Hassocks Croquet Club

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Internal Tournaments 2018

Handicaps and Extra Turns

All the preliminary rounds consist of one 13-point game and we use handicaps so that players of different abilities can compete with

a more equal chance of success. This is achieved by giving players with higher handicap figures one or more extra turns. These

extra turns can be taken any time during the game at the end of your turn, and with the same ball. They may be played in succession

if you have more than one. However an extra turn cannot be used to run a hoop and score a point. Make sure your opponents know

you are taking an extra turn - otherwise they might play their next ball.  Lastly, if you do have extra turns don't forget to use them!


The number of extra turns which may be given to players is calculated from the handicaps of the players in the particular game.

In Singles take the difference between the handicaps of the two players. This gives the number of extra turns given to the player

with the highest handicap figure.

In Doubles take the difference between the two highest handicap figures on each side and again between the two lowest figures on

each side. The number of extra turns is calculated by halving the difference in each case and rounding up any fractions to the

nearest whole number.  The extra turns are given to a player, not a side.

The following example for doubles illustrates how this works for four players A,B,C & D whose handicaps are shown in brackets.


 Players                                A(12)    and       B(5)



 Players                                C(9)      and       D(7)


            Difference                    3                         2


            Half                             1 ½                      1            

Rounded up                            2                          1


As a result Player A gets 2 extra turns and Player D gets 1 extra turn.