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How to Play: Rules, Coaching, Handicapping, Ranking, Refereeing


What is croquet all about - and why should you give it a try?

Croquet: six hoops, four balls, two mallets and a patch of grass.

Sounds easy enough.

Croquet is a game of skill and strategy, angles, tactics, guile. A bit like snooker on grass. Will your balls get through the hoops and peg out before your opponent's? It is played on equal terms by men and women and between young and old.

Croquet offers sport, friendships, fun, competition and a whole lot more.

To see what we mean, please watch the adjacent short video.

With over 200 croquet clubs nationwide to choose from, look up your nearest club to find out more about the outdoor sport that keeps you physically and mentally fit, providing a competitive yet sociable environment. Clubs belong to regional Federations.

Croquet is played on a 35 x 28 yards completely flat and closely-mown fine grass court.

Six cast-iron hoops and a peg set firmly into the ground, four balls weighing one pound (in top-class competition 1/32" smaller than a hoop), and mallets weighing around three pounds are used to play at club to international level.

The Coaching section will get you started through to international champion.

The Refereeing section tells you how to become or be a better referee.

The Handicapping system allows competitive games between players of different abilities.

The Ranking System ranks all croquet players in the world.

There are two main variants of the game played in the UK, see the introduction to croquet:

The Technical section tells everything else!

There are also some just-for-fun games you can play on a croquet lawn.

The tournaments section tells you all about the competitive scene.

Coming Up

Availability closes soon for GC Second Eight (The Kate Jones Memorial), GC First Eight (The Ricki Savage Memorial), and GC Third Eight (The Suzanne Roberts Memorial) >>

Where are the top players?

June

July

  • 3-5: Surbiton The Association Croquet Open Doubles Championship View details (AC)
  • 6-11: Surbiton The Association Croquet Open Singles Championship View details (AC)

What's on?

June

  • 26: Colchester Golf Croquet C-Level (7+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 26: Guildford Golf Croquet C-Level (7+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 26: Hunstanton Golf Croquet B-Level (3+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 26-27: Hamptworth Golf Croquet B-Level (3+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 27: Hunstanton Golf Croquet C-Level (7+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 25-27: Nottingham The Championship of the East Midlands (AC) View details (AC)
  • 21-26: Budleigh The National Veterans' (Over 65) Championship View details (AC)
  • 21-26: East Dorset June Week (AC) View details (AC)
  • 26-27: Meadows The Scottish Open View details (AC)
  • 26-27: Middlesbrough B-Level Advanced (AC) Weekend View details (AC)
  • 26-27: Roehampton B-Level Advanced (AC) Weekend View details (AC)
  • 28: The Academy GC Every Shot is Tactical (from his new book) View details (Course)

July

June

  • 29: Watford Golf Croquet One-Day A-Level Tournament View details (GC)

July

  • 3: Blewbury One-Day GC C-Level Tournament View details (GC)
  • 3: Bury Golf Croquet B-Level (3+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 3-4: Norwich Restricted Entry Level Tournament (GC) View details (GC)

June

  • 29-1: Colchester Over-Fifties' Midweek Handicap (AC) Tournament View details (AC)

July

  • 2-4: Wrest Park July A- and B-Level Advanced (AC) Tournament View details (AC)
  • 2-4: Cheltenham Open Class Singles (AC) Tournament View details (AC)
  • 3-4: Sidmouth Class Weekend (AC) View details (AC)
  • 3-4: Bowdon B-Level Advanced (AC) Weekend View details (AC)
  • 8-9: The Academy AC Beginners' & Improvers View details (Course)
  • 7-8: Ryde Golf Croquet Open Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 8: Bath Golf Croquet B-Level (3+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 6-7: Hamptworth Class Singles Midweek (AC) Tournament View details (AC)
  • 6-9: Pendle Midweek Tournament (AC) View details (AC)
  • 7-8: Letchworth July Midweek Tournament B-Level (AC) View details (AC)
  • 10: Colchester One-Day 14-point Advanced (AC) Tournament View details (AC)