Association Croquet is the full international version of the sport, which is played by the majority of tournament croquet players. For games you can play in your garden, see the Garden Croquet section.
The game is played by two players (or sides) each with two balls. The objective is to score 12 hoop-points and a peg-point with each ball before the other side does the same. Through careful play, a player can keep the tactical advantage, hence improving his chances of winning by making life difficult for the opponent. More importantly, he can earn additional strokes, so allowing breaks to be played and scoring many hoop points in a single turn.
A top-class player can win a game in only two turns.
How to play: The synopsis of the game gives an outline, the Basic Laws of Association Croquet are all you need to get started in a club, or the full picture for tournament play is in The Laws of Association Croquet.
Details are available for handicapping, refereeing, coaching, rankings, and selection
Information about tournaments is in a separate section, along with details of the National Merit Award Scheme, which encourages enterprising play and raises skills.