 281:           Formation of Working Group to review croquet ball production.

MC 282:           2015 Golf Croquet World Championship, New Zealand, February 2015.

MC 283:           2015 Association Croquet Women’s World Championship, England, July 2015.

MC 284:           New WCF web-site – opportunity to review content and archiving.

MC 285:           2015 Under-21 Golf Croquet World Championship, New Zealand, February 2015.

Outlook for May

Tier 2.1 of the AC World Team Championship will be contested at Carrickmines, near Dublin from Monday 12 May to Saturday 17 May by teams representing Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and Wales (the holders).  The competition should be fierce and the Irish hospitality will no doubt live up to its legendary reputation!

Both the President and I intend to visit the Tier 2.2/3 AC World Team Championship event at Southwick which runs from Sunday 11 May to Friday 16 May and Amir will be there to present the trophies to the winners.

The Invitation Dates for the 2015 Under-21 GCWC and the 2015 GCWC itself have been set as 7 May 2014.  These events will be held in New Zealand in February 2015 and further details will be found on the WCF web-site.  It should be noted that the Event Capacity of the 2015 GCWC will be increased to 80, which will bring it into line with the ACWC, and these events will be the first World Championships to be held under the new Sports Regulations.

The fields for the 2014 Over-50 GCWC and 2014 Women’s GCWC will have been announced by or shortly after publication of this Newsletter.  The events will be held in Cairo from 5-11 October and from 16-21 November respectively.  There are currently five vacancies in the Over-50 and one in the Women’s and any Member may apply for a further Wild Card place.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

6 May 2014

May 2014 Newsletter

WCF May 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

There were no Council debates or decisions in May.

What did we do in May?

Tiers 2.1 and 2.2/3 of the Association Croquet World Team Championships were held respectively in Ireland, at Carrickmines, and in England, at Southwick, in the week ended 17 May.  In Tier 1, the hosts, Ireland, just edged out the holders, Wales, by one point.  Spain, the ante-post favourites for Tier 2.2, were made to work for their victory by a strong performance by the team from Austria who were clear winners of Tier 3.

Preparations for the entries for the 2014 Over-50 and Women’s Golf Croquet World Championships continued with the place allocation announcements.  There will be 40 entries in each Championship with a notably strong New Zealand contingent for the Women’s.

The venues for the three 2015 World Championships (Under-21 GCWC, the Golf Croquet World Championship itself and the Women’s Association Croquet World Championship) were confirmed and the final details of formats, playing schedules and event lengths were the subject of detailed consideration.

It became apparent that the publication of the new world championship place allocation procedures in Version 8.5 of the Sports Regulations had not led to universal understanding.  A further round of explanation was undertaken which appears to have been successful.  It was emphasised that Members are now free to award their Membership Place or Places to any of their eligible players.

The proposal by CNZ to use Atkins Quadway hoops for the 2015 Under-21 GCWC and the main GCWC caused a measure of concern to some Members who had noted the high degree of challenge that they had presented in the recent MacRobertson Shield.  The challenge depended to a large extent on the very narrow tolerances used in the Mac which will not be used for the GCWCs. CNZ have reported that the hoops have been used in the Canterbury area for GC for two years without causing problems.  The hoops will also be used in the New Zealand GC National Championships in December 2014 which will provide a final test of their suitability for top-class GC events.

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.

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 Saturday, 14 February 2015.  A Qualifying Event will be held from Tuesday, 3 February to Thursday, 5 February 2015.

2015 Women’s Association Croquet World Championship

This will be held in Nottingham, England with proposed dates from Saturday, 25 July to Saturday, 1 August 2015.

Topics completed or closed in May

MC 250:           Association Croquet World Team Championship, Tiers 2.1 and 2.2/3.

MC 281:           Formation of Working Group to review croquet ball production.

Topics open or pending as at 31 May

MC 278:           Review of croquet activity among Members.

MC 279:           Request for coaching assistance from the Croquet Federation of India.

MC 280:           Request for financial assistance for club development from the Italian Croquet Association.

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 286:           Statute 301-306 amendments.

MC 287:           ACWTC Tier 2.1 hosting.

Outlook for June

The main activity for the month will be finalising the outstanding details for the five World Championships that will be held over the next 13 months.  In addition, the discussion of possible amendments to Statute 303 has led to the view that a slightly more comprehensive set of related amendments should be put before Members in the next two months in order to reduce the size of the second stage of statute updating that is planned for 2014Q4.  We hope to have the Statute 301 to 306 amendments before Members by July.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General 9 June 2014

June 2014 Newsletter

WCF June 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

There were no Council debates or decisions in June.

What did we do in June?

The main activities were progressing the five forthcoming WCF championships and drafting the amendments to Statutes 300 to 307 which should shorten and simplify these provisions.

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 and 107 names were put forward for 41 Ranking Places.

2015 Women’s Association Croquet World Championship

This will be held in Nottingham from Saturday, 25 July to Saturday, 1 August 2015.

Topics completed or closed in June

MC 287:           ACWTC Tier 2.1 hosting – it was agreed that Wales could offer to host the 2017 event at an English club such as Cheltenham.

Topics open or pending as at 30 June

MC 278:           Review of croquet activity among Members.

MC 279:           Request for coaching assistance from the Croquet Federation of India.

MC 280:           Request for financial assistance from the Italian Croquet Association.

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 286:           Statute 301-306 amendments.

MC 288:           CroquetScores agreement.

Outlook for July

The main activity for the month will be progressing the five World Championships that will be held over the next 13 months.  The MC will shortly agree the final form of the Statute 300-306 amendments to be put to Members before the end of the month.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General 15 July 2014

July 2014 Newsletter

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.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General 21 August 2014

October 2015 Newsletter

WCF October 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

Version 4.7 of the Event Regulations came into effect on 9 October 2015.

What has happened in October?

The 2016 GC World Team Championship Response Date passed on 18 October with confirmations of participation from all eight Tier 1 teams and nine expressions of interest in Tier 2.  Consideration is being given to the possibility of holding a four team Tier 3 event.

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

The MC elections nomination period closed on 31 October.  There are two candidates for the post of WCF President (Ian Burridge (Wales) and Amir Ramsis (Egypt)) and four candidates for three MC places (Luis de Gortazar (Spain), Mike Orgill (USA), Samir Patel (England) and Amir Ramsis (Egypt).  Full and Associate Members will have until 6 December 2015 to cast their votes and the successful candidates will begin their four-year terms of office on 1 January 2016.

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 and entry details will be posted on the WCF website in due course.  The current entry list is available now on the WCF website under World 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.

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.  Roberts Stafeckis, a MC member from Latvia, visited Georgia in late October to provide initial coaching and assess the situation.  His report to the MC is positive and an application for Observer Membership is expected.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

None

Topics open, pending or under administration on 31 October 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, April 2017

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

MC 332:           International Croquet Academy, May 2016

Outlook for 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.  The Presidential and MC elections will close early in December.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General 3 November 2015