Gateball Coaching

Gateball Coaches have now been trained in 4 states in SE Australia.

There are 3 levels of coaches for Gateball:

A Level 1 coach is trained to work alongside beginners to develop the basic routines for stroking, sparking and sliding, to work with a captain and develop the ability to stroke, spark and slide with increasing accuracy and to a variety of lengths.

At Level 2,  a coach is working with players who are aiming to become consistent in a series of plays as part of a team aiming to compete effectively in interclub competition. 

At level 3, a coach also needs to be a referee and  has the skills to work with others to develop  a player’s strategic understanding and ability to call a game as a captain. Teams aiming to do well in higher level competition and to participate overseas should work with a Level 3 coach. 

Unlike our refereeing processes that are managed internally by Gateball Australia, coaching is managed in each state by a State Coordinator of Coaching. Arrangements in each State are to be found through the links below:

In Queensland, the latest count of coaches trained is shown on the CAQ website . There are 11 Level 2 coaches and 6 Level 1 coaches

In CNSW 8 Level 2 coaches and 6 Level 1 coaches are listed on the Gateball Coaches page.

Croquet Victoria has a dedicated coaching page which lists both its processes and the State’s 1 Level 1 and 2 Level 2 coaches.

In SA 4 Level 1 Coaches have been trained and are listed on the State’s Coaching page.

One of our Qld coaches is a part time member of a Tasmanian club, so we could claim there is half a coach there! It is hoped that a visit to WA will train some Level 1 coaches 

2021 Referee Committee

Each year the National Coordinator is obliged to hold a Gateball Australia Referee Committee meeting. This has recently been held and this post is intended to give Gateball Australia members an overview of decisions and discussions.

Firstly, the Committee was pleased to note that Bruce McAlister and Keith McLeod have decided to continue as International Referees. They both remain active in this role and contribute significantly. We all need to thank this pair, as we do anyone who agrees to be a referee.

Decisions made at this year’s meeting are as follows:

Doubles and Triples Rules  Somewhat unusually, our doubles and triples rules use two different systems. Our triples rules are written using a relation system. For example, the leading team players use balls 1 & 7, 3 & 9, and 5. Triples can also be played using a rotational system and some clubs prefer to do this, both for social play and club comps. Our doubles are played using a rotational system. Players use alternate balls, rotating through all the numbers. Doubles can also be played using a relation system. This means that one player, for example, uses balls 1,5 and 9, while the other member of the team uses 3 and 7. Given that, in Australia, clubs use both rotational and relation systems, the Committee decided this should be reflected in our rules for club play and club competition. Players can always refer to these rules on the Officiating, Rules and Refereeing page on our website. These are always worth checking before a competition. They do, for example, explain the consequences of strokers playing out of order.

  The picture above shows a bib for relation triples.

Accrediting and re-accrediting as a Level 1 or International Referee. It has now become a requirement for referees wishing to accredit as Level 1 and as International Referees to have experience in being tournament referees, contributing to mentoring new referees, assisting at referee courses, preparing or presenting talks or materials for the benefit of the Gateball community. Details are included in the Gateball Australia Accreditation and Reaccreditation Procedure available on this website.

Signing off Referee Reaccreditation Cards All referees are usually expected to complete a Reaccreditation card each year. The sign-off by a peer should not be by a member of a player’s own club, except in circumstances where a club or player is isolated from other referees who can perform the duty. (This ruling cannot apply to cards already completed for 2020/21). Referees are reminded that only 1 card is due for the period January 2020 – mid September 2021 (this year’s Australian Gateball Championships). New cards from September 2021 to the end of 2022 will then be required.

Laser pointers. Laser pointers are used in some Gateball playing countries and have been a topic of discussion at WGU Rules meetings. A proposal was put to the Committee that, should someone wish to do so, it should support a trial of their use. It was noted that regulations varied from one state to another. In NSW, an online application can be made to use a laser pointer, similar to applying for a gun licence. While in NSW, an exemption for use in sports can be granted. This is not the case in Victoria. Committee members were evenly divided on whether or not this should be allowed as a trial. There was not enough support for this to proceed.

Video Exam. A proposal was received to trial some video exam questions for referees. The NCGB will obtain copies on a USB drive and share these to states. Interestingly, discussion on the matter also brought to light that exams could be put on line and that the ACA board could be asked to support this initiative. It needs to be noted that the exam would still require an invigilator and security concerns would also be addressed.

Pointing with a stick and related matters. Late in 2020, a referee in Queensland was challenged over their request for a captain not to point with their stick. The complainant wished to know where the supporting wording for this action was to be found in the rules. After some bureaucratic processes within CAQ, the matter was discussed at a special meeting of the GA Referee Committee in late 2020. Two statements were endorsed and are available on our website. In summary, captains should not point with their sticks and, after an initial warning, referees should take action under play interference rules. The WGU was informed and suggested further reasons why this action was inappropriate. GA has made a request that this item be included in the next version of the Q and A.  As has already been the GA process for many years, any contentious issues arising during a competition should be brought to the attention of the Tournament Referee. If the player is still not satisfied, the matter should then be referred to the GA Referee Committee.

The Referee Committee is held annually and any player is invited to refer any issues they have about the rules and their application in Australia. Discussing your issue with your State Coordinator of Refereeing before submitting an item is advisable. However, if you wish to do so, you can email directly.

Please note that these decisions will also be forwarded to the ACA Board.


Prince Chaudhary – Indian Gateballer

Prince Chaudhary, an Indian Gateballer, tried to bring a team to the 2019 Australian Gateball Championships. Unfortunately, the visas did not arrive in time and the team did not make it. We have kept in touch, and, recently, when invited, he agreed to share his Gateball story with us.

My name is  Prince Chaudhary and I am 29 years old. I come from Himachal Pradesh, a state in Northern India.

I started playing Gateball in 2007 in the  state of Orissa. My coaches’ names were Dr Suman Shankar Tiwari, Manoranjan Mishra & Biswaranjan Mishra. They taught  me how to play Gateball in  the city  of Chandigarh and in Orrisa, I’d spent my 2 weeks in every month learning Gateball.

Game promoted in Utter Pradesh with my Coach Manoranjan Mishra

One day I was selected for my first international tournament in Hong Kong.  At that time time I was in 10th standard (last year of school in India.) Unfortunately, my parents and my teachers were reluctant to allow me to participate in international travel because I missed my final exams and failed my exams. 

At that time, I was the only person from the northern area who was going to play in Hong Kong. I had never been that far from my hometown before. That was the first time for me.

(On arrival) I was excited to see overseas players and how they played Gateball. I learned many techniques from overseas players and later explained these to my team mates in India. After this, I started to promote Gateball in different cities in my state and in other states also. We established a team in every state in Northern India. I spent  4 years promoting Gateball in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana Jammu & Kashmir and my state too. I was working alone without financial support.

I organised two national tournaments in my state. I made some mistakes when I organised my first tournaments  but slowly, slowly I learned everything about how to organise tournaments. After some time i got some financial problems to play tournaments because no-one sponsors our tournaments and that time i was a student. It’s very difficult for a student to organise two national tournaments without sponsorship or any support.

Playing in Kallinga stadium

National tournament which I organised

It is a challenge to play in international tournaments without any sponsor but my parents always supported me. After Hong Kong, I played in Macao, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and other countries. 

With Japanese team mates

I remember my father said to me, ” Don’t worry, one day your game will enter in the Olympics. He  always helped me to play international tournaments and organise tournaments. Sadly,  he has now passed away. Because of financial problems in my home I am going to Singapore for work and now I am working in Singapore from last 5 years. 

Every weekend I am going to play Gateball in Singapore with Mr Kho Sing Tjai and Mr James Wong Fook Meng and Mr Fujimoto Yoshihiro.  

The first time I won  a gold medal in Thailand, it was a memorable day in my life. 

National Gateball Tournament in Orrisa

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New Zealand Gateball – Dec 2020

Gateball Australia has received an update from Gateball New Zealand
Dennis Bulloch, the Director of Gateball New Zealand tells us that the organisation is formally established.  Claire Horncastle, Gaylene Jones, Duncan Dixon, Kathie Grant and Dennis are on on the national committee and that  meets monthly with the aid of Microsoft Teams.  Duncan is working on a gateball website which should be up and running by the end of the year. Gaylene is our secretary and Claire our Treasurer.  They are assembling a database of gateball payers.  A gateball club has been formed in Christchurch and there has been quite a lot of interest from a number of croquet clubs. Dennis reports they are still in the state of establishing Gateball in NZ and feel there is a long way to go.  
Hopefully they will be able to have Croquet New Zealand recognise Gateball and be willing to liaise with GNZ. They are seeking funding to purchase gateball sets and loan them to clubs that are showing interest in the sport. 

GNZ will organise and run national tournaments.  
Sadlyit has been decided not to hold the NZ Gateball Championships next year in February due to quarantine border problems. They will let the WGU know of this as well and hope that an Australasian bubble between our 2 countries can be established soon. However, it seems that will not happen before March next year at the earliest.  Fingers crossed, NZ Gateball hope they  can travel in September to compete in the Australian Gateball Championships. 
They recently had a fun day at Rose Gardens Croquet club  which was part of their centenary celebrations and gateball sets were used in many of the activities. 
GNZ has promiised to give us  some information on how the sport is being tackled in Christchurch. Photos featuring the gateball course for students during the last school holidays and an introductory course for a large number of club members in the Christchurch and Ashburton areas. 
CNZ  will try to keep you informed on our gateball progress over the next few months.

Excitement at the Asian Gateball Championships!

Pitch invasions at a Gateball event! Unbelievable but true. Here’s the picture to prove it.

What’s more, an Australian team was there to be part of it. It was the end of an exciting finals series game between Fujian,a Chinese team, and Sata King, a Japanese team.

That game has now been posted on Youtube by the KGU, who hosted the event at Namwon, in South Korea, four years ago. See what all the excitement was about by following this link: to the video. 

For those who have never attended a large international GB event, note the gong to start the game, the buzz from the crowd and the challenge of playing on a chewed up soccer stadium. Even though Australian teams only play a few games, the excitement of the event is something to experience. 

96 teams participated in this spectacular tournament and the Australians attending engaged in diverse pursuits afterwards, including visiting cultural sites in Seoul, checking out the the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea and hiking in those magnificent mountains rising at the back of the stadium in the picture below.

Although we have not heard officially, this year’s Asian Gateball Championships cannot take place. That’s a disappointment, as many Australian players indicated at our 2019 Australian Gateball Championships that they were available for selection for the 2020 event.  However, let’s hope the World and Asian Championships will be played again soon.

The 2021 Australian Gateball Championships, at the Gold Coast from the 17th to the 19th September, are scheduled to be the selection event for the 2022 World Gateball Championships. Please start thinking about it now.