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Here are the latest announcements from the United States Croquet Association. There are even more announcements in Member Announcements.

Croquet News Magazine Published

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The web edition (PDF) of the 2017 Volume 1 Croquet News is now available (log in required).

Here's the full run-down of articles you'll find in this issue:

  • 2017 World Golf Croquet Championship
  • 2017 USCA AC Laws National Championship
  • Club Teams / Croquet Week Coverage
  • 2017 Florida Golf Croquet Regional
  • Member Profile: Johnny Mitchell
  • Club Profile: Sarasota County Croquet Club
  • 2016 USCA Awards Winners
  • On Tactics: Plan Your Escape

All website and e-mail links should be live in the PDF. If you see an interesting reference, you can click through to dig deeper or reach a contact right away. On computers, the PDF version is best viewed as "two-up" and "show cover page" if you want to see the full spreads (on your Adobe Reader top menu: View/Page Display). The PDF should also be viewable on most tablets.

Thank You,

Dylan Goodwin, Croquet News Publisher

Croquet Innovations Tournament (AC) Announced

Introduction: This tournament will take place at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, FL. Play begins Tuesday morning, October 17, 2017 and ends Sunday afternoon, October 22, 2017.

This tournament introduces Peel Croquet and AC-3B0 – two new games that are based upon Association Croquet. Brief summaries are presented below. See full rules, notes and examples.

Peel Croquet requires striker to complete a peel (or “leep” – a reverse peel!) periodically as he runs a break. Each turn starts with 6 peel/leep options and a minimum of a lift-to-baulk. Failure to continue to peel/leep on a timely basis is end of turn. And, failure to make at least one hoop or peel during a turn allows the other team to start its next turn with an enhanced lift – a lift-to-contact or a lift-to-position, depending upon the circumstances.

AC-3BO starts with a 2-ball team (2BT) and a 1-ball team (1BT). The 1BT has a second ball that can join the game but only after a ball already in-the-game makes the “special hoop”. The 2BT is a threat to finish while there are just three balls on the lawn. But to do so efficiently requires 3-ball peels. Once the 4th ball enters, the 1BT can finish but needs twice as many peels as the 2BT. The key strategic question is: When should the 1BT bring in the ball that is left out?

These games encourage new ways of thinking about croquet. Yet neither is overly difficult because each has a built-in handicap system that levels the field for players of different skills, making it fun for all. If you can start a 3-ball break and have an interest in peeling, then you can play these games.

Format: There will only be 12 participants – 6 in the Champion flight and 6 in the First flight. Everyone will play both Peel Croquet and AC-3BO as he competes in two events: A singles tournament in his block; And a mixed-block doubles tournament that will have each member of the First flight play with each member of the Champion flight.

So far, David Bent, Danny Huneycutt, David Maloof, and Stephen Mulliner have committed to play in the Champion flight. Invitations are pending with two other international players.

Entrance Fee: Each First flight participant is required to contribute a minimum of $1500 to the Croquet Foundation of America. These monies ($9000) will be distributed to the Champion flight as prize money. Contributions from others will cover their travel and other tournament expenses.

For additional information: The tournament director is Howard Sosin. Please contact him by e-mail or on his cell phone at 203-650-4903.

Highlands Shoot Out (GC) Announced

Highlands Shoot Out (GC) Announced

World Championship (AC) Announced

Association Croquet Players:

Do you have what it takes to represent the United States, and play in the 2018 World Championship? The USCA would love to hear from you. We welcome applications from all qualified players.

If you are interested in being considered for Team USA for this tournament, fill out the availability form, and return it to the USCA by Sunday, July 16. The Association Croquet Selection Committee will select the team that will travel to New Zealand.

Even if you are not selected to be on Team USA, you are still invited to compete in the Qualifying Tournament held Tuesday, Jan. 30 - Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. The four highest-placed finishers will move on to play in the Worlds. Details of the venue and how to enter the Qualifying Tournament will be made available at a future date.

Tournament: The 2018 Association Croquet World Championship ("ACWC")
Date: Saturday, Feb. 3 - Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018
Location: Kelburn Croquet Club, Wellington, New Zealand

Player Requirements:
USCA Member
Association Croquet Player
Available for Tournament

Good luck!

Sara Low, President

Fall Croquet by the Bay (US) Announced

The Middle Peninsula Croquet Club is proud to announce the Croquet by the Bay tournament, 21-24 September, 2017, in Redart, VA.

This a fully sanctioned 6-wicket singles event that is open to all handicaps. We normally have a spread from championship to second flight.

One dinner and lunches will be provided. Cost will be $250.

The entry form is in Official Forms. The deadline is September 16.

Fall Croquet by the Bay (US) Announced
Participants in the Spring Croquet By The Bay tournament, May 2017.

The venue is a quiet country setting, well maintained, three full court facility with bathrooms.

We are near Mathews, VA, just off the chesapeake bay. It is an excellent opportunity to include a visit to the Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown area, less than an hour away.

This club will try to place everyone who wishes housing iIn our member homes to reduce costs and assist guests in gGetting to better know our members.

Please come and enjoy croquet and Virginia hospitality at its best.

Jim Coling, President
703-887-7236

Hall of Fame Announced

Hall of Fame Announced

Any questions, on this event, please contact Ruth Summers.

Teddy Prentis Reception Announced

Teddy Prentis Portrait

Please join us as we celebrate the life of Teddy.

The National Croquet Center, 700 Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach, FL will be holding a small reception on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in the lounge.

In lieu of flowers, the Prentis family requests that donations be made in memory of Teddy to United States Croquet Association “INSTRUCTION PROGRAM”.

Minnesota Open (AC) and Mosquito Open (AC) Announced

Minnesota Open

The Minnesota Open and Mosquito Open Association Croquet tournaments will be held June 17-20 in Centennial Lakes Park, Edina, MN.

The Minnesota Open is a Draw and Process championship flight event, which begins Sat. June 17 and concludes Mon. June 19.

The Mosquito Open is an informal Swiss event which will run June 17-20. Players signed up for the Minnesota Open will also be signed up for the Mosquito Open.

Games will be played on courts measuring 90’ x 72’ with a 3 hour time limit. Sunshiny balls will be used. Minimal social events are planned, just lots of croquet.

To enter, or for further information, please send an e-mail to Mike Weimerskirch to express interest in the event.

Entry fee for Minnesota Open and/or the Mosquito Open is $175. Players wishing to play in the Mosquito Open for only two days should pay $100 and are guaranteed four games.

Checks should be made payable to the ‘City of Lakes Croquet Club’ and mailed to Mike Weimerskirch, 12905 30th Ave. N., Plymouth, MN 55441.

Teddy Prentis Memorial Service Announced

Teddy Prentis Portrait

It is with deep sadness that we announce the loss of our beloved brother Edmund Astley (Teddy) Prentis IV on Thursday, May 11th, 2017. Read his obituary.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at Westhampton Presbyterian Church, 90 Meeting House Road, Westhampton Beach, NY.

Reception immediately following service at Westhampton Country Club, 90 Potunk Lane, Westhampton Beach, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the Prentis family requests that donations be made in memory of Teddy to: United States Croquet Association, Instruction Program, 700 Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach, FL, 33406.

Mid-Atlantic Regional (US) Announced

Dear USCA Members,

Please join us for the 2017 USCA Mid-Atlantic “American Rules” Regional Tournament at the Meadow Club of Southampton, NY on June 1-4, 2017.

TD: Danny Huneycutt

See you on the courts.

Thank You,

Tim Rapuano, Mid-Atlantic Regional Vice President

Southeast Regional (US) Announced

Dear USCA Member,

Please join us for the 2017 Southeast Regional American Croquet tournament on June 8-11 at the North Mountain Croquet Club. The opening reception, participants dinner, and play on court 4 will be held at Crest Ridge Farm.

Participants are encouraged to sign up with a doubles partner, if possible. While every effort will be made to pair individuals, this cannot be guaranteed. The Tournament Director will make the final decision on partner assignments.

The entry form is in Official Forms. The deadline is May 25.

Thank you,

Macey White, Southeast Regional VP (804) 694-9771

Rockfish (GC)(US) Announced

You are invited to attend the 2017 Rockfish croquet tournament on June 14-18, 2017, at the Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club in Hartfield, VA.

The entry form is in Official Forms. The deadline is June 3.

Thank You,

Macey White

Lawn Club Invitational (US) Announced

We cordially invite you to attend the 4th annual Lawn Club Invitational in Rochester, NY, on August 11-13, 2017.

American Six-Wicket, Singles and Doubles.

$175 Singles and Doubles, $150 Singles or Doubles.

The entry form is in Official Forms. Registration deadline: August 3.

Richard Curtis, Tournament Director
Sue Sherer, Tournament Manage

Lawn Club Invitational Poster
A Sport for the Ages
by Cordell Cordaro

Osborn Cup (US) Announced

Osborn Cup Announcement

To Find True Pleasure Invitation

To Find True Pleasure Logo

Dear USCA Member,

We are writing to invite you to participate in To Find True Pleasure: A Croquet Documentary. This project began a couple years back when we happily fell down the rabbit hole of competitive croquet. We have been enjoying this hidden pastime ever since, and want to tell its story in a way that hasn’t been done before.

This summer, we aim to visit every region of the country and all the pockets of croquet activity, both past and present. We are seeking to cover events, as well as conduct informal interviews with current players, spouses, veteran onlookers, eager beginners, embarrassed relatives, irate employers, and anybody else touched by this enigmatic pursuit.

Basically, we want to have that Saturday night tournament dinner talk on a national scale, to capture that unique energy only present when croquet players are gathered.

Please visit our site, and hear our own croquet story. We are seeking your participation in the documentary, as well as donations for equipment upgrades and travel costs. Hosting at tournaments or filming days would also be appreciated. We hope to kick this off at the 2017 MacRob, and branch out from there, visiting as many courts and communities as possible.

Help us tell the croquet story. We’ve sure enjoyed participating in it.

George Saad and Zak Jambor

MacRobertson Shield Donations Requested

MacRobertson Shield

The MacRobertson Shield is the most prestigious tournament in croquet.  It is the Olympics of Croquet.  It is the top tier of the World Team Championships.  It pits teams from England, Australia, New Zealand, and America against each other.  See the history of the MacRob.

This year, for only the second time in history, the MacRob will be hosted by the United States Croquet Association.  This is a great honor and responsibility of the USCA.  The MacRob will be held on April 18 to May 4 at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, CA.  See the MacRob website for more details.

The USCA needs your financial support to mount this important event.  Please help make this the best MacRob ever held.

To make a donation, please use this MacRobertson Shield Donation Form.

The USCA is a 501(c)3 association, and all donations are tax deductable.

Thank you for your donation.

Six-Wicket Croquet Referee On-Court Video Series Completed

Bob Kroeger and Ted Prentis are pleased to announce the completion of their USCA 6 Wicket Croquet Referee On Court Video Series designed to help aspiring referees prepare for the on court test. This series should also help current referees of all levels. Additionally, USCA members who do not want to become referees may value from watching this series to better understand what a referee is looking for when called out to make a ruling.

While not mandatory, we suggest you watch segments 1 - 13 in order in your first viewing.  After that, it's totally up to you as to the order you choose.  Please do read/listen to the Intro first which gives context to the whole project.  In it we say that some of our comments are our opinion and some viewers may disagree.  We're fine with that and encourage an exchange of ideas as to what it takes to make a highly skilled and competent referee.  We are open to make changes to any video clip if we find it will improve on the subject.  Please e-mail any questions/comments to Bob Kroeger.  It is important to put this exact phrase into the subject box: "Referee Video Series"  If that is not included, there is a chance it won't be read.  Please note a reply may take some time.  If we get a number of suggestions or questions that would add to the value of the project, we will post them to a web page for all to read.

We thank two USCA members/referees who generously funded this project, Michael Charrier and Harvey Geiger.

We hope you find this a worthwhile and helpful video series.

Sincerely, Bob Kroeger and Ted Prentis

  1. Introduction To the Video Series (please watch this first)
  2. Understanding How To Use YouTube
  3. How To Use An iPhone For Slow Motion Video
  4. Marking Balls And Referee Positions
  5. Replacing Balls After A Fault And Obvious Bad Shots
  6. Mallet Faults
  7. Contact Distance In Single Ball Shots
  8. Double Tap, Crush, Beveled Edge Fault Intro
  9. Eight Wicket Shots In Real Time Only
  10. The Same Eight Wicket Shots (Plus 3 Others) In Real Time And Slow Motion
  11. Hampered Shots
  12. Hammer Shots
  13. Sweep Shots
  14. Blocking
  15. Wiring
  16. Measuring Balls In Bounds
  17. Scoring A Wicket And Hitting Another Ball
  18. Shooting At A Ball In A Wicket
  19. Irish Peels And Watching For A Pegout
  20. Detecting Faults In Croquet Shots
  21. Ball In Bounds And Ball Out Of Bounds

Expert Croquet Tactics Now Available Online

Expert Croquet Tactics Cover

Oxford Croquet is pleased to announce an online version of Keith Wylie's seminal work Expert Croquet Tactics by kind permission of the Croquet Association [of England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man].

Expert Croquet Tactics is the bible of Association Croquet strategy for A-class and International players. It details the intricacies of the Triple Peel, Advanced Break Building, and Openings. Some of what is there will be bewildering to players with handicaps much above 1, but the Openings Article (Article 4) is accessible to most croquet players.  The largest section (Article 1) is dedicated to the Triple Peel, and is essential reading for anyone wishing to master that part of their game.  This book rewards repeated reading as your play improves. It should be on every aspiring A-class player's bookshelf.

Softback copies of the book are available from the Croquet Association Shop for £13.99.

Dr. Ian Plummer, Oxford Croquet Editor

CroquetBuddy Golf Croquet App Released

CroquetBuddy helps you while you're playing golf croquet. It helps you keep track of the score and time in a game and can also randomly pick partners at the start of a game. Download the iPhone app for free from Addict3D. Click screen shots below to enlarge.

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Croquet Club World Gazetteer

A world map showing the location of croquet clubs has been added to the Oxford Croquet Site.

Croquet Secrets

A new book entitled Croquet Secrets by John Riches and Wayne Davies is available from Xlibris. It is a compilation of nearly all of John Riches booklets into one 803-page book.

Selection Events Calendar

A Selection Events Calendar has been added to the calendar searches on the website. All the Selection Event dates and forms can be found here, as well as on the Official Forms page.

Team and Individual Event Selection Policy

The Team and Individual Event Selection Policy has been added to the Official Forms page. Also posted there are the application and indemnity forms.

Golf Croquet Rankings

Links to the official Golf Croquet ranking lists have been added to the Rankings page.

International Croquet Rules Amended

The rules of International Croquet have been amended effective 15 March 2008. Read a summary, or the details, or the full set of laws with amendments. Download or print the changes. New law books will be available from the USCA office.

Rules

The synopses of the rules of American Croquet, Association Croquet, Nine-Wicket Croquet, and Golf Croquet, have been revised, and new diagrams added.

The 2007 Rules of Nine-Wicket Croquet are now on this website, and can be downloaded as a Microsoft Word document.

The 2006 Official Rules of American Croquet are now on this website for your easy viewing and searching. This is a copy of the The Official Rules of the United States Croquet Association Revised 2006 rule book which is also available here for you to print or download.

Stock Photographs

A collection of stock photographs have been posted that can be used to promote the game of croquet.

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