One-to-one coaching with Cliff Jones
Friday 1 April or Saturday 2 April 2022
Start the season by booking an hour (or more!) of individual tuition with Cliff, one of the foremost croquet coaches in the country. Use the time to work on any aspect or aspects of croquet technique, mindset or strategy that you choose. This is open to both AC and GC players. Please contact the Course Secretary to discuss timings and costs.
Cost: POA. Course code C1. Coach: Cliff Jones
Perfecting basic stroke play
Sunday 3 April 2022
At the heart of successful croquet is knowing precisely what to do to achieve accurate results with every shot. This practical one-day course looks in close detail at exactly how to do it: each part of each shot is looked at closely and reinforced with detailed guidance and ‘how to’ checklists. Develop your confidence, improve your consistency and move your playing to the next level! The day is suitable for both GC and AC players and is for players of all abilities. A PDF of a comprehensive Handbook by Cliff is included; printed copies will be available to purchase on the day at cost price.
Cost: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course code PS. Coach: Cliff Jones
One-to-one coaching with Cliff Jones
Tuesday 5 April 2022
A further chance to book an hour (or more!) of individual tuition with Cliff, one of the foremost croquet coaches in the country. Use the time to work on any aspect or aspects of croquet technique, mindset or strategy that you choose. This is open to both AC and GC players. Please contact the Course Secretary to discuss timings and costs.
Cost: POA. Course code C2. Coach: Cliff Jones
An introduction to Advanced Play: towards the triple peel
Wednesday-Thursday 6-7 April 2022
This two-day course is aimed at middle handicap players who are confident enough to now be looking to develop their understanding of Advanced Play tactics and the skills needed for success. The course will include common Advanced Play openings, and responses to each; the principles of leaves in Advanced Play and how to execute them; perfecting strokes essential to successful Advanced Play; Advanced Play break management; peeling skills and the triple peel; and other Advanced Play tactics. The course includes a PDF of a comprehensive course book by Cliff Jones; printed copies will be available to purchase at cost price at the course.
Cost: £70 (CA Premium members £60). Course code AP. Course leader: Cliff Jones
Become a CA Club-Level Coach
Saturday-Sunday 9-10 April 2022
This two-day course, led by the author of ‘Complete Croquet’, is for both AC and GC players aiming to develop their coaching skills and seeking CA accreditation to coach within their own club. Coaches also find that coaching others can help them significantly develop their own game. You are expected to have a working knowledge of the Laws of AC or the Rules of GC. A subsidy of £25 per person may be available for CA members: please discuss with the Course Secretary. Some Federations may also offer further support.
Cost: £70 (CA Premium members £60). Course code CC. Course leader: James Hawkins
Become a CA Graded AC Coach
Sunday 24 April 2022
Coaching others can greatly improve your own game. This one-day course is for AC Club-Level coaches and Grade 1 coaches who now aim to develop their coaching skills and improve their level. To become a Grade 1 coach you are expected to have a handicap of 14 or below, and, for Grade 2, a handicap of 6 or below. A sound working knowledge of the Laws of AC is required. A subsidy of £25 per person may be available for CA members: please discuss with the Course Secretary. Some Federations may also be able to offer further support.
Cost: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course code AC. Course leader: Roger Staples
Back to Basics
Wednesday 4 May 2022
Getting the basics right can make all the difference to your game. This practical one-day course is designed to help you understand the principles of a good stance and grip, how to play roquets or clearing shots, and how exactly to master hoop running. AC and GC players will then be coached separately in shots specific to each game. The day will be largely outdoors and will offer plenty of opportunity to put principles into practice. The day is for both AC and GC players and for players of all abilities. Get your technique right and start being a winner!
Cost: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course code BB. Course leader: Alan Locket
Bisques and breaks for higher bisquers
Wednesday 11 May 2022
Playing good breaks, and using bisques wisely, are central to winning games. This one-day course is for higher-handicap AC players familiar with basic technique and moves who are now looking to play more sustained breaks and understand how to make best use of their bisques to do it. The morning will include when and how to invest bisques to set up a break; bisque budgeting; identifying break opportunities and capitalising on them; and understanding where best to place balls to start a break and sustain it. The afternoon will include coached games, with players grouped by handicap. Every opportunity will be taken to discuss how best to put what is being covered into practice on the lawn.
Cost: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course code BBB. Course leaders: John Harris and Dave Hudson
Learn Short Croquet in one day
Wednesday 8 June 2022
This one-day course is open to players of both codes, but should appeal particularly to GC players who want their skills to give them a head start in Association Croquet. It is also for coaches looking for a straightforward way of introducing this accessible version of AC into their own clubs. The day covers distinctive aspects of the AC game including croquet shots and building a break; it offers a full introduction to Association Croquet and aims to help participants play with understanding and pleasure. The day will include guidance on how best to learn the skills of AC, a supported game, and plenty of opportunity for individual help and guidance.
Cost: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course code SC. Course leaders: John Harris and Dave Hudson