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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, and 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.

Golf Croquet and Association Croquet are the two main variants of the game played in the UK:

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.

The Tournaments section tells you all about the competitive scene.

The Technical section tells everything else!

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What's on?

April

  • 23: Northern Academy Tips and Technique for Higher Bisquers View details (Course)
  • 23: High Wycombe A Clinic with the Swing Doctor! View details (Course)
  • 24: The Academy AC - It's All About the Break - Improvers View details (Course)
  • 24: Northern Academy Back to Basics View details (Course)
  • 24-25: The Academy AC - An Introduction and Development Course in Advanced Play View details (Course)
  • 26: Eynsham GC - Improving Your Game Course View details (Course)
  • 27: High Wycombe AC - A Day with Lionel Tibble (Openings, Leaves and Peels) View details (Course)
  • 27-28: Newport (Essex) AC Beginners' Coaching View details (Course)
  • 27-28: Northern Academy CTC - Become a Croquet England Club-Level Coach View details (Course)
  • 22: Cheltenham GC High-Handicap (10+) Event View details (GC)
  • 24: Phyllis Court Golf Croquet C-Level (7+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 24: Roehampton Golf Croquet 7+ Level Tournament View details (GC)
  • 26: Watford Golf Croquet C-Level (7+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 27-28: East Dorset Golf Croquet A-Level (0+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 27-28: Surbiton The Surbiton Golf Croquet Championship (Open Series) View details (GC)
  • 28: Sussex County Golf Croquet B-Level (3+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 28: Sussex County Golf Croquet C-Level (7+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 25-26: Woking Super-B-Level (AC) Tournament View details (AC)
  • 27-28: Budleigh BSCC AC B-Level Advanced Weekend View details (AC)
  • 27-28: Bristol The Latham Cup (AC) View details (AC)
  • 27-28: Middlesbrough Handicap (AC) Weekend View details (AC)
  • 27-28: Woking Advanced Handicap (AC) Tournament View details (AC)
  • 30: Hamptworth GC - Honing Your Competitive Edge Course View details (Course)
  • 30: Northern Academy Moving On in Golf Croquet View details (Course)

May

  • 2: Tunbridge Wells 'Up Your GC Game' - C to B-Level View details (Course)
  • 4-5: Newport (Essex) AC Improvers' Coaching View details (Course)
  • 4-5: Bury Golf Croquet A-Level (0+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 4-5: Nailsea The Nailsea Golf Croquet Championship (Championship Series) View details (GC)
  • 4: High Wycombe AC Handicap 14-point Tournament View details (AC)
  • 4-5: Pendle B-Level/C-Level Advanced (AC) Weekend View details (AC)
  • 4-6: Hunstanton Robert Prichard Weekend (AC) View details (AC)
  • 4-6: Hurlingham May Weekend (AC) View details (AC)
  • 4-6: Cheltenham The Coles Championship View details (AC)
  • 4-6: Bowdon May Handicap Weekend (AC) View details (AC)
  • 5: Surbiton The Charity One-Ball Championship (Regional Final) View details (AC)
  • 7: Northern Academy Call THAT a Four-Ball Break? View details (Course)
  • 7: High Wycombe Coaching the Swing with the Swing Doctor! View details (Course)
  • 8: Northern Academy Don't Leave Me This Way... View details (Course)
  • 6: Watford Golf Croquet B-Level (3+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 7: Camerton & Peasedown Golf Croquet B-Level (3+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 8: Phyllis Court Golf Croquet D-Level (10+) Tournament View details (GC)
  • 7-12: Budleigh BSCC Spring AC Tournament View details (AC)