General League Information

Croquet North normally runs three Leagues, details of which are below (including links to League rules and League Managers).

  • Croquet North AC League
  • Croquet North GC League (2 divisions)
  • East Pennine League

The league fixture lists can be found on the Calendar page.

Note that all leagues were cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and normal league activities continue to be disrupted in 2021.

Croquet North Association Croquet League

This league is designed to introduce competitive play to Association Croquet (AC) players with handicaps of up to 20. Teams are made up of 3 players per club team selected by the club selector/manager so that there is ideally one low handicap player and two higher handicap players.

The format is that each player plays two games (each with a time limit of 3 hour 15 min). The low handicap player plays two doubles games while the higher handicap players play one doubles and one singles game. This means that the higher handicap players get the support of the better (lower handicap) player in the doubles game and is matched with someone with a similar (though often not the same) handicap when playing singles. Bisques (ie extra turns) are used to take account of the differences in player handicaps for both singles and doubles games.

The CN League Manager advises the clubs of the dates and venues of the matches at the beginning of each playing season. Sometimes the dates are changed by mutual agreement between the playing clubs.

League rules and contacts – League Manager: Julian Gibson

Croquet North Golf Croquet League

The Croquet North Golf Croquet League has been running since 1999, and for team of four. Each match consists of 18 level-play games (six doubles and 12 singles) with each game running to a 45 minute time limit.

A second division was introduced in 2016. None of the leagues played in 2020 due to the pandemic, and an arrangement to reduce travelling was made in 2021.

2022 sees the Leagues reverting to the usual two-division format, with Division 2 playing under the new Advantage Handicap System.

League rules – League Manager: Colin Chun

Downloadable score sheets (pdf-files):
Division 1: two lawns, one lawn.
Division 2: two lawns, one lawn (see below for Excel versions).

Division 2 matches use handicapped games for which the new Advantage system is to be used. Below are links to the starting scores grid for matches, a general description of how the system is to be used, and a description of how to handle timed games that do not complete, including examples..

Advantage Starting Score Grid + How to play Advantage Golf Croquet + Scoring Timed Games.

Clubs are strongly advised to have copies to hand of all three of these files when playing Division 2 matches.

The handicap pdf-scoresheets were designed by a member of the Alnmouth Club, and there are Excel versions two lawns and one lawn that can ease matters further. They is designed so that if names and handicaps of the players of both teams are entered, the match details are automatically populated across the sheet. If captains swap these details in advance of the match then a lot of time can be saved on the day, although the actual scores still have to be entered by hand, of course. Finally here is an exemplar of what a sheet (two-lawns) might look like after the match is over.

East Pennines League

This is an Association Croquet League that took place for the first time in 2001, comprising two clubs each from Croquet North (Middlesbrough and Tyneside) and North Yorkshire and Humberside (York and a combined Beverley / East Riding team). The league was set up to replace the Confederation League, which included teams from the North West Federation. Pendle joined the league in 2003 and Belsay Hall in 2007.

This new league comprises matches that contain a degree of level advanced play. Matches between teams of four players consist of one Advanced Doubles and two Handicap Singles, followed by two Advanced Singles and two Handicap Singles. The lowest handicaps play the Advanced Singles, and usually the Advanced Doubles.

The higher placed club from Croquet North represents the Federation in the following year’s Secretary’s Shield.

Full League rules and contacts – League Manager: Julian Gibson

Northern League (GC)

Following a request from the Ripon Club, a new Northern League has been created to include them. The League will include all the CN clubs apart from Bamburgh and Alnmouth, and to avoid duplication of matches between CN clubs, the GC Division 1 matches between CN clubs will also count for the Northern League. Ripon will then have a single fixture against all of them.

The rules and the league manager are as for the other GC leagues.