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

Hall of Fame Reminder

Hall of Fame Reminder

For more information, please contact 561-478-2300 extension 2.

National Championship (9W) Announced

Texas Classic (US) Announced

Dear Croquet Player,

Please join us for the 2017 National Singles and Doubles Championships of Nine-Wicket Croquet hosted by the Kactus Creek Croquet Club.

When: September 22-24

Where: English Landing Park, Parkville, MO

The entry form is in Official Forms. The entry deadline is September 8.

For more information, visit the Nine-Wicket Group.

Thank you,

Matt Griffith (816) 665-6762
Tournament Director, and Midwest Regional Vice President

Texas Classic (US) Announced

Texas Classic (US) Announced

Fellow Croquet Enthusiasts,

The 35th annual Texas Classic tournament will be hosted by the Dallas Croquet Association on 12-15 October in Dallas, TX.

You are invited to participate in a USCA sanctioned event featuring American Croquet. The Dallas Croquet Association membership will be honored to have you as a participant or guest beginning with practice Wednesday October 11th at 2:00 PM, followed by Waterford Doubles on Thursday at Lake Hubbard Mallet Club. Singles block play is Friday and Saturday at Lake Hubbard and the Lake Tawakoni court, with Sunday finals once again at Lake Hubbard. The host venues are located adjacent to the residences of Bob & Missy Chilton and Bill & Suzan Copeland, respectively.

We will accept reservations for 20 participants for up to 3 flights of Singles. Waterford Doubles will be opening day on Thursday. Some additional spots are available for doubles-only players. Finals should be completed by 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 15.

Social activities include breakfast snacks, beverages, and daily lunch court side. A dinner reception will follow Thursday Doubles play, with beer & wine served. Friday the 13th ... ominous things may occur at a "Toast and Tally" event, including food ... so bring a spooky costume or mask. Our tournament dinner will be Saturday evening also at a local establishment.

Please be advised that croquet whites are required throughout tournament play. Casual attire is permitted and encouraged for all other social periods.

The entry form is in Official Forms. These entries will be accepted until flights are full or through September 22nd, whichever occurs first. Confirmations will be sent out.

For further information regarding accomodations, area attractions, or dining options, please contact:
John C. Dill (214) 415-1511 - Tournament Director
Lisa Maddox (214) 213-5116 - DCA Vice President

We hope to see you this fall.

Eights (GC) Announced

Dear USCA Player,

Please join us for the inaugural Eights (GC) on the lawns at Pinebrook Park in Venice, FL, on October 20-23.

If you are available, please notify us by September 7.

The entry form is in Official Forms. The entry deadline is October 6.

Western Regional Championship and Pacific Cup (AC) Announced

Dear USCA Member,

The Western Regional is heading North.

Please join us for the 2017 Western Regional Championship & the 9th annual Pacific Cup Association Croquet tournament on Thursday, September 7-10, on the lawns at West Point Grey in Vancouver, BC.

The Tournament Director is Patrick Sweeney (503-310-3222).

The entry form is in Official Forms. The entry deadline is August 24.

Thank you,

Jim Hanks
Western Regional Vice President

Country Club of Jackson Invitational (US) Announced

Country Club of Jackson Croquet Club

Dear Fellow Croqueter:

You are cordially invited to register to play in the Country Club of Jackson’s 3rd Invitational American Croquet tournament. The tournament will be held on on October 13-15 in Jackson, MS. It is USCA sanctioned. The Tournament Directors will be Joe Moore and Mark Fields. We are pleased to have Bob Kroeger as off-site Tournament Referee and consultant.

This year we will have three flights: Championship, First Flight and Second Flight. There will be first and second place awards in each flight. Singles only. We expect the handicap breakdown for the flights to be as follows:

  • Championship Flight: USCA handicap 4 and below
  • First Flight: Handicaps 5 to 8
  • Second Flight: 9 and higher

Flight alignment is subject to change based on entries and at the discretion of the Tournament Directors. Let us know if you would prefer to play in a specific flight, and we will try to accommodate you if it is fair to all players. Most games will be double banked, and all will be played on ¾ + size courts.

Croquet whites will be required for all players.

The tournament schedule and registration form are in Official Forms. Entry deadline September 1.

Pre-registration invitation for alumni players. Preference will be given to prior year entrants that register, with payment, on or before August 31. Other entrants’ registrations will be accepted at any time, and considered on September 1.

For more information, please contact Mark Fields at 601-918-2704.

Selection Eights (AC) Announced

Dear USCA Member,

It is that time of year to get the ball rolling for the 2017 USCA Selection Eights Association Croquet tournament.  The Selection Eights will be held at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, FL from October 26 – 29, 2017.

To make yourself available for selection please notify the USCA office of your availability, and return a completed availability form by August 15, 2017 via e-mail, fax (561) 686-5507, or mail to USCA, 700 Florida Mango Road., West Palm Beach, FL 33406.

Thank you,

Danny Huneycutt
Selection Committee Chairman

Midwest Regional Championship (US) Announced

Please join us for four days of competitive fun at the Midwest Regional American Croquet championship on September 1-4 at the Tulsa Croquet Club in The Gardens at Lafortune Park, 5202 S Hudson Ave, Tulsa, OK 74135.

The entry form is in Official Forms. The deadline is August 21.

See you on the courts!

Matt Griffith (816) 665-6762
Midwest Regional Vice President

World Championship (AC) Reminder

Association Croquet Players:

Don't forget to get your availability in! The deadline is fast approaching for the 2018 Association Croquet World Championship to be held Saturday, Feb. 3 - Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 at the Kelburn Croquet Club, Wellington, New Zealand.

To be considered for Team USA for this tournament, the availability form must have been completed by Sunday, July 16, 2017 for Association Croquet Selection Committee review.

The 2018 World Championship (AC) Qualifying Tournament will be 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.

Availability forms received to date:

Amby, Bruno
Bast, Jim
Lawrence, Stuart
Maloof, David
Soo, Jeff
White, Macey

Blue Crab (US) Announced

Minnesota Open

Save the date 13-17 September 2017 for the Blue Crab American Croquet tournament.

This is the tournament everyone has been asking about. This is the Blue Crab! The Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club has 8 new laser-leveled courts, and a great tournament planned for September.

Tournament Description: Nestled between the Piankatank and Rappahannock Rivers on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, this USCA-Sanctioned American Croquet tournament will have block play with all players moving to the playoffs. Flights will be Championship, 1st and 2nd flight. Singles players should expect 3 games per day.

Entry fee: $340. Entry Deadline is September 3rd.

Social Fee: $250 for those only attending social events.

Location: 1834 Twiggs Ferry Rd., Hartfield, VA 23071

Meals and Social:

  • Wednesday 5pm – Reception and Courtside Dinner (grill)
  • Wed-Sun – 12:00-1:30 Courtside Lunch
  • Thu-Sun – 7-9am Full Country Style Breakfast in MSSC Clubhouse
  • Thursday Evening – Dutch Treat trip to local restaurant (optional)
  • Friday Evening – Grand Buffet in MSSC Clubhouse featuring seafood (steamed crabs and oysters) and local cuisine
  • Saturday Evening – Dinner at Clubhouse
  • Sunday 1pm - Lunch Courtside Cookouts

Tournament Schedule:

  • Wednesday – Clinics and Practice
  • Thursday 8:30am – Tournament block play begins
  • Saturday – Playoffs begin
  • Sunday – Finals

Local area activities: Other things to do in the area include:

Please e-mail Macey White to receive an entry form.

Croquet News Magazine Published

Croquet News Cover

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.

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

Osborn Cup (US) Announced

Osborn Cup Announcement

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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