Players of the Year and Clubs of the Year

Competition Rules


For the purpose of the rules to follow,

`competition year' means the period from November 1 to October 31.

`club' means `member club in good standing of Croquet Canada'.

`member' means `individual member in good standing of Croquet Canada'.

`competition event' means a singles competition with the following four qualifications:

(a) it takes place within the competition year

(b) it is played under The Laws of Association Croquet, or WCF-approved Golf Croquet rules, or USCA rules.

(c) it is a level-play event (without bisques)

(d) it is either a 'Canadian event', i.e.  a flight in a tournament sanctioned by Croquet Canada or a 'Supplementary event', i.e. another  bona fide singles event which allows final standings to be reasonably calculated.

(e) For POY purposes a world championship is to be regarded as a sequence of separate subevents comprising round robin blocks, followed by a Knock-out phase and Consolation events. The finishing positions in each subevent should be based on the number of contest wins in that subevent. Resulting ties should be left unbroken. 

Examples of Supplementary events include the US Open, the WCF-based world championships, international test matches in which every team member plays against every member of the opposing team.

USCA-handicaps are converted to Grade equivalents as follows:

If the handicap H is not greater than 5, then Grade = 1900 – 100 * H and if H > 5 then Grade = 1900 – 50 * (H+5). The table to follow shows frequently occurring conversion values.

Hcap Grade
-1.5 2050
-1.0 2000
-0.5 1950
0.0 1900
0.5 1850
1.0 1800
1.5 1750
2.0 1700
2.5 1650
3.0 1600
3.5 1550
4.0 1500
4.5 1450
5.0 1400

There will be a separate POY competition under each of the above mentioned three rules.

Each of these three competitions will be in two divisions, Blue and Red.  Players with a Grade above the division boundary compete in the Blue division, the others in the Red division.

The division boundary for each competition (approximately 1500), is adjusted as appropriate by the Board of Directors.  The Grades of the player immediately before the start of the event will apply.

The `Strength' of a competition event is defined as follows:

Strength = (sum of the Grades entered) / (1 + number of Grades entered).


Players of the Year Competitions


For every player in a competition event, a Position Score is calculated as follows. The Winner's Position Score W is given by

W = (Strength of event) / 2.

For players generally, the Position Score drops by a constant amount from one position in the final standings to the next. That constant amount, the Drop, is given by

Drop = (1/6) * Strength / (N - 1)

where N is the number of players entered. Accordingly, a player finishing at position P gets the Position Score = W - (P - 1) * Drop.  All calculations are rounded to the nearest integer.


In a certain flight the final standings and Grade Equivalents are as follows:

Pos Player Grade   Pscore
1 Daniel Lovelock 2082 776
2 Robert Lasinger 1907 724
3 John Knight 1992 673
4 Paul Lighthill 1498 621
5 Charles Lawson 1555 569
6 Diane Pettigrew 1828 517

So Strength = (sum of Grades) / (1 + number of Grades)

= 10862 / 7

= 1551.7

Winner's Score = Strength / 2 = 1551.7 / 2 = 776 (rounded)

Drop = (1/6) * Strength / (Number entered - 1)

 = (1/6) * 1552 / 5

 = 52 (rounded)

So the second place finisher gets 776 - 52 = 724, and so on.



(a) Every member entered in a competition event becomes classified for the duration of that event into one of the two divisions Blue or  Red according to whether their Grade is above the division boundary or not.

 If a member obtains P-scores in more division than one, then all his scores will be consolidated into one division, namely the division in which the greatest number of P-scores were obtained. If this results in a tie between divisions, then the division will be chosen in which the greatest total score was obtained.

(b) A `supplementary Position Score' means a Position Score obtained in a supplementary event. The Final Score of a member in a Division is the sum of the HIGHEST THREE Position Scores obtained by that member in that Division, subject to the following restrictions.  Every member may include ONE supplementary Position Score in the Final Score.  A member who had played in at least three Canadian events by the end of the competition year may include TWO supplementary Position Scores in the Final Score of any Division.

A member who wants a supplementary Position Score to count as allowed above, must notify the Competitions Coordinator of such participation in time for the calculations to be made.



The member with the highest Total Score in a Division is the Player of the Year in that Division. The Player of the Year in the Blue Division will also be known as the Player of the Year.


Clubs of the Year Competitions


The definitions in the POY competitions apply.



Position Scores are determined as described in Rule POY 1.



For the purpose of these rules, a Club Member of a Member Club means a member of Croquet Canada who:

(i) is a member in good standing of that club, pays the regular annual dues, and actively plays at that club (possibly also at other clubs);

(ii) has no later than 30 September, designated that club as recipient of his Position Scores for the current competition year.  For players who belong to only one Member Club, such designation will be automatic.

A Club Score in a division is the sum of the FOUR highest POY totals obtained in that division by a Club Member of that club. The club with the highest Club Score in a Division is the Club of the Year in that Division.