August 2017 WGU Meeting

20170818_143615A meeting of the World Gateball Union was held in Tokyo in August 2017 primarily to review the rules. Gateball Australia was invited to attend and participate in the deliberations.

In the opening address it was stressed that the rules of gateball need to be easily understood so that it is simple for beginners to start playing but that the game should still provide a challenge for those who are highly skilled. Improving the image of the game, simplifying decisions for referees and reducing the number of fouls were seen as components of this general direction.

A fascinating issue that the game has to deal with is the phenomenal size of the game in China. Growing skills and standards in that country have encouraged the CGA to adapt the rules for internal competition. Zhang Na, the Chinese Secretary General constantly reiterated that, although variations to the rules were used in China, it was understood that in international competition the WGU rules would be followed.

Topics that were discussed included: coloured balls, shapes of mallet heads, hats, the resolution of tied games, consideration of balls on gate lines, gate touches and touch gates, indicating the start of games, laser pointers, how the rules are set out, fouls at start stroking, movement of balls after a spark, gateball for the disabled, the 12th WGU championships in Brazil 2018 and the Kansai World Masters Games 2021.

A more definitive report to Australian gateballers will be possible once the official outcomes of the meeting are issued by the WGU.

Jamberoo Super 3s

The Jamberoo annual triples event has been run and won and what an amazing weekend it was. With the sun shining on our lawns with freshly sprayed black lines it was picture perfect.

33 players from across NSW and ACT made up nine teams and a round robin format was used. Experience levels ranged from international players to a very first competition player. In what turned out to be a very competitive event, placings weren’t decided until literally the last minute of play.

There was plenty of congestion at the top of the leader board with four teams on five wins.

Lithgow Lightning captained by John Park won with 28.1 net points and Vikings captained by Kerrie Sutherland were runners up with 24.8 net points.

As an added bonus, two rounds of mixed teams were slotted in, with team Magpies taking first place on two wins.

Two new initiatives have been implemented within the NSW gateball community, one being refereeing tutorials and the other group discussions about gateballl related topics.

Friday saw the third refereeing tutorial given by Manuel Gutierrez from Jamberoo CC. This events topic was ‘ball touch fouls’. A practical demonstration was followed by plenty of Q and A. These tutorials are aimed at refreshing and increasing all referees’ and players’ knowledge.

Saturday saw the group discussion which covered topics including NSW State Championship planning, tournament placements for 2018 and the necessity of equipment inspections.

Glenda Gutierrez

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Newcastle Gateball Fun Weekend

Newcastle Gateball Fun Weekend was held 1st and 2nd of April. Players from Jamberoo, Lithgow, EDSACC, Sydney and our own club participated. Teams were mixed on experience so that every team had an experienced captain as well as novice players.

Saturday was team play and Sunday was doubles with a different partner for each of the 6 games. Thank you to Penny and Margaret for refereeing most of the games.

As it was April Fools day the teams were named Jesters, Riddlers,Jokers and Clowns. A round robin was played and each team played each other twice. During the line-ups the teams were entertained with lots of jokes…Why was everyone so tired on 1 April – they had just completed a March of 31 days. A fun time was had by all.

All results can be found on gateballscores.com Team winners by 1 point were the Jokers (Kerrie, John S, Arthur, Maggi & Sandra) with 4 wins and 15 nett points. Runners-up were the Riddlers (Judy, Helen, Philippa, John P & Chris) with 4 wins and 14 nett points.

Individual doubles on Sunday were self-refereed – no problems occurred resulting in another good day. John P was the overall winner being undefeated. Lynne was the runner-up with 5 wins and Encouragement Award went to John S.

Thank you to all players and helpers – you all helped make a wonderful fun weekend.

On Monday 3 April a coaching endorsement day was held – Gateball now has 6 more qualified Foundation Coaches (Level 1) – Penny Park, Judy Squelch, Helen Chalmers, Lynne Thomas, Philippa Rose and Kerrie Sutherland. John Park, already a level 1 coach, can now train other gateball coaches.

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Representing Australia at the WGU Championships in Brazil 2018

16-10asiazen8-300x200In early December 2016, the ACA Board approved changes to the selection policy for gateball teams wishing to represent Australia. The selection event will continue to be the Australian Gateball Championships (AGC) preceding the WGU Championships.

On entry forms for the AGC individuals indicate if they wish to be considered for selection in club teams

Highly ranked teams at the AGC will be able to select players for their team from their own own club and other players who have indicated that they wish to be selected.

A link to this policy is yet to be posted on the ACA website, in the interim, a copy has been appended below:

Selection policy for the Australian squad at World and Asian Gateball Championships

Purpose of the selection policy

  1. The World Gateball Championship (WGC) is the premier worldwide gateball event held every four years. The Asian Gateball Championships (AsGC) is held in a cycle two years after the WGC. Both events are attended by 96 teams from World Gateball Union (WGU) members and associate member countries. As a member of the WGU, Australia is invited to participate in both competitions. WGU members are asked, prior to the events, to bid for the number of teams they wish to enter. Responses are then analysed by the WGU, and members are allocated their number of teams. Members that bid for up to five teams are generally allocated that number. Historically, Australia has fielded less than five teams. In 2010, five Australian teams participated.

  2. Unlike world championship events in other sports, such as cricket, where the best players from within each country are selected to form one team, the WGC and AsGC is more in the format of a club championship.

  3. More Australian gateball players may wish to participate than places are available for future events. Gateball Australia therefore needs to maintain a selection policy for future WGCs and AsGCs Following a consultation process, Gateball Australia has developed this selection policy. It resembles the method Japan uses to select its teams for WGCs.

Selection

  1. The Australian Gateball Championship (AGC) is Australia’s premier gateball event, held every two years. The AGC in the year before the respective WGC or AsGC will act as a selection trial for the corresponding AsGC or WGC.

  2. Australian clubs, and preformed composite teams are eligible to enter the AGC. When entering the tournament, Clubs will indicate on the team entry form that they wish to be considered for WGC or AsGC selection. For composite teams, the club with the greatest numbers of individuals who wish to play in the WGC or AsGC takes the lead and identifes on the entry form that the club wishes to coordinate a team for the WGC or AsGC. If a club is selected, and does not have a full team wishing to travel to the WGC or AsGC, it will be expected to select other players from a pool of individuals who have indicated that they wish to participate. This selection and negotiation process will take place during and immediately after the AGC.

  3. Individuals, from any team, will also be asked to indicate on the entry form for the AGC, if they wish to be considered for selection in their own or another club’s team.

  4. Should the WGU or AsGU call for a bid for team numbers prior to the close of nominations for the AGC, Australia would bid for a fixed number of 6 teams.

  5. Australia may bid for the maximum number of teams that can be formed from the number of players who nominate, should this be less than 6.

  6. Australia may not be allocated its full bid of teams to represent her. If this occurs, the final ranking of teams from the AGC will be used to determine the order that teams will be automatically selected to represent Australia. For example, if Australia is allocated five teams to represent her, the top five ranked Australians teams will be invited to represent her at the WGC or AsGC, with the first ranked team being given the first offer of selection and so on.

  7. The ranking of team success in the AGC will be: winner, runner up, semi finalist (if applicable), quarter finalist (if applicable), highest position in the group stage through to lowest position in the group stage, calculated according to tournament rules. If there are teams tied in any of these spots (for example two teams that both finish second in their respective group), highest winning percentage, then highest net point differential will be calculated. If it remains a tie, a coin toss will decide.

  8. Teams and individuals will be given a short period of time to commit fully to participating in the WGC or AsGC.

  9. The maximum number of Australian teams to be formed from individuals who have nominated for selection, will be determined by identifying how many teams of 5 or 6 can be formed from the nominees.

  10. As soon as possible after the AGC, selected teams will be expected to complete their teams by selecting from the individuals who have nominated. Clubs should select individual players according to demonstrated skills and proximity (to enable practice.) Players from the succesful club should also need to be in agreement that the individuals selected would be compatible with team dynamics.

  11. Any individual who cannot attend the AGC but who may wish to be considered for selection should request the National Coordinator, through their club’s gateball contact, to be excused from this requirement. An exemption will be granted on the grounds of ill health, family or work commitments.

Eligibility

  1. All players who are part of a nominated team will need to be an Australian resident affiliated with the Australian Croquet Association (ACA). As a minimum standard, players must be able to complete the ACA’s GB Basic Skills Card successfully.

  2. Should a nominated Club team be successful in being selected for the WGC or AsGC, it will be the Club that is selected. It will be up to the Club to determine the composition of the team for the WGC or AsGC, according to the guidance given above. Clubs need to be aware that their selections may need to be justified.

Should more than one team from the same Club be successful in being selected, the Club will have to fill those teams for the WGC. It will also be up to the Club to determine the composition of those teams.

  1. Notification of selections and any changes, including evidence that clause 13 has been complied with, will need to be provided to the National Gateball Director.

  2. International teams and players are eligible to participate in the AGC, but they would not be eligible for selection as an Australian team for the WGC or AsGC

Referees

19 Australia can also nominate teams of referees to participate in AsGC and the WGC. Referees who participate in the WGC or AsGC need to be certified as international referees, according to WGU and ACA processes. The experience gained assists in maintaining and developing standards of Australian refereeing. It is envisaged that, whenever possible, Australia will encourage one team of 3 or 4 referees to participate. The National Coordinator will appoint one of the International Referees to oversee the selection and training of this team of International Referees

Endorsement

20. The ACA Executive will endorse both the selection as properly constituted and selected Australian teams, assuming that the selections are made according to this procedure.

Review

18 This selection procedure will be reviewed following the 2018 WGC.

John Park
National Gateball Coordinator
November 2016
info@gateball.com.au

Approved by the the ACA Board, 5th December, 2015

 

Referee Re-accreditation

reaccredtation

State Coordinators are currently putting together their lists of gateball referees who have re-accredited during 2016. The list of gateball referees on this website will be updated accordingly.

To bring gateball into line with ACA referees in other codes of mallet sports, all referees have been asked to complete the Australian Sports Commission’s online ” Introductory Level Officiating General Principles Course.” In addition, referees need to show that they are keeping up to date with the current rules and their interpretation. Review of performance is also an important element of the updated process.

The ASC course sets a minimum standard for all sports involved in the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS.) The ACA needs to meet these standards in order to obtain full recognition by the ASC.

Current referees in NSW and Queenland should have handed their completed 2016 cards to their state coordinators of gateball. Victorian referees have a deadline at the end of April. Anyone who has been unable to do this, is urged to complete the online course and other requirements as soon as possible.

Re-accreditation cards for 2017 have been mailed to state coordinators for distribution or can be downloaded from this website. Go to “Officiating, Rules and Refereeing” under the “About gateball” tab for links to all cards and information.