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George Cochran replied to Ford Fay's discussion Is there an official rule needed to address this situation?
"Yes, I concur.  I'd say that text pretty much sums up how I think the game should be played.  Except as a quibble, I'd disagree with the clause "When a roquet is made, the striker’s ball becomes a ‘ball in…"
Dec 17, 2015
George Cochran replied to Ford Fay's discussion Is there an official rule needed to address this situation?
"Ford, I believe that your opponent should be viewed as being right, in the situation you describe.  It wouldn't be much different than, say, lining up a croquet shot in which you intend to send the object ball in one direction, and then…"
Dec 17, 2015
George Cochran replied to Ford Fay's discussion Aunt Emma
"Aunt/Uncle Emma is perhaps best viewed as someone who is using an optimal playing strategy for the particular skill sets that she/he and the opponent are bringing to the game.  In the USCA 6-wicket game, an aggressive strategy is usually not…"
Sep 14, 2015
George Cochran replied to Dylan Goodwin's discussion 9W Rules Concept - Striker Ball vs Roquet Ball
"In the actual game, Doug blocked me on my first shot, on the back line.  I was open on my second shot from inside the court and missed to the back line.  But then Paul very nearly accidentally blocked my third shot when he shot down the…"
Sep 26, 2014
George Cochran replied to Dylan Goodwin's discussion 9W Rules Concept - Striker Ball vs Roquet Ball
"I suspect that would (or should) be illegal.  It seems very counter to the spirit of the game to temporarily keep a ball off the field for one shot."
Sep 24, 2014
George Cochran replied to Dylan Goodwin's discussion 9W Rules Concept - Striker Ball vs Roquet Ball
"It's not true in American 6-wicket that the non-striker ball(s) must be measured in first.  For example, suppose the striker rushes a ball out of bounds, so that she cannot take croquet.  Suppose the striker ball also ends up inside…"
Sep 23, 2014
George Cochran replied to Dylan Goodwin's discussion 9W Rules Concept - Striker Ball vs Roquet Ball
"Another related question:  The current rules used in the 9-wicket national championship allow for relief from blocks at a wicket, in the same manner as in 6-wicket rules.  But the rules specify "wicket", which then disallow for…"
Sep 23, 2014
George Cochran replied to Dylan Goodwin's discussion 9W Rules Concept - Striker Ball vs Roquet Ball
"I would argue that in 9-wicket croquet, the striker ball does not become "ball-in-hand" until it is lifted off the court.  Thus if the striker ball is not lifted in order to just take two shots from where it lies, then it owns its…"
Sep 23, 2014
Dylan Goodwin left a comment for George Cochran
"That's very cool. I thought it was interesting because we talking about a Midwest states competition this summer when we were at the Minnesota Open. A few years back there had been a test between Minnesota and Missouri (thinking it was…"
Nov 25, 2013
George Cochran left a comment for Dylan Goodwin
"The Mid-South Defender's Cup is an American-rules 6-wicket state team tournament, between three teams of four players each, with the teams representing the states of Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.  There's a set sequence of…"
Nov 25, 2013
Dylan Goodwin left a comment for George Cochran
"George -- I just saw the Mid-South Defender's Cup in the results for the upcoming magazine. Can you tell me about this event?"
Nov 24, 2013
George Cochran replied to Dylan Goodwin's discussion Skepticism on Team USA Development
"168 hours?  12 hours per day times 7 days in a week comes out to only 84 hours.  Perhaps 68 was meant?"
Aug 20, 2013
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Aug 20, 2013

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At 11:02pm on November 25, 2013, Dylan Goodwin said…
That's very cool. I thought it was interesting because we talking about a Midwest states competition this summer when we were at the Minnesota Open. A few years back there had been a test between Minnesota and Missouri (thinking it was wiemerskirch, Sheely and Funk against Smith, Breeden and Griffith). I do know Minnesota won 8-4.

Anyway, I proposed that if you set rival states you could reduce the travel load and easily expand to eight teams. The idea in the north being Minn matched up with Illinois and Missouri matched up with KS. If you set an annual rotation, N and S that would keep the travel fair.

So the KS/MO matchup would happen in KC no matter what since we only have the one court. In a north year that winner would travel to visit the winner of MN/IL. The winner of the south four would have to travel north for the overall championship.

It's possible that a team might have to travel three times in one year, but the first round should be no more than one state away. It's also possible for a team to play three at home.

I think the only real hang up was type of croquet. That group clearly liked AC. I like AC as well, because I think it would be a lot of fun, but courts vs time constraints makes it tough. Plus, the Midwest seems to be very slanted toward USCA Rules.

In truth, I think GC would be the best option because I think then it gives the event potential as a spectator event.

Anyway, thanks for the answer ... Sounds like a fun event and the coincidence of that popping up in the results just made me smile.
At 8:34pm on November 24, 2013, Dylan Goodwin said…

George -- I just saw the Mid-South Defender's Cup in the results for the upcoming magazine. Can you tell me about this event?

 
 
 

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