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.
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.
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2020-05-14
News Type: General
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.
Since Sport and Recreation Victoria is still finalising its Return to Sport template, we also have some time to refine the guidelines based on your experience. Please let the Secretary of Croquet Victoria know if there issues which you think should be included, or if you have questions about any of the points that are included.
In the meantime, from Croquet Victoria’s perspective, clubs that comply with the guidelines are free to return to play.
Your local government authority may have its own requirements of local sporting clubs. We are sending these guidelines to all LGAs with croquet clubs and asking them to advise you as soon as possible if they have any additional requirements. We will emphasise that
It is up to you whether you contact the LGA. Probably an important step if you are on LGA property, and they haven’t already told you that you can play.
When you do start playing, please share pictures of what you are doing! It would be great to include them in the midyear online Malletsports celebrating achievements in croquet. If your club is on Facebook we look forward to seeing them there too.
Government help available for clubs
The Victorian State Government has just announced a package of help for sporting associations at every level, from state bodies to local community clubs.
Individual clubs whose finances are impacted by the Corona epidemic can apply for up to $1000 to help with fixed costs, so they can get back to their sport.
Applications are open now and will close on 15 June, or sooner if the money allocated is exhausted. See
Consult the Secretary, Croquet Victoria, if you need help filling in the online application form.
All World Croquet events postponed a year
The World Croquet Federation has just announced that all WCF events will be postponed by one year.
They hope that this will allow the COVID-19 pandemic situation to stabilise.
Revised dates are approximate - they will be finalised after discussion with the various event hosts.