Course programme 2022

One-to-one coaching with Cliff Jones
Friday 1 April 2022

Start the season by booking an hour (or more!) of individual tuition with Cliff, one of the foremost croquet coaches in the country. Use the time to work on any aspect or aspects of croquet technique, mindset or strategy that you choose. This is open to both AC and GC players. Please contact the Course Secretary to discuss timings and costs.
Cost: POA.
Course code C1. Coach: Cliff Jones


Develop your GC coaching skills: become a Graded GC Coach
Saturday-Sunday 2-3 April 2022

This two-day course is for GC Club-Level coaches aiming to develop their coaching skills and seeking a higher-level CA coaching qualification. As well as formal assessment of each candidate, the weekend will include guidance on planning and delivering GC coaching courses, venue awareness, principles of coaching, and specific coaching routines. You are expected to have good working knowledge of the Rules of GC. A PDF of Cliff’s comprehensive Handbook for GC Coaches is included; printed copies will be available to purchase on the day at cost price. A subsidy of £25 per person may be available for CA members: please discuss with the Course Secretary. Some Federations may also offer further support.
Cost: £70 (CA Premium members £60).
Course code GC. Course leader: Cliff Jones


One-to-one coaching with Cliff Jones
Tuesday 5 April 2022

A second chance to book an hour (or more!) of individual tuition with Cliff, one of the foremost croquet coaches in the country. Use the time to work on any aspect or aspects of croquet technique, mindset or strategy that you choose. This is open to both AC and GC players. Please contact the Course Secretary to discuss timings and costs.
Cost: POA.
Course code C2. Coach: Cliff Jones


An introduction to Advanced Play: towards the triple peel
Wednesday-Thursday 6-7 April 2022

This two-day course is aimed at middle handicap players who are confident enough to now be looking to develop their understanding of Advanced Play tactics and the skills needed for success. The course will include common Advanced Play openings, and responses to each; the principles of leaves in Advanced Play and how to execute them; perfecting strokes essential to successful Advanced Play; Advanced Play break management; peeling skills and the triple peel; and other Advanced Play tactics. The course includes a PDF of a comprehensive course book by Cliff Jones; printed copies will be available to purchase at cost price at the course.
Cost: £70 (CA Premium members £60).
Course code AP. Course leader: Cliff Jones


Become a CA Club-Level Coach
Saturday-Sunday 9-10 April 2022

This two-day course, led by the author of ‘Complete Croquet’, is for both AC and GC players aiming to develop their coaching skills and seeking CA accreditation to coach within their own club. Coaches also find that coaching others can help them significantly develop 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 offer further support.
Cost: £70 (CA Premium members £60).
Course code CC. Course leader: James Hawkins


Become a CA Graded AC Coach
Sunday 24 April 2022

Coaching others can greatly improve your own game. This one-day course is for AC Club-Level 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: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course code AC. Course leader: Roger Staples


Back to Basics
Wednesday 4 May 2022

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. AC and GC players will then be coached separately in shots specific to each game. The day will be largely outdoors and will offer plenty of opportunity to put principles into practice. The day is for both AC and GC players and for players of all abilities. Get your technique right and start being a winner!
Cost: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course code BB. Course leader: Alan Locket


Classic Golf Croquet skills and tactics
Saturday 7 May 2022

This one-day course is for Golf Croquet players who know how to play but now 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, while also moving towards some of the more advanced aspects of play. Handicap range GC 10 and above.
Cost: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course code CS. Course leader: John Crossland


Golf Croquet strategy
Sunday 8 May 2022

This one-day course is for more accomplished Golf Croquet players who are confident about when and how to play basic moves such as blocking, promoting and clearing shots, but now want to develop their strategic skills and include more advanced tactics and decision-making in their thinking and their play. The day will also include when and how to make best use of extra turns in handicap games.
Cost: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course code GS. Course leaders: John Crossland


Bisques and breaks for higher bisquers
Wednesday 11 May 2022

Playing good breaks, and using bisques wisely, are central to winning games. This one-day course is for higher-handicap AC players familiar with basic technique and moves who are now looking to play more sustained breaks and understand how to make best use of their bisques to do it. The morning will include when and how to invest bisques to set up a break; bisque budgeting; identifying break opportunities and capitalising on them; and understanding where best to place balls to start a break and sustain it. The afternoon will include coached games, with players grouped by handicap. Every opportunity will be taken to discuss how best to put what is being covered into practice on the lawn.
Cost: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course code BBB. Course leaders: John Harris and Dave Hudson


Learn Short Croquet in one day
Wednesday 8 June 2022

This one-day course is open to players of both codes, but should appeal particularly to GC players who want their skills to give them a head start in Association Croquet. It is also for coaches looking for a straightforward way of introducing this accessible version of AC into their own clubs. The day covers distinctive aspects of the AC game including croquet shots and building a break; it offers a full introduction to Association Croquet and aims to help participants play with understanding and pleasure. The day will include guidance on how best to learn the skills of AC, a supported game, and plenty of opportunity for individual help and guidance.
Cost: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course code SC. Course leaders: John Harris and Dave Hudson