The Croquet New Zealand Tournament Committee met in May 2022 to review the 2021-22 season, including the player feedback reports, and to make any recommendations they felt were necessary for the 2022-23 season.
There are a number of changes that have been made and will come into effect from 2022-23. These includes;
- GC Nationals reduced to 6 days (previously 8 days). This will be contested from Monday to Saturday with the first two days being doubles and the last 4 days being singles. The entry fees for this event will be adjusted from the 2021-22 figures to reflect this.
- NZ Open reduced to 8 days (previously 9 days). This will be contested from Saturday to Saturday with the first three days being doubles and the last 5 days for singles. The entry fees for this event will be adjusted from the 2021-22 figures to reflect this.
- It was recommended to increase the duration of the Don Reyland Stars Final. Player feedback supported the round robin format, ensuring everyone had a chance to play everyone, but indicated the schedule in 2021-22 meant that it was a very late finish on the Sunday. CNZ is exploring the possibility of extending this event to begin at lunchtime on the Friday with the host Association. We will make an announcement once this is confirmed.
- Advantage Play will be an accepted alternative to traditional GC Handicap play, and the Tournament Regulations will be updated to reflect this. This means that all handicap GC games, whether the traditional method, or Advantage Play, should be put on players AHS cards. The Don Reyland Stars will continue to use the traditional method for 2022-23.
- Tournament Entries will continue to be put on Croquet Scores periodically so that everyone can see who has entered CNZ tournaments. These will be updated once a week during the season.
- My Vaccine Passes will no longer be required to enter CNZ Tournaments. Croquet New Zealand will continue to monitor Government advice, and will respond accordingly should the Covid settings change.
In addition to the above, Croquet New Zealand is excited to share that the tournament registration platform has been updated. Individuals will now be able to enter multiple events at once – meaning you no longer need to enter your details multiple times. More information on this new platform will be shared shortly.
The 2022-23 calendar, with updated dates, can be found here.