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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Croquet?

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 and some mallets. There are two main types of Croquet played in the UK: Golf and Association. They have different rules and tactics, but have the same basic objective of getting a ball to go through a hoop. In both games the Blue and Black balls play against the Red and Yellow.

What is the difference between Golf Croquet and Association Croquet?

In Golf Croquet players contest each hoop in turn, moving on to the next as soon as each one is scored. Balls are played in strict sequence and each player has one shot per turn.

In Association Croquet there is only one player on the lawn and each player may start his turn with either of his balls. He can use the other balls to continue his turn, extra strokes are earned by causing the ball you are hitting with your mallet (the "Striker's Ball") either to run its hoop or to hit another ball, and might run several hoops in one turn, as a break – rather like snooker.

There is a simplified version of Association called Garden Croquet, which is a good way to start.

See the Croquet England website for more information.

Which form is easier to play?

Golf Croquet is generally considered to be an easier way to start playing croquet. Both forms of the game start with simple ideas but offer rich opportunities for tactical thinking. The result is a combination of skill and strategy not normally found in outdoor games.

Does one play singles or doubles?

Both forms of Croquet can be played as singles or doubles. In singles, each player has two balls; in doubles, each player plays with one.

How can I try it out?

Look up your nearest club to find out more about the outdoor sport that keeps you physically and mentally fit, providing a social yet competitive environment – all our clubs welcome new members. Taster activities are available on National Croquet Day. The only requirements are an interest in the game and a pair of flat-soled shoes.

When is a Croquet season?

The Croquet England fixtures calendar starts in Spring and the last event is in October. Most clubs follow suit, some will decide to play longer, depending on the weather.

Is it expensive?

Clubs provide hoops, balls and mallets, so the only cost is your club membership which is not expensive – much less than golf clubs for example. Membership costs start at around 20 - see our Member Clubs page. Full Premium Croquet England subscription is 45.50. Tournament entry fees also vary but most are around 12 per day.

Where can I find out more?

On the Croquet England website.
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