Competition and Tournament Regulations
(A guide for players entering an event for the first time, follows at the foot of these regs.)

Competition and Tournament Regulations
(See also our Guide to entering your first Tournament)

Croquet Laws
All competitive Golf Croquet matches at PCC will be played in accordance with the
Croquet Association 'Rules of Golf Croquet' Book (Fourth Edition - 2014 - The GreenBook – to include latest WCF rulings).
All Croquet, including 'social play' should adhere to these rules.
Attention is particularly drawn to Law 14 'Etiquette'.

Competition – one that runs over an extended period, typically the whole season.
Tournament – one that runs over a shorter period, typically a single day.
AMD – At Manager's Discretion.

The Chairman of the Golf Croquet Sub-Committee shall administer all GC Competitions and Tournaments and may appoint Qualified Referee(s) to officiate as either 'on court' or 'on call'.
All Tournaments will have a qualified 'on call' referee present, and the final will have a qualified 'on court' referee appointed.
For Competition Finals, a qualified referee will be appointed (subject to availability).
In addition, any one player may ask that a qualified referee be appointed to officiate at any competition  match that they are involved in, and this will be granted subject to availability.

All members of Phyllis Court Croquet.
However, some Competitions and Tournaments have restrictions based on players handicaps
'at the time of entry'.
If a player's handicap reduces to below a Competition or Tournament restriction level, between the date of the acceptance of their entry and the start, or duration, of the Competition or Tournament, they shall still be eligible to play.

All Competitions will be seeded according to the handicap rankings 'on the date that the entry list closes'.
All Tournaments will be seeded according to the handicap rankings 'on as close to the date of the Tournament as practicable' (as this will allow managers to accept last minute entries in order to attract or maintain the best possible number of entries for everyone's benefit).
Current index points will be referred to in order to rank players of the same handicap.
Where two or more players have identical handicaps and identical index points scores, a draw shall be made to determine precedence.
The same shall apply in the case of two or more players having identical handicaps and no index points scores (due to their not having played any qualifying singles matches).
In the case of Doubles Competitions and Tournaments, the combined handicaps of both players shall be used for seeding purposes.

Format and Timeliness
The exact format of Competitions and Tournaments will depend largely upon the number of entrants but will be well publicised, in writing or verbally, before the first game is played.
If well supported, Competitions will usually be in the form of straight knock-outs.
Matches should be completed by the published 'play by date' and failure to do so shall result in one or both of the entrants being removed from the Competition AMD.
Tournaments will usually start with 'block' games, followed by a knock-out and consolation events to support – again failure to complete matches within the time limits of the event will result in actions and penalties AMD.

Method for determining ranking order for 'block' style events.
1 - Number of wins
2 – 'Who beat whom', between the tied entrants.
3 – The 'net ' hoop scores (the hoops scored, minus the hoops conceded), in games between those tied.
4 – The 'gross' hoops scored (this is simply the hoops scored) iin games between those tied.
5 – The 'net ' hoop scores (the hoops scored, minus the hoops conceded), in all block games.
6 – The 'gross' hoops scored (this is simply the hoops scored) in all block games.
7 -  A 'penalty shoot-out' (all tied entrants to shoot one ball at hoop 1 from a distance of two yards). If, after one round of penalty shots has been completed, the same number of hoops have been scored, a second, and if necessary subsequent rounds of penalty shots shall be taken until a clear result is determined.

Once entered into a Competition or Tournament, players are 'honour bound' to take their rightful place in proceedings and complete their matches as directed by the published schedule.
However, circumstances may prevail that prevent a player continuing their involvement and in such eventualities the player should inform the Competition or Tournament Manager immediately.
Bona fide reasons for withdrawal will of course be treated sensitively and appropriately by the Manager.
If, however, the Manger is not satisfied with a player's reasons for withdrawal, the matter may be referred to the Golf Croquet Sub-Committee who shall retain the right to refuse entry to that player for one or more subsequent Competitions and / or Tournaments (in that season and / or others) if they deem such a penalty to be appropriate.

Substitute Players in Doubles Competitions
This will be very much AMD, but the following shall be used as a guide:
If a single player withdraws (see 'Withdrawals' above) from a Doubles Competition, and the other half of the partnership wishes to continue in that competition, the remaining player shall be allowed to seek a replacement partner in order to continue.
A replacement player will not be allowed once the original partnership has played in that competition.
Any replacement player shall not already be involved (or have been involved) in that Competition and nor shall the replacement player have a lower handicap than the player being replaced.

Retirement Mid Match
Failure by a player to completed a match once started, for whatever reason, shall result in the match being awarded to their opponent.

If, once started, a match is abandoned due to weather or lawn conditions, the game or match shall be completed at a later time, but still within the 'play by date'.
If this cannot be organised within time, AMD the current score may determine the result.

In all matters AMD is final.

PCC Golf Croquet Sub-Committee
Frances Colman (Chair)
Chris Roberts
Vivian Thomson
Raymond Wood

A guide for players entering a
Competition or Tournament for the first time

Players should make themselves familiar with the regulations above.
These are drawn broadly from the Croquet Association's procedures for competitive croquet and in all matters the Rules book referred to above takes precedence.

We are fortunate at Phyllis Court in having a number of qualified referees in our ranks and all will be pleased to answer any questions that you may have at any time.

Players who enter an all day Tournament and then fail to turn-up without notifying the Manager in advance, and with good reason, will be reported to the committee.

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(a) In all matters the Tournament Manager's decision is final.
Croquet is a courteous sport and players are reminded that the sport's etiquette should be followed at all times.
This should include the acceptance of the decisions of the manager and referees without question.
Incidences of decention will not be tolerated and offenders will be reported to the committee.
The abbreviation AMD – At Manager's Discretion – is used in the guide that follows.

(b) Players should report to the Tournament Manager at least 30 minutes before the start of play.

(c) The format of the tournament will be explained at a player's briefing.
Seeding and lawn allocation will have been mathematical calculated to be a fair as possible, but will have been very dependent upon the numbers of participants and lawn availability.
In circumstances such as poor weather or deteriorating lawn conditions, the tournament format may be subject to change AMD.

(d) Practice beforehand is unlikely to be allowed due to logistics.

(e) Play should be expeditious and without delay.
Players are reminded that fellow competitors enjoyment will suffer if this is not adhered to.
Law 14 requires 'play to be with dispatch' and failure to do so is a 'fault'.
Sanction by the tournament referee or manager, may include a warning and, for repeat offenders, ultimately the forfeiture of the game.

(f) Game time limits maybe imposed AMD, either at the start of a tournament, the start of a game or during a game. In the latter case, no less than a 15 minute warning will be announced.
Following the calling of 'Time', play shall continue for a further 8 shots (that's two with each ball) and the game result shall be taken at the conclusion. If the scores are tied at this point, play shall continue in the normal sequence until a deciding hoop has been run. In a handicap games, once time is called, no remaining extra turns may be used during th '8 shots', but if the game progresses byoned this time, the right to use remaining extra turns is re-instated.

(g) Double banked games are very likely and players are reminded to have regard to the other game on their lawn. Again swiftness of play is very important.
There is no right to demand a 'time extension because you have been held up by the other game'. The timely running of the tournament is paramount.
Slow players are likely to be very unpopular with their fellow competitors and the Tournament Manager.

(h) Players maybe required to mark balls to aid the progress of a doubled banked game.
Players should arm themselves with plastic ball markers prior to play.
In no circumstances should coins be placed on the lawn.

(i) Tournaments will have at least one qualified referee in attendance who will operate as a Referee on-call (ROC), except in the final when the referee will be on the court as a Referee in-charge (RIC).
Referees should be called upon to adjudicate on matters of law and also be called upon and to judge possible fault shots – BEFORE THE SHOT IS PLAYED.
The striker or his opponent can call the referee to judge a shot.
The way to do this is to say to your opponent, “Hold on please, I would like this shot refereed”.
The signal for a referee, is to hold you mallet in the air with the playing head uppermost.

(j) There is a poor practice of 'running a mallet down the side of a hoop' to see if the hoop has been run. THIS MUST NEVER HAPPEN.
This is very poor etiquette and likely to be a fault in the rules anyway.
The correct procedure is to call the referee to adjudicate.

(k) In all matters the Tournament Manager's decision is final.