Club Play Re-Opens

Guidance for Players
1. Do not go to the club if you are experiencing any symptoms of a cold or flu, in particular a cough or high temperature. Use the NHS helpline and seek advice. For your own protection, follow the advice about self-isolation if you are, or are living with, someone in one of the vulnerable groups.
2. Following the Government’s announcement on 28th May and clarification from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the CA’s guidance to clubs and players has been updated, with effect from Monday 1st June in England, as follows:
If clubs decide that they can safely accommodate greater numbers, up to 4 people can be allowed on a court at one time to play either a game of doubles or two games of double-banked singles or a single game of singles. All players must keep 2m apart at all times unless they are in the same household. Particular care should be taken in all doubles, including alternate stroke Association Croquet and in Golf Croquet games.
In double-banked games players are advised to mark balls from the other game only when necessary and to use their own markers. Balls should be moved and replaced by foot.
Up to 6 people can be allowed on a court for coaching purposes i.e. 5 students and one coach. The coach is responsible for maintaining social distancing throughout the session.
Guests, visitors and spectators can be permitted so long as they do not gather in groups of more than 6 and they obey the social distancing rules. It is recommended that a record should be kept of who has been at the club to facilitate contact tracing.

3. Any activity should be in line with the Government’s social distancing measures at all times, including when going to and departing from a lawn. Consequently, do not shake hands before or after a game.
4. Wash your hands and clean any equipment you use, such as hoops, balls and club mallets, before and after you play.
5. When setting out and taking in a court, only one person should handle any particular hoop or the peg.
6. Clean padlocks, keys and door handles before and after use.
7. Avoid using toilets wherever possible and clean after use.
8. Use the court booking system if your club provides one, rather than turning up in the hope of being able to play or practise.
9. If possible, dress appropriately prior to travelling to the club, rather than changing there.
10.Bring any food or drink you might need.
11.Do not use clips, ball markers, corner pegs/oside markers or flags . Players should agree the score at the end of each scoring turn.  Personal counters should be used to keep count of bisques/extra turns.
12.Do not move stop-boards/check fences, but take relief instead.
13.Avoid using movable chairs as far as possible, otherwise clean them before and after use.
14.Use your feet, rather than hands, to position balls where you can do so with sufficent precision. 15.Players should be their own Referees and acknowledge faults and errors if they occur.