HG1. The C.A.I. shall appoint annually a sub-committee of at least two official Handicappers whose responsibility it is to determine handicaps for all players in Irish competitions.
HG2. The Handicappers shall publish a list of all official handicaps on croquetireland.com, and update it at least monthly during the season (April to October): this List should be made available to the members of each Club and continuously displayed where possible.
HG3. The C.A.I. Handicappers shall supervise the operation of the automatic Golf Croquet Handicap system, and publish a memorandum of the current controls and policies relating to it.
HG4: Club Handicappers shall ensure that all club competition results are promptly entered in the system, or submitted to the System Moderator in such form as the Moderator may require.
HG5. At all times it is the responsibility of the individual players to ensure they are playing off the correct official handicap. Errors or discrepancies in the published Handicap or Event Lists will not have any validating effect.
HG6. Subject only to rule HA7, any adjustments to a handicap since the last official List was published will take precedence over the listed handicap. Club and Tournament Handicappers may adjust any player’s handicap with immediate effect; and must promptly make such changes known to the CAI Handicappers. On receipt of a letter or e-mail from the CAI, ratifying, cancelling or amending the change, the new handicap is confirmed. The acting Club or Tournament Handicapper must then immediately inform the player of this, in writing.
HA7. The Tournament Handicapper may adjust a handicap during the course of an event (but not during a game or between a semi-final and final) where the following two circumstances both apply. First, that no handicapper has assessed the player's recent play (as defined by a period of three months or more). Second, that there is a significant difference between the player's performance and his/her handicap. This is defined by an apparent difference of at least 2 hoops for handicaps of under 7, and of at least 3 hoops for handicaps of 7 to 11 inclusive. Handicaps of greater than 11 cannot be adjusted under this rule. The Handicapper must personally and in writing inform the player of any such adjustment.
HA8. A player who plays off any handicap other than as defined in HG2, HG6 and HG7 shall be deemed to be playing off an incorrect handicap. Where it becomes known that a player is playing off a handicap requiring fewer hoops than his/her official handicap during an event, he/she shall be disqualified. Games that have already been completed are not over-ruled. (Players playing off a handicap requiring more hoops have no remedy.)
HG9: A player holding an overseas handicap of Additional Strokes may be assigned a C.A.I. handicap by a C.A.I. or Club Handicapper, using the conversion table published by the C.A.I. Handicappers and revised from time to time.
HG10: New handicaps may be issued using the following schedule:
|Strokes for 3 x 6-Hoop Course||Handicap (Hoops Required)|
A club may apply to alter this table to suit local playing conditions when there is a significant body of evidence that a there is a discrepancy with values in the computerised system.
Appendix: Conversion of Overseas Handicaps:
|C.A.E. (Additional Strokes)||C.A.I. (Hoops Required)|