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Looking for suggestions for club competitions


Arthur Sawilejskij <arthur.sawilejskij@...>
 

We had a club competition on Tuesday - 2 blocks of 6 players in a
handicap competition.

It was a very hot day and many of the players were in their 80's and
one was in his 90's.

It was apparent during the day that its just too much to play the 5
rounds with a small field - especially in adverse weather conditions -
on the one day. There is not enough recovery time between the matches,
with players frequently having to back up.

I'm looking for more player-friendly format to conduct club
competitions - hopefully this would also encourage more members to
participate.

I would appreciate any comments/suggestions.

Arthur
Port Macquarie Croquet Club


 

Is running the event over more than 1 day an option?

On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM, Arthur Sawilejskij <
arthur.sawilejskij@gmail.com> wrote:

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We had a club competition on Tuesday - 2 blocks of 6 players in a
handicap competition.

It was a very hot day and many of the players were in their 80's and
one was in his 90's.

It was apparent during the day that its just too much to play the 5
rounds with a small field - especially in adverse weather conditions -
on the one day. There is not enough recovery time between the matches,
with players frequently having to back up.

I'm looking for more player-friendly format to conduct club
competitions - hopefully this would also encourage more members to
participate.

I would appreciate any comments/suggestions.

Arthur
Port Macquarie Croquet Club


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Arthur Sawilejskij <arthur.sawilejskij@...>
 

Yes, I think that might be the only option.

We play 90 minute sessions on club days, so usually 2 games get played
and players are comfortable with that - but if you ask them to play 2
consecutive games in a competition - they want a break and start
complaining.

Might even have to stagger the competition over several days to
achieve a more leisurely environment to encourage people to play.

Arthur

On 15/11/2012, at 12:21 PM, Tim Murphy <tim@26tp.com> wrote:

Is running the event over more than 1 day an option?

On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM, Arthur Sawilejskij <
arthur.sawilejskij@gmail.com> wrote:

**


We had a club competition on Tuesday - 2 blocks of 6 players in a
handicap competition.

It was a very hot day and many of the players were in their 80's and
one was in his 90's.

It was apparent during the day that its just too much to play the 5
rounds with a small field - especially in adverse weather conditions -
on the one day. There is not enough recovery time between the matches,
with players frequently having to back up.

I'm looking for more player-friendly format to conduct club
competitions - hopefully this would also encourage more members to
participate.

I would appreciate any comments/suggestions.

Arthur
Port Macquarie Croquet Club





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Hi Arthur,

When we run GC tournaments at Jamberoo we organise on the basis of one
game on and then one off to overcome the issue you raise. We
plagiarized the idea from Maitland who came up with the concept several
years ago, and it works well.
We normally organise our tournaments for eight, one hour, time time
slots in a day so that with the 'one on - one off' arrangement each
player gets 4 games in a day. We don't have timed games and find that
the majority of games are completed in the hour (there are a few other
things we do to ensure that the games are completed within the hour - eg
use of scoreboards rather than clips, setting the hoops at 12 (3 & 3/4
inch) rather than too tight etc). Handicap games normally take a bit
longer than level games and on occasions when a game goes beyond an hour
we may put an overtime limit on it (depending on the score after an hour).

Another advantage of the 'one on - one off' arrangement is that there
are no delays due to players not being finished the previous game, as
occurs if the games follow straight after each other. (ie the next game
may not be able to commence because one of the players is still playing
in a previous game)

As you have indicated, as people get older they cannot play too many
games in a day and so, if you want more of them to enter a tournament
this fact needs to be considered. Personally, as I have now reached
the age of 3 score and 10, I find that 6 games a day is my absolute
limit (I prefer no more than 5) which means that I no longer enter CNSW
tournaments (which can be programmed for up to 7 or 8 games a day.) I
suspect that with advancing years my games limit will probably reduce
further.

To encourage more people to enter competitions the competition needs to
be enjoyable rather than rushed and, if you get more players to enter,
you will have to run it over several days rather than finish it in one day.

Cheers
Roger

On 16/11/2012 06:47, Arthur Sawilejskij wrote:

Yes, I think that might be the only option.

We play 90 minute sessions on club days, so usually 2 games get played
and players are comfortable with that - but if you ask them to play 2
consecutive games in a competition - they want a break and start
complaining.

Might even have to stagger the competition over several days to
achieve a more leisurely environment to encourage people to play.

Arthur

On 15/11/2012, at 12:21 PM, Tim Murphy <tim@26tp.com
<mailto:tim%4026tp.com>> wrote:

Is running the event over more than 1 day an option?

On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM, Arthur Sawilejskij <
arthur.sawilejskij@gmail.com
<mailto:arthur.sawilejskij%40gmail.com>> wrote:

**


We had a club competition on Tuesday - 2 blocks of 6 players in a
handicap competition.

It was a very hot day and many of the players were in their 80's and
one was in his 90's.

It was apparent during the day that its just too much to play the 5
rounds with a small field - especially in adverse weather conditions -
on the one day. There is not enough recovery time between the matches,
with players frequently having to back up.

I'm looking for more player-friendly format to conduct club
competitions - hopefully this would also encourage more members to
participate.

I would appreciate any comments/suggestions.

Arthur
Port Macquarie Croquet Club





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Arthur Sawilejskij <arthur.sawilejskij@...>
 

Thanks Roger, I appreciate your comments.

I certainly can see merit in what you do.

As far as I am concerned, enjoyment of the game is the primary
consideration - and playing at a more leisurely pace would certainly help
in that regard. I'm sure the more senior players would enjoy it - and they
can recover and socialise ( which is important to members, especially those
that have lost a partner ) during their time off the court.


Arthur

On 16/11/2012, at 7:44 AM, Roger Evans <rfkevans@gmail.com> wrote:



Hi Arthur,

When we run GC tournaments at Jamberoo we organise on the basis of one
game on and then one off to overcome the issue you raise. We
plagiarized the idea from Maitland who came up with the concept several
years ago, and it works well.
We normally organise our tournaments for eight, one hour, time time
slots in a day so that with the 'one on - one off' arrangement each
player gets 4 games in a day. We don't have timed games and find that
the majority of games are completed in the hour (there are a few other
things we do to ensure that the games are completed within the hour - eg
use of scoreboards rather than clips, setting the hoops at 12 (3 & 3/4
inch) rather than too tight etc). Handicap games normally take a bit
longer than level games and on occasions when a game goes beyond an hour
we may put an overtime limit on it (depending on the score after an hour).

Another advantage of the 'one on - one off' arrangement is that there
are no delays due to players not being finished the previous game, as
occurs if the games follow straight after each other. (ie the next game
may not be able to commence because one of the players is still playing
in a previous game)

As you have indicated, as people get older they cannot play too many
games in a day and so, if you want more of them to enter a tournament
this fact needs to be considered. Personally, as I have now reached
the age of 3 score and 10, I find that 6 games a day is my absolute
limit (I prefer no more than 5) which means that I no longer enter CNSW
tournaments (which can be programmed for up to 7 or 8 games a day.) I
suspect that with advancing years my games limit will probably reduce
further.

To encourage more people to enter competitions the competition needs to
be enjoyable rather than rushed and, if you get more players to enter,
you will have to run it over several days rather than finish it in one day.

Cheers
Roger

On 16/11/2012 06:47, Arthur Sawilejskij wrote:

Yes, I think that might be the only option.

We play 90 minute sessions on club days, so usually 2 games get played
and players are comfortable with that - but if you ask them to play 2
consecutive games in a competition - they want a break and start
complaining.

Might even have to stagger the competition over several days to
achieve a more leisurely environment to encourage people to play.

Arthur

On 15/11/2012, at 12:21 PM, Tim Murphy <tim@26tp.com
<mailto:tim%4026tp.com>> wrote:

Is running the event over more than 1 day an option?

On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM, Arthur Sawilejskij <
arthur.sawilejskij@gmail.com
<mailto:arthur.sawilejskij%40gmail.com>> wrote:

**


We had a club competition on Tuesday - 2 blocks of 6 players in a
handicap competition.

It was a very hot day and many of the players were in their 80's and
one was in his 90's.

It was apparent during the day that its just too much to play the 5
rounds with a small field - especially in adverse weather conditions -
on the one day. There is not enough recovery time between the matches,
with players frequently having to back up.

I'm looking for more player-friendly format to conduct club
competitions - hopefully this would also encourage more members to
participate.

I would appreciate any comments/suggestions.

Arthur
Port Macquarie Croquet Club





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