These skills tests were developed initially by the Association Croquet Regeneration Working Party, and are undergoing continued trial and development. Gabrielle Higgins welcomes your comments on these exercises.
Download a PDF Croquet Skills Tests Record Card.
Each exercise comprises 10 attempts. To pass the test, a minimum of 70% success rate must be achieved. Practice is permitted (even encouraged!).
Having failed an exercise, a player may not re-attempt it on the same day, but may attempt a different exercise.
Player successfully runs a hoop from one yard directly in front of the hoop.
Player successfully roquets a ball 3.5 yards away.
(This can easily be measured by placing one ball by hoop 5 and the other between hoops 1 and 4, or by placing one ball by hoop 6 and the other between hoops 2 and 3.)
Player successfully plays a 10-yard straight rush by rushing a ball on any corner spot to a marker placed one yard in front of the nearest hoop. The striker's ball should be placed one foot (one mallet head) behind the other ball. Player is allowed a 20% margin of error (i.e. the rushed ball must finish within two yards of the marker in any direction).
Player successfully plays a 9.5-yard take-off by taking-off from a ball level with Hoop 5 to a marker placed on the south boundary yard-line. Player is allowed a 10% margin of error (i.e. the striker's ball must finish within one yard of the marker in any direction).
(Player may alternatively use north boundary and Hoop 6.)
Player plays a stop-shot from the south boundary yard-line in front of Hoop 1 (or Hoop 4) to leave the striker's ball within one yard of Hoop 1 (or Hoop 4) in any direction (i.e. it doesn't have to be in hoop-running position) and the croqueted ball within 4 yards of Hoop 2 (or Hoop 3) in any direction. (Player may alternatively use north boundary and Hoops 1-back and 2-back or 4-back and 3-back.)
Player plays a split-shot from one yard in front and one yard to the side of a hoop. The striker's ball must come to rest in hoop-running position no more than two mallet heads from the hoop and the other ball must come to rest at least 2 yards beyond the hoop. Player must then run the hoop.
Player takes croquet one yard in front of Hoop 1, with a pivot ball midway between Hoops 1 and 2, and a pioneer ball 3.5 yards in front of Hoop 2 (i.e. level with Hoop 6). Player must run Hoop 1, roquet the escape ball and send it towards Hoop 3, use the pivot ball and then make Hoop 2 off the pioneer. The ball near Hoop 3 must be the Hoop 3 side of Hoop 6 and no more than 3 yards beyond Hoop 3.
Player takes a shot from either baulk line, as if playing turn 4, with two balls a yard apart on the East boundary yard-line and the third ball on the West boundary yard-line level with Hoop 5. Player must get one pioneer ball in front of Hoop 2, one pivot ball between Hoop 1, Hoop 2 and the peg, and end by taking croquet to approach Hoop 1 and then running it. The Hoop 2 pioneer should be within a box 5 yards square as shown on the last diagram. Player has 2 bisques to achieve this.
Exercise 2 - Hitting-In
Exercise 3 - Rushing
Exercise 4 - Taking-Off
Exercise 5 - Ratios
Exercise 6 - Split-Shots
Exercise 7 - Breaks
Exercise 8 - Break-Building (start)
Exercise 8 - Break-Building (finish)