Re: The WCF Golf Croquet Rules - 2013 Edition - DRAFT

Margaret Sawers

I Agree with Alan, How can a player on a handicap of 4 possibly give 8 extra turns to a player on 12 in a best of 13 point game let alone a player on a handicap of 14 or 15.
Or worse stil a player on a handicap of 2 playing a player on 14. it would ruin the game

To: cnswplayers@...
From: atasteofhoney@...
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 05:56:37 +1100
Subject: RE: [cnswplayers] Re: The WCF Golf Croquet Rules - 2013 Edition - DRAFT

Hi Wal
I have no idea as to the real reason but one rather simple reason could be
is that AC has a final possible score of 26 hoops whereas GC is 7 hoops.
If you wanted to play off higher handicaps I'd suggest increasing GC to
first to 13 hoops game rather than first to 7 hoops.
Alan Honey

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Subject: [cnswplayers] Re: The WCF Golf Croquet Rules - 2013 Edition - DRAFT

Hello Group,

I'm having a great deal of difficulty understanding the opposition to
increasing the Golf Croquet handicap range and reviewing the indexes.
I would now also add where it should placed and under whose responsibility.

Quite clearly the handicap range IS defined in the RULES set by the WCF Cl
16 (a) "Each player is allotted a handicap according to ability, ranging
from zero for the strongest players up to 12 for the weakest players." and
while the WCF don't set rules for Indexes or trigger points they do provide
an Appendix to the rules covering these including that "Each national
croquet association is encouraged to use this system".

On the other hand however the WCF does not prepare its own Association
Croquet Rules but has as it says "Responsibility for the keeping and
scrutiny of the laws, rules, interpetations and rulings of these versions,
lies with individual law-making bodies officially recognised by the WCF" and
indeed it recognises that England, Australia, New Zealand and the USA follow
"The Croquet Association" Rules. In addition those rules do not include
handicap ranges nor indexes. Indeed Australia appears to have it's own
Handicapping Regulations.

The Australian Handicapping Regulations (Association Croquet) (March
2010) include at regulation 2.2 "National handicaps for players shall be on
a scale with a range from -3 to 20 with steps as set out on the AHS Card.
Handicaps higher than 20 may be used internally within clubs. The highest
handicap a player can use in an event for national handicapping purposes is
20." So it refers to another system "the AHS Card". "The AHS Card" indicates
28 levels of handicap compared to GC's 13. Again "The AHS Card" defines both
the index and trigger points with an index range from 950 to 3050.

Again AC social players can go above a h/c of 20 for use in clubs (although
I notice several Tournaments in NSW that include a range to
24?) but GC social players cannot go above 12.

Although I don't play AC myself, I am having difficulty understanding why
there are two sets of Principles for handicap setting between GC and AC that
are completely different.

Anyone else out there have an opinion or what am I missing here??


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