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

Players should make themselves familiar with the PCC competitions & tournamenst regulations (see the button on the Golf Croquet page)
These are drawn broadly from the Croquet Association's tournament regulations for competitive croquet and in all matters the CA's 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 game and players are reminded that the game'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 dissension 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 may attract a penalty.
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 five 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.

(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 Tornament 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 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 difficult and shots that potentially could be faults – BEFORE THE SHOT IS PLAYED.
The striker or his opponent can call the referee to judge a shot.
If you are about to play such a shot, it is good etiquette for the striker to say “I would like my shot referred”.
Alternatively, if no such offer is made by the striker, the opponent may say “Hold on please, I would like this shot refereed”.
The stiker must forestall his shot until the referee arrives.
To 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 almost certainly will result in one or more of several faults being committed by the player doing so.
The correct procedure is to call the referee to adjudicate.

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

On behalf of the Golf Croquet sub-committee:
Frances Colman (Chairman), Vivian Thomson, Raymond Wood, Chris Roberts

April 2014