Club Sessions

Club sessions are open sessions where the Club lawns are reserved and games arranged amongst those who turn up at the start of the session. They combine elements of competitive play with a friendly, social environment and are the best way to get to know other members. Predominantly white clothing should be worn to all Club sessions and competitions.

Golf Croquet

Golf Croquet 'Club Mornings' are held during the playing season on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Wednesday mornings are restricted to players with golf handicaps of 8 or less. Mondays and Fridays are open to any member who has a golf croquet handicap. These mornings are run by a duty manager, allocated according to the rota list. Club mornings will start from 10:00 am, and continue until lunch time. There is also a Wednesday evening session (from 5:30pm) for all handicaps.

The rota is compiled at the beginning of the season and includes all members with a golf croquet handicap, but excludes those who have no interest in or intention of playing in Monday or Friday morning sessions or who have not yet acquired a handicap. Normally, this means every person listed manages at least one session during the season.

Members have been allocated days without knowledge of availability.If you are unable to fulfil this less-than-onerous duty on a particular day please arrange to swap with someone else and make the change on the list in the pavilion.

Association Croquet

There will be a Club session on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Turn up on an ad-hoc basis, and games will be arranged depending on who is there. The lawns may not be booked for these times. Play will commence at 2pm and continue until tea.

There is a rota system in place for Saturday and Sunday afternoons, which is intended to ensure there will always be at least one person on hand to play, for those traveling some distance.

The rota is compiled at the beginning of the season and includes all members with an association croquet handicap, but excludes those who have no interest in or intention of playing in Saturday or Sunday afternoon sessions or who have not yet acquired a handicap. Normally, this means every person listed manages at least one session during the season.

Members have been allocated days without knowledge of availability.If you are unable to fulfil this less-than-onerous duty on a particular day please arrange to swap with someone else and make the change on the list in the pavilion.

Rota - Managing the Sessions

Golf Croquet

Half sized lawns will again be used this season, as and only when required by numbers. By about 9.50 am managers will have a good idea if numbers are going to exceed 16. In this case as duty manager please:

  • if not already done, set out the TOP lawn with 2 sets of hoops (narrow carrots, half size courts), the lower with one set (wide carrots, full size courts)
  • put out 3 sets of primary balls and 3 sets of secondaries
  • arrange singles or doubles games according to the numbers who have assembled by 10 am
  • tell the players if there is a time limit, say 45 minutes, but up to you
  • At some stage, please record the number of players who have taken part
  • at the end of play remove the hoops from the half size courts and replace 1 set in the correct holes for a full size court
  • if you are unable to stay until the end of play PLEASE ASK WHOMEVER IS STILL PLAYING TO RESTORE THE LAWNS TO THE NORMAL, FULL SIZE CONFIGURATION

Any queries to Bernard Jones.

Association Croquet

General

The Club afternoon rota is intended to ensure that there will always be at least one person present to play, so that anyone coming from a distance will know they can get a game. The person on duty will also organise the afternoon and resolve any disputes.

Please put the date you are down for in your diary. If you find that for whatever reason you are unable to attend the Club afternoon on the date nominated, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FIND ANOTHER MEMBER TO SWAP WITH. If you do swap duties, please record the change on the list in the pavilion so that players are aware of who should be present.

Duties on the day

On the day you are on duty, you should make sure you are at the club by 1.45pm at the latest. By 2.00pm you should have a good idea who is coming, and can organise games accordingly. For the most part, members can organise this among themselves, and you will only need to intervene if this does not happen satisfactorily. In case of disputes, any Member of the committee present will help to resolve the situation, but if no committee Member is present, you have the final say as to who should play with whom. There are no hard and fast rules for this, sometimes it is better if organising doubles for a high handicap player to be partnered with a low handicap player, but sometimes players will prefer to play within their own peer group. This is a matter for discretion, and you must use your judgement on the day.

If no-one else turns up by 2.15pm, then you do not need to stay beyond this point. If it is raining, or the lawns are waterlogged, then you must use your judgement as to whether play will be possible, and notify anyone who turns up or calls in accordingly. Again, if a member of the committee is present, then their judgement will be final otherwise it is up to the person on duty. Even if pouring with rain and no play is going to be possible, you should remain at the clubhouse until 2.15pm, so that you can tell anyone who phones in what the situation is. People coming from a distance may well want to call to see if the weather is any better at the Club.

Once play has been organised for the afternoon, that is it, your duties are complete. Relax and enjoy the play for the rest of the afternoon!

 

Any queries to Bernard Jones.