Handicapper(s) at your club
The CA Handicap Committee would like to remind all clubs that you should have an appointed Club Handicapper(s) in place.
A recent survey suggested that a minority of clubs still have not made such appointments and so, if that includes your club, we ask that you please remedy this situation at your earliest convenience.
Why are Club Handicapper(s) important?
Your Club Handicapper(s), will act as the primary contact for all handicap matters.
They are backed up by Handicappers at Federation level and nationally at CA Handicapper level.
Our sport functions well from club to club and from one Federation area to the next, only because we strive to maintain a uniformity of handicapping throughout the domain.
Please help the CA to achieve this by appointing a Club Handicapper(s) at your club and by supporting him/her fully.
You might choose to appoint separate Club Handicappers for AC and GC or one individual to cover both codes.
All handicapping information sent out to Club Secretaries by the CA or Federations should be passed to the Club Handicapper. The name and contact details of the Club Handicapper should be recorded on the Federation and CA websites (the latter by notifying the CA Office).
Attributes of a Club Handicapper
Ideally, your Club Handicapper will be someone who plays, manages or referees at events away from your club, because it is important that handicaps within your club, are kept in step with those in the wider croquet community.
If this is not possible, you should appoint an individual who is well respected withing your club and likely to be vigilant and pro-active (in a supportive way).
He/she will be someone who does not tend to take “knee-jerk” decisions, but can stand back and give a considered opinion.
It is important that your members see that handicapping is taken seriously and if you are able to offer your appointed Club Handicapper(s) a place on your committee, so much the better.
Duties of a Club Handicapper(s)
Your Club Handicapper(s) will be responsible for monitoring the handicaps of all club members and to ensure that handicap grades truly reflect the skill level of the individual players.
It is the players’ own responsibility to faithfully record all competitive singles game results on their own handicap cards, and this should be monitored by your Club Handicapper.
The Automatic Handicap System will make adjustments to players’ handicap grades as results are entered on their handicap cards, but the system only works if sufficient games are played in a given period, and it does not cater for certain cases, such as the ‘rapid improver’ or the player who plays few competitive singles games whilst their playing standard gradually improves or declines.
It is a crucial role of the Club Handicapper to step-in and make manual handicap adjustments (within the prescribed limitations of the role) where there is evidence that it is necessary to do so.
– The full duties of the Club Handicapper(s) and limitations of their powers are detailed athttps://www.croquet.org.uk/?p=games/association/handicapping/managing
Help at Federation and CA Handicap Committee level
The CA handicap Committee is working through the Federations to assist where we can.
Building on some excellent work undertaken by the South-West Croquet Federation, who organised some Handicapping Workshops in the last two years, we had plans to deliver a similar workshop to the East Midlands Croquet Federation just before the current virus lockdown was announced.
Hopefully we will pick that up when normality returns, and we will look to extend the offering to other Federations if requested.
If you would like to correspond on any of the above, please contact your Federation Handicap Officer, or the CA Handicap Committee.
Frances Colman, Chairman, CA Handicap Committee, email@example.com
NW FEDERATION CLUB HANDICAPPERS AS AT 5th JUNE 2020:
Croquet Handicappers in the North West Federation
|BOWDON||CA Handicapper for AC||Brian Storey;||firstname.lastname@example.org||07730 537 950|
|BOWDON||CA Handicapper for AC||Colin Irwin;||email@example.com||07519 992 046|
|BOWDON||CA Handicapper for AC||David Walters;||firstname.lastname@example.org||07920 507 772|
|BOWDON||CA Handicapper for AC||Barry Keen;||email@example.com||01565 632 420|
|BOWDON||CA Handicapper for GC||David Walters;||firstname.lastname@example.org||07920 507 772|
|BOWDON||CA Handicapper for AC||David Walters;|
|BOWDON||CA Handicapper for GC||John-Paul Moberly;||email@example.com||07450 238 254|
|BOWDON||Club Handicapper for AC||Lorna Frost;||firstname.lastname@example.org||0161 941 3410|
|BOWDON||Club Handicapper for AC||Ken Cooper;||email@example.com||01625 420 615|
|BOWDON||Club Handicapper for AC||Alan Mayne;||firstname.lastname@example.org||07531 775 963|
|BOWDON||Club Handicapper for GC||Alan Mayne;||email@example.com||07531 775 963|
|BURY||Club Handicapper for GC||Graham Goodfirstname.lastname@example.org||01204 849 993|
|BURY||CA Handicapper for AC||Paul Kenworthy;||email@example.com||0161 797 0201
07811 077 351
|BURY||Club Handicapper for GC||Jean Hargreaves;||firstname.lastname@example.org||0161 792 4694|
|CHESTER||Club Handicapper for AC||David Boyd;||email@example.com||07564 519 537|
|CHESTER||Club Handicapper for AC||Paul Watson;|
|CHESTER||Club Handicapper for AC||Elmyr Hughes;|
|CHESTER||Club Handicapper for GC||Maureen Ivens;||firstname.lastname@example.org||01244 676 627|
|CHESTER||Club Handicapper for GC||David Crawford;|
|CHESTER||Club Handicapper for GC||Jayne Taylor;|
|CRAKE VALLEY||Club Handicapper for AC||Jim Allcock;|
|CULCHETH||Club Handicapper for AC||Alison Charters;|
|CULCHETH||Club Handicapper for GC||Alan Wright;||email@example.com||01925 765 945|
|FYLDE||CA Handicapper for AC||Liz Wilson;||firstname.lastname@example.org||01253 735 266|
|FYLDE||Club Handicapper for AC||Liz Wilson;|
|FYLDE||CA Handicapper for GC||Alan Morton;||email@example.com||07807 662 093|
|FYLDE||Club Handicapper for GC||Alan Morton;||firstname.lastname@example.org||07807 662 093|
|LIVERPOOL||CA Handicapper for AC||James Hawkins;||email@example.com||07753 450 510|
|LIVERPOOL||Club Handicapper for AC||James Hawkins;|
|PENDLE & CRAVEN||Club Handicapper for AC||Lee Hartley;||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|PENDLE & CRAVEN||CA Handicapper for AC||Roger Schofield;||email@example.com||07899 910 990
01282 814 571
|PENDLE & CRAVEN||Club Handicapper for AC||Paul Rigge;|
|PENDLE & CRAVEN||CA Handicapper for AC||Paul Rigge;|
|PENDLE & CRAVEN||Club Handicapper for GC||Paul Rigge;|
|SOUTHPORT||CA Handicapper for AC||Don Williamson;||firstname.lastname@example.org||01704 574 304|
|SOUTHPORT||CA Handicapper for GC||Don Williamson;||email@example.com||01704 574 304|
|SOUTHPORT||NWFCC Handicapping Officer||Don Williamson;|
|WESTMORLAND||Club Handicapper for AC||Ivan Wheatley;||firstname.lastname@example.org||07881 581 349|
|WESTMORLAND||Club Handicapper for AC||John Shakespeare;||email@example.com||01524 822 060|
|WESTMORLAND||Club Handicapper for GC||Ivan Wheatley;||firstname.lastname@example.org||07881 581 349|
|WESTMORLAND||Club Handicapper for GC||John Shakespeare;||email@example.com||01524 822 060|