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

National Championship (AC) Announced

Dear USCA Member,

Please join us for the 2017 USCA National Association Laws Championship in West Palm Beach, FL – April 2-8, 2017.

Thr entry form is in Official Forms, and the deadline for entry is March 24.

Thank you.

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:

  • Tournament entries
  • Croquet lessons
  • Week-end or week stays at vacation homes
  • Art of many varieties – pottery, paintings, and textiles
  • Croquet memorabilia
  • Cash Donation

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

Osborn Cup Announcement

Dear USCA Member,

To Find True Pleasure Invitation

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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.

The general meeting will be held on Saturday 18 March at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, FL. See details in Members-Only Announcements.

Croquet Week will run from March 11-19 at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, FL. See details in Croquet Week Commissioner Les Kelley's letter.

Thank you and see you on the courts!

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.

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.

Information and entry form can be found at Croquet North Carolina.

See ya'll there.

Mike Taylor

Croquet News Magazine Published

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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:

  • Ideas to Kickstart Nearby Club Croquet Activity
  • 2016 Selection Eights
  • Golf Croquet National Championship
  • 2016 US National Championship
  • 2016 Seniors Masters Championships
  • Member Profile: David Maloof
  • Club Profile: Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club
  • On Tactics: Peel to Get Clean

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

Boca Grande Invitational (US) Announced

16th Annual Boca Grande Invitational Croquet Tournament
March 2, 2017 thru March 5
3 Full Lawns — limited to 24 players in 3 Divisions chosen by
Tournament Director Fred Jones
Details to be distributed by
Tournament Manager Blaine Davis

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

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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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