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1. GAME TYPE: All games are 13-point, first to seven point games. No time limits. The winner of the test is the first team to reach six wins, but all four rounds should be played.

2. RULES: The games will follow the official WCF Golf Croquet Rulebook.

3. FORMAT: First round is doubles. That is followed by three rounds of singles where all three members of each team will face all three members of the opposing team. If after round four, the event is tied at 5-5. An extra doubles match will be played with the stipulation, that neither team can use the same doubles partners as in the first round. (For example, if a team played 1/2 in the first round, they must utilize their 2/3 or 1/3 doubles team in the extra round.   The extra round is only played when tied.

4. STARTING SIDE: The starting side is determined by coin toss. The winning team for the coin toss plays blue/black in the first game. The starting side then alternates based on the schedule below. For 2018, the preferred format with starting side example underlined.

Game 1 -- Doubles (A is the starting team)

Game 2, B1 v A3 | Game 3, A1 vs B3 | Game 4, B2 vs A2

Game 5, A1 vs B2 | Game 6, B1 vs A2 | Game 7, A3 vs B3

Game 8, B2 vs A3 | Game 9, A2 vs B3 | Game 10, B1 vs A1

*Game 11, Doubles (A starts) (if necessary)

A = Starting Side, B = Opposing side. Underlined indicates starting side.

5. MODIFIED FORMAT: If the event is held on single court, the above format can be altered if both captains agree, but the format should always start with the doubles match and hold the second doubles as the extra round tiebreaker match. And the starting side should alternate. It is preferred to keep the 1 vs 1 matchup in the last round prior to the extra tiebreaker round.

6. QUAD TEAM QUALIFIER FORMAT: The four teams will be randomly seeded and paired in a first round test that should be played on day one of the Quad Qualifier. The winning teams from round one will play to advance to the championship in the second round on day two. The two losing teams will play on day two for third place in the region (results could be used for seeding in 2019). If there are only two Quad Qualifiers, the two winners of those Quads will advance to the Championship. In the event of three Quad Qualifiers, one of the second place teams will be awarded wildcard placement in the Championship as the fourth team. The tiebreaker will be games won, total team wicket net, doubles games only net, coin toss.

7. CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT FORMAT: All four teams will be seeded according to cumulative starting line-up GC Grade. If the wildcard team is matched against a team from its Quad Qualifier, it will be moved down one seed place. If it is the fourth seed and cannot be moved down, then the #1 team from it's quad will be moved to a #2 seed. The goal is to produce a balanced bracket that will give the best chance for the top two teams meeting in the final, while avoiding a repeat match up from the Quad Qualifier on day one.The two teams that win on day one will advance to the championship on day two. The two losing teams will play for third place. Medals will be awarded for teams one through three.

8. ROSTER: Each team must name a roster by the roster date set by the event manager. Each team is allowed eight players on the roster. A preliminary starting roster must be named five days prior to the scheduled round. This is for practical reasons related to setting up score software and event scheduling and promotion purposes. A change can be made prior to the actual start of a team test. Starting line-up changes may not be made in the middle of the test except in the case of injury. A team may petition the event organizers for an in-test roster change. Changes or additions to the eight-player roster between tests can be proposed by a team captain, but they must be presented to the committee of captains and can be approved by a majority vote.

To be eligible for a team, a player should have a physical address in the state that they would play for. A player that has multiple residences can play for any of those states, but may not be on two different state rosters during a States Shield season. A season is defined as starting when initial rosters are due and concluding after the Championship. Therefore, a player may not switch to a second state roster after being named to an initial roster. In addition, a player must agree to be included on a roster and a team director may not name a player to a roster without the consent of a player.

If a team with no alternate players, loses a player or players due to injury, illness or any other reason during or just prior to the event, a local player substitute may be allowed if the majority of the other captains in the event agree on the proposed substitute. This would be an on-site only decision and vote and would not have to include leadership outside of the event affected. If the captain's cannot agree on a suitable replacement, the games involving the player that has become unavailable would be forfeited.

9. TEAM FEE: The entry fee per team for the 2018 States Shield competition is $150. These fees are used to sanction the event with the USCA to have all singles games entered in the WCF World Rankings database. In addition, all starting players on teams advancing to the championship in Milwaukee (excluding host Wisconsin) will be paid $250 stipends to help with travel expenses. The total travel stipend per team is $750.

10. DRESS CODE: As a USCA-sanctioned event, States Shield follows the USCA whites dress code with the exception that a team may wear jersey's of a non-white color provided that all players on the team wear the same jersey. Shorts or pants may also be of a team color, as long as the players match. Otherwise, the shorts or pants worn should be white.

Italics indicates changes for 2018