How to Play Croquet

sarahheller By sarahheller, 22nd Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Looking for a different kind of summer outdoor game? If your kids are getting bored with the usual basketball and baseball they’ve been playing all summer, you might want to consider getting them a set of croquet clubs and teaching them croquet.

How to Play

Croquet has been played in various forms since the mid eighteenth century. It only gained popularity, however, around the turn of the century as families started having more leisure time and began to vacation in the summer. The game was played at many summer resorts, and taken back to various parts of the country by families who learned the game while on vacation.
Set up a playing field by hammering the wickets into the ground. Pick one corner of the field as the southwest corner, and set up the rest of the wickets in the northwest, northeast, southeast, south-central, and north central areas of the field. Starting in the geographic southwest corner of the field is optional, but set up the other wickets in relation to the first one.
To play, start by dividing all of the players into two teams. One team will play with the blue and black balls, the other will play with the red and yellow. If you need to, modify the game so that four teams play with balls of just one color.
Each player will start three feet south of the first wicket. With your club, try to hit the ball through the wicket. If you make it, you earn a bonus stroke. Otherwise, your turn is over and it’s the next team’s turn. Keep alternating turns like this for the rest of the game.
If your ball comes into contact with another player's ball during your turn, it’s called a "roquet." After getting a roquet, you are allowed two bonus turns. After your ball passes through a wicket, remove your corresponding colored clip from the wicket and clip it onto the next wicket. Be sure to pass your ball in order: southwest 1, northwest 2, northeast 3, southeast 4, south central 5, and north central 6, followed by 2, 1, 4, 3, 6, and 5.
Once your ball has passed through all six wickets in the proper order (meaning it has passed through each one twice and in the sequence previously described) you become a “rover”. Take your rover ball out of play when it hits the final wicket. At this point you are allowed to use your turns to roquet any other ball in play. Your rover, however, cannot roquet the same ball twice in succession, even if it passes through a wicket. You win the game if your team is the first one to hit the final wicket with both balls.


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