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Court and Equipment Hire Fees

Claims to Croquet England for Court and Equipment Hire can be made on the Court and Equipment Hire form subject to the following:

  1. The standard rates for lawn, ball and equipment hire are shown in the table below. Correct claims will be settled as soon as possible on receipt.
  2. For fixtures organised by Croquet England, the relevant Tournaments Committee will specify the level of preparation that they expect and will pay for in respect of each tournament. These charges need to be reflected in the entry fees for the tournament. If clubs do not meet the service requirements a lower rate is to be paid.
  3. The accepted practice is to pay for the lunch and tea of the manager each day. Small disbursements by the manager, up to say £7 for the whole tournament, are allowed, but a claim for any other expenses and/or travel must be sanctioned by the Chairman of the relevant Tournaments Committee.
  4. In general double-banking should be used throughout, and claims should be for the number of courts actually used. Claims for Short Croquet courts are to be made at 50% of the rate for a full court.
  5. Do not deduct Court and Equipment Hire expenses from any monies due to Croquet England (e.g. entry fees); the full amount of the latter should accompany the claim form.
  6. In the case of clubs that are VAT registered, a VAT invoice should accompany the form. The rates shown do not include VAT.
  7. Once completed, please send the form to the office.


2019-2021 Rate
(per full court
per day)

2022-2023 Rate
(per full court
per day)

2024 Rate
(per full court
per day)


Minimum Dry Lawn Speed
(See Below)

Base Rate £34 £37


This is the default base rate, sometimes colloquially known as the 'turn up and play' rate. 9 seconds
Tournament Rate £40 £44


This rate is applicable to most tournaments where Croquet England requires the following lawn preparation for an event:

  • Mows the lawns just prior to the event and then every other day during it.
  • Sets hoops into new holes prior to the tournament and sets the hoops on a daily basis, in accordance with Appendix 1 of the Tournament Regulations.
10 seconds
Enhanced Tournament Rate £50 £54


This rate is applicable only to a small number of elite events, where the following enhanced lawn preparation is appropriate:

  • Mows the lawns every day.
  • For events which last six or more days, additionally moves hoop to new holes at least once during the event.
11 seconds

Croquet England's default planning assumptions for the rate which will apply to each event are listed on the Provisional Forward Tournament Schedule.

Lawn Speeds

  1. Minimum Dry Lawn Speeds have been set in order to provide guidance to clubs and any contractors when preparing courts. The aim is to ensure safe and appropriate competitive conditions for players and to deliver a level of consistency across all fixtures organised by Croquet England.
  2. For croquet the speed of a lawn is defined as the time in seconds taken for a croquet ball to travel the full length of a standard court when it just comes to rest on the far boundary. Longer times indicate a 'fast' court, and shorter times a 'slow' court. Further details on the process and alternative approximate methods can be found on this page.
  3. Measuring lawn speeds well in advance of and leading up to an event will allow hosts time to adopt any necessary actions. It is recommended that this begins a month prior to a tournament, although clubs may prefer to measure speeds regularly through the season in order to better evaluate the effects of lawn work, weather and other factors.
  4. For Tournaments organised by Croquet England, results of lawn speed tests made in the month prior to the tournament should be communicated to the Tournament Director (see Tournament Regulation O4(b)). It is expected that 1-2 weeks prior to the event, a lawn will be no more than 1 second slower than the lawn speeds above. It is desirable to increase rather than decrease lawn speeds during an event.
  5. Clubs are reminded that the lawn speeds stated above are minimum speeds not target speeds. Speeds 1-2 seconds faster than the minimum speeds are to be preferred.
  6. It is recognised that poor weather can interfere with lawn maintenance plans and also affect the playing surface and consequently lawn speed in ways that are difficult to quantify. A rain shower will tend to reduce lawn speed by 1-2 seconds, depending on intensity. The minimum speeds above make an assumption of dry weather.