inbox I was wondering where you get your info
on those who have won tournaments? Good to hear from you. Unfortunately, from an editorial perspective this is a one-man show, and I am definitely not keeping up on all of the croquet events across the board. In general, I pick up tourney results from the four main association websites, Croquet World Online, the Nottingham list and also updates from the Leo Nikora newsletter.
Te good news is when you look worldwide there are a lot of croquet tournaments going on and unfortunately as I’ve tried to pick up more of the international events I feel that I missed some of the USCA activity during the busy fall schedule. It’s certainly not that I am not interested, just to date I’m not really getting the job done.
I will say that posting in the forum on Croquet Network main site is rela- tively easy and does not require an account (at press time). Te wall on the Croquet Network Facebook page is also open and notices along with photos can be posted there. In addition, if you e-mail me through the “Contact Us” link on the website, I generally post anything that is submitted. In the future, I hope to have a clearer process on the website for submitting tourney results and photos.
Mallethead Reaction I just love Mallethead. Individualistic and thoughtful!
We’ll see if the world is ready for Mallethead. No matter what, I’m ready for a more ag- gressive approach. In today’s chest-thumping culture, I think we may be past the time of politely defending the sport.
Oops, You Missed A Spot
Mallethead took on the challenge of solving in- teractivity for croquet. Tat netted a few more suggestions:
You didn’t mention my favorite two “ways to solve interactivity:”
1. Turn clock. If you want players not to sit more than fiſteen minutes, then have a fif- teen-minute turn clock. Te in-player would have fiſteen minutes to run as many hoops as they can, and set a leave. Tis would also be a challenge for top-flight players; a form of speed croquet. Could they get to hoop #4- back in fiſteen minutes? Could they run a triple peel in fiſteen minutes?
2. Conceding the break. Anytime the out-play- er thinks the in-player is sure to complete his break, and is bored watching a sure thing, then he can concede the break. Aſter concession, the in-player sets a leave, and places his clip on any hoop (so he can choose to stop at #1-back, #4- back, peg, or anywhere else). -- Leo Nikora
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| may-june 2011 Thank You for the Support
What an incredible amount of work you must put into the Croquet Network Maga- zine. Tank you.
Tere is indeed a mounting effort that goes into producing each issue; however, I am pretty passionate about the sport deserving a full-color magazine to preserve some of the history of the game. I also think the sport is inaccurately portrayed in sports culture across the world and I think that has kept it pinned down in this almost cult-like existence. Although there is something that can be said about the appeal of this relatively small, yet international club of croquet players and fans, I think the sport should be shared. I know I get quite a bit of enjoyment fom croquet and with the benefit of hindsight would be very disappointed to have not “discovered” the sport. I feel the magazine is a needed tool to spread the word and expose the sport to those potential players out there that I know are a natural fit for croquet. Your support and kind words are greatly appreciated and for all of the readers that send in these comments I want to thank you. Tat kind of encouragement goes a long way toward keeping me personally motivated.
Skeptical on Long Grass
Phewee! I was just looking at the recent mag and the last picture of the nine wicket nats at Shawnee shows how long the grass is ... a third of the ball is lost in it! No wonder it was mostly guys listed in the singles – girls don’t have a hope in hell of rushing a ball any distance through that sort of jungle. Get them to gradually cut the lawns down to 7 or 8 mm and see how much more you enjoy the game.
We think of 9-wicket nationals as the USCA version of the National Hockey League’s Winter Classic, where they take ice hockey and play outside in a football stadium on New Year’s day. It’s kind of a chance to revisit the roots of the game. You are correct though -- it is a much more physical game, but it isn’t nearly as slow as the photos would indicate. If you don’t have a true court around, it’s a nice option for playing croquet. A lot of top six wicket players enjoy the event and 9W. In fact, two-time singles champ George Cochran, #23 U.S. association player, is a big proponent of nine-wicket for areas that do not have courts.•
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