The Southern Croquet Federation

Association Croquet

A & B Level Advanced Leagues

League Rules

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New and amended rules are HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW

   1    Open to any full member club of the SCF. Clubs may enter more than one team in the league at the discretion of the League Manager.
         However, a player may only play for one team in a given league during any one season.

   2    Entries should be sent to the AC League Manager

         Fixture Making

   3    Fixtures are to be agreed as soon as possible.
         Dates and venues should be communicated to the Leagues Manager and copied to the SCF web master (see below for addresses).
         Should it be necessary to rearrange a match, then the Club requesting such a change shall offer three definite dates on which they can field
         a team to their opponents.
         Changes of dates within a week of the scheduled date should be avoided if at all possible.
         All planned changes of dates to be notified to the League Organiser, who will adjudicate in the event of disagreements.

   4    All A Level and B Level matches must be completed by 30 September.
         If a fixture is left unplayed due to the unwillingness of the away team to travel, then the next time that the two clubs are scheduled to play,
         the venue will still be that of the original home Club.
         If a fixture is left unplayed due to the unwillingness of the home team to accommodate their scheduled visitors, then the next time that the
         two clubs are scheduled to play, the original home team will be required to travel.

         The Players and their handicaps

   5    A team shall consist of bona fide club members:
               A Level League – two players.
               B Level League – three players.
        No player may play for more than one team in any one league.
        However players can play for different teams in other leagues.
        None of the SCF leagues are mutually exclusive, so players could in theory take part in every league available.

   6   All games must be recorded on the players' handicap cards and count towards the Automatic Handicapping System (AHS).
        All players must use their current Association Croquet handicap.
              A Level League - there is no handicap restriction.
              B Level League - the minimum handicap shall be 0 and the maximum handicap shall normally be 8*.
      * It is permissible for a team to field a player with a handicap of more than 8 rather than forfit a game, although this would not be expected
         for this to be a regular event.
      * If a player improves to minus during the season, he/she would no longer be eligible for the B Level League. The one exception would be if
         this happened within a week of a scheduled match, and it proved difficult for a team to find a replacement player at short notice. In those
         circumstances, the player shall be eligible to play but the team captain must advise the League Organiser that this had happened.

   7    At each match, players must produce a current handicap card, properly signed off.
         Team Captains must indicate on the Official Results Sheet, that they have inspected all opposition handicap cards.
         (In the case of fixtures split between two venues or dates, or where the captain is not present, the players should sign as having seen their
         opponents' card).

         Players failing to produce their handicap card for inspection:
         Players must send a photocopy or scan of their card to the Leagues Manager within 7 days.
         Provided the stated handicap is verified upon the Manger's sight of the card, all results shall stand.
         Failure to comply with the above, or the discovery of a player having been ineligible, will result in:
         (Obviously this will affect the result of the fixture).

         The Match

   8    Each match shall consist of 26 point ADVANCED singles games, played under the current Association Croquet laws.
        The A League being two rubbers and the B Level League three rubbers.

   9    All games should be played with hoops set to CA tournament standards.

   10    Before the match, players should be listed on the Official Score Sheet, in handicap order.
                (a) Where two players share the same handicap, the team captain will determine their order.
                (b) Ideally all games will all be played at the same venue on the same date.
                     If this is not possible the match may be split over two venues and/or played over two dates.
                (c) For matches at 'split venues or times' – players must be fielded in handicap order at each venue or time.

   11    In the event of a team being unable to field sufficient players to fulfill the fixture, a game shall be forfeited for each missing player and
           the opponents shall receive a game point.

   12    Time limits shall apply except by mutual agreement of the players in that game.
               (a) Time limits shall be applied before play commences in a game and not during it.
                     (i) Double banked games 3.15 hours – Singled banked games 3 hours)
               (b) Time limits maybe be less than stated above if mutually agreed.
               (c) Shorter time limits shall result in games being shortened by four points per half-hour or portion thereof.
               (d) Games must not be less than 14 points.

          Abandonments mid-match

   13    Games in the match that have reached a conclusion, shall be counted as results.

   14    Games in the match that have not reached a conclusion, shall be discounted.
           These games should be re-played at a later date, ideally with the same players participating (although this is not mandatory).

   15    In the event that some games in the match remain 'un-resulted' by the advertised league 'play by date' (30 September), the result of
          the match shall be declared on the basis of the completed games only.
          However, the League Manager shall have the power to take into account the efforts made by both teams to complete all elements of
          the match, to the extent of awarding a 'game win' to a team, if is found that their opponents have been uncooperative in this regard.

          The League

   16    Any team that fails to complete ALL their fixtures by the 30 September (except for reason of abandonment) shall have all of their
          results withdrawn for the purposes of league calculation.

   17    The result of the league shall be decided as follows:
                  (a) Match points:                               - 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss
                  (b) If there is a tie:                            - game wins against all opponents
                  (c) If two teams are tied:                   - the match result between them ('who beat whom').
                  (d) If more than two teams are tied:   - the greater number of game wins in matches between them.
                  (e) If there is still a tie:                      - the greater number of 'triple peels' in the matches between them.
                  (f) If there is still a tie:                       - the winner is the team that scored the greatest hoop difference in the matches
                                                                            between the tied teams.
                  (g) If there is still a tie:                      - then the winner is the team that scores the greatest hoop difference in all matches played.

           IMPORTANT - Results Reporting

   18    Both Captains must sign the OFFICIAL SCORE SHEET
          or in the event of a 'split venue fixture', a player from both teams at each venue should sign.

   19    The Winning Captain (or in the event of a draw, both captains) must report the match result immediately by sending the
          OFFICIAL SCORE SHEET (a scan for e-mail will be fine).
                If you do not have a scanner, it will be acceptable to type in the results on a fresh score sheet and submit that document as an e-mail
                In these circumstances you must still confirm that all handicap cards have been seen and copy the e-mail to the other captain.

                                                                 E-mailed score sheets are preferable please, to:

                                              The AC Leagues Manager    - Martin Brandt    -
                                              Please copy-in
                                              The Website Officer                - Chris Roberts      -
                                              Scanned or photographed forms are acceptable, and it is good practice to copy-in the opposition captain too.
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