Croquet tournaments offer the opportunity to play competitively as an individual, whereas in matches you are part of a team representing your club, county or country.
As a club we enter teams into several regional and national knockout Association and Golf Croquet competitions against other clubs, which are played over the course of a season in home and away venues at dates agreed between the two team captains. Typically a match involves 4 players from each team meeting at a home or away venue, with each team member playing either two singles games or one singles and one doubles. Team captains will identify a squad at the start of the season, and invite members of the squad to form a team for each round, depending on availability.
The various team competitions have different criteria for team selection (e.g. based on handicap range). In general you don't need to announce your availability and willingness to play; so long as your contact details and handicap are correct in the club handbook, the captain will contact you if they'd like you to be in a team.
For 2021 our club team captains are as follows:
Inter-club: John Davis
Mary Rose: Alex Mcintyre
Longman Cup : Mark Lansdale
Short Croquet: David Brydon
East Midlands Federation 26pt league: Mark Lansdale
East Midlands Federation 14pt league: TBC
Inter-club: Ian Burridge
Murphy Shield: Mike Hedge
East Midlands Federation league (2 teams): Diana Plant and Derek Blow
If you are eligible to play at county level for Nottinghamshire, James Death may be in touch. Nottinghamshire has a very strong county team.
The Croquet Association Selection Committee will be in touch if your playing records suggests they may want to invite you to play for England.