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The Laws of Association Croquet

Association Croquet is the official name of the traditional game of croquet played throughout the world. The Laws are sometimes known as the International Laws.

If you are new to the sport, you may find the synopsis of the game or the simplified basic laws more appropriate. There's also a quiz to test your knowledge of the Laws

Proposed 7th Edition Laws of Association Croquet

The World Croquet Federation is asking its members to approve a new, 7th, edition of the Laws of Association Croquet, following several years of drafting and consultation by its AC Laws Committee. If approved by the WCF, the Council of the Croquet Association will be asked to adopt it for use in this country from 1st March, 2021.

An introductory statement, proposed 7th edition laws and list of changes from the current, 6th, edition, have been published on the WCF website. A list of changes since the last consultative draft, which was published in August 2020, has also been compiled. A replacement for the commentary is in draft.

Please inform Roger Staples, the Chairman of the CA's AC Laws Committee, before 16th January, if you have queries or objection to the CA approving and adopting the new Edition, to replace the current Laws.

The Laws of Association Croquet (6th Edition, Amended 2008)

The 6th edition of the Laws of Association Croquet has been in effect since January 2001 and was amended in January, 2008. The Laws were prepared by the International Laws Committee (ILC), established by the croquet associations of England and Wales (CA), Australia (ACA), New Zealand (CNZ) and the United States (USCA).

Refer also to the Regulations for Tournaments, Approved Variations to Laws.

Where to Get a Copy

The laws are available:

Other Resources

Previous Editions of the Laws

Previous versions of the laws, rulings and commentary are available in the laws archive.

Official Rulings on the Laws of Croquet (November 2017)

The Official Rulings on the Laws of Association Croquet contains all the judgements on the laws made by the International Laws Committee. This document also contains a commentary on the laws. There is a PDF version of the ORLAC, formatted for printing on A4.

Tournament Regulations

Also note that the Regulations for Tournaments is a separate publication.