a satisfying sport utilising tactics and touch in equal measure. It combines strategy
and precision and is a bit like snooker on grass or a combination of chess and
golf. Croquet can be
enjoyed by all ages and sexes on an equal basis.
For an example of croquet played by an expert see this video.
This site collects together information concerning Association Croquet in over 700 articles and presents coaching
information intended for both complete beginners and world champions.
There are two main forms of croquet: Association (or
International) Rules croquet and American Rules croquet. The majority of
the tactical information
on this site is for the Association Rules game.
World Online, for American Rules information.
How to use this site.
The main information categories are shown in the menu on the right. If you are looking for a specific piece of information use the Search function. If you would like to browse the site click on the Map button by the search box on the right.
Please note external links open in fresh windows hence you may need to permit pop-ups. The menu strip on the right of the pages will not be printed out if you print a page.
Getting withdrawal symptoms from not being near a croquet lawn?
Yearning to hear the click of croquet balls again?
Oxford Croquet's research laboratory is pleased to offer its state-of-the-art Virtual 3D Croquet Lawn.
Before you get too excited, it will only work in up-to-date browsers on up-to-date laptops or desktops.
Performance on smartphones and iPads is dismal. It is recommended that you close down your browser tab once you have finished using the 3D Lawn to maximise your computer's performance.
See the help file for information on browser requirements and usage instructions.
Two layouts are offered:
- A Simple 3D Lawn which allows you to rotate and zoom the viewpoint and drag the balls. This can be used as the equivalent of a 'magnetic croquet lawn' for demonstrating manoeuvres to a group, e.g. by coupling your computer up to a projector. It is also useful for preparing lawn diagrams for the web or printing.
- A Coaching 3D Lawn as above but with demonstration sequences of the four-ball-break, pivot swap, triple and sextuple peels. These have both written and spoken commentaries plus realistic noises.
Apologies to people who have incompatible computer kit; unfortunately there is no work-around.
December 2014: Oxford Croquet is pleased to announce an online version of Keith Wylie's seminal work:
by kind permission of the Croquet Association.
Expert Croquet Tactics is the bible of Association Croquet strategy for A-class and International players. It details the intricacies of the Triple Peel, Advanced Break Building and Openings. Some of what is there will be bewildering to players with handicaps much above 1, but the Openings Article (Article 4) is accessible to most croquet players. The largest section (Article 1) is dedicated to the Triple Peel and is essential reading for anyone wishing to master that part of their game. This book rewards repeated reading as your play improves. It should be on every aspiring A-class player's bookshelf.
[Softback copies of the book are available from the Croquet Association Shop, for £13.99.]
"Wylie was regarded as one of croquet's most innovative players, treating the game as a cerebral challenge of tactics and finesse, always thinking many moves ahead. In a sport in which applause is appropriate only when distinctly muted, he rocketed to the top of the game like a young Bobby Fischer, in five years winning all the major British titles and several international ones. Then, in essence, he walked away from the game.
Wylie helped bring the game of croquet from a simple pastime for the vicarage garden to a competitive sport, albeit one in which contestants plod around methodically during two-hour matches, occasionally lying down to line up difficult shots.
Wearing the traditional white croquet garb, a pith helmet and an ascot, Wylie, a tall, angular man, became a legend in the minds of many who watched or played against him -- a ''shooting star,'' in the phrase of one contemporary chronicler. He cemented his reputation with the publication of his 1985 book, ''Expert Croquet Tactics,'' which the American magazine Croquet World called ''without question the most significant croquet book published in the last 20 years.''
"His landmark book, Expert Croquet Tactics, is must reading for top-level international rules players and anyone aspiring to the expert level."
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