WCF Unveils New Sports Regulations
At the end of each WCF World Championship, all competitors and officials are given the opportunity to comment on the organisation of it, with particular emphasis being placed on ideas to continually improve all matters.
In recent times, comments were received at the 10th World Association Croquet Championship, the 7th Golf Croquet Championship and the 1st Women’s Golf Croquet Championship.
Following the recent vote by member associations to allow the WCF to specify its own Tournament Regulations, the WCF Management Committee was mandated to completely overhaul the WCF Sports Regulations.
In development since the inception of the WCF in 1989, the Regulations in various guises, have sought to address common issues that arose at Championships and have been part of the conditions imposed upon members that host WCF events.
The revision of the WCF Sports Regulations includes all the essential matters that are necessary to hold a successful Championship, wherever they take place in the world, and it will now be rarely necessary to rely on the Tournament regulations of the host association.
As the Sports Regulations are subservient to the WCF Statutes, or specific resolutions passed by members, of necessity they must reflect the current wording of them and hence some anomalies remain until the opportunity is taken to propose amendments to the WCF full members for their consideration, at a later date.
Chief amongst these is WCF Rule 303.3 that prevents a player that has competed in a 26 point international match from playing for another country until 3 years has elapsed. This clearly refers to the Association Croquet variant and no mention is made of what happens in Golf Croquet. This and allied matters will be the subject of further consultation with other recognised governing bodies, in order to ensure a common approach is made to prevent confusion and hopefully will eventually be the subject of a formal proposal to the WCF Full membership to amend the WCF Rules.
Main points in the WCF Sports Regulations:-
1. Details of the responsibilities and powers of tournament officials;
2. Details of how groups and knock out matches are to be arranged;
3. A full and clear description of how places are allocated, players nominated, accepted by WCF, revised and
replaced in WCF Championships;
4. A full and clear description of how players are seeded prior to play, the breakdown of groups and the
seeding and draw for the knock-out stage;
5. Details of how Plate events shall be organised as a Flexible Progressive Swiss Tournament;
6. Conditions of play including, dress code, media interviews and attendance at functions;
7. Where any host association has anti-doping regulations of their own, details of how that will be applied to
8. The total ban on gambling on the outcome of any match or game through betting or gaming for players or
9. Details of impasse rules, lateness policy and breaks.
The WCF Sports Regulations take immediate effect but only for WCF Championships. Member Associations and allied Confederations are free to organise their own domestic events according to their own agreed tournament regulations.
With a policy of continued improvement, future amendments to the WCF Sports Regulations will be made from time to time