Introducing Gateball at other Croquet Clubs and within clubs
For beginners, a game without sparking is a great introductory activity: Aussie Gateball
Gateball players are often asked to present introductions to GB at Croquet Clubs. An example shared by the CNSW GB Coordinator is found here.
Canberra CC has, for many years run an interesting program building up to its annual Tavender Trophy. The competition is Doubles play with an experienced player drawn with a ‘learner’. In order to attract new players Canberra has developed three introductory lessons which the Club offers over three weeks.
In 2011, a team from a local school trained to participate in the 2011 Australian Gateball Championships through Wagga Wagga Croquet Club. GB players from CNSW visited the club on a roster to coach the players. Elements of the program were:
- A set of drills which the team completed over a number of weeks
- Records of the sessions were sent to the State Coordinator of GB
- Results were tabulated and charted the player’s progress.
This was a great example of an organised long distance system to prepare for an event. The team from Wagga Wagga achieved a notable success at the AGC and even defeated a visiting Japanese team!
Introducing Gateball to community groups
U3A groups and Schools are other settings that clubs may have to develop programs for. Demonstrations for community groups are sometimes requested. While there is limited opportunity to immerse participants in skill development, the focus is often on providing an exciting experience to entice people to visit their local club for some serious play.
Anyone who develops variations of practise drills or session for clubs or the wider community is invited to send them to email@example.com for posting on this website.