UPDATE: Coming out of isolation
Croquet Victoria is waiting on advice from government on the approach to be taken by croquet as we all begin to emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown.
In NSW, croquet clubs are already beginning to return to the court, in some cases with the restriction that players aged 70 and over are to stay at home.
In Victoria, we are waiting on a Government announcement to advise what will be possible when the current state of emergency ends on 11 May.
Croquet Victoria makes hard call
At a special meeting, held online on 11 April, the Croquet Victoria Council decided that its financial situation is such that it can no longer afford to pay its staff and maintain the Victorian Croquet Centre at Cairnlea. Staff costs and the costs of maintaining the building exceed present and projected income. To balance the books, now and in the future, would require selling shares, which would continuously erode our investment base.
Staff have now been advised that they have been declared redundant. Council agreed unanimously to express their appreciation to them for their work over the years and to thank them for their contribution to Croquet Victoria.
The Croquet Centre is in any case closed down due to the Corona virus, and it is to be mothballed for the time being. Its future will be decided by a General Meeting of the delegates of the thirteen Regional Associations.
Croquet Victoria has not gone broke. We still have investments, though their value has declined in the current Corona-virus situation - as at 31 March they were valued at around $3.5m.
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2020-05-12
News Type: General
Steps back to the courts
The Premier has just announced that as from Wednesday 13 May 2020 (midnight on Tuesday 12 May 2020) restrictions on community sport will be relaxed.
Sport and Recreation Victoria has asked State Sporting Associations to prepare guidelines for their clubs on how to manage within the restrictions which still apply. They want to see the guidelines before they are sent out.
Croquet Victoria has just submitted its draft guidelines, using the national Rebooting Sport framework provided by Sport Australia and local State requirements as spelt out by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Links to these guidelines:
Department of Health and Human Services
We don’t know how long it will take Sport and Recreation Victoria to give us feedback.
We will send out the guidelines as soon as we have the go-ahead and will copy to LGAs.
Please be patient! Please don’t go back on the courts just yet.
New coaching system on the way
An update from Greg Bury and Barb Piggott, national director coaching and assistant national director coaching.
In place of the current one-level coaching system, a new multi-level system is moving to the review phase.
Manuals for coaches at different levels in Golf Croquet, Association Croquet, Ricochet and Gateball are to be reviewed by Cam Tradell, Senior Consultant Workforce Coaching and Officiating Lead at SportAus.
Returning to croquet
Good news for croquet players.
Croquet Victoria has just learnt we are now empowered to provide clubs with guidelines for returning to croquet. These have been emailed to clubs and posted on the website.
Provided you follow the guidelines, and subject to guidance from your local authority, you can start playing again socially in small groups.
Croquet Victoria will still be submitting these guidelines to Sport and Recreation Victoria for feedback, which may mean some changes. If so, we will announce the changes here and email clubs.
One change which has already been made: please wash balls with mild detergent and water, as anything else may damage them. Thanks to Paul Manwaring of the Australian Croquet Company for this advice.