Subscribe, Share Happiness Welcome to Croquet Network Magazine 2.0 -- more news, international tourna- ments, more websites, more feedback and best of all, the next frontier is upon us. U.S. readers can now subscribe and have each issue of Croquet Network delivered to your door. Tat’s right. For those that want a break from computer reading, Croquet Network is pleased to offer print subscriptions and I am able to start with an introductory rate of $29.95 for U.S. subscribers (annual 6 issues). I want- ed to give a great introductory price as a thank you to all of the early supporters of this magazine. I really hope everyone takes the opportunity to jumpstart both this magazine project and croquet in general.
I’ve never waivered from the belief that the fundamental structure of the sport is in place. Tere is a world organization and several strong national associations. Te international tournament circuit is vibrant and compelling for those that are truly fans of the sport. Te first thing I thought once I took a look around the world of croquet is that it is ready to take hold. Everything is in place. I questioned what was holding the sport back and I saw that a full-color magazine dedicated to croquet was missing. As far as I could tell, virtually every activity you could consider a sport had at least one magazine. Te question then became, what comes first -- a magazine or the players and fans?
You can waste a lot of time trying to answer questions like that. So, I figured, let’s just get moving. Besides, I believe that croquet is a sport for the future. It’s gender and age equal. It’s mentally challenging and active. With the baby boomers about to be forced to physically retire from golf and tennis, croquet gives them a new opportunity to be outdoors and active.
On the other end of the spectrum, the activity at the college level makes you wonder if the younger generation isn’t looking for a sport of their own (“golf is something my dad plays”). If nothing else, perhaps growing up in an age where engagement is non-stop has created a greater a desire to pursue a more mentally substantive pastime. Whatever it is, it’s happening and you can read all about it on page 14 where writer Chelsea Stokes and photographer Vicky Haralam take on the USCA’s Collegiate National Championship. Te movement at New Paltz is something everyone in croquet has their eye on.
Other fun things include a player profile on young Australian superstar Robert Fletcher (page 22) and a look at Gail Curry from Barbara Ellis-Uchino and Sherri Paisley (page 20). I’ve tried to introduce a tactical element as well and you can see how that goes on page 24. Along with the print subscription, you may already know that there is now a massive $3 charge to view even the digital issue. Yes, I know, it’s highway robbery, but I can’t very well improve editorial without revenue. I hope it’s not too much of turn-off for digital readers.
So, there you have it -- #10 has arrived and launched a new era. Read, enjoy, then get out there and play. Share the game and share the magazine. Subscribe your friends, subscribe your mom, your grandpa, your library, your school, your club, your mayor, your girlfriend. Have fun with it and be proud of our sport. It really is a giſt.
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Dylan Goodwin Contributing Writers
Barbara Ellis-Uchino Sherri Paisley
Chelsea Stokes Photographers
Paddy Chapman Vicky Haralam Genie Hendry Tim Rapuano Eileen Soo
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