Croquet in the Olympics - Ginger Cove, MD

by Michael Rumbin · 26 August 2013

Croquet will be part of the 2013 Maryland Senior Olympic Games Photo by Maryland Senior Olympics 2013

Maryland will play host to the 1st Senior Olympics Croquet games in September. This will be the first time that 9 wicket croquet is being played as part of the statewide games. A three-day tournament, scheduled for September 27-29, will be held at Ginger Cove in Annapolis and in Owensville, home of the Generation Cup and the nationally recognized West River Wickets.

The 2013 St Johns team and Ginger Cove Croquet Club pose for the Generation Gap Cup Trophy presentation. Photo by Frances Hall

The Maryland Senior Olympics is a non-profit organization for proactive residents aged 50 and above. Since 1980, the State games have provided great competition and camaraderie for mature adults as many have advanced to the National Senior Games and returned as U.S. champions.

Forty-eight players, 50 years or older, from the state of Maryland will take part in the tournament which will be the nine-wicket version of the game. The rules of the United States Croquet Association will be used and the games organized by tournament directors from the USCA. There will be an opening ceremony in Galesville the evening of September 26 and a closing ceremony at Ginger Cove shortly after noon on September 29.The highlight of the closing ceremony at Ginger Cove will be the awarding of the gold, silver and bronze medals to the tournament winners by the Maryland Senior Olympics organization.

Sponsors and partners are being sought to help underwrite the event. Contributors will be offered benefits depending on the level of their support. Gifts are tax deductible.

The tournament will be divided into two flights according to age: one for players 50 to 69 years and the other for players 70 years and older. The best players in each flight will compete in semifinals and finals on Sunday morning and the three winners in each flight will receive Olympic medals. Bob Kroeger and Teddy Prentis will be tournament Directors and serve as referees.

The Matches will be Waterford doubles format so that each contestant will play with a different partner for each game. The games will end after 60 minutes, with the usual allowance for time-outs. The rules of play will be the USCA 9 wicket rules with no deadness carryover from turn to turn, so there will be no deadness boards. Tradition requires that players wear all white apparel on the croquet courts. Spectators must not extend advice to any player.

Ginger Cove Croquet Court. Photo by Maryland Senior Olympics 2013

Byron Lee, a resident of Ginger Cove, first introduced the idea of croquet to Maryland Senior Olympics executive director Edward Wroth last year and a committee was formed to coordinate the event. “We are honored to be selected for this event which demonstrates what great strides the game of croquet has made in Anne Arundel County in the last eight years,” said West River Wickets president, Rodney Calver. “The club, formed in 2004, began in a backyard in Galesville. Today, players regularly compete in national and regional championships.”

The registration fee to compete in the tournament is $50. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants each day. The opening reception on Thursday evening and the full lunch at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday are covered by the registration fee as well. Social registrations are being accepted within certain seating capacity limits. Registration forms are available on the internet at the West River Wickets web site Registration fees must be received by September 15, 2013.

For the first time, Maryland Senior Olympics is offering registration.
Thanks to FuseSports, and the National Senior Games Association, Maryland athletes have a fast, easy and convenient way of registering and paying quickly online. All you need is a Paypal account for payment and follow the easy instructions below:

1.) Go to the web address of the Maryland National Senior Games Association ;

2.) You will have two options on the main registration page:

• Option A: Register with an existing National Senior Games Association Account. You simply click on the Athletes Log in and Register button and login with your account number and password;

• Option B: Register as a new participant. If you don’t know your NSGA account details, please choose this option, even if you have competed in the Maryland Senior Olympics before. Simply click on the New to the Games button and fill out your personal details.

3.) After completing your registration with Maryland Senior Olympics and you would like to register for another state or local games, go to more games

For further information and entry form, contact Rodney Calver 410 867-0434 or . Entry forms are also available from

This story first appeared in Eye on Annapolis .

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