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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!

Coming Up

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

Where are the top players?

June

July

  • 6-14: Cheltenham The Association Croquet Open Championships View details (AC)

What's on?

June

  • 21-23: Roehampton England vs Spain GC Test Match View details (GC)
  • 22: Colchester Golf Croquet C-Level (7+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 22: Hunstanton Golf Croquet B-Level (3+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 22: Northampton Golf Croquet C-Level Tournament View details (GC)
  • 22-23: Hamptworth Golf Croquet B-Level (3+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 23: Hunstanton Golf Croquet C-Level (7+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 23: Northampton Golf Croquet B-Level Tournament View details (GC)
  • 23: Surbiton Golf Croquet C-Level (7+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 20-23: East Dorset June Tournament - Handicap and Level Play Events (AC) View details (AC)
  • 22-23: Cheltenham B-Level (0-6) Advanced (AC) Tournament View details (AC)
  • 22-23: Compton (Eastbourne) Advanced Weekend (COWhorn) View details (AC)
  • 22-23: Meadows The Scottish Open View details (AC)
  • 22-23: Middlesbrough Advanced (AC) Weekend View details (AC)
  • 28: Swindon Golf Croquet C-Level (7+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 29: Blewbury One-Day GC C-Level Tournament View details (GC)
  • 29: East Dorset Golf Croquet C-Level (7+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 29: Newport (Essex) Ladies' B-Level Singles View details (GC)
  • 29-30: Ashby The National Forest Golf Croquet Championship (Open Series) View details (GC)
  • 29-30: Norwich Restricted Entry Level Tournament (GC) View details (GC)
  • 29-30: Ramsgate Ladies' GC Weekend View details (GC)
  • 29-30: Watford Golf Croquet A-Level (0+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 24-29: Budleigh The AC National Veterans' (65+) Championship View details (AC)
  • 25-26: Wrest Park July A- And B-Level Advanced (AC) Tournament View details (AC)
  • 25-27: Colchester Over-Fifties' Midweek Handicap (AC) Tournament View details (AC)
  • 28-30: Nottingham The Championship of the East Midlands (AC) View details (AC)
  • 29-30: Bristol The Barbara Evans Trophy B-Level Weekend (AC) View details (AC)
  • 29-30: Surbiton Summer Handicap (AC) View details (AC)

July

  • 4: Bath Golf Croquet B-Level (3+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 6: Compton (Eastbourne) Golf Croquet B-Level (3+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 6-7: Bowdon The Cheshire Open Golf Croquet Championship (Championship Series) View details (GC)
  • 6-7: Colchester Colchester Ladies' Open GC Singles Tournament View details (GC)
  • 6-7: Sidmouth Golf Croquet Open Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 7: Compton (Eastbourne) Golf Croquet C-Level (7+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 7: Nottingham The National Schools' and Juniors' Championships View details (GC)
  • 3: Hamptworth Short Croquet One-Day Midweek (SC) Tournament View details (AC)
  • 3-4: Letchworth July Midweek Tournament B-Level Advanced (AC) View details (AC)
  • 6-7: Guildford B-Level Advanced (AC) Weekend View details (AC)
  • 6-7: Nottingham C-Level Singles Weekend (AC) View details (AC)
  • 6-7: Roehampton B-Level Advanced View details (AC)
  • 6-7: Tyneside Handicap Weekend Tournament (AC) for High-Bisquers View details (AC)
  • 7: Newport (Essex) Short Croquet View details (AC)