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What is National Croquet Day ? - 2019

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05/23/19

Paul Bennett

Saturday JUNE 8th – National Croquet Day

What is National Croquet Day? (you might be asking …), is this another one of those presidential decrees?

Yes, Sarah Low, the president of the United States Croquet Association, has declared Saturday, June 8th as National Croquet Day in North America.

Sarah has put down a modern day challenge:

  • Join the public USCA Facebook Group. (Currently a man wearing a large white hat is on the cover photo.
  • On June 8th, post a photo or video, and a short writeup about your croquet story. on YOUR personal Facebook timeline. Add #nationalcroquetday at the end of your post.
  • After it posts on your Facebook timeline, share it to the USCA Group.
  • That will enter you into our contest to win some great prizes for your participation in National Croquet Day.

United Kingdom celebrated National Croquet Day, Sunday May 12

Throughout England, croquet clubs open up their facilities to the general public and invite potential players to experience croquet as it played at their club. Here is a chance to get a free lesson and an introduction to the sport. You might meet a new lifetime friend and begin a new pastime.

Think you know croquet? Think again: NCD National Croquet Day

Backyard Croquet – 9 Wicket was my Introduction

I started playing croquet seriously not after participating in a National Croquet Day, but shortly after playing some backyard croquet with friends from work during a July 4th party. We had fun and we had some different opinions as to what the rules were during the game; after which, I went to a library and found a book by Jack Osborn, the founder of the United States Croquet Association. There I found out a new modern game, with better equipment, formal rules and official tournament play.

The USCA is an association of clubs and croquet players from around North America who share the sport amongst members within their club and with members of the association when holding and promoting “Open and Invitational Tournaments”.

We play a variety of different games from Egyptian Golf Croquet, British Association Croquet, American 6-wicket, all played on manicured putting green courts, to Nine Wicket, played in backyard or park lawns.

Woodlawn Big Lobster 9-wicket tournament announcement

05/14/19

Paul Bennett

Big Lobster Fans!! – Announcing the

2019 WOODLAWN BIG LOBSTER TOURNAMENT
September 3-8, 2019

September 3 – Opening Reception and BBQ 5pm
September 4 – Play begins 8am

Format – 9-Wicket Doubles & 6-Wicket Singles
USCA Sanctioned

9-Wicket Doubles will be played on 4 courts in Southwest Harbor and will use Big Lobster Rules which will be sent to all participants. We can accommodate 40 players in 9-wicket doubles and will play 6-8 games with the winners being decided by block play results.

6-Wicket Singles play commences on Thursday morning at Woodlawn in Ellsworth, Tapley Cove in Brookville, Sorrento Croquet Court in Sorrento, and the Hinckley Court in Manset. We can accommodate 30 players in 6-Wicket Singles in 4-5 flights with the championship games played on the Woodlawn Court on Sunday.

We expect considerable interest so get your entries in early
A great chance to play lots of croquet in Maine in September
THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE

Amenities include
Lunches at the Claremont Hotel Boathouse overlooking Somes Sound and the mountains of Acadia National Park during 9-Wicket play
Courtside Continental Breakfast each morning
Lobster Dinner with all the trimmings
Accommodation information will be sent to all who sign up

For questions or information contact
Perry Mattson – newburyneckshore@gmail.com – (207) 664-4822
Don Parker – plc465@aol.com – (207) 479-5251

Annapolis Cup Croquet - Tradition

04/22/19

Paul Bennett

Tradition – Throwing down the Gauntlet

In preparation for the match, both St. John’s and the Naval Academy play the Ginger Cove Croquet Team, from the Ginger Cove retirement community. They have met a few weeks prior to the St. John’s match each year since 1992. The day before the match, the Johnnies have lunch with the Midshipmen at the Academy mess hall, where the Imperial Wicket for the Johnnies formally challenges the Midshipmen to a match. The match opens with music. The St. John’s Freshman Chorus sings and the Naval Academy Trident Brass band plays. The Johnnies emerge in their surprise uniforms. At 1 p.m., the ceremonial first ball is struck.

Stats

With the 2018 victory, St. John’s has won the Annapolis Cup 29 out of 36 matches; the Midshipmen have taken the trophy seven times. (See Victories below.)

History

According to legend, the rivalry began in 1982 when the commandant of the U.S. Naval Academy was speaking with St. John’s freshman Kevin Heyburn and remarked that the Midshipmen could beat the Johnnies in any sport. “What about croquet?” was the Johnnie’s retort. He later proposed the match to a group of Midshipmen in the interest of fostering better relations between the schools.

Players

The Johnnies recently won the USCA Nationals in Florida. Yes, Shane is an alumni of the college and the croquet team. I don’t know for certain about other players who have continued in the sport of croquet, but I know that Jared Bassman (A20) will be playing in the 2019 U21 Golf Croquet World Championship in London this summer. Another teammate, Tom Balding, recently won a major tournament in fall 2018.

Facts obtained from the St Johns College website with the help and thanks from Kimberly Uslin.

2018 - St. John’s Beats Naval Academy in Annapolis Cup

01/06/19

Generic Staff Writer

April 14, 2018 | By Tim Pratt

Congrats St. Johns

St. John’s Imperial Wicket Shane Hettler (A18) receives the 2018 Annapolis Cup from U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Admiral Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr. The St. John’s College croquet team won the 2018 Annapolis Cup Saturday, outlasting the neighboring United States Naval Academy 3-2.
The win, in front of a crowd of more than 5,000 people, was the fourth in a row for the Johnnies and their 29th in the 36-year history of the event.

The pairing of Tom Balding (A20) and Sean Miller (A20) secured the win for St. John’s, breaking a 2-2 tie as darkness set in over the front lawn of the college. “I don’t think I was not tense one moment that entire game,” said Balding, who hit the winning shot,“but it’s amazing. It’s everything I wanted.”

This was the second year in a row Miller was on the tie-breaking team. At the 2017 Annapolis Cup, he paired with Chris McGowen (A19) to secure a 3-2 win for the Johnnies. “Like I said last year, there’s no greater feeling than winning the tie-breaker for your team,” Miller said. “Tom played great, the team played great. It’s nice the whole thing came together for the second year in a row.”

History

The Annapolis Cup began in the early 1980s. It has since grown into a rite of spring in Annapolis.
The front lawn of the college this year was packed with spectators. The Naval Academy Trident Brass Band played throughout the afternoon. The red brick walkway in front of the Barr Buchanan Center served as the dance floor.

“My first experience of the Annapolis Cup was inspiring,” said St. John’s President Panayiotis Kanelos. “I am so grateful that we have maintained this tradition with our good friends at the Naval Academy. It is hard to imagine a more beautiful and invigorating day, and a spirited match to the finish.”

2019 Annapolis Cup Croquet Match: April 27

01/06/19

Paul Bennett

Tickets Sold Out

No re-entry, no refunds, and no exchanges.

Tent spaces Sold Out

An annual rite of spring, the Annapolis Cup brings together two starkly different schools—St. John’s College and the U.S. Naval Academy—for a croquet match like no other. The community-wide event attracts several thousand people to the heart of Annapolis for a festive lawn party complete with outrageous costumes, old-fashioned picnics, swing dancing, and, of course, croquet competition.
Check back later for more information about 2019 ticket sales and ground rules.

St Johns College News

The Annapolis Cup Croquet Match

Stats

With the 2018 victory, St. John’s has won the Annapolis Cup 29 out of 36 matches; the Midshipmen have taken the trophy seven times. (See Victories below.)

History

According to legend, the rivalry began in 1982 when the commandant of the U.S. Naval Academy was speaking with St. John’s freshman Kevin Heyburn and remarked that the Midshipmen could beat the Johnnies in any sport. “What about croquet?” was the Johnnie’s retort. He later proposed the match to a group of Midshipmen in the interest of fostering better relations between the schools.

The Trophy

The Annapolis Cup, which has been housed everywhere from the Little Campus (now Galway Bay) to a storage closet to the front window of 49 West in Annapolis, is now kept by the victors.

Attire

The Midshipmen wear crisp, U.S. Croquet Association croquet whites, along with a team tie, varying from year to year. The Johnnie uniform changes every year, revealed only minutes before each match. Past years have included camouflage, tuxedoes, Viking clothing, kilts, and even imitation USNA Crackerjacks. Several Plebes in dress mess uniforms serve the players refreshments.
United States Croquet Association Collegiate National Championships: Both the St. John’s and the Naval Academy teams compete in the United States Croquet Association Collegiate National Championships.

Traditions

In preparation for the match, both St. John’s and the Naval Academy play the Ginger Cove Croquet Team, from the Ginger Cove retirement community. They have met a few weeks prior to the St. John’s match each year since 1992. The day before the match, the Johnnies have lunch with the Midshipmen at the Academy mess hall, where the Imperial Wicket for the Johnnies formally challenges the Midshipmen to a match. The match opens with music. The St. John’s Freshman Chorus sings and the Naval Academy Trident Brass band plays. The Johnnies emerge in their surprise uniforms. At 1 p.m., the ceremonial first ball is struck.

Etiquette

Courtesy and good sportsmanship are expected of all players. No players may throw a mallet or hit a ball in protest or anger. No trash talk is allowed.
How the game is played: The game played at the annual match is nine-wicket croquet. A full-size croquet court is a rectangle 100 feet long and 50 feet wide. Nine metal wickets and two wooden stakes are arranged in a double diamond pattern. The object of the game is to advance the balls through the course by hitting them with a mallet, scoring a point for each wicket and stake made in the correct order and direction. The winner is the first side to score 14 wicket points and 2 stake points for each of its balls. For the Annapolis Cup, each side has 12 players divided into two-person teams.

Victories

  • 2018 – Johnnies
  • 2017 – Johnnies
  • 2016 – Johnnies
  • 2015 – Johnnies
  • 2014 – Midshipmen
  • 2013 – Midshipmen
  • 2012 – Johnnies
  • 2011 – Johnnies
  • 2010 – Johnnies
  • 2009 – Johnnies
  • 2008 – Johnnies
  • 2007 – Johnnies
  • 2006 – Johnnies
  • 2005 – Midshipmen
  • 2004 – Johnnies
  • 2003 – Johnnies
  • 2002 – Johnnies
  • 2001 – Midshipmen
  • 2000 – Johnnies
  • 1999 – Johnnies
  • 1998 – Johnnies
  • 1997 – Johnnies
  • 1996 – Johnnies
  • 1995 – Johnnies
  • 1994 – Johnnies
  • 1993 – Johnnies
  • 1992 – Johnnies
  • 1991 – Midshipmen
  • 1990 – Johnnies
  • 1989 – Johnnies
  • 1988 – Johnnies
  • 1987 – Midshipmen
  • 1986 – Johnnies
  • 1985 – Midshipmen
  • 1984 – Johnnies
  • 1983 – Johnnies
  • ——————————————-
  • 29-7 Johnnies-Midshipmen

Event Proceeds

In addition to covering the cost of the event and supporting student scholarships, proceeds from the event will also benefit the following:

  • Light House, a homeless prevention support center
  • Centro de Ayuda/Center of Help
  • Stanton Community Center
  • Boys & Girls Club of Annapolis

Learn and Play croquet in Round Hill, VA - June 5-9, 2019

Loudoun County, VA

12/31/18

Paul Bennett

The USCA to host SE & NE Regional 9-Wicket Croquet Clinic and Tournament at Woodgrove Park – Round Hill, VA – June 5-9, 2019

Croquet was once a game for just the rich and famous with white clothes and strict rules. But now the whites are out, the rules are no-holds-barred, and croquet is making a backyard comeback and ROUND HILL is leading the way in Loudoun County, Virginia!

Croquet is typically a friendly game, a backyard competition, a diversion to be enjoyed after burgers and before supper time but it can be played seriously as well. Those who play it often describe croquet as a combination of golf, pool and chess and report it is surprisingly good exercise for both the mind and body.

Crazy for Croquet in Round Hill

According to Round Hill town manager, Melissa Hynes, croquet is a good fit for the outdoor appeal of her quaint Loudoun County town. In fact, Mrs. Hynes and Loudoun County Parks and Rec and teamed with the United States Croquet Association (USCA) to bring a major croquet event to Woodgrove Park in Round Hill in June of this year. The USCA is sending 9-Wicket National Champion, Macey White, to Round Hill on June 5 & 6 to teach a 2-day clinic on how to play the “backyard” version of modern croquet called 9-wicket.

The clinic will teach participants how to set up a court, how to play the games of 9-wicket and golf croquet and the techniques one can master to be truly competitive in this skill-based game. According to White, “9-wicket can be played competitively in a persons’ own backyard. Most of us think we played it as children, but it is actually a game of fairly complex strategy if played competitively. One of the great things about croquet is that it’s good clean outdoor fun no matter how seriously one wants to take the game. Also, you don’t have to be very large, strong or young to play the game very well. The 2016 World Champion was a 62 year old Stephen Mulliner from England and the 2018 World Champion was 31 year old Paddy Chapman from New Zealand”

Following the June 5-6 croquet clinic, the USCA will host a 9-wicket tournament on June 7-9. Cost is $20 to attend the June 5-6 clinic and $95 to enter the June 7-9 three-day tournament. Participants in the clinic can decide mid-day on the 6th if they want to participate in the tournament, and if they do, their clinic entry fee of $20 will be applied to their entry into the tournament.

Contact Macey White for details as to how to enter, accommodations and what to expect: MaceyWhite@gmail.com

2019 9-Wicket Nationals - Hartfield, VA

12/30/18

Paul Bennett

2019 United States Croquet Association Nationals
9-Wicket Croquet Tournament

September 15-17, 2019
Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club
Hartfield, VA

Save these dates on your 2019 calendar.

To sign up for this event, enter online (login required), or call the USCA Office at (561) 478-0760. Entries can also be downloaded mailed to 700 Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406.

Contact Macey White for details as to accommodations and what to expect: MaceyWhite@gmail.com

2018 USCA 9-Wicket Nationals Results

12/26/18

Paul Bennett

Championship Flight Singles

  1. Macey White
  2. Donald Parker
  3. John Warlick
  4. Leo McBride

1st Flight Singles

  1. Doug Murphy
  2. Gail Rubin
  3. Jill Murphy

Championship Flight Doubles

  1. Macey White & John Warlick – Winners
  2. Leo McBride & Don Parker – Finalists

1st Flight Doubles

  1. Gail Rubin & Karin Karel- Winners
  2. Doug Murphy & Jill Murphy – Finalists

CBCC Report

The 9-Wicket Nationals were held at the Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club on November 12 through the 14th, 2018. When the smoke cleared on the 2018 USCA 9-Wicket Nationals, two new national champions emerged. The first was the team of John Warlick of Florida and Macey White of Virginia who defeated Leo McBride of Canada and Don Parker of Maine in a very closely contested battle that went down to the last few minutes of the game. 1st Flight Doubles was won by new comer Karen Karel of Delaware with seasoned veteran Gail Rubin of Florida in a match that was decided in last turn by just a few wickets.

In singles play, Macey White bested Don Parker in two straight in the best two out of three to become the 2018 9-Wicket National Champion. This was Macey’s first National Championship win. In 1st Flight, Doug Murphy of Virginia (playing in his first ever 9-wicket tournament), defeated Gail Rubin with two straight wins after losing the first game by one point. Doug won the final game with a 35 ft peg out with blue ball and then running two wickets and the turning stake with black on a one-ball break, all in last turn.

According to John Warlick, “ The courts were the best that we have ever had the 9-wicket nationals played on. They were just the right speed and just enough wrinkles and changes to make them challenging for 9-wicket.”

as reported by Macey White

Now 2018 is in the history books, here are the Past National Champions.

St. Johns- Navy 2017

01/21/17

Michael Rumbin

New Policy for St. Johns – Navy tournament

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