Charity One-Ball Plus Croquet at Moira on Saturday 5th September

Ashby Croquet Club’s postponed annual Charity One-Ball competition is now on SATURDAY 5th September at Moira, with a 2pm start, and after the success of last year’s competition we are once again playing Mike’s One-Ball Plus version, as per the rules below/attached.  This year, Richard is running our competition on the day, which will be played on the two small marked courts that make up Lawn 2, with double-banking and/or use of Lawn 1 too if needed, depending on numbers.

One Ball (Plus) Croquet is a simplified form of Association Croquet. The basic shots – which are essentially golf croquet shots and croquet take-off strokes – are fairly simple, but instructions and coaching can be provided before the day for first-timers who would like to play – just ask Mike or Richard.  Similarly, any specific queries regarding the rules – ask Mike!  Please make sure you familiarise yourself with the rules BEFORE the day, so that the event runs smoothly on the day.

As well as competing for the Gnome trophy (currently held by Mick), this is also our heat of the national charity One-Ball croquet competition, which this year is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  Players are encouraged to wear something green for the competition if possible, as this is the charity’s colour theme.

Please let Richard know if you would like to enter.  Provisional format: Four rounds with a rolling one-hour time limit – i.e. start at 2pm, first round finishes at 3pm and so on, finishing by 6pm.

Entry fee is by charity donation (cash if possible please, to allow the charity to claim Gift Aid), with a suggested amount of £5 or £10 per person, with all money going to the Macmillan charity.  The money raised will be added to the £77 we have already raised for Macmillan from the Christmas/New Year donations.

With the amount we have already raised, we are guaranteed a free place in the Charity One Ball national final (played to the usual One-Ball rules rather than One Ball Plus) which will be at Surbiton Croquet Club on Sunday 20th September.  If the winner is unable or unwilling to attend the national final, the place can be claimed by a runner-up instead. 

 The Rules of One Ball Plus

The object of the game is to run hoops one to six or one to twelve and peg out before the opponent, thus winning the game.

The player with the higher handicap decides who plays first. If the handicaps are the same, the winner of a coin toss decides who plays first. At the start of the game the balls are played into the lawn from either of the two baulk lines.

A roquet  (and croquet and continuation stroke) has to be played at least once before each point can be scored. The hoop or peg is then termed “live” and can be scored in the current turn or subsequent turns without a further roquet.

A clip of the same colour as the ball is placed on the hoop or peg to indicate which is the next to be scored followed by another clip of the same colour when it becomes live.

The Three Turn Countdown  (Ensures one player has the incentive to attempt a roquet.)
One of the players, as defined below, always has a three turn countdown to make a roquet  or score a hoop point (if the hoop is live) before an optional extra turn is conceded to the opponent. The extra turn can only be used, if needed, to make a roquet in the opponent’s next turn. If the recipient of the extra turn does not make a roquet with the extra turn, the ball is replaced from where it was played and the turn ends.

The player with the three turn countdown is:
– Initially, the player who plays first at the start of the game.
– The player who is in the lead after a hoop point has been scored.
– The player who has scored a hoop point to draw level.

The countdown is reset and starts from one again after either player:
– Scores a hoop point.  (Ownership of the countdown is then reassessed.)
– Makes a roquet and the turn ends without scoring a hoop point.

The countdown is also reset if it reaches three and the recipient of the extra turn fails to make a roquet or score a hoop point in their next turn.

A continuation stroke after scoring a hoop point is the first of three turns. A continuation stroke after a croquet stroke and playing first at the start of the game are not the first of three turns.  (A roquet cannot be made in either of these circumstances.)

The player shall inform the opponent as to which of the three turns is about to be played. All other rules of Association Croquet apply to this game.