Regulations for all AC leagues

All association croquet matches shall be played in accordance with the current Croquet Association’s laws.  Both Captains must have a copy of the latest laws book (with any subsequent amendments) in their possession at every match.

CA Tournament Regulations will apply unless otherwise stated.

The decision of the appropriate Leagues Manager is final in all matters.

Eligibility

Open to any full member club of the federation. Clubs may enter as many league competitions as they wish and may enter more than one team in a given league at the discretion of the League Manager. A player may only play for one team in a given league during any one season. However, a player may play in more than one league if they so wish. Clubs entering multiple teams into the same league competition must treat those teams as separate entities. Once a player has represented one team, they are not eligible for the other.

In addition, two clubs, both of which have insufficient players to enter a team, may, at the discretion of the League Manager, enter a joint team. It should be noted that should such a team win a league they would not be eligible for entry by the Federation into a CA event for an individual club.

Courts and equipment

Fixtures should be played on courts of no less than 3/4 size (half size for Short Croquet). Dawson balls are preferred for all matches. Hoops should be set to 1/16 for AC Advanced otherwise 1/8.

Scheduling

Other than any finals, results of all games of all league matches must be submitted by  23:59 on the 15th September. Any results submitted after this date without the agreement of the Leagues Manager, will not be counted for league calculations.

Handicap cards and ordering of team members

At each match all players must produce their current handicap card, properly signed off. All singles games must be recorded on the players’ handicap cards. Prior to the start of play, the captains shall determine the ordering of their team members first by handicap and then by the choice of the captain. The handicaps will be recorded as part of the results reporting. If it turns out that someone played off an incorrectly high handicap then the game will be recorded as 26-0 against that player and the result should be crossed off from the handicap card.

Fixture Making

It is the responsibility of the two clubs involved in each match to get the set of games played between them. Matches may be arranged with home and away games or in any way that suits those playing.

End of Season

For incomplete matches, if the result could not have been affected had the remaining games been played, then the result will be recorded; otherwise no result will be recorded for that match.

If a team or teams has more unrecorded matches than any other team in that league and has more than one unrecorded match then it is eliminated from that league. This process is repeated until no team is eligible to be eliminated. For example consider teams A, B, C, D and E:

  1. If A vs B, A vs C, D vs B are not recorded then A and B have both missed two,  C and D have missed one and other teams have missed none: so A and B are eliminated. After this there are no missing games.
  2. If A vs B is not played then A and B have both missed one and other teams have missed none. No team is eliminated as A and B have only missed one match.
  3. Instead if A vs B, A vs C, D vs E are not played then A has missed two, B,C,D and E have missed one and other teams have missed none so A is eliminated. After this missing games are D vs E. No further team is eliminated as D and E have then only missed one game.

Finals

A large league may be split into a North and South division in which case a final must be arranged. This will be hosted by the Northern club in odd numbered years and by the Southern club in even numbered years.

The games of the final should be played as early as possible and in time for the the qualification date for the next CA event to which the federation would put them forward. If possible all games should be played on the same day. One game is defined as the deciding game. This is the game between the two number one players of those games played on the last day. A number one player is the lowest handicapped player or in case of equality as selected by the captain as described above..

Changes to  fixture dates

These rules are intended to penalise those clubs with players who do not communicate effectively or otherwise behave unreasonably.

For any game or set of games played at the same venue on the same date and in the same league then somebody from each side must be in charge and must be contactable by the person in charge from the other side. This might be the captain.

All messages that are not acknowledged must be assumed to have been lost. The person sending the message is responsible for delivery of the message.

A club must provide 72 hours notice if it needs to reschedule a game without a valid reason. Valid reasons include: serious occurrences within the family, Illness of the player, injury to the player or the inability of the player to travel. Contraventions should be reported to the league manager. If a player (or his substitute) fails to turn up at a scheduled game without a valid reason then again the league manager should be informed of the incident. Even if 72 hours notice has been given a captain may report excessive changes to the league manager.

If the league manager determines that a claim is correct then each game involved will be recorded as 26-0 to the non-offending team. The offending team will lose a point for the first offence, two for the second etc. The count is cleared at the end of the season.

Abandonment mid-game

In the event that the a game has to be abandoned, it shall be treated as if it never took place.

Recording results

Results will be entered using an online form by the person in charge of each side (as defined above). 

The URL of the form will not be advertised, but just passed down via captains.

One of the fields on the form is the email of the opposing person in charge as a consistency check. All results will, therefore, be submitted twice.