The CNSW Handbook



P A R T   C

R E G U L A T I O N S   F O R   T O U R N A M E N T S

This part is divided into 5 sections:
 
Part C1Association Croquet
IIndividual and Doubles Competitions
IIPennants
 
Part C2Golf Croquet
IIndividual and Doubles Competitions
IIPennants
 
Part C3Awards and Trophies (both Association and Golf)
 
Part C4Doping, Health and Safety Policies
 
Part C5Duties of Tournament Officials
 

 
PART C1 - ASSOCIATION CROQUET
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
I -INDIVIDUAL AND DOUBLES COMPETITIONS
50 Laws
51 Conditions of Entry
52 Tournament Conditions
53 Draw, Scheduling and Withdrawal
54 Conditions of Play
55 Winners and Places
56 NSW State Championships
57 Australian Bronze Medal Competition
58 Selectors 10 Competition
59 Eva Short Memorial Womens Competition
60 Champion of Club Champions
61 Fransted Handicap
62 Senior Citizens Week Tournament
63 3 and Under Competition
64 5 and Under Doubles Competition
65 Brooch events
66 Kylie Scotter Weekend Competition
67 Doris Buckle Weekend Competition
68 Win Dickinson Memorial Competition
69 Rookies and Novices
70 Additional Events
II -PENNANTS
71 Laws
72 Conditions of Entry
73 Handicap Ranges
74 Competition Conditions
75 Draw and Scheduling
76 Conditions of Play
77 Determination of Winners
78 Premier Pennants
 

 
I. - INDIVIDUAL AND DOUBLES EVENTS
 
50.LAWS:
50.1All games will be played under The Laws of Association Croquet (LAC) current at the time of the event together with any official rulings made by the WCF laws committee.
 
51.CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:
51.1Entry forms (or acceptances for invitation events) and entry fees for all competitions must reach the CNSW Secretary by the due date. Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.
51.2Only players affiliated to Croquet NSW are eligible to play in CNSW competitions. Players from outside N.S.W. may take out temporary membership (refer Part A, Clause 4.5).
51.3In all events players must be eligible to enter as at the advertised closing date for entries. For events restricted to a handicap range, if a playerís handicap changes after entries close and prior to the event starting such that it is outside of the range for the event, eligibility will be treated as follows:
(a) if the handicap of the player is lower by one step than the lower limit the player will still be eligible to play, but if the event is a handicap event the player must play off the new handicap.
(b) if the handicap of the player is lower by two steps than the lower limit the player will have to withdraw and must notify the tournament committee as soon as this becomes known.
(c) if the handicap of the player is higher than the upper limit the player will still be eligible to play, but if the event is a handicap event the maximum handicap allowable will be the upper limit for the event.
51.4In doubles events players may enter with a partner or singly and the tournament committee will pair up such entries if possible.
51.5Normally players will be expected to play at any time during the advertised dates and times for the event. A competitor may request special consideration at time of entry but this will normally only be granted for an important reason such as a medical appointment and where it will not extend the tournament.
51.6The minimum number of entries is normally 6 subject to the following proviso. If there are 4 or 5 entries vacancies may be filled from a higher handicap range or, subject to the playersí agreement, the competition may be held as normal or in a varied format such as a double round robin. Fees received will be refunded if an event does not proceed.
51.7Entry fees will not be refunded if a player withdraws after completion of the draw unless the withdrawal occurs as a result of clause 51.2 (b).
51.8All players must hold an Australian Handicap System Handicap Card (Association Croquet) (AHS) and abide by the latest regulations of the Croquet Australia Handicapping Regulations (Association Croquet). All singles games are to be recorded on playersí cards.
 
52.TOURNAMENT CONDITIONS:
52.1The conditions in clauses 52 to 70 are intended to be used as a guide to the running of the tournaments. If appropriate the Tournament Committee may vary these regulations to facilitate the best conduct of the event.
52.2Players must play at the specified times or withdraw from the event. In special circumstances the Tournament Manager may waive this clause.
52.3If a competitor forfeits a game after commencing it, the result shall be a win of the maximum points for the game (usually 26) for his opponent against the competitor`s score at the time of withdrawal.
52.4In a round robin event, if any competitor withdraws, all scores for and against that player are deleted from the results.
52.4.1A player is deemed to have withdrawn from the competition if he forfeits a game before commencing it.
52.5In a two life event, if a player withdraws from one life he shall be considered to have withdrawn from the whole event.
52.6In a singles event, there will be no substitution of players after the draw has been made and before the first game has commenced except at the discretion of the Tournament Committee. This condition does not apply to the Senior Citizens' Tournament (see clause 62). In a doubles event, a partner may be changed before the pairís first game of that event.
52.7Players must be prepared to play two games per day, or more if noted in the advertised conditions. Usually Open, Platinum and invitation events will have three games per day. The final series of the Beryl Chambers Memorial Event may have three games per day.
52.8Players are to wear neat and appropriate sporting attire and flat-soled shoes ie shoes, the soles of which do not mark the court. Players choosing to wear sandals shall, as all players should, be conscious of surrounding play in order to ensure their own safety. A player presenting at the venue in unsuitable attire will be made aware of this requirement and warned that if s/he appears on any subsequent days in unsuitable attire s/he will be excluded from further participation. Where there is doubt about whether attire is 'suitable' or 'unsuitable', a liberal rather than a narrow interpretation of 'neat and appropriate sporting attire' should be applied.
52.9Balls approved by Council shall be used for all events. Dawson International balls are the approved balls in September 2011.
52.10Hoops for all events shall be set at 3 3/4 inches except for the following events which shall be set at 3 11/16ths inches; Open Singles, Open Doubles, Menís Open, Womenís Open, Platinum Singles, Platinum Doubles, Premier Pennants, ACA Bronze Medal, Eva Short, Selectors 10, Champion of Club Champions, 3 and under Singles, and 5 & under doubles. Tolerances as per LAC apply in both cases.
52.11Unless otherwise stated, all CNSW events will be played under a time limit of two and a half hours in accordance with Croquet Australia Regulations for Tournaments 15(c), (d) and (f).
 
53DRAW, SCHEDULING AND WITHDRAWAL:
53.1Where there are more than 10 entries in a round robin event, the event will be played in blocks of equal or approximately equal numbers of players. The least number of blocks is preferred, provided the number in each block does not exceed ten.
53.2Once the draw has been made it will not be changed, except at the discretion of the Tournament Committee or the Tournament Manager as described below.
53.2.1Any redraw or changes to the draw prior to the competition commencing are to be made by the Tournament Committee.
53.2.2From the first day of the event the Tournament Manager has the authority to rearrange the schedule if circumstances make this necessary or appropriate (see clauses 54.8 and 54.9).
53.3In round robin events, competitors will be notified by the tournament committee of the times and places of all games at least 10 days before the start of the event.
53.3.1In knock out events, competitors will be notified by the tournament committee of the time and place of the first game at least 10 days before the start of the event.
53.4Seeding in round robin events should be done as follows;
(a) Where there is only one block 2 players may be seeded to play in the last round of games.
(b) Where there are 2 or more blocks 2 players should be seeded into each block.
(c) The Eva Short and Selectors 10 invitation events should be fully seeded.
(d) The Fransted Handicap Trophy and the Beryl Chambers Memorial Trophy final series have a special condition which is a variation of seeding (see clauses 61 and 56.11).
(e) The Australian Bronze Medal event conducted for Croquet Australia is fully seeded under its conditions of play
(f) In making the draw other than for seeded players, the tournament committee should ensure that the blocks are approximately equal in standard.
53.4.1Seeding will be done by the Tournament Committee based on latest Australian rankings or, where these do not apply, the current handicaps based on the Australian Handicap system. The Tournament Committee may request advice from the Selection Committee if appropriate.
53.4.2Seeded players will be identified by an asterisk in the draw.
53.5In round robin events players who are close relatives or from the same club should not be drawn in the same block if possible.
 
54.CONDITIONS OF PLAY:
54.1Players should telephone the Venue Manager if the weather is doubtful.
54.2Players must arrive in time for their first game (15 minutes grace).
54.3Players must report to the Venue Manager on arrival and before leaving.
54.4Players in the first game each day must arrive in time to set out the lawns as stated in the draw. Players should also clear each lawn after the last game each day has been played on it.
54.5All events may include double banking of games. In time limited games there is no extra time added for double banking but clocks may be stopped for significant interference from the other game. Triple banking is not permitted in any event.
54.6In handicap events a player must play off his AHS handicap at the commencement of each game. The correct AHS handicap will be as per the playerís handicap card or, if this is the playerís first use of a handicap card, his handicap will be the initial handicap as set by his club handicapper or tournament handicapper.
54.7After the toss, a player (or pair in the case of doubles), is entitled to a 5 minute practice on the court before every match. The player or pair may only play with the two balls they will be using in the ensuing game.
54.7.1Subject to the Tournament Managerís agreement, players may also practice, including games, at the following times:
(a) before the start of play on lawns to be used, but only after all lawns have been set out. This practice period will cease not later than 10 minutes before play is due to start.
(b) on vacant lawns during play.
(c) after play has finished for the day on a particular lawn (note that the Manager would be expected to leave the site about 30 minutes after play has finished).
During these practice periods, the lawns are to be shared and no player or players are entitled to sole use of a lawn.
Practice is not permitted on the lawn surrounds where matches are being played.
54.8If the courts are seriously affected by rain or hail and are impossible to play on, the game or games can be suspended, postponed or cancelled at the discretion of the Tournament Manager in consultation with the players. In the event of lightning in the vicinity play must be suspended immediately.
54.9If the temperature reaches 30 degrees and a player is affected to such a degree that they are unable to continue playing the Tournament Manager is required to peg the game down and re-schedule or cancel the game altogether (see also Appendix 8, attachment B, weather).
54.10Any disputed game will be pegged down immediately and not concluded until a decision is made by the Tournament Referee.
54.11A plan of a pegged down game is to be filled in by the Venue Manager, or Referee and signed by both players.
54.12All pegged down and postponed games will be re scheduled by the Tournament Manager (clause 53.2.2).
54.13During a game, the opponent(s) should not address the person in play except in terms of LAC Law 23.
54.14Players are entitled to a lunch break of 15 minutes. This may be increased where stated in the draw.
54.14.1Except for the lunch break, players are entitled to a 5 minute break between games.
 
55.WINNERS AND PLACES
55.1In single block round robin events the result is determined as follows:
(a) The winner is the player who has won the most games.
(b) If there is a tie on games, the winner is the player who has the largest net points total. The net points total for each player is the number of points scored minus the number of points conceded.
(c) If there is a tie on games and net points:
(i) between two players, the winner is the winner of the game between them.
(ii) between more than two players, the winner is the winner of the most games of the games between the players in the tie.
(iii) if there is still a tie, Croquet Australia Regulation 19(a)(5)(iii)(c) may be applied.
55.1.1The method of calculation described in clause 55.1 shall also be used to determine the places of all other players.
55.2When a round robin is played in two or more blocks clause 55.1 will be used to determine the places of all players in each block.
55.2.1The composition of the final series (normally a knockout) will be determined by the Tournament Committee and published in the draw. The final series should involve as many players as time permits. Options include
(a) for 2 blocks
(i) the winner of block A plays the runner up in block B and vice versa in the semi finals. The winners of these two games then play a final to determine the winner and runner up of the tournament.
(ii) the first 4 place getters in each block play quarterfinals with the winners playing semifinals and the semi final winners playing the final.
(b) for 3 blocks
(i) each block winner and the best runner up play semi finals followed by the winners playing a final.
(ii) each block winner and runner up, and the best two third place getters play quarterfinals, with the winners playing semi finals and the semi final winners playing a final.
(iii) the 3 block winners play a round robin. The winner and runner up would be decided as per clause 55.1
(c) for 4 blocks
(i) the 4 block winners play semi finals and the winners play a final.
(ii) each block winner and runner up play quarterfinals, with the winners playing semi finals and the semi final winners playing the final
55.2.2For the NSW Open singles the options involving quarterfinals are the preferred ones
55.3If a block winner withdraws before the final series commences the runner-up takes his place and third becomes runner-up etc and similarly if there are other withdrawals.
55.4Where a Ďbestí place getter has to be determined the following method is used;
(a) if the blocks are of equal size then most games won followed by net points as per clauses clause 55.1 (a) and 55.1 (b). If still equal then use 55.4 (b) below.
(b) if the blocks are not of equal size the following formula is used with highest quotient(s) taking precedence:
Points for, divided by the sum of points for and points against.
55.5Where quarterfinals and semifinals involve players other than block winners the quarterfinal draw should be that the block winners play the players finishing lowest in the blocks; eg for option 55.2.1 (b)(ii) above: winner block A plays a qualifying 3rd place getter, winner block B plays other qualifying third place getter, winner Block C plays runner up block A, runner up Block B plays runner up Block C. Players must not play another player from the same block in the quarter finals.
55..6In the case of a two life event, the winner of the Draw shall play an extra match against the winner of the Process to decide the event winner. If the same player wins both lives of the event, the runners up of the Draw and the Process play off for second place.
 
56.N.S.W. STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
56.1All affiliated players may enter open events (but see clause 51.2 for players from outside NSW). Other events are restricted to the relevant handicap range.
56.2All these events are to include round robin blocks in the initial stages. Knockout rounds may be played after the round robin block play.
56.3The Open Singles, Open Doubles, Menís Open, Womenís Open, Platinum Singles and Platinum Doubles will have 3 games per day. Other events will normally have two games per day but this could be varied by the tournament committee in special circumstances.
56.4The bronze events are played as modified 18 point games. (See LAC Law 44 (b) (2))
56.5The Handicap Singles (Beryl Chambers Memorial Event) is played as handicap singles play. (LAC Part 3 Section B)
56.6The Gold, Silver & Bronze handicap events are played as handicap singles play (LAC Part 3 Section B) as modified by LAC Appendix 3 for full bisque play. The base handicaps are shown for each event.
56.7All other events are played as advanced singles (see LAC Part 3 section A) or advanced doubles events (see LAC Part 3 Section C).
56.8The State Championship Events are shown below. Special conditions of play for the Open Singles, Open Doubles, Menís Open, Womenís Open and Handicap Singles are shown in clause 56.9 to 56.11.

Open Singles
Open Doubles
Women's Open Singles
Men's Open Singles
Handicap Singles (see Beryl Chambers Memorial Event)
Platinum Singles(1 to 4.5)
Platinum Doubles(1 to 4.5) (not current as at September 2011)
Gold Singles(5 to 8)
Gold Doubles(5 to 8)
Silver Singles(9 to 12)
Silver Doubles(9 to 12)
Bronze Singles(14 to 24)
Bronze Doubles(14 to 24) (not current as at September 2011)
Gold Handicap Singles(5 to 8) base handicap is 3
Silver Handicap Singles(9 to 12) base handicap is 6
Bronze Handicap Singles(14 to 24) base handicap is 10
 
56.9OPEN SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
This competition contains three separate events; X or main event, Y event and Plate event
The event will be held over up to 5 days
 
56.9.1X EVENT
56.9.1.2Up to the first two and a half days are for the block rounds of the X event. Blocks should not exceed 8 players. Two days is preferred for the block rounds with blocks of 6.
56.9.1.3Eight players will proceed into the X quarterfinals (refer to clauses 55.2.1 (a) (ii), 55.2.1 (b) (ii) and 55.2.1 (c) (ii).
56.9.1.4The quarterfinals, semi finals and final will be played as best of three games on the remaining days with possibly three best of three game matches being scheduled for two and a half days. Special time limits, such as the 4 - 3 - 2 format may be decided by the tournament committee and will be advised in the draw.
 
56.9.2Y EVENT
56.9.2.1The Four players beaten in the quarterfinals of the X event are redrawn into the Y event
56.9.2.2This event contains two semi finals and a final to be played on days 4 and 5
56.9.2.3All matches are the best of three games
 
56.9.3PLATE EVENT
56.9.3.1Players from the block rounds of the X event who do not qualify for the X quarterfinals play in the plate event. This event is optional and players may choose not to participate but must advise this on their entry form.
56.9.3.2The format will depend on the number of players but would normally be round robin blocks followed by knockout games if more than one block.
56.9.3.3All players are seeded into the Plate blocks based on their finishing positions in the X blocks.
 
56.10OPEN DOUBLES, MENíS OPEN and WOMENíS OPEN
In these events the final (and other knockout matches) will be a best of three games if time permits.
 
56.11BERYL CHAMBERS MEMORIAL EVENT
56.11.1This is the State Handicap Championship
56.11.2The event will be played in blocks throughout the state and the entries should be divided up to provide between 10 and 16 finalists.
56.11.3The initial blocks should contain players from neighbouring clubs as far as possible, but if distance prevents this being done players may be from the same club.
56.11.4Where a club or region has more than one block each block should have as wide a range of handicaps as possible
56.11.5Block winners may be required to play off against other block winners to determine the finalists.
 
57.AUSTRALIAN BRONZE MEDAL EVENT
57.1Type of event: Round robin, advanced singles, 3 games per day.
57.2Participation is by invitation from the Secretary of CNSW. The Chairman of the Selection Committee may issue the invitations on behalf of the Secretary.
57.3Acceptance of the invitation requires an undertaking that the winner will compete in the Australian Gold and Silver Medal Competition at the ensuing Australian National Championships.
57.4The event is conducted on behalf of Croquet Australia and the Croquet Australia tournament regulations apply. The following sub clauses are for information and any matter not covered below should be determined by reference to the ACA Handbook clause 56.
57.4.1The number of players selected shall be from 6 to 9. Another player will be the winner of the Selectors 10 event (see rule 58 below).
57.4.2Selectors must comply with the ACA regulations in choosing the 9 players.
57.5There is no time limit.
57.6The draw is fully seeded (ACA Handbook clause 56.2).
57.7The entrance fee will be determined annually by the ACA. Half is retained by the state and half goes to the ACA.
 
58.SELECTORS 10
58.1Type of event: Round robin, advanced singles, 3 games per day.
58.2Participation is by invitation from the Secretary of CNSW. The Chairman of the Selection Committee may issue the invitations on behalf of the Secretary.
58.3The Selectors may choose up to 10 players. Players in the ACA Bronze Medal are not eligible for selection but players in the Eva Short Memorial Womenís Invitation are eligible.
58.3.1The players for this event may be chosen for reasons other than ranking or results, as factors such as potential may be taken into account.
58.4Acceptance of the invitation requires an undertaking that the winner will play in the ACA Bronze Medal event.
 
59.EVA SHORT MEMORIAL WOMEN'S TROPHY
59.1Type of event: Round robin, advanced singles, 3 games per day.
59.2Participation is by invitation from the Secretary of CNSW. The Chairman of the Selection Committee may issue the invitations on behalf of the Secretary
59.3Players must be women with a handicap of 8 or less.
59.4The number selected to play shall be from 6 to 10.
 
60.CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS EVENT
60.1Type of event: Round robin, advanced singles, 3 games per day.
60.2Eligibility: This event is open to the player from any affiliated club who, at the commencement of the event, is the current association croquet club champion (levels play).
60.3Where a player is the champion of more than one club he may represent only one club in the event. The player does not necessarily have to represent the club he is affiliated through.
60.4Clubs are responsible for forwarding entries, fees and the name of the club champion to the Secretary of CNSW by the due date. Entries will be accepted from Clubs with the players name to be advised later.
60.5If played in blocks, the final and other knockout games will be played as best of three games if time permits.
 
61.FRANSTED HANDICAP TROPHY
61.1Type of event: Round robin handicap singles.
61.2Eligibility: The event is open to all affiliated members.
61.3If played in blocks each block should contain as wide a range of handicaps as possible
 
62.SENIOR CITIZENS' WEEK TOURNAMENT
62.1This event will be held in or close to the state Senior Citizens Week
62.2Type of event: Round robin full bisque handicap singles with a base handicap (LAC Appendix 3).
62.3The base handicap shall be 5. (Note: If both players in a game have handicaps greater than the base handicap, each receives bisques equal in number to his handicap minus the base handicap. Otherwise the number of bisques given by the lower handicapped player to the higher is the difference between their handicaps).
62.4Each club is entitled to nominate one of its members as its representative, who must be 55 years of age or more. If an entrant is forced to withdraw another member of the club may be nominated provided that the first game of the event has not been played.
62.4.1Clubs are responsible for the entries, fees and name of player reaching the CNSW Office by the due date
62.5If played in blocks each block should contain as wide a range of handicaps as possible. In addition, as far as possible, each block should contain equal numbers of country and metropolitan players.
 
63.3 AND UNDER COMPETITION
63.1Type of Event - Round robin, advanced singles, 3 games per day.
63.2Open to players with handicaps 3 and under.
63.3This event will be played over a maximum of 3 days, including a weekend.
63.4The format will be decided by the tournament committee depending on the number of entries and could be a modified round robin or a Swiss format.
 
64.5 AND UNDER DOUBLES COMPETITION
64.1Type of Event - Round robin, advanced doubles, 3 games per day.
64.2Open to players with handicaps 5 and under.
64.3This event will be played over a maximum of 3 days, including a weekend.
64.4The format will be decided by the tournament committee depending on the number of entries and could be a modified round robin or a Swiss format.
 
65.BROOCH EVENTS
65.1The handicap ranges for each event are different to other events as these events are intended to combine players from different divisions.
 
65.2NSW GOLD BROOCH
65.2.1Type of event: Round robin, advanced singles.
65.2.2Eligibility: The event is open to players on a handicap of 3 to 6
 
65.3NSW SILVER BROOCH
65.3.1Type of event: Round robin, advanced singles.
65.3.2Eligibility: The event is open to players on a handicap of 7 to 10
 
65.4NSW BRONZE BROOCH
65.4.1Type of event: Round robin, ordinary singles, 26 point game.
65.4.2This may be played as advanced singles at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.
65.4.2Eligibility: The event is open to players on a handicap of 11 to 16.
 
The following events are no longer being played (at September 2011) but are listed for historical purposes.
 
66KYLIE SCOTTER WEEKEND COMPETITION
66.1Type of event: A modified round robin in which regardless of the number of players each player plays four doubles and eight singles games over 6 days. The 6 days can be played over 3 weekends or 6 Sundays.
66.2Games are ordinary levels play modified for 18 point games
66.3Eligibility: The event is open to all players with handicaps 14-24.
66.3.1The minimum number of entries is 12.
66.4The winner of the tournament is the player with the greatest number of points using the scoring system in clause 66.5. If there is a tie on points, the winner is the player with the most wins in all games. If games won are also equal then it is based on net points..
66.5Scoring system. In a singles game, one point will be awarded for a win, one additional point if the player's score reaches 12, another one if it reaches 15 and a third if it reaches 18. In a doubles game, each player in the winning team will be awarded 2 points for a win, 2 additional points if the score reaches 12, 2 more if it reaches 15 and 2 more if it reaches 26. Points for hoop points scored will also be awarded to the loser on the same basis.
66.6The draw shall consist of numbering the players consecutively according to their current NHS indexes, the number 1 being assigned to the player on the highest index. If several players are on the same index, their numbering shall be determined by an actual draw.
66.7Partners and opponents are selected according to a formula held by the Tournament Committee.
66.8If a player withdraws from one or more playing days the player, the manager or the tournament committee will attempt to find another player, of approximately the same standard, as a replacement. If this is not possible, the Manager will adjust the scores.
66.9Points earned by a substitute player in terms of clause 66.8 do not count towards a playerís marks.
 
67.DORIS BUCKLE WEEKEND COMPETITION
67.1This is played under similar conditions to the Kylie Scotter Weekend Competition with the following differences.
67.2Eligibility: The event is open to all players with handicaps -3 to 12.
67.2.1The minimum number of entries is 12.
67.3Games are advanced play singles
67.4Scoring system. In a singles game, one point will be awarded for a win and two additional points if the game is pegged out. In a doubles game, each player will be awarded two points for a win and two additional points if the game is pegged out.
 
68.WIN DICKINSON MEMORIAL TROPHY
68.1Type of event: Round robin, advanced singles.
68.2Eligibility: The event is open to women players on a handicap of 3 to 8.
 
69.ROOKIES AND NOVICES EVENT
69.1 Type of event: Round robin ordinary singles.
69.2This event is played as modified 18 point game.
69.3Eligibility: The event is open to players on a handicap of 19-22 who have not played in more than 2 previous competitions, including pennants and regional events, but excluding club competitions
 
70.ADDITIONAL EVENTS
The Tournament Committee may conduct additional events to meet perceived needs and explore their viability. When firmly established, this handbook should be amended to include full details of the event.
 

 
II. - PENNANTS
71LAWS;
71.1All games will be played under The Laws of Association Croquet (LAC) current at the time of the event together with any official rulings made by the WCF laws committee.
 
72CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:
72.1Any affiliated club may enter one or more teams in each division (see Clause 73).
72.2Notification of entries and entry fees must reach the CNSW Secretary by the due date. Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.
72.3Only players affiliated to Croquet NSW are eligible to play.
72.4Teams shall consist of four players with relevant handicaps at the advertised closing date for entries. Players are eligible to play in a pennants division if their handicap is equal to or higher than the lower limit of the handicap range in clause 73 for that division.
72.4.1A player with a handicap higher than a particular division may play in that division. Example: a player on a handicap of 16 may play in any division; a player on 10 may play in the Silver or Gold divisions but not in the Bronze division. If a bronze or silver player plays in a higher division, they are still eligible to play in their own division during that Pennant season.
72.5If a playerís handicap changes after entries close and prior to the event finishing such that it is outside of the range for the event, eligibility will be treated as follows:
(a) if the handicap of the player is lower by one step than the lower limit the player will still be eligible to play.
(b) if the handicap of the player is lower by two steps than the lower limit the player will not be able to play any further games.
72.6The penalty for playing an ineligible player is that any games played whilst ineligible, whether won or lost, shall be deemed to be wins to the opponent of 26 to nil (18 to nil in bronze).
72.7When a club enters more than one team in one division the teams will be designated A and B (or some other names selected by the club). The names of the four players in each team must be sent to the Tournament Committee two weeks prior to the start of the competition. Reserves may be added to teams when required but no player or reserve can play for more than one team in the one division.
72.8A player may play Pennants for any club of which he is a member (or is co-opted as per clause 72.9), but not for more than one club in the same competition. Each division is considered a separate competition.
72.9A club may co opt up to two players from other clubs to complete a team subject to clause 72.8. If a team contains two co-opted players for any match these two players must play in the doubles game. A club may not co opt players if there are other players in the club in that division who are willing and able to play. A club may not co-opt more than 4 players in the whole competition (including finals).
72.10All players must hold an Australian Handicap System Handicap Card (Association Croquet) (AHS) and abide by the latest regulations of the Croquet Australia Handicapping Regulations (Association Croquet). All singles games in pennants competitions are to be recorded on playersí cards.
 
73.HANDICAP RANGES
Pennants are played in four handicap ranges (referred to as divisions in the clauses that precede and follow):
(a) Premier Pennants - handicaps up to 4.5
(b) Gold Pennants - handicaps 5 to 8
(c) Silver Pennants - handicaps 9 to 12
(d) Bronze Pennants - handicaps 14 to 24
 
74.COMPETITION CONDITIONS
74.1The conditions set out below apply to Gold, Silver and Bronze Pennants. Conditions as per clause 78 apply to Premier Pennants. If appropriate the Tournament Committee may vary these regulations to facilitate the best conduct of the event.
74.2Pennant matches will consist of three games, one doubles and two singles. Players may not play both singles and doubles in the one match.
74.3Pennants will be played in zones throughout the State.
74.4A zone shall contain not more than 8 teams in a particular division. If a zone has only one entry, that team is deemed to have won that zone.
74.5The extent and boundaries of the zones will be determined by the Tournament Committee and take into account the location of the entries. Zones for a particular division will not overlap and need not be the same for each division. The six regions in NSW shall be a guide for creating zones.
74.6Within each zone, if there are 5, 6, 7, or 8 teams, the event will be played as a single round robin. If there are 3 or 4 teams, two rounds of the round robin will be played on a home and away basis. If there are only 2 teams, the best of 3 matches will be played on a home and away basis.
74.7If there are 4 or fewer zones participating, the zone winners will advance to the finals and will play-off to determine the winner of the event (see clause 77).
74.8If there are 5 or more zones, the Tournament Committee may determine that all zone winners advance to the finals to play in a format to be determined or that some zone winners may have to play off for the right to advance to the finals.
74.9Players engaged in CNSW events should be neatly and tidily dressed in approved sporting clothing appropriate to the game of croquet and the prevailing conditions. Flat soled enclosed footwear should be worn. Approved sports attire may include trackpants/tops, collared sports shirts, shorts of various lengths or trousers in club, state or national colours.
74.10Balls approved by Council shall be used for all events. Dawson International balls are the approved balls in September 2011.
74.11Hoops for all pennants shall be set at 3 3/4 inches except for the premier division which shall be set at 3 11/16ths inches. Tolerances as per LAC apply in both cases.
74.12Unless otherwise stated, all CNSW events will be played under a time limit of two and a half hours in accordance with Croquet Australia Regulations for Tournaments 15(c), (d) and (f).
 
75.DRAW AND SCHEDULING
75.1Generally the draw will provide for one match each week for each club with Gold playing on Wednesdays, Silver on Tuesdays and Bronze on Thursdays. This may be varied by the clubs to suit particular circumstances with the approval of the tournament committee.
75.2As far as possible, each team will be drawn to play an equal number of home and away matches.
75.3Games will be played at the club which is mentioned first in the schedule of matches.
75.4Where the host club has two lawns, the two singles games should play doubled banked on one lawn and the doubles on the other lawn.
75.4.1Where the host club has only one lawn, it will be responsible for deciding the order of play and the attendance time of players in the later game(s). This decision is to be advised to the visiting club no later than seven days before the date of play.
75.4.2Where a club has no suitable lawn (eg not full size) it shall arrange to play its home matches at another suitable club. No lawn hire fee is payable by CNSW for this use.
75.5If, due to the inability of one team to play, a game or games cannot be played or completed as scheduled, every effort should be made to play at a later time or date. If that is not possible the game(s) shall be awarded to the opposing team with a score of 26 to nil (or 18 to nil in bronze) for each game.
75.6If any team withdraws, all scores for and against that team are deleted from the results.
 
76CONDITIONS OF PLAY
76.1 For games in Gold events, a qualified referee or other suitable person shall act as referee. In the absence of any referee, players will act as joint referees in accordance with LAC law 48.
76.1.1 For games in Silver and Bronze events, a referee shall act as supervising referee for each game. If a qualified referee is not available, an umpire or suitable person shall act as referee.
76.2On the day of play, each team captain will hand to the manager, or if there is no manager, to the referee, a sealed envelope containing the names of the number one and two singles players and the doubles pair. The manager or referee will announce the order of play.
76.3In Gold and Silver Pennants, games will be Advanced Singles play (LAC law 36) and Advanced Doubles play (LAC law 42). In Bronze Pennants the games will be Ordinary Singles play (LAC Part 2) and Ordinary Doubles play (LAC law 41) and will be the modified 18 point game. See LAC law 44 (b) (2).
76.4The winners of games are to note the results and have the result sheet signed by the losers. A record is to be kept by the host club and the result sheet sent to the Pennants Tournament Manager the same day.
76.5At the end of each week, the Pennants Manager shall email or telephone AAP the results of pennants matches played that week.
76.6Players must arrive on time (15 minutes grace).
76.7After the toss, a player (or pair in the case of doubles), is entitled to a 5 minute practice on the court before every match. The player or pair may only play with the two balls they will be using in the ensuing game.
76.8If the courts are seriously affected by rain or hail and are impossible to play on, the game or games can be suspended, postponed or cancelled at the discretion of the team captains in consultation with the players. In the event of lightning in the vicinity play must be suspended immediately.
76.9If the temperature reaches 30 degrees and a player is affected to such a degree that they are unable to continue playing the Team captains are required to peg the game down and re-schedule or cancel the game altogether (see also Appendix 8, attachment B, weather).
76.10Any disputed game will be pegged down immediately and not concluded until a decision is made by the Tournament Referee.
76.11A plan of a pegged down game is to be filled in by and signed by both team captains.
76.12During a game, the opponent(s) should not address the person in play except in terms of LAC Law 23.
76.13If the weather is doubtful a representative of the visiting team should phone the captain of the host team to determine if play will happen.
76.14Postponed games shall be played on a mutually acceptable date preferably before the last round has been completed.
 
77.DETERMINATION OF WINNERS
77.1The winner of each zone is determined as follows:
(a) The team which has won the most matches.
(b) If matches are even, the team which has won the most games.
(c) If the games are also equal the winner is;
(i) between two clubs, the winner of the match between the clubs
(ii) between more than two clubs, the winner of the most matches between the clubs in the tie.
(d) If still unresolved, the club with the highest net points in all matches throughout the competition.
77.2The overall final series winner and runner up is determined as follows:
(a) If two teams they will play off for winner & runner up.
(b) If three teams they will each play each other with the winner and runner up determined as in 77.1
(c) If four teams they will play semi finals followed by a final between the winners.
 
78.PREMIER PENNANTS
78.1Teams shall consist of 4 players for each match
78.2Teams may represent clubs but may also be selected from a combination of clubs or composite teams of individual players. Teams will be responsible for the entry fee.
78.3Any fees payable to clubs for the use of its lawns is the responsibility of the teams.
78.4Each match between teams will be played in one day and consist of 10 matches; 2 doubles matches, 4 singles matches and 4 reverse singles matches.
78.5Singles players must play in Australian ranking order; Doubles teams and order are determined by the teams
78.6The order of the singles matches is that the players ranked 1in each team play the players ranked 2 in the other team and similarly with players 3 and 4. The reverse singles are player 1 v 1, 2 v 2 etc.
78.7This competition will be held over one or more weekends, including if necessary, Fridays or Mondays.
78.8For each match the team captains should hand to the manager, or if there is no manager to each other, a sealed envelope containing the 4 singles players listed in ranking order, and the two doubles teams in order of play.
78.9 The winner is determined as in clause 77.1.
 

 
PART C2 - GOLF CROQUET
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
I -INDIVIDUAL AND DOUBLES COMPETITIONS
80 Rules
81 Conditions of Entry
82 Tournament Conditions
83 Draw, Scheduling and Withdrawal
84 Conditions of Play
85 Winners and Places
86 NSW State Championships
87 Australian Bronze Medal Competition
88 Champion of Club Champions
89 Additional events
90
II -PENNANTS
91 Rules
92 Conditions of entry
93 Handicap ranges
94 Competition Conditions
95 Draw and Scheduling
96 Conditions of play
97 Determination of winners
98
99
 

 
I. - INDIVIDUAL AND DOUBLES EVENTS
 
80.RULES:
80.1All games will be played under The Rules of Golf Croquet (RGC) current at the time of the event together with any official rulings made by the WCF laws committee.
 
81.CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:
81.1Entry forms (or acceptances for invitation events) and entry fees for all competitions must reach the CNSW Secretary by the due date. Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.
81.2Only players affiliated to Croquet NSW are eligible to play in CNSW competitions. Players from outside N.S.W. may take out temporary membership (refer Part A, Clause 4.5).
81.3In all events players must be eligible to enter as at the advertised closing date for entries. For events restricted to a handicap range, if a playerís handicap changes after entries close and prior to the event starting such that it is outside of the range for the event, eligibility will be treated as follows:
(a) if the handicap of the player is lower by one step than the lower limit the player will still be eligible to play, but if the event is a handicap event the player must play off the new handicap.
(b) if the handicap of the player is lower by two steps than the lower limit the player will have to withdraw and must notify the tournament committee as soon as this becomes known.
(c) if the handicap of the player is higher than the upper limit the player will still be eligible to play, but if the event is a handicap event the maximum handicap allowable will be the upper limit for the event.
81.4In doubles events players may enter with a partner or singly and the tournament committee will pair up such entries if possible.
81.5Normally players will be expected to play at any time during the advertised dates and times for the event. A competitor may request special consideration at time of entry but this will normally only be granted for an important reason such as a medical appointment and where it will not extend the tournament.
81.6The minimum number of entries is normally 6 subject to the following proviso. If there are 4 or 5 entries vacancies may be filled from a higher handicap range or, subject to the playersí agreement, the competition may be held as normal or in a varied format such as a double round robin. Fees received will be refunded if an event does not proceed.
81.7Entry fees will not be refunded if a player withdraws after completion of the draw unless the withdrawal occurs as a result of clause 81.3 (b).
81.8All players must hold an Australian Handicap System Handicap Card (Golf Croquet) (AHS) and abide by the latest regulations of the Croquet Australia Handicapping Regulations (Golf Croquet). All singles games are to be recorded on playersí cards.
 
82.TOURNAMENT CONDITIONS
82.1The conditions in clauses 82 to 89 are intended to be used as a guide to the running of the tournaments. If appropriate the Tournament Committee may vary these regulations to facilitate the best conduct of the event.
82.2Players must play at the specified times or withdraw from the event. In special circumstances the Tournament Manager may waive this clause.
82.3If a player forfeits a game after commencing it, the result shall be a win of the maximum points for the game (usually 7 or 10) for his opponent against the competitorís score at the time of withdrawal.
82.4In a round robin event, if any player withdraws, all scores for and against that player are deleted from the results.
82.4.1A player is deemed to have withdrawn from the competition if he forfeits a game before commencing it.
82.5In a singles event, there will be no substitution of players after the draw has been made and before the first game has commenced except at the discretion of the Tournament Committee. In a doubles event, a partner may be changed before the pairís first game of that event.
82.6Players must be prepared to play at least six games per day. Some events may be advertised as up to seven games per day
82.7Players engaged in CNSW events should be neatly and tidily dressed in approved sporting clothing appropriate to the game of croquet and the prevailing conditions. Flat soled enclosed footwear should be worn. Approved sports attire may include trackpants/tops, collared sports shirts, shorts of various lengths or trousers in club, state or national colours.
82.8Balls approved by Council shall be used for all events. Dawson International balls are the approved balls in September 2011.
82.9Hoops for all events shall be set at 3 3/4 inches except the following events which shall be set at 3 11/16ths inches; Open Singles, Open Doubles, Menís Open, Womenís Open, Division 1 Singles and Doubles, ACA Bronze Medal, Champion of Club Champions. Tolerances as per LAC apply in both cases.
82.10Unless otherwise stated, all CNSW events will be played without a time limit.
82.11All games shall be played as 13 or 19 point games as determined by the tournament committee.
 
83DRAW, SCHEDULING AND WITHDRAWAL
83.1 In a round robin event the minimum number of blocks is preferred, based on the number of entries and the duration of the event. Normally blocks of between 8 and 12 would be played.
83.2Once the draw has been made it will not be changed, except at the discretion of the Tournament Committee or the Tournament Manager as described below.
83.2.1Any redraw or changes to the draw prior to the competition commencing are to be made by the Tournament Committee.
83.2.2From the first day of the event the Tournament Manager has the authority to rearrange the schedule if circumstances make this necessary or appropriate (see clauses 84.8 and 84.9).
83.3In round robin events, competitors will be notified by the tournament committee of the times and places of all games at least 10 days before the start of the event.
83.4Seeding in round robin events should be done as follows;
(a) Where there is only one block 2 players may be seeded to play in the last round of games.
(b) Where there are 2 or more blocks 2 players should be seeded into each block.
(c) The Australian Bronze Medal event conducted for Croquet Australia is fully seeded under its conditions of play
(d) In making the draw other than for seeded players, the tournament committee should ensure that the blocks are approximately equal in standard.
83.4.1Seeding will be done by the Tournament Committee based on latest Australian rankings or, where these do not apply, the current handicaps based on the Australian Handicap system. The Tournament Committee may request advice from the Selection Committee if appropriate.
83.4.2Seeded players will be identified by an asterisk in the draw.
83.5In round robin events players who are close relatives or from the same club should not be drawn in the same block if possible.
 
84.CONDITIONS OF PLAY:
84.1Players should telephone the Venue Manager if the weather is doubtful.
84.2Players must arrive in time for their first game (15 minutes grace).
84.3Players must report to the Venue Manager on arrival and before leaving.
84.4Players in the first game each day must arrive in time to set out the lawns as stated in the draw. Players should also clear each lawn after the last game each day has been played on it.
84.5All events may include double banking of games. If there are time limited games there is no extra time added for double banking but clocks may be stopped for significant interference from the other game. Triple banking is not permitted in any event.
84.6In handicap events a player must play off his AHS handicap at the commencement of each game. The correct AHS handicap will be as per the playerís handicap card or, if this is the playerís first use of a handicap card, his handicap will be the initial handicap as set by his club handicapper or tournament handicapper.
84.7After the toss, a player (or pair in the case of doubles), is entitled to a 5 minute practice on the court before every match. The player or pair may only play with the two balls they will be using in the ensuing game.
84.7.1Subject to the Tournament Managerís agreement, players may also practice, including games, at the following times:
a) before the start of play on lawns to be used, but only after all lawns have been set out. This practice period will cease not later than 10 minutes before play is due to start.
b) on vacant lawns during play.
c) after play has finished for the day on a particular lawn (note that the Manager would be expected to leave the site about 30 minutes after play has finished).
During these practice periods, the lawns are to be shared and no player or players are entitled to sole use of a lawn.
Practice is not permitted on the lawn surrounds where matches are being played.
84.8If the courts are seriously affected by rain or hail and are impossible to play on, the game or games can be suspended, postponed or cancelled at the discretion of the Tournament Manager in consultation with the players. In the event of lightning in the vicinity play must be suspended immediately.
84.9If the temperature reaches 30 degrees and a player is affected to such a degree that they are unable to continue playing the Tournament Manager is required to peg the game down and re-schedule or cancel the game altogether (see also Appendix 8, attachment B, weather).
84.10Any disputed game will be pegged down immediately and not concluded until a decision is made by the Tournament Referee.
84.11A plan of a pegged down game is to be filled in by the Venue Manager, or Referee and signed by both players.
84.12All pegged down and postponed games will be re scheduled by the Tournament Manager (clause 83.2.2).
84.13During a game, the opponent(s) should not address the person in play except in terms of RGC rule 8.
84.14Players are entitled to a lunch break of 15 minutes. This may be increased where stated in the draw.
84.14.1Except for the lunch break, players are entitled to a 5 minute break between games.
84.14.2In a best of three game match play should be continuous.
 
85.WINNERS AND PLACES
85.1In single block round robin events the result is determined as follows:
(a)The winner is the player who has won the most games.
(b)If there is a tie on games, the winner is the player who has the largest net points total. The net points total for each player is the number of points scored minus the number of points conceded.
(c)If there is a tie on games and net points:
(i) between two players, the winner is the winner of the game between them.
(ii) between more than two players, the winner is the winner of the most games of the games between the players in the tie.
(iii) if there is still a tie, Croquet Australia Regulation 19(a)(5)(iii)(c) may be applied.
85.1.1The method of calculation described in clause 85.1 shall also be used to determine the places of all other players.
85.2When a round robin is played in two or more blocks clause 85.1 will be used to determine the places of all players in each block.
85.2.1The composition of the final series (normally a knockout) will be determined by the Tournament Committee and published in the draw. The final series should involve as many players as time permits.
Options include
(a) for 2 blocks
(i) the winner of block A plays the runner up in block B and vice versa in the semi finals. The winners of these two games then play a final to determine the winner and runner up of the tournament.
(ii) the first 4 place getters in each block play quarterfinals with the winners playing semifinals and the semi final winners playing the final.
(b) for 3 blocks
(i) each block winner and the best runner up play semi finals followed by the winners playing a final.
(ii) each block winner and runner up, and the best two third place getters play quarterfinals, with the winners playing semi finals and the semi final winners playing a final.
(iii) the 3 block winners play a round robin. The winner and runner up would be decided as per clause 85.1
(c) for 4 blocks
(i) the 4 block winners play semi finals and the winners play a final.
(ii) each block winner and runner up play quarterfinals, with the winners playing semi finals and the semi final winners playing the final
85.2.2For the NSW Open singles the options involving quarterfinals are the preferred ones
85.3If a block winner withdraws before the final series commences the runner-up takes his place and third becomes runner-up etc and similarly if there are other withdrawals.
85.4Where a Ďbestí place getter has to be determined the following method is used;
(a) if the blocks are of equal size then most games won followed by net points as per clauses 85.1 (a) and 85.1 (b). If still equal then use 85.4 (b) below
(b) if the blocks are not of equal size the following formula is used with the highest quotient(s) taking precedence.
Points for, divided by the sum of points for and points against.
85.5Where quarterfinals and semifinals involve players other than block winners the quarterfinal draw should be that the block winners play the players finishing lowest in the blocks; eg for option 85.2.1 (b)(ii) above: winner block A plays a qualifying 3rd place getter, winner block B plays other qualifying third place getter, winner Block C plays runner up block A, runner up Block B plays runner up Block C. Players must not play another player from the same block in the quarter finals.
 
86.N.S.W. STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
86.1All affiliated players may enter open events (but see clause 81.2 for players from outside NSW). Other events are restricted to the relevant handicap range.
86.2All these events are to include round robin blocks in the initial stages. Knockout rounds may be played after the round robin block play.
86.3The Open Singles, Open Doubles, Menís Open, Womenís Open, will have up to 7 games per day. Other events will normally have up to six games per day but this could be varied by the tournament committee in special circumstances.
86.4The Open Handicap Doubles and Singles, are played under RGC rule 16.
86.5The State Championship Events are shown below. Special conditions of play for the Open Singles, Open Doubles, Menís Open and Womenís Open are shown in clause 86.6.

Open Singles
Open Doubles
Women's Open Singles
Men's Open Singles
Open Handicap Singles
Open Handicap Doubles
Division 1 Singles(0 to 4)
Division 1 Doubles(0 to 4)
Division 2 Singles(5 to 8)
Division 2 Doubles(5 to 8)
Division 3 Singles(9 to 12)
Division 3 Doubles(9 to 12)
 
86.6OPEN SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP, OPEN DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP, MENS OPEN and WOMENS OPEN
86.6.1If there are only enough entries for a single block this should be played as best of three game matches or as best of one game followed by the top eight playing best of three game quarter finals or the top four players playing best of three game semi finals.
86.6.2If there are enough entries for more than one block the block rounds should be played as a single round robin followed by best of three game matches from the quarter finals.
86.6.3Refer to clauses 85.2.1 (a) (ii), 85.2.1 (b) (ii) and 85.4 (c) (ii) for selecting players to play in the quarter finals.
 
87.ACA BRONZE MEDAL EVENT
87.1Type of event: This will be a single round robin with matches being either best of 3 games, or 2 game matches.
87.2There may be up to 7 games per day.
87.3Participation is by invitation from the Secretary of CNSW. The Chairman of the Selection Committee may issue the invitations on behalf of the Secretary.
87.4Acceptance of the invitation requires an undertaking that the winner will compete for the Australian Gold and Silver Medals at the ensuing Australian National Championships.
87.5The event is conducted on behalf of Croquet Australia and the Croquet Australia tournament regulations apply. The following sub clauses are for information and any matter not covered below should be determined by reference to the ACA Handbook clause 56A.
87.5.1The number of players selected shall be from 6 to 10.
87.5.2Selectors must comply with the ACA regulations in choosing the 10 players
87.6There is no time limit.
87.7The draw is fully seeded (ACA Handbook 56A.2)
87.8The entrance fee will be determined annually by the ACA. Half is retained by the state and half goes to the ACA.
 
88.CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS EVENT
88.1Type of event: This may be single round robin, double round robin or best of three game matches as determined by the tournament committee depending on the number of entries.
88.1.1If there are more entries than a single block refer to Open Singles clauses 86.6 above.
88.1.2There may be up to 7 games per day.
88.2Eligibility: This event is open to the player from any affiliated club who, at the commencement of the event, is the current club golf croquet champion (levels play).
88.3Where a player is the champion of more than one club he may represent only one club in the event. The player does not necessarily have to represent the club he is affiliated through.
88.4Clubs are responsible for forwarding entries, fees and the name of the club champion to the Secretary of CNSW by the due date. Entries will be accepted from Clubs with the players name to be advised later.
 
89.ADDITIONAL EVENTS
The Tournament Committee may conduct additional events to meet perceived needs and explore their viability. When firmly established, this handbook should be amended to include full details of the event.
 
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II. - PENNANTS
91RULES
91.1All games will be played under The Rules of Golf Croquet (RGC) current at the time of the event together with any official rulings made by the WCF laws committee.
 
92.CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:
92.1Any affiliated club may enter one or more teams in each division (see clause 93).
92.2Notification of entries and entry fees must reach the CNSW Secretary by the due date. Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.
92.3Only players affiliated to Croquet NSW are eligible to play.
92.4Teams shall consist of four players with relevant handicaps at the advertised closing date for entries. Players are eligible to play in a pennants division if their handicap is equal to or higher than the lower limit of the handicap range in rule 93 for that division.
92.4.1A player with a handicap higher than a particular division may play in that division. Example: a player on a handicap of 10 may play in any division; a player on 8 may play in the division 1 or 2 but not in the division 3. If a division 3 or 2 player plays in a higher division, they are still eligible to play in their own division during that Pennant season.
92.5If a playerís handicap changes after entries close and prior to the event finishing such that it is outside of the range for the event, eligibility will be treated as follows:
(a) if the handicap of the player is lower by one step than the lower limit the player will still be eligible to play.
(b) if the handicap of the player is lower by two steps than the lower limit the player will not be able to play any further games.
92.6The penalty for playing an ineligible player is that any games played whilst ineligible, whether won or lost, shall be deemed to be wins to the opponent of 7 to 0.
92.7When a club enters more than one team in one division the teams will be designated A and B (or some other names selected by the club). The names of the four players in each team must be sent to the Tournament Committee two weeks prior to the start of the competition. Reserves may be added to teams when required but no player or reserve can play for more than one team in the one division.
92.8A player may play Pennants for any club of which he is a member (or is co-opted as per clause 92.9), but not for more than one club in the same competition. Each division is considered a separate competition.
92.9A club may co opt up to two players from other clubs to complete a team subject to clause 92.8. If a team contains two co-opted players for any match these two players must play in the doubles game. A club may not co opt players if there are other players in the club in that division who are willing and able to play. A club may not co-opt more than 4 players in the whole competition (including finals).
92.10All players must hold an Australian Handicap System Handicap Card (Golf Croquet) (AHS) and abide by the latest regulations of the Croquet Australia Handicapping Regulations (Golf Croquet). All singles games are to be recorded on playersí cards.
 
93.HANDICAP RANGES
Pennants are played in three handicap ranges (referred to as divisions in the clauses that precede and follow):
(a) Division 1 Pennants - handicaps up to 4
(b) Division 2 Pennants - handicaps 5 to 8
(c) Division 3 Pennants - handicaps 9 to 12
 
94.TOURNAMENT CONDITIONS
94.1The conditions set out below apply to all divisions. If appropriate the Tournament Committee may vary these regulations to facilitate the best conduct of the event.
94.2Pennant contests will consist of three matches; one doubles and two singles. All matches will be best of three games. Players may not play both singles and doubles in the one match.
94.3Pennants will be played in zones throughout the State.
94.4A zone shall contain not more than 8 teams in a particular division. If a zone has only one entry, that team is deemed to have won that zone.
94.5The extent and boundaries of the zones will be determined by the Tournament Committee and take into account the location of the entries. Zones for a particular division will not overlap and need not be the same for each division. The six regions in NSW shall be a guide for creating zones.
94.6Within each zone, if there are 5, 6, 7, or 8 teams, the event will be played as a single round robin. If there are 3 or 4 teams, two rounds of the round robin will be played on a home and away basis. If there are only 2 teams, the best of 3 contests will be played on a home and away basis.
94.7If there are 4 or fewer zones participating, the zone winners will advance to the finals and play-off to determine the winner of the event (see clause 98).
94.8If there are 5 or more zones, the Tournament Committee may determine that all zone winners advance to the finals to play in a format to be determined or that some zone winners may have to play off for the right to advance to the finals.
94.9Players engaged in CNSW events should be neatly and tidily dressed in approved sporting clothing appropriate to the game of croquet and the prevailing conditions. Flat soled enclosed footwear should be worn. Approved sports attire may include trackpants/tops, collared sports shirts, shorts of various lengths or trousers in club, state or national colours.
94.10Balls approved by Council shall be used for all events. Dawson International balls are the approved balls in September 2011.
94.11Hoops for all pennants shall be set at 3 3/4 . Tolerances as per RGC apply in both cases.
94.12There is no time limit.
 
95.DRAW AND SCHEDULING
95.1The tournament committee will advise each team in a division of the other teams in its zone, and the host club for each contest. Teams are to arrange playing times for its contests.
95.2As far as possible, each team will be drawn to play an equal number of home and away contests.
95.3Games will be played at the club which is mentioned first in the schedule of contests.
95.4Where the host club has two lawns, the two singles games should play doubled banked on one lawn and the doubles on the other lawn.
95.4.1Where the host club has only one lawn, it will be responsible for deciding the order of play and the attendance time of players in the later game(s). This decision is to be advised to the visiting club no later than seven days before the date of play.
95.4.2Where a club has no suitable lawn (eg not full size) it shall arrange to play its home contests at another suitable club. No lawn hire fee is payable by CNSW for this use.
95.5If, due to the inability of one team to play, a contest or a match or matches cannot be played or completed as scheduled, every effort should be made to play at a later time or date. If that is not possible each match not played shall be awarded to the opposing team with a game score of 7 - 0, 7 - 0.
95.6If any team withdraws, all scores for and against that team are deleted from the results.
 
96CONDITIONS OF PLAY:
96.1 For games in Division 1, a qualified referee or other suitable person should act as referee. In the absence of any referee, players will act as joint referees in accordance with RGC rule 15.
96.1.1 For games in Divisions 2 and 3 a referee shall act as supervising referee for each game. If a qualified referee is not available, an umpire or suitable person shall act as referee.
96.2On the day of play, each team captain will hand to the manager, or if there is no manager, to the referee, a sealed envelope containing the names of the number one and two singles players and the doubles pair. The manager or referee will announce the order of play.
96.3All games will be 13 point games.
96.4The winners of matches are to note the results and have the result sheet signed by the losers. A record is to be kept by the host club and the result sheet sent to the Pennants Tournament Manager the same day.
96.5At the end of each week, the Pennants Manager shall telephone to AAP (02 9322 8000) the results of pennants matches played that week.
96.6Players must arrive on time (15 minutes grace).
96.7After the toss, a player (or pair in the case of doubles), is entitled to a 5 minute practice on the court before every match. The player or pair may only play with the two balls they will be using in the ensuing game.
96.8If the courts are seriously affected by rain or hail and are impossible to play on, the game or games can be postponed or cancelled at the discretion of the team captains in consultation with the players. In the event of lightning in the vicinity play must be suspended immediately.
96.9If the temperature reaches 30 degrees and a player is affected to such a degree that they are unable to continue playing the Team captains are required to peg the game down and re-schedule or cancel the game altogether (see also Appendix 8, attachment B, weather).
96.10Any disputed game will be pegged down immediately and not concluded until a decision is made by the Tournament Referee.
96.11A plan of a pegged down game is to be filled in by and signed by both team captains.
96.12During a game, the opponent(s) should not address the person in play.
96.13If the weather is doubtful a representative of the visiting team should phone the captain of the host team to determine if play will happen.
96.14Postponed games shall be played on a mutually acceptable date preferably before the last round has been completed.
 
97.DETERMINATION OF WINNERS
97.1The winner of each zone is determined as follows:
(a) The team which has won the most contests.
(b) If contests are even, the team which has won the most matches.
(c) If matches are even, the team with the most net games.
(d) If the net games are also equal the winner is;
(i) between two clubs, the winner of the match between the clubs
(ii) between more than two clubs, the winner of the most matches between the clubs in the tie.
(e) If still unresolved, the club with the highest net points in all games throughout the competition.
97.2The overall final series winner and runner up is determined as follows:
(a) If two teams they will play off for winner & runner up.
(b) If three teams they will each play each other with the winner and runner up determined as in 97.1
(c) If four teams they will play semi finals followed by a final between the winners.
 
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PART C3 - AWARDS AND TROPHIES
 
100.GENERAL
100.1Normally all awards and trophies are presented at the annual presentation function but exceptions may be made.
100.2In all individual and doubles events the winner and runner up receive trophies. For the three brooch events the trophy received by the winner is a gold, silver or bronze brooch.
100.3Where there is a perpetual trophy the winner is presented with it and may keep it until October 31 the following year. It is the winnerís responsibility to ensure perpetual trophies are returned to the trophy officer by this date.
100.4For the two special awards in clauses 101 and 102 the winner receives the perpetual trophy and a winnerís trophy. There are no runner up trophies.
 
101.PRESIDENT`S AWARD
101.1The perpetual trophy is the Captain Cook Bi-Centenary Plaque.
101.2The Award is at the discretion of the President. It is intended to recognise service in areas other than just performance such as a player who serves the association by coaching, refereeing, acting on committees etc. It should however, include significant competitive play.
 
I. - ASSOCIATION CROQUET
 
102.ELSIE WALL MEMORIAL TROPHY
102.1This is a Perpetual Trophy donated by Lady Madgwick.
102.2The trophy is awarded to a player on the basis of results in the following events: State Championships (see clause 56), Fransted Handicap, Gold, Silver and Bronze Brooches, Beryl Chambers Memorial Competition, 3 and under event, 5 & under doubles, ACA Bronze Medal, Eva Short Womens Memorial Competition and Champion of Champions.
102.3The method of scoring is as follows:
(a) One point is given to a player for each event he enters and plays in.
(b) In a singles event, the winner scores three points and the runner up scores two points.
(c) In a doubles event, each winner scores one and a half points and each runner up scores one point.
102.4Each year the trophy is available to players in a particular handicap range as follows:
2011, players in the range -3 to 4.5
2012, players in the range 5 to 8
2013, players in the range 9 to 12
2014, players in the range 14 to 24
and so on in the same sequence.
102.5Where a player changes handicap during the year and has gained points in two or more of the ranges above, only the points in the range applying to the award for that year shall be counted.
 
103.STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS PERPETUAL TROPHIES
(a) Open Doubles; The Ivy Taylor Trophy, two ice buckets donated by Ivy Taylor
(b) Open Singles; Cup on base donated by Saunders the Jewellers, This trophy has a special provision to allow a multiple winner to retain it. It has been redonated by Mr T Howat (1968) and Mr B Chambers (1998).
(c) Open Singles Y event; Silver plate.
(d) Open Singles Plate event; Silver plate
(e) Mens Open; Silver Jug donated by Miss A D Burnes
(f) Womens Open; The Lillian Moore Trophy, an Oval silver tray donated by Mrs E Gibson
(g) Handicap Singles; Beryl Chambers Memorial Trophy, round silver tray donated by Chatswood Croquet Club
(h) Platinum Doubles; no trophy
(i) Platinum Singles; Rectangular Tray
(j) Gold Doubles; Two pewter mugs
(k) Gold Singles; Silver cup on base donated by Mr T Cresswell
(l) Silver Doubles; Two cake stands donated by Miss D Morgan (until 1972 these trophies were awarded for the B and C grade singles events)
(m) Silver Singles; The Isobel Ferguson Memorial Trophy, a silver cup donated by Mrs J Sawtell
(n) Bronze Doubles; Two gold cups on wooden base donated by Col. A T Hall OBE
(o) Bronze Singles; The Rene Montgomery Memorial Trophy, a Silver vase donated by Mrs J Howard and Mrs B Byrne
(p) Gold Handicap Singles;
(q) Silver Handicap Singles; Wooden Column with side pieces donated by Mr J and Mrs E Giutronich
(r) Bronze Handicap Singles; Wooden Column donated by Mrs E Giutronich
 
105.OTHER EVENTS PERPETUAL TROPHIES
(a) Champion of Club Champions; Cup on base donated by Mrs G Goward
(b) Eva Short Memorial Womens Trophy; Bowl donated by Strathfield Croquet Club
(c) Fransted Handicap Trophy; Round Silver Tray donated by Prof A S Hall and Mrs M Ottaway
(d) Kylie Scotter Weekend Competition; Plate and place mats donated by Mrs K Scotter
(e) Doris Buckle Weekend Competition; Cup donated by Miss C Hall and Mrs L Forbes
(f) Senior Citizens Week Tournament; Round Silver Tray donated by Cordony Hairdressing
(g) Win Dickinson Trophy; Wooden column donated by the family of Win Dickinson.
(h) Rookies and Novices; Pewter Tankard donated by Dr D Gunzburg.
(i) 3 and under Weekend Competition; Cup on marble base
 
106.OTHER EVENTS
Australian Bronze Medal. This medal is provided by Croquet Australia and is presented to the winner by Croquet NSW. There is no perpetual trophy.
 
107.PENNANTS
107.1In each division, the winning club of each zone or region receives a certificate.
107.2The overall winning club in each division receives a pennant and a perpetual trophy as listed below;
(a) Premier Pennants; Cup
(b) Gold Pennants; The Dorrie Harris Memorial Trophy donated by Mrs. M. Mills.
(c) Silver Pennants: The Dorrie Harris Memorial Trophy donated by Mrs. L. Venables.
(d) Bronze Pennants: The Dorrie Harris Memorial Trophy donated by Miss E. Short.
 
II. - GOLF CROQUET
 
108STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS PERPETUAL TROPHES
(a) Open Singles; Round silver tray
(b) Open Doubles; Two pewter mugs (different sizes)
(c) Mens Open Singles; Rectangular tray
(d) Womens Open Singles; Circular tray
(e) Open Handicap Singles; Oval tray
(f) Open Handicap Doubles; Two beer mugs
(g) Division 1 Singles; Oval tray
(h) Division 1 Doubles; Two beer mugs
(i) Division 2 Singles; Oval tray
(j) Division 2 Doubles; Two beer mugs
(k) Division 3 Singles;
(l) Division 3 Doubles;
 
109OTHER EVENTS PERPETUAL TROPHIES
(a) Champion of Club Champions;
 
110OTHER EVENTS
Australian Bronze Medal. This medal is provided by Croquet Australia and is presented to the winner by Croquet NSW. There is no perpetual trophy.
 
111PENNANTS
(a) Division 1; Wooden shield
(b) Division 2; Wooden shield
(c) Division 3; Wooden shield
 

 
PART C4 - DOPING, HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICIES
 
These are detailed in Appendix 3 and Appendix 8 of this Handbook.
 

 
PART C5 - DUTIES OF TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS
 
112.THE TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE
With reference to a particular event, the Tournament Committee shall: -
112.1Receive all entries
112.2Check that each entry is valid. If prior to commencement of a competition, a handicap change will make a player ineligible, the player must be informed and given the option to transfer to another event (but see clause 66, and clause 67).
112.3Appoint a Tournament Manager and if necessary an Assistant Tournament Manager and if clubs are involved, request clubs to appoint Venue Managers and Assistant Venue Managers.
112.4In the case of a knockout event, carry out the draw in accordance with the BagnallWild method and draw up a schedule of all games
112.5In the case of a round robin event, decide whether the event is to be played in one or more blocks, pursuant to clause 53.1, and draw up a schedule of games including any redraw in terms of clause 53.2.1.
112.6List any conditions which are not covered by these Regulations.
112.7If appropriate, prepare a programme of the event for publication. Forward a copy of the draw to the tournament manager(s), venue manager(s)and the tournament referee.
112.8After the draw has been carried out, ensure that the entry forms are given to the Tournament Manager.
112.9Distribute results and reports of tournaments as appropriate to the Records Officer, Newsletter Editor, Web Site Administrator, State Handicappers and World Rankings Controller.
 
113.THE TOURNAMENT MANAGER
The Tournament Manager shall: -
113.1Ensure that he is familiar with the Association Regulations for Tournaments, and in particular those which pertain to the event he is about to manage.
113.2Check that players hold the appropriate AHS handicapping cards if the event is a Singles event (reference clause 51.8 and Section 7 of the ACA Handicapping Regulations relating to the AHS). Check the ID of the player by reference to the current copy of the CNSW Yearbook or the CNSW web site and enter it on the AHS1 form.
113.3The Tournament Manager has the discretionary power to deny entry of a player to any competition if such player refuses to produce and use the ACA AHS handicapping card.
113.4Where the Tournament Manager is also a Venue Manager, carry out the functions described in clause 114 for that venue.
113.5If required rearrange the draw in terms of 53.2.2.
113.6Telephone all results to AAP (02 9322 8000) before 6.00 p.m. for publication next day.
113.7In the absence of a Tournament Handicapper, sign off AHS cards of all players whose handicaps have changed at the end of the event. (See Appendix 13 for difference in the rules relating to handicap changes of Golf Croquet Players and Association Croquet Players). If a Rapid Improver has been identified then supply details to the State Handicapper.
113.8During and at the end of the event, check all results provided by the Venue Manager(s)
113.9Reschedule all postponed and pegged down games.
113.10After an event forward to the Tournament Committee Results Coordinator: Result sheet, grid, Managerís Report and send to the State Handicapper the completed AHS1 form as per the instructions on that form.
113.11Complete the form "authorisation for payment for lawn hire" and forward to the Treasurer so that payment may be made to clubs at the current rate
113.12If necessary, before the event, distribute Association balls to the relevant clubs. After the event collect the balls.
 
114.THE VENUE MANAGER
The Venue Manager shall: -
114.1Have the hoops swung on each lawn immediately before the event and during the event if necessary.
114.2Have all lawns in the best possible condition and equipment ready a quarter of an hour before the scheduled starting time each day.
114.3Ensure that all games are played according to the schedule provided by the Tournament Manager.
114.4In knockout events, advise players the times of their next games.
114.5Decide whether a competitor is eligible to continue playing in an event if he is unable to play at the scheduled time.
114.6Ensure that in handicap events players play off their correct handicaps.
114.7Ensure that participants are dressed according to Association regulations.
114.8Ensure that during a turn, spectators do not make unnecessary noise.
114.9At the conclusion of play each day, allow time for pegging down games if necessary.
114.10Be responsible for pegging down postponed or disputed games (see clause 117.9).
114.11Telephone all results to the Tournament Manager promptly after the conclusion of each round.
114.12At the conclusion of an event, forward all game result slips to the Tournament Manager.
 
115.THE REFEREESí COMMITTEE
The Referees Committee shall:- Appoint a Tournament Referee for each event, and shall notify the Tournament Committee of the appointment before the close of entries.
 
116.THE TOURNAMENT REFEREE :
The Tournament Referee shall :-
116.1Act in accordance with the Regulation regarding the duties of Tournament Referees in the current edition of the Australian Laws Book.
116.2Arrange Referees and Umpires for all games according to the schedule provided by the Tournament Manager.
116.3Ensure that at least one qualified referee is present at the venue during all competition games, and that a referee or umpire is appointed for every game in which a player has a handicap of 9 or greater. In addition, a referee in charge (see Reg .5 ALB ) should be appointed ( subject to availability ) for any game in which the players have handicaps of 14 or greater.
116.4Ensure that all Referees and Umpires act in accordance with the provisions of clause 117 below.
 
117.REFEREES and UMPIRES : Shall: -
117.1Act in accordance with the Regulation regarding the duties of referees and umpires in the current edition of the ALB.
117.2Check the accuracy of court settings and equipment.
117.3Check corner spots and around hoops for special damage.
117.4In handicap games, consult with the Manager regarding players' handicaps and the number of bisques to be given.
117.5After the toss, supervise a strictly timed practice period (see clause 54.7).
117.6At the start of a competition advise the players:
(a) that they are entitled to ask the state of the game at any stage, including the time remaining in a time limit game.
(b) that they may approach the referee in regard to deterioration in the weather. The referee will then take up this matter with the Tournament Manger.
(c) that there is (in general) a time limit of 45 seconds between strokes.
(d) that the players will normally be responsible for the clock which times their event. However, the referee is permitted to stop the clock at any time if it is judged that an action, such as a disputed wiring lift etc, is likely to infringe on the time left to the players
117.7Enforce ALB Regulation 6 (d) regarding expedition in play. N.B Exceptions to the ruling shall be at the referee's discretion. Examples of exceptions are
1. Lift and/or contact
2. Peeling
3. Pegging out
4. Difficulty in placing balls for a croquet stroke
5. Interference with a stroke
6. Imperfections on the surface of the court
7. Checking on balls--- critical positions, including possible wiring situations
8. Physical disability of players
9. Precedence of play in doublebanked games
117.8Report to the Manager regarding a disputed game or game under protest which may need to be referred to the Tournament Referee for decision;
117.9Assist the Manager in pegging down a game or resetting the court for resumption of play; ensure plan of the game is verified and signed as correct by the players concerned, the Manager and the Referee.
117.10Complete the Game Result slip and submit it to the Manager at the end of each game.
117.11In the absence of a player from the court, stop the clock/timer when all balls are correctly placed at the end of the current turn. The clock/timer is to be restarted when the player has taken his mallet with intent to resume play.
117.12During a game, refrain from conversing with spectators or players except in the discharge of his duties.
117.13If a ball is deemed to have been played, be aware of which ball the player has so deemed.
117.14Be aware of critical situations around the peg, hoops etc.
117.15Be in possession of a current Laws book, official ACA gauge and markers.
 
118.THE TOURNAMENT HANDICAPPER
A Tournament Handicapper may be appointed by the Tournament Committee. If such appointment is made the State Handicapper shall be notified.
118.1The duties of the Tournament Handicapper are set down in Section 8 clause 8.1 to 8.6 of the ACA Handicapping Regulations. These are reproduced in Appendix 13 of this Handbook, together with the Guidelines (amended) which accompanied the ACA Regulations. It is to be particularly noted that ďA player who is a Rapid Improver may have his handicap reduced before a game at any time, and from time to time during a tournament, but only if the tournament handicapper determines that the playerís handicap is too high by at least two steps.