Our first Association Croquet league started in 1986 and the Golf Croquet one in 1988, with the Roll of Honour page showing all the winners and when each league was introduced. Our History page links to detailed results for more than the last 20 years.
We now have 7 leagues in operation – four Association Croquet and three Golf Croquet. These leagues aim to provide a friendly, but competitive environment between our clubs in which to play croquet. These involve a mixture of level and handicap play, so that a range of club members can be involved. The leagues are:
|Association Croquet||Golf Croquet|
|A – Advanced Play||GL – Level Play|
|U – Handicap Play||GR – Level Play, but minimum handicap range/total|
|B – Handicap Play, but with minimum handicap total||GH – Handicap (East and West leagues)|
|S – Handicap Play, One Lawn|
Each of these leagues involves playing four games (normally two home and two away) during the season.
Our policy for the handling of the League and Tournament trophies can be seen here. If you win a trophy please ensure that it’s returned as described.
The Federation leagues are organised and controlled by our League Secretary. Any problems with the arrangements or any disputes should be referred to him/her.
Clubs who cannot host home games:
In 2019 the Leagues Manager introduced the idea of Notional Home Games as a means of balancing cost and responsibility between clubs that can and clubs that cannot host home games. There was further discussion of this at the 2020 AGM and a motion to charge all away teams which did not pass.
The Federation wants all smaller clubs to feel free to take part in the Leagues but equally recognises the cost on larger clubs of maintaining more lawns (which results in higher membership fees) and the additional burden placed on providing volunteer services. The Notional Home Game Club discuss with their opponents, on whose ground the match is being played, what recompense, if any, they would like for hosting an extra match. This might be nothing (because the host club doesn’t want it or because the other team may have travelled some considerable distance), or might be the provision of or payment for tea and is a matter between the two clubs involved.