2024 Courses Prospectus

The Croquet Academy 2024 Course Programme

Courses:

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Both codes
AC and GC CQC and CTC
On Demand Coaching Sessions

AC
Moving on with AC
AC Croquet for GC Players
AC - It's All About the Break
AC — An introduction and development Course in Advance Play
AC Supervised High Bisque Tournament
AC 4 Part Modular Short Croquet Beginners Course

GC
Understanding The 6th Edition GC Rules
GC Beginners and Improvers Course
Up Your GC Game C to B Level
GC - Move Up to A Level
GC- A Master Class with Jonathan Powe
GC Workshop GC
 

At Royal Tunbridge Wells
Up Your GC Game C to B Level
GC Workshop GC

Date:
6th - 7th March 2024
Lead Coach:
Paul Francis
Secretary:
Chrissie Merrington courses@thecroquetacademy.com
Maximum Entries:
8
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Entry Fee:
Format
The course is open to Croquet England (CqE) associates. No handicap restriction. To attend the course, you are expected to have a good knowledge of AC Laws and / or Golf Croquet Rules. A £40 subsidy may be available. The primary aim of this course is to reinforce the coach’s attributes by revisiting the practical techniques comprehensively on the court and augment knowledge of the laws/rules of both disciplines to enable the coach to instruct the student on their courses for potential future coaches. Participants will be required to cover both AC and GC. Only CqE associates can be entered onto the CqE register and receive coaching badges. For details of the Qualification Process, please refer to the CqE website: www.croquet.org.uk ‘Becoming a Coach’ www.croquet.org.uk 'Becoming a Coach'.

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Date:
3 April 2024
Lead Coach:
Ian Cobbold
Secretary:
Chrissie Merrington courses@thecroquetacademy.com
Maximum:
None
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Entry Fee:
£20
Format
This short one-day course is designed to help GC Beginners and Improvers understand the GC Rules. It is also an ideal course for anyone considering becoming a CG Referee.
Full explanations and on court demonstrations of how to deal with scenarios and situations such as: wrong ball, offside and penalty area continuation will be thoroughly discussed as will double taps and crushes. The course will also cover etiquette.

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Moving on with AC (REF: AC04)
Date:
10th April 2024
Lead Coach:
Frances Low & Chrissie Merrington
Secretary:
Chrissie Merrington courses@thecroquetacademy.com
Maximum :
12
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Entry Fee:
£40.00
Format
Develop your AC shots on full courts. Practice the 4-ball break. Openings and Endings. Make effective use of bisques. Some laws.
This course is suitable for any players wishing to transfer from Short Court Croquet to AC on full sized lawns, also for any players who have started AC and need assistance to develop their shots and breaks.
An enjoyable new course, and the day will reflect the needs of the entrants.

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Date:
10th April 2024
Lead Coach:
Richard Carline
Secretary:
Chrissie Merrington courses@thecroquetacademy.com
Maximum:
16
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order. Handicap restriction: None
Entry Fee:
£40
Format:
A one-day course aimed at beginners at Golf Croquet and those who wish to improve their skills, technique, and knowledge of the game.
Course content will cover: The development of technique and consistent ball control to produce more confident hoop running, ball placement, promotions, and clearances. Jump shots will form part of the course and some basic rules will be explained.
Participants will be placed into coaching groups of similar abilities/needs.

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Date:
17th April 2024
Lead Coach:
Jonathan Isaacs
Secretary:
Chrissie Merrington courses@thecroquetacademy.com
Maximum:
12
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Entry Fee:
£40.00
Ideal Handicap 10 and below.
Format:

The course will start by demonstrating the basics of Association Croquet to give GC players a basic appreciation of the game.
The course will then go onto coaching some specific skills that will improve GC play. This includes: Short & long accurate clearances, accurate promotion of partner ball, touching ball split shots, accurate placement of opponents ball. Effective stop shots, improving cross wiring skills. Improving cannon skills.

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Date:
24rd April 2024
Lead Coach:
Clive Hayton
Secretary:
Chrissie Merrington courses@thecroquetacademy.com
Maximum:
8
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Entry Fee:
£40
Format
Association Croquet one day course restricted to 12 -18 handicap players unless otherwise agreed with Lead Coach.
The course is designed to consolidate and build on the player’s basic knowledge of the game as well as improving their overall game. Croquet strokes, playing breaks, and efficient use of bisques to set up and maintain breaks will be covered during the on-court period, preparing players to improve their AC handicap play.

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Date:
24-25 April 2024
Lead Coach:
Nigel Polhill
Secretary:
Chrissie Merrington courses@thecroquetacademy.com
Maximum:
8
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Entry Fee:
£75
Format
The course is intended for those players in the handicap range: 5-12.
The aim of the course is to introduce participants to the techniques of the advanced game and its laws; to emphasise the need for accuracy in all skills; and to give participants confidence to play in a greater range of tournaments.
The course includes: An explanation of the Advanced game, Perfecting the 4-ball break, Leaves, Establishing the second break after a missed lift shot, Openings & responses, Peels & 3 ball endings.

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Date:
2nd May 2024
Lead Coach:
Richard Carline
Secretary:
Chrissie Merrington courses@thecroquetacademy.com
Maximum:
12
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Entry Fee:
£40.00
Ideal handicap: 7+
Date:
15th May 2024
Lead Coach:
Chrissie Merrington
Secretary:
Chrissie Merrington courses@thecroquetacademy.com
Maximum:
12
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Entry Fee:
£40.00
Ideal handicap: 7+
Format
This one-day course is ideal for players with 7+ handicap with the view to improve their game and to play at a higher level. Techniques are scrutinised to improve stroke play and games assessed to formulate and strengthen future tactics. Practice routines are demonstrated to build on strengths and overcome weaknesses. Discussion of the rules and tactics are included.

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Date:
22nd May 2024
Lead Coach:
Daphne Gaitley
Secretary:
Chrissie Merrington courses@thecroquetacademy.com
Maximum:
12
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Entry Fee:
£40.00
Format
This one-day course is suitable for players of 3+ handicap up to a maximum of 6.
The aim of the course is to further reduce a player's handicap by improving their level of play, highlighting the importance of accuracy and positioning.
There is emphasis on the knowledge of rules and advanced tactical game.
The course will encourage players to compete in more competitive play.

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Date:
29th May 2024
Lead Coach:
Jonathan Powe
Secretary:
Chrissie Merrington courses@thecroquetacademy.com
Maximum:
12
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Entry Fee:
£50
Ideal Handicap 5 and below
Format
1
This course is ideal for GC players aspiring to play in 'A' and 'B' level tournaments and is the next stage after the 'GC Move Up A Level Course'.
2
Content includes:  The mental approach to the game, basic and advanced playing.
techniques and associated practice routines, the principles of GC tactics and understanding the tactical decision tree

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GC Workshop (REF: GC06)

Date:
5th June 2024
Lead Coach:
Richard Carline
Secretary:
Chrissie Merrington courses@thecroquetacademy.com
Maximum:
12
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Entry Fee:
£40
Handicap Range 3 - 10
Format
A chance to explore how effective your techniques are. Test your swing on our Croquet Academy Swing Trainer — 'Cast' and feel where you can tweak it for better effect. We'll video this and other parts of your play so that you can see what's going on, be advised and act on what you see. After some diagnostic assessments, we will give you individual advice to take away and develop.
Build confidence and consistency with a series of practice routines used by the best players. Look at tactical situations and how to make them work. Understand playing strengths and have weaknesses analysed, learn ways to work towards improving on both. A session on jumping at all levels will be included as well as accuracy in ball placement, blocking, clearing, promoting and hoop running.

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Date:
6th June 2024
Lead Coach:
Richard Carline
Secretary:
Chrissie Merrington courses@thecroquetacademy.com
Maximum:
8
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Entry Fee:
£40
Handicap Range 3 - 10
Description
A chance to explore how effective your techniques are. Test your swing on our Croquet Academy Swing Trainer — 'Cast' and feel where you can tweak it for better effect. We'll video this and other parts of your play so that you can see what's going on, be advised and act on what you see. After some diagnostic assessments, we will give you individual advice to take away and develop.
Build confidence and consistency with a series of practice routines used by the best players. Look at tactical situations and how to make them work. Understand playing strengths and have weaknesses analysed, learn ways to work towards improving on both. A session on jumping at all levels will be included as well as accuracy in ball placement, blocking, clearing, promoting and hoop running.

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Date:
31st July 2024
Lead Coach:
Frances Low/Chrissie Merrington
Secretary:
Chrissie Merrington courses@thecroquetacademy.com
Maximum:
none
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Trophy:
Pat Shine Shield (Holder: Pam Gooders).
Entry Fee:
£20
Format
An ideal introduction to Associated Croquet tournament play, Coaching advice available between games on tactics and bisque taking. Help given with Laws. Suitable for handicap 14 + Three 14-point games in the day to a time limit. (Full bisque to a base.)

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Date:
12th and 16th October 2024, 2nd, and 3rd Module Spring 2025
Lead Coach:
Frances Low
Secretary:
Chrissie Merrington courses@thecroquetacademy.com
Maximum:
none
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Entry Fee:
£50.00
Format
This modular course is ideal for GC players as their skills give them a head start in AC; but also interested in learning the basic skills of AC on short courts.
The game can be quickly learned and is more accessible in 'bite' sized chunks.
The sessions cover the outline of the game, basic croquet shots and the concept of building and sustaining a 'break'. It will enable you to play a basic game of AC and to grasp its' distinctive aspects. Hopefully, you will then want more! Our follow up day will do that.

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Date:
By arrangement
Lead Coach:
Richard Carline and other Academy Coaches
Secretary:
Chrissie Merrington courses@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Fee:
£25 per hour
Format
These one-to-one sessions give players of all abilities, guidance from an Academy Coach as to how they can improve their game. To get the best out of these sessions, entrants will be asked to identify what they are trying to improve or achieve.

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* CqE Subsidy

For coaches and referees qualification courses the figure quoted is net of a subsidy by the Croquet England.
In addition, further subsidies may be available from your Federation. For details ask your Federation Coaching Officer.


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