Course programme 2020

One-to-One with Cliff Jones
Wednesday 1 April 2020

Start the season by booking an hour (or more!) of individual tuition 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 and costs.
Cost: POA. Course leader: Cliff Jones


So you think you know the Laws of AC?
Thursday-Friday 2-3 April 2020

Being clear about some of the trickier aspects of the Laws is an essential foundation for secure play – and changes are afoot that all Clubs will need to be abreast of. This one-and-a-half day briefing should appeal to AC coaches, but also more widely to club committee members and AC players. The course runs concurrently with Become a Qualified AC Referee, finishing at lunchtime on the Friday to allow assessment time for those continuing to the referee qualification.
Cost: £30 (CA Premium members £25). Course leader: Cliff Jones


Become a qualified AC Referee
Thursday-Friday 2-3 April

Referees make an important contribution to the game; becoming a referee requires commitment and a thorough and secure understanding of the AC Laws. Participants will be sent some preliminary material to study. The course then runs concurrently with So You Think You Know the Laws of AC, which finishes at lunchtime on the Friday. The final half day is devoted to assessment time for the referee qualification – both indoors (written) and outdoors (practical decision-making). 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: £65 (CA Premium members £55). Course leader: Cliff Jones


Become a GC Graded Coach
Saturday 4 April 2020

Coaching others can significantly improve your own game. This one-day course is for GC Club coaches aiming to develop their skills and coach outside the ‘home’ club. To become a Graded coach you are expected to have an appropriate level of skill and experience and a sound working knowledge of 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: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course leader: Cliff Jones


One-to-one coaching with Cliff Jones
Sunday 5 April 2020

Another chance to start the season by booking an hour (or more) of individual tuition 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. Course leader: Cliff Jones


How to make twelve hoops in one go
Friday 10 April 2020

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: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course leader: James Hawkins
Priority booking until 1 March for anyone booking this course with It’s Not All About Breaks (11 April 2020) at the reduced price for the two days of £70 (CA Premium Member £60)


It’s not all about breaks
Saturday 11 April 2020

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: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course leader – James Hawkins
Priority booking until 1 March for anyone booking this course with How to Make 12 Hoops in One Go (10 April 2019) at the reduced price for the two days of £70 (CA Premium Member £60)


It’s all in the head: getting into the right mindset
Saturday 18 April 2020

Many very successful croquet players maintain that a good mindset is just as important as tactics and technique in helping you play to the best of your ability. This one-day course will explore blocks to a good mindset, how to overcome them, and how to set yourself up positively for successful and satisfying croquet. The day is for both AC and GC players and for players of all abilities.
Cost: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course leader: Derek Knight


Back to Basics
Sunday 19 April 2020

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: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course leader: Derek Knight


Power up your coaching mojo!
Wednesday 29 April 2020

Calling AC Club Coaches! Stuck in a rut? Looking for fresh ideas and approaches that really work? This one-day course includes practical suggestions on how to capture and hold the attention of the group; how to use lawn equipment as ready-made visual aids; how to put students’ learning centre-stage; key Laws that coaches and students need to know; and more. As much time as possible will be spent on the lawn sharing successful coaching ideas and strategies.
Cost: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course leaders: Roger Staples and John Harris


Become a CA Club Level Coach
Sat-Sun 2-3 May 2020

This two-day course 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 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 offer further support.
Cost: £65 (CA Premium members £55). Course leader: Roger Staples


Classic Golf Croquet skills and tactics
Sunday 10 May 2020

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, while also moving towards some of the more advanced aspects of play.
Cost: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course leader: John Crossland


Moves and methods for higher bisquers
Tuesday 12 May 2020

This one-day course is for higher-handicap players looking to broaden their tactical understanding and develop their technical skills. The day will include openings; game strategy with and without bisques; how to maintain and improve a four-ball break; how to convert a three-ball into a four-ball break; leaves; and planning ahead to achieve a successful peg-out. The focus will be on tips and rules of thumb which can be easily transferred into ordinary play. Plenty of time will be spent on the lawn, including a skills workshop and individual guidance and support. Handicaps 16-22 or by agreement.
Cost: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course leaders: John Harris and Dave Hudson


Learn Short Croquet in one day
Wednesday 13 May 2020

This one-day course is for 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 leaders: John Harris and Dave Hudson


Golf Croquet strategy
Saturday 16 May 2020

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 leader: John Crossland