These are the most recent announcements from the Management Committee of the WCF.

The principal function of the WCF is to organise the holding of World Championships in both Association Croquet and Golf Croquet.  These are divided into two categories - the premier or open events and the restricted entry events.

 

The premier World Championships

The Association Croquet World Championship and the Golf Croquet World Championship are the two individual World Championships.  Their entry is unrestricted and they should be held every two years.

Current holders

Association Croquet

Stephen Mulliner (England), champion since April 2016.  The next ACWC will be held in Wellington, New Zealand in February 2019.

Golf Croquet

Reg Bamford (South Africa), champion since March 2017.  The next GCWC will be held in England in 2019.

 

The restricted World Championships

There are four restricted individual World Championships which are held every four years except for the Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship which is held shortly before each Golf Croquet World Championship.

Current holders

Women's Association Croquet

Miranda Chapman (England), champion since July 2015.  The next WACWC will be held in 2019.

Women's Golf Croquet

Judith Hanekom (South Africa), champion since November 2014.  The next WGCWC will be held in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand in February 2019.

Over 50 Golf Croquet

Salah Hassan (Egypt), champion since October 2014.  The next Over-50 GCWC will be held in Cairo, Egypt in October 2018.

Under 21 Golf Croquet

Felix Webby (New Zealand), champion since February 2017.  The next Under 21 GCWC will be held in England in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

The WCF is responsible for holding the following World Championships on a recurring ten year schedule:

Individual events

Association Croquet World Championship - every two years - next event in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA in April 2016

Women's Association Croquet World Championship - every four years - next event in Nottingham, England in July 2015

Golf Croquet World Championship - every two years - last event in Mount Mauganui, New Zealand in February 2017

Women's Golf Croquet World Championship - every four years - last event in Cairo, Egypt in November 2014

Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship - every two years - last event in Christchurch, New Zealand in February 2015

Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship - every four years - last event in Cairo, Egypt in October 2014

Team events

Association Croquet World Team Championship Tier 1 - every four years - next event in Palm Springs, California, USA in April 2017

Association Croquet World Team Championship Tier 2.1 - every four years - last event in Carrickmines, Ireland in May 2014

Association Croquet World Team Championship Tier 2.2 - every four years - last event in Southwick, England in May 2014

Association Croquet World Team Championship Tier 3 - every four years - last event in Southwick, England in May 2014

Golf Croquet World Team Championship Tier 1 - every four years - last event in Johannesburg, South Africa in November 2012

Golf Croquet World Team Championship Tier 2 - every four years - last event in Cairo, Egypt in December 2012

 

 

 

The 2016 GC World Team Championship will be held in England in May 2016.

Regulations and guidance for WCF Events

The MacRobertson Shield Test Match Series was inaugurated in 1925, sixty-three years before the World Croquet Federation was established in 1988.  The "Mac", as it is known to croquet players, was initially for competition between teams representing England and Australia.

New Zealand was admitted in 1930 and the United States of America in 1993.

The Association Croquet World Team Championship was established in 2010 to extend the opportunities for team competition to other countries.  The Mac immediately became Tier 1 and the flagship of the new championship.

Official Rankings are calculated for both Association Croquet and Golf Croquet.

Official Business

This section of the WCF website is where you can find information about how the WCF operates as an administrative body and communicates with its Members.

Business Plans

The Management Committee ("MC") publishes an annual Business Plan in the fourth quarter of each year to act as a check-list of the plans for the following calendar year.

The work of the WCF falls into four main categories, namely:

  • Organising World Championships
  • Development
  • Communication with Members
  • Administration and finance

Organising World Championships

This is the function that the majority of croquet players regard as the most important.  Holding World Championships demonstrates that croquet is indeed a global activity and allows the best players to travel to Australia, Egypt, England, New Zealand and the USA to test their skills against their global rivals. 

It begins with a SWOT analysis and summarises the extent to which the goals of the current year have been achieved and sets out the plans for the future years.

Development

The WCF offers active advice and assistance to bodies interested in promoting croquet in countries that are not currently represented in the WCF.  This is not an evangelistic activity for the WCF.  Provision of advice is free but must be requested by the potential WCF Member.  Assistance takes the form of organising coaching for players and individuals who wish to bcome accredited coaches and referees.  This is made available after the potential WCF Member can demonstrate that they have achieved a realistic form of organised croquet in their country using their own resources.  The WCF does not provide start-up funding.

Communication with Members

The MC seeks Member input on a regular basis, usually in the form of an e-mail vote on a particular Topic.  The Secretary-General publishes a regular Newsletter setting out what the MC has been discussing and what decisions have been taken by the Council and MC since the last Newsletter.  The WCF and MC operate on a basis of transparency.  Administering croquet is not like dealing with defence secrets and there is no reason why the WCF Members and their players should not know what is going on.  There are occasionally exceptions when confidential items relating to personnel or a commercial contract occur.

Administration and finance

These cover the process of running the WCF and the MC as organised bodies, ensuring that regular tasks are initiated and completed on time.  While the detailed organisation of a World Championship as a tournament is delegated to the WCF Member who has bid to be the Event Host, the MC retains an over-arching responsibility to ensure that preparations proceed smoothly and a specific responsibility for the player entry process and the collection of entry fees.  For this purpose, the MC appoints an Event Sub-Committee consisting of the Secretary-General and two other MC members, one of whom is called the Event Lead and has prime responsibility for liaising with the Event Host's championship organising committee on behalf of the ESC and the MC as a whole.  The Event Lead is usually a national of the country where the World Championship will be held.

The current and recent Business Plans can be found here:

2015 Business Plan

2014 Business Plan

 

The Secretary-General publishes a regular Newsletter summarising the decisions and activity of the Management Committee which is sent the WCF Members and to the wider croquet community.