Here are the latest announcements from the United States Croquet Association. There are even more announcements in Member Announcements.
Club Teams Silent Auction Announced
Dear USCA Supporter,
The 2017 National Club Teams Championship is coming up soon (March 15-19), and the USCA is soliciting contributions for its annual Silent Auction. This is a fun event for all the participants and a great fund-raiser for the USCA.
You can help by donating items to the Club Teams Silent Auction, or underwriting one of the items on the attached donor list. Items that have done well in the past include:
We appreciate the creative ideas from many of our USCA members at past silent auctions. All contributions – large or small, artistic or quirky – are welcome. We hope this year will raise even more funds to help us keep up our current level of service.
Please contact Shereen Hayes at the USCA Office 561-478-0760 for information on how to send in your contribution.
Many thanks for your continued support,
Shereen Hayes, Executive Manager, United States Croquet Association (USCA)
Osborn Cup (US) Announced
Dear USCA Member,
To Find True Pleasure Invitation
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
Croquet Week (GC)(US) Announced
Dear USCA Member,
Please join us for the 2017 USCA annual general meeting and Croquet Week tournaments and schools.
Thank you and see you on the courts!
MacRobertson Shield Donations Requested
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.
North Carolina Open (AC) Announced
Calling all Association Croquet players.
The North Carolina Open at Pinehurst, NC, is scheduled for 25-28 March, 2017. Note that this a Saturday start.
Association Croquet apply in two flights.
Come to Pinehurst Resort & Country Club to warm up for the USCA Nationals the following week.
See ya'll there.
Croquet News Magazine Published
The 2016 Volume 3 issue of the USCA's Croquet News magazine went to press earlier this month and should be mailing to members soon. The web edition PDF is also now available on the Croquet News Magazines page (log in required).
Here's the full run-down of articles you'll find in this issue:
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.
Dylan Goodwin, Croquet News Publisher
Audubon Invitational (US) Announced
Boca Grande Invitational (US) Announced
16th Annual Boca Grande Invitational Croquet Tournament
Snowbirds and Flamingos (GC) Announced
This year we will compete on Thursday and Friday, February 16th and 17th, 2017 during the second full week in February. We will again offer prizes for the best costumes. Its creativity.that wins … this is your chance to really be creative! We are sure you all can do it, and to make it even more interesting Janet Catalano, our benefactor will award $200 in cash to each of the team members who win first place, and $100 to each team member who wins second place. So get out your thinking caps and lets see some grand ideas! Once again, a committee of non-players will be circulating about on the first day, and they will pick the contenders for the final votes!
There will also be fabulous array of prizes for winners of the games and the ultimate plaque on the trophy.
More to come, and hope to see you there! Call 561-315-5226 if you have questions.
Steuber Classic (AC)(GC)(US) Announced
The Steuber Classic, benefiting the Croquet Foundation of America, will be held Tuesday, February 21 - Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, FL.
There will be cash and other prizes. It is sponsored by the Charles P. Steuber Family, and the Croquet Foundation of America. It is hosted by the National Croquet Club. It is sanctioned by the United States Croquet Association.
The entry form is in Official Forms.
Direct all questions to Tournament Chair Mike Gibbons (917) 873-0311.
Six-Wicket Croquet Referee On-Court Video Series Completed
Expert Croquet Tactics Now Available Online
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.
Croquet Club World Gazetteer
A world map showing the location of croquet clubs has been added to the Oxford Croquet Site.
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
Team and Individual Event Selection Policy
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.
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.
A collection of stock photographs have been posted that can be used to promote the game of croquet.