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

United States Open (AC) Announced

United States Open Announcement

The entry form is in Official Forms.

Club Team Championship (GC) Announced

Dear USCA member,

Please join us for the 3rd annual Club Team Championship Golf Croquet tournament (doubles only) at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, FL, on December 1-3, 2017.

Will your club take home the bragging rights this year?

2015 Winner 2016 Winner
Cedar Creek Racquet Club
Michael & Karen Albert
Jeff & Cathy Baillis
Pat & Susan Cunningham
Chris & Karen Weihs
Country Club of Sapphire Valley
John & Field Boatwright
Jochen & Adrienne Lucke
Earle Mauldin & Debbie Davidoff
John Mellon & Kathleen Rivers

The entry form is in Official Forms.

Thank you,

Cheryl Bromley, Tournament Manager

Coastal Croquet Clubs (US) Announced

The Coastal Croquet Clubs American Croquet tournament will be held on 20-22 October 2017 in Hilton Head, SC.

See the tentative schedule.

The entry form is in Official Forms.

Seniors Masters Championship (US) Announced

Calling all members at least 60 years of age!

Please join us for the 2017 USCA Seniors (60-69 years young) - Masters (70+ years young) American Croquet tournament at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, FL, on 15-19 November 2017.

The entry form is in Official Forms.

Thank you,

Jennifer Othen, Tournament Services (561-478-0760)

National Championship (AC) Announced

The National Championship of Association Croquet will be held on 18-24 February 2018 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, CA. The tournament will be hosted by the Mission Hills Croquet Club. The tournament director will be Mission Hills' new croquet professional Wayne Davies.

The entry form is in Official Forms. The entry deadline is 5 February 2018.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Othen (561-478-0760) in Tournament Services.

National Championship (GC) Announced

The National Championship of Golf Croquet will be held on 12-16 December 2017 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, CA. The tournament will be hosted by the Mission Hills Croquet Club. The tournament director will be Mission Hills' new croquet professional Wayne Davies.

The entry form is in Official Forms. The entry deadline is 27 November 2017.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Othen (561-478-0760) in Tournament Services.

National Championship (US) Announced

The National Championship of American Croquet will be held on 5-11 November 2017 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, CA. The tournament will be hosted by the Mission Hills Croquet Club. The tournament director will be Mission Hills' new croquet professional Wayne Davies.

The entry form is in Official Forms. The entry deadline is 26 October 2017.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Othen (561-478-0760) in Tournament Services.

Hall of Fame Invitation

Dear Friends of Croquet,

The Croquet Hall of Fame's fun and lively dinner dance and induction ceremony will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Charles P. Steuber National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, FL. Please join us for this exciting evening to be with your friends, competitors and the most famous people in croquet! See the invitation for all the details.

The event honors United States Croquet Hall of Fame members -- especially the one being newly inducted. We begin with cocktails, the official induction ceremony, and follow with a lively and fun Cuban-flavored evening, A Red Hot Havanna Night! This year our party features scrumptious food stations, dancing to a Latin beat as well as popular music and Papa Hemingway's Daiquiri bar! Topping things off will be a high-end auction of unique items. This year will feature less talk and more dancing! A portion of the very reasonable cost of the gala is even tax deductible.

New Jersey State Croquet Championship Logo

Our inductee this year is Digby Bridges, famed architect of the National Croquet Center who has also generously devoting great amounts of his time and resources over many years to promote the sport of croquet. His accomplishments are too numerous to list here, but the highlights of his achievements and contributions will be in our souvenir journal and in the current edition of Croquet News -- the USCA magazine.

Please be a sponsor! Sponsors are absolutely essential to the success of this fundraiser. And don't forget to place a congratulatory message (advertisement) in the souvenir journal. To do your part, please return the sponsorship form and advertisement form as soon as possible. All sponsors and advertisements meeting the October 15 deadline will be listed in the program.

Please attend the event to help us honor Digby Bridges for all he has done for our sport. Tickets are only $160 for players in the USCA Seniors Masters Tournament. For all others, the price is just $235. To attend, please use the reply card.

Your participation not only honors the inductee, but also provides essential funding for the Croquet Foundation of America (CFA) and its programs, including support for the National Croquet Center. For a hard-copy invitation, contact Ruth Summers or Marie Sweetser.

For more information, please contact Missy Chilton.

Cynthia & Mike Gibbons, Co-Chairs
Millie & David McCoy, Co-Chairs

Croquet News Magazine Published

Croquet News Cover

The 2017 Volume 2 issue of the USCA's Croquet News magazine is now available as a PDF for USCA members on the magazine page of the USCA website (log in required). Here's the full run-down on articles you'll find in the 2017V2 issue:

  • Ted Prentis: Larger Than Life
  • 2017 MacRobertson Shield Report
  • Hall Fame Nominee: Digby Bridges
  • 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Results
  • 2017 Southeast Regional Report/Results
  • Member Profile: Michael Albert
  • Club Profile: Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club
  • Let’s Talk Tactics: Chase Theory Tribute

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 & Editor 913-636-7231.

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.

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

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

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.

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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