Following consultation with clubs, it has now been decided to CANCEL all the
2020 GC leagues. The league table will remain visible here, but instead it will be used
as a starting point for designing the league in 2021, subject to any adjustments needed for
the list of teams competing next year.
Venues may be changed by mutual agreement. The Home team should arrange the match.
Results to be reported preferably by text message to the League Manager immediately after each match,
otherwise by email or phone within 24 hours.
Deadlines for rounds:
2 points for a match win. If the overall number of points is tied then the winner
is determined by game difference, then by net hoops, then by other means determined by the Manager.
All games shall be played under the current CA-approved Laws of Golf Croquet (NB: new 5th Edition, March 2019) unless modified below.
The start time of the match should be 10.00 am, unless otherwise agreed by team captains.
Any number of courts may be used, subject to a minimum of two; but note that the format differs substantially depending on the number available. Standard Courts should be used wherever possible, and all courts must be at least ¾-size with the correct proportions. All courts should be 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. Play should be equably spread where the quality of the courts differs.
Each team shall consist of four players, not necessarily the same players each match. Prior to the start of each match, the Captains will exchange team lists with players listed as A (H1/A1), B (H2/A2), C (H3/A3) & D (H4/A4). The listings shall be firstly in order of handicap, and secondly in actual index.
The order of play shall be:- First (normally in the morning): all players of both sides play a doubles game with the following format:-
H1 & H4 vs. A1 & A4, H2 & H3 vs. A2 & A3.
Then 16 singles games, in an all-play-all format. The final game of the match is a second doubles game with the format
H1 & H4 vs. A2 & A3, H2 & H3 vs. A1 & A4.
This final game is optional, at the discretion of the captains, unless it could materially affect the result of the match.
All games shall consist of a single 13-point game.
The default time limit is 50 minutes per game, but captains may mutually agree to waive this. At the end of the 50 minutes standard CA rules apply: an extension period of 8 shots, at the conclusion of which the leading player is declared the winner. If the score is tied, then play will continue until the next hoop-point is scored to give a clear winner. Drawn games are not an acceptable result.
Substitutes in matches shall be allowed only by prior agreement between the Team Captains.
No player may play for more than one team in a season. In the event of a violation all illegal games won by that player shall be forfeit to the opponent with a 0-0 hoop score; all illegal games lost by that player remain valid.
For those Clubs with two teams in the same region, the matches between those teams must be played as the first fixture otherwise the result of that game will be void.
Teams may wear coloured attire, provided all team members (other than those wearing white) wear the same design. [Comment: This is in line with CA Tournament Regulation P4(d)(2).]
The home Team Captain should submit to the League Manager a copy of the completed score-sheet within 48 hours. [Comment: The score sheet must show the club names, location, date, full names of all players, handicaps, and all results. Email is preferred.]
The home Team Captain is also responsible for submitting results to "results#croquet.org.uk" for inclusion in the Golf Croquet Grading System, within 5 days.
Matches not played by the published cut-off date will be declared void and no points awarded unless a later date has been agreed beforehand by the League Manager. If a team cancels a match unilaterally less than 5 clear days before a scheduled match, then that team forfeits its points and the non-offending team shall be awarded the match and 2 points.
In the case of a tie on points between two or more teams in an Area Group, then the winner will be determined by net games in all matches, then by net hoops; and then by other means determined by the Manager.
Disputes: In the event of a dispute, the League Manager's decision shall be final.