Course programme 2019

All about the new GC Rules for 2019

Saturday 2 March 2019 (pm)

New GC rules come into effect from 1 March 2019, and the seminar leader, Dr Tim King, has been closely involved throughout the revision process. This half-day (afternoon) briefing seminar will make clear the changes for the new season. It should appeal to GC coaches and referees, but also more widely to club committee members and GC players: every club will need to understand the changes and the implications for 2019.

Cost: £12 (CA Premium members £10). Course leader: Tim King


Become a CA Graded Coach

Saturday 6 April 2019

Coaching others can significantly improve your own game. This one-day course is for AC Club coaches and Grade 1 coaches who now aim to develop their coaching skills and improve their level. To become a Grade 1 coach you are expected to have a handicap of 14 or below, and, for Grade 2, a handicap of 6 or below. A sound working knowledge of the Laws of AC is required. A subsidy of £25 per person may be available for CA members – please discuss with the Course Secretary. Some Federations may also be able to offer further support.

Cost: £35 (CA Premium members £30). Course leader: Roger Staples


Moving on in AC: skills and strategy

Sunday 7 April 2019

This one-day course is for developing players around the handicap range 12-18 keen to broaden their tactical understanding and shot repertoire. We will look at how to maintain a three-ball break and how to dig balls out of awkward positions to convert a three-ball into a four-ball break. We will also look at exploiting corner cannons to kick-start a break, and at planning ahead to achieve a successful peg-out. Plenty of time will be spent on the lawn, including a skills workshop and individual guidance and support.

Cost: £35 (CA Premium members £30). Course leader: Roger Staples


Back to Basics

Saturday 13 April 2019

Getting the basics right can make all the difference to your game. This practical one-day course is designed to help you understand the principles of a good stance and grip, how to play roquets or clearing shots, and how exactly to master hoop running, croquet shots and rushes. The day will be largely outdoors and will offer plenty of opportunity to put principles into practice. Get your technique right and start being a winner!

Cost: £35 (CA Premium members £30). Course leader: Derek Knight


Practice makes Perfect

Sunday 14 April 2019

“I know what to do but it always goes wrong!’ Does that sound all too familiar? Practice makes perfect: improve your hoop approaches, other standard moves and break play on this one-day course for AC players of any handicap level. The day will be largely outdoors and will offer plenty of opportunity for individual practice and individual guidance. Stop the rot by learning how to get control and keep it.

Cost: £35 (CA Premium members £30). Course leader: Derek Knight


One-to-one coaching with Cliff Jones

Friday 19 April, Saturday 20 April or Sunday 21 April 2019

Start the season by booking an hour (or more!) of individual tuition over the Easter weekend with Cliff, one of the foremost croquet coaches in the country, using the time to work on any aspect of croquet technique, mindset or strategy that you choose. This is open to both GC and AC players. Please contact the Course Secretary to discuss timings.

Cost: POA. Coach: Cliff Jones


How to make twelve hoops in one go

Saturday 27 April 2019

This one-day course, led by the author of Compete Croquet, is for AC players with handicaps 14 or below keen to develop their break play. Topics include how to set up a break from scratch even in unpromising situations; making full use of the whole lawn; how to play an easy break; playing breaks in different ways using a limited range of shots; how and when to use bisques to full advantage; and tips and tricks on where to place balls, when to do it, how to do it and why.

Cost: £35 (CA Premium members £30). Priority booking until 1 March for anyone booking this course with It’s Not All About Breaks (28 April 2019) at the reduced price for the whole weekend of £65 (CA Premium Member £55). Course leader: James Hawkins.


It’s not all about breaks

Sunday 28 April 2019

This one-day AC course complements How to Make 12 Hoops in One Go and follows on from it. When is it right to play defensively? How can it be done to advantage? What are good tactics against an opponent playing defensively? What about managing endings? How can wide joins help win games? And what about bisques? This is an ideal course for AC players with handicaps of 14 or below who are keen to improve.

Cost: £35 (CA Premium members £30). Priority booking until 1 March for anyone booking this course with How to Make 12 Hoops in One Go (27 April 2019) at the reduced price for the whole weekend of £65 (CA Premium Member £55). Course leader: James Hawkins


Classic Golf Croquet skills and tactics

Saturday 4 May 2019

This one-day course is for Golf Croquet players who know how to play but want to consolidate their game, want to develop their understanding of the basic tactical moves, and want to know when and how to play them successfully. The day will include the skills required, principles of tactical play, and classic tactical shots, and move towards some of the more advanced aspects of play.

Cost: £35 (CA Premium members £30). Course leader: John Crossland


Golf Croquet skills and tactics in practice

Sunday 5 May 2019

This one-day course is for higher-handicap GC players who are familiar with basic technique and classic tactical moves such as clearing, blocking and promoting, and now would like to develop their understanding of how these and other moves can best be put to work in practice. The day will centre around a series of coached games, with players grouped by handicap and with coaches taking opportunities before, during and after each game for discussion of technique and tactics and for considering other options that may be available.

Cost: £35 (CA Premium members £30). Course leader: John Crossland


Become a CA Club Coach

Sat-Sun 18-19 May 2019

This two-day course is for both AC and GC players aiming to develop their coaching skills and seeking to become qualified CA club coaches. Coaches also find that coaching others can significantly improve their own game. You are expected to have a working knowledge of the Laws of AC or the Rules of GC. A subsidy of £25 per person may be available for CA members – please discuss with the Course Secretary. Some Federations may also be able to offer further support.

Cost: £60 (CA Premium members £50). Course leader: Roger Staples


From GC to AC in one day

Saturday 1 June 2019

Let your Golf Croquet skills give you a head start in Association Croquet! This one-day course covers croquet shots, building a break and other distinctive aspects of the AC game. It offers a full introduction to Association Croquet and aims to help participants play with understanding and pleasure. The day will include a supported game and plenty of opportunity for individual help and guidance.

Cost: £35 (CA Premium members £30). Course leader: John Harris


Next steps in AC: tips and technique

Sunday 2 June 2019

This one-day course is for high handicap players in the 18-24 range who understand many of the basics but want now to consolidate and develop their game. We will look at how to build a break, and tips on best use of bisques. We will also look at opening moves and tips for leaves and pegging out. The day will include a Shots and Strokes workshop and a guided game. As much time as possible will be spent on the lawn, with plenty of opportunity for individual help and guidance.

Cost: £35 (CA Premium members £30). Course leader: John Harris