The matches shaded yellow are played at home for the team in the left-hand column.
So to read the table easily, (1) find the club in the left-hand column (in bold),
(2) read across to find its scores against each opponent as the first figure given;
(3) read across to find its Home games in yellow and its
Away games in white.
2 points for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss. The winning team is determined by the number of points,
and if tied then by the game difference, then by who beat whom, then by the number of matches won.
All clubs within Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire shall be eligible to participate in the league provided that they are registered with the East Anglian Croquet Federation, plus any other nearby clubs as may be determined by the EACF. (Since 2014:) There is an entry fee of £10 per season per team.
The League shall operate on an all-play-all basis, with each pairing of clubs playing Home and Away in alternate years. However, clubs with only one serviceable court may elect to play their "Home" games Away.
The responsibility for arranging a fixture rests with the Home club. However, a degree of mutual co-operation is expected between both participating clubs.
Courts should be full-size and in adequate condition such that there is a possibility of accurate positioning, and of hitting a ball from one corner of the court to the opposite corner.
The maximum allowed individual handicap is 20. There is no minimum allowed handicap. The team captain should ensure that handicaps are correct and that any new players have been assessed by the club handicapper in accordance with the CA Club Handbook. No player may play for more than one club in the course of any one season.
Where two or more courts are available teams should normally consist of 4 players, with each player playing in one doubles and one singles game, giving a total of 6 games in the match. By exception if a 4-a-side match can not be arranged at this venue, teams may consist of 3 players, in which case the match comprises one doubles and four singles games. In either case the opponents should be paired in handicap order when all are playing singles, and no games may be duplicated.
Where only one court is available teams should consist of 3 players, with only one player playing in two doubles games, giving a total of 4 games in the match, and no games may be duplicated.
All games shall be standard 26pt games of 3 hours duration if single-banked, or 3¼ hours if double-banked, played under the current Laws of Association Croquet and CA-approved variations, and to full bisque handicap Base 10 (for doubles, this base applies to the calculated handicap of the pair, and paragraph 3(b) of Appendix 3 in the Laws only applies if BOTH pairs receive bisques.) Time-limited games shall be played to a result in accordance with CA Tournament regulation T2.
The home team shall be responsible for providing a match referee, preferably qualified. All his/her decisions on the day shall be final.
2 points shall be awarded for each match, with teams receiving 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. The result of each match must be notified promptly to the League Manager by the winning team.
If one side cancels a match at less than 48 hours notice and no alternative venue is agreed then the other side shall receive 2 points but zero game difference. If the match is not played for any other reason then no points shall be awarded for it, except if the League Manager at his discretion decides to award 2 points. Rule 15 below applies.
At the end of the competition the overall winner shall be the club which has accrued the most points. However,
If points are tied between two or more clubs, then the club with the highest difference between the number of games won and lost shall be the winner.
If a winner is still not determined, then the 'who-beat-whom' rule (i.e. number of wins against those tied) shall apply.
If a winner is still not determined, then the winner shall be the club amongst those tied that won the largest number of matches.
If a winner is still not determined, then a final play-off match will be arranged at a neutral venue agreed with the League Manager, or by other means at the League Manager's discretion.
The highest placed CA-Registered club shall be eligible to enter the play-off against the other area winners to determine the overall EACF League Champions, who will then go forward to represent the EACF in the Secretary's Shield Competition that takes place in the following season.
It is expected that the Home club will provide refreshments including a light tea at the end of the match at no cost to the visitors.
In the event of a dispute all clubs concerned should make representations to the League Manager, whose decision shall be final.