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The Croquet Academy

is located at Sussex County Croquet Club, Victoria Road, Southwick, West Sussex, BN42 4DJ  Tel: 01273 591874
The Main Entrance to the Club and Car park is in Kingston Lane – for Satnav use BN43 6YW (College opposite entrance)
Further information here.

Courses:

GC Referees' Refresher Workshop
Croquet Psychology – Get The Mindset Edge
AC Introduction & Development Course in Advanced Play
Perfecting your AC Stroke and Break Play
AC Towards the Triple Peel Course
GC Rules & Referees' Qualification Course
GC Rules & Referees' Qualification Course EXTRA COURSE
AC Beginners’ & Improvers' Course
GC Beginners’ & High Handicappers’ Course FULL
A Simple Guide to Tournament & Competition Management
GC Improvers' Course
AC Development Course in Handicap Play
Coach Training Course (CTC)
GC Advanced Play Course
GC Coached Games Day
GC Beginners’ & High Handicappers’ Course EXTRA COURSE
AC Beginners' and AC Improvers' Follow-up Course
GC Coached High Bisque Tournament
AC High Bisque Tournament

General Notes:

1.
Entry on the club online entry system at http://www.thecroquetacademy.com is the preferred method. There is no need to complete a paper form as well.
2.
Cheques should be made payable to "The Croquet Academy". Please state the course(s) on reverse of cheque.
3.
If you wish to pay by electronic transfer, please email courses@thecroquetacademy.com for account details.
4.
Morning coffee, light lunch and tea will be available on all courses unless you are notified otherwise. Please confirm on the entry form that you will be having lunch and indicate any special dietary requirements.
5.
Please indicate other coaching courses attended during the prior two years.
6.
If an email address is provided, your entry receipt and further communications will be made by email.
7.
If you need to discuss a course further contact Janet Hoptroff at courses@thecroquetacademy.com tel: 01903 859417.
8.
Cancellations: Within 1 week of start of course - no refund; outside one week - refund of fee minus £5 administration charge.
9.
Reservations for courses are based on the time the booking is confirmed with payment. Availability for courses will be updated on The Academy website, and once a course is full applicants can be considered for the reserve list.
10.
The Course fee will include a Course Manual or Course Notes, in pdf form, unless otherwise indicated.

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Date:
18 March 2017
Leader:
Martin French
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
11 March 2017
Format:
1 Day Interactive workshop for existing qualified GC Referees.
Entry Fee:
£45.00; CA Premium Member: £35.00
Special conditions for this workshop
1.
The Workshop is aimed at consolidating understanding of difficult areas of the Rules and the recently published Guidance on Rules topics for players and referees.

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Date:
7 April 2017
Lead Coach:
Rich Waterman
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
31 March 2017
Format:
Practical course for AC & GC players aimed at improving one's mental approach to the game.
Entry Fee:
£60.00; CA Premium Member: £50.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
This course is ideal for Association Croquet and Golf Croquet players who want to improve their performance in competitive play. 80% of sports performance is mental.
2.
Course content to include preparing for a match, managing emotional states in play, focus, maximising your chance of shot success, dealing with bad shots, becoming a more effective competitor, how to model the best players and how to improve your game when you aren't even on the lawns.

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Date:
11-12 April 2017
Lead Coach:
Nigel Polhill
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
4 April 2017
Format:
AC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 6-14 (Min: 6 Max: 14)
Entry Fee:
£70.00; CA Premium Member: £60.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
This course is ideal for those Association players who want to start or improve their skills at advanced play level.
2.
Most suitable for players handicapped 6 - 14.
3.
Content: To include Leaves, Law 36, Openings, perfecting the basic strokes, break management, picking up the break from the missed lift shot, peeling and tactics in the advanced game.

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Date:
18-19 April 2017
Leader:
Cliff Jones
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
11 April 2017
Format:
AC Coaching restricted to handicaps 5-9 (Min: 5 Max: 9)
Entry Fee:
£70; CA Premium Member: £60
Special conditions for this course
1.
This Course is a must for players aspiring to play top ‘A’ level Croquet and is ideal preparation for the Triple Peel Course. Ideally for those in the 5-9 handicap range, this course is aimed at those wishing to perfect their stroke play and 3 and 4-ball break skills. Other handicaps will be considered with the agreement of the Lead Coach.
2.
Course includes: Preparation, Stroke Variations, Practical & Psychological stroke play, Stroke choice situations, Variations in playing sequences, Combination Practice Routines, Leaves, Peels, Cannons, Peeling Breaks…. and a lot more.
3.
There is an accompanying Study Set containing 2 books, Laminated map of court with ball studs, ‘Must Do’ list for stroke play, and Practice Routines. The Study Set will be available on the final day at a special discounted course price.

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Date:
22 and 23 am April 2017 (one and a half days)
Lead Coach:
Cliff Jones
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
14 April 2017
Format:
AC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 0-7 (Min: 0 Max: 7)
Entry Fee:
£55; CA Premium Member: £45.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
Ideally for those with handicaps 7 or less who wish to explore the Triple Peel further.
2.
Content:to include: Standard and various delayed triples, the straight triple, leaves for triples, precision breaks and associated topics. Tactics and an amount of personal technique will be included.

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Date:
25-26 April 2017
Lead Coach:
Daphne Gaitley
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
18 April 2017
Format:
GC Referees Course
Entry Fee:
One day Rules course: £45.00; CA Premium Member: £35.00
Two days including GC Referees’ examination: £70.00; CA Premium Member: £60
Special conditions for this course
1.
Daphne Gaitley is an Examining Referee and the Academy’s leading GC coach.
2.
The course is suitable for GC players of all abilities
3.
The course is designed for those players who wish to become GC Referees and is also suitable for those wishing to improve their knowledge of GC rules.
4.
Those not wishing to sit the Referees exam can attend the first day of the course only
5.
Those wishing to qualify as GC referees will have the opportunity to complete both the practical & written exam on day 2.
6.
To gain maximum benefit from this course attendees will be invited to complete some pre-course study.
7.
Players intending to become qualified GC Referees must have a good working knowledge of the Rules before attending the Course, and will need to be individual CA Members to hold the CA GC Referee qualification.

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Date:
29-30 April 2017
Lead Coach:
Daphne Gaitley
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
22 April 2017
Format:
GC Referees Course
Entry Fee:
One day Rules course: £45.00; CA Premium Member: £35.00
Two days including GC Referees’ examination: £70.00; CA Premium Member: £60
Special conditions for this course
1.
Daphne Gaitley is an Examining Referee and the Academy’s leading GC coach.
2.
The course is suitable for GC players of all abilities
3.
The course is designed for those players who wish to become GC Referees and is also suitable for those wishing to improve their knowledge of GC rules.
4.
Those not wishing to sit the Referees exam can attend the first day of the course only
5.
Those wishing to qualify as GC referees will have the opportunity to complete both the practical & written exam on day 2.
6.
To gain maximum benefit from this course attendees will be invited to complete some pre-course study.
7.
Players intending to become qualified GC Referees must have a good working knowledge of the Rules before attending the Course, and will need to be individual CA Members to hold the CA GC Referee qualification.

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Date:
25-26 April 2017
Lead Coach:
Clive Hayton
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
18 April 2017
Format:
AC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 18 and above
Entry Fee:
£70.00; CA Premium Member: £60.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
For players whose handicaps are in the range 18 and above.
2.
Applicants will be split into coaching groups dependent on their needs/ability.
3.
Includes croquet strokes, hoop running, playing breaks and using bisques, the use of a variable pivot and practice routines.

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Date:
28 April 2017
Lead Coach:
Janet Hoptroff
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
21 April 2017
Format:
GC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 10 and above.
Entry Fee:
£45.00; CA Premium Member: £35.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
A one day course for players who are starting to play Golf Croquet or would like to improve their game and who hold a club handicap of 10 or more. Applicants will be split into various working groups dependent on their needs.
2.
Content includes: Understanding the basic rules, effective striking, improving accuracy, hoop running, clearing an opponent ball, basic tactics.

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Date:
28 April 2017
Lead Coach:
John Low
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
21 April 2017
Format:
Training for potential Tournament Managers and Club Competition Secretaries
Entry Fee:
£45.00; CA Premium Member: £35
Special conditions for this course
1.
The course is designed for those who wish to start managing tournaments, and for Club Competition Secretaries wishing to explore different competition formats. John Low has a wealth of experience managing tournaments at all levels, from simple one-day events to World Championships.
2.
Content to include: Planning a tournament; deciding on the format; implementing various formats – Knock-out, Block Play, Egyptian & Swiss; the role of the Manager during a tournament.

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Date:
2 May 2017
LeadCoach:
Daphne Gaitley
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
25 April 2017
Format:
GC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 4-9
Entry Fee:
£45.00; CA Premium Member: £35.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
A one day course for players who would like to improve their game and who hold a club handicap or 9 or less.
2.
Content includes: Playing techniques including jump shots, cannons, promoting partner ball, the principles of tactical play, tactical problems, effective use of extra turns and the rules.

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Date:
2-3 May 2017
Lead Coach:
Clive Hayton
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
25 April 2017
Format:
AC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 12-18 (Min: 12 Max: 18)
Entry Fee:
£70.00; CA Premium Member: £60.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
Association Croquet Coaching restricted to handicap 12-18 unless otherwise agreed with the Lead Coach.
2.
Ideal for those wishing to consolidate the basics and improve their game by advancing their techniques and tactics.
3.
Includes croquet strokes, hoop running, playing breaks, using bisques to create and maintain breaks, tactics.
4.
The course is designed to prepare players to improve their handicap play and should enable successful players to consider Advanced Croquet the following season.

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Date:
10-11 May 2017
Manager:
Daphne Gaitley
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
3 May 2017
Format:
Open to AC & GC players aspiring to become a Club Coach, a GC Coach or an AC Grade 1 Coach.
AC and GC Coaching.
Entry Fee:
£70.00; CA Premium Member: £60.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
The course is open to CA Associates and members of clubs affiliated to a Federation. To attend the course you are expected to have a working knowledge of AC Laws and/or Golf Croquet Rules.
2.
The course aims to develop your coaching skills and forms the first part of the Club Coach Qualification Process.
3.
Participants will not be required to cover both AC and GC.
4.
Only CA Associates can be entered onto the CA Register of Coaches, and receive the Coach’s Badge.
5.
For details of the Qualification Process, please refer to the CA website:  www.croquet.org.uk  ‘Becoming a Coach’.

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Date:
13 May 2017
Lead Coach:
Lionel Tibble
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
6 May 2017
Format:
GC Coaching restricted to handicaps: 4 and below.
Entry Fee:
£50.00; CA Premium Member: £40.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
This course is ideal for GC players aspiring to play in A & B level tournaments and is the next stage after the GC Improvers Course.
2.
Content includes: The mental approach to the game, basic and advanced playing techniques and associated practice routines, the principles of GC tactics and understanding the tactical decision tree.

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Date:
22 May 2017
Lead Coach:
Daphne Gaitley
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
15 May 2017
Format:
GC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 6 & above
Entry Fee:
£45.00; CA Premium Member: £35.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
The course will be split into groups by handicap. A series of coached games will be organised, interspersed with coaching sessions concentrating on different aspects of GC competitive play.
2.
Games will be supervised and coaches will make observations between and if necessary during games.

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Date:
9 June 2017
Lead Coach:
Janet Hoptroff
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
2 June 2017
Format:
GC Coaching Restricted to handicaps: 10 and above.
Entry Fee:
£45.00; CA Premium Member: £35.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
A one day course for players who are starting to play Golf Croquet or would like to improve their game and who hold a club handicap of 10 or more. Applicants will be split into various working groups dependent on their needs.
2.
Content includes: Understanding the basic rules, effective striking, improving accuracy, hoop running, clearing an opponent ball, basic tactics.

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Date:
14-15 June 2017
Lead Coaches:
Clive Hayton and Frances Low
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
7 June 2017
Format:
AC coaching restricted to handicaps 18+ (min: 18)
Entry Fee:
£70.00; CA Premium Member: £60.00
Special conditions for this course
1.
The course will be designed as a follow-up to the earlier AC Beginners' and AC Improvers' Course (see above).
2.
Applicants will be split into coaching groups dependent on their needs/ability.
3.
Preference will be given to those who have attended this year's or last year's AC Beginners' and AC Improvers' Courses.
4.
During the first day concentration will be given to improving stroke & break play. On day 2 the focus will be on coached games.

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Date:
30 June 2017
Lead Coach:
Jonathan Isaacs
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
23 June 2017
Format:
13 point GC Games with coaching advice before & after each game.
Entry Fee:
£35; CA Premium Member: £30
Special conditions for this course
1.
An ideal introduction to Golf Croquet tournament play, particularly for those who have completed the Beginners’ and High Handicappers’ Academy coaching course. However this tournament is open to all 10+ handicap players. The day is designed to be a relaxed, fun introduction to tournament play.
2.
Coaching will be given before and after each game either in groups or on a one to one basis.

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Date:
31 July - 1 Aug 2017
Lead Coach:
Frances Low
Secretary:
Janet Hoptroff 111 Mallon Dene, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2JW. courses@thecroquetacademy.com Tel. 01903 859417.
Entry Dates:
Entries accepted in receipt order.
Closing:
24 July 2017
Trophy:
Pat Shine Shield (Holder: Simon Dobson).
Format:
Full bisque to a base of 10. 3 x 14 point games on each day to a time limit. Format AMD. Handicap AC, restricted to handicaps 14-20 inclusive.
Entry Fee:
£45; CA Premium Member: £35
Special conditions for this course
1.
An ideal introduction to Association tournament play, particularly for those who have completed improvers' or bronze coaching courses. Help will be available with the laws and some advice will be given on bisque taking.
2.
There will be coaching advice given between games, including advice on bisque-taking. Help will be available with the laws.

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