Association Croquet: 2018 courses

One-to-one coaching with Cliff Jones

31 March or 1 April 2018 

Start the season by booking an hour or an hour and half of individual tuition over the Easter weekend with Cliff, one of the foremost croquet coaches in the country, using the time to work on any aspect of croquet technique, mindset or strategy that you choose.  This is open to both GC and AC players.  Please contact the Course Secretary to discuss timings and costs. 

Cost: POA. Course leader: Cliff Jones  


Become a Qualified Coach

Sat/Sun 7-8 April 2018 

This two-day course is for both AC and GC players aiming to develop their coaching skills and seeking to become club coaches or graded coaches.  Coaches also find that coaching others can significantly improve 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 from the CA for CA members – please discuss with the Course Secretary.  Some Federations may also be able to offer further support. 

Cost: £60 (CA Premium members £50). Course leaders: James Hawkins and Roger Staples 


Back to Basics

Saturday 14 April 2018  

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, croquet shots and rushes.  The day will be largely outdoors and will offer plenty of opportunity to put principles into practice.  Get your technique right and start being a winner!

Cost: £35 (CA Premium members £30).  Course leader: Derek Knight 


Mind Games

Saturday 21 April 2018 

Many very successful croquet players maintain that a good mindset can be even more important than tactics and technique in helping you play your best.  This one-day course will explore blocks to a good mindset, how to overcome them, and how to set yourself up positively for successful croquet.  The day applies to both AC and GC players and to players of all abilities. 

Cost: £35 (CA Premium members £30). Course leader: Derek Knight


Openings and leaves

Sunday 22 April 2018 

How can the first moves in an AC game be used to seize control?  What opening moves are available, and what are the strengths and possibilities of each?  If my opponent uses an unusual opening, how might I respond?  What are the principles of a good leave?  How can I set up a strong leave, when should I do it, and how might I respond when faced with one?  This one-day course is for AC players wanting to refine their understanding of these two key aspects of AC and strengthen their competitive play. 

Cost: £35 (CA Premium members £30). Course leader: Roger Staples


How to make twelve hoops in one go

Saturday 28 April 2018


This one-day course, led by the author of Compete Croquet, is for AC players keen to develop their break play.  Topics include how to set up a break from scratch even in unpromising situations; making full use of the whole lawn; how to play an easy break; playing breaks in different ways using a limited range of shots; how and when to use bisques to full advantage; and tips and tricks on where to place balls, when to do it, how to do it and why.  Book the course separately or with It’s Not All About Breaks (29 April) and attend both courses for £60 (CA Premium members £50).

Cost: £35 (CA Premium members £30). Course leader: James Hawkins   


It’s not all about breaks

Sunday 29 April 2018


This one-day AC course complements How to Make 12 Hoops in One Go (28 April) and follows on from it.  When is it right to play defensively?  How can it be done to advantage?  What are good tactics against an opponent playing defensively?  What about managing endings?  How can wide joins help win games?  And what about bisques?  This is an ideal course for AC players with some experience of the game who are keen to improve.  Book the course separately or with How to Make 12 Hoops in One Go (28 April) and attend both courses for £60 (CA premium members £50).  

Cost: £35 (CA Premium members £30). Course leader – James Hawkins,


Towards the Triple Peel

5-6 May 2018   

This two-day course is for improving and lower handicap AC players wanting to develop their understanding of the triple peel with a view to including it in their play in the future.  It includes the standard triple, various delayed triples, the straight triple, leaves for triples, precision breaks and related topics.  The course includes discussion of tactics and a strong practical element and offers the chance of coaching on personal technique.  

Cost: £60 (CA Premium members £50). Course leader: Cliff Jones 


Handicapping workshop

Saturday 12 May 2018  

All Clubs benefit from having a knowledgeable handicapper in their ranks.  This one-day workshop for existing and new Club handicappers covers the principles and practice of handicapping – how the automatic handicapping system works, how to set initial handicaps, when and how to adjust individual handicaps, how to maintain accurate handicap cards, how to deal with players who rarely play competitive games, handicaps in doubles matches, and methods of calculating bisque difference and bases.

Cost: £15 (CA Premium members £10). Course leader: Roger Staples