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2021 Courses Program

The Croquet Academy 2021 Course Program

The Croquet Academy is located at Sussex County Croquet Club, Victoria Road, Southwick, West Sussex, BN42 4DJ  Tel: 01273 591874
The Main Entrance to the Club and Car park is in Kingston Lane – for Satnav use BN43 6YW (College opposite entrance)
Further information here.

Courses:

AC New-Laws Seminar for Referees & Coaches (Evening) zoom-logo-transparent-6-sml.png
AC New-Laws Seminar for Referees & Coaches (Afternoon) zoom-logo-transparent-6-sml.png
Become a Coach (CTC, CQC) (Club, Grades 1 & 2, GC & AC)
GC Beginners'and Improvers' Course
Introduction to Association Croquet - Short Croquet
AC - It's All About the Break
GC Improve Your Skills
GC Coached Games Day
AC Developing the Advanced Game
It's Not About the Mallet with Stephen Mulliner
GC Beginners'and Improvers' Course
GC Masterclass with Tim King
AC Beginners' & Improvers' Course with Cliff Jones
GC Workshop Including Video Analysis
AC Supervised High-Bisque Tournament
GC Every Shot is Tactical - Stephen Custance-Baker
AC Working Towards the Triple Peel
GC Coached Games

General Notes:

1.
Entry on the club online entry system at thecroquetacademy.com is the preferred method. There is no need to complete a paper form as well.
2.
Cheques should be made payable to "The Croquet Academy". Please state the course(s) on reverse of cheque and send it to the secretary for the course.
3.
If you wish to pay by electronic transfer, please email the Course Secretary shown against each course for account details.
4.
Morning coffee, light lunch and tea will be available on all courses unless you are notified otherwise. Please confirm on the entry form that you will be having lunch and indicate any special dietary requirements.
5.
Please indicate other coaching courses attended during the prior two years.
6.
If an email address is provided, your entry receipt and further communications will be made by email.
7.
If you need to discuss a course further contact Chrissie Merrington at courses@thecroquetacademy.com, or the Course Secretary shown against each course.
8.
Cancellations: Within 1 week of start of course - no refund; outside one week - refund of fee minus £5 administration charge.
9.
Reservations for courses are based on the time the booking is confirmed with payment. Availability for courses will be updated on The Academy website, and once a course is full applicants can be considered for the reserve list.
10.
The Course fee will include a Course Manual or Course Notes, in pdf form, unless otherwise indicated.


Dates:
17 March 2021
Lead Coach:
Cliff Jones
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Bartons Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA Mobile: 07876 227165
richard@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
Zoom webinar
Entry Fee:
Free
Special conditions for this course
1.
The seminar is open to existing AC Referees & Coaches.
2.
Changes to the AC Rules will be covered with Q & A on the changes and the implications the changes will bring.
3.
Maximum of 8 places.
4.
Zoom / To start at 7.30 pm and last approx 2 Hours.

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Dates:
18 March 2021
Lead Coach:
Cliff Jones
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Bartons Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA Mobile: 07876 227165
richard@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
Zoom webinar
Entry Fee:
Free
Special conditions for this course
1.
The seminar is open to existing AC Referees & Coaches.
2.
Changes to the AC Rules will be covered with Q & A on the changes and the implications the changes will bring.
3.
Maximum of 8 places.
4.
Zoom / To start at 2:00 pm and last approx 2 Hours.

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Dates:
7-8 April 2021
Lead Coach:
Cliff Jones
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Bartons Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA Mobile: 07876 227165
richard@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
The course is open to CA members. To attend the course you are expected to have a working knowledge of AC Laws and/or Golf Croquet Rules. A £25 Subsidy may be available (£40 for SECF club members).
2.
The course aims to develop your coaching skills; two strands: one aimed at those who wish to be authorised as a Club-Level
Coach; the second aimed at those who wish to be qualified as a CA Graded Coach.
3.
Participants will not be required to cover both AC and GC.
4.
Only CA members can be entered onto the CA Register. For details of the Coach Qualification Process, please refer to the CA website:    ‘Becoming a Coach

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Date:
20 April 2021
Lead Coach:
Morgan Case
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. Tel. 07876 227165
richard@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
Restricted to complete Beginners, and handicaps 10+.
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00
Special conditions for this course
A one day course targeted at Beginners and all grades of Improvers in the ‘C’ Level handicap category.
Content includes: Playing techniques including striking the ball, hoop running, principles of tactical play, clearing opponent ball, effective use of extra turns and understanding basic rules.
Participants will be split into coaching groups dependent on their needs/ability.

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Date:
21 April 2021
Lead Coach:
Frances Low
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3WN. Tel. 07867 319466
morgan@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
Restricted to Beginners.
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
For those who are new to Croquet, or GC players who would like to learn more about AC.
2.
'An Introduction to AC' includes shots and building a break. All done on short courts so easy to follow and make use of the shots effectively. Can begin to play with confidence and understanding.

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Dates:
23 April 2021
Lead Coach:
Clive Hayton
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3WN. Tel. 07867 319466
morgan@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
AC Coaching restricted to handicaps 10–16 (Min: 10 Max: 16)
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
Association Croquet Coaching restricted to handicaps 10-16 unless otherwise agreed with the Lead Coach.
2.
Ideal for those wishing to consolidate the basics and improve their game by advancing their techniques and tactics.
3.
Includes croquet strokes, hoop running, playing breaks, using bisques to create and maintain breaks, tactics.
4.
The course is designed to prepare players to improve their handicap play and should enable successful players to consider Advanced Croquet the following season.

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Date:
27 April 2021
Lead Coach:
Richard Carline
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. Tel. 07876 227165
richard@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Coaching suitable for handicaps GC 4–9 (Min: 4 Max: 9).
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium members: £40.00

Special conditions for this course:
1.
This Course is ideal for GC players of all levels wishing to improve their game.
2.
The Morning will concentrate on working on specific areas of improvement, with practice and coached games in the afternoon.

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Date:
4 May 2021
Lead Coach:
Richard Carline
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. Tel. 07876 227165
richard@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Coaching, handicap 6 – 10.
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium members: £40.00

Special conditions for this course:
1.
The course will be split into groups by handicap. A series of coached games will be organised interspersed with coaching sessions concentrating on different aspects of GC competitive play.
2.
Games will be supervised and coaches will make observations between and if necessary during games.

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Dates:
5 May 2021
Lead Coach:
Chris Coull
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3WN. Tel. 07867 319466
morgan@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
AC Coaching suitable for handicaps up to 9
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00

Special conditions for this course
1.
This course is designed for players to take the next step into the advanced game.
2.
Stroke play, tactics and mind-set will be looked at through practical sessions.
3.
The course will also look at the opportunities and pit falls of the advanced game together with leaves and pick-ups.
4.
Please Note - for this course there will not be any notes or course manual available.

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Dates:
11 May 2021
Lead Coach:
Stephen Mulliner
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. Tel. 07876 227165
richard@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Entry Fee:
£60.00; CA Premium Members: £50.00

Special conditions for this course
1.
Stephen Mulliners fascinating presentation for players of both AC and GC wishing to develop stronger mental attitudes.
2.
Do you want to increase the enjoyment you get from competing at croquet at the same time as actually playing better and winning more?
3.
Anyone can do it - if they decide to adopt the right approach to the art of competing.
4.
Understand the difference between the Major Game and the Minor Game and how to ensure that you never lose at the Major Game.
5.
Learn some effective mental devices to reduce the unwanted effects of conscious thoughts at the wrong time.

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Date:
14 May 2021
Lead Coach:
Morgan Case
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. Tel. 07876 227165
richard@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Coaching suitable for 7+ handicaps.
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium members: £40.00

Special conditions for this course:
1.
A one-day course targeted at Beginners and Improvers of handicaps 7+
2.
Content includes: Jump shots, cannons, promoting partner ball, tactical play, and improving your hoop running and clearances.
3.
Participants will be split into coaching groups dependent on their ability.

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Dates:
17 May 2021
Lead Coach:
Tim King
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. Tel. 07876 227165
richard@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Coaching restricted to handicaps:  4 and below.
Entry Fee:
£60.00; CA Premium Members: £50.00

Special conditions for this course
1.
This course is ideal for GC players aspiring to play in ‘A’ and ‘B’ level tournaments.
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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Date:
19-20 May 2021
Lead Coach:
Cliff Jones
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3WN. Tel. 07867 319466
morgan@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
AC Coaching for beginners
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
This is a two day course and designed for handicaps 12+ wanting to improve their technique and game play.
2.
Applicants will be split into coaching groups dependent on their needs/ability.
3.
The course will include psychological considerations and practice routines, together with detailed study of standard three-ball and four-ball breaks and variations on them, stroke by stroke guidance and more.

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Date:
4 June 2021
Lead Coach:
Richard Carline
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. Tel. 07876 227165
richard@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Coaching suitable for all handicaps 9 or less
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium members: £40.00

Special conditions for this course:
1.
This Course is ideal for GC players of 9- wishing to improve their game.
2.
Content includes: Video Analysis.
3.
The Morning will concentrate on working on specific areas of improvement, with practice and coached games in the afternoon.

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Dates:
11 June 2021
Lead Coach:
Frances Low
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3WN. Tel. 07867 319466
morgan@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Trophy:
Pat Shine Shield (Holder: Ann Beard)
Format:
Full-bisque to a base. Three 14-point games on each day to a time limit.Format AMD. Suitable for 14+.
Entry Fee:
£25.00; CA Premium members: £20.00
Special conditions for this course:
1.
An ideal introduction to Association Croquet tournament play, particularly for those who have completed improvers' or bronze coaching courses.
2.
Coaching advice available between games on tactics and bisque taking. Help given with the laws.

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Dates:
28 June 2021
Lead Coach:
Stephen Custance-Baker
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. Tel. 07876 227165
richard@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
Practical course for GC players aimed at improving tactical skills.
Entry Fee:
£60.00; CA Premium Members: £50.00

Special conditions for this course
1.
This course is based on Stephen Custance-Baker's book "Every Shot Is Tactical"
2.
Learn what you need to know on and off court.
3.
Five shot thinking, partner play, transferring the hamper, percentage play and much more.

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Dates:
19 July 2021
Lead Coach:
Chris Coull
Secretary:
Morgan Case, Basement Flat, 49 Livingstone Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3WN. Tel. 07867 319466
morgan@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
AC Coaching suitable for handicaps 5-
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00

Special conditions for this course
1.
For players of 5 handicap and below looking to take the next steps forward.
2.
The basics of 'straight', 'Irish' and 'back' peeling and where to use these in combination, leading onto single and double peeling, and the various forms of the triple peel.
3.
Please Note - for this course there will only be course notes available, with no course manual available.

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Date:
14 September 2021
Lead Coach:
Richard Carline
Secretary:
Richard Carline, Boxall Coach House, Barton Lane, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DA. Tel. 07876 227165
richard@thecroquetacademy.com
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Format:
GC Coaching, handicap 6 – 10 with at least a season’s experience.
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium members: £40.00

Special conditions for this course:
1.
The course will be split into groups by handicap. A series of coached games will be organised interspersed with coaching sessions concentrating on different aspects of GC competitive play.
2.
Games will be supervised and coaches will make observations between and if necessary during games.

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