Federation Leagues Ready to Go on 17th May 2021
The revised schedule of NWFed league fixtures for the 2021 season along with copies of the League Rules (as approved at the Federation Spring meeting on the 6th March), and a list of nominated team captains are now available on this website. Please go to the individual league pages from the drop down tab NWFCC Leagues.
The actual start date of the season may change if the programmes adopted by the English and Welsh Governments respectively for easing the restrictions on travelling and social gatherings change. Please ensure you are aware of and comply fully with any restrictions in place aided by the guidance issued from time to time by the Croquet Association.
As agreed at the recent Federation Spring meeting the weekend handicap and short lawn AC and handicap GC leagues have been divided into two groups each to accommodate the matches into the shortened league season.
The grouping has been based on minimising transport and each now comprises a ‘northern’ group and a ‘southern’ group. For these three leagues all fixtures are scheduled to be completed by the end of August and any matches not played by the 20th September will be declared void.
Following the completion of the league fixtures for these three leagues the two leading teams in each league group will be invited to agree a date for an end of season play-off to determine the three overall league winners. The venues for the play-offs will be notified to the two team captains in due course and the play-off matches should be completed no later than the 3rd October 2021.
For the remaining three leagues, the B level advanced and midweek handicap AC and the level-play GC, all matches should be completed no later than the 3rd October and any matches which remain unplayed by that date will be declared void.
If for any reason you would like to change the proposed date of a league match on the draft fixture list please contact the opposing team captain directly and once a new date has been agreed let me know so that I can update the fixture list.
Please also note the following points:
* An up-to-date fixture list, league rules, match score sheets, full match results, league tables and contact details for Team Captains, can be found on this website on the individual league pages or Calendar on the home page. Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, any match cancelled at short notice due to a Covid related circumstance will be treated as an emergency under League Rule 2(b) and the two team captains will have up to three weeks from the scheduled date of the match to agree a new date before the match is declared void. All AC league matches should be played in accordance with the 7th Edition of the Laws of Association Croquet as adopted by the CA with effect from the 1st March. New League Rule 24(b) requires that match score sheets for level play GC matches must present the results of individual games in the order in which they are played to comply with the requirements of the CA grading system and, unless agreed otherwise by the team captains, the default sequence of games is that shown on the NWFed match score sheet.
As always, any questions or problems please don’t hesitate to get in touch in the normal way, either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 07881581349.
Ivan Wheatley, NWFed League Manager