Back to Basics
Tuesday 4 May 2021
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. 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: Derek Knight
Moves and methods for higher bisquers
Wednesday 19 May 2021
This one-day course is for higher-handicap players looking to broaden their tactical understanding and develop their technical skills. The day will include openings; game strategy with and without bisques; how to maintain and improve a four-ball break; how to convert a three-ball into a four-ball break; leaves; and planning ahead to achieve a successful peg-out. The focus will be on tips and rules of thumb which can be easily transferred into ordinary play. Plenty of time will be spent on the lawn, including a skills workshop and individual guidance and support. Handicaps 16-22 or by agreement.
Cost: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course code MM. Course leaders: John Harris and Dave Hudson
Learn Short Croquet in one day
Wednesday 9 June 2021
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
It’s all in the head: getting into the right mindset
Tuesday 22 June 2021
Many very successful croquet players maintain that a good mindset is just as important as tactics and technique in helping you play to the best of your ability. This one-day course will explore blocks to a good mindset, how to overcome them, and how to set yourself up positively for successful and satisfying croquet. The day is for both AC and GC players and for players of all abilities.
Cost: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course code AH. Course leader: Derek Knight
Twelve hoops, one turn
Saturday 3 July 2021
This one-day course, led by the author of Compete Croquet, is for AC players with handicaps 16 or below who are 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. Players outside the handicap range may be accepted by agreement.
Cost: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course code TH. Course leader: James Hawkins
Priority booking until 1 March for anyone booking this course AND Control, Tactics, Action! (25 April 2021) at the reduced price for the two days of £70 (CA Premium Members £60)
Control, tactics, action!
Sunday 4 July 2021
This one-day AC course complements Twelve Hoops One Turn 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 opening moves, and managing endings? How can wide joins help win games? And what about bisques? This is an ideal course for AC players with handicaps of 16 or below who are keen to improve. Players outside the handicap range may be accepted by agreement.
Cost: £38 (CA Premium members £33). Course code CT. Course leader: James Hawkins
Priority booking until 1 March for anyone booking this course AND Twelve Hoops One Turn (24 April 2021) at the reduced price for the two days of £70 (CA Premium Members £60)
Become a qualified AC Referee
Thursday-Friday 12-13 August 2021
Referees make an important contribution to the game; becoming a CA qualified referee requires commitment and a thorough and secure understanding of the AC Laws. Participants will be sent some preliminary material to study. The course then runs concurrently with So You Think You Know the Laws of AC, which finishes at lunchtime on the Friday. The final half day is devoted to assessment time for the referee qualification – both indoors (written) and outdoors (practical decision-making). 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: £70 (CA Premium members £60). Course code QR. Course leader: Cliff Jones.
So you think you know the Laws of AC?
Thursday-Friday 12-13 August 2021
Being clear about some of the trickier aspects of the Laws is an essential foundation for secure play – and changes are afoot that all clubs will need to be abreast of. This one-and-a-half day briefing should appeal to AC coaches, but also more widely to club committee members and AC players. The course runs concurrently with Become a Qualified AC Referee, finishing at lunchtime on the Friday to allow assessment time for those continuing to the referee qualification.
Cost: £30 (CA Premium members £25). Course code LW. Course leader: Cliff Jones
One-to-one coaching with Cliff Jones
Wednesday 18 August and Thursday 19 August 2021
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 (21 April) or C2 (22 April). Course leader: Cliff Jones.