Croquet 101: FAQ, Learn How to Play and More

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Croquet fans have a simple go-to source for learning everything possible about the sport of croquet.

Croquetamerica. com offers articles, information on rules, and more.

Read more about croquet HERE

Many players and coaches have written good articles about learning, techniques, tactics., and interpreting the rules of croquet.

If you want to read articles about a specific type of croquet, use the libraries for American Croquet, Association Croquet, Nine-Wicket Croquet, or Golf Croquet.

Authors

Short biographies of some of these authors appear here (in alphabetical order). A list of the articles they have written also appears on their biography page.

Bill Arliss of England, UK
Carl Mabee of Sanford, Maine, USA
Cheryl Bromley of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA
Eric Sawyer of Pasadena, California, USA
Gordon Matthews
Jeff Soo of Durham, North Carolina, USA
John Riches of Salisbury, South Australia, AU
Len Canavan of Lake Wales, Florida, USA
Owen Edwards of Melbourne, Victoria, AU

Titles

Here is a list of the titles (in alphabetical order) of all the croquet articles. You may need to get the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

A Common Dilemma For Golf Croquet Referees by Gordon Matthews
Bombards by Eric Sawyer
Decision Tree On Wicket Approaches by Eric Sawyer
Does Court Speed ​​Matter by Carl Mabee
Double Banking by Jeff Soo
Double Taps And Pushes Close Balls by Owen Edwards
Error Correction by John Riches
Finer Points by John Riches
Golden Triangle by Eric Sawyer
Golf Croquet Fault And Wrong Ball Chart by Owen Edwards
Golf Croquet Fundamentals – The DT’s by Owen Edwards
Golf Croquet Fundamentals – The DT’s Continued by Owen Edwards
Golf Croquet Glossary by Owen Edwards
How Golf Balls Can Help Your Croquet Game by Cheryl Bromley
Learning The Three Approach Shots by Eric Sawyer
Mental Approach by John Riches
Next Ball Matrix by Eric Sawyer
Official Rulings On The 2007 Edition Of The WCF Golf Croquet Rules by Owen Edwards
Offside: An Attempt To De-Confuse by Owen Edwards
One Ball Blocks Another From The Hoop by Eric Sawyer
Playing The Middle Hoops by Cheryl Bromley
Stun Stop Shot by Eric Sawyer
Technique by John Riches
The First Ball To Approach A Wicket by Eric Sawyer
The Idiot’s Guide To The Wrong Ball Law by Bill Arliss
The Importance Of Developing A Pre-Shot Routine by Cheryl Bromley
The Many Layers Of Golf Croquet by Cheryl Bromley
Three Ways To Jaws by Eric Sawyer
Use Sequence To Your Advantage by Jeff Soo
Using The Accelerator And The Steering Wheel by Eric Sawyer
WCF Golf Croquet Rules Index by Owen Edwards
When Not To Try Jawsing by Eric Sawyer

Learn How to Play Croquet

The easiest way to learn how to play croquet is to play Nine-Wicket Croquet with your friends or neighbors. Then, if you want more of a challenge, learn Six-Wicket Croquet.

The best way to learn Six-Wicket Croquet is to play Golf Croquet with someone. This will teach you how to swing a mallet, hit a ball, run a hoop, and the order in which the hoops must be run in Six-Wicket Croquet. Then, if you want even more challenge, have someone teach you how to play Association Croquet or American Croquet.

If you want to learn a specific type of croquet, use the library for American Croquet, Association Croquet, Nine-Wicket Croquet, or Golf Croquet.

The USCA also offers classes that will teach you how to play croquet.

But if you want to do some learning on your own, here’s what to do.

  1. Read Association Croquet — The Game and How it is Played by Dr. Ian Plummer.
  2. Watch Introducing the Game of Croquet by Chris van der Craats (get Adobe Shockwave).
  3. Watch Introduction To Croquet by John Bevington (get Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer).
  4. Read A Synopsis of the Game by Dr. Ian Plummer.
  5. Read Beginners’ Coaching Notes 1 by Dr. Ian Plummer.
  6. Read Beginners’ Coaching Notes 2 by Dr. Ian Plummer.
  7. Read Beginners’ Coaching Notes 3 by Dr. Ian Plummer.
  8. Read Beginners’ Coaching Notes 4 by Dr. Ian Plummer.

You can buy a book about croquet.

Don’t spend too much time reading — get out there and play!

Improve your techniques of standing, gripping, aiming, swinging, hitting, and hoop running.

If you want help with techniques for a specific type of croquet, use the libraries for American Croquet, Association Croquet, Nine-Wicket Croquet, or Golf Croquet.

Here are all the articles (in alphabetic order) about croquet techniques. You may need to get the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Bombards by Eric Sawyer
Error Correction by John Riches (read The Roquet, and Hoop Running)
Finer Points by John Riches (read after reading the other articles)
How Golf Balls Can Help Your Croquet Game by Cheryl Bromley
Jump Shots by Eric Sawyer
Learning The Three Approach Shots by Eric Sawyer
Mental Approach by John Riches
Pass-Roll by Eric Sawyer
Stun Stop Shot by Eric Sawyer
Technique by John Riches
The First Ball To Approach A Wicket by Eric Sawyer
The Idiot’s Guide To The Wrong Ball Law by Bill Arliss
The Importance Of Developing A Pre-Shot Routine by Cheryl Bromley
The Many Layers Of Golf Croquet by Cheryl Bromley
Three Ways To Jaws by Eric Sawyer
Using The Accelerator And The Steering Wheel by Eric Sawyer

You can watch these videos (in alphabetic order) about croquet techniques.

Here are some web pages about croquet techniques for you to read.

You can buy a book or DVD (in alphabetical order) about croquet techniques.

Croquet Tactics and Strategy

Interpretation of Croquet Rules

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