It may only be January but you can start thinking about the coming croquet season and make you entries to our program of club competitions in GC, AC and, for the first time this season, Short Croquet (SC).
All the favourite competitions are there with a couple of changes. Some of the competition formats have been changed between blocks and knockouts to take account of changing popularity of the different events. There are also two NEW competitions: the Southwick Cup, a knockout event for GC players of C level (handicap 7 or over); and a GC Super Vets Cup, for which you must be 80 years young.
Roger Sutton, Graham Tucker (our new Club Competitions Secretary) and the Committee have made a number of changes to the AC competition list to address the sadly reduced entry levels for some of our cups. The Fryer and Franc Cup competitions, which were gendered competitions for similar skill ranges, have been combined into a new Franc Cup for all players with AC handicaps of 16 or below (handicap play). The Hazel Parker Cup has been dropped.
For the first time the Club is offering a Short Croquet competition using the now redundant Hazel Parker Trophy. For those who don't know, SC is a form of AC played on a half lawn to slightly different rules. There is a fuller explanation of SC on this website here. Frances Low and her team of coaches have been running coaching sessions in SC over the winter season and there are more to follow. These are primarily aimed at GC players who would like to try a different form of the game.
Read the Rules!
Before entering the competitions, Graham would appreciate it if you headed over to the two rules pages on this site: rules for GC competitions are here; and you can find the AC and SC ones on this page. The can be found in the menu under Croquet - Club & Team Competitions - GC (or AC) Summer Season Competitions. It is important to read these before entering as the handicap ranges for a number of competitions have been altered from last season.
There is also an important change for those occasions when you can't play a match. If you cannot play an opponent YOU MUST NOT OFFER THEM A WALKOVER, instead please contact Graham Tucker who will arrange a replacement player or other solution.
Graham Tucker will be running explanatory sessions in February and March to help members choose which competitions to enter, to outline the other competitive opportunities (team play in friendly matches, leagues, open competitions) and how to make entries on the online entry system.
The entry form can be found in the menu system under Croquet - Club & Team Competitions - Enter summer club competitions
Enjoy the summer season of competitive club croquet at Southwick!